Free Ridgid Micro Explorer 30063

The Ridgid microEXPLORER has been one of the most popular new tools in recent months. Never before have you had so much functionality in such a small inexpensive piece of equipment. This should be a standard piece of hardware for most tradesmen. Unfortunately it will not replace many of the jobs of the bigger 200’ SeeSnakes when it comes to seeing in lines and locating the problem.

The good news is you can now get a brand new Ridgid microEXPLORER 30063 for free. The current sale price on Ohio Power Tool is $690 plus an additional $102 for the 9.5mm head. If you purchase a Mini-SeeSnake Plus and LCD Monitor with DVD 23888 you will get the Explorer and additional 9.5mm head for free. Call the experts if you have any questions 800-242-4424.  


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New Portable Milwaukee Band Saw 6232-6N

Milwaukee Tool just announced the next generation of portable band saws. The new Milwaukee Band Saw 6232-6N is 40% faster than the previous Milwaukee models and 20% faster than the closest competitor, the Dewalt DWM120K. The Milwaukee motor was updated from a 6 amp to a 10.5 amp motor and is now the most powerful on the market. The improvements don’t stop there, with aluminum motor housing, better saw balance, 2 finger trigger, variable speed dial, improved blade protection and new bearings this is a very solidly built band saw.

The band saw’s deep cutting capacity is 4-7/8” however it can cut up to 6” round pipe when rotating. The improved T handle grip not only allows for comfortable operation but also allows the tool to lock into a vise for stationary cutting. Another nice feature for those who maintain many of these units and are thinking about upgrading some of them, is that up to 80% of the parts are interchangeable. This means if you have brushings, pulleys or other parts they will work in the new & old models.

To properly introduce the new Milwaukee Band Saw 6232-6N Ohio Power Tool is giving away a brand new Milwaukee 4.5” rattail grinder 6122-30 ($119 sale price) with each band saw purchased however supply is extremely limited with 3 max per order. The grinders will be shipped with the units, no mail-in rebates to worry about. The Milwaukee 6232-2N is available now for pre-sale at $299 and should be in-store before Febuary 6th 

Milwaukee Tool is serious about proving themselves in the metalworking tool category. Within the next month or so Milwaukee will also introduce several new 5”, 6”, 7” & 9” grinders to accompany the new 4.5” grinders available now. All the new Milwaukee metalworking grinders are intended to not only compete with the likes of Bosch, Makita and Metabo in this category but in fact become the preferred brand for users.    


At 11:18 AM | Posted in Construction Tools, HVAC Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Top Deals | 2 Comments

Making a Dremel Multi-Max Adaptor for Fein Accessories


The Dremel Multi-Max has received plenty of positive press from tool blogs, forums and national news sources and for good reason. This tool has been a huge success for Dremel, possibly bigger than they expected. It has been eating into Fein sales of the MutiMaster, I haven’t even seen the infomercials recently. One problem for the Dremel however is that it is not yet really compatible with Fein accessories. The Dremel tool does have a good selection of accessories at very affordable prices however they need to add many more and until these are released over the next year, Fein still has some nice specialty attachments not available from Dremel.

The Bosch PS50 Multi-X was smart enough to include an adaptor with every tool which allows them to work with Dremel & Fein accessories. The Bosch PS50, a very well built tool, has been less popular than the Dremel Multi-Max simply because the cordless oscillating market is much smaller than the corded version. Run times for sanding and scraping are pretty low however nothing beats the convenience of cordless for certain jobs. Bosch may also come out with its own corded version within the next year but I have not heard anything official yet.     

If you don’t want to wait until Dremel comes out with an official adaptor, which I’m sure is on the way, you can always make one. Recently I saw a post from a fellow Power Tool Blog on where they make an adaptor from an old Dremel blade. From the pictures you can see the Fein blades fits perfectly over the Dremel mounts but with nothing to hold it in place it just won’t work. An additional washer of the right size could do the job but this keeps everything much more secure and what else are you going to do with a used Multi-Max blade?


