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.

Bosch GTS1041A-09 REAXX Flesh-Detecting Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Wheeled Stand

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Carpentry, Finish, Manufacturing, Table Saw 

Bosch GTS1041A-09 Tools of the Tradies 1Went by the Lowe’s store in Burbank, Ca and saw a Bosch GTS1041A-09 REAXX table saw on display (not on Lowes.com yet). If you’re not near the Burbank store (other stores may have them), you can order it here.

For more info: Bosch Tools

To buy: Amazon.com

 

Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ 1/2″ Drill/Driver and HDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver Deliver Great Performance with Added Safety

HDS183Bosch’s proprietary Kickback Control helps protect users in bit bind-up situations

 

Mt. Prospect, Ill., August 9, 2016 – When drilling gets tough, it’s nice to know you have one of the best drill/drivers for the task – a tool that’s rugged, compact and brings the added advantage of technology designed to help reduce wrist/arm injuries. The Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ 1/2 ” Drill/Driver and HDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver deliver all of the performance professional users expect in a go-anywhere design combined with best-in-class safety technology.

Both the Bosch DDS183 drill/driver and HDS183 hammer drill/driver feature Bosch KickBack Control, an integrated acceleration sensor that virtually stops the drill’s rotation during bit bind-up situations. This capability helps reduce the risk of user injury. The Bosch drill/driver also boasts an efficient EC brushless motor that provides longer tool life, great tool runtime and no maintenance. The Bosch Compact Tough design ensures a short head length and light weight. A built-in LED offers improved visibility in dark work areas.

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The drill/driver and hammer drill/driver are engineered with an upgraded, heavy-duty all-metal chuck that offers increased robustness and great gripping power for better torque transfer. The single-sleeve, keyless 1/2″auto-lock chuck delivers quick bit changes.

“Out on the jobsite, professionals need to have absolute trust in the tools they use,” said Tim Truesdale, product manager, cordless products, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “The Bosch DDS183 drill/driver and HDS183 hammer drill/driver represent those trusted tools: Great power, brushless motors and the added safety layer of KickBack Control. If you’re a pro, these tools have the best combination of performance and safety available.”

The Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough 1/2″ Drill/Driver and HDS183 Hammer Drill/Driver deliver powerful performance with 531 In.-Lbs. of torque and two drilling speeds (0-1,900 rpm high speed; 0-600 rpm for torque). In addition, the drill/driver offers 20+1 clutch settings to reduce fastener damage and cam out. A motor brake on the tool provides an immediate stop for fast repetitive driving jobs. In addition, the hammer drill features 28,500 bpm.

Both tools feature an ergonomic grip zone and Bosch-exclusive Electronic Motor Protection and Electronic Cell Protection to protect the tool and batteries from overload and overheating.

The Bosch Flexible Power System is one of the most versatile Lithium-ion battery platforms available. The system offers complete compatibility by allowing 18V FatPack and SlimPack batteries to be used with any tool. And Bosch 18V 2.0 Ah and larger batteries feature CoolPack™ technology, which offers a heat conductive housing to keep batteries cooler for superior runtime and up to 2X longer life. All Bosch batteries provide cold weather performance to -4°F. Each battery includes a fuel gauge.

To learn more about the Bosch DDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough 1/2″ Drill/Driver or the HDS183 18V EC Brushless Compact Tough™ ½” Hammer Drill/Driver, or to find a local dealer, visit www.boschtools.com or call 877-BOSCH-99. Check out www.bethepro.com for additional tips and videos.

SKIL 89033 33 Piece Screwdriver Bit Set

SKIL 89033 33 Piece Screwdriver Bit Set

This is a fantastic set!

Review in progress

For more info: Skiltools.com

To buy: Amazon.com

Bosch PS32 12-volt Max Brushless 3/8-Inch Drill/Driver

Bosch PS32

Review in progress

For more info: Boschtools.com

To buy: Amazon.com

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 1Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive way to rip sheet goods? Well, the Bora Clamp Edge is your answer.

The Bora Clamp Edge can be used independently or along with a table saw to break down sheet goods. For small projects or where a table saw is too cumbersome to transport, I prefer to use the Bora Clamp Edge guide over a table saw. It is light, very portable, and takes up very little room in my truck.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 2In the above photo, I used a scrap piece of plywood to rip a perpendicular piece to repair a soffit.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 3When I read the reviews on Amazon for this guide, a few people were having trouble getting the most out of this tool, so I’ll give a couple pointers to make your experience trouble-free.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 4One, when combing the two pieces together, make sure to hold the two bars together, while installing the screws. If you slide the two bars together without doing so, the two sides may not align.

