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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



Bosch 18V Wireless Battery Charger: The Future of Jobsite Convenience

Jan 19, 2015


If you own a cordless power tool than you are very familiar with taking the battery off the tool when it dies and plugging it into the wall charger. It’s a requirement or it at least it WAS a requirement.

Bosch Power Tools has introduced a new technology that becomes an industry first and changes the way you charge your power tool battery. This technology allows you to keep your battery on your Bosch tool while it charges on the jobsite.

Bosch calls this their Power Ready Wireless Charging System.


Bosch introduces the Power Ready Wireless Charging System for Bosch 18V Power Tools

The Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charger creates an electromagnetic field that tops of or maxes out your batteries charge. Bosch designed this system to minimize the time wasted on jobsite from having to recharge a dead battery. Now you can simply place your drill/driver down on the charger and pick it up when you need it again. This will give you the ability to replenish it in between periods of use.

The reason that Bosch refers to this new wireless technology as a system is because they come out with accessories that allow you to customize the way you use your wireless charger. So far they’ve released a charging frame and mobile holster.

The charging frame is for a basic setup.  The charging frame will mount to any surface. Once it’s been mounted, you simply slide the wireless charger into it and plug into a wall.

Bosch DDS182-102 locks into the Mobile Holster

The mobile holster is pretty cool accessory. The mobile holster has a custom tool lock-in feature for Bosch 18V drill driver, hammer drill/driver and impact driver models including: DH182, IWBH182, DDS/HDS182, DDS/HDS182 and DDH/HDH18.

Mobile holster mounts to any shelf or sidewall vertically or horizontally for quick and convenient access. Have Sortimo shelving? This holster is compatible with easy tool-free mounting capabilities.

Interested in investing in wireless power tool battery technology?

We carry kits that include the new wireless charger as well as the individual wireless accessories. See a list of links below.

Tool Kits:

Bosch CLPK233WC-02 18V Wireless Charging Combo Kit

Bosch DDS182WC-102 18 V Brushless Drill Driver w/ Wireless Charger

Bosch WC18CHF-102DDS 18V Drill Driver Wireless Charging Kit

Bosch IDH182WC-102 1/2 In. Socket Ready 1/4 In. Hex Impact Driver Wireless Kit


Bosch WC18C 18V Wireless Charger

Bosch WC18F 18V Wireless Charger Frame

Bosch WC18H 18V Wireless Mobile Holster

Bosch WCBAT612 18V 2.0 Ah Wireless Charging Lithium-Ion SlimPack Battery

Bosch WC18CF 18V Wireless Charger and Frame

Bosch WC18CF-102 18V Wireless Charging Starter Kit with 2.0Ah Battery and Frame

Bosch WC18CH 18V Wireless Charger and Mobile Holster

Bosch WC18CHF-102 18V Wireless Charging Starter Kit with 2.0Ah Battery, Mobile Holster and Frame


Fight the Cold with the Bosch PSJ120 12V Heated Jacket

Jan 10, 2015

It’s time to go to the jobsite. It’s 7:30am on a Monday morning. You step out of your front door and you’re met with 12 degree winter air. The wind chill whips your face and it feels like 10 below. You’re going to be up on a ladder all day or maybe servicing someone’s standby generator. You’ve prepared but nothing you wear can prevent that piercing wind and now the falling sleet.

We’ve all been there and it’s just part of the job, but it doesn’t have to be something you just deal with. Bosch has listened to their customers. They came out with something that will assist you with your day-to-day work, the Bosch PSJ120 12V Max Heated Jacket.

Bosch PSJ120 Heated Jacket Full Kit

Powered by the same battery used in their popular 12V power tool battery system, the PSJ120 heated jacket gives you what you need to fight the elements. The Bosch heated jacket is both wind and water resistant. It provides you with up to 8 hours of warmth on a single battery charge and is controlled by one button (with three color coded heat settings). The battery itself sits in its own pocket at the bottom front of your jacket and feels like nothing more than a cell phone (In my opinion).

BHB120 Battery Holster charges USB devices and is powered by a Bosch 12V Battery

Speaking of cell phones, the battery holster that holds the battery also allows you to plug in and charge your phone via USB. There is a small button on the holster that lets you toggle that ability on or off. Need somewhere to keep your phone? The Bosch PSJ120 Heated Jacket has a chest pocket that can store your phone while its charging or just for safe keeping.

The jacket side pockets on these are nice and deep. The Bosch heated jacket also has document holding netted pocket on the inner right side too to keep you totally equipped.

Probably one of the best features of this jacket is its SLEEK. Some of the competitor jackets don’t give you that professional jacket. This jacket can be worn to a business meeting or even to a holiday party with your family at a nice restaurant.

Netted pocket for holding important documents on the jobsite. Located on the inner right side.

Along the seams of the front and back of the arms is reflective material that reflects light for maximum awareness in the early morning or late evening hours.

I’m not just throwing you talking points from a Bosch flyer, I own one of these jackets myself and have a lot of firsthand experience with it.

If you are looking for something that will help you fight the cold every day, then the Bosch PSJ120 12V Heated Jacket is it. You can purchase your heated jacket at Tools Plus from Bosch Heated Jacket page.


JET Tools vs. Grizzly Industrial: Which Machinery Should You Choose for Your Workshop?

