News Nirvana – New Milwaukee Door Lock Jig & FastBack Blades, Rockler’s Tool Storage Systems, Bostitch/Porter-Cable’s New Fall Lineup & More

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Are you ready for another out-of-this-world episode of News Nirvana? You won’t have to take a trip to Area 51 to find the latest and greatest tools and materials in the universe. Instead, just sit back and take a look at the newest stuff from Milwaukee, Diablo, Porter-Cable, Rockler and Bostitch. Those aliens from Roswell haven’t got anything on us, because we’ve got the future right here and now. So put on your tinfoil hat, get yourself strapped into your space suit and get ready to blast off with another News Nirvana!

Milwaukee Door Lock Kit and Blades-a-Plenty

Big red door lock jig
Big red door lock jig

It might seem like your local tool supply company is from another planet when it comes to finding a good set of quality door lock installation kits. You’ll need a set of hole saws, an assortment of drill bits and a pretty good template to set a lock in a blank door slab – and that often means lots of different stuff, from lots of different suppliers.

Kiss those days goodbye now that Milwaukee introduced its door lock installation kit. The kit features an auto-centering drill guide, anti-splinter depth stop, two ice-hardened hole saws (1” and 2-1/8”), arbor, arbor adapter, pilot bit, spacers and 3/32” and 1/8” drill bits, so no matter if you’ve got a metal door that’s 1-3/8” thick or a lock that needs a 2-3/4” backset, this kit has got everything you need to get the job done right, so you can save your precious time and money in the process.

Bad pun warning: These snap off knives are a cut above the rest
Bad pun warning: These snap off knives are a cut above the rest

This month (Oct, 2013), Milwaukee Tools is also expanding their cutting tool lineup with their new snap-off knives. Whether you need to cut drywall, cardboard, rigid foam or even do an alien autopsy or two, the new snap-off knife line from Milwaukee feature acetone resistant housings and iron-carbide blades for maximum cutting efficiency and precision. There are a wide variety of sizes and will be available this October anywhere Milwaukee tools are sold.

Milwaukee fastback

We’re also very happy to report that Milwaukee is putting out yet more great FastBack utility knives onto the market. From a curved “Hawk” blade, to a smooth folder, to the spring assist model shown above, Milwaukee is further reinforcing what we consider to be one of the best, most user-friendly utility knives on the market. All this new cutting action is hitting the market in November. Visit the Milwaukee website here for more details on all of their latest tools and materials.

Diablo Website and Free Blades

Just like NASA, Diablo launches off the rocket pad with Diablo Tools new easy-to-use website – and a few reciprocating blades to give away as well. The new website features product demo videos, comparable product displays and a new and improved search tool to help you find the perfect blade to suit any cutting task at hand.

hojas diablo gratis? oh dios mio!
hojas diablo gratis? oh dios mio!

Best of all, Diablo is celebrating the new website launch with their “Dare to Compare” reciprocating saw blade giveaway. According to Diablo, their high-end bi-metal reciprocating blades are designed to last four times longer than traditional blades. Unfortunately demand was so hot for these free blades they’re already gone, but Diablo is threatening to do another giveaway soon. Visit the Diablo website here to check out the new site and keep tabs on their next crazy giveaway.

Rockler Portable Storage System/Tool Pouch

A curtain of well kept tools
A curtain of well kept tools

Our awesome sponsors at Rockler have done it again! If you’re looking for a tool storage system that not only stores all of your stuff with ease, yet is portable enough to take wherever you go, then look no further than the 24” shop stand apron from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

Kangaroo-eat your heart out
Kangaroo-eat your heart out

Made from heavy duty fabrics for a long lifespan and reinforced with stout backer boards for stability and strength, these modestly priced ($29.99 or less) pouches come with a variety of accessories for glue tools, marking tools and even measuring tools so no matter what you do—whether it’s for a living or for fun—you can bet that all your stuff will be stored neatly and be accessible at all times. Take a look at the Rockler website today for more information on this and many of their other great tools, materials and accessories.

Bostitch/Porter-Cable New Power Tool Line

Bostich rolling out a plethora of new tools

Coming to an earth-like planet in your solar system this fall – a completely new power tool line from both Bostitch and Porter-Cable! Bostitch is unveiling their new line of professional power tools designed for today’s contractors and the heavy strain the modern day jobsite places on tools. The new Bostitch line includes an 18V drill/driver and impact driver, ½” hammer drill, 7-1/4” circular saw, orbital jigsaw, reciprocating saw, 4-1/2” angle grinder and 3/8” corded drill – That’s a lot of new stuff!

The new Power tool powerhouse from Porter-Cable
The new Power tool powerhouse from Porter-Cable

Porter-Cable didn’t want to feel left out of the mix and are also expanding their tool line as well. This fall, you can look for six new 20 Volt MAX Linked System cordless tools, combination kits and lithium ion batteries. These new Porter-Cable tools are designed to meet the expectations of the hard working tradesman, but without the high price tag associated with quality construction-grade power tools. That way, you can still afford some gas for your intergalactic cruiser when traveling from job to job.

Keen Utility HomeFixated Giveaway & Supporting Homes for our Troops


Keen Utility (who will be sponsoring our October giveaway to be listed shortly, is proud to support Homes for Our Troops. Revenue from some of their killer shoes and sandals (utility and otherwise) will help raise funds to support the ongoing home builds for severely wounded veterans. From September 1, 2013 through October 15, 2013 at select KEEN Utility retailers across the US, KEEN will donate $5 to Homes for our Troops for every pair of KEEN Utility boots purchased. Retailers can also match the KEEN Utility donation, doubling the action at up to $10 per boot purchase.

Homes for our Troops is a non?profit organization dedicated to “building specially adapted homes for our severely injured veterans at no cost to the veterans we serve.” The organization builds dozens of homes each year for the most severely injured service members who have been wounded in combat operations since September 11, 2001. This includes all branches of the military that qualify. New homes that are accessible and customized for the homeowner’s needs post-­?injury are then built through donations of time and materials from dedicated volunteers, craftsmen and corporate sponsors.

Check out Keen Utlity and Homes for our Troops for more info.

Stay tuned for the next far out edition of News Nirvana in the coming weeks!

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About Eric

Since Eric built his first skateboard ramp in his parents driveway; he’s breathed, slept and eaten DIY construction. As a second generation master carpenter who runs two Florida-based construction firms, Eric’s had the chance to work on everything from Mcmansions to your local mall to the cat lady’s bathroom. So when it comes to dealing with construction s@#t; he’s the man—literally. There isn’t a tool or construction material that Eric hasn’t used and abused, and if there is; it’s rocking in a dark corner nervously waiting for him to show up for work.

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