Guide to Buying Power Tools Online

Buying power tools online is like buying anything else online, there are some shady companies out there and you need to watch out. There are also many reputable companies who have been selling power tools for many years before the internet was ever around. There is no reason to be concerned if you are buying from a reputable company but how can you tell who is reputable or not?

Who Are These People

Any company doing business on the internet should tell you who they are. There should be an About Us page where they tell you about their company’s history and background. Ohio Power Tool for instance has been in business 25 years; I imagine it would be pretty hard to stay in the local tool business 25 years without a lot of happy customers. Also how knowledgeable are the people on the other end? Do they know tools or is it just a warehouse of products and no one really know anything about the tools. Some times it may not matter to you, if you know you need a V28 SDS Hammer 0756-22 does it matter if they know what they are selling? Maybe not but if you had a choice of who to do business with wouldn’t it make sense to deal with someone who can knowledgably compare it to the Bosch 36V Litheon Hammer. Also a company who could repair the tool or send you a part if something was to get damaged? Are you ever going to buy another power tool in your life? Wouldn’t it make sense to deal with a company you can trust, ask questions and order from again?     

The Old Switcharoo

The internet is great because you can find such good deals and compare everyone to each other. There are also those deals that are too good to be true and on the internet that is probably the case. There are several reasons tools on the internet might be much cheaper than the competition.

The first is pretty obvious; sometimes a cordless tool is sold without batteries as a bare tool. This is good for people who already have several tools in a line and don’t need new batteries. Double check to make sure you are getting the kit which has two batteries and a charger, on some website this is not clearly marked.

The second reason a tool may be cheaper is because it is a recondition tools, basically tools that were defective or broke and then repaired. These are sold as reconditioned, which can be a good deal although not the same as a brand new tool. For professionals we do not recommend these tools but for your DIY weekend warrior on a budget I personally would feel better with a reconditioned Milwaukee than a new discount junk tool special. If you buy a reconditioned tool it is very important to make sure that the tool was reconditioned by the manufacturer and not some shop overseas. Ohio Power Tool doesn’t sell any reconditioned tools, only brand new tools. The big problem with the internet is when retailers sell reconditioned tools without disclosing it has been reconditioned (basically as a new tool). This is extremely dishonest and a problem in the industry. If you purchased a new tool that is actually reconditioned you just got ripped off, email the manufacturer and let them know where you bought it.

The third reason you will find cheaper tools is the “Grey Market” which could be a wide range of things but basically is when a retailer gets products from outside proper distribution channels. Did you ever watch the Sopranos toward the end when they were selling all the stolen power tools? I always think of that when I see super cheap tools online. These products might be stolen, brought in from over seas or a variety of other scams I don’t know about. These can be dangerous, you may not have a vaild warranty or worst you may be in possession of stolen property. A good way to see if a company is legit is to visit the manufacturer’s site and see it the company is authorized to sell the tool. Check out these Manufacturer’s “Where to Buy” pages: Bosch, Milwaukee, Ridgid or Hougen although not all manufacturers list these. This doesn’t always assure any specific level of service from the company but it at least assures they are buying products from the manufacturer.  

Anyone Home

Personally I never do business with any company that doesn’t provide a phone number and their address. This isn’t always your first though when purchasing an item but trust me after the first time of waiting 3 weeks and not hearing anything on where your product is you are going to be extremely dissatisfied with that email form that goes to the land of no response. With power tools especially sometimes you may need the tool for a job right away. Wouldn’t it make sense to be able to call, see if it is in stock and see if the tool or part will go out today? Just like dealing with someone as if you went up to the store counter. 

What are Others Saying

The internet is great because there are many third party resources for learning about a company. Ohio Power Tool does not hound its customers for positive feedback as some other companies do but our feedback is all very positive. Here are a few good resources for customer reviews epinon.com, shopping.com, ebay.com as well as forums such as the Ridgid Forum where you can ask others about a company.

Hopefully this has been helpful. Please feel free to comment and let us know if you have any other suggestions!

 

At 11:15 AM | Posted in Tool Blogs | 2 Comments

Top Deals: Bosch Jigsaw & Palm Router

Bosch Tools 1587AVSK PR10E

SOLD OUT SORRY  

This is an amazing deal which we promoted in our showroom around Christmas and sold a ton of but then took down the display. There were however a few kits left in the warehouse. This package includes the 1587AVSK jigsaw which we sell for $149 normally. It also comes with a free PR10E palm router which we sell for $99. These are top of the line brand new Bosch woodworking tools, not refurbished, out box or used.

