Freeman PFWS Professional Fine Wire Stapler

Freeman PFWS Professional Fine Wire Stapler

Review in progress!

Upon initial inspection, it’s really hard to believe that this tool sells for so little. This is a quality tool! See the specs below.

 

  • Anodized aluminum magazine holds up to 60 Fasteners at a time and accepts Arrow T50 Brand staples between 1/4 and 9/16-Inch
  • Anodized aluminum cylinder provides a more durable surface when the piston is firing and retracting during use, leading to less wear and tear on the internal parts
  • Non-marring tip helps protect your work surface from any scratches or marring inflicted by the tool
  • Includes oil and wrenches
  • Die-cast aluminum construction

For more info: FreemanTools.com

To buy: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com

 

 

Milwaukee Inkzall Point Marker

Milwaukee Inkzall

Review in progress!

For more info: Milwaukee Tool

To buy: Amazon.com

Gamma Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid

Review in progress!

For more info: Gamma Seal Lid

To buy: Amazon.com

Bosch Impact Tough Bits

Bosch Impact Tough™ Titanium Drill Bits provide 2X life over standard impact drill bits. Designed for use in the higher torque impact drill/drivers, they have an upgraded tip design for no-skate starts and a titanium cooling shield thanks to the titanium nitrate coating. The bits have impact-rated shanks. Electricians, plumbers and HVAC pros will appreciate the tough construction of the bit, rated for heavy-gauge carbon steels, as well as light gauge metal and hardwood applications.

Bosch Impact Tough™ Black Oxide Drill Bits are engineered for use in the higher torque impact drill/drivers. They provide longer life than standard drill bits, thanks to their tip design and black oxide coating. With long flutes for excellent speed, these bits are built for general-purpose applications and work great in wood, plastic and light-gauge metal materials. They are great for general contractors and installers.

For more info: Bosch Tools

To buy: Amazon.com

Johnson Level & Tool 1904-0700 EZ Read Rafter Square

We’ve had the pleasure of using the EZ Read square for seven weeks now. Every one of the claims made by Johnson are accurate. The edges of the EZ Read square are machined, not stamped, so the edges are straight and accurate. It’s the most accurate framing square we’ve found to date. The anti-reflective coating works. Instead of squinting your eyes to see, the black coating just soaks up the rays. The markings on this tool contrast well with the black coating, making it easy-to-read.  The scribing notches are top notch. Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves. Really, they do work well. Even if you have another square, it would make sense to pick one these up, just for the scribing feature alone.

For more info: johnsonlevel.com

To buy: Johnson Level & Tool 1904-0700 EZ Read Rafter Square

SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock System

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Circular Saws, Decorating, New 

Review in progress!

Skil 3550-02 Tools of the Tradies

More info: Skiltools.com

To Buy: SKIL 3550-02 7-Inch Wet Tile Saw with HydroLock System

OSHLUN MMC-0110

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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

Knipex Tools 73 72 180 BK TwinForce High Performance Leverage Diagonal Cutter with Comfort Grip Handle, Red/Blue

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To see how much leverage the Knipex TwinForce cutters have, I compared them against a traditional pair of pliers.

Stucco Wire: With the regular pliers, it took some effort to cut  The Knipex cut the same wire like I was cutting cooked spagetti.

Phone Wire: The regular pliers cut it, but it took some effort. The Knipex cut it a lot easier. I know Knipex state that it’s 50% less effort over traditional pliers, but I think they were being conservative, as I only needed to apply a fraction of the force that I applied with the traditional pliers.

Romex, 12-2: The regular pliers cut it with a lot of effort. With the Knipex, there was no hesitation.

#9 Screw: The regular pliers were not able the cut the wood screw. The Knipex were able to cut it.

16D Framing Nail: The regular pliers, even with both hands, were not able to cut the nail. The Knipex were able to cut the nail in one squeeze. If you look at the uncut nail, you can see a small nick left by the traditional pliers.

After this review, I was able to cleanly cut paper with the Knipex pliers. If you see the very bottom photo, you can see a cut made by the Knipex cutters, after cutting the wood screw and nail.

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For more info: Knipex-Tools.com

Available here: Knipex Tools 73 72 180 BK TwinForce High Performance Leverage Diagonal Cutter with Comfort Grip Handle, Red/Blue

 

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

 

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!

For more info: Boschtools.com

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

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