Most Popular Power Tool Blogs

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This is a list of the most popular Power Tool blogs on the internet today. Sure these guys are the competition (as they mostly represent retail sites) but they are all good resources for anyone interested in power tools, DIY projects and industry news. If you subscribe to RSS feeds we have put together a RSS Feed which includes all of these sites. VIEW THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE POWER TOOL BLOG RSS FEED  

CopTool.com – Obviously you’ve already found us and know this is your number one source for power tool news. We focus on top manufacturers of professional tools and equipment so we don’t cover many of the discount DIY power tool lines. Blog posts have been every few days but we are adding some good people to the team and will be blogging daily very very soon. Visit Ohio Power Tool to purchase tools and equipment.

ToolMonger.com – Tool Monger is a great site! Multiple posts per day, good projects, and wide variety of topics covered. As far as I can tell there is not a close association with any one retail outlet so I feel they have fair reviews. 

Ridgid Forum – This is a great forum for power tools and especially for plumbing tools (for those that don’t know more than the Home Depot line, Ridgid is king of plumbing tools). The power tool section is extremely useful as well on all makes and models; you can talk about whatever is on your mind. There is a blog section where users can create there own blogs which hasn’t taken off yet but could potentially be very interesting moving forward (similar concepts work well for careers like Real Estate Agents). 

Power Tool Geek – The first really popular power tool blogger, Brian has been at it for several years. They represent ToolBarn.com so probably should be our mortal enemy but these guys are pretty good, although we haven’t seen many articles from them recently. 

ToolCrib.com – Mostly focused on woodworking tools this blog is fairly well written and useful. It appears to have some active users who comment frequently. New posts every few days and they must have a referral account with Amazon because they have lots of links to Amazon to sell tools. 

ToolSnob.com – This blog is alright but all over the place. Run by blogpire which appears to be a large network of random blogs, it looks like it writes about who ever is paying them at the moment. Never the less there are some good posts in here from time to time.

As I mentioned above, all of these blogs are available in a single RSS feed: Get it Here

 

 

At 10:50 AM | Posted in Tool Blogs | 8 Comments

Bosch 36V Battery – FatPack vs. SlimPack

A common question with the Bosch 36v Litheon tools has been, which battery should I get the SlimPack or FatPack? Also, why are there two different batteries options? Both batteries provide 36 volts of power for the most heavy-duty applications and both batteries are lithium ion so there is little power fade during usage. However, there are some good reasons to have the two sizes. 
The difference comes down to simply run time vs. weight. In the chart above you can see the SlimPack is tested to run about 15% longer than the Bosch 18v battery. (Remember the power of the 36V is still significantly greater) The FatPack has a 100% longer run time than the Bosch 18v battery. The down side to the FatPack is it weighs 1 lb. more and costs almost 50% more. Currently the SlimPack BAT818 is $99.50 and FatPack BAT836 is $142.50.
Clearly it comes down to preference but typically the SlimPacks are used more commonly with drill/drivers in applications where weight might be a concern. The FatPack is typically the battery of choice and our recommendation most of the time.

One final advantage for both of these batteries is Bosch’s Provantage warranty of 2 years. If you are going to rely on these tools this is a huge advantage. The warranty will replace the battery and will do so within 48 hours. Obviously no one has been using these for 2 years (they haven’t been around that long) but so far we have not heard any negative feedback on battery problems or fading battery life which we can’t say about the discount brands.      

If you need help or have any questions please talk to the professionals at Ohio Power Tool 

At 8:55 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools | Leave a comment

Top 7 New Power Tools of 2007

Below are the top 7 new tools of the year. Obviously everyone will have their own opinions but this is an overall composition of our opinions with customer reviews and insight.    


1. Ridgid SeeSnake Micro – The SeeSnake Micro is not like any other tool you have in your garage. It’s a 3 foot long waterproof snaking camera with a light on the end. With it you can look into walls, ducts, heating & cooling units, engines, pipes, drains and any other confined space. Additional 3 foot extensions are also available. It would be nice if in the future you could take some kind of picture with this but that’s about my biggest complaint. This is a very handy tool and has a wide variety of uses. More than anything it is really just lots of fun to play with. 

