We've got a bunch of giveaways going on right now, so we thought we'd put all the info in one place.
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.
April 19, 2011
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.
April 14, 2011
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.
April 12, 2011
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.
March 28, 2011
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....
Continue reading: "JLC Live: Rhode Island - Recap"
March 22, 2011
This 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.
March 17, 2011
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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March 16, 2011
Just got word of a few items worth looking at...
First, Jet and Powermatic are having their twice yearly sale...15% off all woodworking tools and CPO has the good on both brands...Jet here and Powermatic here. The sale is through March 21st. Some of the items are pretty big ticket, so 15% can really add up.
Second, Tool Nut is going to have the new Festool Drills starting June 1st. The 564261 (pictured) and the 564274. Both drills, are 10.8 volt (a.k.a. 12 volts) and will be under $300. Check out FestoolProducts.com for more information.
And thirdly, Ohio Power Tool, as always, has a number of good deals...with bargains on some Bosch cordless items as well as Milwaukee's V28 line. More info at OPT.
February 10, 2011
..some dude named Jeff.
Marlowe the WonderCat reviewed all of your entries (pictured) and chose the one he saw fit. Actually, I wrote all the names on pieces of paper, spread them on the floor, and chose the first one he sat on.
Here's Jeff's entry:
I have an ever-expanding list for a bathroom remodel, starting with
wanting to rip out my chimney in order to gain the room I need, moving
(and replacing) the water heater so I don't have a gawdawful closet
INSIDE the new space...demolition of the concrete to move the fixtures
from the terrible location they're currently in, removing the current
walls to reframe something more useful, pulling up the warped
flooring...I'm hoping I can win the "dent-starter" you're offering.
If you didn't win, there's still time to cash in on all the bathroom savings that Home Depot has as part of their Renew and Redo promotion. We've got all kinds of details here.
...And of course we'd like to thank Home Depot for sponsoring the contest.
February 9, 2011
The guys over at Tool Nut have expanded their stock to now include Festool Products and they've just launched their online site, FestoolProducts.com, to prove it.
With a lot of tools, you can shop around and get a good deal, but that's not going to happen if you're buying a Festool product. For the most part, the price is the price and that's that. So, to us, it comes down to which retailer you like and we like the guys at Tool Nut. We've gotten to know them over the years and can vouch for their customer service and general attentiveness. They're good peeps.
Their new site is nice too. We compared it to a few of the other Festool retailers and it's the easiest to get around in.
So go and check it out here.