Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
We have been very impressed with the new SKILSAW professional brand and their departure from the cheaper Skil Tools we were seeing in the market. They have really been creative in utilizing the tried and true Wormdrive motor to expand to high quality metal saws, table saws, larger circular saws and a handful of other nice circular saws all paired with high quality Diablo Blades. This new reciprocating aka “BUZZKILL” saw SPT44A ($99) is their first branch away from a circular saw platform but we are guessing this is the first of many under their new leadership.
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For many years Milwaukee has offered the ability to use their batteries to charge your phone via USB. The current M12 Power Source 49-24-2310 ($27) and M18 Power Source 49-24-2371 ($30) are quickly becoming a staple for pros that have Milwaukee batteries as a great way to charge their devices on the go. This new M12 Power Source Micro-USB 48-59-1202 ($49) goes 1 step further and allows you to charge any M12 Battery on the go. (more…)
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When it comes to mixing small batches of drywall mud, mortar or even concrete there has always been a struggle to find the right tool for the right price. Yes you can get a dedicated corded mud mixer price range from $230 to $975 but many people simply use a hammer drill with chuck and burn the motor up pretty quickly. Until now there has not been a cordless solution but Milwaukee will very shortly have a cordless solution with the M18 FUEL mud mixer 2810-20 ($199, bare) & 2810-22 ($349, kit)!
This unit is specific for the application with a massive gearbox and low RPM range needed for proper mixing. The handles adjust to various positions to maximum user comfort. We expect to see these units out in September but could hit back orders pretty quickly if they are as popular as we think they could be. Check out all the Milwaukee M18 Cordless Tools at Ohio Power Tool and give the guys there a call 800-242-4424 if you have any questions on any Milwaukee Tools. For more on the 2810-22 Mud Mixer units check out the full Milwaukee press release below.
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At the recent Milwaukee Tool #NPS17 Event we got a first look at this new M18 Compact 7-1/4″ Miter Saw 2733-21 ($499, September). It shares a lot of the look and feel with the larger M18 FUEL 10″ Miter Saw 2734-21HD ($599) however focuses on a more compact lightweight design getting down to 28 lbs for maximum portability. In our mind the benefit of a cordless miter saw is portability, cordless doesn’t make any sense for a shop saw but perfect for going on and off the jobsite. Both of these saws work very well with the new Milwaukee Folding Miter Stand 48-08-0551 ($199) which actually weights a little more than the compact saw!
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The Bosch Speed Clean Bits have been around for a few years now, originally called the “Hollow Core” but that name probably causes confusion with actual core bits. The Speed Clean bits work differently than you traditional rotary hammer bits in that it connects to a vacuum and sucks the dust out as it drills. This makes these bits much more efficient and last longer especially when drilling at depths however it also makes the bits much more expensive to manufacturer. We have not seem mass adoption on the jobsites yet but that could all change next month (September 23rd) when the OSHA Silica Standards become enforceable. (more…)
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We recently have been using the RIDGID 12V Palm Impact Driver Kit R8224K ($99, Home Depot) around the shop to get a feel of this new type of tool. While 12V compact impact drivers have been around for sometime this unit takes away the trigger so the effective area when in the hand is far more compact and usable in a tight space than anything we have seen before.
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We needed some additional storage for the shop and our friends at Husky stepped up with this 60″ workbench which features 10 drawers (1 full length), as well as a very handy slide up pegboard backer with shelf HOTC6010BB2M ($699, Home Depot). We really like the versatility with how easy the pegboard backer can slide out of the way for full 360 access as a work table. While $700 isn’t chump change, other tool chests and storage options can cost significantly more, it really seems like a pretty good value for the money.
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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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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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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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