December 1, 2010
One Sander to rule them all, One Sander to find them,
One Sander to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.
If you signed up to Tool Nut's weekly email blast, you'd already know about this all-powerful sander that's on its way from Festool. The newest tool in their Rotex line, the RO 90 DX, has the functionality of a grinder, a standard orbital and a corner sander. This tri-action is the result of two different aspects of the tool; 1) it has interchangeable heads (one circular, one triangular) and 2) it has gear settings that not only seem to regulate the speed of the tool, but the style of orbit as well.
From what little information there is available, the RO 90 DX has three distinct modes; aggressive, random orbit, and delta. Festool says that, "the aggressive mode delivers material removal like that of a grinder" which is an intense feat coming from a tool that doubles as a fine finish sander. The orbit mode behaves as you think it should and thankfully, according to Festool, "it's like a Zen sanding experience." Finally, there's the delta mode which, we assume, alters the orbital motion to better accommodate the smaller sanding pad.
There's no pricing yet, and not much else in the way of details, but to see some cool pictures or sign up to get more information as it becomes available, go here. This one sounds like a winner to us.
November 29, 2010
If there ever was a tool that sucked the oxygen out of the room, it's the Bosch Axial Glide Miter Saw. It's crazy, but everyone is talking about it. Even our non-tool friends are asking, 'hey have you seen that saw with the Bionicle arms?" Until recently, we had actually only seen it on paper. A number of frustrating experiences at the airport prohibited us from making our flights out to Bosch for the unveiling of the tool (we tried twice), so it was just a couple weeks ago, when Bosch nicely packed one up and sent it our way, that we got to see the tool in person and give it a good once over.
Continue reading: "Bosch GCM12SD 12-Inch Axial Glide Miter Saw - Review"
November 23, 2010
Yesterday, we had the pleasure of being visited by Jason Swanson, the Director of Communications for both Ridgid and Ryobi. Swanson was nice enough to make the trip out to our HQ in order to show us some of the new items that the companies are rolling out in the next few months. Right now, we're going to take a look at a few of the standouts from the new Ridgid line-up.
Ridgid Tri-Stack 5-Gallon Air Compressor
This one will likely make even the crustiest old carpenter raise an eyebrow. It's a standard twin tank compressor...no wait, it's not. What's that third piece sitting up by the motor? Is that a...no it can't be....yeah, it's a third tank. And it's what? Removable? Are you kidding? So you're saying I can blast out framing nails all day and then when it comes time to head up to the third floor to case out the closet door, I can just take the small tank with me? Pretty slick. $279 at Home Depot. For more information, the press release is after the jump.
Ridgid Fuego Compact Jigsaw
You know how Himalayan cats have those faces that are all flat and pushed in? Well apparently the gene crossed over to Ridgid's new jigsaw. Regardless of the funky look of the thing, the size alone is appealing. It's low to the workpiece and has a very long footprint for good stability. It has a 4 amp motor so while the jury is still out on it's cutting ability, the portability is clear just by holding it. $99 at Home Depot. For more information, the press release is after the jump.
Ridgid Dual Saw
We don't have an image for this, but the one that we got our hands on was pretty sweet. It looks like Ridgid is taking the dual saw technology and putting it in a much nicer package. Instead of the simple grinder body that the Craftsman and the Omni have, Ridgid has placed a few handles and grab bars on the tool to allow, what we would assume, is very good control over the cut. Expect to see this one early next year.
We'd like to thank Jason for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come out and see us. We had a good time talking to him and we think it's great how committed he is to the idea that you guys, our readers, get the most up-to-date info on both lines of tools.
Continue reading: "Three New Items from Ridgid"
November 8, 2010
It's always nice when a tool company releases something that we've never seen before. And that's exactly what Skil has done with their unique flooring saw (unique, that is, until Ryobi recently released an identical tool, our thoughts on that one here).
The point of the flooring saw is that it tries to be a one-stop tool for your flooring needs. In order to do that it needs combines two functions; cross-cutting a la miter saw and ripping a la table saw. Because flooring material is relatively thin and rarely gets any thicker than 3/4", the design of the Flooring Saw can be a miniaturized affair. No need to slice up a 2x4 here.
