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Drywall Screw Guns: Cut The Cord with the Makita XSF03Z Brushless Cordless Drywall Screwdriver

Aug 21, 2015

Putting up sheets of drywall has always been a corded tool application, until recently. Makita released the new XSF03Z LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Drywall Screwdriver. The Makita XSF03Z is powered by the Makita BL Motor that delivers 0-4,000 RPM that will allow you to tackle a variety of drywall and framing applications on the job. The BL motor is a brushless motor that eliminates the use of carbon brushes in the motor providing you with more efficient energy at a cooler operating temperature.

XSF03Z LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Drywall Screwdriver

The XSF03Z features Push Drive Technology.

The greatest thing about the new Makita XSF03Z is what Makita refers to as “Push Drive Technology”. In lock-on mode the motor starts only when the fastener is engaged with a surface which gives you quieter work environment while optimizing battery life. Worried about it weighing too much? Not an issue. The Makita XSF03Z is only 9-7/8” long and weighs just 3.8 lbs with battery (battery not included with the XSF03Z bare tool model).

Looking for something that offers an auto-feed screw gun function instead? Makita has the Makita LXRF01Z 18VT LXT Lithium-ion Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver. At 5.2lbs, this auto-feed screw gun option is both lightweight and effective and is great for decking/sub-floor applications. This unit allows you to collated screws that range from 1-3/4” to 2-15/16”.

Interested in other Makita cordless tools? Check out a full list of Makita Tools and Accessories that we carry at our Tools Plus website.

Makita XSF03Z

Milwaukee 2704 M18 FUEL ½” Hammer Drill/Driver Raises the Bar on Max Torque

Aug 14, 2015

Milwaukee 2704-22 1/2" Milwaukee Hammer Drill/Driver

The competition for most torque in a cordless hammer drill/driver is ON! Last year Makita released their XPH07Z 18V LXT ½” Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver and it was the leader of its pack by a stretch. It delivered a gut-busting 1,090 in-lbs of torque. The only ½” Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver to come close was the Milwaukee 2604 that provided just 725 in-lbs.

Well Milwaukee just recently announced the next series of their M18 FUEL line-up and on the list is the new Milwaukee 2704 M18 FUEL ½” Hammer Drill/Driver. What’s so special about it? Powered by the POWERSTATE Brushless motor it delivers 1,200 in-lbs of peak torque and up to 2,000 RPM for faster drilling speeds.

Torque, torque and more torque. What’s so great about torque anyways, you might ask? Let’s say you’ve got a spade bit in your chuck or a large wood boring bit. Perhaps you’re looking to bore through a thick piece of reclaimed or hardwood with this bit. Given that you have the right bit for the application. The more torque you have, the less likely you are to getting the bit stuck mid-hole because the hammer drill/driver bound up or “torqued out”.

Delays are fine if you’re doing a weekend project on your house and don’t have a deadline but if this is your job, then the common phrase “time is money” applies. Interested in picking up one of these new Milwaukee Hammer Drill/Drivers? These will be available for purchase at Tools Plus soon.

In the meantime, check out some other great Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brushless Tools on the market at our Tools Plus Milwaukee section.


Leaving Kids in Hot Cars: What to Do When You See This to Avoid Hot Car Deaths

Jul 23, 2015

It’s a 95° day and you are walking through the parking lot of local department store. You peering your head back and forth looking around. Just then you notice there is a baby inside of a parked car. The car is not running and the windows are rolled up. You look and the baby is still conscious but sweating profusely. What do you do?

You or someone else needs to immediately call 911. If you can manage to get the baby out of the car, paramedics or fire department personnel will need to attend to child for injury.

You need to find something to break the window. Believe it or not, car windows are EXTREMELY hard to break. Movies where you see someone smash a window through the center with a tire iron in one fatal swing is typically not accurate. There is an effective way of breaking car window glass but it requires a technique.

A car window’s weakest point is at the bottom right corner of the window (See Figure 1 below). Everyone seems to believe that it would be the center of the window where it’s furthest away from any type of support but that’s not the case.

Best Breaking Points on Window - Hot Car Deaths

Best Breaking Points on a Car Window to Avoid Hot Car Deaths


There are some great tools that you can keep in your car or on you that will assist you in situations like this. The first is the Astro Pneumatic 3088 Emergency Car Window Breaker. This single handed tool features a steel window escape hammer that quickly deploys at the flip of a switch. The Astro Pneumatic 3088 also features a recessed blade to cut a seatbelt if needed.

If you are looking for something a little smaller and simpler, you can purchase a spring activated center punch. These are typically used for punching, marking and staking most metals. Just put it at the bottom right corner of window and push down on the top of the center punch. The General 77 Automatic Center Punch is great choice because it’s more powerful than the $4 or $5 options out there and will give you far better success in a dire situation.

Keep in mind that a baby or toddler’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than an adult and children have died from heatstroke with outside temps as low as 60 degrees. Also remember that 80% of the increase in temperature happens in the first 10 minutes of the car sitting and cracking windows does not slow the heating process.

