March 10, 2011

DiggersList Now Nationwide

diggerslist.gifOver a year ago, we told you about the launch of DiggersList, a new classifieds list specifically covering the types of things that fiscally conscious DIYers go bananas over. Old sinks, antique moldings, funky tables, and five-panel doors.

At the time, the site was only really active in a number of areas, but we've just gotten word that they've fully expanded to every corner of the country. We just checked our area and at the moment there aren't a huge number of listings, but what is there looks good, and hopefully as more people find out about the site, it'll only improve.

Press release with all the facts and figures is after the jump.

Otherwise, check out DiggersList.

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March 7, 2011

Starrett Portable Surface Roughness Tester

starrett_roughness_tester.jpgStarrett, also known as "the company that makes a million tools, of which we can use and comprehend only one" (their combo square), has just released their new Portable Surface Roughness Tester. We're sure that all of you DIYers are breathing big sighs of relief at this news. Finally, a surface roughness tester...and one that's portable too. It's about time.

The tool sounds pretty intense and if you're interested in more information, we suggest reading the press release (after the jump). We're not all that bright and trying to say something intelligent about a tool that is so much smarter than we are gives us hives.

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January 6, 2011

Tool Snob Wins Coveted Tool Talkie


It's the most sought-after prize on the interweb. It puts the Nobel prize to shame. It makes the Caldecott Medal weep. It laughs in the face of the Olympic Gold. It's CopTool's annual Tool Talkie award, and we've just now recovered from the five day bender we roared into when we discovered that for the second straight year we achieved what most only dream of...a Tool Talkie.

This year, we managed a victory in the crowded field competing for the, "Most Likely to Have a Chain Saw in Their Hands" category. Was it our review of the $1000 Husqvarna chainsaw that set us over the edge? Or maybe the last-minute addition of the PowerSharp Chainsaw Sharpener review? We'll never know. It could have even been the review we did of our old Poulan. Doesn't matter. There's no looking back. We got the Talkie and that's all that's important.

We can only say that we are deeply indebted to CopTool for this overwhelming honor.

Check out the rest of the winners here.

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January 5, 2011

Bosch IXO Vino Cordless Lithium-Ion Screwdriver with Corkscrew Attachment


Because of the lame litigious nature of the society we live in, the marriage of drinking and power tools has yet to be fully explored in a commercial context. Thankfully, Europe feels differently, particularly Euro-Bosch. Usually, when we're describing something with the prefix, 'Euro,' it's not a good thing (see: Euro-trash, Euro-hair, Euro-tude), but this time it's different.

bosch_corkscrew.jpgBehold, the 4-volt Corkscrew! Huzzah!

It's really just a 4-volt Bosch screwdriver with a funky corkscrew attachment, but we're going to ignore the fact that the tool can be used like any other screwdriver and pretend that it can only be used for opening wine bottles.

The corkscrewdriver comes with a wooden case which is quaint and nice and like everything about this tool, probably only gets nicer as more and more wine is opened and consumed.

The corkscrew costs about 40 pounds which translates to around $60USD.

At Amazon UK


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December 13, 2010

Tool Demolition Video: Bosch Power Box Vs. Trebuchet

Bosch, being fully aware of our Trebubsession, has been nice enough to give us the first look at their new Power Box Beatdown video, in which the cubical radio goes head to head with a wonderful looking trebuchet. Actually, the term, 'head to head' indicates that there is a proactive stance from the Power Box. There isn't. It simply gets hurled about 150 feet. But what a great scene it is. Watch this Tool Snob Exclusive for yourself....

Now we've been very critical of tool demolition videos (see our lunatic ranting and raving here), and while this one breaks our cardinal rule of editing (once the demolition is in process any edits always make us think that the whole scene is rigged), it has a number of other things going for it...

1. Cows. No idea why, but the shot of the cows made us laugh out loud.
2. Music. The music selection made us feel like we were watching the Helm's Deep battle scene from LOTR (which is always a good thing).
3. A bunch of 'out-takes' at the end where we get to see the trebuchet from a number of different angles.

Also, we should note that in our big tool demolition video post, we called for the use of trebuchets in tool demolition videos. Little did we know that as we were writing that, Bosch was already in the process of putting this video together.

The apparently indestructible Bosch Power Box at

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December 6, 2010

How to Undress a Woman with an Excavator

Yes, you read that correctly...

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November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Tool Snob


Just a few things on this Thanksgiving...

1. Today is the final day we're taking entries for our Milwaukee M12 giveaway. We're hoping to have our reader-generated gift guide up within the next few days. If you want to toss your hat into the ring, there's info here.

2. We've got another giveaway coming very soon, probably by Monday.

3. The fingernail is coming off...not sure when, but it's coming off. I've now covered it with a band-aid, not to protect it, but to just cover it up. It's beyond nasty.

4. Thanks for reading. You guys are great.

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November 23, 2010

Home Depot iPhone App

HomeDepotLogo.jpgA deal's a deal, but leaving the house on Black Friday indicates a certain type of obsessive mental instability only found in sky-divers and Pamplona bull-runners. While we have no idea who would want to participate in something that may in fact leave you helplessly crushed against the Wal-Mart customer service desk, we thought we'd call attention to Home Depot's iPhone App which may, just may, take a lash or two out of the Black Friday torture whip.

So from what we hear, the app has the following features (which, of course could be helpful on days other than Black's just that we have a flair for drama):

  • In-store maps of every Home Depot store in the U.S. to help you route your Black Friday path or easily find the section you need
  • Tape measure that uses your shoe size to calculate any horizontal distance such as the width of your garage door for garland or lights
  • Interactive caliper that measures the length or width of objects used for your home improvement or holiday decoration project
  • Nut and bolt finder that helps you identify the size of an existing nut, bolt or screw whose mate goes missing
  • Room size calculator that helps you figure out how much paint, drywall, flooring
  • Hundreds of how-to DIY video guides and customizable supply lists
  • Shop for presents or projects direct from your phone. There's even live chat to help you with your purchase

There is more information on the app here.

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November 15, 2010

Tool Snob's Official and Unexpurgated Guide to Making a Tool Demolition Video


So this is officially a trend: tool companies making videos of themselves, or their surrogates, distributing violence upon one or more of their tools. I've been dribbling these videos out to you as I get word of them, but since I now see it as a full on fad, I've decided to collect my thoughts on the genre. After viewing all of the tool destruction videos I could get my eyes on, I've come to some distinct conclusions on what makes a good one and what makes a bad one. I've compiled this list of six items that I feel should be taken into consideration when putting together one of these anarchy-riddled videos.

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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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