Skil was nice enough to send a sample our way and for over a month we've been using it, and not just on flooring either. Read on...
Continue reading: "Skil 3600-02 Flooring Saw - Review"
October 22, 2010
My latest article is up over at Popular Mechanics. This one is a comparison of four new grinders, each with a different ergonomic take on the useful tool. Of the four, I've already given specific attention to the Fein here at Tool Snob (full review here) and I may do larger reviews of the other three.
Check out the Popular Mechanics article here.
October 15, 2010
You want bizarre?
We'll show you bizarre.
Fein, a company known to most of us as the originators of the MultiMaster also makes a load of other tools, grinders included. They've also recently come up with the freakiest switch system that we've ever seen on a power tool. It's called the Tip Start and, really, why bother with switches when you can turn on the tool just by touching it? They sent us one to check out and we happily did....
Continue reading: "Fein WSG 10-115 T Tip Start 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinder - Review"
October 14, 2010
We've used bandsaws on a variety of job sites, but its always been on metal, so we sort of mentally anchored the tool to that material. Now, after having the MasterForce cordless bandsaw just kicking around the shop for about two months, we can say that the bandsaw is a far more versatile tool than we gave it credit for. In fact, it's sort of our new best friend.
Continue reading: "MasterForce 18-Volt Bandsaw - Review"
October 13, 2010
RotoZip is on the verge of releasing something called the ZipSaw which seems to walk the line between a 'grinder' and, well, a 'grinder.' It looks like a good one-stop tool for a tile installer, but it's likely that anyone could find plenty for it to do.
It really is just a grinder with a slightly modified body shape, optimized for cutting rather than grinding. So the difference is an ergonomic one. It has the same detachable side handle as a grinder and the same power (7amps - there are plenty of grinders that get up into the 12-13 amp range, but they're built for hours of metal grinding, not tile work like this tool).
When equipped with a RotoZip XWheel, the ZipSaw is capable of a flush cut, which is a nice feature. Because there are XWheels available that can cut metal, tile, and wood, this looks like the ZipSaw could be good tool to have around, especially for a bathroom or kitchen remodel. The dust collection system makes it even more appealing. We've never had any issues with our RotoZip and in fact, we're constantly impressed with its durability, which gives us high hopes for the ZipSaw.
The tool, a couple wheels, and a dust collection kit will be sold for $100.
Due in stores on November 8th.
Press release is after the jump...
Continue reading: "RotoZip ZipSaw Multipurpose Cut-Off Saw"
October 6, 2010
This is a nice close-up look at the new Bosch miter saw. Motion-Picture-Preview-Man's voice gets pretty annoying after a while (unbearable really), but with the volume low, you can take in a lot of good info on the saw. The beginning of the video is particularly cool.
It still boggles the mind that Bosch will be selling this at the same price point as their current rail miter saw. We have more thoughts on the new tool here. But anyway, here's the video...
...In a world....
September 28, 2010
Looks like the Skil Flooring Saw now has some competition from Ryobi. The Ryobi Flooring Saw is a pretty similar item with all of the same basic features; rip cuts, crosscuts, lightweight, and decent dust collection.
Comparing the saws side-by-side, the Skil seems to have an advantage in functionality with better cutting ability (at a 45 degree miter, the Skil can cut 8-1/2" and the Ryobi can cut 8" and at 0 miter the Skil can make an 18" cut and the Ryobi an 11" cut). The Ryobi claims, 'best in class' dust collection, but we're not sure exactly how that's quantified.
There are also some odd discrepancies between the Ryobi site and the Home Depot site (where the Ryobi saw is exclusively available). First, HD calls the saw the 'Ryobi Laminate Saw,' which is only annoying because it meant we had to spent an entire three minutes looking for it. Secondly, HD says the tool weight is 23 lbs and Ryobi says 18 lbs. The Skil is 25 lbs, so either way the Ryobi is lighter, but still, what's up with the two different numbers? It's likely that HD means 'package weight,' even though they put the number as the 'tool weight.' If we didn't make so many typos ourselves, we'd call that, 'some sloppy internet work.'
At $150, it's the same price as the Skil as well.
At Home Depot