Happy Tradesmen Day 2014

We aren’t suggesting you need to send out any flowers today and we do acknowledge it is a completely made up holiday. That being so we are happy to support the effort to raises awareness and appreciation for the hard work done everyday by the great men and women who continue to built this country.

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Dremel to Be the Model-T of 3D Printers, Meet the Idea Builder

Dremel 3D Printer

In 2009 Dremel hit a home run with their Multi-Max, the oscillating tool everyone could afford. Not that those tools hadn’t been around for years before it was just Dremel made it so a lot more people could afford them and it became the most sold tool of the year. Dremel is looking to recreate that magic with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder 3D20-01 ($999, Amazon). While this is still a sizable investment Dremel is hoping the simplicity of the design and interface is going to make this the go to tool for schools, makers, hobbies and anyone looking to start from zero and get up and running fast. Continue reading

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drills 2712-22 & 2715-22

m18 fuel sds-plus

While Milwaukee has always offered rotary hammer drills in SDS-Plus sizes they have not been serious players in the category. Bosch and Hilti have been the leaders with Dewalt and Makita taking their share of the pie as well. Up to this point 18V cordless SDS-Plus drills have been more of a lower powered niche product. Things look like they are about to shake up however as Milwaukee is working to prove their M18 FUEL cordless rotary drills can not only outperform any 18V or 36V but corded drills as well.

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Power Tool Voltages Still Confusing Pros; is 20V Max more Powerful than 18V?

18v vs 20v batteries

NOPE! The above picture was taken recently by our friends at Tools in Action (watch full video below) and shows that both a Dewalt 20V Max and Milwaukee M18 battery charge at 20.4V fresh off the charger. We’ve explained it before but they say a picture is worth a thousand words. On first pull of the trigger both drop to 18V and you get the nominal rating. This is because batteries are made up of smaller 3.6V (4V max) lithium cells which are regulated for exact outputs and used in a wide range of different electronics. This means all 10.8V=12V Max, all 18V = 20V Max, 36V = 40V Max. Our friends at Tools in Action are finding the same thing we are however many people still are confused or think 20V Max is higher than 18V. Continue reading

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2014 Triple Crown of Tool Races – Power Tool Drag Racing

Tool Races

If you were at the Detroit Maker Faire earlier this summer you already got a peak at the updated 2014 Power Tool Drag Racing Track! Of course the Tool Racing circuit has found a great home with the various Maker Faire events and continues to grow through support of the area Maker Spaces. The first of the official Triple Crown of Tool Races is this weekend in Cincinnati and should drawl a nice crowd of spectators.

While Bosch Tools strongly discourages altering power tools in anyway they have been an amazing supporter or the Maker movement for many years and the Columbus Idea Foundry, we could not be more grateful. Bosch Tools has really stepped up this year and donated awesome prizes for each of the 3 events. FOR EACH EVENT = 1st Place = Bosch CLPK233-181L ($399 Retail Value)PB360S ($199 Retail Value), 2nd Place = Bosch IDH182-02 ($279 Retail Value) & Crowd Favorite = Bosch IDH182-02 ($279 Retail Value). Prizes will be onsite and awarded to the winners of the races that day! Considering there are normally only about a dozen racers per event your chances are pretty good you could walk away with some new Bosch gear. So stop sitting on your hands, go to the garage and turn grandpas old circular saw into a racing legend!

This is the 2nd Tool Race to be held in Cincinnati and the 2nd Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.
When: September 13-14th@ 11am – 6pm
Where: Cincinnati Museum Center
Race Times: Official races start at 2pm
Register a Racer: FREE

This is the 2nd Tool Race to be held in Louisville and also the 2nd Louisville Mini Maker Faire.
When: September 27th@ 10am – 10pm
Where: 800 Block of Market Street
Race Times: Official races start at 2pm
Register a Racer: FREE

This is the 6th Tool Race to be held in Columbus and the 3nd time as part of the Columbus Mini Maker Faire.
When: October 11th@ 12pm – 6pm
Where: COSI (Center of Science & Industry), 333 West Broad St.
Race Times: Official races start at 2pm
Register a Racer: FREE

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Bosch Announces a Women’s Fit Heated Jacket PBJ120

Women Heated Jacket

Last year the Bosch heated jacket hit the shelves with probably the most stylish of all heated jackets we’ve seen. The fit is more European which may not appeal to some power tool user or tall guys like myself who need a longer fitting arm and torso. Bosch is hoping the sleeker style with find some additional appeal with women, so for this season they are launching a new cut of the Women’s PSJ120 obviously tailored specifically for women. Priced the same as the Men’s PSJ120 ($199) but only available in 4 sizes, S-XL vs Men’s which goes all the way to 3XL. Continue reading

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18V Brushless Hammer Drill Showdown 2 – Dewalt vs Milwaukee vs Makita vs Bosch

Hammer Drill Brushless

Several years ago when the first pro brushless drills hit the shelves for Milwaukee & Makita we did an 18V Hammer Drill Showdown with these same brands. At the time the Makita was at a disadvantage because they had just launched their first brushless drill which was made for the largest user base which doesn’t require a high torque tool but focuses more on runtime for medium duty applications. Of the 4 original drills only the Milwaukee remains the same, all 3 other tool companies have launched newer heavy duty hammer drills within the last year. The new Bosch Drill HDH181X however is not brushless, the torque has been increased and it now has the Active Response torque control feature but remains a 4 pole brushed motor which Bosch feels can hold it’s own against the brushless competition. Continue reading

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Ridgid SeeSnake Monitor CS65 Full Keyboard & 1 Terabyte Hard Drive

Ridgid CS65

Some time ago the good folks at Ridgid launched a brand new 200’ SeeSnake reel RM200 ($6217) which promised to create an all in 1 portable cordless system for doing pipe inspections. Unfortunately at the time they did not launch it with any monitors that could be mounted on board so the initial response was a little weak. More recently the CS6 ($1951) monitor came out which bolted right on the top and powered everything with the onboard 18V battery and all was good. There were however still a goofy looking pair of tabs on top (see below) which served no purpose until now. With the launch of the Ridgid SeeSnake CS65 Monitor ($3906) that includes a full QWERTY keyboard and 1 TB internal hard drive these tab serve to lock the monitor in place for easy transportation.

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Bosch 50’ Laser Distance Finder GLM15 vs Standard Tape Measure

Bosch GLM 15

Recently Bosch announced a new 50’ distance range finder GLM 15 ($49) which has a very specific purpose, simplicity. The unit has only 1 button so it doesn’t calculate volume, measure angles, won’t connect to your phone or play your favorite songs. All the bells and whistles have been stripped out beyond saving just the previous measurement. What the unit does focus on however is dead-on accuracy; at $49 you can buy other lasers which claim more features but may leave you wondering.

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GreenLee 18V Gator Crimping Tools – Dieless VS Die

Greenlee dieless crimp tool

When it comes to crimping tools for professional electricians Greenlee has been one of the industry leaders also since the process was invented. They have a wide range of manual and hydraulic tools but more recently the trend has been moving toward cordless tools (technically these are still hydraulic tools but powered by a battery).

Another trend we are seeing more often is dieless crimping tools which don’t require carrying a case with various sized dies which can easily get lost. The dieless system offers some advantages as well as some disadvantages and has not been fully accepted in the industry. To take a closer look at two of Greenlee’s most popular cordless crimping tools we asked Blake from Greenlee Tools to stop in and help shed some additional light on the subject. The first is the die crimp tool EK628L11 ($1639) which doesn’t include any dies as well as the EK06FTL11 ($3699) for dieless crimps.   Continue reading

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