November 3, 2008

October 2008 Monthly Round Up for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgWe had a busy October here, particularly with all the oscillating tool mania going on. We tested out the new Dremel Multi-Max and the Bosch PS50, both of which we liked, but we're still considering whether or not the short battery run-time on the Bosch is a deal breaker or not. The corded Dremel, surprised us with its power and price (about $100), which is enough to make it October's Tool of the Month.

We also checked out some really nice Bosch jigsaw blades that we highly recommend, as well as a very nice storage system called the Lift-N-Lok. There was also the Crocodile Saw, but we're trying to forget about that one.

For November, we'll be looking at the new Rockwell Oscillating tool, Paslode's cordless framer, and a few other things that we'll keep under wraps for now.

Tool of the Month

All Reviews

Benches, Stands, and Storage

Bits and Blades

Demolition Tools

Distractions

Hand Tools

How-To

Measuring & Marking

Monthly Roundup

Oscillating Tools

Painting

Power Tool Accessories

Power Tools

Promotions

Sanding

Snow Removal

Work Lights

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October 1, 2008

September 2008 Monthly Round Up for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgSeptember is done and we're still in the middle of projects that were slated for a July finish date. The grass isn't planted, the retaining wall is still falling down and the painting is looking like it might have to be postponed to next Spring. Oh well, at least the tree guy was here today so the woodshed is looking pretty good.

The September Tool of the Month is a hands-down, no-brainer, 'this is as easy as it gets,' Milwaukee Hackzall. Not only is this the coolest thing we looked at all month, it might be the best thing we've seen all year. It's an amazing little tool that has endless uses and we recommend it to anyone with a pulse. Read our review of it here.

Tool of the Month

All Reviews

Air Tools

Benches, Stands, and Storage

Building Materials

Cordless

Distractions

Glues and Adhesives

Hand Tools

How-To

Lawn/Garden

Lithium-Ion

Measuring & Marking

Monthly Roundup

Oscillating Tools

Painting

Power Tools

Promotions

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September 2, 2008

August Monthly Roundup

Roundup.jpgWe're not huge fans of August. It's too hot to do much outside and we just find ourselves overbooked all the time. There's a lot of living crammed into August. We prefer the mellower months of October and November when we start preparing for the winter and we're not sweating through three shirts a day.

We only reviewed one tool this month so it's no shocker that Ze-Vo EndCuts gets the Tool of the Month. It's a gimmie, but even up against tough competition, it would still get the prize. If you've never heard of it, we highly recommend it.

All Reviews

Air Tools

Benches, Stands, and Storage

Distractions

Hand Tools

How-To

Painting

Plumbing

Power Tools

Promotions

Work Lights

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August 1, 2008

July 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgJuly is done and we can practically smell all of the tool companies gearing up for their fall releases (it's an odor similar to WD-40). So far the tool that we're the most excited about is the Dremel Multi-Max, their new oscillating tool. There are also some others rumored to be coming down the pipeline, but we'll get to those next month.

We reviewed a handful of tools this month and are giving our monthly award to the little, goofy-looking Zip Sander. It's a great little idea and very well executed. It's also under $10.

Tool of the Month

All Reviews

Air Tools

Bits and Blades

Distractions

Glues and Adhesives

Measuring & Marking

Oscillating Tools

Power Tools

Promotions

Safety

Sanding

Tool News

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July 1, 2008

June 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgJune was pretty fun around here. If you were paying attention, we gave away three Dremel tools for Father's Day. Other than that, we got to test out a few very cool tools. Skil's Power Cutter is yet another great offering from a company that is totally on a roll, but the Tool of the Month goes to Duo-Fast's Cordless Framer. We wrote the review for this one the other week, and since then, we've continued using the tool and it keeps proving it's worth.

This next month we're looking to post up reviews of Festool's Trim Router, Paslode's new Roofing Gun, a few of Campbell Hausfeld's new pneumatic tools, and a few other cool items we've got in the shop.

Tool of the Month

All Reviews

Power Tools

Hand Tools

Air Tools

Benches, Stands, and Storage

Demolition Tools

Distractions

Glues and Adhesives

Lawn/Garden

Monthly Roundup

Painting

Promotions

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June 2, 2008

May 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgMay is in the bag and it's likely that you've got some projects underway. Hopefully they're proceeding according to plan (but we all know it's likely that they're not).

The May tool of the month is the Artillery Pry Bar System. If you're looking for that chest-swelling, shingle ripping, clapboard trashing, deck devastating feeling, the Artillery in a class by itself.

In June, we're hoping to get reviews up for Skil's new Power Cutter, Duo-Fast's gas nailer, and Paslode's roofing gun. If we're lucky, we're going to also try to squeeze in Festool's MFK 700 Modular Router.

Tool of the Month

All Reviews

Air Tools

Demolition Tools

Distractions

Hand Tools

How-To

Lawn/Garden

Power Tool Accessories

Power Tools

Promotions

Routers

Sanding

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May 1, 2008

April 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgApril is over and the summer projects are in the planning phase. Judging from the traffic to our review of the Wagner Paint Crew Plus, a lot of you are thinking about painting the house. Good luck with that one.

Our tool of the month goes to the C.H. Hanson Chalk Hog. The Paslode Framer is a great tool and the two TKTools that we looked at were also cool, but once again, C.H. Hanson shows that even the most mundane of tools can be redesigned and improved.

