April 11, 2011

Free T-Loc Festool Systainers at HomeFixated

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Our pal Marc from HomeFixated is giving away five of the new Festool Systainers over at his site HomeFixated. All you have to do to enter is sign up for his newsletter or leave a comment somewhere on his site. Easy enough, especially considering the $350 retail on these things.

We've been lucky enough to use the new Systainers and they're really a lot better than the older ones. The clasping mechanism is a breeze to use. Additionally, they're compatible with the older models (the new ones can sit on top of the old, but not vice versa).

There's more information at HomeFixated.

If you think contests are the work of the devil, you can go and buy a Systainer at FestoolProducts.

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April 7, 2011

Digger's List Gives Tool Snob a Thumbs Up

diggerslist.gifWe've mentioned Digger's List a few times on the site. It's basically a Craigslist focused directly on home improvement. They've got all kinds of equipment, tools, building materials, etc. They also have a blog, which is cool, but what's even cooler is that they recently wrote a post on us. It's here if you're interested. They have some very nice things to say and we thank them for it.

So anyway, even if you don't care about our little spasm of self-promotion, you should browse through their wares and see if there's anything of interest.

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April 5, 2011

Tool Chest of the Gods

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April 4, 2011

Made in China...does it mean anything to you?

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Over the past few months, we've been getting more and more emails and seeing more and more comments on the site from readers who have had it with the "Made in China" label. One commenter told us that with every review we should mention the country of origin of the tool. We don't do this for the simple reason that, well, we pretty much assume that everything is made in China. For the companies that make their tools in the USA, we tend to mention that fact in the review, and it's usually to let you know why the price is so high. Companies with German manufacturing like Festool and Fein are also known for their steep prices (and extraordinary quality). But Milwaukee, Bosch, DeWalt, and Makita and the other big guns all present us with high-priced tools made in China, and honestly we've found a lot of these to be of good quality and some of them have been with us for almost a decade with no problems.

But we've also seen the dark side...our steadfast brand loyalty to the Chippewa boot was crushed when they moved their manufacturing to China and we bought two pairs of $120 boots that were toasted in a matter of months.

So we're curious what you all have to say about this. How much of a role does country of origin play in your tool purchasing decisions? Do you feel like US tools are too expensive? Do you go US for the big purchases and China for the smaller hand tools? Do you even care at all? Let us know, we're really curious.

In a week or so we'll pick out a comment at random and send out some nice tool (possibly even one made in the USA)...

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March 17, 2011

Win the Taj Ma'Playset from MyFixitUpLife

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Our pals Mark and Theresa from MyFixitUpLife are running a pretty big contest with the winner getting a massive (and we mean MASSIVE) playset and $2,000 in Rockwell tools. Let's start with the playset. First, it's probably no accident that the sketch of this thing looks like it fell out of one of DaVinci's notebooks. This thing is huge and it's crazy. It looks like it should come with its own butler. Maybe a trebuchet too.

And the $2,000 in tools includes two Rockwell JawHorses which is honestly all you need to know. As a good friend of ours once said, "having one JawHorse is like having a helper, having two is like having five helpers." The JawHorse is one of our favorites and the chance to get a couple for free is something that all of you should take a look at.

To enter, you just have to explain why you are the one who deserves to win. Finalists are selected by online voting and the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges (fyi: our cat Marlowe, who chooses all of our contest winners, has yet to be asked...wtf?).

All the information you need including how to enter, details on the tools, and details on the playset are here.

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March 16, 2011

We're Four! Huzzah!

It occurred to us the other day that on February 19th of this year, we turned four. Yep, for four years we've been writing this site. We're feeling pretty lazy, so to honor this event, we're simply reposting what we wrote in 2009, when we turned two....enjoy...

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Yesterday, Tool Snob turned a whopping two four years old. After some routine celebration (pictured), it occurred to us that we should honor this prophecy-breaking, logic-defying event with a sort of Tool Snob Retrospective. So we went and collected together the articles that come to mind when we think back over the past two four years. In most cases, they're not the most popular or the ones that got linked to by anyone important, but just some of the ones that, for one reason or another, stick out in our memory...

(cue music)

DeWalt Offers Saw Blade Sharpening Service - This was our first official post (there is actually one before it, on a snow blower, that was a test post done by someone else). It's an ok post, but pretty lame for the big opener. Wouldn't you think we'd have done something on a Festool track saw or maybe a new Bosch release? Nope, we thought we would underwhelm you with DeWalt's new sharpening service. By setting the bar so low, there was really no where to go but up.

Ridgid Fuego - This was one of our first real reviews. We have fond memories of climbing up the ladder and dropping the saw, just to make sure that the footplate would, as the product literature states, survive such a tumble (it did). It's also worth noting the ridiculous length of the review. It's like Herman Melville without the talent.

Pole Wrap - This is an interesting little product that dresses up a lally column. The post had the line, "[Pole-Wrap] wrap[s] around the Lally column, making it look not so much like a stripper's pole and more like a piece of intentional architecture." Simple enough right? We thought so, until we started getting all sorts of traffic from people searching for, "how to build stripper's pole," and "install stripper's pole in basement." It was our first real lesson on search terms.

Ryobi 4-Volt Li-Ion Screwdriver - It's funny, but sometimes we get all excited about a post and it turns out that no one really cares. With all the insanity over Ryobi's four-piece li-ion kit, we were sure that our post on the 4-volt would be popular. In reality though, not so much. Maybe ten of you read it.

Arbortech AS160 Brick and Mortar Saw- Then there are times when the opposite happens. We saw the Arbortech AS160 at a trade show and thought it was a cool item, so we wrote up a piece on it. We had never heard of the company and we thought the saw was a real niche tool and that the article would quickly disappear into the shadowy depths of the Tool Snob archives. But the word got out and people were searching for it, so over time it became one of the most popular things we've ever put up on the site. Go figure.

Cadex CPB23.50 23 Gauge Pinner - Of all the tools we've reviewed over the past two years, this one might be the finest. It's not necessarily our favorite (although it might be), but it's a complete stand-out in the arena of quality. We get a little buzz each time we hold the thing.

Keith Walendowski: American Hero - We love Keith and all that he represents.

...And there it is. Thanks to everyone for reading.

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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

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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

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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

H/T Geek.com

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