Aside from getting a new pair of boots, August was a relatively quiet month. We even took a few days off from the site to work on the house (more on that in the coming month). But still, we managed to test out a few tools in the broiling heat and of those, the Craftsman Propane Trimmer was the one we liked the most. We're currently testing out a number of interesting tools (including some attachments to the trimmer), so we hope to have some nice reviews up in September. But in the mean time, here's your chance to peruse the glory that was Tool Snob in August...
While we admittedly blew off a lot of last week, we cranked during the other three. At the beginning of the month we were looking at a pretty large back log of tools to review, but now we're only looking at a few (which you'll be seeing in the next week or so).
But of the seven items we reviewed, singling one out for the tool of the month is a difficult task. We really liked the EZY Hang Door Lifter, the Bosch DareDevil bits are fantastic, and both the LogJaws and the CH Nailer have their high points, but the big prize has to go to the Milwaukee 12-Volt Power Port for the simple fact that it has now saved our ass on more than one occasion. Worrying about the charge on our cell phone is now a thing of the past as long as we have this little guy tucked behind the driver's seat.
We also want to thank everyone who chimed in on the Chippewa/Red Wings conversation. Reader Greg was the winner of the random drawing, but all of the comments were very helpful. We've been leaning towards the Red Wing 406s, and PutnamEco's comment may have pushed us over the edge. Thanks guys.
June was good to us here. We got to go out to the Milwaukee HQ and check out all of their new items due out this year. Our impressions of the event are here. We also ran a couple contests (more of that on the way) and we were able to review a few new items. On that topic, the best of the bunch and the tool of the month is the Wagner TurboRoll. It was something that we initially chuckled at, but once we got to using it, we were quite impressed. If you've got some big summer painting projects, we think you should look into it.
We already have a handful of review half-written for July and a few new items just showed up today, so keep checking back for those.
So your deck is half framed. You were hoping to get it done by the end of the month so you could enjoy it all summer, but you found that rot in the sill and it set you back a week or two. And then there's the mere fact of finding the time after work to go to the lumber yard for the screws you need, then home to set up your tools and figure out where you left things off. Sometimes it's not easy, but you have to do it or you feel, well, lame. We understand and can offer only encouragement and possibly a tip on a tool that might make things easier for you. Good luck.
Not much reviewing done in May, only the Gorilla Expoy and the Easy Chamfer. So we're going to hand the coveted Tool of the Month to the Easy Chamfer, mostly due to the fact that it looks like some kind of Pokemon weapon.
After hardly reviewing anything in March, we came back strong in April with a number of product reviews ranging from knives to pencils to brad guns. But of everything we played around with this month, nothing tops the Nail Jack Nail Hunter. Pulling nails is torture and the unique design of this tool takes a lot of that pain away. Basically, we loved it and now find ourselves using it all the time. In a related post, we also covered the story of Nail Jack's attempts to buy up the Irwin factory in Nebraska here.
April also saw the release of Bosch's impressive new line of nail guns. We have some information on that here.
We've got a lot piled up on the desk for May. There's a funky new caulking gun, possibly a tool giveaway, and one of the strangest items we've ever seen courtesy of our inventor friend in Australia. Stay tuned.
After February's Reviewapalooza, we took it down a few notches and only ended up reviewing one single tool this month, and even that only happened a few days ago. While we're a bit embarrassed by the lack of reviews, it does make choosing the Tool of the Month quite a bit easier. This month the award goes to (wait for it....wait for it....) Striker's Folding Utility Knife! Congratulations knife, you just won a one-person race! In actuality, it's a nice knife and would have at least been a contender no matter what it went up against.
We're looking to get to some more reviews this month (the tools are starting to pile up a bit), so stay tuned for our thoughts on a selection of knives, demo bars, brad guns, and on and on....
There are also only a few days left to enter to win the $200 Home Depot gift card that we're giving away in a random drawing next Monday. Details here.
During the course of most months, we review one, two, maybe three products, if we're lucky. This past month, the shortest of the year, we reviewed eight new products. That's one review every 3.5 days, or to put it in clearer terms: one review every 302,400 seconds. We looked at everything from a new recip saw blade to an interesting little flashlight (and let us not forget the Spout Popper!). Of all the products we looked at though, the HK1 Hydrokinetic Wrench stood out on the merits of its usefulness and innovation, and for those reasons it's the February Tool of the Month.
We also celebrated our two year anniversary on the 19th, and to mark the event wrote up a little retrospective (here), collecting some of the more interesting items we've posted during our tenure.
In the coming month look for reviews of two new utility knifes, the new Cadex brad nailer, and an intriguing new carpenter's pencil (could it be better than the SuperPencil?). But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here's a look back at February...
Other than the relentless snow blowing, we had a very good January around here. Keeping the driveway clear makes us sympathize with Sisyphus and his big, dumb boulder. Each time we chip away the last bit of ice, we look up and see the first flakes of the next storm.
As far as tools go, we reviewed a bunch of interesting ones this month, including the Rockwell Jawhorse, Gorilla's new Super Glue, and the Craftsman Auto Hammer. But even against these tough competitors, our tool of the month this time around is going to the one-two punch of the Arbortech Mini-Grinder and Power Chisel. Taken alone, each of these tools is a wonderful addition to anyone's shop (particularly those interested in wood carving), but when looked at together, they make a very complimentary duo. One chisels, the other grinds, both with amazing precision and strength. We loved these tools when we wrote about them and since then we've kept using them and have only found more and more uses for them.
It was a wacky month for us here. We had everything planned out but then lost our power for six days right at the height of the month. This screwed up our xmas shopping, our day to day schedule, and the attention that we planned to give to the site. We essentially lost a week of posting and then, the day after Christmas, Mrs. Tool Snob gave birth to Tool Snob Jr., which we still haven't fully recovered from. So things have been irregular for us here, but this week we're going to be back to daily postings. Keep in mind that we've got a newborn now, so if you notice more spelling and grammar errors than normal, that's why. Thanks for the patience, and in the mean time, feel free to review everything that we wrote in December...
The December Tool of the Month is the Gator Sanding Sponge Holder. It's effective, inexpensive, and if it ever falls apart, we can use the handle as a bath toy.
We had quite a month here, particularly with the hands on reviews of the Fein MultiMaster and the Rockwell SoniCrafter. We also want to direct you to the Oscillating Tool Roundup that we posted yesterday. It's a summation of all that we've written about the popular tools, complete with advice on which one might be right for you.
The tool of the month has to go to the Fein MultiMaster. The Rockwell is a great tool and surprised us with it's strength and durability, but to date, there is no match for the Fein. It's just one of those high quality tools that puffs your chest up like a bantam rooster.
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