October 21, 2010

Craftsman NEXTEC 12-Volt Right Angle Impact Driver - Review

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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

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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 (milwaukeeink.com) 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 Amazon.com

The press release is after the jump...

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September 29, 2010

DeWalt DC012 Heavy-Duty Worksite Charger/Radio - Review

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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

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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

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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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September 15, 2010

DeWalt 12-Volt Max Cordless Screwdriver - Review

dewalt_screwdriver.jpgA few months ago, we packed up and headed out to DeWalt HQ (they call it Black & Decker University), and got a first look at their new 12-volt line (our post on the subject is here). While there, we got to get a little time with the tools, but we were anxious to get them out in the real world.

So thankfully, DeWalt recently sent us a sample of their new 12-volt cordless screwdriver and we've had a chance to introduce it to some jobsite tasks (as well as some non-jobsite tasks that we designed only to push the tool to the edge), and here is how it fared...

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September 10, 2010

Duo-Fast DFCR175C Cordless Roofing Nailer

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It's been a busy time for nail guns. First, Bosch hit the scene with their Full-Force Technology, a big advancement in air-powered guns, then, a few months ago, Senco introduced the Fusion cordless nailer, which combined pneumatic strength with a cordless single fuel source. And now, here's Duo-Fast with another first: a battery/gas powered coil roofing nailer.

Last night, we were lucky enough to sit in on a conference call with Duo-Fast as they introduced this fella to the world and afterward we had a cup of tea with an imaginary friend and had a nice little Q&A about the tool.

So this is the first cordless coil nailer?

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September 8, 2010

Craftsman NEXTEC 12-volt Right Angle Impact Driver

craftsman_right_angle_impact.jpgWe've used two 12-volt right-angle impact drivers (the Hitachi and the Ridgid JobMax) and we're big fans of the category. They're great for a lot of things and the Hitachi in particular can get into spots that are unimaginably tight.

So we see it as generally good news that Craftsman is in the process of releasing a 12-volt right angle impact driver. Overall, we've been impressed with their 12-volt line (finding their oscillating tool particularly attractive), and at first glance, this new one looks like a nice tool at a slightly-higher-than-you-would-expect price.

By the numbers the Craftsman (700 in/lbs torque) tops out both the Hitachi (235) and the Ridgid (650), so it's certainly powerful enough (we compared the Ridgid directly to the Hitachi here).

Other than that, there's not a whole lot to say. The handle is similar to the AutoHammer and we can vouch for the comfort there. The weight is 2.2 lbs, the same as the Hitachi.

The Craftsman will go for just under $100, including a case, a charger, and one battery. It's the one battery thing that sticks us on the price. It just seems expensive seeing as Bosch and Milwaukee both have 2 battery drivers in the $100-$120 range (granted, they're not right angle drivers, but still....).

At Sears

The press release is after the jump...

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