September 27, 2007

C.H. Hanson Unveils New Website

ch_hanson_building.jpgOur pals over at C.H. Hanson have recently redesigned their website. The new site has better navigation, videos, and a bunch of other cool stuff. There's even a video of the Pivot Square, a tool that we obsess over more and more with each passing day. SuperPencil fans should prepare themselves for some disappointment though...no video.

Check out the new website here.

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Husky 2-In-1 Ultra-Thin Combination Knife - Review

combo_knife.jpgHusky, the makers of solid, innovative hand tools, have recently released their 2-In-1 Ultra-Thin Combination Knife. The Combo Knife has a fully-retractable standard razor blade as well as a folding drop point knife, both stowed away in a package that's about 4-3/4" by 1-3/4".

Both of the blades extend out of the same end of the tool making for safe and easy usage. The razor blade is extended with a sliding thumb tab, similar to any standard utility knife, and the drop point blade extends with a flick of a little nub that's on the blade itself, also like many standard flip knives. The folding blade has a nice locking mechanism so it won't flip back and close over your knuckles.

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September 26, 2007

Stanley FatMax Xtreme 55-120 FuBar III

stanley_fubar.jpgDestroying things can be a lot of fun. It's sort of like framing in that not only can you really see the results of your work, but it tends to go quickly as well, not to mention that some gorilla brain deep inside your head craves the feel of smashing things. But it's usually not so fun that you want to spend two weeks doing it. So for the bigger jobs you might want to think about speeding things up by using Stanley's FatMax Xtreme Fubar III.

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September 21, 2007

C.H. Hanson Speedrocker SS

hanson_speedrocker.jpgC.H. Hanson is about to release yet another inventive little tool. It's called the Speedrocker SS and it's simply a utility knife designed with the specific purpose of cutting sheetrock and blueboard.

What makes it unique is a little tape measure slot directly above the blade. You just hook the tape in and cut away, always cutting the board at the desired line (or at least close enough for sheetrock). The knife looks little enough to easily fit in a pocket or any tool belt (we can't tell if the blade is fully retractable), but it is designed so that when your thumb is holding the tape measure in, it is also applying direct pressure on the knife blade, making for an easy cut.

hanson_speedrocker1.jpgThe tool has on board blade storage and comes with three blades. It's not yet released, so we don’t know how much it will cost, but of you do a lot of board hanging, whatever the price is, it'll probably be worth it.

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September 20, 2007

PlugGrip and SwitchGrip

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Here's an interesting idea for anyone who has ever had trouble installing an outlet or a light switch. The PlugGrip is a little all-in-one electrical helper for just that task. Not only does it grab and hold the outlet, making it much easier to deal with the wiring, but it also has a current indicator light (with buzzer), built-in wire strippers (12g-14g) and an on board wire bender. The SwitchGrip has all the same features, but fits over a switch as opposed to an outlet.

The PlugGrip and SwitchGrip have been approved by the Handman Club of America as well as the Do-It-Yourself Retailing Magazine.

This looks like it could be a nice little item to have in the tool bag. Recently, we wired an outlet with 12g wire and having the extra handhold would have been useful, particularly when we had to straighten the outlet in a box jammed with stiff wires.

The items retail for about $10 each. There is more information and plenty of videos over at the PlugGrip website.

The PlugGrip and SwitchGrip are available at Lowes as well as a special order at Ace. Also at the PlugGrip website.

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September 5, 2007

C.H. Hanson SuperPencil - Review

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C.H. Hanson continues their Signature Series with the new Superpencil, a pencil so blatantly powerful that other pencils warp when it comes near. What it is is a regular looking carpenter's pencil that is made entirely of a graphite composite. The result is a pencil that has a ridiculously long life and always has a variety of edges to choose from.

C.H. Hanson says that the SuperPencil lasts seven times as long as a normal pencil. From our experience with it, this might be a low number. As they advertise, you really don't have to sharpen it because, somewhere, there is always an edge. Sure, we had to get a bit creative from time to time and hold the pencil at an odd angle, but still, it's impressive. With rough framing, we opted to just use one of the thick edges, but as things got to finish work, we went ahead and sharpened it to a point and used that.

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August 31, 2007

Stiletto Mini-14 TiBone

stiletto_hammer.jpgIf you've been yearning for the opportunity to spend over $250 on a hammer, your day is finally here. Stiletto Tools sells just the thing and it's called the Mini-15 TiBone and it retails for $262.50 ($274.50 once shipping is tacked on). Why so damn expensive? We suppose it's got something to do with the fact that it's entirely made of titanium, which, according to Stiletto, has 10 times less shock than steel. But in addition to that, there are also a number of other cool features.

While the Mini-15 comes equipped with the traditional nail pullers, there is an additional one located on the side of the head, specially designed for 16d nails. A quick jerk to the side and the nail is up. There is also a magnetic nail starter and an ergonomic rubber grip.

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August 29, 2007

Rapid Edge and Rapid Level

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We just got the heads up about this innovative little tool company that has put a distinctive stamp on a couple commonly used tools. The company is called Rapid Tools and the tools are their Rapid Level and Rapid Edge.

The Rapid Edge is a utility knife. It's got a nice looking ergonomic handle, blade storage, and generally acts like a normal utility knife except that it has a little LED light at the blade end. The light is automatic and serves as a way to brighten your cut line as well as to act as a safety indicator if even the slightest part of the blade is extended. The Rapid Edge can use any standard blade, but it comes with serrated blades (exclusive to Rapid Tools). Because there are five different faces that cut, as opposed to two, the blade lasts much longer and can take more punishment.

The knife sells for about $9, which is pretty much what you'd pay for any high quality knife. The blades are sold separately as well and fit into any standard utility knife.

Keep reading to learn about the Rapid Level.

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August 7, 2007

Husky 5-in-1 Drywall Tool - Review

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Putting up drywall is a pain in the ass for a number of reasons. You have to deal with awkward 4x8 sheets of material, the work gets dusty and messy, and even though you barely even have to be accurate to a quarter inch, if you cut a piece a hair too long, it's nearly impossible to shave off that extra bit with any grace whatsoever. In addition to all of this, there are a number of tools you need in order to be efficient. Sometimes you don't have all the tools with you, and sometimes they just aren't in arm's reach when you've got a sheet of blueboard propped up on your knee and you need to cut out for a light fixture. With this last issue, Husky may have something that can help out quite a bit.

They have recently released a new 5 in 1 drywall tool to be your one stop, Swiss Army Knife of the sheetrock set. The five tools contained are, a keyhole saw, a utility knife, a sanding rasp, a screw pull, and a tube punch. The tools are all set-up in traditional multi-tool style, pivoting out of the handle, except for the rasp, which is set in to the back of the tool. The entire tool is about the size of a double wide utility knife.

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August 6, 2007

Stubby II: Electric Bugaloo

stubby_set.jpgA while back we reviewed Husky's Stubby Set, a cool little collection of mini-ratchets. Then, after a while, we started getting word that some of our readers could no longer find it in stores. Well, we contacted Husky and they let us know that the Stubby Set was indeed a limited-time only item but that if you have the patience to wait until fall, they will be re-releasing it, making it available through the holidays. Once again, the Stubby Set will be sold exclusively at Home Depot. Be sure to keep an eye out for it, it's a great set to either have yourself or give as a gift.

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