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    1. HoMedics LSS-10H Back Masseur
    Too Low To Display
    2. Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with
    3. HyLoft USA 00310 Overhead Storage
    4. Racor PBH-1R ProStor Hoist Monster
    5. Drywall and Panel Hoist has 11ft.
    6. Lincoln Air-Operated Grease Pump
    7. DEWALT DW057K-2 18V Impact Wrench
    8. Accutire MS-4000B Deluxe Backlit
    9. Makita BTD200SH 24-Volt, 1/4"
    10. Makita 6916DWDE 12-Volt Cordless
    11. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS
    12. Measurement Specialties MS-400046
    13. Thermoelectric Travel Cooler &
    14. Xantrex 813-0078 X-Power Autoplug
    15. Park-Zone PZ-1500 Precison Parking
    16. AutoXray EZ-Scan 6000 OBD-I &
    17. Stanley 03-043 Fine Woodworking
    18. DEWALT DW056K-2 18V Impact Driver
    19. CARPAD 218078 Standard/Gold, 18'
    20. Trillium Worldwide TWI-1001N 12-volt

    1. HoMedics LSS-10H Back Masseur 10-Motor Back Massager with Heat
    by HoMedics
    Health and Beauty
    list price: $85.00
    Asin: B000050FFN
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    With this device, there's no reason why sitting at home or the office or idling in rush-hour traffic can't be soothing and relaxing. It's a body-sculpted, padded, soft fabric body massager that fits most chairs and automobile seats, secures with elastic straps, and then massages neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, and thighs at 10 separate points with 10 little motors. It also produces heat for the back--with a safety pressure-activated switch that turns off the heat if you rise from the seat. An LED-illuminated control similar to a television remote control allows you to choose between three massage speeds and intensities, select for heat, choose which body parts to massage, and select from five massage patterns: steady, up-and-down, pulsating, side-to-side, and circulating. An AC home adapter and a 12-volt auto adapter come with the massager, which carries a two-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack ... Read more


    • Includes AC home adapter and 12-volt auto adapter; 2-year warranty
    • 10 motors massage neck, shoulders, back, buttocks, thighs
    • Made of soft fabric; padded and sculpted to fit body
    • Fits most home and office chairs and auto seats; secured by elastic straps
    • Massages at three speeds and three intensities

    Reviews (24)

    3-0 out of 5 stars ok, but.....
    The description of this made it sound really great.Once I got it though, there are a few things to consider.For one, the thing doesn't fit in my chairs.It has elastic straps, but they are too short to secure around my recliner which is the only chair with a high enough back for me to use it.So I tried it with it just sitting in the chair.The lower functions for the low back and legs are fine, but the higher ones made my upper back and neck hurt worse.I have yet to try it in my car...I haven't wanted to dig it out of my closet.:(

    3-0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable
    It works as advertised.I would prefer a touch more heat.

    The main issue I have is that it is uncomfortable to sit on for a long time.In particular the two leg motors stick up so that you feel pressure points while seated.

    It is unfortunate, but I remove the unit when not using the message and heat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This thing rules
    That about sums it up. I do not want to leave my chair...ever. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Automotive    2. Spa    3. Massagers    4. Personal Care    5. Back Massagers    6. Massage    7. Home   

    2. Garmin eTrex Legend 8 MB GPS with PC Cable
    by Garmin
    list price: $214.99 -- our price: Too Low To Display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000058BCQ
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    There are now enough handheld global positioning system (GPS) receivers on the market that you can be choosy when it comes to price, features, and design. Garmin--a leading manufacturer of car, boat, and personal GPS receivers--has a complete line of eTrex handheld receivers, with our Legend falling about midrange.

    Easily look up nearby services with optional downloadable details from MapSource CD-ROMs.
    With Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) support, the Legend offers extremely accurate readings (rated to within 2 to 3 meters). (For more on WAAS, see the Frequently Asked Questions section.) A good-size screen--288 x 160 pixels--makes it easy to see location details, and the Legend redraws maps quickly when zooming in or out of a position.

    Its 8 MB of memory means there is also plenty of room for waypoints, routes, and saved tracks. The Legend will hold up to 500 waypoints, complete with a name and graphical symbol, 20 routes with 50 waypoints each, and it contains slots for 10 saved tracks. You can also download maps from Garmin's MapSource CD-ROMs (thorough but expensive accessories for the GPS receiver) to see street-level or topographic detail (depending on the CD-ROM title).