 

To purchase this kit simply go to the 1587AVSK, you will notice the * which includes the free PR10E even though the picture doesn’t show it. There are only a few left and when they are gone, they are gone.

 

Check out our entire line of Bosch Tools at Ohio Power Tool. We carry a wide range of Bosch Saws, Routers, Sanders, Litheon Cordless tools as well as a wide range of Bosch bits, blades and accessories.  

 

At 12:19 PM | Posted in Bosch, Tool Deals, Wood Working Tools | 1 Comment

Milwaukee Portable Wet/Dry Vacuums

Milwaukee tool has developed two portable tool box style wet/dry vacuums, 0880-20 (V18) & 0780-20 (V28). These vacuums are battery operated using the V28 and V18 series lithium ion batteries. Suction is 20% higher than the competition with 40% higher air flow. Battery life is 11 minutes with V18 and 16 minutes with V28 for continuous operation. The 1-1/4” hose and accessories are housed on board the vacuum. Total capacity is 2 gallons in this compact, stackable design. Both models are priced at $97.20 at Ohio Power Tool.

This is a great design for all sorts of technicians and service professionals. It works with existing cordless tools and along with the Milwaukee name it’s backed by a 5 year warranty. If you don’t already have batteries and a charger you can pick up a 48-11-1833 kit for $179 which includes 2 V18 batteries and a universal charger (charges 18v, V18 & V28). Let us know what you think.       

Ohio Power Tool has a wide range of Milwaukee Tools in stock every day. Visit our Milwaukee Page or give us a call at 800-242-4424.

   

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Milwaukee Portable Generators – New Products

Milwaukee Generators 

Milwaukee Tool, just last week introduced a new line of heavy-duty, gas-powered generators which are very powerful, durability and built for performance in the professional trades. There are 4 new generators in the line 4,300-watt (model 4943-24), 5,000-watt (model 4950-20), 6,000-watt (4960-24) and 7,000-watt (4970-24). How do we know these generators are going to be any good? We know these are top of the line generators because Milwaukee has teamed up with Honda and Briggs & Stratton the two top generator engine makers to incorporate the most successful power plants available on the market today.

All 4 of these generators are built with heavy jobsite use in mind. All feature a 7.5 gallon gas tank, overhead valve (OHV) design, precisely machined components, electronic ignition, low oil alert systems and super-quiet mufflers that ensure easy starting and reliable performance. A premium brushed alternator features Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR), ensuring reliable constant voltage output, and Full-Time, Max Power, which delivers full power to all 120-volt or 240-volt circuits and reduces the risk of equipment or generator damage.

Additional features include an impact-resistant stainless steel control panel with an optimal mix of seven 120-volt and/or 240-volt duplex and Twist-Locking power receptacles. An automatic engine idle control reduces fuel consumption and noise when in stand-by mode. Models also feature a durable 1¼” diameter, steel roll-cage frame, rugged, 12” all-terrain, non-flat tires for easy transport. To protect the generator from the inevitable downpour, our circuit breakers and panel switches are 100% sealed and all receptacles are
shielded by a UV and rain-resistant shield.

Features

Jobsite-proven commercial grade engines (Honda GX OHV, Vanguard™ Commercial OHV)
Premium brushed alternator with automatic voltage regulation and Full-Time, Max Power
Full generator GFCI protection
Dedicated, branch-rated (UL-489 approved) circuit protection
Extra large gas tank (7.5 gallon) provides up to 60% more capacity
Innovative “hand-truck,” design with quick-release folding handle, integrated fold-away Lift Hook
Stainless steel control panel with 100% sealed switches and breakers
Durable, steel roll-cage frame with rugged, 12” all-terrain, non-flat tires

Technical Specs:
4943-24
4950-20
4960-24
4970-24
AC Output 4,300W Max
3,800W Rated
5,700W Surge
5,000W Max
4,500W Rated
6,750W Surge
6,000W Max
5,500W Rated
8,250W Surge
7,000W Max
6,500W Rated
9,750W Surge
Engine Brand
(Model)
Honda (GX240) Vanguard Commercial Honda (GX340) Honda (GX390)
Engine HP (cc) 8.0HP (240cc) 9.0HP (270cc) 11.0HP (340cc) 13.0HP (390cc)
Starting System Recoil Recoil Recoil Recoil
GFCI Receptacles
*Full Generator
20A/120V 3P Outlet (4)
20A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
30A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
20A/120-240V Twist-Lock (1)
20A/120V 3P Outlet (4)
20A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
30A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
20A/120-240V Twist-Lock (1)
20A/120V 3P Outlet (4)
20A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
30A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
30A/120-240V Twist-Lock (1)
20A/120V 3P Outlet (4)
20A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
30A/120V Twist-Lock (1)
30A/120-240V Twist-Lock (1)
Circuit Protection Branch (UL-489) Branch (UL-489) Branch (UL-489) Branch (UL-489)
Fuel Tank Capacity 7.5 gallons 7.5 gallons 7.5 gallons 7.5 gallons
Noise Level 70 dBA 70 dBA 70 dBA 72 dBA
Standard Equipment Lift-Hook (Folding), Wheel Kit, Engine Oil Lift-Hook (Folding), Wheel Kit, Engine Oil Lift-Hook (Folding), Wheel Kit, Engine Oil Lift-Hook (Folding), Wheel Kit, Engine Oil
Warranty
(Product/Engine)
2 year/ 2 year 2 year/ 2 year 2 year/ 2 year 2 year/ 2 year

