September 27, 2007

Ridgid R4330 13" Thickness Planer with 3 Blade Cutterhead

ridgid_planer.jpgRidgid has recently released a new 13" Thickness Planer and it looks like it's got all the right standard features, as well as a few new ones.

The planer has a 15 amp motor, nice fold down infeed/outfeed platforms, a chip diverter, as well as a place to plug your ShopVac – either 2-1/2" or 4" - to minimize dust (and there will be a lot of dust). Also included are some tools to help you change out the blades, or rather, flip them over, as Ridgid is thankfully using two sided blades. And don't worry about trying to index them, that's taken care of too.

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September 26, 2007

New DeWalt Nano Tools

dewalt_18v_impact_driver.jpgThe guys over at Toologics have just uncovered DeWalt's plans for two new battery tools to coincide with the launch of their Nano Battery next month. The tools look nice (and expensive). They are...wait for it.....wait for it....

It looks like they will be available individually as well as in a kit. Also, if you're unfamiliar with the whole Nano thing, DeWalt has a nice new presentation of the technology on their website here.

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September 24, 2007

Milwaukee Compact 18-Volt Drill

milwaukee_18_compact.jpgIt must have been a busy few months in the R&D lab of Milwaukee Tools. Not only are they on the verge of releasing their new 12-Volt Sub Compact Driver, but they're also about to launch a new Compact 18-Volt Drill. The Drill's got a good selection of standard features and with Milwaukee's name on it, it should be a very durable item as well.

It comes equipped with a LED light, on-board bit storage, 22 position clutch, a belt hook, and a fuel indicator. Because of the lightweight lithium ion battery, the whole package comes in at about 4 lbs. The drill comes with 2 batteries and a 30-minute charger.

Like Ridgid's similar compact 18-volt drill, we're thinking this is going to be popular with a wide range of people. Because it's so lightweight, it won't be intimidating to those who don't use tools all the time and because of its power contractors should love it.

Like the Sub Compact Driver, this tool will be available in October.

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September 20, 2007

Ryobi Lithium Tools Available Now

UPDATE: Our review of Ryobi's 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Kit is here.

We had thought that the new 4-piece Ryobi Lithium Ion kit wouldn't be available for another week, but we were in a local Home Depot today and saw a bunch of them on display. So there you have it. Go out and check them out an let us know what you think. They looked pretty nice to us.

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September 19, 2007

Ryobi One + Lithium Ion Tools


UPDATE III: Our review of Ryobi's 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Kit is here.

While we were off on vacation, Ryobi opened their mysterious green box and revealed a new line of lithium-ion tools set for a late September release. Ryobi says the tools have twice the performance, twice the run time, and are 20% lighter than the old fashioned 18-volt tools.

Ryobi is initially going to offer two kits (with no indication if the tools will be available individually):

  • 4-piece kit - Drill, work light, reciprocating saw, circular saw.
  • 2-piece Kit - Drill, work light

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September 18, 2007

Milwaukee 12-volt Sub-Compact Driver

milwaukee_sub_compact.jpgThis October, Milwaukee is getting into the mini Li-Ion market with their 12-volt Sub-Compact Driver. It looks like a nice tool with some good features. It's got a variable speed trigger, a little LED light, a easy-to-use chuck, and a little fuel gauge so you'll always know how much juice you've got left.

According to Milwaukee, the Sub-Compact Driver can drive 130 3" screws on a single charge. Not bad for something that weighs two pounds. The tool comes with a soft case, a 30 minute charger, and two Li-Ion batteries.

Up until this point, Bosch has really been the only player with this type of tool so we're looking forward to seeing what Milwaukee has to offer.

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August 20, 2007

Dremel 75th Anniversary Rotary Tool Kit - Review

kit.jpgJust about everyone agrees that Dremel is the king of the rotary tool, but did you know that they've been at it since 1932? Way back then, they released an electric razor blade sharpener and soon after introduced the Moto-Tool, their first rotary tool. Since then, it's been one success after another and now they have decided to mark their 75th anniversary with a limited-edition commemorative tool kit. Needless to say, we were pretty thrilled when they kindly let us test one out.

