This Old House broke the news yesterday about an upcoming Craftsman Nextec cordless tool kit which will include two brand new tools – a palm sander, and a cordless circular trim saw. Craftsman’s Nextec series is their line of compact lithium ion powered tools which includes conventional tool designs such as a 3/8″ drill and an […]
UPDATE: Here’s our review of Ridgid’s new JobMax tools. The page you’re reading now has info on the oscillating multi-tool and autohammer tools, while this page here talks all about the right angle drill, ratchet, and impact driver. Ridgid has just released an innovative line of JobMax cordless power tools which feature interchangeable tool heads. The heart of this […]
Dewalt recently released a whole slew of new Impact Ready bits and accessories, including twist drill bits and hole saws. We had the opportunity to give these new drill bits a spin, and as you will soon see in this review, we think they’re absolutely fantastic.
Ryobi’s cordless Auto Hammer is designed to drive nails up to 3-1/2″ long, operate in tight spaces, and eliminate manual hammering entirely. In fact, Ryobi claims that with their new Auto Hammer, hammering has never been easier. With claims like these, we just had to put the tool to the test! For a detailed overview of […]
Craftsman Labs is a small microsite that features videos of Craftsman power and hand tools being subjected to grueling tests and extreme conditions. The guys over at the Craftsman Lab are ready to make new videos and obliterate more tools, and are asking for viewers to offer tool-torture video suggestions of their own. You can check out […]
There are quite a few questions about the new Craftsman 21226 MiterMate miter saw that we set out to address with a full no-holds barred hands-on review. Is the MiterMate gimmicky? Overly complex? Awkward and clumsy? Or is it as innovative and functional as Craftsman advertises? Keep reading for our full review of the MiterMate, or […]
The Craftsman 10″ MiterMate Miter Saw is unlike any miter saw that we’ve ever seen before. Compared to a traditional miter saw, the MiterMate, with its innovative V-fence system, is said to help woodworkers and DIYers save time while increasing the efficiency and accuracy of their cross cuts and miter joints.
As previously mentioned, the Ryobi Tek4 5-piece kit features two new additions to the Tek4 lineup – a cordless screwdriver, and power snips. We gave these new Tek4 tools some more thought, and were able to briefly give them a try in-store. All in all, we are pretty optimistic about these new tools, and the […]
There is a power tool clearance going on at Home Depot, with some tools selling for more than half-off. Following are some of the deals that you can expect to find: Milwaukee M12 3/8″ drill + radio $79 (compared to $180 on Amazon) Dewalt 4-pc cordless tool set $200 (hard to find in stock; $500 on […]
In case you didn’t catch our lame attempt at humor, a particular drill bit issue has created a bit of annoyance for us. It all started about one year ago when we purchased a “G” sized jobbers length twist drill bit for a small project. The project was delayed and put on the backburner, and […]
Over at Amazon, Ridgid’s 1/2″ drill and a 1/2″ hammer drill are priced considerably lower than at Home Depot and other Ridgid distributors. This could be a temporary sale or price drop, but maybe we’ll see more price drops as part of an end-of-the-year sale. Ridgid R7111 8-Amp 1/2″ Drill (Amazon – $57 at the time of this posting) […]
Ryobi has just released a brand new 5pc combo kit as part of their Tek4 power tool system. Included in the combo are two new and three familiar tools – a cordless screwdriver, power snips, smart noise-suppression protective headphones, an LED flashlight, and a mobile device charger.
Gator’s new Black Zirconium Ultra Power sandpaper utilizes a special grit composition that allows it to “sand three times faster and last three times longer than regular sandpaper.” These cutting and longevity improvements can be appreciated by everyone, from the DIY woodworker, to the professional in a production environment.
While cordless handheld vacuums such as Makita’s new model and the ubiquitous dustbuster are suitable for light duty cleaning or small messes, there may be times when you may need something a bit more robust. For medium duty cleaning tasks, what you’ll want to whip out is a cordless wet/dry vac. Although a traditional corded vacuum would typically be better suited for most […]
We have used quite a few different brands of jigsaws in recent years, but by far our favorite brand is Bosch. We’ve been using Bosch’s 1587AVSK jigsaw model for about two and a half years now, and it’s reliable, durable, provides plenty of power, and still operates smoothly and efficiently.
Black & Decker has teamed up with U-Bild to provide three free project plans – a birdhouse, hope chest, and a jewelry box, to help you skip the lines at the mall and craft a homemade gift for that special someone.
The newest tool on the block is Bosch’s 26618-01 3-mode multi-function cordless impact drill/driver. Bosch stepped things up a notch with this Impactor by incorporating two conventional speed settings as well as a selectable impact mode.
Okay, so I am searching for a new cordless circular saw. I’m not committed to any one brand, and am considering Porter Cable, Hitachi, Dewalt, Makita, and Milwaukee’s product offerings. Up until last night I was very strongly considering Makita, but that has since changed.
Bosch’s 23613 Impactor 12V cordless impact driver is on sale for the mind-boggling low price of $100! The impact driver comes with two NiCad batteries, a charger, and a carrying case. We had to double check, but these are new tools and not refurbished, or bare-bone kits! Note that this Impactor is going to be […]
Tool Snob recently posted a very well written and thorough review of the new Dremel 4000 rotary tool that is definitely worth checking out. They had a lot of good things to say about the tool, and summed it up rather nicely with the following statement: To wrap things up, this is a fantastic tool […]