    Built-in exit listings show services at U.S. interstate exits.
    But one of the most striking attributes of the Legend is its comfortable and efficient design. While it rests easily in the palm of either hand, it's most suited for the left hand, where its handy click-stick can be manipulated with the thumb. The click-stick works like the pencil-eraser nubbin on laptop PCs and is handy for moving through screen icons and menus. It also works as a button when pressed down.

    The Legend is coated with a waterproof, rubberized plastic shell that grips nicely. Weighing in at only 5.3 ounces, it fits into a pocket or clips onto a belt loop, going almost unnoticed.

    The internal trip computer of the Legend provided a range of data about our hikes and drives, including current speed, average speed, trip distance, and time traveled (both moving and stopped). For those interested in checking out their foot pace and distance traveled, it's a handy GPS to have in hand.

    Our only major beef with the Legend is that the receiver sometimes seemed to grow weak. Even when it wasn't in WAAS mode (which can be tough to maintain a signal in), it dropped the signal from time to time. We even lost the signal once while walking along the streets of San Francisco--it seems that the medium-size buildings were enough to interfere with the reception.

    But this only happened on a few occasions. Most of the time the well-designed Legend was able to keep us in touch with up to 12 GPS satellites for a strong-enough read to maintain a tight handle on our location. --J. Curtis


    • Comfortable, compact design
    • Click-stick for interface navigation
    • Bright backlight
    • Handy distance-traveled feature
    • Sporadic reception within urban areas
    • Can take several minutes for a cold fix ... Read more


      • Accuracy to less than 3 meters with WAAS correction data
      • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
      • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software; includes serial PC interface
      • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with built-in Americas basemap
      • 8 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included

      Reviews (120)

      2-0 out of 5 stars Reliability Problems with the e-Trek Legend
      Bought my e-Trek Legend in March 2002 for geocaching; initially it did ok, tracked well but lost signal often when under leafcover in the woods.Started noticing power shutoff problems when first turning it on;thought it was the battery connection, I'm beginning now to think it was poor/thin soldering in the manufacture.Now the click stick will only work in two of four directions.For what I paid for it, and as little as I used it, I doubt if I'll replace it with another Garmin e-Trek, they just don't seem substantial enough for hiking (to think, I cradled that thing like a baby in the woods, being careful with it!).

      4-0 out of 5 stars My first one, not easy to figure out without book.
      Well, so far I kind of dig it. Its not easy to manage without learning it first. Its not a "duh obvious" operating system. I am trying to figure out still how to map where I have been but not save the whole thing. I want to save just legs.

      It is almost one hand useable, but some of the buttons are hard to press with one hand. It is a nice size and very easy to read. It does not come with any computer software and I am not sure how to get other maps on it yet.

      I guess I need to buy additional software. Its been fun playing with it since I bought it yesterday, now I need to learn the nitty gritty.

      5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent little unit.. Handy to have.
      I've had this unit now for about a week Unit offers alot in a little package. Only Highways and State Roads on it, but shareware software on the web really made mapping possible and fun (GPS Track Maker v12). Has lots of POIs (Points of Interests) loaded from the factory.Unit seems very accurate (usually displays 18 or 25 foot accuracy in clear view of the sky).Picks up a good signal on the dash of my car.

      I wound up also buying the Mapsouce CD and loaded up all of CT. Fine details to all minor roads and points of interests.
      It did wipe out the factory maps some (noticed that channel or river bouys no longer in the unit, but the factory map can be reloaded at any time from Garmin's website).

      For the price ($130.00 thru Amazon) it's a fantastic unit. Don't bother with the Etrex Yellow and shoot for the Legend.
      Mapsource was $74 on line..

      Even though the unit comes with a comport cord, go with a dual 12v & com connection in one.I'm running it indoors plugged into a 12v power supply.Unit is also good on Battery life too.

