October 21, 2014

Pro Tool Innovation Awards 2014

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And the winners are....

Our pals over at Pro Tool Reviews have whipped up another edition of their Pro Tool Innovation Awards. It's basically a fast and easy guide to all that is new, cool, and interesting in the tool world. There's a lot to like too, some of which we've never even seen before, like the Mag-Lok Long Handle Tool System or the Wolverine Cabor Boots. There are also plenty of tools from companies like Milwaukee, Klein, and Bosch, all places where we've come to expect innovative ideas.

So check out this years winners here.

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October 17, 2014

Powerstrike Framing Hammer - Review

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The Powerstrike Framing Hammer is easily the strangest hammer I've ever seen. With it's exposed welds, its nuts and bolts vibe, and the hollow metal handle, there is nothing about it that says "normal operating procedure." They sent me a couple to check out and I've been pounding on them for at least a month now. They're great too, maybe not perfect, but really nice.

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October 7, 2014

Win a NOVA Infinity Chuck

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If you're into wood turning then you're going to want to check this out. NOVA is giving away one of their Infinity Quick Change Chuck Systems.

Here's what we know....

Teknatool/NOVA, those experts on woodturning, are holding a Facebook contest in October and the winner's prize is an innovative NOVA Limited Edition Infinity Quick Change Chuck System. The Contest starts October 1, 2014 and ends October 31, 2014.
It is only open to U.S. Residents who are new or existing Facebook fans or followers of NOVA Woodworking. Here are the basics:
To Enter this Facebook Contest, the rules are simple:

"Like" NOVA on their Facebook page
Create a video turning a lidded vessel then post on YouTube with the hashtag #NOVAInfinityContest.
Show the finished project at the end of the video.
Share the YouTube Link on NOVA's Facebook Page with the #NOVAInfinityContest hashtag.
Get your friends, family, and others to "Like," "Share" and 'Comment' on your video via Facebook to increase your chances of winning.

Complete rules are here.

As an aside, check out these fantastic turned chess sets. One of these days when I have the time, I'm going to fire up my little Delta Midi and try something like this.

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October 6, 2014

Irwin Vise-Grip Cutting Pliers - Review

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[I updated the piece with more info on the handles]

The other day Irwin sent over a sample of their new line of cutting pliers and man o man, are they nice. Really nice. They ain't cheap, but they're slick.

We first saw these a while back when Stu from ToolGuyd mentioned them, noting that they're manufactured by NWS. NWS is a German company and beyond the message board tool junkies, they don't have much presence in the US. Everything I've ever read about them has been positive but I've honestly never even held one of their tools until now. That apparently was a mistake.

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September 15, 2014

Spyder Rapid Core Eject Hole Saws

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There's no doubt that the lamest part of using a hole saw is ejecting the core from the saw. I wonder how many flat head screwdrivers have been irreparably damaged over the years. A while back, Lennox advanced a solution to this problem with their Speed Slot line. These saws come with a cool "step" pattern up the side of the saw, giving you a series of spots to pry your screwdriver against. I have a set and they're nice. Milwaukee recently released a similar design.

But Spyder is wiping the slate clean and approaching the problem from an entirely different angle. Their thinking is, "why move the core, when you can move the saw?" It's a cool idea too. How it works is that once you make the cut, a release button lets you slide the hole saw back along the bit. This leaves the core in place where it can be easily removed. Then press and slide the saw back in place.

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August 26, 2014

Hart Quick-Tatch Trowel System - Review

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I'm no pro tile guy, but in my recent/current/never-ending renovation I've tiled four bathroom floors, two tub surrounds, a shower, a kitchen backsplash, and 500 sq/ft of basement floor. So I've come to understand a a decent amount about tiling. Of all this accumulated knowledge, one of the most annoying things I've learned is that trowels are very, very difficult to store.

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August 20, 2014

Worx Live Demo Tomorrow (Thursday 8/21)

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This just in from our contact at Worx:


Did you ever want to see the WORX AeroCart, GT 2.0 Trimmer and WORX AIR in action?

Well, now is your chance. You could also win one of these cool tools.

Special prices and giveaways will be offered during these live demos.


When: Thursday, Aug. 21, Noon & 3 p.m. (EDT)

Register Now - Click here

If you haven't seen the Aerocart, it's a real trip. It's this bizarre hybrid wheelbarrow that has like 30 other uses. It looks really cool and would be neat to see in action. Plus, they're giving stuff away, which is always a nice bonus.


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August 19, 2014

Klein Coaxial Cable Cutter - Review

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Klein recently sent us a sample of their new Coaxial Cable Cutter and after taking it down to the basement and doing some serious slicing and dicing with our A/V wiring, we're pretty impressed with it, more than we were expecting to be.

