News Nirvana – Rockler Electronic Router Fence, Milwaukee Multi Tool/Rotary Hammer, Hitachi 18V Combo Kit, Klein Tools Contest & More

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Welcome to another terrifyingly tool-filled edition of News Nirvana. Our October gore-iffic tool tomb is filled to the top of the casket with lots of frighteningly delightful tools perfect for any tool monster’s lair. Milwaukee brings the spook with two new cordless tools, an M18 multi tool and a 5/8-in. rotary hammer—perfect for destroying any unwanted tiles, concrete or zombies. They’ve also got an awesome giveaway for some M18 tools. Our proud sponsor Rockler Woodworking and Hardware shows off their new Ready2Rout electronic router fence: it’s so accurate; it’s scary! They also introduced the limited edition Black Diamond CNC Shark if you’re feeling the e-woodworking love! Hitachi haunts this News Nirvana with its new 18V lithium ion cordless combo kit and Klein’s Electrician of the Year contest has a shocking grand prize worth $5,000! So put your mask on and get the bowl of candy ready because here comes the Halloween edition of News Nirvana that’s a tool lover’s treat!

Milwaukee Cordless 5/8-in. SDS Plus Rotary Hammer and M18 Cordless Multi Tool

Stop! Hammer time!
Stop! Hammer time!

It’s almost scary how fast Milwaukee keeps pumping out new editions to its 18V cordless tools. And with the edition of the new Milwaukee cordless 5/8-in. SDS plus rotary hammer and the M18 cordless multi tool, it’s quickly becoming the fastest growing 18V cordless system on the market. These tools are designed to be light and easy to wield – the rotary hammer is only 12” long and weighs in at just 5.5 lbs. Rick Gambaccini, the Group Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool has this to say about the new 5/8-in. SDS plus rotary hammer.

Users no longer want a cumbersome, one-size-fits-all Rotary Hammer. This solution provides an option to carry a much smaller unit that can handle over 80% of the holes being drilled, while increasing comfort and reducing fatigue during all day use.

The kit includes the rotary hammer, two M18 XC High Capacity RED LITIUM battery packs, M18/M12 Charger, side handle, depth rod and a carrying case. Learn more about this tool (and where to get it) right here at the Milwaukee website.

But it’s not all just about being lighter and easier to control, it’s also about saving time by being faster and more efficient. And that’s exactly what the fine folks at Milwaukee thought about when they designed the new M18 cordless multi tool. According to Christina Coulis, Cordless Product Marketing Director:

Takes care of tile, wood, carpet and zombies!
Takes care of tile, wood, carpet and zombies!

We continue to find ways to bridge the gap between the speed of corded options and the convenience of cordless solutions, featuring Milwaukee’s Constant Power Technology to maintain cutting speed under load, the new Multi-Tool truly delivers superior performance with the fastest cutting speeds in its class to increase productivity on the jobsite.

With the kit you get the M18 multi tool, two M18 XC High Capacity RED LITHIUM battery packs, the M18/M12 charger, accessory adaptor, plunge cut blade, sanding pad with five sanding sheets and a contractor bag to carry it all around in (or go trick or treating with). Learn more about this fearfully fun tool right here at the Milwaukee website.

Eerily Awesome Milwaukee Giveaway

The remaining giveaways include:
M18 FUEL™ Grinder: October 14th – October 20th
M18 FUEL™ HTIW: October 21st – October 27th

Check out the M18 giveaway page here. And, look for a HOT Milwaukee giveaway coming to HomeFixated next month!

Rockler Ready2Rout

Robots and routers combined?
Robots and routers combined?

Don’t be scared, it’s just a router fence right? Not this monster of woodworking mayhem! The Rockler Ready2Rout is the first ever, electronic router fence. It takes out all of the guess work from woodworking projects by creating cuts that are accurate to within .001-in. An onboard touch screen interface makes operation as easy as getting away from a one legged mummy in a spooky museum. Included apps allow you to instantly create half blind dovetails, dadoes and box joints – perfect for making any well-crafted coffin.

Whether you’re a serious woodworker or just a beginner, then this one-of-a-kind router fence is for you. Unlike many other high priced and high tech woodworking gizmos, at $599.99 for preorder pricing, you can bet that they’re going to go quick. Order yours right here at the Rockler website and get cracking before it’s too-mb late!

Rockler CNC Shark Black Diamond Limited Edition

You’d be smirking if you added one of these to your shop too

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has also introduced the CNC Shark Black Diamond, a limited-edition CNC routing system. A common issue with CNC machines is dealing with flexing of the cnc table, or irregularities / warpage / monstrous mutations in your work piece. This CNC tool uses Virtual Zero software that, together with the included touch plate, “maps” the surface of your table or workpiece, using the map as a dynamic reference point. The result is more precision, which is the name of the game when it comes to CNC work.

The work table measures 28-1/2″ x 36″, great for signs, cabinet doors and ghost catchers. The CNC Shark Black Diamond Package (44566) includes a free $50 Rockler Gift Card and Accessory Kit (CNC Touch Plate and 5-Piece Bit Set). The whole package retails for $3,999.99.

Hitachi 18V Brushless Lithium Ion Combo Kit

A perfect match for any Green Lantern Halloween costume
A perfect match for any Green Lantern Halloween costume

What do you do when the zombies attack? Why you break out the new Hitachi brushless lithium ion combo kit, that’s what you do! But even if the zombie invasion doesn’t take place anytime soon, no worries, the combo kit is good for lots of other construction and home improvement projects too. We’re pretty sure Hitachi will be adding a “Not just good for killing zombies” to their marketing material any day now.

The kit comes with two tools; the 18V impact driver and hammer drill, and they’re only available with this kit. Each tool also sports brushless motor technology, designed to deliver more power while being more energy efficient, exactly what you need when the hordes of zombies come crawling/stumbling along. And with a quick charger, two Lithium Ion Slide Type batteries and carrying case, you’ll have plenty of juice to get rid of every last zombie, or just get your next construction job done on time.

Klein Tools 2013 Electrician of the Year

Do you know any electricians who you think stand out above and beyond in their field? If you do, nominate them for the Klein Tools 2013 electrician of the year award. Six regional winners in December will receive:

  • 41-piece Journeymen tool set
  • A Klein mini-refrigerator
  • A Klein golf bag
  • Two Klein bar stools
  • Six Klein aluminum can insulators
  • Two cool Klein Beverage openers
  • The Klein 2’X4’ Modular peg board display for all your swag
Swag and cash too? Frightfully awesome!
Swag and cash too? Frightfully awesome!

From those six winners, one grand prize winner will be picked to receive $2,500 in cash and $2,500 in new Klein tools! News Nirvana has nominated Frankenstein this year because we know he has lots of experience working with electricity, he’s got positive / negative neck bolts and those big bulky work shoes of his are perfect for a ground. He might have to work on his people skills a bit though.

Nominate your own Electrician of the Year by visiting the Klein Tool website here as well get the scoop on all the rules and regulations of the contest. Good luck and happy Halloween from the tool-ghouls here at News Nirvana!

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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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