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It looks like the shopping spree continues for Stanley Black &Decker, after dropping $2 billion on Lenox & Irwin and before the ink is even dry they are dropping another $900 Million on Sear’s Craftsman Tool brand. Sears has continue to struggle so selling off the Craftsman brand frees up some much needed capital, in addition to closing some stores and streamlining their business hopefully they will again become a successful retailer. (more…)
The SawStop Table Saw, if you are not aware it the flesh detecting saw that jams a metal block into the blade stopping it instantly and protecting the users finger, hand, foot or whatever they might have been trying to stick into the blade. Terribly unpopular with the mobster crowd but in professional shops this is quickly becoming the standard. Avoiding just one workers comp claim more than justifies the $1600+ price tag. Our friends at Tool-Rank have played detectives again and found the above patent on file from Dewalt. So what could this mean?
Well several months back we took a modest selection of 5 utility knives and compared a few common features in the original Utility Knife Showdown. However just after that launch Irwin launched several new knives that brought some interesting new features to the table as well as some very trade specific knives so we did the follow up Showdown 2 – Irwin Strikes Back. Not wanting to be left out of the party the Stanley Group sent over 3 additional knives from Stanley, DeWalt & Bostitch. At this point we feel it is safe to say we can do a pretty robust comparison with a good majority of the utility knives you will find in the market, in all we narrowed it down to 8 finalists with a good mix of unique features.
Well sort of… It’s all one big happy family over at the new Stanley Black & Decker so as Black & Decker, DEWALT and we are guessing Porter Cable, eventually all go 20V MAX this is going to become a pretty common new voltage category. This new 20V drill/driver LDX120SB is only $75 brand new from our friends at Amazon but the kit only includes a single 20V MAX compact battery, always read the fine print. Obviously the DEWALT 20V MAX line is their top of the line professional tools while this drill is the economic option but still makes you wonder how much of the technology is shared for these 20V platforms?