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Bosch GTS1041A REAXX Jobsite Table Saw: Precision, Performance and Flesh-Detecting Technology

Mar 31, 2015

Bosch REAXX Table SawEveryone in the industry knows the biggest danger of working with a table saw, it’s losing your finger. Each year 65,000 people are injured from using a table saw. That’s just about 1 person every 8 minutes. Nothing can take back the loss you incur from losing a finger and no one should have to go through it. That’s why Bosch has the developed the Bosch GTS1041A REAXX Jobsite Table Saw. The REAXX table saw is designed with Active Response Technology.

When the blade comes in contact with skin, the Bosch GTS1041A immediately retracts the blade under the table with no blade damage incurred. The mechanics behind the Active Response Technology are referred to as “activation cartridges”. These cartridges force the drop arm below the table and away from the user’s exposed body part. Each cartridge unit includes two-single shot cylinders which allow you two instances of contact with skin before the cartridge will need to be replaced.Using the Bosch REAXX Table Saw

Another great feature of this saw is its quick reset after the blade drops under the saw. The system could be reset in less than 60 seconds with all parts and instructions located onboard the tool including a control panel. The control panel has an LED lighted display and indicates saw status to the operator. Various colors well indicate various states of the saw including: needing service or being ready to use.

Bosch didn’t just start from scratch when it came to the core design of this saw either. Bosch incorporated all of the well-liked features of the 4100 series saw into the GTS1041A to give the end user a complete all in one package of performance, portability and now improved user safety. The GTS1041A features the Smart Guard System. The Smart Guard System encompasses a modular blade guard, riving knife and anti-kick pawls that provide flexible protection options for the user.

It would be a crime not to mention the specs on this innovative new product. The Bosch GTS1041A Reaxx table saw operates on 15 Amp 4HP 3,650 RPM motor that gives you the power you need for ripping through and accommodates either fine or rough carpentry.

Want to learn more about the Bosch GTS1041A table saw? Visit our Tools Plus website.

The Bosch GTS1041A is also available as a kit that includes the TS3100 Gravity Rise Stand and Rear Outfeed Support (kit model#: GTS1041A-09).

The Bosch REAXX Table Saw is not out yet but will be available for purchase in Fall 2015!

JET Metalworking On Sale – 2015 Spring Industrial Savings Event

Mar 17, 2015

Investing in a new metalworking and fabrication shop can be pricey but it’s something you have to do to keep production going at a smooth pace. JET Tools has been an industry leader in quality metalworking and metal finishing for many years. Starting today, JET is making that shop upgrade a whole lot cheaper for you. Get 10% Off JET Metalworking Machinery as part of their Spring Industrial Savings Event. This sale runs Now- April 20th, 2015. There’s no better day to get lucky than on St. Patrick’s Day. The sale will include popular metalworking products like: arbor presses, cold saws, horizontal band saws, radial drill presses, metal lathes and metal sanders. Visit our JET Spring Industrial Sale Page for more details or to start shopping.

 

Dremel 3D Idea Builder – Design and Build It All Using Only Your Imagination

Mar 13, 2015

Have you ever wanted to build something that is conceived completely from your imagination? Maybe you wanted to build a customized castle or design an action figure of a cartoon character that you came up with? It used to be something that only large toy companies or corporations could do before but not anymore. Dremel introduced the Dremel 3D Idea Builder a few months ago. At a $999 price tag it gives you complete freedom to make anything you want. Dremel has reputation for creating game changing products and this 3D Idea Builder is the no different.

Dremel 3D Idea Builder - 3D PrinterThe Dremel 3D Idea Builder uses thermal plastic filament (a spool of thermal plastic) that is heated up to form the 3D model that you’ve designed. This process is also known as Fused Filament Fabrication. The Idea Builder is fully operational even without a computer. All you need to do is provide the Ideal Builder with a file using an SD card if you’d like and it can start building your idea.

Don’t have an SD card? Don’t worry! The Dremel 3D Idea Builder can also be sent the information using an USB cable from your computer. Designing something can be rather easy too. You can access Dremel’s extensive library of predesigned 3D files that allow you to make a wide range of products from a Doll House to a Heart Shaped Box. These various models can be downloaded from their website to your SD card or computer.

Want to make something completely from scratch? You can create your initial 3D model file using design tools like these: Autodesk 123D, AutoCAD, Photoshop CC, SketchUp and 3D Tin. Once the file is created and saved in the right format, Dremel’s software will convert it to a format that it needs to be in to start the build.

Some cool features to the Dremel 3D Ideal Builder is it has a closable door that keeps dust and peoples fingers away from your work in progress. It also has a built in fan that helps keep the atmosphere inside your Ideal Builder ideal for building. Another great feature on the Dremel 3D Builder is the touch screen panel featured on it. The touch screen panel allows you to start, stop and pause your project (which comes in handy when you project requires multiple colors). Want to make sure it makes a quality result? The Dremel 3D Idea Builder extrudes filament into layers as thick as a sheet of paper, this happens to be a best-in class performance  of 100 microns (.10mm) thick.

