August 21, 2009

Northern Tool 2009 Fall/Winter Master Catalog

Northern_tool_09.jpgFinally, a tool catalog so badass it has to be delivered in a cardboard box. And it's freakin' hardcover! To us, the Northern Tool catalog marks the seasons more reliably than the solstice. Even though it's still about 97 degrees where we live, the fact that the Fall/Winter catalog just hit means that it's time to start thinking about the first stages of buckling down for the winter. Should we pick up a generator this year (after being without power for six days last December)? Is it time to get one of those tent vehicle enclosures? Should we stop wearing white, now that the Fall/Winter catalog is here? These are some of the thoughts prompted by the arrival of one of the best tool catalogs out there.

And it's not just tools. In fact, power tools only take up 27 of the 591 pages here. The rest is packed with automotive, heating, storage, hydraulics, and on and on and on.

Order your free catalog here.

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August 6, 2009

Tool Nut

It looks like the online world will, at some point soon, have a new tool retailer. Tool Nut is a family-run business out of Yorktown Heights, NY and they're just getting a web presence going. Right now, the site is just a static placeholder with some great deals, but you can shoot them an email and get on their newsletter list. We've been getting it for a few weeks now and the prices are really nice.

At Tool Nut

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July 28, 2009

Dremel is Giving Accessories Away All Day Long


Dremel has come up with yet another new accessory for their rotary tool and to mark the event they'll be giving accessories away all day tomorrow (Wednesday) on both Facebook and Twitter. We're not sure what the new item is yet, but it looks like the sneak peek will be happening tomorrow. The Twitter giveaway will be hourly from 9am to 4pm.

So become a fan of them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and you may have the chance to win something.

go to Twitter and Facebook

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July 20, 2009

Tool Snob Interviews

tools_com.jpgThere's a new tool website in the mix. recently launched a beta version and are aiming to become a one-stop online resource for the tool consumer. We sent a few questions over to Jim and Alex, the founders of the site and they were nice enough to take the time to answer them.

First, can you give us a brief description of aims to be the largest comparison engine dedicated solely to tools and hardware. We like to think of as a great place to research a tool, buy a tool, or just browse and drool over tools.

What caused you to want to start the site?
We were approached by our partners to develop a customer-focused handyman's website to manage the enormous inventory of tools that are sold online.

Where do you see the site in five years?
We'd like not only to provide users with a powerful price comparison engine for tools but also evolve into a one-stop location for information, instructions, and content. For example, if you're building a deck, we'd like you to get all the tools, the plans, questions answered, and even the cold beer at the end of the day from

How on earth did you manage to score that URL?
There are two stories. One is that we won it on a riverboat poker game from Mr. Tools in the late 1890s. The second one is that our partners owned the domain name and approached us with it.

How do you see as being different from other sites like ToolCritic and Tool-Rank (or even the comments section at Amazon) that are also in the process of generating review driven tool databases?
We see ourselves as larger and broader than Tool Critic and Tool-Rank, but more focused than Amazon. We think you'll see more differentiating factors as we build out the site.

We saw on the site that you guys are DIYers. Can you expand on that? What sort of projects do you guys tackle? Any horror stories?
I'm always tinkering around the house and drop what I'm doing to fix something when I think of it. I just put up two walls in my new apartment and completely neglected everything else in my life until the project was finished. As far as horror stories, ask Alex why he's not allowed to use an impact wrench.

What are some of your personal favorite tools?
Every time I use a Dremel, I think, this is all I would need on a desert island, but Josh always keeps a Leatherman in his pocket so you can decide.

If was an animal, which one would it be and why?
A goat. Because their needs are so simple but they give so much - just like You know?

Check it out for yourself over at At this point they're interested in feedback, so if you have thoughts, they welcome your emails. Or if you want, you can tell us what you think of their site in the comments section of this post and at the end of the week, we'll pick a random comment and if it's yours, we'll send you one of the tools we've got kicking around the shop. So yeah, let us know what you think of and you might win a little something from Tool Snob.