Two, when installing the screws, turn them counter clockwise until you hear or feel a click, then turn clockwise. Doing this will make sure that the two bars are aligned and the treads for the screws are not damaged. Also, be sure to apply torque incrementally, when tightening the screws.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 5One user on the reviews commented that the clamp would not slide from once section of the combine bars to the other. I’d ask this particular reviewer to make sure that the two bars are aligned. Over-tightening a screw can shift the alignment.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 6Before I made my first cut, I made sure to measure the distance from the blade to the edge of the base of the circular saw. The Ridgid saw above is one inch, so I made sure to add an inch to the cut line, before clamping the Bora Clamp Edge (Not all saws will be one inch).

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 7On my first cut, I thought the Bora Clamp Edge would move, as the clamp lever was so easy to engage. However, there was no movement.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 8The Skilsaw is much more powerful than the Ridgid saw, but the Bora Clamp Edge worked well. No movement detected in the cut piece.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 9Here’s a photo of an OSB sheet after an 8ft rip.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 10Photo of three OSB boards. The Bora Clamp produced straighter edges than the one from the OSB factory.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 11Here’s a photo of half of the Bora Clamp Edge on a small rip.

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge Tools of the Tradies 12If you’re looking for an edge guide and are near a Lowes store, make sure to pick one up. You’ll thank yourself. I found this display at the Burbank, California store.

To buy: Amazon.com, 
Lowes.com

For more info: AffinityTool.com

Bosch GBM9-16 Drill/Mixer

Now available: Bosch GBM9-16

The Bosch GBM9-16 Drill/Mixer does double duty on the jobsite, handling mixing material such as paint or grout, as well as supplying professional-grade drill. The drill features outstanding muscle, with a variable-speed 9.0-amp motor that delivers in wood and many metal applications. It is a powerful and efficient material mixer, with a reversing switch to provide operator control. It mixes demanding industrial materials, from paint to mortar to epoxy resin.

Application to Material
The drill/mixer features a variable-speed motor, so the user can match speed to mixing application. In mixing, higher speed is best for materials with low viscosity such as paint or sealing compounds. Lower speed, higher torque mixing works for mortar or epoxy resin.

Power and Torque
The GBM9-16 delivers professional power and great durability, thanks to a 9.0-amp motor that generates plenty of torque at all speeds. The all-ball bearing motor and precision-cut steel gears deliver a maximum no-load rpm of 0-700 and provide durability.

Rotatable D Handle
This drill/mixer features a 360° rotatable D handle, for maximum comfort during all-day applications. It diminishes vibration while allowing the user to adjust to the desired position. This drill has a removable torque-control auxiliary handle for multiposition operation.

Robust Keyed Chuck
With a heavy-duty 5/8 In. keyed chuck, the Bosch GBM9-16 drill/mixer supports a large variety of drilling and mixing accessories. The drill incorporates a tough, lightweight magnesium front housing for durability. It also features a two-finger trigger design with lock-on button for easier mixing.

What’s in the Box
The GBM9-16 Drill/Mixer comes with an auxiliary handle and a chuck key.

For more info: Boschtools.com

To buy: Amazon.com

Paslode T250A 16-Gauge Pneumatic Angled Finish Nailer

Paslode T250A 16-Gauge Pneumatic Angled Finish Nailer

Coming soon!

For more info: Paslode.com

To buy: Amazon.com

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

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge 100″ Clamp Edge Saw Guide

April 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Carpentry, Decorating, Demo, Finish, Layout, Manufacturing 

Bora 543100 WTX Clamp Edge

Review in progress!

Just arrived . . . with a big foot print on the box. I was a bit concerned that the Bora guide would have damage, but it’s perfect!

For this review, I’ll be building shelves for a tiny house, along with a tiny house. The tiny house will be a sample home for our returning veterans without a place to come back to. I always look forward to having any tool available that will make the build easier for our veterans and community volunteers, and this looks like a great compliment to our tool chest.

For our veterans reading this, thank you for your service!

For more info, please contact the fine folks over at AffinityTool.com

To purchase: Amazon.com

 

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