 

2. Bosch Breaker 11335K – The 11335K Breaker Hammer is the newest Bosch electric demolition tool. This is a great addition to the existing arsenal of SDS-Max hammer drills & Bosch Brute tools. At only 35 lbs. this jack hammer is very versatile with vertical, angled or horizontal positioning. I had to make this one of the top tools of the year because who doesn’t feel like a bad ass using a jack hammer horizontally? Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall.    

 

3. IR Mini Air Tools – Ok so this is really a whole line of air tools but I was having trouble picking just one of these new Ingersoll Rand tools and they are pretty cheap so buying the whole line is still very reasonable. These are great tools all around, perfect for home user or professionals looking for compact tools to fit into those hard to reach places. Mini Grinder – Mini Drill/Driver – Mini Sander – Mini Polisher 
  
  
 


4. Milwaukee V18 Battery – How can a Battery be one of the top new tools for 2007? It is because the V18 Lithium Ion battery works with all your previous Milwaukee 18 volt Ni-Cad tools. If you already have several 18 volt tools or a combo kit you can upgrade to Lithium Ion for $179 (see previous article). Additionally the charger still charges your old batteries so you can use them as back ups.  

 

5. IQv Cordless Impact – Ingersoll Rand’s new line of IQv cordless tools is pretty impressive. Everyone knows IR as the trusted name for air tools and especially impact wrenches but not necessarily electric or cordless tools. The IQv line really had some big shoes to fill and I think they did an excellent job. You have a wide selection of IQv impacts powered by Lithium or NiCd in either 14.4V or 19.2V. The IQv line also includes other tools common to IR users such as grinders, drills and ratchets which can use the same batteries and chargers.    

 

6. Bosch 36V Circular Saw 1671K – Obviously everyone has seem a cordless circular saw before so why would I include the 1671K? Simply put this is the first cordless circular saw I would actually want to bring to a job site. In my mind cordless circular saws are still not an alternative to a good corded saw because saws need lots of juice. Previous cordless saws were good for 4-5 cuts which is a joke if you are building anything larger than a door stop. The 36 volt Bosch is good for at least 20 which if you have a few extra batteries and a good corded miter saw or portable table saw should be extremely useful on any jobsite. Around the house with an extra battery the 1671K by itself would get most jobs done without any down time.

 

7. Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver – There seems to be a theme here with the micro & mini tools. Everything gets smaller but at the same time more powerful and the 2401-22 is no exception. It’s not a secret Milwaukee created the Micro driver to compete directly with the very successful Bosch PS20-2 & PS40-2 (I’m sure we’ll see a micro impact shortly) and with good reason. The Lithium Ion tools have added seriously power and battery life making it possible to have small tools that can do big jobs. Plus I think this thing just looks cool. 

 

At 10:37 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools, HVAC Tools, Ingersoll Rand, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Ridgid | 1 Comment

Great Deals on Bosch Litheon 36V Tools

The Bosch 36V tools are arguably the best cordless tools on the market. Using Lithium Ion technology these tools can provide all the power needed to get the job done right. With two battery options “SlimPack” and “FatPack” you have the choice between light weight and longer battery life.  The 36V SlimPack weighs less than a 14.4V NiCad. It delivers twice the voltage and up to 15-percent more runtime than competitive 18V tools. The pack’s lightweight design makes it perfect for one-handed and overhead applications with a drill/driver or hammer drill/driver.

The 36V FatPack delivers twice the voltage and runtime of an 18V NiCd battery without a weight penalty. These heavy duty cordless tools can even replace your corded tools normally used for jobs like forty-five-degree bevel cuts with a circular saw, reciprocating saw demolition work, and serious drilling into concrete.

Previously these tools were also fairly high priced when compared to other Lithium Ion tools and certainly NiCd cordless tools. This is not the case any more, for the most part the price on the Bosch 36V tools has come way down and during October Ohio Power Tool is offering a $100 trade-in instant rebate on any of your old 18v tools. This puts the 18636-03 drill/driver with 2 SlimPack batteries at $218.50 and the top of the line CPK40-36 4 36 Volt tool combo kit with two FatPack batteries at $642.50.       

