Power Tool Blogs & RSS Feeds

Obviously I am a big believer in getting my news through blogs. Daily I read dozens of blogs on Power Tools, Home Improvements, Cars, Computer Stuff, etc. The easiest way to keep up with everything you are interested in is to subscribe to RSS feeds and have the information sent directly to you through www.iGoogle.com (or your reader of choice). However these pages get really crowded really fast so a few months ago I consolidated all the RSS feeds into a few single RSS feeds based on the general topics by using Yahoo Pipes. Through the Yahoo Pipes service you can take all the blogs and news sites related to one topic and consolidate them all into a single RSS feed, filtered how you see fit. So when you want to see what’s going on in car world you can just check out the feeds for Car Blogs. I did these for my own use however over the past few months these Pipes have been cloned 100+ times and run 100,000+ times. Apparently other people liked these consolidated feeds as well.

The Power Tool Blog Pipe features all the most popular blogs including: ToolSnob.com, ToolMonger.com, CopTool.com, Toologics.com, Tool Geek, Toolcrib.com & Ridgid Forum. It is filtered for just the good stuff, I love toolmonger.com but I don’t need the updates for what’s on TV tonight. It might not make a lot of sense for us (as Ohio Power Tool) to promote the Tool King & Tool Barn blogs as they are the competition but in terms of good info we know we can’t provide it all and don’t have any delusions we are the only tool blog around.

My personal though is the more information people have the more they are likely to buy quality tools from knowledgeable companies and not cheap junk tools. More & more people are doing a little research online before buying anything and realize they can get better tools, cheaper online (or in the stores of companies which are competing online). I think, as a whole, companies that are providing customs with more information are collectively getting more and more business so we should try to provide as much info as possible.

Other collective RSS feeds you might be interested in:       
Home Improvement Blogs – Bob Villa, DIY network, many more
Green Building & Living – Treehugger, greenbean, dwell, autobloggreen, many more
Car Guy Blogs – Autoblog, Edmunds, Motor Trend, many more



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Milwaukee M18 Compact Combo Kits – In-Stock

Milwaukee has now shipped the 2691-22 M18 Compact Combo Kit ($299) which includes the compact drill 2601 and the ¼” hex impact 2650. The kit also comes with 2 compact batteries, hard case and the M18 charger. The new M18 impact is a real winner for Milwaukee, it has the most power, longest run time, while still being one of the lightest in its class. The M18 tools are the second generation Lithium Ion from Milwaukee Tool and improve upon what was already one of the most popular 18 volt lithium tool lines in the business with the V18 tools. We can be pretty confident at this point the rest of the M18 Tools and Combo kits will be shipping by the October 1st launch.  


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Bosch Glass & Tile Drill Bits

 Bosch has recently launched a line of Glass & Tile drill bits which range in size from 1/8” to 1”. These bits are ideal for bathroom installations, fastening mirrors, setting screws in tile, relief holes in glass, holding signage and much more. The new Bosch bits feature carbide tips for long life, reinforced heads to prevent cracking, precision ground tips which prevents bit walking and they are the only company to offer up to 1” size. The 8 piece drill bit set ($38) is a no brainer even if you only need 2 or 3 sizes. Of course you can get the set or any individual bit from OhioPowerTool.com.    

 I though this might also be a great time to test the New Bosch PS30-2a 3/8” drill as these drills will ship within the next few days. The PS30 handled these glass and tile bits amazingly well as you can see in the above video. We also tested a ¾” Rapid Feed Spade bit and different size drill bits all with outstanding performance.   


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Milwaukee M12 vs. Bosch 12V Max

I’m sure most people are fully aware of the new compact tools being launched by both Milwaukee and Bosch, and possibly tired of hearing about them. Apparently I can’t shut about it but there is a lot happening all at once after what seems like a long drought of no new tools. Obviously these tools have a huge potential for gifts around the holidays so it’s no wonder they delayed the launch until October just in time to get the word out and all the products on the shelves for holiday shopping season.

