Bosch GSA18V-083B 18 V Compact Reciprocating Saw

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Just got this, so I have not had a chance to use it, other than a premliminary test of the trigger, which is excellent.

If you need a compact, reciprocating saw, know that this saw is compact compared to a regular recip saw but no where near Bosch’s 12V model. To give you an idea of the size of this saw, look at the photo below of the saw placed diagonally on a piece of 2×12.


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Bosch Power Tools – GOL26 Automatic Optical Level Product Video

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  • Durable Design: All metal housing with IP54 protection
  • Extended Range: Powerful 26x magnification power allows for a working range of 330-feet
  • Excellent Accuracy: Offers 1/16-inch accuracy at 100-feet
  • Lock-Out Device: Protects compensator during transport and handling


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Campbell Hausfeld AT1226 Sandblasting Kit

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Campbell Hausfeld Sandblaster

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We are testing several samples on an Airstream rehab and restoring fixtures on a home remodel. So far, the AT1226 is quite impressive.

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EC&M Announces Klein® Tools Wins Product of the Year in Three Categories

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Open Jaw Cable Cutter, Rolling Tool Bag and Splinter GuardTM Fish and Glow Rods are recognized for excellence in new product development

ecm kleinMarch 31, 2014 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools, ( for professionals since 1857, announces that they won Electrical, Construction and Maintenance magazine’s Product of the Year award in the Tools (Hand), Tools (Bags & Totes) and Tools (Accessory Items) categories.

The 2014 EC&M Product of the Year competition received a record-breaking 200 entries over 44 categories. Each entry was evaluated by a panel of 16 judges consisting of electrical professionals from the engineering, contracting, and plant facilities and maintenance industries.

Tools (Hand) Product Category Winner     

Klein Open Jaw Cable cutterKlein’s Open Jaw Cable Cutter (Cat. No. 67311) won the Tools (Hand) product category. A front loading jaw makes it much easier to get into tight, confined spaces than the commonly used closed jaw cable cutters.  Powerful, ratcheting jaws allow for single-handed cutting of 600 MCM copper and 750 MCM aluminum without burrs or sharp edges.  The open, shear-type jaw easily reaches around large diameter cable in service panels and sub panels.  A spring release lever allows for fast jaw reset between cuts.

Tools (Bags & Totes) Product Category Winner    

Klein Tradesman Pro Organizer Rolling Tool BagKlein’s Tradesman Pro™ Organizer Rolling Tool Bag (Cat. No. 55452RTB) topped the Tools (Bags & Totes) category with a bag that lets you take your tools nearly anywhere.  The bag is designed to easily transport heavy or large amounts of tools, with 6” rugged wheels that not only help elevate the bag off the ground, but also easily roll over varied jobsite terrain. This bag is Load tested up to 200 pounds (100 lbs. inside, 100 lbs. on top), and has a molded kick plate that helps protect from the elements. The reinforced metal frame opening stays open while loading and unloading.  It has a heavy-duty telescoping handle and bright orange interior to help find tools faster. 

Tools (Accessory Items) Product Category Winner           

Klein Splingter Guard Fish and Glow RodsKlein Tools won the Tools (Accessory Items) category with Splinter Guard™ Fish and Glow Rods that offer pain-free wire pulling due to a proprietary protective coating that safeguards the user from getting painful fiberglass splinters while wire pulling. Glow rods provide added visibility in dark workspaces with a glow that is 2x brighter and lasts 2x longer. Available in a variety of flexibilities and lengths, sections can also be threaded together for even more length options.  Sets include bullet nose and hook attachments to attach and grab wires.

We strive to provide durable, innovative  products that make the tradesman’s job easier, safer and more efficient,” states Mark Klein, vice president domestic sales at Klein Tools.  “This award validates that we are designing the right tools for the job.”

 “It never ceases to amaze me how many pioneering products are introduced,” states Mike Eby, editor-in-chief of EC&M Magazine. “Congratulations on being included among the ‘best of the best’.”

Category winners go on to compete for the 2014 Product of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver awards which will be determined through an online readers’ poll held in June and announced in August.

Bosch IDH182 18V Brushless Socket Ready Impact Driver

  • Socket-Ready Chuck: All-in-one Impact Driver and Impact Wrench with a 1/4-Inch Quick-change Hex and 1/2-Inch Square Drive chuck for sockets
  • Brushless Motor: Up to 2X the motor life, superior efficiency for longer runtime and no maintenance
  • Advanced Electronics: Electronic Motor and Cell Protection help prevent overheating and overloading for extended tool life and runtime
  • Performance Control System: Select between 3 speed and torque settings to maximize power or minimize fastener damage
  • Superior Ergonomics: Smallest grip diameter for best in class ergonomics and comfort

Power: 1650 Inch Pounds/137.5 Foot Pounds. It has the most power you can get. Period.

Ergonomics: It is the most comfortable 18V impact driver we have EVER used. It is perfectly balanced, fits users with small, medium, and large hands. The grip and angle of the tool seem very natural.

Battery: 4.0 Ah. It lasts a long, long, long, long time. We screwed a whole deck with two Fatpacks. The second Fatpack still had juice left.

Our Recommendation: We’ve waited for over a year to use this tool. You should do no such thing–it’s available now!

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Available here: Bosch IDH182-01L 18-volt Brushless Socket Ready Impact Driver with 4.0Ah Batteries, Charger and L-Boxx-2

Black & Decker LST136 13-Inch 36-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless High Performance String Trimmer

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  • Features:
  • Powerful 36-volt lithium ion rechargeable battery delivers the power with long run-time to complete the toughest jobs
  • Use PowerCommand dial to choose between max power to tackle thick weeds and max runtime to increase battery life
  • Easily converts from trimmer to edger with a quick turn of the shaft
  • Automatic feed spool advances lin automatically so you don’t have to bump
  • Fast Charger (about 1 hour) included standard

The LST136 came ready to go, minus the guard and the handle. They took about two minutes to install. The battery came charged about 50%. It took about 20 minutes in the included charger to fully charge.

When I held the LST136 trimmer for the first time, it felt as if it were levitating, much like in the photo above. So, just to make sure that I wasn’t imagining any thing, I took a piece of twine and tied it to a pole. Guess what? The LST136 balances itself. I have had many corded trimmers and gas trimmers, and none of them were perfectly balanced like the Black & Decker LST136. The corded ones flopped to the front. The gas ones flopped to the back.

After the trigger is pulled, it takes a second or two to reach the max speed. It’s very zippy. It did a nice job of trimming very tall grass and went through moderate growth like it wasn’t even there.

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