Makita’s new Xtract Vac is designed to provide powerful and efficient dust extraction without all of the expected noise.
Archives for January 2013
Spax Screws to the Rescue!
A couple of Spax screws were more than a match for the oversized holes drilled into store-bought speakers stands. Hoorah!
Johnson’s New Bamboo Squares
Johnson Level is coming out with new t-bevels and try squares with bamboo and “carbonized bamboo” handles.
Hot Deal: Dewalt 12V 4-Tool Combo Kit for $229!
If you were looking for a good deal to buy into Dewalt’s 12V Max cordless tool platform, this 4-tool combo is on sale and offers great bang for the buck.
New Veto Pro Pac Tool Backpack
Veto Pro Pac’s new tool backpack is expected to debut next summer.
Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench is on Sale for Less than $10
Kobalt’s Multi-Drive Wrench is currently on sale for $7.50, which is 75%-off its full retail price.
Milwaukee Thermal Imaging Camera Now Comes with Free M18 Combo Kit
Milwaukee’s new M12 thermal imaging camera promo kit comes with a free M18 cordless combo tool kit.
Dewalt 20V Metal-Cutting Saw Kit Now Comes with Two XR 4.0Ah Battery Packs
Dewalt is coming out with a new 20V metal-cutting saw kit whose product description suggests that their 4.0Ah battery packs will soon be released in the USA.
“Expert Advice” Case Study: A Phone Call with an SVS “Sound Expert”
In contrast to recent posts that discuss good and horribly poor pre-sale advice from “tool experts,” here is an example of exceptionally good customer service.
“Expert Advice” Case Study: A Chat with a Sears Tool Expert
Our chat with a Sears “tool expert” did not go as expected at all.
“Expert Advice” Case Study: A Chat with a Home Depot Husky Tool Specialist
How did our chat with a “Husky Tool Specialist” go? Better than expected – they were at least familiar with Husky’s product line.
Can You Trust Customer Service for Product Recommendations?
Can you trust the product advice and recommendations offered by brand and retailer customer service reps?
Make Your Own Wood Wallet or Business Card Holder
Looking for a quick and practical woodworking project? Here are two ways to approach making your own wood wallet or business card holder.
Reader Question: Jet vs. Craftsman 10-Inch Table Saw for Home Workshop Use
A reader emailed in, asking about whether Jet’s 10-inch jobsite table saw would be a good fit for the home workshop. Our thoughts – a Craftsman might be better.
More than 12V, not Quite 18V – New Rockwell 16V Drill and Impact Driver
Rockwell’s new 16V Max cordless drill and impact driver are a middle-ground compromise between compact 12V models and bulkier 18V/20V offerings.
Craftsman Wire Stripper for $7.50 and Other Western Forge Tool Sale
Harry Epstein is having a great closeout sale on Craftsman wire strippers and other Western-Forge-made hand tools.
New 2013 Zero Tolerance Knives to Start Saving Up for
Looking for a good heavy-duty folding knife? Here are some highly appealing Zero Tolerance models that are coming out in just a few months.
Viper “Armor” Tool Chests and Cabinets
These Viper Armor tool chests and cabinets definitely have an interesting look to them.
New Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station
Here’s a quick look at Hakko’s new FX-888D soldering station, a digital version of their popular FX-888.
New Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool for 2013
Leatherman has brought some new (and very welcome) changes to their heavy-duty Surge multi-tool.