Finally I think we have the full picture of what tools are available for each of these lines at least until first quarter 2009. At this point I think it’s probably more important to look at the full lines vs. simply comparing tool for tool as we did previously with Bosch Pocket Driver vs. Milwaukee Micro Driver. When it comes down to it most people are probably going to assume the drivers, impacts and flashlights will work fairly similar with both lines. These will probably not drive the buying decisions but the two lines do have some different tools available that are very unique.

Milwaukee M12
Micro Driver 2401-22 – $132
Impact 2450-22 – $179
Flashlight 29-24-0145 – $19
M-Spector 2310-21 – $239
Copper Tube Cutter 2471-22 – $219
Hackzall 2420-22 – $179

Bosch 12 Volt Max
Pocket Driver PS20-2A – $132
i-Driver PS10-2A – $155
Impactor PS40-2A – $183
Flash Light FL11 – $39
3/8” Drill PS30-2A – $159
Multi-X PS50-2A– $199

They match up fairly evenly with 6 tools each but some big differences in what they do. In just looking at the unique tools Milwaukee has the M-Spector, Pipe Cutter & Hackzall while Bosch has the i-Drive, 3/8” Drill & Multi-X. My first reaction is that the Bosch products have more broad appeal, if we are talking about the regular user or DIY guy I think these might make more sense. The Milwaukee products however are focused on professionals and do a good job of using the small size to create great new supplemental tools for someone who already has an 18 volt drill and other tools. The ace in the hole for Bosch is really the Multi-X PS50, there has been a lot of buzz about this one. The tool has so many uses and really can do jobs no other tool can. If you are already committed to the Milwaukee M12 line you can always pick up the Dremel Multi-Max for $99 which can tackle the same basic jobs but it has also got a cord.     

Milwaukee has some nice multiple tool kits which make a lot of sense as the tool only versions of most of these new tools will not be available until later (I am assuming after the end of the year) and how many batteries and chargers do you really need. Also I hate to discredit the Hackzall, I think this thing has a ton of use for everyone; it’s very powerful, incredibly easy to use, part jigsaw, part Rotozip, part Sawzall and very small. The 2490-22 kit with Micro Driver and Hackzall for $249 will be extremely popular for Pros and DIY guys alike.   

It’s a very tough call. I don’t think the decision would be that easy for anyone. For plumbers, HVAC, electricians and other tradesman I would have to give an advantage to the Milwaukee M12 line for some of their specialty tools. For everyone else I think it’s going to be hard to pass up the PS50 Multi-X tool. This thing is going to be all over those “Top 10 Gifts for a Guy” lists this holiday.


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Top Deals: Ridgid Seesnake Micro 25643

For the month of September at Ohio Power Tool you can get free shipping on all Ridgid seesnakes, locators, inspection equipment and transmitters. That includes pre-sales on the Ridgid Explorer, Seesnake Micro and all the accessories. In addition to free shipping, the Micro also includes a free 3’ extension 26658 which normally sell for around $50. The free extension deal is good until November 15th which is about the same time the second generation Micro will be released. The new Micro will get updated thumb controls and a different hard plastic case but it will also be slightly more expensive ($239 same price as Milwaukee M-Spector) honestly I would rather probably have the current model with a free 3’ extension. For professionals you might just want to step it up and get the Seesnake Explorer ($690) to have the ability to record images & video. Below is an image of the new Micro with the different controls, if you really want to wait pre-sales will be available shortly on OhioPowerTool.com.

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Early Arrival on Milwaukee M12 Launch Kits

In very non-customary fashion some of the Milwaukee M12 tool kits have actually shipped well before the target October 1st launch date. After previous delays in receiving new products I think Milwaukee has final figured out the formula: under promise, over deliver. These two kits are the M12 launch specials and will only be available for a short time. Don’t be expecting these to be around after October anywhere.  


The M-Spector kit 2310-21P features the two tools currently available but for $269 that is about $100 less than their individual price. It includes a case which fits both tools together, 2 batteries, charger, M-Spector & Micro Driver.



The M12 Impact Kit 2490-23 features 2 new tools the impact & flashlight as well as the Micro Driver currently available. The individual impact and flashlight will still not be available until the official October 1st launch but you can get them early with this kit. Price on this kit is $199 at Ohio Power Tool.  


