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May 8, 2014

Sears Vocational Discount Program

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In the last few years, there has been a lot of good stuff written and said about the value of blue collar work. The book Shop Class as Soulcraft and the seemingly tireless work of Mike Rowe are what immediately comes to mind. Personally, I've lived in both the blue and white collar worlds and greatly preferred the former over the latter.

Sears and Craftsman are playing their part in support of the trades by now offering vo-tech schools and students 50% off the first-time purchase of a tool set and tool storage unit. The program is called the Tech Schools and Tools Partners Discount Program for students and you can sign up here.

There's more information in the full press release (after the jump).

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March 21, 2014

Ridgid has a new website...

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This actually happened sometime last year and we keep meaning to mention it. Better late than never, I guess. But if you're a hardcore tool type and this is boring, old news to you...well, sorry 'bout that.

But yeah, Ridgid's new website is about a million times better than the old one. It's organized in a much better fashion and really puts a good presentation on the company's tools. We're fans of Ridgid and like the new look.

Check it out here: Ridgid.com

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October 9, 2013

Pro Tool Innovation Awards - Winners

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Our homies over at ProToolReviews.com have wrapped up their first ever Pro Tool Innovation Awards and posted up the winners over at their site.

It's a great competition and it's cool to see the champs. Everything is broken out into categories so it's easy to browse around. It's totally worth your time to head on over. While you're there, stick around and dig into the rest of the site. It's all good.

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June 25, 2013

Contractors-Solutions.net

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So we just randomly got in a conversation with the guy who runs Contractors-Solutions.net and felt compelled to mention them on the site. They've got a huge selection of gear and oddly enough it seems like the one thing they don't carry are power tools, which is fine because there are plenty of other places to pick those up. Instead, Contractors-Solutions zeroes in on the other things, like workwear, generators, scaffolding, tool belts, material handling, and truck racks. They've got all the big names in those areas and were one of the first companies in the US to start carrying Blaklader work wear. We checked out some of their pants a while back and every chance we get, we yell from the rooftops about how great they are.

It's a pretty cool story about how Contractors-Solutions started. It began as an offshoot of the Kwikstand table saw stand. A builder named Scott Kahle saw an opening in the market (that opening is called, "most table saw stands are kinda lame") and designed a nice accessory with a built-in outfeed table. The tool was well-received, earning a Tools of the Trades "Editor's Choice Award." Wanting to make a go of the retail thing, Scott then started stocking products from other manufacturers to go along with his own. He decided (we think smartly) to offer unique and niche products, specific to the building trades, that you couldn't just get down at the local box store. So at this point, he's loaded up with a nice inventory of good quality gear. So go and support the guy, or at least check out his website.

Check them out over at contractors-solutions.net

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June 17, 2013

Milwaukee Tools: Annual Shindig 2013

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Last week I was lucky enough to get invited to the annual Milwaukee Tools Product Symposium. It's their yearly event where they showcase all of the new things they have coming down the pipeline. And lets just say that this time around, it was a seriously big pipeline.

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June 10, 2013

TheSweetHome.com

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The average product blog is loaded with fast flowing information that heads in the front door and out the back without even stopping for a high five. Because of this overload, relevant and important posts are buried just as quickly as the lame ones. The format also makes it difficult to do thorough side by side comparisons or full-on category reviews because they take so much time and that just doesn't work with a (nearly) daily schedule.

So anyway, the solution is TheSweetHome. In a way, it's the anti-product-blog. The articles over there are absolutely epic in scope and consist of what have to be the deepest product dives on the internet. The pieces are long, thorough, and very engaging (particularly considering how long and thorough they are). The site just launched a couple weeks ago and I've been part of the team of writers involved with the project. At this point, I've written two pieces (and a third is in the docket). Combined they've taken me about 100 hours of research and writing time. It's safe to say that it's a little different from blog posts that can be done in less than 30 minutes.

So far I've looked at cordless drills and home tool kits. Keep in mind that the audience is the average person and not the un-average gear-head like most of you reading this. While you're at the site, make sure to browse around a bit, there's some pretty fascinating pieces over there.

TheSweetHome.com


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May 22, 2012

Disappeared Again...

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Yeah, we vanished for a little while there. Sorry about that. We once again got sidelined by the renovation. Lately we've been working on the house in the evenings, which leaves us little time for updating the site. We're going to be back at it this week though.

To give an idea of what we're up against, above is a shot of Tool Snob HQ (the part you can actually walk through...the other half is actually much worse)...it's pretty brutal. Clean up time has been reduced as well...I think I see Jimmy Hoffa behind the welder.

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March 27, 2012

Back in Action

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While the renovation is by no means done, Tool Snob HQ is back in operational conditions. There is no casing, certainly no paint, no baseboard, no floor in one room, no sink in the half bath, no tile in the master bath, and hardly any doors at all (including the bathrooms). But there is plumbing, electric, two toilets, a nice looking kitchen, and a heating system. Enough for us to move back in and get things going again.

So we're officially coming out of our long exile (pictured). We'll be posting more regularly and reviewing the mounds and mounds of tools that we've backlogged here (if you're a PR person who has sent us something in the past six months, please feel free to drop a line to badger/remind us). There are all kinds of good things coming...

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October 27, 2011

Ridgid Hates Kobalt

See for yourself...

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It's tough to beat that certain relentless flavor of antagonism that can develop between competing juggernauts. Coke vs. Pepsi. Ford vs. Chevy. The Hulkster vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper. Spears vs. Aguilera.

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July 19, 2011

Hardcore Hammers and Base Camp X Join Forces

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If you're a fan of Hardcore Hammers (and who isn't, really?), then we've got some news for you. Two things, really....

1. HH has just released a smooth faced version of their hammer called the Blunt Force. It's not the astounding piece of machined metal that their original hammer is (our review here), but it's pretty cool (and about 1/2 the price). We got our hands on one and have it sitting at the jobsite where it takes a daily beating. We hope to have a full review up soon.

2. HH also teamed up with Base Camp X, the makers of some very badass axes, to create a very ominous looking hammer. More details here (scroll down).

That's all we got for now.

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April 26, 2011

Festool Carvex Delayed....

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We just got word that one of the most anticipated releases in the upcoming months (at least by us) has been delayed. On their facebook page, the guys at Tool Nut are using the terms, "delayed indefinitely" and "canceled." If that's the case, it sounds grim. We just saw the tool in action at JLC and from what we saw, it was pretty sweet (we covered the tool in some detail here and also in our JLC coverage here). When we find out what the scoop is we'll let you know. Before today, the release date was to be June 1st.

Shop for non-delayed, non-canceled, and non-delayed indefinitely Festool Products at FestoolProducts.com

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April 20, 2011

Tyler Tool Purchased by CPO

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For years, Tyler Tool customers have enjoyed a great selection of leading brands and low prices, not to mention good old fashioned customer service. Now Tyler Tool is powered by CPO's fully stocked warehouse, with more than 5,000 items in stock and ready to ship the same day.

Check out Tyler Tool here and the CPO Network here.

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March 28, 2011

JLC Live: Rhode Island - Recap

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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....

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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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