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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Delta has recently introduced a new line of premium full-kerf saw blades. These premium blades are designed with several ‘practical blade enhancements,’ such as: a 50% increase in the size of carbide to allow for additional re-sharpenings, refined geometries for an improved cut, and reduced noise for a quieter cut. Okay, let’s get this straight – Delta’s new […]
The 75th anniversary Dremel 395 rotary tool kit has dropped in price yet again. The well regarded Dremel 395 is bundled with 75 accessories, a bonus multi-tool, and a metal case for $50. This is a pretty great deal since you get a kick-ass rotary tool with plenty of accessories for less than the price of the […]
We were quite surprised to see Ridgid tools amongst the selection at Amazon yesterday as we searched for a new sander. While refurbished Ridgid tools and certain specialty tools have been available, mostly via 3rd party vendors, for a while now, this is the first time we’ve seen new mainstream Ridgid tools sold directly by […]
CPO Bosch over on Amazon is offering a reconditioned Bosch PS10 I-Driver kit for $60. This driver design is particularly well suited for driving fasteners in cramped workspaces. The product description is not very detailed, but we assume that the kit includes the charger and one or two batteries with the tool. If you prefer a […]
The Power8 Workshop is the first cordless bench top [tool system] in the world, a unique and innovative new product [that] provides a full portable workshop in one armoured case. The main feature of this system are the cordless tools that can be separated and reconfigured into benchtop tools using a common base.
I was looking for a cordless compact impact driver to recommend to a colleague and found this Makita 2-tool set to be a real bargain. For $160 via Amazon, you get a compact 10.8V driver, a compact 10.8V impact driver, 2 batteries, charger, and an aluminum case. My first instinct was to recommend the venerable Bosch PS-40, […]
Wiha Bit Selector packs are currently on sale for $8 each via Small Parts on Amazon. Each set includes a handy bit dispenser, 10 insert bits, and a magnetic bit holder. There are currently 3 different set configurations available in limited quantities. Phillips, Slotted, Torx Set 79243 Includes: Philips: # 0, 1, 2, 3; Slotted: 5.5, 6.5, 8.0 […]
Skil has just released the new HD5687 Skilsaw, marketing it as the ultimate combination of unmatched performance, lightweight design, and unbeatable value, and is designed to tackle any project at the jobsite. Sounds good to us! The new Skilsaw is priced at $89, placing it right in the middle of Skil’s current circular saw lineup. First off, we […]
A television commercial promoting the Craftsman Nextec Auto-Hammer has aired recently – no doubt targeting Father’s Day gift shoppers, so we’ve decided to revisit it. Although it may still seem a bit gimmicky, the Auto-Hammer is innovative enough that it deserves the attention.
A few days ago in Austrailia, a doctor used a household drill to bore into a 13 year old’s skull to relieve pressure on his brain due to a blood clot. The drill was sourced from the maintenance closet since the hospital was not equipped with any neurological drills. Now I’m wondering, what drill was […]
A few weeks ago, Skil announced a new line of 18V Li-Ion power tools targeting DIYers and professionals who need pro-grade features at consumer-level prices. These tools are not mere adaptations of last generation’s NiCad-powered tools; Skil designed these tools to be more powerful, longer lasting, lighter, more compact, and comfortable to use. As of now, there are four new tools […]
Bosch’s multi-construction bits are designed for high performance drilling through wood, masonry, ceramic tiles, plastic, and metal. Read More
Over at Amazon.com, the Hitachi DS12DVF3 12V drill/driver is discounted to $70. This 3/8″ drill comes with two batteries, charger, case, flashlight, and a small bit set. Hitachi drills are very durable and relatively compact – we’ve used this drill’s 18V big brother for over two years, and it has never let us down. Hitachi DS12DVF3 12V Cordless Drill via […]
Craftsman released its new 12V NEXTEC series of compact power tools before the winter holidays, and performance reviews are starting to roll in. One of the more innovative tools of the Nextec series is Craftsman’s new Hammerhead Auto Hammer. The Auto Hammer’s compact size makes it well suited for areas too tight to swing a traditional hammer, as […]
Major Ramifications, from the GarageJournal forums, informed us that Woodcraft is offering a 2 1/4″ HP Freud router kit with a fixed and a plunge base for $130, shipped. The router comes with the two bases, the motor, 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets, an above-table adjustment knob, and a kit box.
This Craftsman portable vacuum seems to be a pretty good buy, especially at 50% off. The vacuum comes with a 600 watt motor, crevice attachment, dusting brush, and a filter. It also comes with a relatively long 14′ cord that should provide enough reach to handle most cleanup tasks with ease. There are only a handful of reviews on Sears’ site, all posted within […]