September 3, 2013

Festool Carvex 420 Jigsaw - Review

festool_carvex_front.JPG

We've been waiting on the Festool Carvex for a while...maybe almost three years since we first heard about it. We got a chance to play with one at the JLC show a few years back and at the time it seemed like the jigsaw that would solve all of our jigsaw problems (accuracy, straight cuts, tight scrolls, etc). Then we heard that its release was delayed...and it disappeared for a while...but now it's here. When Festool offered to send us one to check out, we hopped at the opportunity. This one looks like it has it all. And as it turns out, it does have it all. But only if "all" includes a functionality problem that unfortunately cancels out much of the good that it has to offer and makes it a tool we can't recommend. A real and total bummer.

ArrowContinue reading: "Festool Carvex 420 Jigsaw - Review"

Read More in: All Reviews | Power Tools

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (10) social bookmarking

August 31, 2013

Home Depot: You Can Do It, We Can Help....and by "it," we mean "IT," as in capital "I", capital "T": IT (wink, wink)

HD_couple.jpg

Why not bring in the holiday weekend with a little disorderly conduct and indecent exposure? There's really not a whole lot to say here, so we're going to leave it at the above picture and the following sentence from the Smoking Gun piece. You can decide for yourself whether you want to click through to the link or not (you probably will).


Officers were dispatched to [Home Depot] "in reference to a male and female entering a display shed on the property, closing the door behind themselves and remaining inside,"

Probably just checking to see if there's enough room for the wheelbarrow and the lawn mower.

"More Saving, More Doing"....indeed.

Picture and story from The Smoking Gun here.

Read More in: Distractions

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (1) social bookmarking

August 29, 2013

Large Diameter Tapcons

tapcon.jpg

If only I'd known about these six months ago when we were framing the addition. They look waaaaay easier than traditional anchor bolts. The press release is after the jump with all kinds of information (the kind of technical stuff that we're not even going to bother summarize here). There is also an explanation of "Advanced Threadform Technology," if you're into that wild kind of nomenclature.

ArrowContinue reading: "Large Diameter Tapcons"

Read More in: Fasteners

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (1) social bookmarking

August 27, 2013

SideJob Cargo Racks

sidejob.jpg

So this is a neat idea. It seems to have some limitations, but overall the thought behind it is solid. The SideJob Cargo Racks are a retro-fit storage system that attach to the side of your van and allow you to carry around additional sheet goods or some lumber. According to the website, the racks can hold up to eight sheets of plywood or 32 2x4s.

ArrowContinue reading: "SideJob Cargo Racks"

Read More in: Benches, Stands, and Storage

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (1) social bookmarking

August 19, 2013

The Grainger Catalog

grainger_catalog_404-1.jpg

If you're reading this and you don't get the Grainger catalog at least once every couple years, there's a disconnect going on. You've got to get on that one. It's even free.

It might even be the most massive catalog in the history of catalogs. Coming in at over 3-inches thick and having 4674 pages, the thing is truly a beast. And what's in the Grainger catalog, you ask? It would actually be easier to list the things that aren't in the Grainger catalog. It pretty much has everything associated with building stuff. It's hard to sum up in a few sentences.

ArrowContinue reading: "The Grainger Catalog"

Read More in: Books | Distractions

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (1) social bookmarking

August 12, 2013

Pro Tool Innovation Awards

ptr_awards.jpg

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards looks like it's shaping up to be the Thunderdome of the tool world. In this Bartertown, hosted by the guys at Pro Tool Reviews, tool manufacturers put their newest innovations in front of a panel of independent judges who determine the best of the best. There are over 140 categories (yowza!) ranging from tools to accessories to fastening products. The winners are chosen based on how they've innovated to change the industry. Innovation comes in many forms: Ergonomics, power, weight-reduction, speed, battery-life, and value...these are just a few areas being looked at. So which tools are the best? We'll just have to wait a little longer to find out. The doors are now open for manufacturer's submissions.

More information is here including how to be alerted when the winners are chosen.

Read More in: Promotions

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

August 5, 2013

Festool Carvex Is Almost Here (for reals this time, yo)

fes_carvex2.jpg

At least we hope it's for real. I think it was two years ago that it was on the verge of US release and then it was pulled at the last minute. It was so close that I got to test drive one at that year's JLC show. But then word went out that it was a no-go. If I recall, Festool said that it had to do with a performance issue.

