Posts Tagged ‘Craftsman’

Popular Mechanics 18V Impact Driver Round-up

June 22nd, 2010

Popular Mechanics has posted a round-up of 18V Impact Drivers.  These extremely versatile tools can be used for anything from installing a garage door opener to building a deck.  Although many folks don’t see the point and will continue to use a regular cordless drill, once you use one of these guys you’ll never go back.  The prices in the Popular Mechanics round-up ranged from the $395 Bosch 26618-01, to the $170 Ridgid Fuego R86030.  The Makita BTD144 proved to be the winner, earning 4.5 stars, but at $350 its not cheap.  The best buy is the Ridgid  earning 4 stars and only costing $170.  The Porter Cable PC18ID also deserves a mention, only costing $20 more than the Ridgid, but having a battery that lasts almost twice as long.  Sadly the article lacks significant detail beyond the specific likes and dislikes, but its worth checking out if you’re in the market.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Craftsman Router with Digital Depth

June 10th, 2010

Craftsman recently introduced a new 10 Amp,  2 HP router that features an integrated digital depth gauge.  Wixey has long sold digital add-on depth gauges for everything from planers to routers, but this is the first time I’ve seen one incorporated into a router.  By allowing you to measure the depth of cut without a ruler, and to a high degree of accuracy, this router should make any woodworkers life a bit easier.    The router also features integrated dust collection to try and keep things a bit cleaner, while not impeading sight lines.  The router is available now, and comes with both 1/2″ and 1/4″ collets for just $139.

Source:  Craftsman

Dealamanjaro: Half Price Craftsman Socket Set

June 9th, 2010

Sears has the Craftsman 154 pc. Mechanics Tool Set on sale for just $75.  That’s half the regular price and a darn good deal.  the set has both metric and English sockets and wrenches, in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive.  This set also has some deep  sockets which I’ve always found to be particularly useful.  In addition it also has a screwdriver with swappable bits.

Source:  Sears