Mix it up with OX Tools’ mix m8™

ox-group-mixm8-tools-of-the-tradiesCRANFORD, NJ (October 26, 2016) – The truly revolutionary new mixing paddle, mix m8, is so dissimilar to any existing mixing paddle it is an entirely new breed. Because of its unique ‘rabbit ear’ design, it produces smoother mixes, faster and clean-up is easier, even with the stickiest solutions. mix m8 is ideal for mixing small batches of thin sets, mortars, cement, plaster and similar materials.

Unlike traditional steel paddles, mix m8 is a highly flexible and durable non-porous plastic mixing paddle that creates a whirling motion and its ribbed edges cut through materials while minimizing foam, bubbles, and air entrapment. The helix pulls the dry material into the mix creating a smooth and consistent mix.

The patented mixing system can mix up plaster or other mortar compound including aggregates even with a cordless drill (18v). Working well with both cordless (3/8” hex shaft) and corded drills (9/16” hex shaft), it is a must have for job sites where no electricity is available and a cordless drill is the only option.

Where the traditional metal vein mixer is known for damaging buckets and leaving unmixed material, the mix m8 makes edge to edge mixing easier and the smooth ends won’t tear up the bucket. This design eliminates the need to stop and stir unmixed materials, which results in significantly reduced mixing times.

Clean-up is fast and easy, simply finish with a quick spin in clean water bucket or knock off dried materials afterwards.


Product details:

3/8” hex shaft

  • Length – 22-1/2”
  • Blade Diameter – 7-7/8”
  • Weight – 1.2 lbs.
  • MSRP – $42

9/16” threaded hex shaft

  • Length – 24”
  • Blade Diameter – 7-7/8”
  • Weight – 2 lbs.
  • MSRP – $62

To find a local OX dealer, please visit: http://us.oxtools.com/stores/pages/view/


About OX Tools

Since 1974 Ox Tools has been delivering high-quality professional tools to the general construction, masonry and tiling trades. The company has grown steadily based on the quality of its products and its determined pursuit of service excellence. Ox Tools’ commitment to research and development is combined with a willingness to listen to the people who everyday depend on their tools. By relentlessly researching and introducing new materials and new features, the company is proud to say it has positively impacted the lives of the professional contractor.

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold (Review)

This is Central Pneumatic’s 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold, and it works well.

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold 2


The instructions on the package of the manifold instruct the user to connect it to a 3/8 inch line. This would work for anyone that runs their compressor line from their truck or van, but I know that many of you use 1/4 inch fittings.

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold 3


I decided to forego the 3/8 inch line part and found a 3/8″ to 1/4″ coupling, and ran it off my trusty Rolair JC10. It would be great if the manifold came with the coupling and fitting used in this review, but I’m sure they wanted to keep costs down.

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold 4


(Assembled with a bit of Teflon. Make sure not to torque too much, as brass fittings are quite soft.)

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold 5


I can’t speak to the durability of the manifold, as I have only been using it for a week, but it looks like it will hold up well.

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold 6


To buy:  Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold (currently cheaper through Harbor Freight).

For more info on the Rolair JC10, click here.

To buy: Rolair JC10

Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit

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Filed under: Carpentry, eco, Finish, Manufacturing, Painting, Recycling 

Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit

Review in progress!

While we’re working on this review, know that that this is a fantastic sander with an incredible filter. If you need a sander, this would be the one for most of the folks reading this.

For more info: Boschtools.com

To buy: Amazon.com


Gamma Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid

Review in progress!

For more info: Gamma Seal Lid

To buy: Amazon.com


OSHLUN MMC-0110 Tools of the Tradies 1

Over the past two weeks, we have had the pleasure of evaluating these Quick-Fit Bi-Metal blades from OSHLUN. The model number is MMC-0110 (Currently in limited release).

According to Michael Herinckx at OSHLUN, “the MMC Series blades are an open back holder blade based off of our original MMA Series Uni-Fit holder, but modified to allow fitting on tool free machines that require the open back blade design.” Michael also informed us that, in addition to the modifying the holder on these blades, material changes have been made to improve performance.

We used one OSHLUN MMC blade to cut and shave a portion of a post that was protruding out. Total cuts were 50+. Immediately afterwards, we made this surgical cut into a piece of damaged siding. The photo on the right contains the photo of the blade that we used. Next to it is a new OSHLUN MMC blade for comparison. The OSHLUN blade performed well as a plunge blade, plane, and reciprocating blade to cut the several nails embedded in the post.

Many blades on the market today only last for a few cuts, then start losing their teeth, but we did not lose a single tooth with any of the OSHLUN MMC blades. We took three blades and made one cut with one blade, five cuts with the second, and ten cuts with the third blade. If you see the photo in the middle, the left blade has ten cuts, the middle-left has five cuts, the middle-right has one cut, and the right blade is a new blade for comparison. Basically, with the exception of the amount of paint on the blades, all of the teeth on all four blades are in the same condition. The photo on the right is a close-up of a blade with ten cuts. If we did a test of how many nails a single OSHLUN MMC blade could make, we’d say it could safely cut several hundred nails.

The OSHLUN MMC-0110 is a 10-Pack with an adapter for Bosch and Dremel tools. The center photo contains the adapter for Bosch and Dremel tools. The photo on the right is the OSHLUN MMC blade, with the supplied adaptor, on a Bosch tool.