The Dremel 3D Idea Builder right now is only for sale in limited release but soon enough it will be seen in many retail stores both online and locally.

For now, check out some other great products from Dremel which includes their Dremel Rotary Tools, Dremel Butane Torches or Dremel Sharpening Stations. Visit the Dremel Tools section of our website for a full list of Dremel products that we sell at Tools Plus.

 

Dremel 3D Idea Builder - 3D Printer Benefits/Features

Important Notice Regarding JET, Powermatic and Wilton Backorders

Mar 4, 2015

We have an important note regarding JET, Powermatic and Wilton back-ordered products. Shipments of product to the manufacturer have been delayed due to the ongoing labor negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) on the West Coast.

IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE THE WOODWORKING SALE PRICE, PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW. Sale prices for the 15% off sale will only be honored Now – March 9th, 2015 11:59PM EST, but will be shipped as soon as possible.

Click here to purchase Powermatic Machinery & Accessories

Click here to purchase JET Tools & Accessories

West Coast Port Congestion Due to Labor Negotiations

Here's a picture of the congestion on the West Coast due to ongoing labor negotiations

 

Win a JET 14″ Bandsaw During Ellen’s Design Challenge Finale on HGTV

Mar 2, 2015

The season finale of Ellen’s Design Challenge airs tonight at 9E/8C. The question is will Tim McClellan or will Katie Stout win the $100,000 cash prize and be featured in HGTV magazine. The anticipation mounts. While you wait for that you can get yourself prepped to win a JET 14” Bandsaw.

If you’ve been watching the show, you may have noticed that JET Tools is partnered with Ellen’s Design Challenge to provide all of the machinery for the show. Well JET Tools is giving away a 14” Bandsaw to 1 lucky random winner between now and 11pm CST tonight (3/2/2015) after Ellen’s Design Challenge finale. You will have multiple chances to enter on Facebook and Twitter by sharing your love for the show and JET Tools.

Click here for more details

Follow the Hastag #EllenDesignOnHGTV for live Facebook commentary and Tweeting by @JET_Woodworking, the contestants, celebrity carpenters and other members of the show.

JET 14" Bandsaw Giveaway - Ellen's Design Challenge

Looking to get other JET Woodworking Machinery? Tools Plus is currently offering 15% Off Woodworking Machines and Accessories from now – March 9th, 2015. Visit the JET March Woodworking Sales Event Page to shop or for more details.

 

JET Tools and Powermatic 15% Off Woodworking Sale – Tools Plus

Feb 20, 2015

As the end of February approaches we look forward (especially the Northeast US) to the possibility of winter storms coming to an end. Well now you woodworkers have another thing to look forward to.

Starting February 27th, take 15% off JET and Powermatic woodworking products. That’s 15% off woodworking machines and 15% off accessories that go along with them. There’s no better time than now to give your workshop a serious upgrade. After all, how much longer will that low-end planer last? You can’t risk it dying on you in the middle of project. That could put you in a serious bind. This 11-day sale ends March 9th, 2015 so don’t wait.

JET Tools and Powermatic have high performance high quality machinery that will go the limits for you. Want to learn more about this exciting sale? Check out our JET Tools sale page or our Powermatic sale page.

 

Bosch GRL500HCK Self-Leveling Rotary Laser Offers Theft Deterrence, Better Accuracy and Better Range

Feb 19, 2015

Bosch GRL500HCK Self-Leveling Rotary Laser Complete KitThere’s a lot to be excited about with the new Bosch GRL500HCK self-leveling rotary laser. Bosch who also owns (CST Berger) has plenty of background knowledge when it comes to lasers, so it no surprise that their products are quality equipment. Bosch has a huge product line of lasers and distance measures, but we are going to focus today on the Bosch GRL500HCK.

The GRL500HCK is the biggest beast of the Bosch rotary laser lineup. It offers all the meat and potatoes that you might want from a premium laser. It’s fully automatic. The Bosch GRL500HCK has a dial-in grade with center line mode for automatic searching and positioning of the laser beam on receiver.

Tired of changing batteries on your laser? Has your rotary laser ever died on the job and you didn’t have any replacement batteries on hand? It sucks. It eats up time and as we all well know “time is money”. Bosch equipped this tool with lithium-ion rechargeable batteries so your methods of recharging become a whole lot easier.

I talk to contractors all the time. One of the most common complaints that I hear from them is job site theft. Someone yanks one of their rotary hammers from a project or steals the equipment right from the bed of their truck. It happens all the time in our area and in this business where you are working outside in various environments. Bosch understands the importance of protecting your property so the new GRL500HCK has theft deterrence. The tool locks when receiver is undocked from rotary laser; alarm sounds if rotary is moved, unit rendered inoperable without receiver. It may not prevent them from taking it but it makes a lot of noise while their running and it makes it impossible to pawn when it doesn’t work.

