First of all, we absolutely LOVE Xuron pliers and shears. Yes, we know that we’ve mentioned this before, but great products like Xuron’s deserve the fresh attention. Second of all, we absolutely LOVE the above product image. Here’s why Xuron products are among our favorites hand tools, and why we think that Xuron is an upstanding company: great […]
It really is no secret that impact drivers are becoming more and more popular among both professional users and consumers. With this in mind, Dewalt recently released an entire line of new Impact Ready drill and driver accessories.
Please excuse the tone of this post as I am both excited and horrified. There I was, minding my own business browsing the tool categories at Amazon, when I came across Craftsman tools offered for sale. First Ridgid tools are picked up and added to their product catalog, now Craftsman? Craftsman tools being offered for sale by 3rd parties […]
Shown above is a teaser photo of the 360 RotoRat prototype, a rather exciting new drive tool concept. The 360 RotoRat consists of a remote ratchet head that mates with a tapered drive socket to be used in extremely tight or restricted work spaces.
Bosch’s 3107DVS 5″ 3.3A random orbital sander and polisher looks to be a fine and robust tool. With a “D-handle” trigger and multi-position support handle, this sander looks like it offers a bit more control than a traditionally designed random orbital sanders would. There is an even beefier Bosch sander that is built from a […]
Every now and then we find a power tool that stands apart from others in its class. Porter Cable’s 5″ Low-Profile Random Orbital Sander is one such tool. With its reduced height, we can see how that this sander would be much easier to control than traditional palm-grip sanders. While this sander’s unique low-profile design […]
The new Sears/Craftsman 2009 Holiday Tool Catalog is OUT!!! Because last year’s holiday tool catalog was so intensely satisfying, I have been waiting weeks for this year’s catalog to be published. Don’t worry, I will spare you the obsessive details, at least for now. The new catalog does two things: 1) it highlights a few new products, […]
Milwaukee very recently released a new M12 product – the 2415-21 cordless right-angle drill/driver. The main selling points of this driver are its super-compact size, 3/8″ chuck, speed control, 11-setting electronic clutch, and runtime battery gauge. The only thing we read about Milwaukee’s right-angle drill/driver that we didn’t quite like is that the kit only comes with […]
As you may already be aware, Snap-on designs and manufactures high quality tools for professional and industrial use. Snap-on also occasionally rebadges high quality tools from other OEMs, sometimes offering them under their Blue Point label. New Snap-on products are exclusively sold via tool trucks and Snap-on’s website. Because of this, we were quite surprised to see a […]
Gearwrench 7pc flex-head ratcheting wrench sets are on sale at Sears for $30 per set until tomorrow, Sept 26th! You can opt for in-store pickup, but free shipping is also available on the SAE set today only, and on orders over $125 through tomorrow. The metric set is only available for in-store pickup. (In other […]
While Stanley’s QuickSlide knife is by far my favorite utility knife, there are several other styles of knives that I occasionally use, such as the pictured lock-back knife. Lock-back utility knives are very quick and easy to open, and are extremely compact for easy stowing.
Over on Amazon, there’s a Milwaukee 4 1/2″ slide-switch angle grinder on sale for $59. They seem to have sold more than they have in stock since there is a message declaring that orders will “usually ship within 3-5 weeks.” If you need two or three grinders, you’re in luck – there’s currently a “buy two identical […]
This morning we took a break from our usual routine and focused instead on playing around with Google’s “trend” service. Google Trends allows you to compare the search volume for different search terms with respect to time. Below are a few comparisons that we found to be interesting.
Ryobi designed their Tek4 cordless electronic tools around a nifty (and affordable) 4V lithium-ion rechargeable battery system. Ryobi’s main selling point is that use of this system will save on costs and waste compared to using traditional AA-based tools.
In addition to their recent nailer and compressor releases, Campbell Hausfeld is now launching two new inflators. It is claimed that their new 12V and 120V inflators will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to inflate a tire.
Just a reminder – today’s the last day to enter for the August Overtime Giveaway. A winner will be selected tonight at about 5pm EST. Take a look at the giveaway post for more details.
Today we’re taking a quick look at the relatively new Gearwrench Double-X hemostat. Similar in design to Gearwrench’s Double-X pliers, these hemostats are designed to hold and clamp onto objects in hard to reach areas. Hemostats are clamping forceps that (in a non-medical sense) are preferred over pliers when dealing with small or delicate parts or when working in tighter […]
Over on ToolSnob, they posted about a new Rotate-a-Blade utility knife concept design. The Rotate-a-Blade allows the blade to be rotated from normal cutting mode to scraper mode, and then to a right-angle cutting mode. In contrast, only the cutting depth can be adjusted on normal utility knives can only cutting depth adjustment. Head on over […]
As we previously mentioned, Campbell Hausfeld recently released a new line of pneumatic nailers. We now have our hands on CH’s new CHN706 angled finisher nailer, and are in the process of giving it a very rigorous review. In the meantime, take a look at our [very positive] first impressions of the nailer. Setup: The nailer […]
About three months ago, we posted about CH Hanson’s new Precision Ball Levels. We now have one of these new 24″ levels in our possession, and thought you would appreciate a few first impressions until we can offer a full review. We handed the level to a few colleagues, and following are their initial reactions. Holy [expletives]. […]