Check out all the Bosch 36v Tools and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the professional staff at Ohio Power Tool. We will help you find the right tool for the job.

 

At 4:32 PM | Posted in Bosch | Leave a comment

Upgrade all your Milwaukee NiCad Tools to Lithium Ion for $179

Have you been waiting to upgrade your old NiCad tools but don’t want to shell out a bunch of money to replace everything. How about $179? If you are currently using Milwaukee’s 18 volt NiCad tools which have been leading the industry for years now you can upgrade for cheap. $179 will get you two new V18 Milwaukee batteries and a universal charger which can charge either a new V18 battery or your old 18 volt NiCad battery in less than an hour. V18 Milwaukee Upgrade Package

Why upgrade to the Milwaukee V18 Lithium Ion Battery?

View all our Milwaukee Tools. If you have any questions feel free to contact the trained professionals at Ohio Power Tool.

At 8:35 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Construction Tools, Milwaukee | 3 Comments

Rotary Screw Compressor vs Reciprocating Air Compressor

Choosing a stationary air compressor for your facility can be a difficult decision. Some common questions you will need to answer are: Where will the compressor be located? How much room is required? What is the total budget? How much maintenance is required? How much air is used throughout the day? How much does that air requirement fluctuate? How much pressure or PSI is required? How much horsepower is needed? What are the electrical requirements? Are there any noise restrictions?  
 
The basic things to look at when comparing compressors are:

Horsepower – This is directly proportional to Cubic Feet per Minute CFM.
CFM – Cubic Feet Per Minute

PSI – Pounds per Square Inch must not exceed the requirements of pneumatic tools and equipment.
Tank Size – Size of the air reservoir is important for continuous operation and also determines the size of the overall compressor.
Dryers & After Coolers – Air treatment is important for removing moisture from compressors under heavy use.
Electrical Requirements – It is important to make sure your facility can handle the electrical requirements of the selected Compressor.   

When comparing reciprocal air compressors with rotary screw compressors you will see many advantages to choosing the screw compressor. They are more compact, operate quietly, built for continuous operation and typically see less maintenance. The down side is the initial costs are higher. When you compare a 5 HP reciprocating air compressor at $1807 with a 5 HP rotary screw compressor at $3688 do the advantages out weight the initial cost?

Reciprocation Air Compressors
Ingersoll Rand 2475N5 – 5 HP – 175 PSI – 16.8 CFM – $1807 – With Air Cooler $2337
Ingersoll Rand 2545E10V – 10 HP – 175 PSI – 35 CFM – $2410 – With Air Cooler $3519
Ingersoll Rand 7100E15V – 15 HP – 175 PSI – 50 CFM – $3217 – With Air Cooler $4792

Rotary Screw Air Compressor  
Chicago Pneumatic QRS5HP – 5 HP – 155 PSI – 16.6 CFM – $3688 With Dryer $4824
Chicago Pneumatic QRS10HP – 10 HP – 155 PSI – 30 CFM – $5732 With Dryer $7170
Chicago Pneumatic QRS15HP – 15 HP – 155 PSI – 45 CFM – $6684 With Dryer $8352

Each application is different, if you have any questions it is best to call or email one of our trained professionals and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. View more industrial air compressors and pneumatic tools at Ohio Power Tool.

At 10:40 PM | Posted in Air Compressors, Automotive Tools, Chicago Pneumatic, Ingersoll Rand | 7 Comments

Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver vs. Bosch 10.8V Pocker Driver

Later this month Milwaukee will release the new sub-compact 12V Lithium Ion Micro Driver (2401-22) which will compete directly with the extremely successful Bosch PS20 10.8V Lithium Ion Pocket Driver. How does the Milwaukee vs. Bosch comparison stack up? On paper the Milwaukee looks to have the advantage with 1.2V more power with equal price and charge time but we won’t know for sure until it comes out. Expect additional 12V lithium Ion tools from Milwaukee to follow hopefully in time for Christmas. The 12V Micro Driver 2401-22 should be available for sale on Ohio Power Tool within a week or two along with a new compact drill/driver V18 2601-22 which will weight only 3.5 lbs.