These two M12 Launch kit are available now but the other M12 tools and kits will not be available until October 1, and now I have a little more faith we will actually get them on time. The launch kits will again only be available for a very short time, my guess is these will all be gone very soon.






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Some Fein Lookin’ Tools – Bosch PS50 & Dremel Multi-Max

Now where have we seen tools that look like these before? It’s no secret that many companies have been waiting for the day they can legally bring products to market that can compete directly with the Fein MultiMaster. Fein has been unbelievably successful with these tools and if you have ever used one you will know exactly why. I even saw a MultiMaster Tool infomercial. Fein makes great professional quality tools however they are definitely on the pricier side which may keep these tools out of many people’s hands.

There are two new models that will compete directly with the Fein MultiMaster. Both Bosch & Dremel have new tools that will be significantly cheaper but do the same basic multi tool jobs. The Bosch will work with the existing cordless 12V max batteries while the Dremel Multi-Max will be a corded model.

Dremel Multi-Max vs. Fein MultiMaster

The Dremel Multi-Max will start at $99 vs. Fein MultiMaster Start at $245. Both are similar in size and have the same max oscillation per minute at 21,000 OPM. They both can use either brands attachments but the Dremel attachments will cost about half as much. Both feature quick change options. At 40% of the price I think the Dremel might be the choice for many people who have not picked up a Fein yet.

Bosch Multi-X PS50 vs. Fein MultiMaster ACCU Cordless

On Power rating the Fein is 9.6V vs. Bosch at 12V. On Speed the Fein has a Max 14,500 OPM vs. Bosch Max 20,000 OPM. On price the Fein Cordless in $481.50 and the Bosch PS50-2A is $179. The Bosch also works with a wide range of other great 12V Max tools, with more to come. The Bosch Accessories are about half the price of the Fein but work interchangably with Fein 636 model’s accessories. I think we may have a new player in the field when the PS50 is actually available.  

The target launch date for both tools is October 1st. The Bosch and Dremel models can be pre-ordered from Ohio Power Tool on a first orders in first order shipped basis. The guys at Tool Snob posted some preliminary details on the Dremel unit over a month ago to give you an ideal of how highly anticipated these tools have been. These models could easily be back ordered after the launch so get a pre-order in soon. Ohio Power Tool will stock a wide range of blades and sanding accessories from each brand after the launch on October 1st but each tool does come with several accessories. *Note the accessories are different for each tool.


At 12:22 PM | Posted in Bosch, Comparison Tests, Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Dremel, Fein Tools, HVAC Tools, Plumbing Tools, Wood Working Tools | 2 Comments

Milwaukee Big Hawg vs. Bosch Carbide Hole Saws

First things First, this is not an equal comparison of two identical products. Looks are deceiving with these new hole saws because while they look very similar they function very differently and are also priced very differently. The only reason we even are comparing the two products is because a lot of people that are looking at these as equal products. Hopefully this post will help highlight some of the similarities and differences of these two products.  

The Milwaukee Big Hawg is primarily a wood hole saw. The pilot is a 3/8” spade like bit and the teeth are hardened steel. While an occasional nail will not damage the saw it is not intended for metal, concrete, fiber board or any other materials. The advantage over a bi-metal hole saw is that it is faster, longer lasting, much easier to get the wood core out as well as easier to sharpen. The advantage over self-feed bits it that they are much cleaner (far less shavings) and will last longer, up to 600 holes between sharpening.  

The Bosch Carbide Hole Saw has a drill bit pilot and is made to go through a wide range of materials including: cinder block, metal, cement board, wood and many other materials. The tips are diamond ground carbide and extremely tough.

At first glance the Bosch Carbide looks like the superiors product and it is but the price tag is also double that of the Milwaukee Big Hawgs. Comparison price on a 2-1/8” hole saw: Bosch $55.40 vs. Milwaukee $26.32. While both Hole Saws made it through the wood test in almost identical times the Milwaukee would obviously be the smarter choice at half the price. However if you want a hole saw that is going to do more than cut wood do not buy the Big Hawg. We tested the Milwaukee on all the other materials in the video but basically ruined the pilot bit and damaged the saw by doing so.

