March 16, 2011

Tool Deals Around the Internets...

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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.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

February 10, 2011

...And the Winner of the $200 Home Depot Gift Card is.....

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..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.

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February 9, 2011

FestoolProducts.com

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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.

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February 2, 2011

Win a $200 Home Depot Gift Card from Tool Snob

Yeah, so about our bathroom...

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I think I'll be needing some new tile.

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And perhaps a new vent fan.

I'm probably not going to make any tile decisions just yet, not until the final layout is decided, but the vent fan I can get and maybe this high efficiency throne as well. And now's actually a good time to be thinking about renovating the bathroom because Home Depot is rocking their bathroom Renew and Redo promotion with some sale items that are downright silly in price. Check out the discounted bath accessories here.

And don't forget that Home Depot is supplying us with a $200 gift card to give away to one of you. Details on how to enter are here.

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January 23, 2011

Home Depot Renew and Redo (And Win a $200 Gift Card from Tool Snob!)

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It's hard for us to even list the things wrong with our bathroom. To get a sense of the general state of things, check out this picture. It's one of the nicer elements of the room. The other day, Mrs. Tool Snob was cleaning the back splash and five tiles fell off. Just fell off. So, needless to say, we're planning a little fluff and buff of the room. And what a perfect time to have this in our heads because this weekend, Home Depot is kicking off their Renew and Redo Program.

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January 20, 2011

Reconditioned Festool Products (Limited Sale...Big Savings)

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There are two prevailing facts about Festool products:

1. They're built to extremely high quality standards.

2. They're expensive as hell.

Because of these two facts, there are a lot of people out there who really want some Festool products in the arsenal, but have a hard time pulling the trigger on the cost. Well, here's your chance...

For a limited time, Festool is selling their reconditioned stock. What is a reconditioned tool, you ask? Well, in our earlier post on the subject, we wrote,

Essentially, a factory reconditioned tool is one that has, for one reason or another, been purchased, returned, revamped, and is now in the process of being resold. The important part to keep in mind is that once the tool is returned to the manufacturer; they inspect it and, if needed, repair it, bringing it back up to 'new' standards. Because some tools are returned due to user preference (too heavy, hate the color, dad already has one), not all reconditioned tools need repairs or have ever had any defects. It's just that once the original packaging has been removed, they can no longer be sold as new. At the very worst, the tool may show very slight signs of usage. Maybe someone drove a few screws with that screw gun and decided it wasn't powerful enough, that sort of thing.

So here's your chance to get some sweet products at some nice discounts. We just got the Tool Nut email with the information...

Festool has just announced their reconditioned tool program. While supplies last and for a limited time only, thru February 1st to the 28th, you can grab any Festool for 10% up to 20% off. Yes, you heard us right, a 20% discount on Festool tools! Start your shopping here.

The program works like this. Check out Festool's reconditioned website. Pick out a tool. Call us at 877-TOOLNUT to place your order...your tool will be on it's way!

Tools will begin shipping February 1st. Supplies are very limited on a first come first served basis. Program ends on February 28th or while supplies last.

Festool isn't know for having much in the way of sales, so this is a big deal. We checked out the site and there's a Domino for $550, Jigsaws for about $250, and a Kapex for just a whisker over $1,000. Get 'em while they're hot.

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January 4, 2011

Win a Black & Decker Ratcheting ReadyWrench from Tool Snob

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Black & Decker has been nice enough to set aside one of their ReadyWrenches for us to give away to one of you, our readers (our review here). To mark the occasion, we've decided to have a nice post-Christmas themed contest. To enter to win, just leave a comment at this post telling us about your worst 'Some Assembly Required" experience. You know, when the box says it should take 30 minutes and it takes three days? Or when the 'instructions' consist of a photocopied piece of paper that is at least 30 generations from the original, and the a,b, and c on the parts schematic all look the same?

In a week, January 10th, we'll put all of the entries in a hat and let Marlowe the WonderCat sniff out the winner. Unless there's one that's hands down hilarious, then we'll pick that one.

Many thanks to B&D for sponsoring the contest.

Or, if you're the impatient type, you can pick up the tool at Amazon.com for $25.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (9) | social bookmarking

December 20, 2010

Dremel Winner Announced!

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Marlowe the SuperCat took a break from his exhausting sleeping schedule, donned his fancy clothes, and picked a winner in our Dremel MultiMax contest. The lucky reader is Kelly the architecture student, whose first project with the tool will likely be a shoe rack.

We want to thank everyone who participated. We also would like to thank Dremel for supplying the contest winnings. There's a good selection of Dremel items at Amazon.com if you're interested.

