Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
Just announced Emerson (Parent Company of Ridgid) has just acquired the Tools & Testing division of Textron (Parent Company of GreenLee). For many years these iconic brands were focus exclusively on their respective trades Ridgid was synonymous with Plumbing Tools while GreenLee Electrician Tools. In recent years these once near monopolies have been the target for many brands to challenge; Milwaukee, Dewalt, Southwire – Maxis – Sumner, Current – Jackson, iTool, Wheeler Rex, among others have all been able to take chunks of business away with new tool innovations, more aggressive pricing and keeping ample stock. With both brands now part of the Emerson Family, will they be able to leverage them together to reclaim some lost ground? (more…)
Our friends Rob, Todd and the rest of the team over at Tool Box Buzz have come out with an awesome monthly contest to salute the Tradesman or Tradeswoman of the month! With the Support of Milwaukee Tools there will be certainly be a very nice prize package for each month’s winner. The TBB Crew is made up of real professional tradesmen themselves and we’ve always been impressed with their promotion of the trades. Please take a moment to submit some of your own handy work and/or pass along to your coworkers! (more…)
We are about a month away from Makita releasing a bigger 12″ version of their already successful 10″ Compound Saw LS1019L ($549) with the front facing slide rails. The Makita 12” Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser LS1219L ($599) combines capacity, accuracy and efficient dust extraction in a more compact size. Just like the 10″ model, it offers a unique 2-Steel Rail Sliding System that reduces the footprint for an against the shop wall, flush operation. (more…)
Yesterday our good friend and Skilled Carpenter Rob Robillard from Tool Box Buzz posted this video “Thinking About Learning A Skilled Trade?” which is directed at high school aged kids. College is a fine path for many people but if you’re not sure what you want to do there are a ton of opportunities to make great money in the skilled trades. When taken seriously young apprentices can easily outpace their friends in earning even well after they graduate.
For the parents of these kids here’s another great bit of advice from Mike Rowe, “Stop Lying to your Kids” most parents really push college on their kids but in a lot of cases this is just bad advice. A communications degree with no experience and $80k of debt at 23 years old is not a sure ticket to financial freedom, quite the opposite.
For this competition we wanted to look at the Top 5 Professional Jobsite Table Saws available today and compare them on Safety, Accuracy, Ease of Use, Power and Value. We only selected units with folding wheeled stands integrated, we did not include any of the “Compact” table saw units that use the folding stands also we drew the line at the top 5 for our test, other good options to consider would be Hitachi, Ridgid and Delta which offer solid units at even lower price points.
With 5 great competitors in the running some of the rating really comes down to splitting hairs but that’s what we do. Also the big elephant in the room is the SawStop as it’s the only one on the market with “Flesh Detecting” technology. We are really going to look at the saws without putting much emphasis on that feature (No Hot Dogs Were Harmed in the making of this video) there have been dozens of videos & posts on that topic, it is an awesome feature we recommend for everyone but if you are still looking for a table saw we want to focus on the other features.
Bosch Table Saw with Stand 4100-09 ($549)
Dewalt Table Saw with Stand DWE7491RS ($549)
Makita Table Saw with Stand 2705X1 ($749)
SawStop Table Saw with Stand JSS-MCA ($1299)
SkilSaw Table Saw with Stand SPT99-12 ($499) (more…)
We of course stopped by the yellow booth at World of Concrete and they had a lot to show off this year. Dewalt is really going after the concrete market with several new products aimed at silica dust collection as well as expanding their Flexvolt cordless offering with some heavy duty tools that can now outperform their corded counter parts.
One of the tools we came to the WOC show to actually try out was the Dewalt Flexvolt 9” Concrete Saw DCS690, we first got a look at it last November at the STAFDA show however they would not let us fire it up inside the clean convention hall. Very impressive unit for going cordless, add one of those backpack water tanks and you could be very dangerous.
Last week was World of Concrete and if you’ve ever been to the show you know there is a ton to see! We are going to spend the next few days breaking down some of the top tool manufacturers starting with our friends at Bosch Power Tools. Some pretty exciting stuff coming in 2018 from Blue team including new lasers, GPS tracking on their tools and more cordless technology.
Outdoor Distance Measuring Laser GLM400 ($229) & GLM400CL ($299, Lithium Pack) these lasers are a first of their kind with a build in camera to see where that laser point is even in outdoor light and/or a further distances. Packed with features we expect these to be available late spring / early summer. (more…)