November 23, 2008

New SawStop Video - Real Finger Used.

On Friday, we told you about Tool Crib's scoop on the possible Nail Jack takeover of a Nebraskan Vise-Grip factory. Today, we're lifting another one of their posts, this one containing a new video of the famed SawStop.

We've all seen the SawStop vs. Hot Dog video and have been impressed, but there was always a part of us that thought that using a hot dog to demonstrate the finger-saving blade brake was a little lame. If this tool really works, why doesn't someone from the company step up and jam their finger in the thing? Well now, the inventor of the tool Steve Gass has done just that.

The clip looks like it's a segment from some Discovery Network show. It's got a lot of great video of the saw brake in action and at the very end, you get to watch a guy stick his finger in a whirling table saw blade. The whole thing is amazing.

Check out Tool Crib's post here.

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November 20, 2008

And You Thought You Had Problems...Astronaut Loses Tool Bag in Space

At least when you lose your tool bag, you know that it's still on the same planet. Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, while doing some external maintenance on the International Space Station on Tuesday watched helplessly as her bag of tools floated away from her and into the history books.

Stefanyshyn-Piper was in the first stages of a five hour space walk when the incident occurred. It seems that one of the grease guns in the tool bag leaked all over her hands and while she was cleaning off her gloves, the bag, which was supposed to be tied down, floated away.

The bag contained a couple grease guns, two scrapers, a trash bag and a debris container. The reported value of which is somewhere around $100,000, which makes us wonder where the hell they do their shopping.

Space.com has an article about it here.
Check out the video.

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November 11, 2008

Popular Science: Best of What's New 2008

bown_header.gifEach year, Popular Science culls through the latest innovations and inventions to create their comprehensive Best of What's New Issue. It's a huge undertaking and the results are worth at least a 1/2 hour of your internet browsing time.

They just went live with their website for this year's issue and you should go there and check out all the winners. Obviously, we're most interested in the 'Home Tech' category, but, like we said, it's a site built for browsing, and all of the selections are, at the very least, interesting.

And while you're over at their site, check out the article on DeWalt's new corded technology. We covered the basics the other day, but they actually get a look inside the motor and explain why the new tools are so powerful. Read the article here.

Check out Popular Science's Best of What's New list here.

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October 29, 2008

This Old House Pumpking Carving Contest

pumpkin_carving.jpgThis Old House has sponsored a pumpkin carving contest and the results are completely off the handle. Over at their website, you can page through the entries and vote for the ones that you like and dislike. Think of it as a 'Hot or Not' of the Halloween set. Voting is going to be open until noon tomorrow (Thursday).

We went through quite a few and although there are some weak ones in the bunch, the majority are really amazing. We've always been partial to Marty Feldman, so that one got our vote.

Check out the pumpkins and vote here.

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Tooliday

tooliday.gifTool King has a new site up and it's called Tooliday. It's a simple one page with a new deal each day. Yesterday it was some spade bits for a few bucks, today it's a dead-blow hammer for $3.29. Monday, it was a finish gun.

Each deal is available for one day only (act now!) and there's even a convenient little ticker that tells you how much time you have left, adding even more pressure to buy. It's the sort of thing where if you go looking for something, you're not going to find it, but if you go there, you'll find something you need. Does that make any sense?

If you're hesitant about spreading that credit card around to online retailers you've never used before, we can vouch for Tool King. We've bought plenty of stuff from them over the years and they're as legit as they come.

Go to Tooliday here. It's worth a bookmark and a daily check in.

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October 24, 2008

RotoZip Cuts Martian Permafrost

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We're not kidding. Earlier in the week, while researching Rotozip's Dust Extraction Kit, we stumbled across the following press release:

ArrowContinue reading: "RotoZip Cuts Martian Permafrost"

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September 18, 2008

Top Ten Tools

carpenter1.jpgWe stumbled upon this interesting article at a site called Sippican Cottage. The writer describes his top ten tool list the following way:

These little tools matter. It's not that I can't get along without them. It's more like I'd lay down on the floor and die if they were taken away from me.

It's a great list and we admire his generally old-fashioned attitude toward things.

Read the list here.

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September 16, 2008

Beer Can House

beer_can_house.jpg...And we thought Keith Walendowski was worthy of praise. How about John Milkovisch? In 1968, Mikovisch, sick of mowing his lawn, started covering is backyard with decorative bits of metal, rock, redwood, and concrete. With the lawn completely covered and his artistic star wanting to shine brighter, Mikovisch then began to re-side his house with crushed beer cans.

When he was done, it was estimated that over 50,000 beer cans were used. If you look at the picture above, it becomes clear that Mikovisch wasn't just buying them and pouring them out. He might have one of the best muffin-tops we've ever seen.

Mikovisch passed on in 1988, but his amazing legacy lives on. His Beer Can House just underwent a seven-year, $400,000 restoration (we're not kidding) and is now open to the public on the weekends.

Visit the official site of the Beer Can House.
New York Times article about the house here.

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August 7, 2008

Dancing Excavators

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July 29, 2008

Keith Walendowski: American Hero

keith_walendowski.jpgOn July 23rd, Keith Walendowski did what most of us only dream of doing. He woke up, began drinking heavily and tried to mow his lawn. When the mower wouldn't start, he got his shotgun and unloaded some ammo on the uncooperative machine.

We can understand how he must have felt (minus the early-morning blurred vision), and we have a hard time blaming him for his actions. We've been there and know how absolutely frustrating a lawnmower can be. Unfortunately for Keith, the local authorities weren't too thrilled that the gun he used was a short-barreled shotgun, possession of which is a felony. Our man is now looking at six or so years in the slammer.

The article on the event contains this hilarious line:

Dick Wagner of Wagner's Garden Mart, 6075 N. Green Bay Ave., said shooting the mower didn't help Walendowski's odds of getting it repaired.

"Anything not factory recommended would void the warranty," he said.

Read all about the incident here.

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