For more Bosch and Milwaukee tools visit Ohio Power Tool and let us help you find the right tool for the job.

At 10:11 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Construction Tools, HVAC Tools, Milwaukee | Leave a comment

Steel Hawg – Carbide Tipped Annular Cutter from Milwaukee

The Steel Hawg® Milwaukee Annular Cutters were recently added to steel cutters on Ohio Power Tool. These carbide tipped steel drills offer a full 2 inch cutting depth which can be achieved with this style Milwaukee carbide tipped Steel Hawg® Annular Cutter. Like other cutters, these cutter removes material three times faster than twist drill bits and leaves a smooth, precision machined hole. They can be used on steel, stainless steel, cast iron or aluminum. A threaded back end allows the user to choose which style arbor fits their electro magnetic drill stand. These annular cutters are available in sizes up to an impressive 6 inch diameter.

Please visit Ohio Power Tool for more information on Milwaukee metal cutting saws, Milwaukee mag drills and all other Milwaukee tools and accessories.

 

At 1:51 PM | Posted in Construction Tools, Milwaukee | Leave a comment

Bosch 10.8V Litheon Tools – These Ain’t No Kid Toys

litheon 10.8v

About a year ago Bosch Tools released their line of Litheon™ cordless tools.  The new line of power tools used lithium ion batteries which offer several advantages over traditional BLUECORE NiCad including more power, longer run time and consistent power during battery use. The 36v Bosch Brute tools were a no brainer, these were professional tools that addressed many issues for those who depended on their cordless tools to be working all day everyday.

But what about the line of 10.8V Litheon tools? Who are these tools for? Many people’s perception is these don’t look like serious tools, maybe something for the wife to hang pictures with… not the case. These are well built compact tools with serious power. The small size makes them much easier to carry and with perfect balance these are great to use in any position. The I-Driver PS10-2  has an even smaller profile and adjustable head for the hardest to reach spaces. The battery from the Pocket Driver™ PS20-2 last long enough to drive 100 3 inch screws and with a 30 minute charge time your second battery will be waiting for the next 100 screws.  

As for the power check out the Impactor Fastening Driver PS40-2 which proves 60% more torque that traditional 18v drill/drivers at 800 in. lbs. of torque. All that power from about 1/3 size and weight makes these tools serious work horses, just with a smaller size.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the professional staff at Ohio Power Tool and they will be happy to assist you in finding the right tool for the job.

At 1:01 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Construction Tools, HVAC Tools | Leave a comment

New 35 lbs Demolition Tool of Choice – Bosch 11335K

Bosch 11335 

Bosch has recently released a new 35lb Breaking Hammer which adds to their extensive line of demolition tools. The Bosch 11335K looks like traditional jack hammers but is incredible versatile. At 35 lbs and with multiple grip positions this tool is easy to operate in angled, horizontal or vertical applications.  Powered by a 1750 W motor and 34 ft lbs of impact force the 11335K has the highest removal rate in its class, up to 50% faster than most competition. Shock absorbing top handles have been added to reduce vibration up to 40% vs. competitors, providing uncompromising control and comfort for users.
A few additional Bosch demolition tools to consider would be Bosch SDS-Max 11245EVS which offers incredible breaking power in a compact design for heavy duty angled and horizontal applications. Another great breaker is the Bosch Bulldog 11255VSR is a Rotary Hammer Drill that offers a lot of demo tool for the price. Finally the Bosch Brute 11304, the standard in electric jack hammer equipment. Although this unit is rather heavy at 60+ lbs, limiting it to mostly vertical use, it plugs into any standard socket or generator which means it does not require a compressor. View full line of Bosch demolition hammers and breaking tools at Ohio Power Tool.

At 1:36 PM | Posted in Bosch, Construction Tools, Demolition Tools | Leave a comment