What time is it? It’s time for another Tool News Nirvana; that’s what time it is! And this edition of TNN is filled to the brim with the latest and greatest tool goodies as always. We’ve got great new impact bits and drivers from Irwin, Milwaukee expands their utility knife program and Bosch brings it all together with two new tools—the 18V oscillating tool and a groovy jobsite radio. So get comfy, kick your shoes off and stay awhile for this month’s Tool News Nirvana. [Read more...]
Tool News Nirvana – Irwin Performance Series Bits, Milwaukee Fastback II/Blades, Bosch 18V Oscillating Tool & Jobsite Radio
When I was first asked to review the Milwaukee M4 ¼” hex 2-speed screwdriver kit, I was a bit skeptical. I thought for sure that this little screwdriver was going to be just like all the other battery powered handheld screwdrivers I’ve used in the past – worthless. But ever since Milwaukee sent it our way for a review, I can’t stop finding loose screws around the house. [Read more...]
Tool News Nirvana – Milwaukee’s New Drivers and M12 FUEL 5/8 SDS Plus Rotary Hammer, Klein Splinter Guard Fish and Glow Rods, and Free Tool Giveaways!
Welcome to the April 2013 “Southern Fried” edition of Tool News Nirvana – your source for the newest, coolest, and crispiest tools in cyberspace – and all loaded with an extra helping of gravy. This month’s TNN features deep fried hand tools from Milwaukee as well as their new extra crispy 5/8-in. rotary hammer. Don’t fill up on too many side dishes of fried okra, hushpuppies and Klein’s Splinter Guard Fish and Glow Rods. Plus, we’ve also got two free tool giveaways to sweeten this TNN better than a jug of ice cold sweet tea and a fresh cut slice of apple pie. The Milwaukee M12 FUEL ¼” Hex 2-speed Screwdriver comes from our good friend Rob Robillard over at The Concord Carpenter – as well as the new Senco DS215 18V Collated Screwdriver from yours truly – Home Fixated. So sit down at the table, loosen your belt buckle a few notches and enjoy an extra helping of this fine fried cuisine we call Tool News Nirvana. Would you like some hot sauce with those grits? [Read more...]
Tools News Nirvana – Wild New Tools, Rumors and News from Bosch, Milwaukee, DeWalt, Makita and Even Congress & HomeFixated
The tool news is coming fast and furious lately. In this particular addition, we have some of the most interesting, innovative and downright surprising tool announcements this year. Also, while we normally try to steer clear of politics here at HomeFixated, we’re making an exception this week. Our politicians in Washington are working on new laws that could effect any tool owner, and we’re doing our part to mobilize the citizen army of tool users. [Read more...]
I’m a bit of a knife snob. I carry a folding knife daily and love having a blade handy for all the various cutting tasks that pop up during the day. There are very few utility knives I’d contemplate carrying in my pocket, especially since a fair number of them would seriously endanger my femoral artery. The original Milwaukee Fastback was the first utility knife I found myself clipping into my pocket while working on projects in the house or garage. There was a lot to like about the original, and now, Milwaukee has stepped it up a notch with the Fastback II. They sent us one of their pre-production models hot off the fabrication bench and we’re here to tell you whether the sequel is better than the original. [Read more...]
Tool News Nirvana – Milwaukee Tool Giveaway, Powermatic New Drill Press, Stanley PowerLock Tape Turns 50 and Bosch’s Demolition Hammer Duo
Welcome friends to another delicious Tool News Nirvana. This jam-packed episode is filled with sweet tools from some big names in tool technology – and your chance to win some of them. Milwaukee is giving away $5,000 worth of their M18 RedLithium 2.0 and XC 4.0 battery packs. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, Home Fixated is giving away Milwaukee tools too. That’s right! We’re giving away the brand-spankin’ new M12 FUEL ½-in Drill Driver kit – $200 worth of tool hotness! Grab a bite of Powermatic’s new drill press, sprinkle in the 50th anniversary of Stanley’s iconic PowerLock tape measure and cram it all in with two Bosch demolition hammers and we’re already about to burst at the seams. So loosen your britches, put another notch in your belt and open wide for another big helping of Tool News Nirvana. [Read more...]
Way back in 2011, we posted our exhaustive review of the innovative Milwaukee M12 Heated Jacket, and also broke the news that a camo version was hitting the market. In that review, we braved the brutal wind chill of San Diego, fearlessly weathering the elements knowing an M12 battery had our back (and the rest of our torso). By “weathering the elements” I of course mean “slightly less sunny days.” I also discovered the M12 jacket is not only a great conversation starter, but it’s great for picking up women (and men too). In fact, if you’re single, wearing the jacket with it’s glowing power indicator might just land you a date faster than eHarmony. My wife was not impressed with these features. As awesome as the jacket was, I found version 1.0 lacking some key elements. The new version of the jacket not only addressed my concerns, but it also had a couple surprises up its sleeves. [Read more...]
Tool News Nirvana – Milwaukee M12 HAMMERVAC, JET’s New Lathe, Klein Klaw Pump Pliers, Festool TS55 REQ Saw & more!
What separates us from the rest of the apes? Besides the fact that we aren’t (too) afraid of fire; we use tools — power tools that is. And here at Homefixated.com, we have your fix for the coolest new power tools and accessories that any tool monkey is sure to love! Not that you’re a monkey. This episode of Tool News Nirvana features two new tools from Milwaukee — the M12 HAMMERVAC and the 18V compact impact wrench, JET’s new 1221VS woodworking lathe, the Klein Klaw pump pliers and Festool’s TS55 REQ Plunge Saw as well as a few other surprises that are sure to make any tool lover beat his chest like a silver back gorilla in heat! [Read more...]
Tool News Nirvana – Rockwell’s BenchJaws and 16V Drivers, Rockler Mini Silicone Brushes, DeWalt Large Angle Grinders, Milwaukee Rebrands and More!
Welcome to another fine and dandy edition of Tool News Nirvana. This fantastic TNN is slapped full of good tools, good deals and a good amount of cash, including a chance to win a $500 gift card from our sponsor Rockler! Throw in some nifty angle grinders from DeWalt, a cool new bench clamp and 16V powered drill/drivers from Rockwell and you’ve got a collection of tools that might make Norm Abram at least raise an eyebrow with a hint of jealousy. So settle in and get your latest and greatest tool news fixation! [Read more...]
Welcome to another fresh and hot edition of Tool News Nirvana! We’re bringing you the latest and greatest new tools from Makita, Klein, Milwaukee and Porter Cable with a chance to win one of the coolest new tools from Skil — the Skil iXO Vivo — a 4v pocket-sized screwdriver that not only drives screws, but it also opens your wine bottles too! Drinking and power tools — the perfect combination? Our legal team says no, with the exception of using the iXO Vivo to open your wine. So, pour a glass of your favorite libation, get your buzz on (caffeine or “other”) and kick back while enjoying these awesome new tools and accessories for the home fixated! [Read more...]