      ... Read more

      Subjects:  1. Legend, Garmin GPS, Garmin map, Map, Hiking, E Trex    2. Outdoor Gear (Out Door)    3. Digital compass (compasses)    4. Handheld (Hand held)    5. GPS (Global Positioning System)    6. Units    7. map (mapping)    8. navigation    9. PDA    10. Laptop   

    3. HyLoft USA 00310 Overhead Storage System
    by Hyloft USA
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $99.99
    Asin: B00007E1L8
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The HyLoft overhead storage system is a clever, clever concept, executed neatly. Just one 4-by-4-foot unit give you 35 cubic feet of storage that space previously wasn't there. Imagine installing these on either side of the garage door opener: you'll create storage space out of nothing. Multiple units can be aligned to fit nearly any space, in a L-shape or T-shape, for whatever available ceiling space you have, and each unit holds up to 250 pounds. The open grate design allows you to see what’s stored above--a feature we really like. The finish is clean-looking and super durable and comes with a lifetime warranty. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of installation, either--only the most basic skills are needed. Tools required are standard household fare: hammer, adjustable wrench, stud finder, and drill. For innovation, ease of installation, and good old American ingenuity, we give this baby five stars.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • Patented, unique, and truly innovative
    • 4-by-4-foot storage unit holds 250 pounds
    • Installs with ease and is height adjustable
    • Frees up space intended for vehicles and maximizes unused space
    • Stores large and odd shaped items not ideal for cabinets

    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Storage System
    The Hyloft is perfect for us, as we have a high ceiling in the garage and lots of things we want to save.I ordered 2 systems thru Amazon and initially tried to install them.I watched the video yet found the studs to be very difficult to locate.

    Via the Hyloft website, I found a local operation to install them.The company, however, needs to make money as well and required me to have at least 4 units to install versus the 2 I bought here.I completely understood, especially given the drive time and fuel costs.

    The Hyloft system itself is a great way to expand your storage and provide an archival system for things you just can't throw away.

    I'm very happy I worked through an expert company who installs these daily.It took them less than 2 hours to install 4.They had to drill thru steel to access the wood stud, which was even hard for them.They Hylofts are now perfectly aligned along the ceiling which looks very clean.The extra cost was well worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THESE ARE THE BEST!
    I just recently gutted my garage and played my own version of Clean Sweep. Couldn't have done it without these. We installed 3 and it took several hours but WELL WORTH IT! Highly recommended, you'll be more than pleased!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Space Saver!!
    I bought two of these and cannot believe how much they hold.It took my husband three hours to install with much of that time finding the first stud.Someone wrote a review about their unit only having two support beams, but each of mine has four as pictured.My huband said the instructions are easy to follow and the assembly is painless.I just love how nice they look and how much stuff I was able to pile on them. ... Read more

    4. Racor PBH-1R ProStor Hoist Monster
    by Racor
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $39.99 -- our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000051XJ2
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    You have to love something as clever as this. We've struggledwith hoisting bikes onto storage hooks in the garage, and that's justnot the way to live--this is. Just screw the pulley system into theceiling studs, thread rope through the guides, attach the rope to your bike, and effortlessly raise your bike to the ceiling. Pro Stor's Monster bike lift hoists bikes as heavy as 50 pounds up to a 12-foot ceiling, and you don't evenbreak a sweat. The locking mechanism prevents accidental release, andyour bike is out of the way. Solid-steel construction leaves nothing toworry about. We like this Monster. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • Solid steel construction delivers a 50-pound load capacity
    • Bike not included
    • Store your bike safely from the ceiling of your garage
    • Unique rope locking mechanism secures the bike
    • For use on ceilings up to 12 feet high

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great space saver
    I have a small garage, and did not have enough space to store my 2 bikes.I recently purchased 2 of these, and problem solved.

    This is a great product!My only advice to the manufacturer / installer would be to pre-drill a pilot hole for the wood screws because the phillips head stripped out too easy.I ended up getting some longer wood screws with a flat head (instead of phillips) and that worked better.

    But overall, installation was a snap, and I am very satisfied with this product!

