February 12, 2008

10C Crew Charge and Pro Charge

10c_crewcharge.jpgIf you're like us you've got an army of battery chargers lined up at your jobsite or in your garage. You've got a Makita cordless drill, a DeWalt cordless recip saw, a Ryobi cordless circular saw, and you need to keep everything charged and ready to go. It's nice to have the tools but having so many chargers can be a real inconvenience. Someone else, someone smarter and business-minded, apparently had the same problem and so now a company called 10C has released the Crew Charge and Pro Charge.

In simple terms, they are multi-platform chargers, meaning they have the ability to charge all of your batteries no matter what brand they are. But in addition to this capability, the 10C chargers actually work better and faster (a full charge in 15 minutes) than the chargers that come with your tools. On the 10C website they refer to their technology as a 'low heat' charge using an 'internal microprocessor' and 'patented algorithms." We got confused by their science talk and just watched the video on their site, which shows that the 10C charger really beats out a standard charger as far as speed goes.

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January 25, 2008

Dremel 220-01 Workstation

Dremel_workstation.jpgIt really is impressive how much mileage Dremel has gotten out of, essentially, one tool. This is because of two things; first, their rotary tool is just about the best out there, and second, because the company does little else, they are able to devote a boatload of resources to making new attachments and accessories. Since each of these attachments alters the use of the tool, Dremel is constantly reinventing their rotary tool and finding new things that it can do. The latest and most involved of these is the Dremel Workstation. Part drill press, part tool stand, and part bench grinder.

Once your Dremel is fit into the drill press, it can bore holes up to two inches at angles between 0 and 90, in 15 degree increments. Like a full-sized drill press there is a depth stop as well as four clamping points to keep the unit stable while you work.

With the tool attached and completely horizontal, the stand also functions as a rotary tool holder, turning it into something of a bench grinder. This stabilizes the tool and frees up both of your hands for the really delicate work.

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January 17, 2008

Worx Rolabit 100 Piece Drilling and Driving Set

worx_rolabit.jpgIf you're a weekend DIYer who constantly yearns for that feel of flipping through your rolodex, you're torture is ended. Worx, the makers of the interesting Revolver series of tools, have combined the feel of office drudgery with the freedom of fixing something yourself.

Their unique Rolabit Drilling and Driving Set comes with 100 accessories and can be mounted on a wall. The accessories range from spade bits to masonry bits to a magnetic bit holder. If you need something on the go, the cassettes can be removed, giving you eight small, individualized bit holders.

The Rolabit Set sells for around $50. It's a good price for what you get, but first you have to make sure you want the office vibe sitting on your garage workbench.

At Amazon.com

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September 25, 2007

New Bosch/DeWalt Table Saw Guards

bosch_tablesaw.jpgThe blade guards that come with table saws are junk and everyone knows it. They are awkward, a drag to remove for rabbets, and they prohibit the rip fence from getting anywhere close to the blade. No one we know uses theirs, but it doesn't take a genius to realize that using a table saw without a blade guard increases your chances of becoming known as "Old Eight Fingers."

So what are we supposed to do? Not everyone can just run out and drop $1500 on the new SawStop jobsite saw, the most freakishly safe saw on the planet (see our buddies over at Toologics for more info on that one). What about those of us who can barely scratch together $500 For a Bosch or DeWalt? Well, we were reading the latest Fine Homebuilding and we see the answer in the future.

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August 2, 2007

Prazi Monster Hook Multi-Tool Holder

monster_hook.jpgThe 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.

At Amazon.com

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July 31, 2007

Irwin Chop Saw/Miter Saw Laser Guide

irwin_laser_guide.jpgThese 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 Stainless Steel Sanding Discs - Review

microplane_fine.jpgMicroplane 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

Microplane Stainless Steel Sanding Discs

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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