A few years ago I made a free online hydroponic fertilizer calculator specifically for mixing Masterblend 4-18-38 fertilizer, with Calcium Nitrate, and Magnesium Sulfate in the correct ratios for any size water container to grow vegetables. Today, I am happy to announce that the hydroponic calculator is now a free Andriod App.
Metabo HPT is expanding on their MultiVolt cordless/corded tool line with the introduction of a 10-inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw. Metabo HPT MultiVolt Tools like the new C3610DRJQ4 Table Saw can accept a 36V MultiVolt Battery or plug into a standard 120V outlets using their AC adapter.
Finally, someone has made a Track Saw the right way, and by "right", I actually mean left. What I actually mean is that Kreg has come out with a new Track Saw System and they have gone against the norm by using a blade-left design—something I have been complaining about for years. The new Kreg Track Saw is more than just the saw though; the saw is only part of the Kreg Adaptive Cutting System, designed to replace a table saw and even a miter saw for certain tasks.
Stuart over at ToolGuyd posted an article about a new dust cyclone attachment (199553-5) for Makita cordless vacuums that separates the dust before it has a chance to clog the dust filter. The nifty little accessory attaches inline between the extension "wand" and the handheld vacuum unit to act as the first stage of fine dust collection before the main bag. There is one problem though; the Makita Dust Cyclone is currently priced at $55 on Amazon, yet looks nearly identical to one that can be found on eBay for as little as $12.
We all love the idea of cordless versions of our favorite benchtop power tools that we can use out in the field, but we are less thrilled about what happens when these power-hungry tools drain the battery. Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) has launched a brand new line of MultiVolt power tools that address this issue. If you run out of power, simply plug the cordless tool to into a wall outlet.
Seek Thermal, a leader in thermal imaging technology, has announced the launch of two new products designed to serve the needs of commercial trade professionals. The new Seek Shot and Seek ShotPRO are two handheld thermal cameras that can detect heat, which allows professionals to identify potential issues on the job.
A number years ago I wrote an article asking why it was so hard to find a good workbench mat. In that article talked about the various solutions people had tried all in the search for a good workbench mat; they tried everything from conveyor belts to yoga mats, but by the end of the article I still hadn't found a suitable mat. Since then, Rockler has come out with a silicone mat that solves most problems a woodworker would face, but it was still lacking in some areas. Finally, I think I can stop the search, the new Rockler Silicone Project Mat XL might just be the best woodworker's workbench mat.
One of the things I really like about Rockler is that they find a way to innovate the "accessories" of the workshop. While everyone else is making the power tools, Rockler is taking the attachments that go on the power tools and is making them better for the average woodworker. Their latest router table is just another fine example of what I mean; It's a Convertible Benchtop Router Table that won't take up much space.
As I have mentioned numerous times in the past, I am a big fan of the modular DeWalt ToughSystem (be sure to read my review). It is what I use to organize and transport my tools to and from the jobsite. Even though I have my system configured just how I want it, I am always excited to see what new additions DeWalt makes to the modular system. However, their latest additions are not really what I expected, a ToughSystem Ice-Cooler (DWST08404) and the new ToughSystem Waterseal Drawers (DWST08290).
Bosch is king when it comes to laser distance measurers, offering a range of models starting with basic distance measuring for under $50 all the way up to models with Bluetooth app connectivity that allows users to make floor layouts. Their newest models take things to the next level by offering a measuring range of 400-feet with pinpoint 1/16-inch accuracy.