April 28, 2011

Power Tool Blog-A-Geddon: Volume One, Number One (Updated)

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UPDATE: Two things....First, we didn't all conspire to use Milwaukee tools in our designs. We did that all independently of one another (and we actually all got a big kick out of it). It think it says a lot about how the three of us regard the Big Red Company.

The second thing is that Milwaukee saw the post and thought it was very cool (probably also liking the fact that we all used their tools in our designs). So they've decided to sponsor the contest by donating a brand new Milwaukee M12 3/8" Drill Driver (with Red Lithium batteries) to be the prize. With this new development, we're going to accept entries for another week, until Wednesday May 4th. A big thanks to our friends at Milwaukee for their generous donation.
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Contrary to what you might think, we don't spend our days plotting the downfall of the other tool websites out there. In fact, we get along great with our compatriots in the tool writing sphere. We recently got to talking to a few of them (our homies at ProToolReviews and CopTool) and we decided it was time we all put our heads together on something. So here we are kicking off a soon-to-be ongoing series called the Power Tool Blog-A-Geddon. It's kind of like Thunderdome, but without weapons, Tina Turner, Master-Blaster, or the post-apocalyptic bondage clothing. In a way, it's actually nothing like Thunderdome. The Blog-A-Geddon basically includes two things, (of which only one is really of interest to you):

1) Our opinions.
2) Free stuff.

So here's the deal: a tool-related question is asked. We each come up with our own answers which are posted below. Then, you all get to either answer the question yourself or comment on our answers (in the comments section of this post). The best comment is going to win some tool that we've got kicking around the shop. We're not sure what yet, but it'll be something good, something in the $100+ range, like a nice laser level or a router, that kind of thing. We'll all pick a winner in a week (April 25th).

So the question is.....

What device, vehicle, object, etc would you like to see powered by a cordless drill and how would you do it?

And the answers are....

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April 21, 2011

Sears 2011 Digital Tool Catalog

sears_wishbook.jpgWhen I was just a wee lad, at Christmas time I would go through the toy section of the Sears Wish Book catalog and put giant red circles around the things I wanted, hoping mom and dad would notice. Train sets, remote control airplanes and dozens and dozens of GI Joe action figures all got the grease pencil treatment. I'll never forget the smell of those catalogs and how hard it was to turn the thin little static-loaded pages.

Those were the good old days. Now Sears has everything online, including their tool catalog, the latest of which they've just released. It looks like if you're the nostalgic type, you can request a hardcopy. But for the manic, obsessed, OCD, I've-got-no-time-to-spare crowd, it's all online in one of those funny 'page turning' applications. So have at it here (click "shop catalog"), 194 pages, all the big brands.

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April 20, 2011

FestoolSweepstakes.com

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For reals? Festool is giving stuff away? And it looks like it might be a different tool each month. For April, the first month, it's a Rotex RO 125 Sander and a CT 26 Dust Extractor. Entering is really easy, just give them a name and an email address. If you want to put a second ticket in the hat, you can complete an additional form with address info and a few generic purchasing questions.

We'd suggest getting in on this, sooner rather than later. This stuff ain't cheap and when word gets out that Festool has something like this going, everyone who's ever held a screw gun is going to be entering.

All the info, including official contest rules, is here.

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Loads of Free Tools at Tool Snob

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We've got a bunch of giveaways going on right now, so we thought we'd put all the info in one place.

We've got...

1. Free Jackson Pulverizer - Info on how to enter here.

2. Three free True Temper Hammers - Info on how to enter here.

3. Free Ames Planter's Pal - Info on how to enter here.

4. Free as-of-yet undisclosed tool of a value of $100 or more- Info on how to enter here.

Entering all four contests is not only allowed but encouraged. So get on it.

Image snagged from here for no reason other than that we think it's funny.

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April 19, 2011

Win a Planter's Pal from Tool Snob!