Hopefully this post and video will help you determine the right hole saw for you. There are also many hole saw kits from Bosch and Milwaukee listed on OhioPowerTool.com.

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Bosch Brute Breaker 11304KD

Recently Bosch upgraded the 11304K to the 11304KD. The actual Brute Breaker 11304 unit remains the same however the tool carrier and the attachments get an upgrade. The new 11304KD comes with the same 2 narrow chisels but the new kit also includes 2 new Star Point Chisels HS2861. These new chisels are specially engineered with hardened star shape cross section which provides five fraction points when making contact. Each rib is worn down individually which acts to self sharpen the bit and removes 30% more material.


In addition to the upgraded chisels the cart itself is much more job site friendly. On the new cart there is actually a place for the power cord and can probably handle an extra extension cord as well which is customary when using the 11304 breaker. The tires are bigger and have better tread to handle typical jobsite conditions. Another big advantage is the tool holder can actually flip up and the cart can not be used as a dolly while the tool is not on it. That is a big advantage as you will always have an extra heavy duty hauler with you on the jobsite.      

You can buy the New Bosch 11304KD at OhioPowerTool.com for $1499.   


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Milwaukee M18 Tools – Making the Switch


There have been some discussions going on about the new M18 tools and why Milwaukee is coming out with a second 18 volt lithium ion line and what will happen to the current V18 line. There have also been some frustration that the batteries are not compatible between the two lines of tools. First let’s take a look at the current market for hammer drills including the new tools soon to be on the shelves in October.
Milwaukee M18 2611-24 – 1700 RPM – 650 in/lbs – 5.3 lbs – $329
Bosch 18V 17618-01 – 2050 RPM – 650 in/lbs – 5.? lbs – $342
Makita 18V BHP451 – 1700 RPM – 560 in/lbs – 5.1 lbs – $299
Dewalt 18V DEW 927 – 1800 RPM – 500 in/lbs – 5.5 lbs – $349
Milwaukee V18 0824-24 – 1700 RPM – 550 in/lbs – 6.2 lbs – $344

*M18 2611-24 comes with a free impact for all pre-orders from Ohio Power Tool

This is a very very rough overview because there are many other factors to consider such as tool size, battery life, etc which have all greatly improved as well with the new M18 tools. Milwaukee has built a reputation for building the best tools on the market and their target customers are professionals. The second generation of lithium ion was necessary for them to stay on top; obviously they need to beat Dewalt in everyway possible.

Why do the batteries not work with the current V18? I did get some technical answers part of which was that the new M series batteries have 5 connection points vs. 3 connections, with the V18, which allows for more power transfer etc needed for higher performance. In reality they probably could have made it work but do they build to work with previous tools or do they try to build the best tools possible? Obviously there is no money in making batteries that would essentially work with decade old NiCd tools. Maybe their problem is they make tools that last to long. They set expectations pretty high when they made the V18 batteries work with the NiCd tools, unfortunately this probably won’t be the norm. If you currently have V18 tools they will probably last you much longer, which is good unless you are like me and need to have the latest and greatest. Either way you will still be able to pick up new V18 tools from Ohio Power Tool for at least another year and batteries for probably the next 10 years.

¼” Hex Impact & Recip Saw comparisons with M18, V18, Makita & Dewalt:

Milwaukee M18 2650-21 – 3200 IPM – 1400 in/lbs – 3.3 lbs – $229
Makita 18V BTD140 – 3200 IPM – 1280 in/lbs – 3.3 lbs – $313
Dewalt 18V DC827KL – 2700 IPM – 1330 in/lbs – 3.7 lbs – $359
Milwaukee V18 0881-22 – 3200 IPM – 1400 in/lbs – 5.2 lbs – $325

Reciprocating Saws
Milwaukee Sawzall M18 2620-22 – 3200 strokes/min – 7.9 lbs – $349
Makita 18V BJR181 – 2900 strokes/min – 8.1 lbs – $363
Dewalt 18V DC385K – 3000 strokes/min – 8.2 lbs – $199
Milwaukee Sawzall V18 0819-21 – 2700 strokes/min – 8.6 lbs – $300

*Pricing for Makita and Dewalt are best prices from national Big Box websites.


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