February 24, 2009
Craftsman has a bunch of videos over at Popular Mechanics featuring some of their new tools. We're usually a bit suspect of these sorts of promotions, but this one features our pal Mark Clement. Since we know Mark and are convinced that he would never tell a lie, we're on board for what he has to say about the tools.
There are a lot of videos here on everything from the new Vibra-Free Sander to some hand wrenches to this cool vehicle diagnostic unit that we've never even seen before. The videos are clear and concise and offer nice introductions of the tools as well as Mark's impressions of them.
It's worth mentioning that Mark has a lot more luck with the Auto Hammer than we did. In the video, he was able to drive galvanized nails into pressure-treated wood without any of the problems that we had here and here.
Check out the videos here.
Craftsman tools at Sears
Over the past few months, we've let you know about the Irwin "Tell Us Your Vise-Grip Story Contest." Now here is a contest we can get behind; solicit stories of vise-grips in action and have the people vote on them. Sort of like American Idol for the fix-it crowd, minus the erratic behavior of Paula Abdul.
The contest is now at the point where the three finalists have been announced and they are now being reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winner. The finalists are...
San Rafael, CA
Story: In 1980, I was taking my Mother to a Cancer clinic in Mexico. After crossing the border, our truck hit a bump in the road -breaking a bolt on the exhaust system. I walked into town to discover the $600 part was not in stock. I used my favorite VISE-GRIP locking pliers to clamp the corner of the manifold and the exhaust together - stopping the leak completely. I was able to get my mother to the doctor for her treatment. 28 years later, I have the same truck with the VISE-GRIPS still holding the exhaust to the manifold.
Valley Center, CA
Story: The Baja 500 is one of the most grueling races in the world. Many years almost half the teams who take the green flag, fail to cross the finish line for the checkered flag. A "Did Not Finish" is every team's haunting nightmare. I remember one Baja 500 race I participated in was almost cut short when a brake line failed. However, I was able to use my Irwin Vise-Grip to crimp off the faulty line and maintain pressure on the remaining three brakes. Our team was able to rally and finish that arduous race!
Story: As a US Navy spine surgeon, I routinely deal with dozens of different types of screws, rods and bolts that have been implanted into the spine. Each manufacturer has their own unique tools to insert and remove their specific hardware. While deployed to the Middle East in support of operation Iraqi Freedom, I did not have access to these specialized tools. I did however have some Vise-Grips that could be sterilized and used to emergently remove the screws and rods from this infected soldier's spine. Photo shows an intraoperative xray and shot of the tool in use.
We like them all and can see why they made the finals, but we have to say that our favorite is the one about the exhaust manifold. How can you not like a guy who leaves a Vise-Grip attached to his truck engine for 28 years (and who owns a truck for 28 years?).
There is more information about the contest and pictures of the finalists at Irwin.
January 12, 2009
In all the December chaos, we forgot to announce the winners of our Paslode Finish Nailer Giveaway. The grand prize winner of the Paslode Gun was a guy named "Adam" and the winner of the Amazon gift certificate was someone they call "Rae." Congratulations you two and thanks to everyone else who entered. It was, by far, our most popular contest and we're hoping to get another one going in the near future.
If you're mad as hell that you lost and you still want the Paslode Finish gun you can pick one up at Amazon.com. Our review of the gun is here.
December 8, 2008
Skil has just launched a micro-site for their new line of benchtop tools. We went down to N.C. earlier in the year for a sneak peek at the tools and can say that they're a solid selection set at a very attractive price point. We also liked that there was an added emphasis on safety, due to the fact that, because of the price, it's likely they would appeal to first-time users.
The website has tons of information on the tools (including videos) as well as a quick history of Skil, which is worth checking out.
Our thoughts on the benchtop tools in general are here, and we took a closer look at the belt sander here. This all reminds us that we haven't yet written anything about the other tools in the series (like we said we would).
Check out the website here.
The benchtop tools are available exclusively at Lowes
December 4, 2008
We haven't given anything away in a while and with the holidays upon us we thought we'd get in the giving spirit and unleash a Paslode Finish Gun on one of you lucky readers. We reviewed the Paslode back in late May and at the time, we thought it was a powerful little gun. Since the review, we've used it a number of times and are happy to report that there have been no unsightly failings and it's become our 'go-to' finish nailer.
To win you've got to do two things. First, you have to be signed up to our newsletter. It's easy, just go here and follow the instructions. If you're already subscribed, then it's one less step you have to do. Secondly, you've got to leave a comment on any Tool Snob article. It doesn't matter to us which one. Could be this one, this one, or even this one. The contest deadline is Dec 14th and the winner will be decided in a random drawing.