Tool of the Month

Reviews

Air Tools

Benches, Stands, and Storage

Distractions

Guides

Hand Tools

Lawn/Garden

Power Tool Accessories

Power Tools

Promotions

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March 31, 2008

March 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgMarch was pretty good to us this time around. We started the month with the big news about Festool's '08 releases and we continued on through to the big JLC event this last weekend.

Our Tool of the Month is the Ridgid SeeSnake Micro. It's a great tool and if you think you'd use it, just go ahead and get it. It's totally worth it.

Keep checking back because we've got some cool stuff lined up for April. Once we go through all the photos, we're going to post about the JLC show, and we've also got reviews of Tool King's new TKTools, Paslode's new framing gun, and C.H. Hanson's Chalk Hog in the works.

Tool of the Month
Ridgid SeeSnake Micro

Reviews
Ridgid SeeSnake Micro - Review
Skil 7.2V Lithium Ion Power Driver

New and Interesting Power Tools
Festool MFK 700 Modular Router
Festool OF 2200 Router
Festool MFT/3 Workbench
Hitachi DB10DL 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion Micro Driver Drill
Prazi Beam Cutter
Paslode CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer
Bosch 11250VSRD Rotary Hammer with Dust Extraction
Black & Decker DS321 Dragster Belt Sander
Rockwell ProGrade 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw

New and Interesting Hand Tools
Leatherman Hybrid Gardening Multitool
C.H. Hanson Chalk Hog 100
Victorinox Swisscard Lite
Rapid Shark Utility Knife

Tool News
Festool Releases Info on Three New Tools
C.H. Hanson Tools at Amazon
Northern Tool Spring/Summer 08 Master Catalog is Here

Distractions
Ten Tips for Spring Yard Care
...Looking Around the Internet...
Fun with Excavators
Man Builds Stonehenge in Backyard

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February 29, 2008

February 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgAnother month in the bag.

With the International Builder's Show, things have really started picking up in the tool world. All the big guys are releasing new products and some of them are looking pretty cool (like Milwaukee's 15 Amp Sawzall). There's a lot more coming in March, so stay tuned.

We only reviewed one tool in February, so it's a no-brainer that the Bosch JS5 is the Tool of the Month. But even against the stiffest competition, this jigsaw would have been a contender. It's a nice, compact unit and it delivers the quality that comes with any Bosch jigsaw.

Tool of the Month
Bosch JS5 Jigsaw

Reviews
Bosch JS5 Jigsaw

New and Interesting Tools
Stanley #1 Odd-Job
10C Crew Charge and Pro Charge
Gorilla Gripper
Robert Larson Shavehook (Molding Scraper) Set with 3 Blades
Skil XBench Deluxe Kit
Paslode Powerframer 350 Framing Gun
Ridgid Job-Site Radio / Race Scanner
Milwaukee 15 Amp SuperSawzall

New and Interesting Accessories
Knaack Monster Box
UFO Ballistic NailScrews
Campbell Hausfeld 25-Piece Accessory Kit with Case
Triton Multi-Stand
Bosch Concrete Drilling and Anchor Kit

Trade Shows and Promotions
Ridgid's 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Compressor for $49
International Builder's Show
Dirt Cheap Black & Decker VPX Tools at Home Depot
International Builders Show Part II

Distractions
Crane Accident

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February 1, 2008

January 2008 Monthly Roundup for Tool Snob

Roundup.jpgWell, January's come and gone and the post-holiday buzz is over; the tree's packed up, the Christmas cookies have already been eaten, and the gift certificates have all been redeemed. But that doesn't mean you don't need more tools. Of course you do. You may not be able to afford a $1700 miter saw, but Husky's got an Andre-The-Giant-sized flashlight for $40, and there's also Stanley's new mini-screwdriver set for under $3.

Our tool of the month was an easy choice. The JacPac is innovative, easy-to-use, and incredibly handy to have around. Since writing the review, we've used it more and more and it has definitely changed the way we use our nail guns.

Tool of the Month
JacPac

Reviews
JacPac
Ryobi Procross AIRgrip Self Leveling Laser

New and Interesting Tools
Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Grex P635 23 Gauge 1-3/8" Length Headless Pinner
Lamello Classic C3 Plate Joiner
Husky 20 Million Rechargeable Spotlight
Sheffield 14-In-1 Multi-Tool
Denali 3.6V Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver Kit
Stanley FatMax 4-in-1 Bi-Material Pocket Driver
Worx Rolabit 100 Piece Drilling and Driving Set
Ridgid OL25135 Aluminum 2.5 Gallon Compressor
24" Magnetic Tool Holder
Dremel 220-01 Workstation

How-To
How-To Build Sawhorses

Sales and Promotions
DeWalt is Giving Away a Pair of Boots
Craftsman 2007 Tool Closeout
January's Internet Tool Deals

Magazines and Catalogs
This Old House - Jan/Feb 2008
Grizzly Industrial '08
This Old House: What's in Your Toolbox

Distractions
Tool Snob Top Five Reviews of 2007
Wall Street Journal: Mrs. Fix-it?
PartsSelect.com's 10 Best DIY Websites
How to Raise a Building in Three Minutes and Forty Seconds
Bosch Unveils New Website

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