At 11:16 AM | Posted in Bosch, Cordless Tools, Dremel, Tool Blogs, Wood Working Tools | 2 Comments

2009 International Builders’ Show Reviews & Round Up

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to make it to this years International Builders’ Show which was held January 20-23 in Las Vegas. This show always features lots of great new products and exhibits. I will be keeping my ear to the ground for good blog posts or any youtube clips from the show. Here is what I’ve found so far but I imagine there will be lots of new stuff up all week long.  

Great daily posts from 14 Posts Here

The WoodWorkersJournal has some good YouTube footage Here

Blog posts from Jan 20-23rd from This Old House blog, called “Hardware Aisle

UnderConstructionTalk brief show review (videos coming soon) 

Get the full 2009 interactive show floor plan & exhibitor list here


More to come, please add comments with any additional links…


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SDS-Plus vs. SDS-Max vs. Spline Drive – Hammer Drill Bits

There is sometimes a little confusion as to what bits work with which hammer drills and what bit is best for each job. In the beginning there were a ton of different styles of hex and tapper bits, lots of manufacturer had their own, we won’t even get into that. Spline was introduced here in the US as a universal shank everyone could use, around the same time SDS bits started being introduced from Europe (Hilti & Bosch) which allowed the bits to be locked into place better but still move up and down.

SDS-Max vs SDS-Plus

Later the SDS-Plus was introduced to improve upon SDS which works interchangeably with regular SDS and simply offered a better connection. Spline was a good solution for the larger bits but then the SDS-Max was introduced which was supposed to replace Spline Drive for larger drills, with equal strength and capacity but improved connectivity similar to the smaller SDS bits. While SDS-Max has caught on it unfortunately never replaced Spline and now we have both types of tools and bits on the market for really no good reason we can see.

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At 12:42 PM | Posted in Bosch, Comparison Tests, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools, Milwaukee | 26 Comments

New Ingersoll Rand 2115TiMax 3/8″ Impact

A short time ago Ingersoll Rand released the 2115TiMAX an updated version to the incredibly popular 2115Ti. In the tradition of the 2135TiMAX, market leader ½” impact, the new 2115TiMAX redefined the 3/8” impact category by setting the bar even higher for “power-to-weight” and “power-to-size”. With 300 ft-lbs of torque in a titanium body weighing less than 2.5 lbs and shorter than 6” it will be near impossible for any other impact to improve upon this design.  

So what changed for the new 2115TiMAX vs. 2115Ti? The new tool features an improved air flow system with 7-vane design, over the previous 6-vane design. The improved air flow also increases total power to 300 ft-lbs of reverse torque, about a 10% improvement. In addition the tool also gets new power controls, more ergonomic handle and new feather trigger.

“The new 2115TiMAX is the perfect blend of power and size, but we didn’t stop there,” said Mike Walker, vehicle channel business manager for Ingersoll Rand. “Technicians asked for a tool that was easy to handle and could stand up to frequent use on stubborn bolts. Once again our industry leading engineers were up to the challenge improving the feather touch trigger, enhancing the settings on the power regulator and improving the overall durability of the tool components. We’re confident technicians will find this tool suitable to use as their primary pneumatic impact wrench.”

We couldn’t be happier with these design improvements; I can’t wait to see what is next. Of course all the IR tools are backed by a free extended two-year limited warranty, available with registration of the tool online at


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Final Cut Saw Blade Sanding Paper

We received an interesting product in the mail which I was skeptical of initially but recently became a believer. The product is the Final Cut Saw Sanding Disks. These are sanding disks that can be attached to your saw blades ranging in size from 7.25”-12”. My concern was that the pads might come off or tear and flap around but so far I have not had that problem, the pad really is stuck on there, even after some use. This is a great idea for a table saw but I might be hesitant to put it on my circular saw. I don’t think these would handle PVC or an occasional nail very well, but you may be much easier on your tools than myself. I am a big fan of saving time and making things easier.


