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Tool-A-Rama is Here!

Nov 6, 2009

Outside at Tool-A-Rama 2009

Outside at Tool-A-Rama 2009

Our yearly tent sale is upon us and this year it’s bigger than ever! Every year Tools-Plus offers you huge discounts on the top name brands in power tools and woodworking machinery. The sale starts today online and in our retail store, and runs through tomorrow November 7th in store and is continued through Sunday November 8th online.

Look for 10% off on brands you trust like DeWalt, Irwin, Porter-Cable, Delta, Freud and many many more. And save 5% of other brands like Makita, Milwaukee and Hitachi.

Stay tuned for updates and sneek-peaks.

This is a once a year deal from the people you know and trust…don’t miss out!

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It’s Never Too Late to Go Back to School

Aug 24, 2009

Back to school season is here and it’s time that you take a moment to review what you know about your tools. No matter what your skill level, it’s always important to know the ins and outs of your tools. Not only is it safer, but it can actually help you complete your next project faster and easier than ever before. You wouldn’t try to drive without knowing how to turn the key, right? The same principle should be applied to your tools.

Over the next few weeks, take the time to “go back to school” and learn the ins and outs of how your tools work, how you can use them safely, and what you can do to make your next project easier. A few moments out of your day to read the manual, watch instructional videos, or to check out tool blogs can help you use your tools smarter while preparing you with the knowledge to buy better tools in the future. You know the basics. Now it’s time to take those skills to the next level by going back to school.

Also, be sure to check out Tool-Talker regularly for more info on tools, tool safety, and other important lessons that can help you grow your knowledge!

Three Tools Your Home Shouldn’t Be Without

Aug 14, 2009

Every home needs a tape measure.

Every home needs a tape measure.

If you’re a new homeowner, or just starting out on your own, it’s important to have everything you need to get by. Whether it’s the right furniture to the tools, you need to be sure that you can take care of life’s little issues without hassle and keep on going. As you begin to move into your home, make sure that you take care of at least one of those problems by equipping yourself with three essential tools that every home shouldn’t be without:

Cordless Drill

Whether you’re looking to hang up a new picture or install some shelving in your closets, a cordless power drill is a must have in your home. Check out the selection at to choose the right one for you. Remember, even if you don’t plan on using it a lot, still having on on hand is a great idea, especially for those times when screws come loose, hardware falls off and your furniture needs to be put together.


As you look to arrange your rooms and decorate your walls, remember that a level can help you keep things looking straight. As an essential in any home, levels can help out in just about every room of the house. Be sure you grab one today at


Tape Measures

These easy to use, easy to store tools can be kept on hand just about anywhere. In a drawer or in a tool box, tape measures are great for measuring dimensions of objects, rooms, windows, and doors so you can advance your next project. Don’t get caught without one! Stop by and get yours.

Easy Ways to Organize Your Workbench

Jun 29, 2009

With warmer weather comes the chance to complete those projects you’ve been putting off for the past few months. But as your workshop or work bench becomes more cluttered, it’s important to think about how you can organize your work space to make it easier, more efficient, and safer as you work through your to-do list for the season. To help you out, offers these easy tips:

For Your Tools

One of the easiest ways to avoid digging through your tool box to find the right equipment is to install a peg board above your workbench with spots for each of your most commonly used tools. The rest you can store away neatly in a tool box or set of drawers.

For Your Screws, Nuts, Bolts, etc.

Make your screws, paper clips, pens, nuts, bolts, and nails easy to find and safely stowed away by organizing them in a few large glass jars. Attach a label for an even neater workspace.

For Your Bits and Blades

Let your drawers be a safe haven for bits and blades that can often get lost, become damaged, or cause harm when stored improperly. Be sure to organize them neatly to avoid accidental injury.

Father’s Day Tip #2: Milwaukee Power Tools

May 26, 2009

Milwaukee 2401-22 Micro Driver Drill

Milwaukee 2401-22 Micro Driver Drill

Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Electric Tool has been bringing Dad’s around the world affordable, durable power tools that are perfect for heavy duty building. Whether your Dad is a contractor, carpenter, or even a hobbyist, Milwaukee tool can offer something more to his work bench – guaranteed. Known best for their Sawzall

tool – a robust saw with the ultimate in performance and power – Milwaukee Tool also carries a wide range of affordable power tools and accessories that are perfect for Father’s Day, both on and off the job site.

This year, instead of going with just another card, why not give Dad something he’d really like? Something like a cordless drill, perhaps? Or maybe Dad would like an Air Brad Nailer for his next carpentry project. No matter what you choose, just remember that has you covered with all of the best that Milwaukee Tool has to offer.

Father’s Day Tip #1: Carhartt Clothing

May 22, 2009

Carhartt Top Stitched Cap

Carhartt Top Stitched Cap

Dressing Dad doesn’t seem like something he’d want for Father’s Day, but if your Dad is a lover of working hard, using his hands to create buildings and car engines, or even just playing around in his work shop, then it’s time to give him something better for the big day. It’s time to give him the durable, high quality fit that Carhartt has to offer.

