April 2, 2009

JLC LIVE New England '09

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This was the first year in quite a while that we didn't head down to the JLC Rhode Island Trade Show. We're not sure if we just got used to it over the years, but thinking back, the past few times just weren't all that exciting. While there is usually at least one or two interesting new tools, taking the day off from work and trekking all the way there just didn't seem worth it this year. A pal of ours went and he confirmed our thoughts with, "yeah, it was alright. Same as last year."

But, if you're curious about the show, AceToolOnline has a few photos that give a gist of what it's like (essentially, a ton of dudes milling around like 300 goldfish in a one gallon tank).

Check out the photos here.

There are also going to be shows in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. For info on these shows, visit JLC Live.

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March 25, 2009

Northern Tool 2009 Spring/Summer Catalog

Thumbnail image for northerntool_logo.gifYesterday, the Northern Tool 2009 Spring/Summer Catalog came in the mail. Other than Grizzly Tools and Victoria's Secret this may very well be our favorite catalog.

The 600+ page book boasts over 10,000 products which range from logging equipment to hand tools to the off-road commode (a.k.a: the bumper dumper). It's a great catalog to have around and one that's perfect to keep next to your non-off-road-commode.

Go to Northern Tool and sign up for the free catalog here.

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March 23, 2009

Win a $200 Home Depot Gift Certificate From Tool Snob!

home_depot_logo.jpgWe at Tool Snob have gotten in cahoots with Home Depot in order to bring you, our readers, another contest. This time the prize is a $200 Home Depot gift card which we're sure would give a nice little boost to your planned summer projects.

One way to save money on your spring and summer renovations is to rent the tools that you need instead of buying them. Home Depot has an extensive line of rentals (more than 325 types of tools) ranging from jackhammers to cement mixers to nail guns. In the past, we've actually rented a wood chipper from them and it ended up saving us the money and hassle of getting a tree guy to come and do the work.

Entering the contest is simple. First go to the Home Depot rental page and check out all of the tools they have for rent (they have both home owner and contractor sections), then choose a tool that you might want for an upcoming project and leave a comment at this post telling us what tool you'd rent with a quick description of what project you'd use it for. Then, in two weeks, we're going to have a random drawing and one of you walks away with a $200 Home Depot gift card.

We'll be accepting entries until Sunday, April 5th. We'll announce the winner, the following day, Monday, April 6th.

To see what tools Home Depot has available for rent, go here.

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March 20, 2009

Popular Science: Best of What's New '09

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The good folks at Popular Science have just announced that they've started accepting nominations for their 2009 Best of What's New issue, due out in December. The issue looks at all of the most innovative, useful new items in a number of categories such as home technology, automotive, and personal health.

In order to be considered, your product must have a release date of no earlier than October 1, 2008.The entry fee is currently $300, but goes up to $350 after August 15th. The deadline for entries is August 21.

It's a great issue and one we look forward to. If you have time, it's fun to browse the last few years of winners.

Check out the rules and regulations or submit a product here
Previous winners here: 2008, 2007, 2006

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March 11, 2009

Irwin Announces Grand Prize Winner of Vise-Grip Contest

Thumbnail image for irwin_chopper.JPGA week or two ago, we told you about the three finalists in Irwin's Vise-Grip contest. There was the guy who had his exhaust system clamped to his manifold for 28 years with a pair of Vise-Grips; the Navy surgeon who removed some pins from a soldier's spine with a pair of Vise-Grips; and lastly, the fellow who crimped his brake line with a pair of Vise-Grips during the Baja 500.

As their big winner, Irwin chose the Navy surgeon and although we really like the guy who drove around for 28 years with a pair of pliers holding his truck together, we can't really dispute the winner. Saving a life is far more deserving of praise than being too cheap to repair your truck. The grand prize winner received a $25,000 custom chopper built by East Coast Custom Cycles.

From the press release:

A member of the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years, Dr. Fox found a unique use for his VISE-GRIP as a spine surgeon on the battlefield in the Middle East. In the heat of battle, Dr. Fox needed to perform emergency spinal surgery on a soldier who had a combination of screws and rods that had been implanted into his infected spine. Complicating the medical challenges at hand, Dr. Fox did not have access to the specialized tools necessary to deal with the soldier's different spine implants. Dr. Fox did, however, have access to a pair of VISE-GRIP locking pliers. He sterilized his VISE-GRIP tools and used them to remove the rods and screws from the soldier's infected spine, effectively saving his life.

Irwin tools at Amazon.com

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February 24, 2009

Craftsman Videos at Popular Mechanics

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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

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Irwin Announces Finalists of Vise-Grip Contest

irwin_logo.gifOver 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...

Paul Schraps 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.

Paulie Smith
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!

Bryan Fox
Chesapeake, VA
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.

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January 12, 2009

Paslode Contest Winners

Big_winner.jpgIn 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.

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December 8, 2008

Skil Benchtop Tools Website is Live

skil_benchtop2.jpgSkil 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

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December 4, 2008

Win a Paslode Angled Finish Nailer from Tool Snob (Or a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate)

paslode_finish3.jpgWe 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.

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