July 17, 2007

Fein MultiMaster

Update II: Our hands-on review of the new Fein MultiMaster 250Q Top is here.
Update: We now know why we couldn't find any info on Fein's new generation of MultiMasters. It's because there wasn't any. Fein didn't officially release the tool until this past weekend. But now, it's out there and it's got a nice new website as well. Check it out here.

If you've never heard of the Fein MultiMaster, you have no idea what you're missing. It's powerful, precise, and because of the range of accessories available, might be one of the most versatile tools out there.

The actual tool has the look and feel of an angle grinder, but instead of spinning, the MultiMaster oscillates back and forth. The range of motion isn't that extreme (but it's quite powerful), so there is an extraordinary amount of control. Unlike a rotary tool, you never have to worry about the MultiMaster spinning out of control and zipping an unwanted mark in your work piece. The accessories are changed out with a little hex key (we've seen a new model advertised that has a keyless change out, but we couldn't find it on the internet).

We've used the Multi-Master and have been really knocked out by how detail oriented you can get. The blade attachment is prefect for detailed flush-cutting and also gives you the ability to do a plunge cut. We really liked Bosch's fine cut saw, but compared to the Fein, it might as well be a Sawzall. You could probably perform surgery with this thing.

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July 11, 2007

Wagner PaintEater - Review

painteater1.jpgWe're pretty vocal about our dislike (hatred, really) of painting. We're happy to spend 10 hours shaping a piece of wood, but for some reason we don't have the patience to paint it. And if painting isn't bad enough, there's scraping to think about. If painting is like getting your fingernail pulled off, scraping is like being drawn and quartered. So when we heard about Wagner's new PaintEater, we dove at the opportunity to test one out and see if it makes the unbearable at least somewhat bearable.

First, about the tool. The PaintEater is about the size of a coffee can. It's got an adjustable Velcro hand strap around the main grip as well as a secondary handle that can retract back up to the body of the tool when not in use. The handle, when in the down or up position, locks in place preventing any slipping or unexpected movement. The on-off switch has a nice dust protected cover over it and is located in a convenient spot. At the bottom of the tool is the brillo-like pad that does the actual paint eating. The pad is a bit hard to describe, it reminds us more of a sea creature than anything else. It's much more rigid than a brillo, but there is a bit of a give to it. The disc can be easily removed with an arbor stop and a twist of the pad. The tool is pretty light (3.8 lbs), so there should be no problem spending a day on a ladder with it.

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July 10, 2007

Ridgid Lithium-Ion 18-Volt Compact Drill - Review

drill_top.jpgBecause Lithium Ion batteries are so much lighter and more powerful than standard batteries, tool companies have a lot more leeway as far as design is concerned. The problem is that most of them are still intoxicated by the technology, focusing on creating the "lightest ever" or the "most powerful ever" tools. The small little screwdriver-style drills are handy and the 36-volt tools are total overkill, but what about that middle range? What about having a nice, reliable, no-frills, 18 Volt drill? If you feel the same way, look no further than Ridgid's new 18-Volt Compact Li-Ion Drill.

The drill is very light, 4.5 lbs. to be exact. It's interesting, but when compared directly to the Makita 14.4, which is about 4.6 lbs, the Ridgid feels much lighter. We figure that this has something to do with the fact that two thirds of the weight is no longer in the battery and the balance is much more even. The Ridgid feels solid in the hands and once we put it to work, we were not let down at all.

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June 28, 2007

Pit Bull Power Planer

pit_bull_planer.jpgIf you're looking for a power planer on a tight budget, look no further. Pit Bull, a company we've never heard of (and can't find any information on), has recently released this one which is currently selling for the extremely low price of $16.50.

This planer has 2.6 amps, a small number when compared the big name planers which are usually above 6 amps. But, seeing as this tool is being sold for under $20, it’s really unfair to compare it to a Bosch. At the price it’s being sold for, if it even works you’re already ahead of the game.