But now, it's back again and slated for a September 1 release.

We're usually pretty impressed with Festool products, their four-headed drill is a champ and the RO 90 DX Rotex sands like the devil himself. I've never used any of their Trion Jigsaws, but I've actually heard quite a few luke warm things from those who have. Sort of a, "yeah, it's kinda cool, but...."

That said, the Carvex, their new line of jigsaws, looks to be above and beyond. That's really the only way to describe a tool that has a four LED strobe light that shines on the blade, timed to the stroke. So when you're using the tool, the blade looks like it's standing still. Seriously. Check it out here:

ArrowContinue reading: "Festool Carvex Is Almost Here (for reals this time, yo)"

Read More in: Cordless | Power Tools

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (4) social bookmarking

July 15, 2013

Rebuilding Together's Tradesperson of the Year

tradesperson.jpg

Rebuilding Together is taking entries for their Tradesperson of the Year award.

Tradesperson of the Year is a pro. Someone who builds for a living, but who also uses their trade experience to give back to his/her community in meaningful ways. For example, going the extra mile to help with Sandy reconstruction, working with Habitat, donating time to rebuild a historic structure in their town or working with Rebuilding Together, etc.

Rebuilding Together is seeking nominees right now and the finalists/winner will be declared at Deck Expo|Remodeling in Chicago.

The nomination page is here.

The prize is $500 cash, a $1000 Lowe's gift card, and a trip to the Super Bowl. Not bad.

It looks like there are also five runner-ups who will get $100 Lowe's gift cards.

Image from Homefail.com

Read More in: Promotions

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

July 3, 2013

Warlord - Review

warlord.JPG

This. Is. Warlord.

What better way for us to celebrate the 4th of July than to take a look at a perfect product of American exceptionalism and rugged individuality. Meet Warlord.

ArrowContinue reading: "Warlord - Review"

Read More in: All Reviews | Demolition Tools | Hand Tools

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (5) social bookmarking

June 25, 2013

Contractors-Solutions.net

contractors_solutions.jpg

So we just randomly got in a conversation with the guy who runs Contractors-Solutions.net and felt compelled to mention them on the site. They've got a huge selection of gear and oddly enough it seems like the one thing they don't carry are power tools, which is fine because there are plenty of other places to pick those up. Instead, Contractors-Solutions zeroes in on the other things, like workwear, generators, scaffolding, tool belts, material handling, and truck racks. They've got all the big names in those areas and were one of the first companies in the US to start carrying Blaklader work wear. We checked out some of their pants a while back and every chance we get, we yell from the rooftops about how great they are.

It's a pretty cool story about how Contractors-Solutions started. It began as an offshoot of the Kwikstand table saw stand. A builder named Scott Kahle saw an opening in the market (that opening is called, "most table saw stands are kinda lame") and designed a nice accessory with a built-in outfeed table. The tool was well-received, earning a Tools of the Trades "Editor's Choice Award." Wanting to make a go of the retail thing, Scott then started stocking products from other manufacturers to go along with his own. He decided (we think smartly) to offer unique and niche products, specific to the building trades, that you couldn't just get down at the local box store. So at this point, he's loaded up with a nice inventory of good quality gear. So go and support the guy, or at least check out his website.

Check them out over at contractors-solutions.net

Read More in: Benches, Stands, and Storage | Clothing | Safety | Tool News

Doug Mahoney Permalink | Comments (0) social bookmarking

Last 100+ Entries

<< previous || next >>

Complete list in the News Archives...

Welcome
The Online Source for Tool News and Reviews.

Send us
Join the Mailing List Newsletter
Enter your Email


Powered by FeedBlitz
Subscribe - RSS

facebook_badge.jpg twitter_badge.jpg

Recent Reviews
Recent Comments
Dar Gray: I live in MN 55435 - where do I find read more
Kevin: very cool makes me want to get into lath turning read more
Radeleon: I can use this in my hobby stuff. Ive been read more
chris: What saw are you trying to hook it up to? read more
cdldsl: Bought the BASIC Chippewa boots brand new a year ago. read more
Site Navigation

Visit our other properties at Blogpire.com!

HomePire

This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
All items Copyright © 1999-2014 Blogpire Productions. Please read our Disclaimer and Privacy Policy