For more info: Oshlun.com

To buy: Oshlun Oscillating Tool Blades

Bosch MX30EL-37 Multi-X 3.0 Amp Oscillating Tool Kit

  • Made in Switzerland
  • Bosch blades are also made in Switzerland
  • Power: 3 amps
  • Cord: 13 feet with a fantastic swivel
  • Slim body
  • Soft start
  • Speed Control (electronic)
  • Adjustable Speed

Construction: Build quality is no surprise. It’s exactly what I’d expect from a Bosch tool built in Switzerland. From casting to assembly, it’s superb.

Power: Strong and refined. The Bosch MX30 has a soft start, then builds up to the set speed. Even though it has a lot of power, it is so refined, power delivery is consistent and buttery smooth.

Ergonomics: The Bosch MX30 has a very slim body that feels very organic. Bosch placed rubber pads on contact areas to increase grip and user comfort.

Mount pattern: Bosch OIS. If you’ve used other oscillating tools, you’ll understand when I say that the OIS pattern will become the industry standard. I believe the OIS pattern is the most elegant design today.

For more info: Boschtools.com

Available here: Bosch MX30EL-37 Multi-X 3.0 Amp Oscillating Tool Kit with 37 Accessories


Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated

Renovation 4th Edition Completely Revised and Updated Tools of the Tradies 1Review in progress!

For more info: Taunton.com

To buy:

Renovation 4th Edition: Completely Revised and Updated (amazon)

Bosch OSC314K Industrial Sealant Knife

Bosch OSC314K Sealant Knife Tools of the Tradies

Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife Offers Combination of Durability and Speed for Removal of Tough Caulk

Best materials and advanced design make this multi-tool blade faster and more versatile than comparable hand tools

Mount Prospect, Ill., February 18, 2014 – Caulk and sealant removal in tough masonry and industrial applications can be a difficult and time-consuming job. The Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife is designed to speed those demanding projects by using the versatility and power of the multi-tool for what has traditionally been a hand-tool task.

The industrial sealant knife uses a one-piece design and industrial-grade steel honed to a continuous cutting edge for maximum precision. This material and design combination gives the blade greater durability, even in harsh silicone and urethane removal jobs. The extra-thick blade design increases rigidity; blade can be resharpened for even longer life.

“The Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife is designed for the worker who needs to remove caulk and sealants quickly, but precisely,” said Luca Pugina, group product manager for oscillating tool blades, Bosch-North America, accessories.  “We have engineered this blade from the perspective of the user, thinking about their requirements and the nature of their job.  So the one-piece design, the greater blade length, the sharpness of the blade edge and the best-fit OIS interface work together to deliver a superior sealant-removal tool versus hand tools.”

The Bosch Industrial Sealant Knife provides a longer blade surface (3-in. versus 2-in. for a conventional multi-tool blade) to maximize the cutting power of the blade.  The sharpness of the blade and the additional cutting length means the user is cutting material with each movement of the blade.  And less wasted motion means a faster job.

But precision is not sacrificed with the industrial sealant knife.  The blade can be used to plunge into the work area from varied angles and remove material with accuracy.  Additionally, the design allows easier access to tight spaces and corners. 

And the blade relies not only on sharpness, but the strong blade/tool connection provided by the industry-leading Bosch OIS interface system.  The twelve-pin design locks the blade into place securely for maximum power transmission and torque.  The Bosch design also accommodates most professional multi-tool interfaces. 

In addition, Bosch offers the Industrial Sealant Knife with an OIS Max interface for maximum power and fit.  OIS Max is a direct fit for the Fein® SuperCUT tool.

For more info: Boschtools.com

Rolair JC10

Every once in a while, I get to review a product that truly makes my life better. The Rolair JC10 is one such tool.

I will assume that the main reason for reading this post is to find out if the Rolair JC10 is truly quiet as the videos you’ve seen of it on the internet. Well, I have no hesitation in saying that it’s much quieter. Those videos on the internet truly do no justice in explaining how quiet this compressor is.

How quiet is the Rolair JC10?

The JC10 sounds like a small air conditioner.

I remodel homes and buildings for a living, so I need a compressor that can drive finish, palm, and framing nailers, and drive those nailers without annoying the heck out of the neighbors.

I won’t cover how the JC10 drives finish nails, as I do not know any finish carpenter that can nail fast enough for the Rolair JC10 to run out of air. So, if you use finish, brad, or pinners on a daily basis, stop reading, and get yourself a Rolair JC10. You’ll love it — I promise.

If you build decks, remodel, or make additions, then the Rolair JC10 is the perfect compressor for you. It is strong enough to drive framing nails for a room addition, drive nails for joist hangers with a palm nailer, and, yes, even do sheathing.

For more info about this or other Rolair compressors, click here.

To purchase, please click here.

Have a good weekend, folks!

Preview: Lufkin CS8525 Control Series Power Tape, 1-3/16-Inch by 25-Feet, Orange/Black

  • Accuracy – Wide end hook increases tape catch for precision marking
  • Reach – 10 ft. standout enables one person to stretch tape to target
  • Durability – Rugged co-molded grip protects tape from drops or abuse
  • Retraction – Control the tape with a single finger under the case for better grip and safer retraction on tape line
  • Drag Strip finger access for measuring and retraction control

For more info: Lufkintool.com

To purchase: amazon.com

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