January 18, 2008

This Old House: What's in Your Toolbox

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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December 7, 2007

Amazon's December Tool Deals

shopping.jpgAmazon's got some serious deals going for the Month of December.

November 27, 2007

Comforts of Home Holiday Contest

marlboro_man.jpgAppliance Parts Pros is running a cool contest that gives you the opportunity to not only win a new iphone, but to also contribute to care packages going overseas to our troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each entry adds additional items to the care packages; items such as calling cards, magazines, snacks, and hygiene products, stuff that we take for granted.

Details about the contest are here and info about the care packages is here.

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November 26, 2007

Big Bosch Promotions

bosch_12_inch_miter_saw.jpgFor the remainder of the holiday season Bosch has a couple of really nice promotions. One, in particular, when combined with Amazon's current promotions, translates into freaky savings...

Free Bosch PR10E Colt Single-Speed Palm-Grip Router with the purchase of a Bosch 5412L 12-Inch Dual Bevel Slide Miter Saw with Laser Tracking - We've extensively used both of these tools and can vouch for their greatness. The miter saw is accurate and has all the controls up front and the Colt has both power and maneuverability in a small package. The Dual Bevel Miter Saw costs $589 at Amazon, which puts you over the $500 mark for a Bosch tool purchase, meaning that, in addition to the $100 Colt Router, you'll also get a Bosch PS20-2 Litheon 10.8-Volt Lithium-Ion Pocket Driver for free ($115 value). Not to mention that Amazon is also taking $50 off the price of the miter saw. So that's a palm router and a pocket driver free with the miter saw, which has a $50 instant rebate. And if that's not enough, Amazon is also offering 20% off any accessory for the miter saw, this includes things like stands and digital protractors (scroll down on this page for a list of available accessories). Please note that the Palm Router deal is a mail-in rebate available directly through Bosch, while the other offers are through Amazon and may require you to add in rebate codes during checkout. We've had some trouble with Amazon promotions before, so make sure that you dot all the i's and cross all the t's before completing your order. Details of the Bosch promotion here.

Free 10.8-Volt Litheon Flashlight with the purchase of a Bosch Ultra Compact Tool (Bosch PS10-2 10.8-Volt Lithium-Ion I-Driver, Bosch PS20-2 10.8-Volt Lithium-Ion Pocket Driver, or Bosch PS40-2 10.8V Impact Driver) - This doesn't look like a mail-in rebate, so our guess is that the tools come in a bundled package in stores. We do know that it is a 'while supplies last' deal and that the flashlight has a value of $40. Details here.

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November 15, 2007

Vermont American turns 60

60_logo.jpgVermont American, makers of fine power tool accessories turns 60 this year. The company, started in 1947 has a long track record of innovation, including:

  • 1947 - first circular saw blade
  • 1948 - first dado blades
  • 1959 - develops high-speed steel router bits
  • 1982 - first titanium drill bits for the consumer.
  • 1998 - first titanium saw blades for the consumer

Their current catalog has over 200 items including sawzall blades, jigsaw blades, drill bits, driver bits, hole saws, router bits, band saw blades, and on and on.

We use their bits all the time and want to pass on a congratulations for hitting the 60 year milestone.

Vermont American at Amazon.com

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November 13, 2007

Irwin Parallel Jaw Clamps Sweepstakes

irwin_clamp.jpgIrwin is giving away a set of their new Parallel Jaw Quick Clamps and if you want to get into the running, you just have to go to their site and fill out a quick form. The clamps have a big 3-3/4" jaw depth which can exert 1150 lbs of pressure on the work piece.

Irwin is accepting entries until December 14th and you can keep entering every day until then to increase your chances. The random drawing to determine the winner will be on December 17th.

Enter the contest here.

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November 7, 2007

Home Depot $25,000 Gift Card Contest

winner.jpgHome Depot has just started a contest that's perfect for all of you who enjoy putting yourself on camera. To enter, just video yourself talking about what you would do with the $25,000 grand prize and post it up on youtube.com.

Videos can be submitted from November 10th (this Saturday) until December 15th. A winner will be announced on December 17th. Your insane spending spree starts moments later.

Submissions will be judged on creativity, originality, and number of viewers. Official rules can be accessed here.

There are a few submissions up already and so far they're pretty underwhelming. At this point, Melissa's the clear winner, but that isn't saying much. So until the contest really gets rolling, you're better off watching flaming pianos get catapulted across the desert.

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October 30, 2007

Northern Tool Milwaukee Giveaway

milwaukee_contest.gifThe guys at Northern Tool are giving away a Milwaukee V18 Li-Ion 4-Piece Combo Kit and all you have to do to get in the running for it is to rate a product on their site. It looks like a simple three step process; find an item you know about, create an account (it only takes a sec, we've done it), and then rate the product.

The combo kit comes with a circular saw, a hammer drill/driver, a work light, and a reciprocating saw. It's got a value of about $600. If you're not lucky enough to get the combo kit, you could still walk away with one of five $50 gift certificates to Northern Tool.

The best part about the contest is that it started yesterday (Oct. 29th) and it ends Friday (Nov. 2nd), so there's not a whole lot of time for people to hear about it and enter. That translates into higher chances of you hitting the jackpot.

More information at Northern Tool.

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