May 25, 2011

Tools of the Trade - Product Watch

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The latest issue of Tools of the Trade is out and with it, my latest Product Watch column. It's a roundup of a about 20 new items of interest to the tradesman. It's not all hand and power tools either (although there is a lot of that), so there's plenty that you'll see that isn't covered on Tool Snob. It's got everything from a freaky mixing paddle to a bizarre and very unsettling jobsite security system to a extraordinarily useful ladder.

Have at it here.

And do yourself a favor and subscribe here.

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May 23, 2011

Channellock #87 Rescue Tool - Review

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Channellock has recently released the third version of their rescue tool. This latest generation is smaller than the rest and can fit in a back pocket. Designed for firefighters, first responders, and EMTs, the little item is filled with features that have little to do with everyday construction projects and everything to do with saving lives.

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May 13, 2011

C.H. Hanson Automatic Locking Pliers - Review

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Everyone who's anyone has a set of locking pliers. Note: We're aware that they are more commonly referred to as Vise-Grips, but that is the name given to the tool by the most popular and influential manufacturer, Irwin. Swanson once sent lawyers after us for using 'Speed Square' in the generic sense, so we want to avoid having to deal with that BS again. Locking pliers are an essential part of the toolbox and their functionality seems to have remained fairly unchanged since the dawn of time. That is....until now (cue 2001: A Space Odyssey music).

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May 11, 2011

Perfect Bungee - Review

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Naming your product "The Perfect Bungee" takes some stones.

Perfect....really?

The company that makes them is called Just Ducky and they were nice enough to send us a handful of these bungees to test out. We tossed them in the truck and for the past couple of months we've been strapping down lumber and all kinds of other things with them. Here's what we thought...

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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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