    5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU CAN'T GO HORIZONTAL...GO VERTICAL !!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good products get excellent reviews
    I bought 3 boxes as well, and must say they really are a great way to gain some floor space back.Everything is well packaged, good instructions, and a breeze to install.Simply a great product. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Hardware    2. Utility Hooks    3. Hoists   

    5. Drywall and Panel Hoist has 11ft. Lift
    by Northern Tool and Equipment

    Asin: B0000AX6XQ
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    6. Lincoln Air-Operated Grease Pump
    by Lincoln

    Asin: B0000AX0TC
    Sales Rank: 22321
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    7. DEWALT DW057K-2 18V Impact Wrench Kit
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware (01 October, 2003)
    list price: $484.00 -- our price: $269.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CCXTQ
    Sales Rank: 661
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Includes 1/2" impact wrench, (2) 18V XR+TM PACK extended run-time battery packs, 1-hour charger, and a heavy-duty kit box
    • 1,650 in./lbs. of maximum torque for tightening and loosening large nuts and bolts and driving fasteners
    • Only 6-1/2" long to get you into tighter spots
    • Heavy-duty impact mechanism provides the power while delivering less kickback
    • Heavy-duty magnesium gear case and all-metal transmission for job site durability

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another good item
    I've only used this tool a few times and it has out performed my expectations each time. Working as a marine technician you see a lot of rusty engine mounts, each time I've used it this tool had no problem. Its also well balanced and compact, certinly not a the biggest amount of torque but enough for alot of smaller jobs. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. DeWalt    2. (De Walt)    3. Cordless Tools    4. (Volt)    5. (V)    6. Impact Drivers & Wrenches   

    8. Accutire MS-4000B Deluxe Backlit Lithium Digital Tire Gauge
    by Measurement Specialties
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $39.99 -- our price: $17.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AXI4
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Accutire's new, deluxe digital tire gauge delivers precise tire pressure reading every time--and that's important. While manual tire gauges seem flimsy, sometimes stick, and can give inconsistent results, Accutire's digital gauge is a well-made, confidence-inspiring instrument. The Accutire also delivers impressive consistency: in our tests, we got within plus/minus 1/2 psi each time, something that's not likely to happen with a manual gauge. The Accutire's large back-lit LCD screen is easy to read, too, no matter if you're standing in pitch-black dark or in bright daylight. The gauge measures from 5 to 99 psi, in 1/2-pound increments, and automatically shuts itself off after you use it. Built with a rugged aluminum housing, a rubber nose, and tail guards, this gauge also comes with a handy steel side clip, in case you need to carry yours with you wherever you go. And when it's not in use, you can store the Accutire in its felt-lined, snap-shut case, so it won't get beat up rattling around in your glove box. Accutire's digital gauge costs more than a manual gauge, but with its lifetime lithium battery, it's going to last you a long, long time. --Jon Groebner ... Read more


    • 5 year warranty
    • Latest technology in digital air-pressure measurement delivers precision accuracy
    • Large backlit LCD display lights up for nighttime viewing
    • Accurately measures 5 to 99 psi in 1/2-pound increments
    • Runs off a Lifetime Lithium battery and automatically shuts off

    Reviews (22)

    5-0 out of 5 stars a sturdy and easy-to-use tire gauge
    I bought this item back in May of 2001 for the two cars in my house.The tire gauge still works very well, and shows its readings in 0.5 psi increments.As advertised, the large digits are easy to read even in direct sunlight (I just verified that last week!).It works fine even as I'm nearing the fifth year of owning this handy item.It even looks brand-new because the case keeps it safe from scratches, dents, and dings that you are bound to get while it is stowed in the glovebox.

    One thing that should be noted: people complained that it's hard to get a good seal to get a consistent and accurate reading.I bet it's because the tire's air nozzle was up or off to the side; I find that it's best when the nozzle is around the 6 or 7 o'clock position so that I can firmly press the gauge straight down.This means you have to crane your head a bit to read the digial measurement, but the important thing is to be able to press down straight & hard onto the tire's nozzle.

    I've been using this gauge to check the tires more frequently since the season is changing, and also because I am on the road for longer periods of time. If not for anything, checking the air pressure makes me take a good and up-close look at the tires, and make sure that everything seems okay.At every check-up, this tire gauge was easy to use.I'd definitely buy this again, perhaps as a gift to someone who drives a lot, or as a replacement for myself if needed.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Dead at just over a year old
    In addition to the previously discussed problem of getting a good seal, I tried to use it the other day, and found it is totally dead. Replacing the button cells did not correct the problem. Seems the lithium battery failed prematurely. Considering the seal problem, I doubt I will bother to pay shipping & insurance to return it to the manufacturer for repair even if it is within the 5 year warranty.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Obtaining Seal is Very Hard
    I find it a struggle to get a good seal for proper measurement. My old fashioned mechanical gauge is much easier.
    I regret my purchase, it was a complete waste of money. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Mechanics' Tools    2. (Tire Pressure Guages)   