The sanding discs fit most standard saw blades from Bosch, Irwin, Milwaukee as well as others. To purchase the final cut sanding disc to attach yourself or their 10” saw blade which already has the sanding disc attached checkout their website at



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Milwaukee V28 FREE Batteries

If you are looking for cordless tools with real power behind them a great choice would be the Milwaukee V28 line of tools. Now is a great time to get a real deal on the V28 line of tools because Ohio Power Tool is offering a free 3rd battery with Any Tool Kit or Combo Kit. The high powered V28 battery’s current sale price is $150 but with good reason not only do they have superior power and capacity but they also carry a 5 year/ 5000 charge warranty, better than any other battery on the market. This deal is for an instant battery, NOT a mail-in rebate.

If you are looking for additional batteries for your existing V28 tools you may want to consider adding a new tool such as the ½” Impact, Grinder or Bandsaw which are all included in the FREE 3rd battery deal.

If you have any questions about any Milwaukee Tools please feel free to contact Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424 or email


At 3:57 PM | Posted in Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, Milwaukee, Top Deals | Leave a comment

Top 8 of 2008 – Tool Blog Posts

2008 was definitely a big year for going from a few posts per month to almost everyday. Below are the top 8 most popular posts from 2008 based on page views, feedback & popularity. It’s pretty funny to read the older posts and see how things have evolved. Hopefully 2009 will be as kind to us as we hope to continue to grow and improve the website.

8. Guide to Buying Power Tools Online – This article is about buying power tools online and things to look for to make sure you are dealing with knowledgeable legitimate companies.

7. Milwaukee M18 Tools – Making the Switch – This article was written as the new line of Milwaukee 18 volt tools was being released. In the article it compares the new M18 to comparable models of Dewalt, Makita and previous Milwaukee V18 tools.

6. Power Tools From Around the World – The very first look at the possibility of Bosch (and/or Dremel) releasing a tool to compete with the Fein MultiMaster. The PMF 180 is a Bosch corded version of the tool which I would still like to see the Bosch release a corded version in the US.    

5. Ridgid Calendar 2009-2010 – This was intended to be a very short post simply letting everyone know the new Ridgid Calendars were available but the post received a tremendous amount of traffic. Who knew pretty girls would get traffic on the internet? P.S. There are plenty of calendars still available, free with any order, just ask.

4. Milwaukee Seesnake Micro Killer – The first article written about the Milwaukee M12 M-Spector camera and how it compares to the Ridgid Seesnake Micro (or at least how it was supposed to compare as at the time we had not gotten our hands on the model).

3. Ridgid Micro Explorer Digital Inspection Camera 30063 – The first look at the Micro Explorer and some of the advanced features it had over the first generation of micro Seesnake.   

2. Milwaukee 4201-22 vs. Bosch PS20-2 – This post was one of the first real comparison tests we did back at the beginning of the year. The post had a fair amount of pictures and really gave readers a good feel for the differences between these two products.

1. Some Fein Lookin’ Tools – Bosch PS50 & Dremel Multi-max – The most popular post of 2008 was not surprisingly the first official post announcing the new Bosch PS50 & Dremel Multi-Max tools. These tools were probably the most hyped tools for the 2008 holiday season and were also the topic of our most popular YouTube video from last year.  

Honorable Mention: Future of American Automakers – Congressional Motors – This was a pretty funny post which got an incredible number of hits unfortunately it was because we were credited as the authors for a short time on even though it clearly said we were not the authors.   


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Ohio Power Tool – Construction Distribution Cover Story

If you would like to learn more about Ohio Power Tool as a company read the cover story from Construction Distribution for the December/January issue. The article highlights some of the reasons we are different as a company and why you may want to do business with Ohio Power Tool. The “We Need it Now” article is a look at a few of the local customers and their perspective on what Ohio Power Tool does for them.

Distributor Spotlight: Be quick, be efficient! The future is now.
By A.D. "Butch" Horn

‘We need it now!’
By A.D. "Butch" Horn


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