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Four New Products from Our Inbox

We get press releases often, so it's tough to get the word out to you in a useful... More

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Rockwell Introduces New Oscillating Tools

Rockwell unveils four new OMTs that are lighter and more powerful than previous... More

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Craftsman Universal Design Ratcheting Wrench Set

Craftsman wrenches are synonymous with lifetime-warranty quality. More

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Cut-Off Saws

Long before I became a builder, I used gasoline-powered portable cut-off saws in the Air Force for crash and rescue recovery work to cut through automobile and airplane wreckage and buildings. I left the Air Force long ago, but not the saws. Now I build homes in Santa Fe, N.M., and work with as much adobe, concrete, stucco, and re-bar as I-joists and OSB. My Air Force experience gave me a real appreciation for these tools, so anytime I have to cut concrete, masonry, or steel I reach for one. It also showed me that nobody in their right mind would look forward to using them?they're loud, expensive, and incredibly messy, whether wet cutting or dry. But when it comes to cutting tough materials, they're also the best tools for the job. More

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Narrow-Crown Staplers

I remember exactly when I decided to start using pneumatic staplers on my jobsites. I was freezing my tail off installing 3/8-inch fir plywood underneath a roof overhang while standing on an aluminum plank in the middle of a Chicago winter. The job originally called for two men to install the plywood with 4d galvanized box nails. Sounds simple enough, right? Now add sub-zero wind chill and a nice thick pair of gloves, and you have a recipe for two guys doing a little work really slowly. More

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3-HP Shapers

Nothing says 'custom' like having a 450-pound shaper stationed on your shop floor.... More

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