Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Rolair Compressor

Rolair has rolled out a new compressor! The VT20TB is a 2HP (ONLY 12.3 AMPS) unit mounted on a dolly style tank design. The two most unique characteristics are the tool box mounted right onto the frame, and the low speed motor, which allows the compressor to run at a drastically reduced noise volume. Additionally, this will be the highest CFM output produced from a LOW-speed direct drive pump we have ever offered (4.1 CFM @ 100PSI). This has the same pump/motor as the Makita MAC2400.

Milwaukee Enters the "Multi-Tool" Arena

With the launch of the 2426-22 M12 (12-volt) Cordless Multi-Tool, Milwaukee Tool has entered a product with may be the fastest growing in tools for residential construction.

Time will tell how the Milwaukee 2426-22 will stack up against Bosch Tool's cordless version (the PS50-2A), the Rockwell RK2514K2, and the upcoming Fein Cordless MultiMaster.

We do know that the Fein MultiMaster has been the highest quality of all the multi-tools on the market and we expect that, despite all the lower cost entries into the market, they will continue to be the professional's choice.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Low Prices on Fein Multimaster Blades!

We've lowered our prices on Fein MultiMaster blades. Some blades went down as much as 40%! As much as competition has tried to cut into Fein's pie in the oscillating tool market, Fein is still head and shoulders above the competition.

You can find Fein MultiMaster Blades at

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Setting Up A New Wood Shop

A customer recently asked us for a list of 'recommended purchases' to set up a new wood shop. Obviously this would vary from customer to customer, but it got me thinking...what is the ideal shop? It would probably go something like this:

Table Saw
A SawStop Industrial Cabinet Saw/Professional Cabinet Saw -or- a Powermatic PM2000 Cabinet Saw 1792010K -or- a Delta Unisaw.

20", 22" or 25" Planer
The Powermatic 209HH 20" Planer 1791316 -or- the Powermatic 201 22" Planer 1791262 -or- the Powermatic WP2510 25" Planer 1791303 with helical cutterhead.

Widebelt Sander
The Powermatic DDS225 25" Dual Drum Sander 1791290 -or- the General 15-275 37" Dual Drum Sander -or- the Powermatic WB-37 37" Widebelt Sander 1790837.

Belt & Disc Sander or and Edge Sander
The Powermatic 31A 6x48 / 12" Disc Sander 1791291K -or- the General 15-010S 6x108 Oscillating Edge Sander -or- the Powermatic DS20 20" Disc Sander 1791276.

The Powermatic PM2700 Shaper 1280102C -or- the Powermatic 29 Tilt Spindle Shaper 1791244 -or- the Powermatic TS29 Sliding Table Tilt Spindle Sha
per 1791284.

18" Bandsaw
The Powermatic PM1800 18" Band Saw 1791801, -or- the Jet JWBS-18QT 18" Band Saw 710750B, -or- the General 90-290 M1 18" Band Saw.

The Powermatic PJ882HH 8" Jointer 1610082, -or- the Powermatic 1285 12" Jointer 1791308, -or- the Powermatic 16" Jointer 1791283.

Drill Press
The Powermatic PM2800 18" Drill Press 1792800.

Sliding Miter Saw
The Makita LS1216L 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw -or- the Festool Kapex Miter Saw.

Shop Vac
The Festool CT26 Dust Extractor -or- the Festool CT36 Dust Extractor

Dust Collector
The Delta 50-763 Dust Collector -or- the Powermatic PM1900 Dust Collector 1791075CK.

Throw in a General CNC Router just for fun!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Festool's New Multi-Mode Sander

Festool will be launching their new multi-mode sander on March 1st, 2011. This is a 3-1/2" Rotex sander - a random orbit, rotary, and detail sander all in one!

The model number of the sander is RO90DX, and Festool's price is $375.

Gem Sanders

We are still stocking Gem Sanders. Gem has modified and improved its 11" Orbital Sander. This sander is known to cut sanding time in the solid surface industry by as much as 70%! The machine runs at 1700 orbits per minute without creating swirl marks, saving the operator time and money.

This Gem 11" sander is available with a hook & loop pad or a hookit II pad, and it available with or without a dust shroud.

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Tools from Makita

Makita raises the bar again with a new 18V Compact Driver-Drill
(a category created by Makita). They have also launched two new hard-hitting demolition hammers!

New 18V Compact Driver-Drill (LXFD01CW)
In 2006, Makita created the 18V Compact Lithium-Ion category with the BDF452HW. Now, Makita raises the bar again with the new 18V Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless ½" Driver-Drill (LXFD01CW). This new drill delivers more torque (480 in.lbs.) with less weight (3.3 lbs.), and a more compact size (7-9/16"). The new LXFD01CW will continue Makita's domination of the 18V Compact category.

New 11 lb. Demolition Hammer (HM0870C)
The new HM0870C (accepts SDS-MAX bits) features a Makita-built 10 AMP motor with 1,100 - 2,650 BPM and 11.4 Joules of impact energy. Other features include soft start, electronic speed control, variable speed control dial to match the speed to the application, and more. Ideal for a range of breaking, chipping and demolition applications.

New 20 lb. Demolition Hammer (HM1203C)
The new HM1203C (accepts SDS-MAX bits) delivers more power and less vibration, with less weight. The HM1203C is powered by a Makita-built 14 AMP motor with 950 - 1,900 BPM and a full 25 Joules of impact energy. The HM1203C is engineered with soft start, electronic speed control, variable speed control dial to match the speed to the application, and more. Ideal for a range of breaking, chipping and demolition applications.

New Finishing Sander (BO3710)
Makita's new Finishing Sander (BO3710) delivers 11,000 OPM for efficient sanding and a smooth finish. It also has through-the-pad dust collection, an internal counterbalance system for less vibration, and an ergonomic rubberized grip and handle designed for better fit and added comfort. Ideal for finish carpentry and renovation.

New Dust Shroud (195236-5)
Makita offers over 28 grinders, with 12 in the 4-1/2" to 5" range. And now, Makita offers a dust shroud attachment for improved dust extraction. The new shroud mounts to all Makita 4-1/2" to 5" grinders, with a standard hose-fitting engineered to work with most vacuum systems.

LS1016L Miter Saw Named "Top Tool"

Makita's 10" Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw continues to get attention from contractors, woodworkers, and top editors alike. Wood Magazine recently tested eight 10" Sliding Miter Saws and published their findings in the December issue for their 500,000+ readers. The verdict? The editors picked the Makita LS1016L as the "Top Tool" in the test.