October 27, 2009

Craftsman Labs

Tool companies are always cranking out micro sites. Here's one for our new 12-volt line...here's one for our new glass cutter...and another one for the glass cutting blades! We tend to like them because they're usually made with a little more pizazz and creativity than the company's corporate site. But as far as we know, until now, no one has ever made a micro site dedicated to the straight-up abuse of their tools.

Craftsman's new Craftsman Lab is just that. The site showcases a number of movies of these three dudes (Kenny, Matt, and Sam) unleashing all sorts of interesting mayhem on a wide variety of Craftsman tools. At the moment there are videos of them beating on a drill, a socket set, a hammer, a vacuum, a radio, and a tool box.

Without question, the best video is the one with the drill. The videos are shot in this really stylized Michael Bay kind of way, but that's all quickly forgotten once you see the guys attach a mannequin to a bike, duct tape a drill to its hand and launch it off a rooftop. It's great entertainment, there's no question about it.

They're pretty cool videos and worth a look. There's also a place where you can suggest a tool for their next test, as well as the testing method.

If you just want a taste, above is a trailer for the series. For more mannequin action, check out Craftsman Labs.

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October 23, 2009

Milwaukee 12-Volt Radio Endurance Test

Yesterday, we mentioned the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny 12-volt radio that Milwaukee released this year. It's not surprising, but it, like all other Milwaukee tools, is built to take a few hits. To demonstrate this, the guys at Milwaukee have put together a video of them doing everything they can to disable, destroy, and in all ways defeat the small radio. The video is called a 'drop test,' but it's more like a 'drop, throw, toss out of a car, and kick test.'

We're immediately attracted to any video that starts with a disclaimer saying that what you are about to see will void the warranty of the tool. The third test is our favorite. There's something hilarious about the way the guy throws the radio and how it arcs through the air.

The cynical side of us keeps chiming in with the thought that somewhere at Milwaukee HQ there's a dumpster full of all of the 12-volt radios that were destroyed in the making of this video, but we've seen some incredible endurance out of other Milwaukee tools, so this is unlikely.

We first saw the video over at Toologics.

Milwaukee M12 Radio at Amazon.com ($100)

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October 16, 2009

MyFixItUpLife Debuts Tomorrow

fixitup1.jpgThe new DIY radio show, MyFixItUpLife kicks off Saturday at noon, eastern time (4pm for all you Icelandic listeners!). We mentioned the show earlier here.

The first show is going to have an interview with Tony Eschmeyer, senior product manager at Simonton Windows. Looks like he'll be talking about the energy tax credit. This is of particular importance to us seeing as we just bought a house that is so drafty you could fly a kite in the living room.

More information on the show and how to listen, check out the MyFixItUpLife site. If you miss the broadcast, the shows will be available for download.

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October 14, 2009

What is it?

strange.jpgReader John sent in some photos of a mystery tool that he came across. His description is as follows:

It's 4 1/4" long; the "wheel" is 3 1/4" in diameter; each measuring section is 3/4" wide; it comes apart at the acorn nut so you could turn the wheel the other way around; neither the number of "teeth" nor the number of openings between the teeth correspond to the numbers on the wheel.

We've never seen anything like it before. If you can tell us what it's called and what it's used for (with some sort of evidence to back you up), we'll send a random tool your way. Drop a line in the comments section.

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October 8, 2009


Mark_Clement.jpgOur good friend Mark Clement, a walking encyclopedia of tools and construction, is starting his own radio show. The show is called MyFixItUpLIfe and he's co-hosting with his wife Theresa. You can go the website to get a flavor for what the show will be offering, but it looks to us like a blend of all things DIY-oriented. Everything from what tools to use to energy-efficient appliances to how to juggle raising a family in the midst of a catastrophic renovation.

The MyFixItUpLife website also looks like a good destination site and not just a place-holder for the radio show, so we suggest a slapping bookmark on that one. Both Mark and Theresa have blogs at the site and there's opportunities to win plenty of free stuff, not to mention check out the guests for upcoming shows. Mark also has a few tool reviews up (under the Gear section). Thus far he's given his thoughts on the great Rockwell Jawhorse and the Ridgid Fuego mini-recip.

The show is going to debut a week from Saturday at 1pm. We're looking forward to checking it out.

More information at www.myfixituplife.com

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October 7, 2009

Roomba Art

roomba_art.jpgYeah, so we're obsessed with Marvin, the little iRobot Roomba Vacuum that we tested out a couple weeks ago. He not only cleaned the house but he entertained the cats and Tool Snob Jr. as well. In our review we mentioned the indecipherable pattern that Marvin uses to clean a room and if you didn't believe us on that point, we present to you: Roomba Art.

So it apparently all started when some guy set up the Roomba, turned off the lights and took a long exposure photo. It's a great idea and it reminds us of those fractal images that were popular with the incense crowd in college.

Check out more information and photos here.

Thanks to the great Mr. Foster for the link.

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September 23, 2009

Krenov Scholarship Fund Drive at Tool Crib

jkrenov.jpgWe mentioned the passing of James Krenov the other day. At the time we didn't get into any details on his life, but one of the things he is known for is that he founded the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods.

So in memory of the self-described 'stubborn old enthusiast,' Tool Crib is donating $5 to the scholarship fund for every comment and newsletter comment that they get (until Oct 15th). They've got a cap of $300, so it would be nice to make sure that they hit that mark, which would mean that some young woodworker might get a chance to go to a great school. For more information on how to activate the donation, click here.

In addition to the scholarship drive, Tool Crib has put together a marvelous compendium of Krenov links. If you've never heard of him and are wondering why we're making such a big hooplah, you can learn more about him there.

We snagged the image from the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture page (here).

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August 26, 2009

The Tool Snob Editorial Department


Just so we're all clear on why there are so many typos at this site....

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August 25, 2009

Toolmonger's 7000th Post

tm_7000thpost.jpgToolmonger, the older brother of the tool blogs just last week posted up their 7000th entry. They've been around the longest, but still, this is an insane mile marker. To put things in perspective, we put up, on average, one post every Monday through Friday. At our current rate, we would need almost 27 years to make it to our 7000th post. 27 freakin' years! To say that there is a lot of activity over there is an understatement.

We've met Chuck and Sean and have to say that they're really great guys and we give them a big round of applause for all of their efforts over at Toolmonger. So go and check out the 'Toolmonger 7000th Post Retrospective" at their always impressive site.

Toolmonger 7000th post here.

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August 16, 2009

Some Good Ads from Stihl

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