If you see this, be prepared. Consider either the Astro 3088 Car Emergency Car Window Breaker or the General 77 Automatic Center Punch as a way to help out in this situation. Nothing is worst than witnessing a preventable child fatality.

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Makita XPH07M Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Delivers Best-in-Class Jaw-Dropping Torque

Jun 6, 2015

How many of you have a cordless drill? How about cordless hammer drill? Probably most of you have one or the other. It’s probably one of the most popular cordless tools to own because of its ability to be used by the homeowner, DIY, contractor or tradesman in various projects. The cordless tool market is an ever expanding market and has recently seen the emergence of the brushless motor in the last few years.

Makita_XPH07 Hammer Driver Drill In ActionMakita has been at the forefront with this Brushless technology and was the first to utilize it in a consumer handheld power tool. Makita continues to expand their line-up of brushless tools. Just recently, Makita shattered the market with the addition of the Makita XPH07M Brushless Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill.

Nothing brings more high-impact torque than this new Makita brushless power tool. The Makita XPH07M has the most jaw dropping inch-pounds of torque in its class and is able to tackle the roughest of jobs with a stiff upper lip. So just how much more torque does it have versus its competition? In comparison, the Milwaukee 2604-22 packs only 725 in lbs of torque and the Dewalt DCD995M2 has just 708 in lbs of torque whereas the Makita XPH07 boasts a whopping 1,090 in lbs of torque. That’s over 300 in-lbs of torque more than the closest competition.

Want more? The Makita XPH07Z when included in the XT252M or XT257M kit includes their BL1840 4.0Ah batteries which only take 40 minutes to charge vs. the hour or more the competition takes. This gives the ability to stay up and running for longer with less downtime between charges.

Makita has the world’s LARGEST 18V lithium-ion line-up amongst its closest competitors with over 100 tools powered by one style of battery (that now come in 3 different Ah). Looking to invest your money into a growing lithium-ion power tool system and a brand that is innovative? Check out Makita tools and consider buying the Makita XT252M 2-Piece Combo Kit or Makita XT257M 2-Piece Combo Kit which includes the jaw-dropping juggernaut Makita XPH07M Brushless Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill.


JET 723950 JOSS-S Oscillating Spindle Sander Takes Hassle Out Of Sanding

May 16, 2015

JET 723950 Oscillating Spindle Sander - Main Image

Introducing the NEW JET 723950 JOSS-S Oscillating Spindle Sander

Just yesterday JET Tools officially released their new JET 723950 JOSS-S Floor Model Oscillating Spindle Sander. The features added or improved from previous models really give you that hassle-free sanding experience and eliminate a lot of the headaches you may be accustomed to. With the new sander you won’t really see any changes in the RPM or motor performance (compared to the Jet 708411) but some other key improvements can really make your job a lot easier.

To start, the new JET 723950 is designed with baffles. These baffles create a chamber under the table that improves dust collection. JET has also designed the table inserts to increase dust collection as well to save you the time of cleaning up the extra dust that your dust collector just couldn’t get.

On many oscillating spindle sanders your spindle assemblies are on the exterior of the unit. Usually they are stored directly under the work table. If you prefer to put your various spindle assemblies to the side (in a box) or find that having them directly under the table becomes a problem, JET has created an integrated storage solution. JET has designed a cabinet that is built into the base of the unit. In the cabinet there are designated slots for each spindle assembly (10 included) and each table insert. On the door of the cabinet, a magnetic strip has been installed so you can attach your wrench to it when you done using it. This prevents you from losing a drum or misplacing the wrench that otherwise might put you behind schedule.

JET 723950 Spindle Assembly StorageWith the JET 708411 oscillating spindle sander you were used to being able to do a 0-45 degree table tilt forward. JET has now incorporated a back tilt as well of 0- 15 degrees and the 723950 oscillating spindle sander now features a 90 degree quick index too.

One last important addition is regarding the spindle. The new JET 723950 has spindle lock and now only requires one wrench when making spindle assembly changes. If you are interested in learning more or are looking to purchase the JET 723950 JOSS-S Floor Model Oscillating Spindle Sander, please check our JET 723950 product page.

Powermatic ICFF: Support The Next Generation Of Great Furniture Makers

May 7, 2015

Powermatic ICFF Furniture Maker ContestPowermatic is not just one of the top woodworking machinery brands in the country but an avid supporter of the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and The Furniture Society. So Powermatic is once again doing an ICFF contest in support of the next generation of great furniture makers. Voting started April 22nd, 2015 and concludes May 19, 2015 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. At the end of it all, Powermatic will present the winner of the People’s Choice Award with a new Powermatic PM1500 Band Saw at the conference! Do your part to support the next generation of furniture makers and cast your vote today! Click here to see the choices.

Want to know more about the Powermatic PM1500 3HP 1PH 230V Band Saw? Visit our Powermatic PM1500 product page and see why the PM1500 has the right to have the gold standard slapped onto the side of it.


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.

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West Coast Port Congestion Due to Labor Negotiations

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