Update:You can safely comment and add your email address in the comments section below. When you comment email address is required but never shown on the site. We are the only people who will know what your email address is and if you win we'll only send you one email. If you would prefer - sign up for our newsletter - it's a double opt-in and also SPAM free. Thanks for participating.
Just do those two simple things and you could be the winner of the Paslode Finish Gun.
The gun has a retail value of about $175. It's also part of our 2008 Holiday Gift Guide, which you can check out here.
We've also got a second prize of a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Not bad either....
Our review of the Paslode Finish Nailer is here.
You can skip our contest and simply get the gun at Amazon Here.
November 26, 2008
We saw over at CopTool that Ridgid has unveiled their 2009-2010 Calendar. It's not exactly "family-friendly," but if you don't mind your workshop looking like the back room at the auto-parts store, it might be perfect for you.
It costs $15 and is available directly from Ridgid or if you purchase over $100 of Ridgid tools at Ohio Power Tools you can get one for free. Details here.
November 25, 2008
Waaaay back in July, we told you about the Best Vise Grip Story contest. At the time, Irwin was making the call for submissions and now that they've narrowed it down to a handful, it's your turn to take over the voting. The winner will motor into the sunset with a custom chopper.
To vote you have to go to Irwin and register. Once that is out of the way, you can vote once each day, through Dec. 19, and with each vote, you have the chance of winning some prizes as well (plier sets, wrench sets, t-shirts, hats, etc).
We flipped through the entries and there are some interesting ones. We skipped over any that didn't have photos. How do you expect to win a chopper if you can't even muster up a photo? We liked the one from the puppeteer (we're down with puppets) and we also liked the one about the old Buick Skylark, but that's because our college roommate had a Skylark. The car was virtually indestructible and the key was broken off in the ignition. It was eventually stolen (big surprise there). As a complete aside, the 1982 Buick Skylark made this guy's list of the Top 17 Worst Cars Ever.
Check out the finalists and vote here.
Black Friday is coming up (followed by Cyber-Monday), so we thought we'd troll around and see what good deals are out there. Here's what we got:
Ohio Power Tools has all kinds of things cooking, such as:
- Free Milwaukee M12 Impact Driver with purchase of 2 other M12 tools. Looks like the battery is not included, but who cares, you've already got all the batteries from the other M12 tools. Expires Dec. 31st.
- Buy any Bosch Litheon Drill and get a 3rd battery free. Expires Dec. 31.
- For a very limited time, they are also offering 10% off all Bosch and Milwaukee tools and accessories.
, one of our other trusted online tool retailers has a few things working as well.
- 10% off all new Makita tools and accessories. Limited time, no date given.
- $10 off just by subscribing to their newsletter.
- 5% off all DeWalt reconditioned tools.
- We also just noticed this interesting line in the description of their, "we'll beat any price out there" promotion: "...you can use this form if you'd like to make us an offer on a specific product. Occasionally we can offer a better price then what is advertised, but we can only do this if you initiate making us an offer." This is very cool and it means that you can get the giddy rush of third-world price haggling without leaving your own bedroom. More information here.
And of course, there's Amazon with tons of deals and generally low prices. Their steals and deals page is here.
October 2, 2008
DeWalt is giving away one of their 18V Cordless Driver kits in a random drawing. To enter, just go to their website and log-in. That's it, pretty easy. The deadline is October 13th and the drawing is the 18th.
If you'd be happier just buying the kit for about $200, you can do so at Amazon.com.
Enter the drawing here.
September 5, 2008
DeWalt is apparently looking for the world's greatest finish carpenter and they're willing to load up a lot of people with prizes in order to do it. It's a unique contest in that it's done in two stages and it seems particularly susceptible to huge amounts of fraud.
To enter, you first have to log on to DeWalt.com and set up a profile. Then you have to choose a project category; built-in cabinets, custom stairs, or mantles as well as send them some images of other work that you've done (do this by Sept 24th). At this point, DeWalt will narrow the field down to 17 contestants, who they will ship a ton of tools to, in order for you to complete the project. Then, after eight weeks, you've got to send back pictures of the project. DeWalt then chooses one grand prize winner and showers them more tools, some Carhartt gear and race tickets.
And as far as the idea of fraud goes, we would like to direct DeWalt to the above picture of a staircase we just built.
Everything you need to know about the contest is here.