What are we thankful for? Another smorgasbord of tool goodies from the Thanksgiving edition of News Nirvana! Our cornucopia is overflowing with new stuff from Senco, Klein, Rockwell, Bosch, Metabo, Festool, CLC and Rockler. So invite your annoying relatives over, pull up a chair to the grown-ups table and enjoy a huge helping of News Nirvana! Well even let you put your elbows on the table and take a second helping of gravy.
Senco Portable Air Compressors
Senco nails it again with its new line of air compressors. Five new compressors are hot off of the Senco line and range in price from around $150 to over $300. The two less expensive models are pancake compressors designed to be extremely quiet, perfect for indoor use and powerful enough to run a finish nailer. The three other compressors from Senco are a little beefier. They deliver 200 psi, offer a 1.75 running horsepower motor and are all oil-free, unlike that deep fried turkey you’ll be having for Thanksgiving dinner. Visit Senco.com and find a retailer near you.
Klein Tools Open Jaw Cable Cutter
Chopping through aluminum or copper cables has never been easier thanks to the new Open Jaw Cable Cutters from Klein Tools, who are still basking in the glow of winning our bottle opener competition. With this open-faced single-handed high-leverage ratchet-drive cutting-mechanism, you can cut 600 MCM copper and 750 MCM aluminum cables (as well as 1-1/8” communication cables) with ease. Product manager Ben Bainter had this to say about the new Open Jaw Cable Cutter:
“Klein Tools new Open Jaw Cable Cutter offers the best of both worlds. It has the open jaw design of traditional “lopper” cable cutters as well as the compactness of ratcheting cable cutters.”
Learn more about this cable cutting tool right here at Kleintools.com.
Bosch GLM 100 C Laser Measure and the Bosch GLL 3-50 Three-Line Laser
Take your pencils and throw them away! Who needs to write down measurements? When you have the Bosch GLM 100 C Laser Measure, you can instantly measure a room’s length, width and height with the push of a button. It uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly transmit data to your smart phone as well. You can even overlay measurements directly onto pics from your phone and send them in an email to waiting clients. It can do all kinds of calculations for math stuff you forgot about since high school. We saw this in action at the recent STAFDA tool show and it’s an awesome little tool. Check it out in the tech-tastic video above.
Need a straight line for screwing off that drywall? How about a nice reference on the floor for perfect grout lines on your next tile project? Want to line up that crown molding just right? How about leveling the dining room perfectly for your thanksgiving feast? Maybe that’s a bit too far, but the Bosch GLL 3-50 is designed to do all of those tasks with ease. It displays one horizontal laser line, two vertical laser lines and a plumb down laser point. The versatile mounting base gives the laser 360 degrees of rotation and adjustable legs allow you to move it up and down wherever you need it. Find the Bosch Bosch GLM 100 C Bluetooth Enabled 330-Foot Lithium-Ion Laser Distance and Angle Measurer and the Bosch GLL3-50 Three Line Laser with Layout Beam for just under $300 each on Amazon. Or, better yet, look for a GLL 3-50 in our December monthly giveaway!
Festool Sys-MFT Tabletop Systainer 500076
If you’re a festool junkie and find yourself frequently running out of convenient work space, you’ll want to check out the new Festool Tabletop Systainer.
See the Tabletop Systainer in action here, just don’t carve your turkey on it, OK?
The SYS-MFT also provides storage for all your key tools like clamps and hand tools. Equipped with 13 clamping points, an integrated V-groove for securing round stock like dowels and pipes, a non-skid strip for even greater security of the workpiece, and a slotted handle for easy transport. The SYS-MFT is the same size as a Systainer SYS 1 so you can use Systainers side-by-side for an extended work surface. The robust and durable design will support up to 110 lbs (50 kg).
Rockwell Compact Circular Saw
Rockwell has just come out with a great new handheld circular saw that’s perfect for cutting smaller materials like 2×4’s fast and easy. The 5 lb. saw with 4-1/2″ blade is up to 50 percent lighter than conventional circular saws. It’s also designed as a left-handed saw face so that you can easily see exactly what you’re cutting without getting in the way of the blade. Home Fixated was lucky enough to get this tool to review, so we’ll have a detailed review of this nifty cutting tool coming up real soon (and a giveaway too – in January)! Here’s what Rockwell’s product manager Pete Denley had to say about their new compact saw:
“We ran it against our own full-size circular saw, cross-cutting a 2×12 board. In just seconds, it ended in a tie. There’s no reason to lug around a bulky circular saw, when its use is required for only a small percentage of cuts. The Rockwell Compact Circular Saw is a lighter alternative, minus the bulk. It’s a small saw with full cutting capacity.”
When we asked whether this tool was good for carving a turkey or spiral cutting a ham, Mr. Denley had no comment.
New Rockler.com Website Update
Our gracious sponsors over at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware have just released new features, new options, new ways to shop – it’s the new Rockler.com! Now you can easily compare products, read buyer reviews and quickly find ways to use those tools easier than ever, and regardless of the screen size on the device you’re using. Take the virtual tour right here and learn how the new Rockler.com works.
Metabo Flathead Angle Grinders
One of Germany’s leading manufacturer of professional grade hand-held power tools, Metabo, has just released the first ever flat head angle grinders. They fit into tight spaces (up to 43 degrees) because of their low profile head design. It’s so low, that it has a clearance of 2 5/8” so you can really get in those cracks and take care of business. They even have a cordless version too. Check out how it works in the heavy-metal guitar-laden video below.
CLC Brings Tunes with Your Tools
If you’re ready to start rockin’ out to this year’s holiday tunes, CLC has a way for you to carry a tune and your tools, all in the same bag. The new TECH GEAR™ Stereo Speaker 18” MEGAMOUTH™ Tool Bag uses four D batteries or an AC cord along with your favorite portable audio device to crank the tunes and keep your tools at arm’s reach. The Custom Leathercraft A233 18-Inch 39 Pocket Tech Gear Stereo Speaker Mega Mouth Tool Bag is available for just under $70 on Amazon.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!