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Winter Tool of Choice: Sno Brum Automobile Snow Broom

Dec 19, 2016

Sno Brum Automobile Snow Broom

We all go out to our cars after a snow storm and STARE at the mess that awaits us. It’s intimidating and even 3” of snow looks scary. So what do you do? You’re going to walk over to your car and clear it off before you start shoveling/snow blowing the driveway. You’ll grab your trusty snow brush and start cleaning.

I don’t know about you but I don’t consider the everyday snow brush as trusty. I mean it’s a better option than using your glove or worst, your bare hand. But trusted tool of choice?


You can do better. Take a hint from your local car dealerships. They generally aren’t using the common snow brush that you have grown accustom to.

They’re using a Sno Brum.

What’s a Sno Brum? It’s a snow removal tool for vehicles. It allows you to easily push/pull the snow off your car quickly and efficiently. The magic happens on the foam head. It gives you the power of using a household broom but without scratching the surface of your car. The foam head features the same high grade, durable foam and crosslinked polyethylene used by auto dealers to clear dozens of cars per snow storm.

Need to store it away after using it? It has an aluminum telescoping handle with special cold resistant nylon threads that collapses the handle from 46″ to 27″.

Are you holiday shopping? They can be given to a family member, friend or neighbor as a gift.

Tools Plus has them in-stock now and offers price discounts if you purchase more than one Sno Brum at a time.

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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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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.


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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.