For more information call 800-242-4424 or visit www.ohiopowertool.com.

 

At 11:31 AM | Posted in Milwaukee | Leave a comment

Crate Motors – LS Corvette Engine in BMW?

Recently I was visiting with a friend of mine at Turbo Charging Dynamics who manufactures BMW turbos and other performance accessories, mostly for BMWs from the 80’s and 90’s. He has a great job basically playing with cars all day and make insane horsepower with turbo systems they designs. He had an interesting project in the shop, a customer with an older M3 that was getting it striped and putting in a GM LS motor (corvette engine). TCD wasn’t actually putting the motor in, just doing some of the other BMW specific performance work but it seemed like an odd paring to have a GM motor replace a BMW motor. I wonder if this is probably fround upon by other hardcore BMW enthusiasts (TCD forum). However if you are going to put a new engine in an older vehicle of any kind these aluminum small block LS series motors seem to be a very viable option. They are relatively small, light weight, easy to install and rather cheap. They even make plastic engine templates the exact size of the motor so you can fit everything in place without constantly using an engine crane and knocking around any other components. (more on this project soon)

 

This was the best Crate Motor site I found with LS2 engines 400hp under $6,000 and a LS7 engines 505hp just over $13,000. These engines are used in everything including some planes because they are so light weight and compact. Hopefully in the not to distant future we can put together a project car using one of these engines which will give us plenty of opportunity to demonstrate some of our Automotive Power Tools and I can play mechanic on company time. Let me know if you have any links to interesting project car sites.   

 

 

At 6:03 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools | 1 Comment

Top Deals: Hein Werner Jacks, Lifts & Presses

hein-werner 

During the month of February if you order over $1300 of any Hein-Werner equipment you will receive free shipping to anywhere in the continental US. At first glance that might seem like only a modest deal. Then you realize some of the larger floor jacks weight in at 400+ lbs while the larger shop presses can weight almost as much as a small compact car. Freight would differ by location but this could probably be several hundred dollars in savings.

 

Hein-Werner is a well known name in automotive equipment from floor jacks, air lifts, engine lifts, transmission jacks, shop presses, jack stands and many more. In additional to being top of the line equipment, all our Hein Werner products are manufactured right here in the United States of America. If you have any questions about any of the Hein-Werner equipment contact the professionals at Ohio Power Tool and we would be more than happy to help.

 

 

 

 

At 5:04 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Hein Werner, Tool Deals | Leave a comment

Women Vs. Men – Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day seems to be more about doing stuff for the woman in your life. As a guy there are lots of expectations, you are suppose to take her to a great dinner or do something romantic in addition to nice gifts. Maybe you will buy extremely overpriced flowers that were 1/3 the price the week before or maybe you are going to step it up this year and buy her jewelry. Perhaps her standards are not that high after several years of marriage so she is just going to go out and buy herself something with the Master Card then say thanks for her valentines present.

Women are great and they deserve lots of appreciation, gifts and praise. As guys we should be celebrated as well for our contributions made to our respective relationships. With all the commercials on TV it might be easy to think this is a holiday for women but valentine’s day is really for everyone willing to put in the time to make a relationship work. Flowers and jewelry might not be exactly the ideal gift for most men but power tools are always the right choice for any occasion.  

