Author Archives: Robert Smith

The Makita 18V X2 Brushless 6-1/2″ Track Saw is Still Awesome

Makita brushless track saw XPS01

Last year Makita got us all excited over a cordless version of their excellent plunge saw. We first wrote about it in August when we had a short time with it. We concluded that it had a lot of power, and was easily as accurate as our jobsite saw.


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Makita Updates their 18V X2 LXT Brushless Blower

Makita is making a simple but significant change to their 01Z 18V X2 LXT Brushless Blower with the release of the 02Z. Mainly, the nozzle. The previous version featured a smaller flat tip design the provided higher speeds but lower volume. The new 02Z has a much wider nozzle that produces 473 CFM (at 120 mph) vs the 155 CFM (at 208 mph) found on the old model.


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The Husky 500-Lumen LED Dual Beam Unbreakable Aluminum Flashlight

The Husky 500-Lumen Dual beam unbreakable Flashlight is a… WAIT A MINUTE. “Unbreakable”? Sounds like a challenge. 🙂


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Milwaukee​ ​Multi​ ​Tip​ ​Screwdriver​ ​with​ ​Square​ ​Drive​ ​Bits (1001492572)

The new Milwaukee Multi-Tip  Screwdriver is extremely versatile. By this point, we’ve learned to expect “more” whenever we get our hands on a Milwaukee hand tool, and this was no different.


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The Husky 3/8 in. Drive 100-Position Universal SAE and Metric Mechanics Tool Set (60-Piece)

This amazing 60 piece kit from Husky includes just about everything you need for automotive work.


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The JawHorse 9003 in The CopTool Shop


The Rockwell JawHorse 9000 is a portable, all-steel workstation that we’ve been using for years in our shop and studio. It’s light, quick to setup and has done a solid job of holding the material we cut, drill, and generally disassemble with the help of various power tools.
The upgraded JawHorse 9003 was released nearly 4 years ago, but our reliable 9000 never left us wanting more, so we stuck with what we had.

The 9003 still has a respectable 600 lb max load, a cabinet clamping 37″ range, and 2,200 lbs of clamping force. All of this capability is still presented in the easy to use format we’re familiar with. Just as before, if you need a second hand with you on the job, you just can’t beat a Rockwell JawHorse.

If you’ve got a 9000 in your shop already, we can’t recommend you upgrade, but we could however see the benefit of having two! So you might want to grab one anyways.

The Rockwell JawHorse 9003 is available everywhere, for $149.

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