Dewalt Storage ToughSystem & 20V Combo Kit DCKTS291D1M1

The Dewalt ToughSystem storage system has been out a few years now and has found a solid fan base among professionals. Dewalt has partnered with Home Depot exclusively on the DCKTS291D1M1 ($269, Home Depot) kit which packages their most popular 20V brushless DCD991 drill/driver and the 20v brushless DCF887 impact into essentially a DS130 ToughSystem case. At that price point it makes it very enticing for those looking to get into either Dewalt 20V and/or the ToughSystem. We did a quick look at what’s included in the actual kit as well as some of the other components of their storage system.
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Skilsaw SouthPaw Circular Saw, Ned Flanders Approved!!

Skilsaw Sidewinder Southpaw

The US population is made up of by roughly 13% left-handers but blade left saws are not exclusively just for them. Skilsaw was made popular because of the incredibly tough and powerful worm-drive saws which are all predominantly blade left designs. Many righties love the Worm-drive design as well, personally I am a lefty and do prefer the left handed saw configuration. The new Skilsaw Sidewinder Southpaw SPT67M8 ($129) is an all magnesium 15amp direct drive circular saw with all the premium features you’d expect from a high end corded circular saw.

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JET’S Annual Summer Woodworking 10% Sale

Every summer, JET Tools grabs the attention of woodworkers in providing at 10% off ALL woodworking machines & accessories! Which makes it a perfect time to buy and invest in your workshop. We all know investing in quality woodworking tools can be pricey, that’s why waiting for a deal is key! JET, one of the industry leaders in woodworking in machines and accessories, provides consumers with innovative solutions such their drill presses, band saws and lathes.

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Milwaukee Tool’s Solutions for Dust Collection

Milwaukee Dustless Tools

Milwaukee recently announced that they will be releasing several new dust extraction tools and accessories to support their growing dust collection line in preparation for the increasing OSHA regulations. These attachments will work in conjunction with Milwaukee’s existing line of rotary hammers and grinders to be compliant under the upcoming regulations for silica dust control. The New OSHA regulations, set to be effective September 23rd 2017, are a major step forward in keeping jobsites safe and preventing workplace related danger and illnesses due to airborne silica. This being said, it is very important for tool manufacturers to stay ahead of the curve with their concrete tools, accessories and overall technology, or get left in the dust.

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Respirator Guidelines & Fit Testing with Safex

Respirator Fit Test

One of the most common topics for safety questions and concerns we hear about is respirator use and what is required for fit testing. Certainly breathing in dangerous materials is a big concern for safety and an area OSHA has a lot of focus (Respiratory Protection Standard 29 CFR 1910.134). You can find yourself with serious fines if not properly addressed and that’ll only increase with the impending OSHA Silica Rules 9/23/17. To get a better understanding for ourselves we have again asked out friends at SAFEX for some assistance to understand more about respirators, fit testing, who is required to get them and what is involved in doing the tests.

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New Milwaukee Plumbing Tools at NPS17

While at the 2017 New Product Symposium this year, we saw some pretty impressive innovations in plumbing tools and technology from Milwaukee. Milwaukee has made some game-changing improvements on some of their existing plumbing tools, but also introduced some industry-first tools that have never been seen before. They have made an impressive step forward in the plumbing area, and we are very excited to see how these new tools we saw perform against the current competition.

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Diamond Products Core Bore Rigs CB733 & CB744

Core Bore M-5PRO CB744 Core Rig

When it comes to professional concrete cutting and drilling the team at Diamond Products leads the way in many categories, from Concrete Core Bits, Walk Behind Concrete Saws, Diamond Blades and of course Core Drilling Rigs. The Diamond Products Core Bore name is who the pros call any size coring jobs, up to 60″+ diameter no problem. For 2” to 14” coring the Milwaukee Core Motors have been the standard for many years, relatively unchanged these 2 speed motors are real workhorses and you can find them mounted on any number of rigs from Core Bore as well as many other rig manufacturers. Diamond Products is launching two new Core Bore motors which look to change the game in core rigs with the CB733 (3 speed, 115v) and CB744 (4 speed, 220V). Continue reading

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Meet Southwire 2017 New Products & Media Event

For the first time in company history, the folks at Southwire Tool’s & Equipment, invited tool reviewers to visit their corporate headquarters in Carrollton, Georgia. We had the pleasure of meeting the staff, touring the factories, viewing their state-of-the-art training facility, hours of hands on product training and learned they had a high school internship program onsite. It was an eventful week, which proved their innovative thinking and understanding of the consumer in developing cutting edge products. While thinking Southwire was just a manufacturer who pioneer’s ground-breaking technology, we learned they pride themselves more on giving back and investing in the community. Continue reading

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SawStop Acquired by Festool Parent Tooltechnic

Festool Acquires SawStop

You may be asking yourself like we are, if SawStop was up for sales why oh why didn’t Bosch Tools simply buy them out when they were in a loosing legal battle over the REAXX saw which they are now forced to mothball the entire line. We can’t answer that one… Anyway it looks as though SawStop will now join forces with Festool under the parent company Tooltechnic Systems, we will update you soon on what that means for the future of the line but it should be a very smart alliance for SawStop. See the press release below:  Continue reading

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Brushless 18V Hammer Drill Fight – Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, Hilti, Hitachi & Metabo

Oz Tool Talk 18V Hammer Drills

We recently had the opportunity to spend a few days from the guys from OZ TOOL TALK and were extremely impressed with their tool geek knowledge. They do great Youtube videos almost every week and some of the best in-depth cordless tool comparisons we’ve seen. Of course they are in Australia so models and brands don’t always line up but in the recently Brushless 18V Hammer Drill Fight – Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, Hilti, Hitachi & Metabo all models do correlate to our numbers either directly or they give the North American versions. While they talk about all the testing in Kg, mm and Nm (for torque) at 2:47 they also provide the conversion to lbs, inches and in.lbs torque in their full spec sheet. Great video, awesome info, check it out!

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