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Mrs. Tool Snob recently gave the Planter's Pal a workout and liked what she saw. It's a pretty cool multi-purpose tool for the gardener. She's holding on to hers, but Ames has another one that they want to send out to one of you.

So, to enter to win it, leave a comment at this post telling us one thing about your garden. Do you even have a garden? Do you still think that bunnies are cute after they ate all of your lettuce last year? Do you set up those little tuna can/beer snail traps? Are you trying anything new and strange this year? What kind of fence do you have? That sort of thing...anything really. We want to know....we're curious.

We'll pick a winner in about a week.

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April 14, 2011

Win a True Temper Hammer from Tool Snob!

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True Temper
has supplied us with three hammers to hand off to a few of our readers. Pretty nice of them, eh? We've got one hickory handle, one graphite handle, and one all-steel handle. We reviewed them here and found them to be nice and solid. We liked them.

So in order to win, we want to hear about your handle preference. Do you like wooden handles better than steel? Graphite better than both? Do you not care? Do you feel a big difference in shock absorption from one handle to the next? Drop your thoughts in the comments section of this post and we'll pick some winners in a week or two.

We fall into the all-steel camp. We use our hammers for everything but pounding nails, so durability is tantamount to us. The fact that the steel ones are a single piece of metal from stem to stern is a good thing to us.

So let us know what you think.

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April 12, 2011

Win a Pulverizer from Tool Snob!

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Jackson has been nice enough to set aside a brand new Pulverizer for us to give away to one of you for all your pulverizing needs.

If you're curious about our thoughts on the tool, they're in the last post. If you don't care and want to get to the "How to Enter" part, read the next paragraph.

In order to enter to win, please leave a comment at this post telling us what would be the first thing you'd pulverize once you got this tool in your hands. Please feel free to add in any details...how you'd pulverize it, when you'd pulverize it, why you'd pulverize it. In can be anything too; from your crappy old back deck to your mother-in-law's car.

So have at it. In a week or so, maybe two, we'll pick the best one. Or maybe we'll have our cat pick it.

If you just want to go ahead and buy one, a Pulverizer can be had at Amazon.com.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (28) | social bookmarking

March 28, 2011

JLC Live: Rhode Island - Recap

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Last Friday, we hopped in the truck and drove on down to the annual JLC Live trade show in Providence, RI. While we would have like to have seen more small companies (the kind comprised of one dude and a good idea), there was a pretty good showing from the tool crowd, particularly those who cater to the residential construction sect. It also seemed like we couldn't take three steps without bumping into someone who wanted you to check out their new hidden deck fastener system.

A few of the tool highlights....

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March 22, 2011

JLC Live: Rhode Island

JLC_live_2011.jpgThis coming weekend is the annual JLC Rhode Island trade show. I've gone plenty of times, but I've missed the past couple years. I'm making the trip this time though and will be wandering around the floor on Friday morning. If any of you guys are there and see me, feel free to come up and let me know what a lousy job I do with the site.

Tickets and all the information you need is at JlcLive.com.

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March 17, 2011

Win the Taj Ma'Playset from MyFixitUpLife

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Our pals Mark and Theresa from MyFixitUpLife are running a pretty big contest with the winner getting a massive (and we mean MASSIVE) playset and $2,000 in Rockwell tools. Let's start with the playset. First, it's probably no accident that the sketch of this thing looks like it fell out of one of DaVinci's notebooks. This thing is huge and it's crazy. It looks like it should come with its own butler. Maybe a trebuchet too.

And the $2,000 in tools includes two Rockwell JawHorses which is honestly all you need to know. As a good friend of ours once said, "having one JawHorse is like having a helper, having two is like having five helpers." The JawHorse is one of our favorites and the chance to get a couple for free is something that all of you should take a look at.

To enter, you just have to explain why you are the one who deserves to win. Finalists are selected by online voting and the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges (fyi: our cat Marlowe, who chooses all of our contest winners, has yet to be asked...wtf?).

All the information you need including how to enter, details on the tools, and details on the playset are here.

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