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.

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Zircon m40-FFP Handheld Electronic Metal Detector

Zircon m40-FFP Handheld Electronic Metal Detector

This is the first Zircon product that I am reviewing, but it’s not the first one I’ve used. I think the first detector that I used was about 20 years ago. It was a stud detector.

I’ve done some preliminary testing on known staples and nails, and it worked on every single one of them.

Review in progress!

For more info: Zircon.com

To buy: Amazon.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

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

Gamma Seal Lid

Gamma Seal Lid

Review in progress!

For more info: Gamma Seal Lid

To buy: Amazon.com

Senco DuraSpin DS235-AC

While we’re writing up the review for this fantastic tool, enjoy a few preview photos. The review will be up in a few days. Thanks!

For more info: Senco.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

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For more info: Taunton.com

To buy:

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

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