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July 14, 2014

Pneuhook

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We really feel that a belt hook is an essential part of a nail gun, but there are still quite a few tools that don't come with one. They're also tricky too, because for it to be really useful (ie: be able to hang over 2x stock), they also have to be quite bulky, and that bulk isn't always wanted. Enter: The Pneuhook.

We heard about this on Twitter (almost 4k in followers...thanks y'all) and after checking it out, decided that it's definitely worth a mention. It's a universal rafter hook for whatever nail gun you have. Basically, it's a male/female connection with a large metal hook that goes between your gun and your hose. It falls well in the "wish I thought of that" category.

It looks pretty large, so it's not likely to go on your 23-gauge pinner. But on a framing gun or roofing gun this thing is going to work magic. It can hang off a ladder, a rafter, or a nail. There is also a hex cut-out for changing the blade on your circ saw. What we like is that when you don't need it, you can simply remove it.

They cost about $30 apiece, which seems a little high, but keep in mind that it's a small company manufacturing in the USA. Those two things put together usually make for a costlier item. The website also implies that the hooks might be made to order, so there's that too.

Anyway, go check them out at their site. There's an autoplay video there, so beware.

At Pneuhook and Amazon

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July 10, 2014

Paslode's 50th Anniversary Framer...They're givin' 'em away.

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So this year Paslode turns 50. We're fans of the company and think that their gas finish nailer (our review here) is just one of the most useful tools on the market.

To commemorate their semicentennial, they've release an anniversary framing gun. According to the company,

Its compact design easily fits between studs, joists and rafters. Engineered for durability, the nailer is built to withstand the toughest jobsite conditions and requires less maintenance than any other Paslode pneumatic framing nailer in history.

The 8.4-pound nailer is designed with the center of gravity close to the trigger, providing optimal balance. Refreshed with the end-user in mind, the nailer's over-molded grip delivers extra comfort and the adjustable rafter hook adds convenience while easily moving out of the way when it's not needed.

The cool part is that they're giving seven of these things away (one each month). To toss your name in the hat, just go to www.paslode50.com and answer a couple questions.

We skimmed the official rules and everything checks out with no bizarre Canadian rules.


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June 20, 2014

Holdsabit - Review

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On-board bit storage on a drill is like cheese on a cracker (and I'm not entirely sure what I mean when I say that). I think the point is that it's kind of essential, or at least, if it's not there then it feels like something is lacking. But the bar here is set pretty low; even the best drills only come with room for maybe one or two 1" bits. This is alright, but if you're really getting into a project, it sure would be nice to have a spot to stick a bit for pre-drilling or to have room for four or five additional bits (P1, P2, P3, R1, R2, T15, etc). So yeah, wait a minute, here comes something called the Holdsabit. It actually looks like a one of those backpacks that you put on a dog for camping, but instead of holding Alpo and whiskey, it holds bits.

Holdsabit was nice enough to send us a sample to test out and we've been playing with it for a while now and have come to our conclusions.

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May 14, 2014

Minuteman MM01K Pocket Knife

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Minuteman, makers of some nice, high-quality watches (check these out) have just released a new knife, the MM01K. Like all of their products, a portion of the purchase price goes to assist veterans and their families (25%).

According to the release...


[The MM01K is an] all titanium handle knife, with a 3.5 inch Elmax Steel blade coated in DLC and then tumbled to give it a black stone washed finish. What this creates is not only a fantastic looking knife, but also one that is very durable to scratches and scrapes. Because of the tumble finish, small marks and scratches will just blend in and add to the look.

We also like that the company branding is kept to a bare minimum with only the Minuteman logo showing up on the small pocket clip.

As an added bonus, if you pre-order now, you can get $54 off the purchase price. This still puts it at a bone-crunching $225, but then again, this does look like a very nice knife. Just don't lose it.

At The CGA Company

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May 12, 2014

Striker Capsule Task Light

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Well, this looks like it could be pretty cool. The Striker Capsule Task Light is a small light that can take on four different configurations; headlamp, magnetic base, spring clip, or lanyard.

We've used some Striker gear over the years and have always liked what we've seen, particularly the small magnetic LED (that happens to look like a WWII naval mine).

If this new one works, it looks like it could be a solid contender for the glove box or tool bag side pocket. It's not available until June, and it will be about $25.

Press release after the jump

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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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April 18, 2014

Little Giant Velocity 24' Extension Ladder

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Without question our all time favorite ladder is the Little Giant Select Step (our review here). You can set it up on stairs, position it right up against a wall, or just utilize it as a standard 5,6, 7, or 8 foot step ladder. It's kinda heavy, but the innovation contained within is more than enough to off-set that.

And the good news is that the company has turned their attention towards the standard extension ladder. Just the other day we got word of something called the Little Giant Velocity 24' Extension Ladder. After a quick run-down of the features it's looking like Little Giant has solved many of the irritations associated with using a large extension ladder.

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