    9. Makita BTD200SH 24-Volt, 1/4" Cordless Impact Driver Kit
    by Makita
    Tools & Hardware

    Asin: B000056NOH
    Sales Rank: 8926
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Powerful 24V (1.7Ah) Ni-MH MAKSTAR battery for longer run time
    • Variable speed trigger for total control operation
    • Ergonomic rubberized handle for operator comfort and control
    • Universal 1/4" hex shank Quick-Change chuck
    • 2-speed motor (0-1,600 RPM or 0-2,000 rpm)

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makita Cordless Impact Driver Kit BTD200SH
    This tool is a handyman's dream.I'm not sure whether this $549 price is for the impact wrench or the impact driver.The picture on this page is for the impact wrench, but the part number is for the impact driver (BTD200SH).The wrench version should have model number BTW200SH.I'd call up Amazon to confirm before ordering.I know for a fact Amazon is selling BTD200SH for $399.Do a search for BTD200SH on Amazon and you will see two entries:one 399, the other for 549.The price for the impact driver has tumbled everywhere else but Amazon, because Makita is reportedly phasing out this tool for reasons I don't know (hefty price?, hefty weight?, hefty size?).The price for the impact wrench version BTW200SH has not changed.An impact driver has a quick change 1/4" hex chuck, whereas an impact wrench has a square socket drive head. Only the impact driver has been discontinued. The identically built impact wrench version is still being manufactured and not discounted.

    First a caveat: I am only a homeowner and not a contractor. I use my tools to fix my own home and a couple of my mother's rental properties. My views are from a novice user's/handyman's vantage point.

    I bought this tool after a contractor, whom I hired for a major repair job, touted to me the benefits of impact drivers when used to drive long wood screws. The benefits are: no hand strain, dramatically reduced chances of stripping the screw heads, being able to drive screws that your regular drill/driver would not have a prayer's chance of driving in the first place.

    How does an impact driver do all that? An impact driver works by combining rotational action (as on a regular drill) with a strong hammering action in the rotational direction. The hammering action doesn't kick in until the rotational resistance reaches a certain point. Here is an analogy to help you understand the impact action: if you've ever changed tires with a factory original one sided nut wrench, you'd pull the lever as hard as possible in order to loosen a nut. Sometimes the nut may be so tight that it may be stuck and the wrench won't move. What do you do? You reposition the lever of the wrench and you step hard on the lever a couple of times until the nut is suddenly loose. The stepping action is almost identical to the impact torque action of the impact driver.

    The Makita BTD200SH has 1774 in-lbs. of maximum torque (or equivalently 149 ft-lbs, or 200 Newton-meters for the metrically minded). For comparison, most top-notice 18V drill drivers fall in the 475 to 550 in-lbs. maximum torque range. And most other impact drivers on the market range from only 800 in-lbs. to perhaps 1200 in-lbs. This easily makes the Makita BTD200SH the most powerful cordless impact driver by a huge margin, although Milwaukee has an 18V cordless impact wrench with an even higher torque rating (240 ft-lbs), but the Milwaukee is an impact wrench and not an impact driver. Unfortunately for the Makita BTD200SH, along with the most torque in the class title, it claims the most weight in the class title as well. It weighs a comparatively very heavy 6.3 lbs., even though most 18V and 24V drill/drivers easily weigh this much. Most impact drivers, on the other hand, weigh only 4 lbs. or less. Maybe a combination of high price, heavy weight, etc. led to poor sales, which then forced Makita to discontinue the product. The true weight aside, it doesn't feel that heavy in the hand because the T-handle is very well balance.

    To use an impact driver, lay the tip of a bit firmly and perpendicularly on a screw head and press the trigger slowly at first. Because impact drivers have a very high rotational speed, it's best to start slow to prevent the tip from jumping out and stripping the screw head. Once the screw starts rotating, you can then increase the RPM. The amazing thing with impact drivers is you don't feel the reaction force. Although the impact driver is torquing the screws at 1774 in-lbs., you don't feel any opposing torque at all. It's simply amazing. Try using a drill/driver even at 500 in-lbs. and your wrist may twist off, but not so with an impact driver. The only thing you'll feel is the very loud noise of the impacting action. It will get loud enough when driving large screws that you will need ear plugs. Besides driving screws, it can also act as a drill, although it can only accept quick change drill bits with a 1/4" hex shank. I've not tried the drilling mode myself but numerous reviews from other users of impact drivers show that it can handily drill up to 3/4" diameter in wood. Larger holes may cause the tool to vibrate excessively because of the impacting action. I have a feeling this impact driver will retire my cordless drill/driver or at least relegate it to true heavy duty drilling tasks only.

