February 28, 2007
According to their website, Makita is offerring a 14.4 volt cordless drill, a 14.4 volt impact driver, and a cordless flourescent light all for one low price. Through Amazon, the kit costs $210.00, which is a really good deal, seeing as the drill itself is worth well over $100.00. The tools come with a nice carrying case and, since we've used all three extensively, we can vouch for their quality.
Makita says that the deal lasts from January 2007 to March 31st, 2007, but we got ours about six months ago, so it might be one of those deals that has a way of always being around. Either way, it's a great deal, and one worth investigating.
February 26, 2007
This Friday is the final day that registration will be free for this year's JLC Live Expo in Providence, RI. After that the fee goes up to around $30.00. The Expo is March 23rd and 24th, with seminars being held from the 21st to the 24th. If you have any interest in construction, remodeling, or tools, you won't want to miss this event. More info can be found here.
If you don't live in the Northeast, the JLC show will be hitting California, Minneapolis, and Seattle in May, September, and November, respectively.
February 19, 2007
Looks like the good folks at DeWalt have gotten into the sharpening business. According to their website, if you mail them your DeWalt saw blades (circular only, 8.5” to 15”), they will sharpen them to factory specifications and return them to you. Depending on the number of teeth, the service costs from $16 to $25 per blade, with a little more added on for shipping. There is an additional charge for tip replacement, and if you’ve got more than three busted tips, then you’re out of luck and they won’t accept the blade.
We did a quick amazon search on DeWalt blades and found that they run anywhere from $14 to $60 (with one metal cutting blade being over $100). With that in mind, the service may not be worth it, considering the time spent packing up the blade and the wait for it to return. Nevertheless, if you’re an old Yankee and your workshop is filled with coffee cans full of bent nails that you plan to someday straighten out, then this service might be perfect for you.