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June 26, 2007

Wagner Painteater Arrives for Review

Wagner_painteater.jpgWe’ve got to admit that we’re pretty excited about this one. We hate scraping paint about as much as we hate mixing concrete and from the looks of the Wagner Painteater, it could be a real ally in the battle against brutally tired arms and the seemingly endless task of hand scraping. We’re really interested to see how it works. Stay tuned.

The review is here.

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June 20, 2007

GMC ADS75 1.1 Amp Detail Sander

gmc_detail_sander.jpgGMC has recently released a little detail sander available at a really good price. It's sort of like Skil's Octo, but without all of the attachments. Still, at just a hair over $10, there's no way to loose on this one. It's essentially a little orbital that ends in a little point making it possible to sand those little spots that even hand sanding can't deal with.

The sander has a dust-sealed switch, a hook and loop sanding pad, a vacuum port, and what looks like a nice gripping area.

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Ridgid's 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill arrives for Review

ridgid_compact_drill.jpgThe guys at Ridgid just set us up with one of their new Compact Lithium-Ion drills so we can review it. We got it out of the box and gave it a quick heft and there's no doubt about the 'compact' part. In fact, it feels a whole lot lighter than our 14.4-Volt Makita, but it's got 18-Volt power. We've got a few projects going on this week and weekend so we're going to put the drill right to work and see how it does. Stay tuned.

Also, we're still trying to get our heads around C.H. Hanson's Pivot Square and we just got a sample of the new Ace Sensations paint, so you can look forward to those reviews as well.

Ridgid's Compact Drill is available at Home Depot

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June 18, 2007

Makita AVT Tools

makita_avt_reciprocating.jpgIf you’ve seen the letters AVT on the side of some of the new Makita tools and had no idea what they meant, you’re not alone. We were in the same boat until we did a little research. The acronym stands for “Anti-Vibration Technology,” and what it means is less teeth chattering and more productivity.

Makita’s engineers have taken the ideas behind earthquake engineering and applied them to power tools. What they’ve done is added a counter balance in the tool that works in opposition to the cutting/hammering/whatever action, essentially canceling out the vibration. And because your arm isn’t jiggling back and forth, all that power is going into cutting.

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June 13, 2007

Milwaukee 6390-21 Tilt-Lok 7-1/2” Circular Saw

milwaukee_tilt_LOK.jpgMilwaukee has a new circular saw called the Tilt-Lok that distinguishes itself from the pack with its interesting multi-position handle. Our complaint with Milwaukee circular saws has always been the fact that the handle is perched up on top of the saw, as opposed to behind it, making for an, at times, awkward cut. This new saw not only solves that problem, but it adds seven other positions for the handle to be in.

But the innovative handle isn’t the only good thing about the saw. The saw is light (10.5 lbs), powerful (3.25 hp), and durable. According to Milwaukee, the Tilt-Lok saw lasts eight times as long as other leading brands. They’ve got all sorts of official-looking charts on the subject here.

The saw comes with a case, a blade, and a wrench. It retails between $150 and $200.

Available at Tool King and Amazon.com

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Wagner Power Tex

Wagner_Power_TEX.JPGWagner Spray Tech, makers of the interesting new Painteater, have also recently released the Wagner Power Tex, a cool new way to apply texture to walls and ceilings. The great innovation of the Power Tex is that it has the same basic functions of a commercial grade sprayer, but it’s powered by electricity, so there’s no cumbersome compressor and hoses to deal with.

Because of this ease of use, the Power Tex is useful for small patching jobs, but according to the Wagner Spray Tech website, it is also powerful enough to do an entire room. We’ve seen the pros do it and can attest that they come with a lot of equipment. We’ve also tried the spray can method and it’s messy and very inconsistent. If the Power Tex is what Wagner says it is, it should put professional quality work in the hands of the homeowner.

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