March 30, 2010
Tool-Rank is giving away a $250 Amazon gift card and all you have to do to enter to win is join their site and write a quick review in one of their review categories (tools, media, stores). Each of the first five reviews that you write will be entered individually into the drawing, giving you more chances to win. The contest ends July 31st.
There is a ton of official sounding legal stuff over at the site showing that they're way more professional than us (we usually have our cat pick the winner).
More info at Tool-Rank.
March 8, 2010
In 1999, Acme Tools sold their online department to Amazon and since then, they've apparently been concentrating on expanding their brick and mortar stores in Iowa and Minnesota. But now it seems that they're back in action.
We checked their prices and they're in the range of most other online retailers. The site does have a couple cool features like a 'what's new' area and a standing gift guide. You can also 'shop by trade,' which is nice.
March 3, 2010
We've done our random drawing and have come up with the grand prize winner of the Craftsman MiterMate. First, we took all of your comments and gave each one a number and wrote those numbers on little pieces of paper and spread them out on the floor. Then, we plopped Tool Snob Jr. in the middle of it and the piece of paper he selected was the winner. Although he was momentarily distracted by Sullivan, the giant teddy bear, he soon got down to business and picked a winner. To make sure that the whole event was on the up and up, the drawing was monitored closely by Marlowe, the official sweepstakes observer.
And so the winner of the MiterMate is Beth who wrote in with this entry:
I absolutely need this. I currently have to borrow my cousin's husbands mitre saw, and granted he doesn't use it, neither do I, because it's broke, and I can't just go around returning broken miter saws to people, and saying things like 'it was this way when I found it', and by found it I mean dropped it.
Mostly I need to finished the molding and trim in the front room of my mothers house, before she gets back and sees that I ripped out all the old stuff.
So when I think do I need a mitersaw? The question is really do I wish to continue to be a member of this family and have a roof over my head?
Both answers are yes.
Thanks Toolsnob, I keep you in the heart of my toolbar, in the web browser of my life.
When we initiated the contest, we said we would choose another winner based on originality and creativity. As it turns out we chose two. These guys will be getting a random tool from the shop.
The first runner-up was David, who, if he won the saw, offered to devote 1-3 minutes each day to world peace. We're sorry that you didn't win the grand prize, David. It looks like Bono will just have to carry a little more weight on his shoulders.
The second runner-up was Bobby, who delivered his entry in the form of a haiku. We were stunned with his evocative words and are in the process of nominating him for the Bollingen Prize. Dim the lights and read the poem for yourself:
a mitermate saw!
while rebuilding my old shed
in spring would help much.
Simple. Elegant. Beautiful.
And while those were the winners, we do want to say that we were immensely impressed with the quality of all the entries. With very few exceptions, they were great fun to read and we're honored to have such clever and crafty people visit our website. We also feel 100% of your pain with your old houses, in-progress renovations, and angry spouses. If we could, we would have given a MiterMate to each one of you. Honestly.
We would also like to thank Craftsman for suggesting the give-away in the first place.
February 18, 2010
Yesterday we reviewed the Craftsman MiterMate, and today we're giving it away. It's out in the shop and all boxed up, waiting to be sent out to one of you. To enter the contest, drop a comment at this post telling us what makes you so special and why you should be the one to win the tool. The winner will be decided by random drawing next Friday (Feb 26th).
Because it's a random drawing, the content of your answer doesn't affect your chances of winning, but for our sake, put at least 2 minutes of thought into it. The one and two word answers just don't cut it. In fact, we'll add in a second prize for the most original entry.
Because the box is crazy heavy, we're only accepting entries from the contiguous United States. The postage rates for any place beyond that will cause us to start digging into Tool Snob Jr.'s college fund and we don't want to do that.
A big thanks to the people at Sears for suggesting the give-away. Check out the entire line of Craftsman tools here.
Our review of the MiterMate is here.
February 16, 2010
CopTool was there so you didn't have to be. Tons of photos and all the details on what went down here.
