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]. […]
Wera’s Zyklop ratchet is claimed to be “faster than a speeding bullet.” While this may not be entirely accurate, the Zyklop is as speedy a ratchet as we’ve ever seen. The Zyklop is based off of a traditional swivel ratchet design and incorporates several new user-friendly features. First, a Zyklop ratchet head can be locked at 0°, […]
Over at Woot.com, they’re selling refurbished Dremel Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Kits for $60 plus $5 shipping. In case you’re not familiar with Woot, they’re a reputable “one deal a day” retailer. Since this is a one deal a day offering, when Woot sells out, you’re out of luck. There’s also the chance that their stock […]
Zircon’s i65 StudSensor is an affordable and easy to use stud finder. While the i65 does not have all of the bells and whistles of more expensive stud finders, it locates the edges and centers of studs with reliable ease. We purchased an i65 about two years ago, and it has always been dead-on accurate. The i65 […]
Small Parts Inc is a fantastic distributor. While Small Parts specializes in – you guessed it, small specialty parts, their catalog now includes a huge selection of materials, parts, and tools. This is why we love ordering from Small Parts: Small Parts has a great selection of hard to find hand tools They also have a great […]
The August Giveaway has concluded! The winners will be publicly announced after they accept their prizes/gifts. The winners have already been contacted, and have two weeks to respond and accept their prizes/gifts. As part of the giveaway was a set of Craftsman metric deep offset wrenches, a Gearwrench ratcheting screwdriver set, two Mug Bosses (as mentioned the […]