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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February 13, 2008

Current Internet Tool Deals

busy_shopping.jpgThere are a lot of nice tool deals out there, ready for the taking.

Amazon

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.

Tool King

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.

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February 7, 2008

Ridgid's 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Compressor for $49

home_depot_price.jpgThere's been quite a bit of discussion about the price of the Ridgid 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Air Compressor. We've read that some people got it for $99 and others have found it for as low as $49. We were skeptical of this second price, but omextreme over at slickdeals.net has the cold, hard proof. As you can see from the photo, Home Depot (at least one of them) is indeed selling the compressor for the dirt-cheap price of $49. As you can also see from the photo, someone at Home Depot needs spelling lessons.

Check out omextreme's posting (with an another photo) here.


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January 30, 2008

DeWalt is Giving Away a Pair of Boots

dewalt_boot.jpgThe prize for this month's DeWalt sweepstakes is a pair of 6” Hybrid GoreTex Boots, a value of $150. They'll be accepting entries until March 4th. You just have to register and fill out a short form and the winner will be drawn on March 10th.

Enter the contest here.

Also, while you're at the DeWalt site, make sure to check out the article (taken from Wood Magazine) on how to save money buying wood. Here.

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January 24, 2008

Bosch Unveils New Website

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Bosch has just released a complete overhaul of their website. It looks much better and is a lot easier to navigate than the old one.

Check it out here.

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January 18, 2008

This Old House: What's in Your Toolbox

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The guys over at This Old House are gearing up for their big reader-generated issue, due out in June of this year. One of the cool things that they're doing for it is a section called, "What's in Your Toolbox." Here, they are inviting readers (you) to go to their website and submit a picture and a little paragraph of your favorite tool. It can be your most used one, the one you just like the best, or even that freaky one that your grandfather made and then passed down to you. If you're looking for inspiration, you should check out some recent postings at The Hardware Aisle, like this one and this one.

We're not sure what we would choose. Probably our old Panasonic drill that we finally put in the trash about a week ago (what a way to treat an old friend). Both batteries were dead and something inside was rattling, but while it was alive, that drill couldn't have been any more dependable.

Tell them about your tools here.

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January 15, 2008

Craftsman 2007 Tool Closeout

shopping.jpgIt looks like Craftsman is trying to clear out the warehouse and there are some great deals to be had because of it.

  • Free 3D Sander with any tool purchase of over $49 - The sander is valued at $35 (although it's currently selling for $10). This is an online only offer.
  • 10% off all air tools
  • Craftsman Closeout Sale - Looks like there's some good stuff here, particularly with regards to tool chests and storage units. For example, their 10-Drawer Storage Combo is now $260 (a savings of $150).
  • Online purchases save an additional 10%

We're not sure how long these sales are going to last.

At Sears

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January 3, 2008

January's Internet Tool Deals

supermarket_sweep.jpgRight now, Amazon's got a few good deals in the works, so when you exchange all the junk that your family got you for Christmas, you should think about these sales.

The Big Tool Event - This is a sale on a general selection to tools, accessories, storage items, and a bunch of other categories. We checked it out and it's a pretty good selection, even if some of the items aren't the most up-to-date. For example, the Bosch table saw featured is last year's model, the one with the old blade guard. It's still a great saw, just not the most recent one. Browse the sale here.

Save on Black & Decker's VPX Tools - Some good deals here.

Up to 40% Off Flashlights - You can always use another flashlight. One by the bed, one by the front door, one in the glove box, one in the kitchen junk drawer, one in the basement, and pretty much one in every other room in the house. And if you're shopping around for a multi-purpose flashlight, we highly recommend checking out Stanley's new Tripod Flashlight. More info on the flashlight sale here.

10% Off Freud Tools - Great bits and great blades. This is one of those deals where you have to enter the code in at checkout, so make sure you do it right. We've done it wrong and it's a real pain in the ass to get it straightened out. Browse the tools here

Tool King is offering a few really good DeWalt deals.

Get a free cordless tool with the purchase of a 4-piece DeWalt combo kit. Or, if you're in the market for a 5, 6, or 9-piece kit, you'll walk away with two free tools. Details here.

Get $40 cash back with the purchase of select DeWalt routers. Details here.

Internet deals come and go like the wind, so these might be inactive by the time you read this. Just make sure that you know what you're buying and how much you're buying it for.

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