May 20, 2008

Klein Tools Turns 150!

klein_tshirt.jpgKlein Tools, makers of some great hand tools (mostly geared towards electricians), turns 150 this year. It's quite a milestone and to mark the event, they're selling a t-shirt that reads, "My Tool is 150 years old...and still works!" You'd think that with a century and a half to think about it, they'd come up with something better, but apparently not.

It sure doesn't beat the guy we once saw on a paving crew with a shirt that read, "I'm the man from Nantucket."

Regardless of their t-shirt writing abilities, it's worth checking out their line of tools. They're on the expensive side, but they're worth it.

T-Shirt at Klein Tools
Klein Tools at Klein and
Nantucket shirt at

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April 22, 2008

DeWalt Drill Sweepstakes

dewalt_mid_handle_drill.jpgDeWalt 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 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 ($70)

DWD115K Mid-Handle Grip at ($75)

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April 3, 2008

JLC Live - Rhode Island 2008

jlc_festool_kapex_1.jpgLast 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...

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March 28, 2008

JLC Rhode Island This Weekend - Great Deal at Tool King

Thumbnail image for jlc_ri.jpgWe'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

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March 24, 2008

Northern Tool Spring/Summer 08 Master Catalog is Here

northerntool_logo.gifWe 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.

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March 13, 2008

Festool to Preview Kapex Miter Saw at JLC Rhode Island

jlc_ri.jpgWe 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.

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March 6, 2008

C.H. Hanson Tools at Amazon

ch_hanson_pivot_square.jpgWe 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
Slide Square - review - at

Sadly, they don't seem to stock the SuperPencil.

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February 20, 2008

International Builders Show Part II

ibs.gifLast 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.

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February 15, 2008

Dirt Cheap Black & Decker VPX Tools at Home Depot

black_decker_vpx_drill.jpgWe 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.

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International Builder's Show

ibs.gifLooks 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.

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