Bosch 18V Interchangeable Head Drill/Driver, SDS-Plus & More

Bosch 5-in-1 cordless

The video below popped up on YouTube last week on the Bosch UK. The GSR 18 V-EC FC2 comes with several heads for a variety of drilling and fastening applications. Festool has offered this for years in the premium tool category and more recently we’ve seen less expensive options that can interchange out all kind of saws, sanders and other types of tool heads. It looks like this is definitely a trend that is not going away so it’ll be nice to see other professional brands get involved so the tools actually perform and it’s not just a gimmick that make a nice infomercial.

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Makita 1 Gallon Compact Air Compressor AC001

Makita AC001

When you’re in the market for an air compressor there are many sizes and options to choose from. Makita has continued to expand their offering and the Makita compact 1 Gallon AC001 ($179) is the latest edition. With only a 1 gallon tank this unit isn’t going to your best option for a general purpose air compressor but its compact lightweight design (23.1 lbs) makes it an ideal option for a single user doing trim / finish carpentry. The image on a website doesn’t do it justice because it looks similar in size to other portable twin tank and pancake compressors. That is not the case, for frequent in and out use on jobs this compact unit is going to be much easier to manage along with all the other tools/supplies you’ll need.   Continue reading

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DEWALT 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenches

Dewalt Impacts 20v brushless

The Dewalt Media Event is right around the corner and we are excited to get our hands on some of these new Dewalt tools to test out. Just a couple years ago Dewalt dominated the cordless market but since that time Milwaukee has really jumped out in front in terms of development of new brushless tools. In the high torque Impact Wrench battle Milwaukee M18 & Ingersoll W7150 have been the two dominant players everyone is trying to catch, at least for the past two years. It’s nice to see the new Dewalt brushless impacts inching ahead in terms of max torque with 1200 ft-lbs (both Milwaukee & IR are 1100 ft-lbs) instead of just playing catch up. Continue reading

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Jet Oscillating Spindle Sander JOSS-S is Built for Dust Collection

Jet Sander JOSS-S

The team at Jet have been on a mission for the last several years to really take a closer look at common workshop equipment and overhaul their lineup making improvements at all levels. More than just a few spec tweaks to keep up with the competition but a real rethinking of how the spindles are used, changed and stored make the Jet JOSS-S Spindle Sander ($1499) a good example of how Jet is setting themselves apart. Continue reading

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Blaklader Flame Retardant HRC 2 FR Rated Work Pants

FR work pants

Not all FR Rated clothing is created equal, as several materials, treatments and combinations will qualify for various Ratings. The standard compliance is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E, which then further rates appeal into HRC (Hazard/Risk Category) from 1-4. It should be not surprise the new Blaklader FR Work Pant 1636 ($119) meet and exceed the HRC 2 rating required 8.0 calories/cm2 arc rating. These pants actually provide 11.7 cal/cm2, higher than many other HRC 2 rated pants and certainly more than the HRC 1 items which only require 4.0 cal/cm2 arc rating. Continue reading

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Save up to 20% on Bosch Cordless Until 5/21/15

Bosch Cordless Promo


Father’s day is over a month away but it’s never to early to get a good deal! From now until May 21st, 2015 you can take advantage of a $20 off Coupon Code BOSCH20 for any Bosch cordless orders over $100 at Ohio Power Tool. While it valid for all the Bosch 18V cordless tools including the SocketReady Impacts or Wireless inductive charging systems there is a real sweet spot for the Bosch 12V cordless tools that hover just above the $100 price tag for close to 20% savings. Continue reading

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Build Your Own Milwaukee M12 Combo Kits

Milwaukee M12 Kits

Looking for a Milwaukee M12 Combo Kit this is really the best promo of the year to do it with. If you just want to add an extra tool to what you’ve got great you’ll get a free M12 battery, either 2.0Ah 48-11-2420 ($49) or 4.0Ah 48-11-2440 ($69) depending on which tool you select. Ships free instantly with purchase from limited online Milwaukee Tool partners like Ohio Power Tool.

Where the deal gets really rich and also allows you to customize to your personal needs is to select 1 tool from group A and 1 tool from group B and you get both batteries as well as a M12 charger and Milwaukee bag, all instantly with purchase ($180 total value FREE)!! Continue reading

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IN360LIGHT Jobsite Tough Work Light, 20,000 Lumens of Daylight

360 degree worklight

When it comes to jobsite work lights it seems there has always been a frustration to get a decent quality light source that can handle the abuse of the job. Halogen work lights have been the staple because they are cheap and put out a lot of light. Unfortunately the bulbs also break super easily and the whole units get so hot they cause hundreds if not thousands of fires and injuries each year. These are also mostly for task lighting when it comes to portable lighting for an entire shop or jobsite there are even fewer options. The IN360LIGHT ($249-269) was developed by a team with over 25 years of construction background with the simple goal to make a light that is bright, easily portable and can hold up to tough jobsite conditions.

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Cordless Jobsite Fans – Milwaukee M18 0886-20 vs Makita 18V LXT DCF300Z


Just this week Milwaukee announced they will be launching an M18 Cordless Jobsite Fan 0886-20 ($79) which should be on shelves by June. This new Milwaukee model is very similar to Makita’s 18V LXT Jobsite Fan DCF300Z ($129) that was launched last year with a fair amount of success. We wanted to dig in and see how the two units stack up and see what additional options the Makita might have to justify the higher price. Continue reading

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Dewalt Announces Cordless 20V MAX Miter Saw


DeWalt has officially released information about the 20V MAX cordless miter saw expected to hit the market at the end of June. The Dewalt DCS361 is a single-bevel, 7-1/4″ sliding miter saw capable of making 183 cuts in 2″x4″ pine on a single 4.0 Ah battery charge. Continue reading

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