March 25, 2008

Black & Decker DS321 Dragster Belt Sander

black_decker_dragster.jpgIt looks like this has been out for a while, but it looks pretty interesting so we thought we'd mention it anyway. The Black & Decker Dragster is a 6 amp belt sander with a unique design, which makes the nose of the tool more versatile than your average belt sander.

Because the front wheel of the sander is so small, the Dragster is capable of sanding much closer (3x closer, according to B&D) to the edge of an adjoining surface. Also, the guard that covers the nose of the sander flips up, making it easier to sand in and around things.

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March 21, 2008

Bosch 11250VSRD Rotary Hammer with Dust Extraction

11250VSRD.jpgA rotary hammer, much like your voice after a few drinks, is not meant for the indoors. It's just too noisy and dirty for polite company. But now Bosch has cleverly taken care of at least half of the problem (the dirty part) with their 11250VSRD, the latest in their great line of Bulldog hammers.

The tool itself looks like any other high-quality Bosch rotary hammer, but what sets this one apart from the rest of the pack is the unique dust extraction system. The removable attachment clicks on the tool near the chuck and extends alongside the drill bit and then around the end of it, enclosing the area with a translucent cap. This allows for full visibility with maximum dust protection. Bosch also has a vacuum port for the tool that's sold separately.

In all other respects it looks to be on par with the rest of the Bulldog hammers. We use an older model all the time and it's a real workhorse. It's small enough for quick, little jobs, but strong enough for some of the bigger tasks. It's actually one of our favorite tools to use.

This tool will be available this summer so at least you have an excuse to put off that drilling work you have to do in the living room

When its available, the 11250VSRD will retail for about $260.

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March 12, 2008

Ridgid SeeSnake Micro - Review

Ridgid_seesnake.jpgWe've been hearing about The Ridgid SeeSnake Micro for a while now and in the last month or so, we've seen it start to show up at job sites in a lot of different hands. First it was electricians, then it was plumbers, and now it's everyone else from carpenters to HVAC guys. We wanted to find out what the big deal is all about so we got our hands on one and gave it a whirl.

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March 10, 2008

Skil 7.2V Lithium Ion Power Driver - Review

Skil_7_volt_in_hand.jpgSkil has joined Bosch and Milwaukee (and now Hitachi) by getting into the compact driver market. Late last year they released a little 7.2V Pocket Driver, and we were pretty thrilled when they offered to let us try one out.

It's a very little driver that fits easily in the hands. It's got a 1/4" hex chuck for quick bit changing, a forward/reverse indicator, an 11 position clutch, and a little light to tell you when the battery is getting low.

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March 4, 2008

Hitachi DB10DL 10.8 Volt Lithium Ion Micro Driver Drill

hitachi_micro_driver.jpgHitachi just kicked off their Micro Series, a new line of small Lithium-Ion tools, with a 10.8 Volt Micro Driver. It looks like it's very similar to Milwaukees 12-Volt Sub-Compact Driver, Skil's little 7.2 Volt Power Driver (look for a review soon), and especially Bosch's Litheon Pocket Driver, but there are a couple features that set it apart from the pack.

First, the design is similar to a regular-sized cordless in that the battery sits like a shoe at the end of the handle. To the user, this translates into the tool's ability to stand up on its own. This may sound insignificant, but if you've got your hands full with your knee propping this up and your shoulder holding up that, anything that makes grabbing the tool easier is a welcome thing.

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March 1, 2008

Festool OF 2200 Router

Festool_of2200.jpgTo accompany the release of their new MFK 700 router/laminate trimmer (as well as the MFT/3 Workbench), Festool has also updated their large model router into the new OF 2200. According to the Festool website, there are "nearly 40 unique features" on the new tool. While, we didn't bother to count out and verify this oddly high number, we did spend plenty of time on the Festool website and can say that it seems apparent that the OF 2200 has everything anyone would ever want in a full-sized router. It's insane, actually.

Since we really don't even know where to start, we're just going cover a few of the more impressive features.

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Festool MFK 700 Modular Router

festool_mfk700.jpgAlong with their OF 2200 Plunge Router and the MFT/3 Workbench, Festool has just announced the U.S. release of the MFK 700. To date, it's the smallest of their routers, but this in no way means that it's light on features. In fact, it's pretty heavy on them, and from what we can tell, there isn't a bad one on the list.

The MFK 700 comes with two bases; one for horizontal routing and one for vertical routing. The change from one to the other is made with a tool free system (just a locking knob) and, from the looks of it, it can be done very quickly.

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Festool Releases Info on Three New Tools

festool_logo.gifFestool, maker of some very good (and wildly expensive) power tools has just dropped a bomb with news of three new tools to be released this spring. Earlier in the week, we had heard that they were going to make an announcement and were hoping that the Kapex Miter Saw was going to be one of the tools, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for that one. Instead, they're releasing a completely new modular router, upgrading their larger plunge router, and upgrading their work table. Each tool has its own website where you can get overload yourself on all the features, pops, and buzzes of these new releases.

Read more about the:

MFK 700 Modular Router
OF 2200 Plunge Router
MFT/3 Workbench

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February 27, 2008

Milwaukee 15 Amp SuperSawzall

milwaukee_super_sawzall.jpgJust looking at Milwaukee's new 15 Amp SuperSawzall makes us want to cut a car in half. According to Milwaukee, it's the "fastest, most durable recip Saw in the world." Those are some big words, but it's likely the truth. Milwaukee makes some extremely rugged Sawzalls and now, with 15 amps of arm shaking power, they may have made the ultimate tool for all around destruction and mayhem.

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February 25, 2008

Bosch JS5 Jigsaw - Review

Bosch_js5.jpgTo us, Bosch Jigsaws are some of the best out there. We've used a lot of different models and have always been impressed with their accuracy and quality. So when we heard that they were releasing a compact model, we were curious how it would turn out. Would they be able to pack all the goodness into a smaller package, or would the quality be somewhat sacrificed?

The JS5 has many of the features that are found on quality jigsaws these days. It's got a great tool-free blade change system, which is a real plus to anyone who used to carry around an 8 inch screwdriver for blade changing. Now, all you have to do is press the blade up into the slot and it clicks into place. To release the blade, just twist the collet, using a thumb tab, and the blade falls right out. It's similar to the system that is on some reciprocating saws.

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