    Tool specs:

    bare weight with one 1.7 AH battery - 6.3 lbs.
    maximum torque: 1774 in-lbs.
    No load speed: Low 0 - 1,600 RPM; High 0 - 2,000 RPM
    Impacts per minute: Low 0 - 2,500 IPM; High 0 - 3,000 IPM

    The tool comes with a hard molded case, a 1-hr. quick charger, a 1.7 AH battery. I've read someone else's review on Amazon that the 1.7 AH battery holds enough charge to drive 1000 to 1200 1/2x12 lags before needing a charge(incredible), so maybe having only 1 battery is not too much of a drawback. I've not used mine often enough to verify the battery charge life. Still I bought a second kit, mostly just to get a second battery, which costs $130 retail anyway, and also to buy a second driver, charger, and hard case almost for a song before all the current closeout stocks are gone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wails on lag bolts, screws, and the like.
    Don't be confused; this is not an impact wrench but an impact driver (different chuck) designed for screws and lag bolts of all types.That being said, the Makita driver is a dream. I use it for installing big 1/2" lag bolts (use a 1/4"- 1/2" socket adapter) into thick pressure treated pilings.I previously used a hammer drill, now those days of jerked wrists and rounded bolt heads are over.This one is smooth. It can easily drive a 40 Torx screw through a railroad tie, almost effortlessly.No more stripped sockets.I can drive any ware from 1000-1200, 1/2 x 12 lags before it needs a charge. It does get a little hot from extended continuous use, but this is only a minor inconvenience.If you need the power to drive and work all day, this is the tool. This tool has been dropped, left in the rain, and worked harder then any tool should be, but it comes back for more every time.The Makita driver seems almost bullet proof.The charger that comes with it is easy to understand.We have the adapter to jam Makita's 12 - 24-volt batteries. It works good on all of them. Way to go Makita! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Makita    2. (Maketa)    3. (Mikita)    4. Cordless Tools    5. (Volt)    6. (V)    7. Impact Drivers & Wrenches   

    10. Makita 6916DWDE 12-Volt Cordless Impact Driver Kit
    by Makita
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $498.00
    Asin: B000056NO8
    Sales Rank: 8493
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Powerful 12V (2.6Ah) Ni-MH battery
    • Compact design with an overall length of only 6-5/8"
    • High performance "Makita" motor lasts up to 5 times longer
    • Maximum tightening torque of 887 in.lbs.
    • One-year warranty

    Reviews (22)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop what you are doing and buy this tool
    If you're like me, and have been using a cordless drill to drive screws and lag bolts for construction purposes for years, put them away and buy this tool immediately!Here's the deal:

    1) These makita impact drivers (12 volts) have twice the torque of your favorite (14-, 18- or 24-) volt cordless drill)

    2) When you're driving a long screw into Southern Yellow Pine, decking, or construction lumber, you know that as much as the fastener is resisting turning into the lumber, that much reactive torque again is coming out the end of you're drills handle, forcing you to brace yourself, push with all your might, get worn out, etc.

    I bought this tool a few months ago on the advice of a friend.A bad car accident some time ago relieved me of much of my former upper body strength, and I just could not apply the force required to drive 2-1/2" + construction screws or lags with cordless drills.Because the makita uses an impact mechanism to drive the fasteners, it sends zero reactive torque back to the can drive 6" timber screws through SYP or engineered lumber with this thing, even over your head or while leaning on a ladder, and they go right in, no fooling.You'll need to apply about as much pressure to the gun as you'd use to hold a can of beer.It's that powerful.

    Three words:buy this tool!

    Addressing some complaints:
    A) It's loud.Yeah, so are circular saws, hammer drills, table saws, routers, vaccum cleaners, lawnmowers, planers, etc.See the connection?All these things can be found on CONSTRUCTION SITES.Construction Sites are NOISY PLACES.Don't use this tool (or any of the above) in the nursery while the baby is sleeping...

