Welcome to another tool fueled edition of Tool New Nirvana! This week’s offering to the tool gods brings 18 new Channellock pliers, a brand new lightweight coil framing nailer from Hitachi and our fantastic sponsor wraps it all up with the perfect man cave accessory — design your own beer taps. So break open a cold one, get comfortable and be ready to be amazed with another fantastical edition of Tool New Nirvana.
Channellock’s E Series Pliers
Just when you thought Channellock couldn’t get any better than they already are, out comes 18 new pliers to rock your hand tool world. Channellock introduces the E Series, a line of combination, long nose and diagonal cutting pliers. These pliers still use the same high-carbon C1080 steel that makes all of their other tools strong and durable, but with the addition of Xtreme Leverage Technology, it positions the plier rivet closer to the plier head so that less force is required to make cuts. Channellock sent us a couple to check out and we were impressed with tight tolerances and an overall precision feel.
Just like Channellock’s classic pliers, these cool new tools still have laser-heat treated cutting edges, cross-hatched jaws and knife-and-anvil cutting edges, but are now designed with space limitations in mind. Get your new E Series pliers online at Channellock or tool supply stores nationwide.
Hitachi Lightweight Coil Nailer NV90AG
When you need tons of framing nails, nothing beats a coil nailer. It holds a hella-bunch of nails so you don’t need to keep putting in new nails every five minutes to keep up with production. But the problem with coil nailers is that they are super heavy and tend to make your forearm look like Popeye’s after a hard day’s work. Hitachi must have been listening to framers complain about heavy coil nailers because they just came out with their new lightweight coil nailer made with an all-aluminum body. Weighing in at just 7.7 lbs., this lightweight nailer might not weigh much, but it’s spec’d-out to pack a punch.
The NV90AG has a switch that allows users to flip between sequential actuation and “bump” firing modes, accepts nails ranging from 1 ¾”-3 ½” long and .099”-.131” wide and offers a unique side loading mechanism for quick and easy reloading. Pair that with their five year warranty and you’ve got a framing nailer that’s perfect for any job or jobsite. If you want to learn more about this lightweight coil nailer, visit the Hitachi website here or head on out to your nearest tool supply center and take a look at this cool tool up close and personal.
Rockler Beer Tap
Our sponsor Rockler has come through once again with some fantastic products. What’s the perfect addition to any home brewing woodworker’s man cave? Create your own beer taps! Literally “turn” your beer tap into a one-of-a-kind work of art with these cool beer tap handles. With a quick spin of your lathe, you can turn your own unique beer tap. Don’t have a lathe? Don’t worry! Rockler also has beer bottle blanks that you can finish, stain or paint any color your heart desires and pair with a ferrule for perfect pouring every time.
Bottle blanks are 2 3/8” in diameter and 9 ½” long so they can fit just about any beer tap design with ease. A 3/8”- 16tpi threaded insert are preinstalled so you can mount it directly to any existing beer tap. And because they cost less than a $20 bill, you can create as many custom made beer taps without breaking the bank. Whether they’re lathed, painted, stained, carved or routed, creating your own beer tap has never been this easy! Visit the Rockler website here for more details on ordering these fantastic additions for your man (or woman) cave today!
Ryobi AirStrike Giveaway
Ready to take your finish-nailing to a new, unrestrained level? This month we’re teaming up with Ryobi to give away one of their new 18v AirStrike nailers – no compressor or hose required! The contest winner will get an AirStrike (don’t worry, it’s not from a drone), as well as an 18v charger and battery. All it takes to enter is to subscribe to our weekly newsletter or submission of a useful and/or hilarious comment on any HomeFixated article. Check out the full June Free Stuff contest for details.