April 18, 2011

Veto Pro Pac OT-LC - Review

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A couple weeks ago, we reviewed the Veto Pro Pac LC tool bag and found that it exceeded our expectations in virtually every category. VPP then sent us one of their OT-LC bags so that we could check out one of their open-top models. So we unloaded the LC and transferred everything to the OT-LC and here's what we thought....

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April 14, 2011

Ames Planter's Pal - Review

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With gardening season just getting underway here in the Northeast, Ames sent us a sample of their Planter's Pal, a sort of an all-in-one gardening tool. When we got it, we immediately handed it over to the head gardener, Mrs. Tool Snob, since it seems like we're only allowed in the garden when heavy things need to be moved. Other than that, it's off limits to us.

Her thoughts are as follows....

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April 13, 2011

True Temper Hammers - Review

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Unbeknownst to us, The Lords of the Lawn Product, True Temper, are in the hammer business. Turns out, they've got all kinds of hammers. And they sent us a few to check out. We put them in the rotation and have been trying to destroy them for a couple weeks now to no avail. A more detailed review follows...

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April 12, 2011

Jackson Pulverizer Concrete Demolition Hammer - Review

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It's hard to deny something called The Pulverizer.

We were thinking of leaving this review at a simple two word, "Hulk SMASH!" But we thought that might be a little corny. But still, if you took the Jackson Pulverizer and melted it down to its essence, that's pretty much what you'd be left with; a massive green dude in purple shorts destroying everything in his path.

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March 29, 2011

Milwaukee 11-Piece Utility Kit

milwaukee_utility_knife_set.jpgWe were at Home Depot the other day and saw this item sitting on the shelves. It's sort of a slicing, dicing, cutting extravaganza. The system consists of a handle and a number of different blades that can click into it, like a recip saw chuck.

The blades are...

  • Quik-Lok Job Saw
  • Hunting Knife Blade
  • Linoleum Knife Blade
  • Grout Raker Blade
  • Carbide Grout Blade
  • Putty Knife
  • Utility Blade
  • Wavy Knife Blade
  • Straight Knife Blade
  • Paint Scraper Blade
  • Roofer's Blade

Useful stuff, at least the ones we understand (wavy knife blade?) and it looks like a nice way to save some space in the tool bag. The kit comes with a case to keep things nice and organized. It costs about $45 which seems a little pricey for blades that are going to wear out. It's not uncommon that we go through five or six utility blades in a day. Then again, if you bought all of these blades on separate tools, it would cost plenty more than $45, so it depends on how you look at things....

At Amazon.com

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March 23, 2011

Channellock 8" 368 High-Leverage Linesman Pliers (and Bottle Opener) - Review

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Channellock has just released an 8" version of their High Leverage Linesman Pliers. We reviewed their 10" set back in mid-September. At the time, we spent the better part of an afternoon making asses out of ourselves trying to destroy the things (we couldn't), so this time, our reviewing process has been much simpler.

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March 18, 2011

Veto Pro Pac LC - Review

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So you've got all the right tools, but you also need something to put them in so you can carry them around. The options are actually pretty slim. There's the hand-carved wooden tool box that some long-dead relative of yours made out of an apple tree that he cut down with his own hands, but who wants to lug that to a construction site. Then there's the duffel bag style that we've been subscribing to, which is okay, but tools get lost in the bottom of it and no matter how hard we try to use the side pockets, everything ends up in the center mess anyway like some giant metallic game of pick-up-sticks.

There is also the devil (a.k.a. The Bucket Buddy), but if you use one of these, we really can't muster up any respect for you. You're investing in nice expensive tools and carrying them around in a plastic bucket? It might be easy to move around and the pockets might work out for you, but there's no escaping the fact it's a freakin plastic bucket.

But there's actually another option...the Veto Pro Pac. This tool bag allows you to carry around all of your tools by positioning them vertically, meaning a lot of equipment in a small footprint. A bit ago, the company sent us one of their LC bags to test drive. When it arrived, we happily dumped out the duffel, threw it away and started loading up the new rig.

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March 15, 2011

Hardcore Hammer - Review

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A while back we told you about an interesting new framing hammer going by the slightly ominous name of Hardcore Hammer. Made with a unique, dual-surfaced striking face, the tool is intended to last longer than the average hammer and, on a daily basis, operate in a superior fashion. We got to talking to the manufacturer and they were nice enough to ship us one to review. As soon as it arrived, we took it out of the box and began using it for the task that we use all of our framing hammers for: aggressive demolition...

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January 27, 2011

Hardcore Hammers

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There's usually not a whole lot to say about a new hammer, but the Hardcore Hammer has a pretty inventive twist to it. It's a framing hammer with a slightly recessed striking surface. The waffle pattern is still there, but it's just on the recessed part, the outer rim is smooth. According to the manufacturer, this move serves a couple purposes:

1. It protects the waffle head from damage.
2. If you manage to smash your thumb, it's only going to get 70% pulverized as opposed to 95% pulverized.
3. No more waffle print on your workpiece.

A Hardcore hammer will set you back about $80, which certainly is a lot of money, but it's actually just about right for the high-end framing hammer market, and actually a whole lot cheaper than some Stiletto models.

There's more info, including some cool images and how to purchase one at HardcoreHammers.com

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January 25, 2011

Johnson Level EcoTech Series Bamboo Bricklayer's Level

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If you've never dealt with bamboo on your own property, you probably hear the word and your mind goes to a tranquil image of a meditative panda bear quietly crunching away at the stalky plant. If, on the other hand, you've had the misfortune of actually having to contend with bamboo, the word probably causes you to see red and start to uncontrollably shake. Bamboo is a total nightmare to deal with. It makes mint look mild in its invasiveness, and it can grow up to two feet in a day.

So anyway, the folks over at Johnson Level have found a nice way to utilize this pest of a plant. They've started making levels out of it. Makes sense too, once you discover that bamboo has the tensile strength of steel. Who knew?

These new levels (there is currently a 2' and a 4') also have stainless steel edges and end caps. If you're looking for more information, the press release is after the jump.

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