Author Archives: Jay Amstutz
The woodworking CNC is not a new technology for manufacturing but in recent years has seen a huge spike in interest for small shops and home use. Access to the software like SketchUp and being able to watch hundreds of hours on YouTube pretty much gives free access to anyone who wants in. Most Maker Spaces across the country will teach classes for a more hands on approach and once you’ve got the basics down will rent you time on a CNC to really get your feet wet. In Columbus of course check out our friends at the Idea Foundry, you’ll be building your own open source furniture by month’s end. (more…)
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It was a surprise to learn Miss Makita, Ally Mello, actually knows something about power tools and was pretty handy with the cordless pin nailer. Apparently she does a little refinishing/repurposes of old furniture in her spare time. Makita is the first to offer an cordless Pin Nailer for 23 gauge pin nails. The Makita XTP01Z ($189) can fire roughly 1,000 pins per Amp Hour on a battery so 3.0Ah battery would do roughly 3,000 pins. This would be a great option for a slim 2.0Ah battery pack to keep it as light as possible. The gun has plenty of power to drive the tiny pins and tool features all expected items like anti-dry fire, depth adjust and two stage trigger. (more…)
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Who wore it better? Ok that’s not a serious question, clearly Ally Mellow, Miss Makita 2016 wears it better no contest. We honestly were not sure if the Makita 18V fan jacket DFJ201Z ($149) was actually going to hit shelves in the US but it is here… just in time for fall. We had a chance to try it on at STAFDA which was an air conditions trade show but we also recently tried it on outside on a hot, humid 94 degree day and it was super effective. If you don’t mind looking like a stay puff marshmallow man it’ll keep you cool. At the outside show guys were putting in on and not wanting to take it off, it definitely gets the job done. (more…)
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(Post Updated 8/13/2016: Bosch’s Official response added below)
If you’re shopping for Reconditioned tools, Bosch has cut out the middlemen of retail and is now selling direct to customers through their website Bosch Remastered. Of course reconditioned power tools are always sold for less because they have been used or the package was damage or something went wrong but is now fixed. That being said reconditioned tools can often be a great value as they can easily last as long as brand new. Additionally they are selling brand new Bosch Accessories direct to customers through the website which has a lot of their local dealers pretty nervous. (more…)
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The most used cutting tool in any cordless lineup is typically the recip saw because these tools are so versatile great for wood, metal, demo or clean cutting. Until recently the Milwaukee M18 Sawzall was the only brushless option on the market, so it was no surprise they won our 2015 Recip Saw Challenge by a good margin. However it is now 2016 and Makita has already shown their brushless motors can meet or exceed the competition in many categories and now they are launching two new brushless reciprocating saw options 18V recip XRJ05Z ($199) and 36V (18Vx2) recip XRJ06X ($219).
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While the Makita 18V Brushless SDS-Plus Rotary with HEPA Vac XRH011XVX ($399) is not new on the market (released over a year ago) it has received an increase in interest recently because of the changing OSHA Silica Dust Rules. The rule started June 23rd and becomes a fine-able offense in 2017, basically if you are drilling concrete on a job you better be collecting the dust with some sort of vac system. For smaller holes, 1″ or less this compact cordless system is a great solution, HEPA rates and all powered off a single Makita 18V LXT battery.
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These new cordless EC Brushless drills from Bosch are their 2nd generation brushless models for the “Compact Tough” mid-torque application range. We are still waiting to see a Bosch “Brute Tough” Brushless models to go up against the Milwaukee FUEL, Dewalt and Makita drills with the 1000+ in lbs torque (like we tested in the 2015 Hammer Drill Showdown) which Bosch will hopefully launch later 2016. These new Bosch Compact Tough models produce a solid 531 in lbs, enough for 90% of common applications (only a year ago 700 in lbs was considered very heavy duty). The selling point with these units is defiantly in size, weight, value and safety without sacrificing other pro features. (more…)
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Cordless vacuums that use power tool batteries have been out for many years however the power and runtime have kept them limited to smaller units that look like 80’s Dustbusters or hand held shop vacs. Makita is the first to launch a “full size” cordless/corded shop vac XCV04Z ($569) on casters which can be rolled around the jobsite easily. Full Size referring to features and power, which when plugged into AC is an impressive 127 CFM. The cordless backpack vacuum XCV05Z ($329) is another first, for complete mobility this is an ideal solution. In addition to these cordless solutions hitting the market as we speak, Makita is also working on some coming soon projects like the cordless robotic vac to clean large areas autonomously, similar to a Roomba vacuum but capable of clearing 1/2 football field (not yet releasing in US).
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At the recent Milwaukee New Product Symposium 2016 we all got a chance to tryout the new Milwaukee FUEL M18 10” Dual-Bevel Compound Miter Saw 2734-21HD with 9.0Ah battery for the first time. This is the first 10” cordless miter to hit the market and the saw really address many of the power and functionality concerns to replace a corded 10” sliding compound miter saw. The big question is are people ready to go 100% cordless with their Miter Saws?
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Ohio Power Tool continues to grow and expand their offering of tools, supplies and services with a goal to become a destination to shop for all the big kid toys you really want & need. The Makita Pro Center seemed like the perfect addition to continue to expand the Makita offering and give customers a more interactive shopping experience. (more…)
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