Archive for July, 2010

Ridgid’s New Tile Saw, ‘The Beast’

July 30th, 2010

Ridgid is calling their newest tile saw, Model #R4090 ‘The Beast’ and for good reason.  This 125lb wet saw can cut rip tiles up to 34″ long, and cut on a diagonal at 24″.  The 10″ diamond blade is powered by a 15 Amp variable speed motor.  This lets you match the speed of the blade to the material you are cutting.   The saw is mounted on a fancy head that allows it to adjust to any angle between 0-45 degrees, and it easily moves across the table to let you cut where ever you want.  The Beast sits on its own collapsible cart, and has 8″ wheels to make getting it up and down stairs easier.  That’s a good thing considering its 125lb weight.  All that heft doesn’t come cheap though, as the saw retails for $899.

Source: Ridgid

Dewalt Miter Saw LED Worklight Review

July 29th, 2010

Lasers are all the rage these days showing up on everything from miter saws, to  drill presses, to even scissors.  Anyone who’s seen the New Yankee Workshop has looked at Norm’s miter saw with its fancy laser system and wanted one in their shop.  However in practice they aren’t nearly so useful as they can be difficult to see,  and don’t always stay aligned with the blade.  Dewalt’s miter saws are designed to accept a laser, but Dewalt also makes a LED light that uses the blade’s shadow to mark the cut.  How well does it work?  Find out after the jump.

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New Ryobi Door Lock Installation Kit

July 26th, 2010

Ryobi has started offering a new door lock installation kit.   The model #A99DLK2 Kit runs just $30 but has some nifty features.  Like most typical door lock jigs, this one properly aligns the handle holes and the lock so that everything fits properly.  What struck me as unique about the Ryobi one however is the ‘Auto-strike-locator’.  This little tab hangs out for the jig, and with the door almost closed rests in the strike plate.  The holes can then be drilled and the lock will align perfectly with the strike plate.  A nice simple way to eliminate any need for measuring.

Paslode’s New Fuel-Cell Adapters Work with any Paslode Nailer

July 21st, 2010

Paslode has recently started including two fuel cell adapters in each Fuel + Nail combo pack.  This is great news for folks who use an older style of Paslode nailer, as it means that the combo packs will work with your nailer, not just the newest Paslodes.  It’s also great news for crews that have a mix of nailers, as you no longer have to worry about which fuel goes with with which gun. The new combo packs should be available now,  with prices at about $35 for a 1000 3″ nails.

Source: Paslode

Manufacturer Profile – Craftsman

July 19th, 2010

Craftsman was originally introduced in 1927 as the tool brand of the Sears and Roebuck.  Since then the line has continually grown, and now makes tools, lawn and garden products.  They produce both hand tools and power tools.  Originally sold exclusively at Sears stores and catalogs, they are now available at a number of different outlets including Kmart, Fastenal and Ace Hardware.

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New 1.5 HP Delta Dust Collector 50-786

July 19th, 2010

Delta has launched a new dust collector.  The 50-786 is a pretty typical 1.5 HP dust collector.   In fact its not much changed from the old 50-760 dust collector.  Its got a snazzy new paint job, and a redesigned cart, but the 11.5″ impeller and the 1 micron bag remain the same.   The new cart does appear to make changing the bag a bit easier, but other than that there doesn’t appear to be much reason to upgrade.   The price also remains a bout the same though at $410.  It should be available in August.

Source: Delta

Dewalt’s new Rotary Hammer Dust Extractors

July 16th, 2010

Dewalt has just announced two new dust extractors for use with rotary hammers.  The D25301D and D25302DH  both attach to any of Dewalt’s 28V or 36V rotary hammer.  They both feature a telescope tube with a collar at the end that will completely cover the bit, and should get every bit of dust that is created.  The D25301D is just the hose and telescoping collar, which needs to be hooked up to a vacuum.  The D225302DH includes a vacuum with a built-in washable HEPA filter.  The vacuum hooks onto the bottom of the rotary hammer, making a nice neat tidy package.  It’s not light though, at a hefty 4 lbs on top of the already heavy hammer.  Both extractors should show up around August 1st at your local tool retailer.

Source: Dewalt

New Snap-On 1/2″ Air Drill

July 15th, 2010

Snap-On has a  new air powered drill from their Blue-Point line.  The AT5000  has a 1/2″ keyed chuck, and puts out 120 in-lbs of torque.   That amount of torque is able to be put out thanks to its .45 hp air motor.  Snap-On claims that the new gear design increases durability, and balance.  They’ve also tried to decrease vibration and noise, although like all air tools its still quite loud at 82 db.    The drill runs at 490 RPM, and sucks down 3.8 CFM of air.  It of course isn’t cheap, at $269, but for production use that’s quite reasonable.

Source: Snap-on (Warning PDF Link)

Recall: Vaper 90 Amp Wire Feed Welder

July 14th, 2010

Star Asia USA has issued a recall on the Vaper 90 Amp flux wire feed welder.  The welder, model 51181 was mislabeled as having a cold contactor on the torch.  Without this feature an arc begins immediately on contact, which if you aren’t expecting can cause burns or a fire.  The welder was sold at Pep Boys and Autozone over the last 4 years.  If you have one of these welders you can call customer service at (800) 386-0191, and return it for a full refund.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bosch PS40-2A Impactor 12V Impact Driver Review

July 13th, 2010

Impact drivers are a new class of tool that showed up a few years ago and has been steadily gaining in popularity.  Anyone who’s ever used one swears by it, but folks who haven’t don’t really understand them.  On the face of it they’re just a drill that doesn’t have a chuck, and can only drive fasteners.  However, all though they can only do one thing, they do that one thing very well.  Today we are reviewing the light yet powerful Bosch PS40-2A Impactor 12V Li-Ion driver.  It features 800 in-lbs of torque and a no load speed of 1,800 RPM.  Not the most impressive specs, but it weighs just 2.2 lbs.  It has a street price of about $120.  Hit the jump to read the full review.

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