• Truckin' Around: Truck Updates

    Dodge has announced an upfit allowance program for all Sprinter chassis cab models to include 2007 through 2009 vehicles. Available through dealers nationwide, the program offers buyers a $1,000 allowance toward the purchase of upfit bodies valued at more than $1,500 and supplied by participating...

     
  • Product Watch: Power Tools

     
  • Launch Time 2008

    It's known simply as STAFDA, but the annual Specialty Tools and Fasteners Distributors Association show is the hottest ticket to a world of new tools and related product introductions for toolmakers, distributors, and in the end, tool users like you. As always, Tools of the Trade editors will be...

     
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    FirstTest: Lee Valley Plane Irons

    As with any edge tool, a hand plane's blade, or iron, is the key to its performance. Yet many people try to make due with their irons poorly tuned and sharpened. The irons on common planes usually need a significant amount of work before they will cut suitably, and then even more to cut really well.

     
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    FirstTest: Ridgid's One-Handed Recip Saw

    In my years of building and remodeling, I've seen high-quality flooring, top-dollar fixtures, even knot-free, dead straight, 2x stock fill dumpster after dumpster. But now, some cities and counties in our area require 65% or more of demolition waste to be diverted from the landfill, so we gladly...

     
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    Truckin' Around: Build-Your-Own Pickup

    If you're a Jeep fan but wish Jeep would once again offer a pickup, as it did with its Scrambler model until 1986, you're in luck.

     
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    November/December 2008 Hot Finds

    Drywall Cutting / Multifunction Bench

     
  • Cutting Edge: Dancing With Trim Carpenters

    Woodworking tradesmen are off and running in a competition announced by power-toolmaker DeWalt to find the top finish carpenters in the country.

     
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    Cutting Edge: A Blade Guard Worth Using

    In a rare example of unity among competitors, a group of major U.S. table saw manufacturers--including Bosch Power Tools; Black & Decker tool brands DeWalt and Delta; the parent company of Ridgid, Ryobi, and Milwaukee Electric Tool; and Makita--recently put their differences aside to develop...

     
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    Tool Test: Portable Jobsite Table Saws

    Jobsite table saws have changed a lot since I started working for my dad in 1972. Back then, we did almost all the millwork on-site using a huge, 12-inch contractor's saw that might have stayed set up for months. I started my own company in 1981, and as the business grew, table saws shrunk. I took...

     
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    2008 Site Commander Tour: Three for the Road

    What do you get when you combine ingenious features, breakthrough products and technologies, amazing craftsmanship, and the best brands in the business? This year's Site Commander. We've built some pretty cool Site Commanders over the eight-year history of this program, but this year tops them all...

     
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    Optimistic Road Trip

    No doubt, these are strange times in our industry. From manufacturers to suppliers to contractors--even magazine editors--we're all adjusting to changing conditions and the latest reports on the worsening economy. It isn't easy to find good news these days, that's for sure, and optimists are few...

     
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    Launch Time: Milwaukee 4-1/2-inch Angle Grinder

    Metalworkers and anyone else who works with small-diameter angle grinders will welcome this family of seven new 4-1/2-inch-diameter tools from Milwaukee Electric Tool.

     
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    Launch Time: Striker Carbide Utility Score

    The Carbide Utility Score from Striker features a sharp, V-shaped carbide scoring tip designed to scribe deep-groove cuts with minimal force.

     
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    Launch Time: Stanley-Bostitch 16-Gauge Finish Nailer

    It's hard to find a feature or option not available on the new 16-Gauge Finish Nailer (model FN1664K) from Stanley-Bostitch.

     
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    Launch Time: Panasonic 21.6V Drill Driver

    The 21.6V Drill Driver from Panasonic (model EY7460LN2S) delivers 575 inch-pounds of torque at low speeds (100-400 rpm) and a high-speed range of 350-1,500 rpm.

     
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    Launch Time: Maxus X-Lite UFC Compressor

    The X-Lite UFC contractor-grade compressor from Maxus is the most powerful unit in its class, claims the manufacturer.

     
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    Launch Time: Duo-Fast Round Head Paper Tape Collated Nails

    Plastic and wire collation strips for gun nailers are a problem on the job and in the environment.

     
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    Launch Time: Ergodyne Foam-Lined Knee Pads

    Gel-filled, polyurethane, foam-lined knee pads from Ergodyne provide generous cushioning for all-day comfort.

     
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    Launch Time: Stanley FatMax Retractable Utility Knife

    The durable razor knife has gone through many changes over the years, and the latest from Stanley, the FatMax Retractable Utility Knife, builds on previous improvements.

