August 2, 2007
The Monster Hook is a versatile little tool holder that easily clips on to your belt. Because of its universal design, it is able to hold any number of tools from nail guns to cordless drills. Just yesterday, we were doing some ladder work that not only involved using multiple tools, but we also had to constantly change the position of the ladder so there was no way to set up any kind of permanent shelf. There's no question that without our tool holder, the job would have taken twice as long. By providing a place to stash our drill, it kept us up on the ladder working, rather than stressing out about a precariously perched death drill, wedged between the ladder and the house.
We especially like that the Monster Hook is so light and small, so unlike other tool holsters, you don't even know that you're wearing this one. It also really grabs on to the tool, so there's no concern about your nail gun becoming dislodged or slipping out. The Monster Hook swivels around, so it's good for both lefties and righties.
You can get a Monster Hook for about $6, which is a very small price to pay for such a handy item.
July 31, 2007
These days it seems like you can't buy a saw without it coming with some sort of laser blade guide. These little guys are installed on the blade and project a laser line onto the workpiece right where the blade is going to cut. Now, thanks to Irwin, you don't need to buy a whole new tool to have this technology. You can just pick up one of their Laser Guides and in no time, your 15 year old DeWalt saw has a 21st century makeover.
The Irwin Laser Guide automatically turns on when the blade is in rotation and it is powered by a battery that lasts for around 5,000 cuts. Most importantly, it's easy to install…
…Or is it? According to a commenter over at Amazon, there's more to the story…
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April 13, 2007
Microplane has recently come out with an interesting and innovative idea; stainless steel sanding discs for an orbital sander. According to Microplane, the discs, which are available in coarse (40 grit), medium (80 grit) and fine (120 grit), remove wood five times faster and last seven times longer than regular sandpaper. It supposedly takes 35 regular sanding discs to measure up to one stainless steel disc.
The discs are just what you would assume they would be; Borg versions of the standard orbital discs. The back of each disc has eight little Velcro pads that are placed so as not to interfere with any of the dust collection holes (the discs are compatible with both five and eight hole orbitals). The sanding side of the discs have a number of little blade protrusions on them. The coarse grit disc resembles a bullet-riddled piece of metal, while the finer two grits take on the appearance of a flattened version of Microplane's great kitchen graters. The discs attach to the sander just like regular ones do.
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March 20, 2007
Our orbital sander is one of the most indispensable tools that we own. It's versatile, fairly small, and does a great job in a lot of different situations. But the problem we always have is with the sanding discs; they just wear out too quickly. To combat this common complaint, Microplane, the makers of kitchen tools, woodworking tools, and a few personal hygiene tools, have come out with what looks like a great idea; stainless steel sanding pads for the orbital sander.
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