January 28, 2008

Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw

festool_kapex.gifUPDATE: Festool has just released information on three new tools, available this spring. Details here.

We were just flipping through the latest issue of Tools of the Trade and saw that Festool will soon be releasing their Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw in the states. This is good news for anyone who not only values high quality tools, but also has a virtually bottomless bank account.

Assuming that the U.S. version of the Kapex is the same as the rest of the world's, it's going to quite a saw. The thing is loaded with features including a variable speed control, a new quick blade change system, and its own bevel gauge/angle finder. Other features include:

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January 14, 2008

Denali 3.6V Lithium-Ion Cordless Screwdriver Kit

denali_screwdriver.jpgDenali has recently released a 3.6-volt screwdriver set that looks to us like a nice little kit. The tool, weighing less than a pound, has a nose-mounted LED, a cushion grip handle, and a battery indicator light.

But what really makes this screwdriver look good is the wall mounted charger which also doubles as a bit storage unit. Not only is the unit very compact, but all of the bits and accessories are easy to see and access.

denali_screwdriver2.jpgThe screwdriver also comes with a storage bag if you'd rather not have the thing stuck to your wall for all eternity. And because the li-ion battery can hold a charge for up to 18 months, this might be the case. The entire package goes for about $25, which sounds to us like a pretty good deal, especially for someone living in an apartment who just need something for minor repairs and hanging pictures.

At Amazon.com

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January 8, 2008

Lamello Classic C3 Plate Joiner

lamello_c3.jpgIf you're in the market for a biscuit joiner (and who isn't?), you should at least check out the Lamello C3. Lamello is a Swiss company that actually invented the biscuit joiner and their reputation rests in large part on the shoulders of this tool.

The Classic C3 Plate Joiner looks like it has a lot going for it. First of all the slide shoe, fence, and stop square are each made from a single piece of machine milled metal. This gives the tool a high degree of accuracy and, from what we've heard, the high quality construction of the tool eliminates any wiggle in the fence (an ailment that we've seen many biscuit joiners succumb to). The C3 also has positive stops at the most common cutting angles as well as six different depth settings.

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December 21, 2007

Bosch JS5 Orbital Jigsaw

JS5Hero.jpgWith the exception of Milwaukee's testosterone-addled 36-volt system, the current trend in tools is towards lighter more compact models, and with that in mind, Bosch has just released the JS5 Jigsaw, a smaller version of their exceptional line of jigsaws.

The JS5 has a tool free blade change, an ergonomic handle, and an anti-splinter insert. It comes with an on-board adjustable dust blower, and a dust extraction system as well as a 4-position switch that controls the orbital action of the cut.

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December 17, 2007

Stanley MaxLife 369 Tripod LED Flashlight

stanley_tripod_light.jpgStanley has a new flashlight out that should be a big hit with anyone who has ever tried working in an unlit crawl space. The flashlight has three tri-pod legs that fold out of the body allowing it to be set it upright and the articulating head means you can point the light wherever you want. Because it’s a battery-operated flashlight (9 AA batteries!), it's much more convenient than a standard electric work light, seeing as there are no extension cords to deal with.

The flashlight sells for about $25 which is a good deal, considering the innovative tri-pod design and the fact that any good mag-light is going to be in the $20 range anyway.

Stanley offers this flashlight in a number of other sizes and colors (purple?).

At Amazon.com

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December 10, 2007

Ryobi 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Power Tool Kit - Review

Ryobi_Li_set.jpgLithium-ion batteries are a big deal right now. They last longer, charge quicker, and are half the weight of other batteries. But the catch is that they're quite a bit more expensive. There has been a lot of talk lately about Ryobi and their new line of inexpensive li-ion tools. But are they any good? Bad tools for a good price are still bad tools. Well, we spent all week using and abusing the 4-piece set and we're here to report back our findings. For the review, we're going to look at each tool individually and then wrap things up with some thoughts on the set as a whole.

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December 5, 2007

Skil 14.4-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver - Review

skil14.jpgA little bit ago, we reviewed Skil's 18-Volt Lithium Ion Drill/Driver. We found it to be a nice tool for the casual user, but probably not for the contractor. Now we've gone and taken a good look at the Skil 14.4-Volt Drill Driver and can report that the tools are basically identical, except that the 14.4 is a little more affordable, lighter, and a little less powerful.

Like the 18-Volt Drill, the 14.4-Volt has the strange battery design with the exposed terminals. But this time, we took our heads out of the sand and realized that this serves a purpose. With the charging terminals located at the bottom of the battery, you are able to charge the battery with the tool attached. So there's a purpose to it, but does it make sense? Even in a really rushed situation, we've always had time to take the battery off the charger and plug it into the tool, so it can't be a time-saving issue. But maybe this is more for saving workbench space, so if you're someone with limited room, this could be a good thing.

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December 4, 2007

Proxxon Oscillating Detail Sander - Review

proxxon.jpgWe're big fans of the Fein MultiMaster. In our opinion, it's one of the best tools to come around in a long time. And we thought that it stood alone, with no other tool like it. We've been hearing about the Bosch PMF 180 E Multi, a similar tool that's available in Europe and may or may not be coming to the states, but what we didn't know about was the Proxxon Delta Sander. It's the Mini-Me of the MultiMaster and we were lucky enough to get a chance to test one out.

The basics of the tool are the same as the Fein. There's the oscillating head with interchangeable blades, sanding pads, files, scrapers, and polishers. If you're familiar with the Fein, then all the controls will be familiar to you. The accessories change out the same way, with a little hex key, and there's a little dial to control oscillation speed.

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November 30, 2007

Ryobi 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Set Arrives for Review


UPDATE: The review is here.

The good folks at Ryobi just sent along one of their 4-Piece Li-Ion sets and we're really looking forward to checking it out since it's pretty much the most talked about set this holiday season. Is it true that they offer both quality and affordability? We're going to start abusing them tomorrow and as soon as we can, we'll let you know what we find out.

There's more about the set here and here. And don't forget Ryobi's little 12-Volt compact drill/driver here.

We'll also be testing out Ryobi's Self-Leveling Laser, so stay tuned for that too. Details on that tool here.

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November 29, 2007

SawStop 10" Contractor Saw

sawstop_contractor.jpgUpdate: We were way off on the price of this saw. The source that we used for the info turned out to be four years old. The actual price is going to be somewhere in the $1600 to $1800 range. We attribute this error to an early overindulgence in holiday eggnog. Thanks to Ben over at Toologics for pointing out the error.

This spring, SawStop's revolutionary safety system is going to be available on a 10" Contractor Saw. At the moment, the only SawStop table saw out there is their massive cabinet saw, which retails for around $3000. The new, smaller version will be going for around $700. No matter how you slice it, either saw is cheaper than dealing with a severed finger.

If you're unfamiliar with the SawStop, this video should tell you all you need to know.

While you're at the SawStop website, check out the videos of the prototype chop saw and band saw, both with the SawStop finger-saving technology.

At SawStop

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