     
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    Launch Time: Makita LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Kit

    The 18V LXT Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Kit (model BHP454) is the latest addition to Makita's lineup of high-power, low-weight, lithium-ion battery tools.

     
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    Launch Time: Freud Diablo Mixers

    Mixing materials on the job by hand or with a power drill is a time-wasting chore.

     
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    Launch Time: Delta Unisaw Table Saw

    No table saw is better known than the Delta Unisaw. Now, this shop standard has been re-engineered and redesigned, according to the manufacturer.

     
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    Launch Time: Trimble Spectra Precision Laser

    The Spectra Precision Laser (model HV101) from Trimble is an all-purpose, horizontal- or vertical-mount layout tool for interior and general construction applications.

     
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    Launch Time: Metabo Quick Angle Grinder

    Refinement makes a good tool even better.

     
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    Launch Time: General Tools Borescope System

    The Borescope System (model DCS1500) from General Tools Instruments is a compact, rechargeable video camera that enables real-time viewing, still photography, or recording high-resolution video inside walls and other difficult-to-reach areas.

     
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    Launch Time: Lenox T2 Metal-Cutting Recip Saw Blades

    An innovative design on Lenox T2 metal-cutting reciprocal saw blades is said to double the blade life and improve performance up to 25% over Lenox's previous generation of blades.

     
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    Launch Time: Bosch Jigsaw Blades

    Two all-new jigsaw blades from Bosch offer improved performance and durability across a range of specialty cutting operations.

     
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    Launch Time: Senco Coil Siding Nailer

    A new lightweight Coil Siding Nailer (model SCN49) from Senco drives smooth, ring, and screw shank nails in wire-weld or plastic sheet collation.

     
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    Launch Time: Festool T12+3 and 15+3 Cordless Drills

    Two all-new cordless drills, the T12+3 and 15+3, are the first of a new line of lithium-ion powered tools from Festool.

     
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    Launch Time: DeWalt Stud and Joist Drill

    A heavy-duty wood-boring Stud and Joist Drill (model DWD460) from DeWalt has an anti-bind, anti-stall feature that automatically adjusts motor torque when bits bog down.

     
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    Launch Time: Capital Safety Delta Vest Hi-vis Harnesses

    New Delta Vest Hi-vis Harnesses from Capital Safety address two major safety concerns: fall protection and worker visibility.

     
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    Launch Time: Irwin Marathon Vinyl Siding Blade

    The Irwin Marathon vinyl siding blade is the first designed for circular saws, according to the manufacturer.

     
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    Product Watch: Steel City Portable Planer

    Steel City's 40200H 13-inch portable planer features a patent-pending spiral insert cutterhead, a series of stacked sections that make up the longer cylindrical head..

     
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    Product Watch: Festool Trim-Router Set

    Festool's MFK 700 EQ trim-router set weighs 4.2 pounds, micro-adjusts to 1/256-inch for precise trimming.

     
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    Product Watch: Rotozip DR1 Drywall Router

    Rotozip introduces its DR1 Drywall Router cutout tool, which it says is smaller, faster, and more durable than the competition.

     
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    Product Watch: Hilti VC20-U Jobsite Vacuum

    Hilti's VC20-U portable jobsite vacuum is a 1,200 watt, 20 liter wet/dry vac featuring Hilti's air-boost filter technology that opens every 15 seconds and reverses the air flow to shake the filter clean.

     
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    Product Watch: Trend Portable Plunge Router

    The Trend T4EK 1/4-inch shank, portable plunge router has a 1.1 hp variable speed motor (11,500 to 32,000 rpm) and weighs 7.7 pounds.

     
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    Product Watch: Ridgid 5-Inch Fiber Cement Saw

    Ridgid's R3400 5-inch fiber cement saw features the Airguard on-board active dust collection system, which is up to 90% efficient in collecting potentially harmful air-borne dust particles, according to the maker.

     
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    Product Watch: Hitachi Compound Sliding Miter Saw

    Hitachi introduces the C8FSHE 8-1/2-inch compound sliding miter saw, featuring an adjustable LED light and its exclusive Laser Marker System.

     
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    Product Watch: Makita Plunge Circular Saw

    Makita's new SP6000K rail-guided 6-1/2-inch Plunge Circular Saw features an electronic speed control that maintains constant speed under load,

     
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    Hot Finds: Vika USA Twofold Workbench & Scaffold

    The Twofold Workbench & Scaffold from Vika USA is lightweight yet rated to support up to 500 pounds

     
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    Hot Finds: Goldblatt BladeRunner Drywall Cutting Tool

    The BladeRunner drywall cutting tool is an amazing innovation that does the seemingly impossible.