June 8, 2010

Sears Dad's Making a Difference / Unsung Heroes Contest

atticus.gifIf you've ever wanted your name to be on the banner that hangs across Main St., this could be your best chance. During the month of June, Sears will be taking entries in their Dad's Making a Difference Contest with the grand prize winner walking away with $30,000 in materials and labor for a community project as well as $3000 in Craftsman tools. If you win this one, you'll definitely be asked to sit on the fire truck at the next 4th of July Parade. There will also be ten other winners of just the $3000 in tools.

To enter you need to submit a short essay (250 words) and a photo. According to Craftsman,


Nominations should focus on how the deserving dad uses his tools and talents for the benefit of a project in his hometown. Entries will be accepted from June 1 through June 30. From July 14-30, Americans can cast their votes for which deserving dad will receive a visit from the Blue Tool Crew with the tools and resources to bring their projects to life like never before.

There's more information and the complete rules at searsunsungheroes.com .

We've also posted up the press release after the jump. There's some good information there as well.

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May 25, 2010

10% Off Father's Day Gift Set at Channellock

VJ-1.gifIf you've been paying attention, last week we ran a contest giving away a nice set of Channellocks. We picked a winner (some dude named Jeff), so if you're one of the millions of people who didn't win, all is not lost! Channellock has been cool enough to pass on a coupon code for 10% off the prize gift set. The code is CP3Q1. Just enter that at check-out (at the Channellock Website), and you should be all set. More information on the set is here.

Again, the coupon code is CP3Q1 and it's valid at the Channellocks website until Father's Day.

A big thanks to Channellock for helping out with the giveaway and for supplying you, our readers, with the coupon.

Check out the gift set here.

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May 17, 2010

Win Things From Tool Snob!

lotto.jpgToday is the last chance to get entries in for the DeWalt Magnetic ToughCases that we're giving away. We'll be picking the winners tomorrow. Also, don't forget that you have the chance to win a Channellock Gift Set as well (you've got till Friday on that one).

More on the DeWalt giveaway here.

More on the Channellock giveaway here.

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May 13, 2010

Win a Channellock Gift Set from Tool Snob

VJ-1.gifSo yes, with the wonderful assistance of Channellock Tools, we're giving away a 2-plier gift set for Father's Day. The set includes a 9-1/2" V-Jawed Tongue and Groove Plier and a 6-1/2" V-Jawed Tongue and Groove Plier. We tested out the 6-1/2" model here. The gift set would be a nice gift for any dad.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling us why your dad, above all other dads, deserves these tools. Is it because he's restoring an old car? Is it because he lost his old ones? is it because you're getting to the age where you're starting to realize what a lousy kid you were and you feel compelled to give him things to make up for it?

We're going to pick the winner in a random drawing on Friday the 21st. Also, don't forget to enter to win a DeWalt ToughCase here.

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May 11, 2010

Win a DeWalt Magnetic ToughCase from Tool Snob

dewalt_toughcase_1.jpgWell, we just posted up a review of the DeWalt Magnetic ToughCase and now we're giving five of them away (with the generous assistance of DeWalt). We can attest that the little storage units are indeed 'tough' 'cases' and the magnets are a pretty cool touch. For our complete thoughts on the matter our review is here. If you'd rather skip the review and get to the part where you get free stuff read on...

So in order to enter you have to leave a comment at this post that completes the sentence, "I want a DeWalt ToughCase because..." We're going to pick the four entries that we like the best and the last winner will be chosen by a random drawing. Try to keep your answers specific to the ToughCase (i.e. "I want a DeWalt ToughCase because I'm totally awesome" isn't going to fly). We'll be judging on creativity, spunk, and pizazz.

We'll choose our winners in a week, so entries need to be in by next Monday night, May 17th. Good luck.

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March 30, 2010

Win a $250 Amazon Gift Card from Tool-Rank

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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.

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March 8, 2010

Acme Tools Launches New Retail Website

acme_logo.pngIn 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.

Acme Tools

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March 3, 2010

And the Winners Are.....

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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.

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February 18, 2010

Win a Craftsman MiterMate from Tool Snob and Sears

mitermate_1.jpgYesterday 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.

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February 16, 2010

World of Concrete 2010

world_of_jpgCopTool was there so you didn't have to be. Tons of photos and all the details on what went down here.

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