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Makita Promotions And Sweepstakes

Written by Chris     March 03, 2009    
Makita must be in a generous mood, because they are giving away tons of tools in promotions, and four Suzuki off road vehicles.

You can enter the Suzuki Sweepstakes here, and have a chance to win: One Grand Prize consisting of: One Suzuki RM-Z450 motorcycle; One Suzuki RM-Z250 motorcycle; One Suzuki QuadSport Z400 and One Suzuki KingQuad 750 AXi. Total Grand Prize approximate retail value ("ARV"): $27,696. The First Place Prize consisting of One Makita LXT 1500 Tool Combo Kit. ARV: $1,999. The Second Place Prize consisting of One Rockstar Mini-Fridge with Five cases of Rockstar. ARV: $550. The Third Place Prize consisting of One Kicker iPod Speaker Dock iK500. ARV: $249.

Makita has a ton of buy a tool, get another tool free promotions. So many deals it would take to long for me to list them all. You can visit the Makita Promo page to see all the great deals, and enter to win the Suzuki Sweepstakes. Be sure to click on the tabs to cycle through the different promos.

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Win A Veto Pro Pac XL

Written by Chris     March 01, 2009    

Congratulation to user PutnamEco. He is the winner of the Veto Pro Pac XL
It is time for the second Tool-Rank.com giveaway, and I have made the giveaway even easier. You only have to review 5 tools, and be a registered member. This time the prize is the much loved VETO PRO PAC XL Tool Bag. These are high quility, and high priced tool bags that should hopfully last you a lifetime. Be sure to read the complete rules below.
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The Gutster Demo Bar

Written by Chris     February 27, 2009    

I am always on the lookout for cool tools, and The Gutster is definitely one of them. As you can see from the title, it is a demolition bar. I am not in the destruction business myself, but seeing what this tool can do sure makes it look like a lot of fun.

A few key features of The Gutster are: a long handle that will keep you standing upright, a wedged shaped tip that allows you to get under all those pesky boards, a forked tip that allows you to twist and remove 2x4s, and a nail puller if you need it. They have 3 sizes available (40" 32" 24") all under $44, and can be purchased from their website. See the video after the break.

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Man With Pocket Knife Saves Life

Written by Chris     February 26, 2009    


[Photo by Jeffrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette ]

Golden Nozzle car wash customer John A. O'Leary was riding through the car wash when he noticed something was terribly wrong. Yards away, fighting for her life inside the car wash was 19-year-old employee Stephanie Carpluk. The lone attendant had taken a short-cut through the car rails and her scarf had become ensnared in one of the wash's rotating mechanical brushes. The machinery had pulled the scarf tightly around her neck and was quickly strangling her. Unable to free herself, Carpluk passed out. Within seconds, O'Leary sprung from his car and pulled out a pocket knife that he was carrying and cut her free. Noticing she wasn't breathing, he began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until Carpluk could once again breath on her own... undeniably saving the young woman's life. - autoblog

Be Prepared, the Boy Scout motto is simple but true. John was prepared and he was able to save a life just because he carried a simple tool and remembered the CPR training he received in the 70's. This is the reason every man and women should carry some type of pocket knife at all times. It doesn't not have to be big, and you want to be sure you are following your state and local laws, but it should always be sharp. One thing you learn quickly is a sharp knife is a safe knife.

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Blog Cabin Final Voting

Written by Chris     February 25, 2009    
This is the last week for voting so if you haven't done so yet, be sure to get your votes in. This week Blog Cabin has also revealed that they will have two "cabin cams" so we can see the daily progress of the project, as well as photo slide shows and videos to keep us all up to date. They have also mentioned a new feature built just for the readers, and say we will be "surprised and delighted". I guess we wait and see.

Here are the last 3 voting options:

Street Name
  1. Dreamcatcher Drive
  2. Lucky Dog Lane
  3. Castle Pines Drive
  4. Consensus Court
Treehouse Design
  1. Traditional Treehouse
  2. Modern Treehouse
Man Cave Wall Paint Color
  1. Umber
  2. Tigereye
  3. Enticing Red
  4. Basket Beige
  5. Alexandrite
  6. Gambol Gold
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Light Your Drivers Way

Written by Chris     February 24, 2009    

Most of the newer cordless drivers come with LEDs that help you to light the way. Thank you to Makita for making lights in tools popular. But what if you have an older tool that doesn't have a light, or you need light for you hand drivers. The UFO Tool & Flash Light could be your answer. It is a small disk light that can be slipped onto your screwdrivers, bit extensions, Allen wrenches, etc. A turn of the disk powers on three wide beam LEDs, and a magnetic back makes it easy to store in your toolbox. Unlike toys when you were a kid, batteries are included.

For a limited time Rockler.com has these UFO Tool & Flash Lights on sale, and with promo code V9739 you can get free shipping. Shipping code expires 2/28/09

Update: Extend free shipping with promo code V9742. Expires 3/8/09

UFO Tool & Flash Light - Amazon

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Accurate layouts with Incra Rules

Written by Chris     February 20, 2009    

Do you ever find it hard to get your layouts exactly in the right place down to the 64th of an inch. Or maybe you are having trouble marking 47.5 degrees. If you are having problems with your layouts, you might be in need of one or more of these super cool rules from Incra.

They are precision made stainless steel rules with micro-fine holes for making highly accurate marks or lines. Simply find the correct hole or slot for the measurement you are looking for, and mark away. The holes are designed to fit .5mm pencil lead.

Incra has a variety of marking Rules that are sure to fit your needs.

Incra Rules - Amazon

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Blog Cabin Voting Round 5: Pick A Color

Written by Chris     February 20, 2009    
The voting has been close for just about every voting option so far. Up next is two more voting options that are sure to follow suit. The first vote is for the house exterior colors. Not something I am going to describe, so you will just have to head over to the Blog Cabin site and vote. The second voting option is the wood flooring choice. The 3 options are a very nice Virginia Mill Works Distressed Saddle Hickory Flooring with a 30-year warranty, a simple Clover Lea Plantation Charleston Chestnut Heart Pine Flooring, and a unique Bellawood Australian Cypress Prefinished Flooring with am amazing 50-year warranty. I am a fan of the Australian Cypress.
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Carpenter Tools For Your iPhone

Written by Chris     February 18, 2009    

A responsible carpenter never leaves home without his trusty level, right? Well maybe not, but with some cool Apps and an iPhone or iTouch, you can play carpenter anytime/anywhere. The iHandy Carpenter App from iHandySoft Inc includes 5 tools that might just come in handy the next time you forget your real tools. The App is available in the iTunes App Store and includes a Plumb Bob, Surface Level, Level, Ruler, and a Protractor all for just $1.99. If that is too rich for your blood, you can get the iHandy Level App by itself for Free. If you have used this App or something similar let us know how well it works.

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Rockler EZ-Clutch Bar Clamp Quick Release

Written by Chris     February 17, 2009    
Rockler does a good job of making simple solutions to common problems. One of these common problems comes with using bar clamps. It takes time to release these clamps once you have them completely tightened, and Rockler has a way to speed things up. Sure it only takes a few seconds, but those seconds seem like forever when you are in a hurry to move on to the next project.

The EZ-Clutch delivers quick, effortless release of tail stock and eliminates sticky clutch plates on your standard 3700 style bar clamps.

  • Dramatically increases your leverage so bar clamp releases with ease.
  • Retrofits in seconds!
  • Rubberized handle for comfort.
  • Hardened steel body for durability.
  • Patent pending

Available at Rockler.com for $2.49

See it in action after the break.

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