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July 19, 2009

Paslode Contest Ends This Week

Paslode_Logo.jpgJust a reminder that the 'Name That Blog' contest over at Paslode is ending this Tuesday. That means there's still time to get your entry in and possibly walk away with a CF325 Cordless Nailer (our review here).

More information on the contest is at Paslode.

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July 13, 2009

Win a Custom Motorcycle from Skil

smalls.jpgSkil wants to know how you use your worm drive SkilSaw and if you tell them, you might end up with a custom motorcycle made by Big Dog Motorcycle.

The details from Skil...

Whether spending your day framing houses in a new development or weekends in the backyard building that long-awaited deck, obstacles always emerge along the road to completing a successful project. That's why SKIL Power Tools wants to know how you've used your worm drive SKILSAW® to overcome a challenge either on the jobsite or at home. And for taking the time to send us your story, you could win a new SKILSAW-themed bike, customized by Big Dog Motorcycles. But don't worry, even if you don't win the SKILSAW bike, there are lots of other great prizes.

To enter this contest, participants can submit an entry form along with their story and photos online at or mail an entry form, essay and photos via the U.S. Postal Service by filling out a hard copy form available for download at Entries will be judged based on the project's difficulty, solution creativity and overall success. One grand-prize winner will receive a custom Worm Drive SKILSAW-themed Big Dog Motorcycle plus an all-expenses paid trip for two to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 17. Additionally, 10 first place entries will win a SHD77M Worm Drive SKILSAW and 25 second place winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

The contest runs through August 1. For official SKIL Worm Drive Challenge rules and more information on how to enter, visit

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June 22, 2009

Power Tool Drag Racing: The Results

The dust has settled over Columbus and the results of their first Power Tool Drag Race are official. To see the winners and losers in both photo and video form, check out the event's website. For a more descriptive view of what went down, go to CopTool for the round-up.

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June 18, 2009

Power Tool Drag Racing: Columbus, Ohio

drag_racing.jpgIf you live in Columbus, Ohio, or even if you live within a thousand miles of Columbus, Ohio, you should go to the Power Tool Drag Races this weekend. They're being held at the Columbus Idea Foundry from 4 to 6. If you want to enter your own dragster, you still have time because registration ends this Friday. If you don't have the time, but want to enter next year, they're holding a workshop on how to make your own tools into drag racers. How cool is that?

This is the first annual Columbus race and we hope that all of you who are able to go make it out for the event. It looks like a lot of fun, and the more people who show, the better the chance of it becoming an institution. Just think, someday you can tell your grandkids, "I was at the very first Columbus Power Tool Drag Race..."

Prizes for the event are being supplied by the great Ohio Power Tool and other sponsors include C.H. Hanson and Skil. There is more information on the Drag Races at the official site (

In the spirit of the races, we'll send a tool to the first person who correctly identifies the movie that the above image came from. Just leave it in the comments.

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June 15, 2009

We Have Two Winners!

may_walsh_winners.jpgWe did the old random draw and came up with "Bill" as the winner of the Home Depot Gift Card and "John" as the winner of the Skil 4-Piece Combo Kit. They've both been contacted and the prizes will be shipping out this week.

We want to thank both Home Depot and Skil for assisting with the contests. Both companies were great to work with and very generous with their prizes.

We also want to high-five all of our readers who entered. It's you people who are the reason why we're here in the first place, so we're happy to give a little something back now and then. This year, we've already had a few contests, and we're hoping to have more in the near future. So thanks again.

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June 12, 2009

Free Percocets at Tool Snob!

percocet.jpg...and by 'percocets' we mean, 'Skil 4-Piece Combo Kit' and '$100 Home Depot Gift Card.'

Don't forget, today is the last day to enter the contest for the Home Depot Gift Card, and tomorrow is the last day for the 4-Piece Skil Kit.

Details on how to enter are here (for the HD gift card) and here (for the Skil kit).

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