Dec 18, 2014

This is a bold question and a very loaded one. When comparing two competitors machinery, you usually need to address them on a SKU to SKU basis. This is typically what Wood Magazine and Fine Woodworking do. They test comparable models from several brands and give their opinion of the superior product. We all find this very helpful when we are indecisive, but what you have to keep in mind is that it’s often a matter of personal taste. We might prefer the location of the on/off switch on JET bench top wood lathe over the location of the switch on a Grizzly. This doesn’t mean our wood turning buddy will.

I’d rather address a very important determining factor that most of you forget about, service and support. Most of us have purchased a product in our lives that has broken or malfunctioned prematurely.

There’s several issues wrong with this situation.

  1. You have a short warranty window so your issue is not covered
  2. The product seems to break, die or malfunction right after the warranty period.
  3. When you call to talk with someone, you get a series of automated prompts and never a human being.
  4. When you do get a live support person, they have been outsourced and aren’t even US based.
  5. Service parts take forever to come in and they never have what you need in-stock ready to ship.
  6. You may have to ship your product back to manufacturer, have them inspect it and then have the issue handled.

So I’ve looked at both of these widely popular woodworking brands. I first addressed the length of the warranty. Grizzly offers a 1-year warranty on all of their woodworking machinery. JET Tools on the other hand offers an impressive industry leading 5-year warranty.

JET Tools has 40,000+ unique parts in stock at their Tennessee facility

JET also offers what they refer to as the “JET Red Assurance”. JET Red Assurance is a service and support program that:

  1. Has U.S. customer service
  2. Has U.S. tech support
  3. Authorized service centers in all 50 states (750 Authorized service centers to be exact).
    1. Note: This is where you can take your product locally to get it inspected, repaired or replaced under warranty when you have issues.
  4. Extensive online resources
  5. 40,000+ Unique parts in stock

JET Tools shipping facility is based right in LaVergne, Tennessee and we had a chance to go down to see it all. We were very impressed with their operation. Their facility is very clean and organized with their parts all in designated locations. They pride themselves on quality machinery and that’s why they stand behind such a long 5-year warranty.

JPW Headquarters (Home of JET, Wilton and Powermatic machinery)

When I checked into Grizzly I found that they don’t really offer their own version of “Red Assurance”. Grizzly actually requires you to ship out your defective product for inspection if under warranty to one of their three facilities. Once they inspected it and deemed it a warranty issue, they would then repair or replace it. Unfortunately this creates a potential for a huge downtime before your machine is back to for production.


Service starts at the beginning too. Unlike Grizzly, JET doesn’t sell direct but rather to a network of dealers who sell their products. Our company (Tools Plus) happens to be one of these authorized dealers. Grizzly charges freight on all machinery over 70 lbs which can get expensive for you woodworkers out there. JET, when purchased from Tools Plus comes with Free Shipping over $50. This free shipping also includes free lift gate service (a service that Grizzly charges $34 for). Lift gate service is crucial for residential customers who aren’t able to lift 300 lbs out of the back of the truck.

Interested in JET Tools for all your woodworking needs? Check out our JET Tools page at our website.


Generac Generators Help You Survive a Winter Power Outage

Dec 11, 2014

The storm season is here. The “winter storm” season that is. It’s important to remember how dangerous ice and snow really is. Just last month, Buffalo New York was hit with 6 feet of snow. People were trapped in their houses without power and there was just too much snow to plow. It was not pretty. Just a couple days ago, New York and Vermont were hit with a 1 ft of heavy wet snow and many are now left without power.

What’s important to remember and what people tend to forget is that your power can go out at anytime during the year. Dangerous weather exists around us all the time. Think about it, in the spring/summer its thunderstorms/tornadoes, in the fall it’s hurricanes and in the winter its snow.

Many of us aren’t proactive either but rather reactive. When we know a hurricane is coming, we flood the grocery store to buy 30 cases of water and 12 loaves of bread. When a huge snow storm is coming, we rush to the hardware store to buy all their road salt and every shovel in stock. We never think about the long term. What happens if we’re left without power for 2 weeks and we have no way to run electric heaters or hot water?

No flashlight, snow shovel or loaf of bread will turn your heat back on. This is something that only a generator can do. Having a generator is the best way to think long term. But you don’t just want any brand; you want a reliable product that will work when you need it to. That’s where Generac comes into play. Generac is a leader in home backup systems. They offer both portable and standby generator solutions to help protect your family and household.

Generac 5747 XG8000E

A great portable option from Generac is the Generac 5747 XG8000E. This generator is 8000 watts of power and has an electric start (yes, no pulling required). It allows you to run it for 10 hours at 50% load on full tank of gas. A 1-1/4” steel tub cradle is built around it for added durability and it also comes equipped with never flat wheels for mobility.

A great standby option from Generac is the Generac 6461. This generator is 16,000 watts of power and is an air cooled standby generator. It can be powered by either liquid propane (LP) or natural gas (NG). The best thing about this unit is it already includes a 100 amp 16 Circuit automatic transfer switch.

See our full list of portable Generac generators or our full list of Generac home standby generators and start thinking proactively.

Have a business? Generac has solutions for you as well. They have standby generators to accommodate all sorts of power requirements for your business. To see a full list, visit our Commercial Standby page.