The tool comes in a metal case with the commemorative Dremel logo imprinted on the lid. Although it's a bit impractical for throwing in the back of the truck and heading off to the jobsite, the case is very cool and fits the limited-edition nature of the kit. The tool itself also has a retro look and feel with a number of chrome accents, including the collet, brush caps, on/off/speed switch as well as a chrome version of Dremel's old-school logo printed on the side. The set comes with, you guessed it, 75 accessories. The accessories cover the basics of the rotary tool world; there are sanding bands, polishing wheels, cut-off wheels, steel brushes, grinding stones, and even a small container of polishing compound. It's a solid starter set, with just enough of everything to get you interested and wanting more.

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August 17, 2007

Bosch PMF 180 E Multi

bosch_multitool.jpgOur pals over at Toologics got the big scoop yesterday when they posted about Bosch's new PMF 180 E Multi. It appears to be very similar to the amazing Fein MultiMaster and since the Bosch name screams quality, it should be quite a tool, not to mention some much needed competition in the niche market of oscillating tools. As reported at Toologics, the tool is only available in Europe at the moment, but it appears to be selling at less than half the price of the Fein. No word yet when it's coming to the States.

We did a little research and found the tool on Amazon's German site. With the help of an online language to language application, we translated the lone posted comment. The reviewer had this to say,

Hello, I have bought the device today and am inspired by the achievement circumference. It substitutes for several other Bosch devices and is useable for work which could be differently barely managed (the Terse take a short-cut, doors shorten etc.). On the homepage of Bosch a nice video about the achievement circumference is put nowadays. Hence, I can only recommend you the device.

Very well put.

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August 16, 2007

Coleman Power-Tite

Coleman Power Tools has recently come out with an interesting innovation on the cordless drill. It's a new style of chuck that seems to solve a number of standard problems and inconveniences that accompany the traditional three-jaw chuck. Coleman's Power-Tite's chuck is internal, with some sort of locking mechanism that secures the bit.

This is good for a few of reasons. First, because the tip of the drill doesn't move, there's no chance of marring the workpiece if you're coming in at an angle. Secondly, the way that the chuck is set-up, there is no more need for hand tightening. So if you know of an aging diyer who has arthritis or is losing hand strength, this drill could be quite a gift for them. Finally, and most important (to us, at least), now that the tip of the drill no longer moves, it can be gripped, giving much greater stability and control to the drill.

These things all add up to a tool that looks promising. Could this possibly be the next big evolutionary step for the cordless drill?

Available at Menards

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July 19, 2007

Dremel 75th Anniversary Rotary Tool Kit

75th-Anniversary-Tool-Kit.jpgIt's hard to believe, but Dremel was founded in 1932 and sold the world's first rotary tool way back in 1935. Now, seventy-five years later there is still no doubt that they are the kings of the rotary market. To celebrate this milestone, they're selling a commemorative Rotary Tool Kit. But if you want one, you'd better act fast, because it's only going to be available for a limited time.

The kit comes with a variable speed Dremel tool, stylized for this edition with chrome plated accents and a retro version of Dremel's logo. Also included are 75 accessories, capable of polishing, grinding, cutting, buffing and all the other tasks that rotary tools can do. If that wasn't good enough, Dremel has thrown in a 12-in-1 Multi-Tool (think Leatherman), free. The entire kit comes in a groovy, retro tin box and costs about $75 (get it....75?).

Although there's the whole commemorative, limited-edition thing going on here, it's still a Dremel rotary tool and, we assume, up to the same level of quality as their other models. So you can either keep it on the shelf as a collector's item next to your Millennium Falcon or you can put it to work. We suggest buying two, one for the work bench and one for ebay.


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