December 17, 2010


idrill.pngWhile this might seem like something from an Onion article, it's not. There really is something called the i-Drill. It has just hit the scene and it has some interesting mojo to it.

The i-Drill is a 12-volt drill/driver with a standard three-jaw chuck. It's got two gears and a variable speed trigger. As far as function goes, it appears to be a standard 12-volt drill driver (minus the part where it looks like it's made from Stormtrooper armor).

But there are two things that are unique about the drill. First, it comes with a number of international plug adapters for the charger, like you get if you travel overseas and get an international cell phone. With these adapters the tool can be used in "99.9% of the countries in the world." Our guess is that if you live in that unfortunate 0.1%, you've got larger problems than not being able to use the i-Drill. But this universality is certainly good for online retailers who can sell the drill to just about anyone in the world. It's also good if you spend your weekends in Iceland, helping your friend Bjerg tinker around with his geothermal heating system.

The other interesting thing about the tool is the look of it. There are a lot of companies out there who try to capture the 'non-tool' market, whether it's making pink tools to target women or giving tools easy-to-use features. But to us, this looks like the first tool to really succeed on that front. It has a really stylish and smart look about it with none of the 'you-don't-know-anything-about-tools' pandering that we see elsewhere. But we can't seem to shake the feeling that we've seen the general aesthetic before. We can't quite place it but there's something very familiar about it...

At and i-Drill (they also have a few other tools on the platform. An oscillating tool, an impact driver, a smaller drill, and a flashlight)

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November 11, 2010

Ridgid Job Site Radio with ShockMount Technology

ridgid_jobsite_radio.jpgAny video that begins with a warranty disclaimer stating that the tool will be shown in "abnormally abusive situations,' is one that we're going to watch. We're fully in favor of the current trend in which companies display their tools' toughness by beating on them in front of a camera, but what Ridgid does in this video goes above and beyond.

To say that they're bringing down the hurt on their new radio is like saying Charlie Sheen likes to have a beer every now and then. To say that they seem to be truly attempting to destroy the tool is far closer to the truth. The standard beat-the-tool video has kind of a contrived feel, like they're going most of the way, but backing off on the abuse when they know the tool might be at risk. Not this one. And Ridgid not only doesn't back off at that delicate point, they seem to accelerate.

The one fatal flaw in the video is that there is an editing cut after they throw the radio off the roof which is the only time the face of the tool sees any us cynical, but our BS detectors went bonkers at that one. Still, the cinder block bonanza is sublime.

Check it out...

(and thanks to Reader Thomas P. for the head's up)

Ridgid doesn't have any info at their site yet, but we found the radio at Home Depot for $150

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November 9, 2010

Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Jacket Kit 2331


Never have snow angels been easier!

Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Milwaukee what will you think of next? You're handing out a lifetime worth of tools in exchange for permanent skin-scarring loyalty, your 12-volt line has about 15 times the number of tools as all of your competitors combined, and your new lines of hand tools and measuring devices are hitting the scene with stellar reviews. We know, why don't you get into apparel? Actually no, why don't get into heated apparel? Oh wait, it looks like you're doing that too.

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October 21, 2010

Craftsman NEXTEC 12-Volt Right Angle Impact Driver - Review


Thus far, we've been pleasantly surprised with Craftsman's 12-volt line, particularly their cordless oscillating tool. A couple weeks ago, we got word that they released a right angle impact driver and when they offered to box one up for us and send it on for a review, we happily agreed.

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October 14, 2010

MasterForce 18-Volt Bandsaw - Review


We've used bandsaws on a variety of job sites, but its always been on metal, so we sort of mentally anchored the tool to that material. Now, after having the MasterForce cordless bandsaw just kicking around the shop for about two months, we can say that the bandsaw is a far more versatile tool than we gave it credit for. In fact, it's sort of our new best friend.

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October 6, 2010

Duo-Fast Cordless Roofer Video

It's apparently video day today. If you still have any patience left after listening to the dude who did the Bosch voice over, you should check out the video on the new Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing gun. We had a lot to say about the gun when it was announced a month ago but we hadn't yet had a chance to see it in action. Well here it is...

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September 30, 2010

Milwaukee Announces The. Best. Contest. Ever.

milwaukee_tattoo.jpgMilwaukee is giving away free tools for life to the biggest knucklehead on the block. In order to be considered for the prize (which is actually $500 of cordless tools each year for 20 years), you must have some kind of permanent Milwaukee tattoo on your body. Honest truth. The best part is that they've set up a website ( so you can be witness to the insanity. If you're inked up already, go to the site and submit your tattoo for consideration. If you're not, then you have until December 2011 to decide what tool you want to see on your bicep every day for the rest of your life. If you just got home from the tattoo parlor and have a nice, new image of a Bosch Bulldog on your thigh...ooooo...sorry, you're not eligible. No free tools for you.

The deal is that there is open voting which chooses the monthly winner ($300 in 12 or 18-volt tools) and then from those 15 monthly winners a grand-poobah-set-for-life tool pimp is chosen by a judge.

We can't wait to watch this unfold. We can see it now..."hey, the dude with his entire back tattooed just won the monthly prize...maybe I can one-up him by tattooing a bandsaw on my face!"

In all honesty though, this is a great way to reward their most loyal (and extreme) customers, and it's waaay out of the box. Good stuff from Milwaukee.

Go to Milwaukee Ink for more information and voting.

Daydream about spending $500 a year on Milwaukee tools at

The press release is after the jump...

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September 29, 2010

DeWalt DC012 Heavy-Duty Worksite Charger/Radio - Review


DeWalt, masters of the job site radio (and thus the people directly responsible for us having to listen to miles and miles of evil sports radio) have just released an upgrade to their enduring, 'on-every-site' stereo to the DC012. They were also nice enough to send us one so we could check it out. We did, and in the process we saw a million faces and we rocked them all.

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September 24, 2010

Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver - Review

Are you sick of us talking about Bosch's 12-volt drill/drivers yet? Well, if you're not, then you'll be happy to know that they sent us one of their new 12-volt impact driver to review. We've previously covered both the driver and the drill/driver in this second generation of li-ion madness and found them both to be exceptionally powerful. And the verdict on the impact driver is....

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September 21, 2010

Paslode Cordless Roofing Nailer


Last week at The Remodeling Show, Paslode released their version of the Cordless Roofing Nailer that Duo-Fast announced earlier in the month. Other than the paint color, it's the same tool, so if you prefer orange over blue, boy is this your lucky day!

Check out what we had to say about Duo-Fast's nailer here.

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