May 22, 2012

Disappeared Again...

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Yeah, we vanished for a little while there. Sorry about that. We once again got sidelined by the renovation. Lately we've been working on the house in the evenings, which leaves us little time for updating the site. We're going to be back at it this week though.

To give an idea of what we're up against, above is a shot of Tool Snob HQ (the part you can actually walk through...the other half is actually much worse)...it's pretty brutal. Clean up time has been reduced as well...I think I see Jimmy Hoffa behind the welder.

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April 30, 2012

StirWhip - Review

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This is one of those odd little tools that has been floating around the shop for some time now. Prazi sent us one a looong time ago (probably close to a year, yikes), and we've used it off and on since then. We've always liked it, but it wasn't until our recent tile-a-palooza that we really got into the StirWhip way of life. Over the course of about two weeks, we tiled two bathroom floors and a tub surround. That was a month ago and now we're starting another bathroom and we realized it's well past time we spread the word on this valuable little item.

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April 26, 2012

Husqvarna Fast Tractor

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Husqvarna has announced the release of something called the Fast Tractor. It's apparently the fastest riding mower in its class (mowers under $2500). And it's not just a little faster, it's quite a bit faster. Regular boring mowers top out in the turtle-like range of 5-6mph, but this cheetah can chase prey in the 7-8mph range.

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April 24, 2012

Furniture Society = Insanity Society

Because of all the tool writing I do, I've ended up on just about every single email distribution list that is even vaguely associated with the idea of a home. I've gotten pretty good at hitting the delete button, but this one made me stop and read...

Apparently there is something called the Furniture Society (not to be confused with the great band from the early 90s, The Information Society) and they have an award called The Award of Distinction. This year's winner is someone named Rosanne Somerson, who is the Interim Provost of Rhode Island School of Design.

Here are some of her award-winning designs....

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April 11, 2012

Makita 15 Amp Reciprocating Saw - Review

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We've been meaning to write about this tool for a long time now, a few years actually. Back in 2009, we had two of them on a site and they were worked so hard and treated so abusively that everyone was stunned they somehow survived. Pictured is one of those two tools as it looks today; a little ragged and worn, but still a complete warhorse.

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April 9, 2012

Festool T18+3 Li-Ion Cordless Drill - Review

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Oh Festool, what are you going to do to us next?

Festool has a certain way of reimagining a tool and messing with our heads while they're at it. They've done it with circular saws and they've done it with sanders. Now, they're taking a stab at cordless drills. They sent us one of their new 18 volts to check out and it didn't take long for us to see that this time the Fes-mojo is centered around their FastFix chuck system. This feature basically makes the drill a PTO with a trigger. The removable chucks (of which there are four) click on and off a couple of ways and all of them are beyond useful (and all of them are quite durable). We have...

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April 6, 2012

Makita LXPK01 18V LXT Li-Ion Cordless 3-1/4" Planer - Review

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So there's this crusty old bastard of a carpenter that we've been working with. (And don't get all offended, because we tell him that to his face. "You know, you're a crusty old bastard." "Grumble....grumble...") Like all crusty old bastards, this one is completely set in his patterns and nothing, and we mean nothing, is going to change the way he does things.

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April 4, 2012

Goo Gone Pro Power - Review

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So a while back (over six months....) we were contacted by the peeps at Goo Gone. They said, "yo, we're gonna send you something smeared with some nasty goo and along with it, we'll include a bottle of Goo Gone so you can clean up the mess and keep whatever is is we're sending you." (note: heavy paraphrasing going in). We said, "yo, honestly, don't bother, we've been meaning to write about your great product for years, we'll just write about our previous experiences with it." Then they said, "yo, this is already in the works, you got some of our product coming your way." At which point we said, "yo, thanks!"

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April 2, 2012

Ye Olde Makita Orbital: R.I.P.

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One of the first tools we got when we decided to take the plunge and live the life of the construction donkey was a Makita orbital sander. It came right after our DeWalt drill, our Makita circ saw, and our Bosch jigsaw. We've had this fella for a while and while we were clearing out the garage last weekend, we decided it was time to say goodbye to our old pal.

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March 30, 2012

Sola Focus Vial 4' Level - Review

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So when you think "high-end level," you think, "Stabila." Right? Well, yeah, but as it turns out there is another player in the arena. We were contacted by Sola Levels last year and thought, "why not, we'll give anything a try." Honestly we had never heard of the brand and thought it was just another mid-range level vying for some market space. We got to talking to them and it wasn't long before we were convinced otherwise.

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