Also, in other contest news, the Milwaukee radio went to Reader Tom. Also, the fingernail will be falling off soon.

Doug Mahoney at Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

December 17, 2010

Sears' Heroes at Home Wish Registry

soldier_smoking.jpgWe just got word that Sears is taking donations for their Heroes at Home Wish Registry. What they do is take all the collected money and turn them into gift cards which they distribute among all of the military families that have signed up. We think this is great, we're all for it. Particularly when we think of how easy we have it compared to the guys (and gals) who have to spend Christmas an ocean away from their families. Seriously, think about that for a second.

Sears has set up a web page for the program here. It has letters from past participants and a couple videos. At the moment, there is almost $3,000,000 raised.

From Sears:

With thousands of active-duty military fathers and mothers away from their homes fighting for our country, Sears' Heroes at Home Wish Registry helps to bring the holidays home for many deserving families. Many families that were helped by last year's efforts shared their stories - this video is inspired by real letters from soldiers and their families:

You can help Sears as they fulfill military heroes' wishes this holiday season by making a contribution to the Wish Registry either in-store or online at http://www.sears.com/heroesathome (donations are accepted until Dec 31). This is a great way to give back this holiday season and say "thanks" to the nation's troops.

Sears' Heroes at Home Wish Registry has helped more than 51,000 military families and has raised more than $12.2 million. For many, the wishes fulfilled in years past have been simple and practical, including everything from warm clothes to new toys for their children to a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations for their homes.

Please note that donations made to the Wish Registry are not tax deductible and will be used to purchase Sears gift cards that will be equally distributed to all registered families.


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December 9, 2010

Craftsman Set to Launch Things with a Trebuchet...and a Contest from Tool Snob...

It wasn't long ago that we were griping about tool videos and the lack of trebuchets therein. Well, it seems that Craftsman is getting it right...or at least half right. They're making a trebuchet, but unfortunately they may not be launching their own tools with it.

The company has enlisted the aid of Joseph Budka from Pagoda Studios, Inc. to build them the trebuchet. Budka is a very creative man. How do we know this? Because he has a very creative mustache.

Here's a preview:

So if you're interested in watching the whole thing get made:


This Saturday and Sunday evening, logon to Craftsman's Facebook page to check out how the trebuchet is put together, step-by-step, and to see what the Craftsman team threw with this cool device, all live from inside the Craftsman Experience in Chicago.

But Craftsman is at a loss as to what exactly they should be launching. We think it's obvious...they should launch a Craftsman table saw. So what if it travels 600 feet in the air and smashes into little, tiny pieces? The fact that they'd be willing to trash one of their own tools for the sake of the spectacle would shoot their credibility through the roof.

If you have an idea, leave them a note at their facebook page. To us, anything less than their own products would be a disappointment.

Oh wow. We just checked out the current suggestions over at Facebook and it's brutal. Right now, there are about 80 comments and probably about 70 of them are 100% moron. They're filled with more misspellings and exclamation points than a warehouse full of Amazon customer reviews. Here's a sample:

"How about a chic in a port-a-potty and call it a "Turd Hurller"...lol"

"How about kittens...make it a "catapult"."

"imma go crush sum castles ftw."

"Puppies lol"

"ANGRY BIRDS!!!"

...And we didn't even get into the political ones. Is it just us, or is this insane? Times like this make us feel very honored that we have readers like you. We've done a ton of write-in contests and never have we seen anything close to this level of Cro-Magnon mouth-breathing. Lordy.

Actually, now that we think about it, we'd like to hear your best impression of one of these knuckle-draggers. Drop a comment at this post, pretending your lips move when you read, and let us know what ridiculous item you'd like to launch with the trebuchet. Misspellings are welcome, proper use of punctuation will be frowned upon, and capitalization is optional. We'll pick the one that makes us laugh hardest and send you a tool. And no cuss words allowed.

We also want to make clear that we're not poking fun at Craftsman. We think their trebuchet idea is a great one, we just can't get over the people who think that a "turd hurller" is lol.

Anyway, so back to the Craftsman trebuchet. If you want to watch, here's the official schedule:

-Saturday, December 11, 6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Trebuchet Assembly 101, featuring Joseph Budka

-Sunday, December 12: Trebuchet Holiday, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

UPDATE: We did a little research on Budka and found that he really is a very talented guy. Check out his portfolio here. He's someone who seems to be comfortable with all kinds of materials and the end results are consistently fantastic. A guy with that kind of skills can have any mustache he wants.

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