Here is a simple little comparison of Men & Women valentine gifts:

Dozen Roses  = Wright Socket Set  | Girl’s though: “At least he remembered but that’s not very creative” Guy’s though: “Wow I didn’t even remember it was valentines until my way home from work and now I have an awesome socket set”

Large Vermont Teddy Bear = Infrared Laser Thermometer | Girl’s though: “That’s sweet but what am I going to do with a huge teddy bear” Guy’s thought: “Lasers, that’s sweet there is so much I can do with this IR-100”  

Diamond Earrings = Milwaukee V28 3 piece set + add another tool free | Girl’s though: “Wow these are really nice, what did he do wrong now” Guy’s though: “Wow these are really nice, what did I do so right”

 

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New Ridgid Hi-Tech Tools & Gadgets

Over the last year Ridgid has come out with several great new products that take some fairly advance technology and make them cheap enough for use by anyone. Three good examples of these are the IR Thermometer, Micro Seesnake and the Gas Sniffer.

IR-100

The IR-100 infrared thermometer is probably my new favorite toy around the shop. This is a great technology with an extremely convenient application and after using it for only a few times you’ll think, how did I get along without this before. There are many obvious applications for HVAC, plumbing, mechanic, electrician, home inspectors and the list goes on and on. Then of course there are those age old questions man has struggled with for years which can now be answered such as… how hot is this McDonalds coffee really?   

micro seesnake

The Micro Seesnake, which hopefully everyone is pretty familiar with by now as we have mentioned it several times is another gret new hi-tech gadget. Really there was nothing around before this for the price that was so versatile. Great for plumbing, HVAC, home inspection, electrician, mechanics and everyone else, it has a million uses. For plumbing it can’t really replace the larger Seesnakes for most plumbing work but with up to 30’ of extensions and at a fraction of the cost it does save lots of lugging around the big equipment for the smaller jobs.  

Gas Sniffer CG-100

The CG-100 Gas Sniffer is another great new Ridgid product. This tool makes finding combustible gas leaks very simple with an easy to read LED meter and audio or vibrate modes. Again this is a great technology with a very simple application to making many people’s job not only easier but also much safer. And at the price of only $242 it should be an obvious choice for many toolboxes.  

At 12:51 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, HVAC Tools, Plumbing Tools, Ridgid | 1 Comment

Best Place to Talk Power Tools

 

Where can I go to talk about power tools? Obviously the internet is full of great resources about all sorts of things but what are the best forums for talking about power tools? It’s not always easy to find what you want when using the search engines; sometimes it’s best to ask the questions in a forum full or knowledgeable people.

There really are not many forums specifically for Power Tools however there are many good places to discuss topics about what the tools are used for. For instance, if you are looking for information on Bosch Routers your best bet would be to look for woodworking forums which there are several great forums.
Woodnet.net 
Woodworking.com 
Woodworkingtalk.com

The best forum to talk strait power tools would have to be the Ridgid Forum  which is probably a little bias towards Ridgid seeing as all the moderators get their paychecks from them. That being said they still allow people to talk openly and don’t remove negative reviews, from what I’ve seen. There are all sorts of threads on Bosch, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, DeWalt and many other brands as well. The forum also has great discussion topics for Plumbers, Electricians, Construction and Woodworking.

The Thomasnet Forum is another good forum which is starting to reach critical mass. A little spammy at this point but I think it’ll shape up and be a good resource for many of the industries they currently serve such as Aerospace, Automation/Robotics, Machine Shops, Fabricators, Manufacturing and many others. Thomasnet is a huge directory resource for many companies.

If you would like to mention any other good forums for talking power tools post a comment and let everyone know! 

 

At 12:57 PM | Posted in Power Tool Forums, Ridgid | 2 Comments

Car Guys – Power Tools and Discount Accessories

It may be too late to shop for Christmas gifts on the internet, unless you are willing to pay for overnight shipping but I got an email discount code to www.GMaccessoriesstore.com a few days ago and looking at their prices I think it’s a good deal. The coupon code OMKS9 is good for 10% off everything and lasts until the 31st. I can’t use it but maybe there is some people that can. They have all sorts of stuff for Hummers, Cadillac, GMC, Chevy, Pontiac and all the other GM brands. I actually don’t have a GM car or truck, I got on their email list from buying a trailer hitch bike carrier for my Jeep and they were the cheapest so you can probably find stuff for any car. Maybe they should change their name.

If you are looking for tools to work on your car, you can find those on Ohio Power Tool. Recently we created an automotive page specifically for these products. It’s funny because for the past 25 years our focus was always professional mechanics and we never went after home mechanic. Auto Zone, NAPA and others all sell cheap tools made for home users which we would never carry but now that we have many of our products on our website it’s really surprising how many calls we get from home mechanics that really want top of the line Ingersoll Rand or Chicago Pneumatic air tools. If you have any questions about power tools feel to give us a call and see if we can’t help you find the right tool for the job.

 

At 11:23 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Chicago Pneumatic, Ingersoll Rand | 2 Comments