Carhartt work clothing has been a favorite amongst builders, carpenters, contractors, hobbyists, and do-it-yourselfers for decades. Each and every clothing item from Carhartt offers that comfortable fit you need while you work without posing a safety hazard with a too loose fit. In addition to being comfortable, Carhartt clothing is also incredibly durable and hardworking – just like your Dad. offers a great selection of clothing by Carhartt, including gloves, hats and hoods, jackets, pants, shirts, and socks to keep Dad feeling comfortable when he needs it most.

A Record Setting Drill

Apr 29, 2009

For many, achieving a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records is an important and fulfilling occasion. From months of planning to physical training to accomplish the feat, many dedicate themselves heart and soul to the fulfillment of their goal. However, there’s one record that simply can’t be done without a workshop essential.

In this video, you’ll see the record for most rotations hanging from a power drill in a minute is 141 achieved by The Guy Hiang (Germany) on the set of Guinness World Records – Die Größten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, on September 1, 2007.

Watch the Drill Spin World Record

This feat is commendable, but what’s even more impressive is the drill itself.
Can you tell us what the brand of drill is?

What Tools Do You Really Need?

Apr 22, 2009

Unless you’re a craftsman or a do-it-yourselfer, having a garage filled with tools just isn’t practical. Besides being a costly After all, most people tend to use tools for little fix-it projects. So what are the essentials every home should have?

First off, if you’re a new homeowner or are just looking to start out on your own, consider the types of uses you’ll need tools for. Do you have electronics? Do you plan on hanging artwork in the new place? Do you have tools needed to repair or even access certain parts of your home? If you have special needs, outfit them before you try to improvise and possibly, cause yourself even more hassle.

Next, outfit your home with these manual tool essentials:

  1. Screwdrivers (Phillips & flat head)
  2. Hammer
  3. Pliers
  4. Wrench
  5. Hand saw
  6. Utility knife
  7. Pry bar
  8. Tape measure
  9. Needle nose pliers
  10. Ratchet and socket set
  11. Stud finder
  12. Putty knife

Finally, every home should have a Cordless Drill for all of those little projects that don’t include pre-drilled holes, like furniture, walls, floors, and other minor repairs. Include a few bits and screwdriver heads and you’ve got a tool that’s sure to make any project easier.

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Spring Cleaning Your Tool Box

Apr 3, 2009

Springtime is here – shouldn’t your workshop be ready for the season?

Because of the nicer weather that springtime brings, many contractors, do-it-yourselfers, and hobbyists choose spring as the perfect season for starting a new project. If you’re planning on starting up something new, or even finishing up a project you’ve already started, it’s important to consider the tools you’re using to get the job done. If they’re worn out from many winters -or in many cases, just plain old – you may want to consider giving your tool box (or work bench) a spring cleaning.

Spring cleanings aren’t just about getting your work areas organized; they’re also about getting your workshop safe. Organized work spaces, up to date tools, and a cleaner area for doing your projects are all vital elements to keep yourself safe and functional. Just remember, if your shop is looking old, rusty, and a little bit unstable, chances are that it’s just the right time to give it a good spring cleaning.

Clear out the dust, dirt and grime from your tools and work areas. Sweep the floors and reorganize to maximize your space. Go through all of your tools and materials and to check on their conditions. If there’s rust, toss it or recycle it properly. Have a broken power tool? Replace it with a new one from Been storing paint for several years? It’s probably time to toss it. Remember, you have to make smart choices about what you keep in your shop, especially during the busy season of spring.

Common Types of Circular Saws

Mar 25, 2009

A portable circular saw or cordless circular saw has become the most frequently used cutting tool for do-it-yourselfers. With the right set of blades, you can use a circular saw to cut wood, metal , plaster, concrete, or other masonry materials. An adjustable base plate lets you set the blade depth for your work piece, and it also pivots from side to side for bevel cuts.

Most professional carpenters use a standard drive  7 1/4″ blade circular saw. The model has a sawdust-release pipe that connects to a collection bag. This saw also comes in a worm-drive model. Some carpenters prefer the worm-drive saw for heavy-duty cutting. Worm-drive saws offer more torque at any given speed. As a result, they are less likely to slow, bind, or kick back when sujected to a heavy load. 

The 6 1/2″ blade  circular saw is both lightweight and more versatile than its bigger brother but it is also less powerful and is limited when cutting bevel cuts or material that is thicker than 2x stock.  

The 4 3/8″ blade trim saw is well balanced and lightweight for easy handling. It has a high power to weight ratio or 7.8 Amps and 11,000 RPMs. With the proper diamond blade, this saw can even dry cut stone and masonry.

Cordless Circular Saws have become more powerful than anyone could have anticipated. The Milwaukee 0740-22 28 V Metal Cutting Saw boasts 3200 RPMs and can cut a 2″ galvanized pipe  in a single pass. Nothing can top the performance of this tool in terms of cutting speed or overall run time. milwaukee-0740-201

To get full use from your circular saw, you’ll need an assortment of blades designed for specific cutting tasks. Your collection should include at least one general purpose combination blade with carbide teeth. In addition to cutting wood and sheet material, you can also use a circular saw to cut masonry and thin metal with the appropriate abrasive blade.  Get the most out of your saw by inspecting your blade regularly and changing it as needed. You know how difficult it is to use a dull knife in the kitchen, so don’t forget about your circular saw blade! Also, because circular saw blades cut in an upward direction, the top face of the work piece may splinter. To protect the finish side of the work piece, mark measurements on the back side and place the good side down for cutting.