April 22, 2008
DeWalt is running one of their sweepstakes and this time the prize is your choice of either the VSR Mid-Handle Drill or the VSR Pistol Grip Drill. To enter the contest, all you have to do is register here at DeWalt.com. Entries are accepted until May 7th and the drawing will be held on May 14th.
If you aren't into games of chance, you can just buy the drills at Amazon.
DWD112 Pistol Grip Drill at Amazon.com ($70)
DWD115K Mid-Handle Grip at Amazon.com ($75)
April 3, 2008
Last Friday we locked up the shop and headed out to the JLC Live show in Rhode Island. It's always a good time and it gives us a chance to put our hands on some new tools, see what new building products are out there, and to bump into some old friends.
There's no doubt that this year's event was dominated by the Festool Kapex. Everyone was talking about it and there were a few on display. Festool, once a small booth way over in the corner, is now a major sponsor and had some prime real estate in the direct center of the conference hall. Anyway, the Kapex, is indeed a very nice tool, but $1300...
Continue reading: "JLC Live - Rhode Island 2008"
March 28, 2008
We're heading off to the JLC Rhode Island trade show today. We're hoping to bump into some old friends and see what the deal is on all of this year's new tools. Festool is also debuting the Kapex miter saw, so we're going to make sure to check that out too (if we can get past the crowd). Stay tuned early next week for photos and our thoughts on the event - and while you're waiting, here's what we had to say about last year's event.
But before we head into the weekend, we wanted to give you the head's up on a great deal that Tool King has going on through Sunday. It's $5 off any purchase over $25 with free shipping. It boils down to free money, so get there and get shopping.
To activate the deal, enter promotion code SS0327 when you check out. Limit one per customer and the free shipping only goes to the lower 48.
At Tool King
March 24, 2008
We just got ours in the mail on Saturday. If you're not familiar with it, you're missing out. It's got everything from hand tools to the Off-Road Commode (and who doesn't need an Off-Road Commode?). Storage supplies, farm equipment, generators, security equipment, and on and on... We think it ranks right up there with the Grizzly catalog.
Order a free one here.
March 13, 2008
We just got word that Festool is set to show off their new Kapex Sliding Compound Miter Saw at this year's JLC show. They're also going to be unveiling their newly modified MFT/3 Workbench, their OF 2200 Router and their new MFK 700 Modular Router. Still no word on release dates or pricing for any of these four tools.
So if you were looking for a reason to go to the JLC show, this is it. Well, maybe. Last year, the Festool table was an unapproachable mob scene with the news of their Domino Joiner, and that was just one tool. But there are a lot of other reasons to go to the show. Here's our coverage of last year's event.
The JLC show is held in Providence, RI this March 28th and 29th. Information on the event is here. You can buy tickets at the JLC site or it looks like Festool has a way to get them free here.
March 6, 2008
We just noticed that some of C.H Hanson's tools are now being sold at Amazon. Previously, the only place we could find them was at C.H. Hanson Direct, but now, not only does Amazon stock them, but they've got them at great prices too. The $80 something Pivot Square is now in the $50 range!
Pivot Square - review - at Amazon.com
Slide Square - review - at Amazon.com
Sadly, they don't seem to stock the SuperPencil.
February 20, 2008
Last week, we mentioned that the guys over at The Hardware Aisle made it down to the IBS in Florida and that they had some postings up about it. Now, we've noticed that the crew at Tools of the Trade also made it down and they've got quite a bit of coverage over at their site as well.
Because of the nature of their site and magazine, much of what they have centers on building trends and forecasts; articles with names like, "Multi-Family Market a Mixed Bag" and "Smaller Builders Share Survival Strategies." If that type of stuff isn't your cup of tea, they've also got two articles listing the most innovative products they've seen at the show (part one and two). There's not a whole lot in the way of tools on the list other than a very cool looking Skil Li-Ion cutter.
For their complete coverage, go here. Also, The Hardware Aisle has been updating their coverage here.
February 15, 2008
We were at our local Home Depot the other day and saw some huge deals on Black & Decker's VPX line. The tools were all spread out on a folding table and the prices were marked with those little tags that you see at yard sales. To us, the whole scene screamed, "We stocked waaay too many of these things for the holidays." We can't remember most of the prices other than that the 7-volt Drill/Driver was $20.
Has anyone out there used these tools? We've played around with them in the store and thought they looked pretty cheaply made. The plastic seemed very breakable and they felt more like children's toys than power tools.
In other Home Depot news, according to our friends at Toologics, Lowes will no longer be carrying Milwaukee, making Home Depot the only mega-store to stock the brand. Details here.
Looks like Harry from The Hardware Aisle got himself a ticket to this year's IBS down in Florida. He's got some video's posted up over at his site.
We're looking forward to seeing what comes out of the show. Word is that Milwaukee and Ridgid, among others, are releasing some new tools. As soon as we get any news, we'll pass it on.
Check out Harry's video of the Bosch-Go-Round here. He's also got some footage of a new range hood, some new Marvins, a new spade bit, and a dry-erase fridge.
February 13, 2008
There are a lot of nice tool deals out there, ready for the taking.
Free Brad Nailer with DeWalt Miter Saw - With every purchase of a DW718 Heavy-Duty 15 Amp 12-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter saw ($679), get a free DeWalt D51236K 1-1/4-Inch 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit ($56). While supplies last. More infor here.
Mail-In Rebates - Amazon is offering a bunch of these right now. Everything from $100 back on selected Hitachi tools to $25 back for selected Jet tools. Check out the complete list here and note that the ones at the top have already expired.
Bostitch CPACK3 Factory Reconditioned Nailer, Stapler, and Compressor Combo Kit for $199. More info here.
DeWalt DC628K Heavy-Duty XRP 18V 1-1/4 inch - 2-1/2 inch Cordless Finish Nailer Kit for $229. More info here.
Tool King also just started selling Paslode tools. Browse their selection here.