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

OX Tools Offers Attractive New Stainless Steel Tape Measure

OX-P029425CRANFORD, NJ (June 20, 2016) – Accuracy and durability are at the forefront of features that professionals look for in a tape measure and OX delivers on both and as an added bonus, rare earth magnets embedded in the tang to stick to ferrous materials.

“User research indicated that traditional housings were not constructed to withstand multiple drops that are very common on the jobsite and that over time, the markings would become hard to read due to heavy use,” states John Diplock, managing director for OX Tools USA. “We overdesigned this new tape measure to exceed user expectations.”

The 25’ Pro SS Tape Measure showcases a 1-3/16″ wide tape with double-sided with easy-to-read inch fractional markings with 1/8” increments symbolized. The nylon coated tape blade boasts a 9’ horizontal standout.

The business end of the tape has a double-sided tang that offers multiple points to grasp the material and can also sit flush with metal.

The stainless steel case protects the tape from the harsh workplace environment and the rugged over-molded cushion grip increases comfort and provides added slip resistance.

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.

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

 

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

 

 

Bosch ROS20VSK 120-Volt Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit

April 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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

 

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling Manifold

Central Pneumatic 3-Way Quick Coupling ManifoldUpdate: Review is now up. Thanks! http://toolsofthetradies.com/?p=1460

Review in progress!

For more info: Harbor Freight

Have a good weekend, folks!

Pittsburgh 9 Pc Fully Polished Metric Combination Wrench Set

April 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Pittsburgh 9 Pc Fully Polished Metric Combination Wrench Set

Review in progress!

This wrench set is fantastic! I have been using another set, and just got another one.

Things I like about this set:

  • Extreme value ($6 to $9, depending on sales)
  • Good manufacturing and excellent warranty (lifetime)
  • Usable sizes included in the set (7mm, 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 17mm, 19mm)

I’ll take a photos so that you guys can see the set in use.

For more info: Harbor Freight

 

Bosch GTS1041A-09 Reaxx table saw (Now Shipping)

Update: Now available at Amazon.com

Coming June 2016!

10 In. REAXX™ Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise™ Wheeled Stand

For more info: Boschtools.com

The Bosch Active Response Technology platform helps reduce the risk of injury to users by combining advanced Bosch sensors and electronics with mechanical injury-prevention systems. The REAXX™ table saw detects human flesh that comes in contact with the blade and rapidly drops the saw blade below the tabletop. This high-speed action helps mitigate the potential of serious user injury and occurs without damaging the blade. After activation, the system can be reset in less than 60 seconds. A dual-activation cartridge enables two incidents before a replacement cartridge is needed.

KEY FEATURES

  • Rapidly drops blade below tabletop upon flesh detection without damaging the blade
  • Quick reset in 60 seconds or less after activation
  • Saw app provides saw status and lockout options via Near Field Communication (NFC) – App available June 2016

Bosch Reaxx Table Saw GTS1041A-091. ACTIVE RESPONSE TECHNOLOGY™

• Mitigates injury to user in case of blade contact, dropping the blade under the table with no blade damage

• Allows system to be reset in under 60 seconds; all parts and instructions located on tool

2. REAR OUTFEED SUPPORT

(GTS1041-09 ONLY) Provides additional rear material support for cutting longer workpieces

3. THROAT PLATE

Locks in place with toolless lockdown system; quick and easy removal and reinstallation

4. CONTROL PANEL

• LED lighted display indicates saw status
• Saw app provides saw status and lockout options via Near Field Communication (NFC) – App available June 2016 •
• Mechanical lockouts for power switch and bypass switch, override key not required

5. SMART GUARD SYSTEM

Modular blade guard, riving knife and anti-kickback pawls are quick and easy to configure

6. ENHANCED SQUARELOCK™ RIP FENCE

Engineered for enhanced clamping and trueness with precision improvements for pre-squaring prior to locking

7. ADVANCED MOTOR ELECTRONICS

Custom electronics provide:
• Soft-start manages a gradual motor startup
• Speed control to maintain cutting speed under load
• Overload protection

8. UPFRONT PUSH STICK STORAGE

Located at the front of the tool for easy access and consistent placement

9. GRAVITY-RISE™ STAND

(GTS1041-09 ONLY) Rugged enough for the toughest jobsite abuse and handling

Bosch Active Response Technology Reaxx Table SawActive Response Technology™

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