Bosch GRL500HCK Rotary Laser Kit In Use OutsideWith the Bosch GRL500HCK you have a design where the remote control and receiver are one (thanks to a docking system). All of the information you may need whether it be: rotary laser status, system settings or measurements are all easily accessible.

Now there are some important key points to highlight on the Bosch GRL500HCK. This rotary laser has an impressive 1,650 ft of range to accommodate various jobsite situations. Not to mention it has an impressive + or – 1/16” inch accuracy per 100ft (only an approx + or – 1” for the full 1,650 ft range). Now what happens if for some reason it malfunctions and it wasn’t from misuse. What kind of warranty are we looking at?

Bosch offers a 2-year limited warranty on this product. This can give you the peace of mind and reliability you need when you invest in a Bosch GRL500HCK.

Interested in purchasing one? Visit our Tools Plus website and learn more about the GRL500HCK.

Below is valid January 1st – March 31st, 2015:

Interested in a Bosch 360 Power Box Stereo or the highly popular Bosch 12V Heated Jacket? If you purchase the Bosch GRL500HCK between January 1 and March 31, 2015 you can receive one of these products FREE (via mail-in rebate). See mail-in rebate form for the full details.

Watch Ellen’s Design Challenge on HGTV – Win A Free JET Stool

Feb 16, 2015

Has anyone been tuning in to the #1 rated show on HGTV, Ellen’s Design Challenge? A lot of people are in love with it and one of the brand’s we sell (JET Tools) is a partner with the show. JET provides Ellen’s Design Challenge with all of the JET woodworking machinery that the designers need to make unique furniture creations. Awesome, right?

Well just JET just sent us an email letting us know that they will be giving away a Free JET Stool to five random 5 winners. To have a chance, all you have to do is tweet between 8PM-Midnight tonight and tag @JET_Woodworking telling them what you think about the designs or show with the hashtag #EllenDesignOnHGTV.

What’s a tweet? If you are new to the social media world it’s a status post on your Twitter account. The @ is a public way to communicate with someone’s account. The hashtag or pound sign # is used to signify a topic. If enough people use the same topic it can become a Trending Topic.

Tune into Ellen’s Design Challenge on HGTV tonight at 9E/8C and start Tweeting.

Free JET Tools Stool - Ellen's Design Challenge

 

SnoBrum: The Perfect Snow Removal Tool For Your Car

Jan 26, 2015

Do you own a SnoBrum? If the answer is no, have you ever heard of a SnoBrum? Car dealerships have been using them for years. Try to imagine the face you make when thinking of having to clean your car off. It’s probably the same face you make when you eat a lemon. Nobody likes to clean their car off.

It’s cold. Your snow brush you bought at the gas station doesn’t reach across your car. Even with a brush the snow still manages to sneak under your gloves or in your jacket sleeve because you have to bury your arm into 12 inches of snow or more to get your brush to the bottom. It’s terrible.

You might say “well I use a shop broom or my house broom” to clean my car off. Well that’s great and all, but have you cared to look at the damage that does to your car. The bristles put tiny little scratches all over it. You might as well let someone get on your hood and key your car.

SnoBrum The Snow Removal Tool

The Original SnoBrum

The SnoBrum offers the solution to all of the above. The SnoBrum is designed to provide easy snow removal without damaging your car. This snow pushing, non-scratching, portable, light weight snow removal tool is indispensable to anyone who faces snow at some point during the year.

Can’t reach across your car with the standard snow brush? No worries. The SnoBrum snow removal tool has an aluminum telescoping handle with special cold resistant nylon threads and can extend from 27” to 46”.

So you’re thinking “Oh, it just has a Styrofoam head on the end of the handle”. Not the case. The head is made of high grade, durable foam and cross linked polyethelene. This type of material and construction prevents scratches or scuffs to delicate surfaces like: cars, trucks, trailers, awnings, spa covers and more. Not to mention the head is 16-3/4” wide x 6” high.

Almost every employee at our company Tools Plus owns one of these. In fact, I own both a SnoBrum and a SnoPro. The SnoPro is very similar to the SnoBrum snow removal tool but it has a solid fixed handle and a higher quality head. The SnoPro is approved for use on Class A finishes and is ideal for commercial use.

 

JET Tools Partners with HGTV for Ellen’s Design Challenge

Jan 23, 2015

JET Tools featured on HGTV - Ellen's Design Challenge

JET Tools has just announced that they partnered with HGTV as the primary woodworking tools supplier for the show, Ellen’s Design Challenge. The program showcases six furniture designers who are challenged to create beautiful pieces of furniture. At the end of the season, one winner will get a $100,000. Each designer will be supported by a skilled woodworker/carpenter. The show is produced and will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres (The Ellen Show). Ellen’s Design

Challenge premieres on January 26th at 9/8C on HGTV. This isn’t the first time that JET Tools was given recognition with their woodworking products. JET’s woodworking products have also been featured in: Fine Woodworking Magazine, ProTool Reviews, This Old Workshop, Popular Mechanics and more!

Interested in checking out what great products JET Tools has to offer? Visit our JET Tools Woodworking section at Tools-Plus.com.