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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February 14, 2010

Sears Blue Crew Woodworker's Sweepstakes

sears_blue_crew_pngSears 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.

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January 22, 2010

Sears Blue Tool Crew at IBS

blue_tool_crew_logo.jpgSince 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.

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January 15, 2010

Grizzly Industrial 2010 Catalog

grizzly_cover_2010.gifThe 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.

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January 7, 2010

Home Fixated Gets a Make Over

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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.

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January 4, 2010

Win a Snowblower from Craftsman

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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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December 7, 2009

Ready Wrench Winners Announced!

winners.jpgThe Ready Wrench contest is over and we've picked our winners. Like we said in the contest rules, of the five Ready Wrenches that we're giving away, three of them were being decided by random drawing. Those winners are readers Mark, Ben, and Jim. Congrats.

The other two winners were chosen based on the content of their entry and they are readers Paul and Todd. Paul because he dropped the line, "The back of the house was pretty much made of sawdust and wishes," and Todd because he has somehow gotten away with depriving his wife of a kitchen for over a year of renovations. We've posted their entries after the jump. They're worth checking out, particularly if you're in the middle of a project and it feels like it can't get any worse.

Again we'd like to thank Black & Decker for assisting with the contest and providing the prizes. If you didn't win but are interested in a Ready Wrench, they can be had at Amazon.com for about $25. We would also like to thank all of the readers who entered. We enjoyed looking through the entries and we hope to give you more chances to win stuff with more contests like this in the future.

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December 3, 2009

Gift Ideas Over at Amazon

dandelion.jpegIf you're struggling for tool-oriented gift ideas and you've already deemed our own gift guide as worthless, Amazon has a 'most wished for' and a 'most gifted' list, so you can see what other people out there are thinking about. They're pretty handy if you're having trouble with the Mr. or Mrs. Fixit of your life.

Amazon's Most Wished For List

Amazon's Most Gifted List

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One Last Chance to Win a B&D Ready Wrench

We're doing the drawing tomorrow, so get your entries in now. Details here.

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December 2, 2009

Craftsman's 25 Days of Holiday Deals

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Craftsman just started up an interesting promotion that will last from now until Christmas. Each day, they'll be offering a different item at a drastically reduced price (up to 70%). There's no telling what the next day's deal is going to be, but Craftsman sent out the head's up on a few enticing ones:

  • December 2: GearWrench Reversible Wrench Set, inch or metric (44003/4) for $39.99 (regular price $79.99), ideal for getting into confined work areas, 100 limited quantity each sku
  • December 6: Craftsman 192 pc. Mechanics Tool Set (33192) for $129.99 (regular price $199.99), a perfect gift for anyone looking to build their hand tool collection, 150 limited quantity
  • December 12: Racor Pro Ceiling Mount Bike Rack (59535) for $7.99 (regular $29.99), a terrific way to store bikes in unused space, while supplies last
  • December 17: Craftsman ½ in. Impact Wrench for $19.99 (regular $39.99), a must have for any DIY auto enthusiast to remove nuts and bolts with ease, 100 limited quantity
  • December 18: GM Performance Parts 2 Ton Hydraulic Trolley Jack (50113) for $19.99 (regular $29.99), a portable automotive lifting device manufactured to strict industry specifications, 200 limited quantity
  • December 21: Craftsman Cordless Rechargeable LED Work Light (73904) for $16.99 (regular $33.99), for lighting a dim workspace, while supplies last

We've got our eye on the LED and the bike rack. As you can see quantities are pretty limited, so it's best to investigate this earlier in the day as opposed to later. You West coast people are screwed. No deals for you.

Craftsman has set up a micro-site just for this promotion, where you can go and and see what the day's deal is. Check it out, it sort of feels like you're playing Monopoly at McDonald's.

More information at www.sears.com/toolsbusters

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