April 28, 2008

TKTool 18-Volt Drill - Review

tktool_18v.jpgA couple weeks ago we reviewed TKTool's new pocket driver, and we found it to be an inexpensive and effective little tool. Well, Tool King was nice enough to also let us test out their new 18-Volt Drill and here's what we found.

The drill has some cool features on it. It has a 23-position clutch, two speeds, a little level, and two bit holders (one on each side of the level).

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April 8, 2008

TK Tool 4.8-Volt Screwdriver - Review

tktool_screwdriver.jpgTool King is one of our favorite online tool retailers. They're fast, the price is competitive and they're always offering some sweet rebate that we can't resist. For the most part, they deal exclusively in contractor-grade tools. You go to their store looking for Bosch, DeWalt, Festool, Hitachi, and Jet. But, recently, they've stuck their toe into the light-duty arena with the release of their very own line of tools. TKTools was launched last month and they were nice enough to send us some samples to check out. Here, we're reviewing their little 4.8V Screwdriver, and at some point soon, we're going to look at their 18-volt drill.

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March 26, 2008

Rockwell ProGrade 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw

rockwell_recip_saw.jpgLately, we've been spending a lot of time using the new Ryobi Cordless Reciprocating Saw. And the more we use it, the more we dislike it. When we wrote our review of the tool, we were suspicious of the strange body design, and our fears have come true. In situation after situation, the bulky battery placement simply gets in the way, there's just too much tool sticking out of the bottom of the handle. These frustrations have caused us to investigate other recip saw designs. We really like Milwaukee's Hatchet and just the other day we stumbled onto Rockwell's sleek looking 18 Volt Cordless Recip Saw.

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March 19, 2008

Paslode CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer

Paslode_CF325.jpgRight now, we're in the process of reviewing the Paslode PowerFramer, so while you're waiting for that, we thought we'd tell you about another new Paslode tool that also looks pretty interesting. It's the CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer and according to Paslode, it's a big improvement on their popular line of cordless framers.

The CF-325 has an easy-to-use fuel system (just drop the cartridge in and you're ready to go), and easy access to the innards for when you have to clean the tool. Paslode guarantees that each fuel cartridge can shoot off around 1200 nails.

Paslode is also making refueling easier with the sale of their new Nail + Fuel Combo Packs. This is simply a box of compatible nails and a fuel cartridge sold together. They will be available either with 1000 nails and one cartridge or 3000 nails and 3 cartridges.

The new framer also offers fast firing, an ergonomic grip, and a vicious looking toenailing claw.

Paslode, as a company, seems to have a good ear to the ground as far as customer feedback goes and it sounds like the improvements in their cordless framing nailer are the results of listening to all the comments and criticisms of their previous models. That said, It's likely that this will be a very nice tool.

The CF-325 is just available this month (March '08) and will retail for around $400. It comes with a carrying case, a battery charger, degreaser, oil, and safety glasses. Although it isn't listed yet, we're sure that it will be available at Amazon.com and Tool King.

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March 12, 2008

Ridgid SeeSnake Micro - Review

Ridgid_seesnake.jpgWe've been hearing about The Ridgid SeeSnake Micro for a while now and in the last month or so, we've seen it start to show up at job sites in a lot of different hands. First it was electricians, then it was plumbers, and now it's everyone else from carpenters to HVAC guys. We wanted to find out what the big deal is all about so we got our hands on one and gave it a whirl.

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March 10, 2008

Skil 7.2V Lithium Ion Power Driver - Review

Skil_7_volt_in_hand.jpgSkil has joined Bosch and Milwaukee (and now Hitachi) by getting into the compact driver market. Late last year they released a little 7.2V Pocket Driver, and we were pretty thrilled when they offered to let us try one out.

It's a very little driver that fits easily in the hands. It's got a 1/4" hex chuck for quick bit changing, a forward/reverse indicator, an 11 position clutch, and a little light to tell you when the battery is getting low.

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March 4, 2008

Hitachi DB10DL 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion Micro Driver Drill

hitachi_micro_driver.jpgHitachi just kicked off their Micro Series, a new line of small Lithium-Ion tools, with a 10.8 Volt Micro Driver. It looks like it's very similar to Milwaukees 12-Volt Sub-Compact Driver, Skil's little 7.2 Volt Power Driver (look for a review soon), and especially Bosch's Litheon Pocket Driver, but there are a couple features that set it apart from the pack.

First, the design is similar to a regular-sized cordless in that the battery sits like a shoe at the end of the handle. To the user, this translates into the tool's ability to stand up on its own. This may sound insignificant, but if you've got your hands full with your knee propping this up and your shoulder holding up that, anything that makes grabbing the tool easier is a welcome thing.

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February 26, 2008

Ridgid Job-Site Radio / Race Scanner

ridgid_radio.jpgHave you ever been working on a project and thought to yourself, "Boy, I wish I had every single one of my Slayer albums with me right now." If so, Ridgid's new Job-Site Radio is a blessing from the heavens. With this iPod compatible, portable radio, it'll be Reign in Blood one minute and Seasons in the Abyss the next.

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February 15, 2008

Dirt Cheap Black & Decker VPX Tools at Home Depot

black_decker_vpx_drill.jpgWe were at our local Home Depot the other day and saw some huge deals on Black & Decker's VPX line. The tools were all spread out on a folding table and the prices were marked with those little tags that you see at yard sales. To us, the whole scene screamed, "We stocked waaay too many of these things for the holidays." We can't remember most of the prices other than that the 7-volt Drill/Driver was $20.

Has anyone out there used these tools? We've played around with them in the store and thought they looked pretty cheaply made. The plastic seemed very breakable and they felt more like children's toys than power tools.

In other Home Depot news, according to our friends at Toologics, Lowes will no longer be carrying Milwaukee, making Home Depot the only mega-store to stock the brand. Details here.

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February 12, 2008

10C Crew Charge and Pro Charge

10c_crewcharge.jpgIf you're like us you've got an army of battery chargers lined up at your jobsite or in your garage. You've got a Makita cordless drill, a DeWalt cordless recip saw, a Ryobi cordless circular saw, and you need to keep everything charged and ready to go. It's nice to have the tools but having so many chargers can be a real inconvenience. Someone else, someone smarter and business-minded, apparently had the same problem and so now a company called 10C has released the Crew Charge and Pro Charge.

In simple terms, they are multi-platform chargers, meaning they have the ability to charge all of your batteries no matter what brand they are. But in addition to this capability, the 10C chargers actually work better and faster (a full charge in 15 minutes) than the chargers that come with your tools. On the 10C website they refer to their technology as a 'low heat' charge using an 'internal microprocessor' and 'patented algorithms." We got confused by their science talk and just watched the video on their site, which shows that the 10C charger really beats out a standard charger as far as speed goes.

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