February 14, 2010
Sears has just kicked off a new sweepstakes, the end result of which is a massive load of tools going to one lucky person. In order to enter the sweepstakes all you have to do is to set up a Twitter account and follow the Sears Blue Tool Crew (http://twitter.com/BlueToolCrew). One winner will be randomly selected February 26th. The eligibility period runs from Feb 11th to Feb 18th. It looks like only new followers during that time will be entered, so if you're already following, you're out of luck.
The big momma prize consists of:
- One (1) Craftsman 10" Laser Miter Saw( # 21236). Approximate retail value ("ARV") of $129.99
- One (1) Craftsman Digital Miter Gauge (# 929939). ARV of $79.99.
- One (1) Craftsman 30 pc Router Bit Set (#926366). ARV of $109.99.
- One (1) Craftsman Bar Clamp (#31484). ARV of $19.99.
- One (1) Craftsman Base Plunge Router (#17540). ARV of $89.99.
- One (1) Craftsman 10" Table Saw (#21807). ARV $299.99
ARV of all prizes is $729.94.
We love the all or nothing vibe of this contest...no second place, no runner-up, just one completely dominant winner laughing at everyone else. Sort of like Thunderdome.
If there ever was a reason to join Twitter, this is it.
Official rules are here.
January 22, 2010
Since the Tool Snob travel budget only covers trips to the liquor store, we couldn't make it to this year's International Builder's Show out in Vegas. Thankfully, though, the Sears Blue Tool Crew is there with video cameras and they'll be releasing videos of the event in the upcoming days. So far there are three, one of which is an introduction, and the other two talk exclusively about (you'll never guess) Craftsman Tools. According to their Sears, they are going to branch out into other brands in the upcoming videos. But as far as the Craftsman tools go, there are some interesting items featured in the video, including the MiterMate (which we're currently testing out and so far have A LOT of thoughts on, our review will be up soon) and the Versatrack storage system. Actually, it's funny but with all the big budget items on display, one thing that really caught our eye was the Edge Utility Cutter, which is a set of snips that uses a standard utility blade.
So check out the videos here and make sure to check back throughout the week for more.
January 15, 2010
The new Grizzly catalog showed up the other day brightening up an otherwise cold and gray week. It's currently sitting on our desk and in about a week it will migrate to the nearest bathroom where it will likely spend the year.
If you've never looked through one of these things, you're missing out big time. This year's offering is a full 675 pages of tools, accessories, milling machines, router bits, guitar making materials and every other tool related item under the sun. The prices are generally good and there are some real steals with the Grizzly tools.
The crazy part is that the catalogs are free. All you have to do to get one is go here and sign up.
January 7, 2010
Home Fixated, one of our daily stops in the DIY/tool blogging world has recently undergone a full site redesign. The new look is much easier to navigate through and since they're always giving stuff away, we suggest you taking a look for yourself.
Aside from the monthly giveaways and great tool reviews there are also sections for coupons, videos and how-to.
Check out Home Fixated here.
January 4, 2010
At our last house we had this massive snowblower that was actually more of a "snow cannon." We really loved the thing and always enjoyed blasting snow onto our neighbor's yard. But, because of the tricky driveway, we sold it with the house and now we're left with a much smaller hand-me-down blower that works fine, but it takes a little longer and our chest doesn't hardly puff up at all when we're using it.
So here comes Sears with a chance to win a Craftsman snowblower. To enter to win, you need a Twitter account (which immediately disqualifies anyone over 35 years old). First, you need to go to Craftsman's Snowblower Finder in order to find the right model for your needs, and then you log on to Twitter and follow @BlueLGCrew and tweet in the following:
Following @BlueLGCrew and went to http://bit.ly/6KxG5t to find my ideal #searssnowblower - model XXXXX - I'm entered for a chance to win it!
Don't forget to replace the "XXXXX" with your model number AND follow @BlueLGCrew. Once you've done that, you'll be entered for a chance to win the model number you tweeted.
The contest is ending on Jan. 13th.
Small print official contest rules are here and the press release is posted after the jump, if you're interested.
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