    B) It's too powerful.Don't do fine detail work with this, like securing cabinet hardware or tightening electrical screws.Since you don't feel reactive torque, you don't know how badly you're stripping the screws and holes.That stuff is why we all still have screwdrivers in our toolboxes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great tool
    Well, I had this tool for almost two years now and I am quite satisfied with it.It squeezes into tight places and is very light weight with plenty of torque. The only complaint I have is that the battery seemed to die a little quickly.I abused this tool a little (the trigger cover broke off, the variable speed no longer works and I dropped it too many times to keep count of), but it keeps working.I plan to get a 14.4 volt model next for a little more torque and battery longevity. I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the batter issue.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful quality
    As a professional cabinetmaker/fabricator I have all manner of power tools (a half dozen routers, six drills, grinders, various saws, etc.), but this is far and away my favorite of the lot. Sure, comparing a router to a drill is silly, but some tools make you feel good while you're using them and others just don't get you very excited. Somewhere in that recipe for power tool bliss is a combination of quality, effectiveness, ergonomics, and several other mystery ingredients. This tool has them all.

    With an all-metal gear housing, fine bearing and gear innards, and a sturdy plastic body, this tool just feels like quality. It purrs when you run it. It is light and compact, and for those of us who have gotten over the need for flashy macho power tools and have instead prioritized effective function over fashionable mega-volts sure appreciate a tool that gets the job done and doesn't give us tendonitis after a couple hours. You pros who use your tools all day know what I'm talking about. The compact size is great for cabinetmaking and working in smaller spaces.

    This machine is plenty powerful. Makita and all of the other guys make 14.4V, 18V, and even 24V (paleeeze!) impact drivers, but I can't imagine how they would be necessary for 98% of the users out there. The guys at work won't snap towels at you in the locker room if you show up with this tool, even though it is only 12V. Once they see it in action they'll want one too! You can drive all day with this baby and the batteries last for an amazingly long time. I use mine mainly for driving screws into wood, but I've also used it for driving lag screws and other heavier applications. No problem.

    There is one thing, however, that every potential buyer should know. This tool is not a direct substitute for a regular drill, even with the excellent optional drill chuck available from Makita. This tool drives fasteners into materials about as effectively as possible, but it is a mediocre drill. It will do in a pinch (I've even run taps with it), but it is more of a secondary tool than a primary drill. Use it in conjunction with your favorite power drill for best results. Building a deck and driving 1,000 deck screws? Buy this tool. Drilling a bunch of holes in metal, wood, or any other material? Get out your drill.

    That being said, I love this tool. I've gotten more use and satisfaction out of it than any tool in my arsenal and I can't say enough good things about it. Buy and be happy! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Makita    2. (Maketa)    3. (Mikita)    4. Cordless Tools    5. (Volt)    6. (V)    7. Impact Drivers & Wrenches   

    11. Garmin eTrex Venture 1 MB GPS with PC Cable
    by Garmin
    list price: $199.99 -- our price: $123.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000058BCO
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Garmin's eTrex Venture GPS receiver offers a host of track- and path-related programs and is surprisingly easy to use. Its size and design make it comfortable to use one-handed, and its automatic tracking feature and ability to download maps from optional CD-ROMs make it an excellent navigation tool.

    Roughly the size and shape of a cell phone, the Venture has six buttons that are easily accessible by thumb and forefinger. The Power, Page, Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Find buttons are along the side, with the big-daddy navigation button (a directional click-button akin to a thumb-operated joystick) on the front above the screen. The side buttons are stiff enough that it's nearly impossible to accidentally push one. However, we found the navigation button to be a bit too stiff, which caused us several errors in entering waypoints.

    Text was very easy to read--highlights are discernible and menu bars and clickable objects are well-defined. The unit also has an excellent backlight, which illuminates the whole screen with a white light, giving excellent contrast and viewing capability at night.

    The Venture's interface is split into five different pages, each providing different functions. The main menu page gives you access to your saved routes and tracks, as well as setup for using WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation Service) reception, unit measurement, time, and display. These are all quickly rotated through with the click of the Page button on the right-hand side of the unit.

    The map page displays the basemap included with the Venture, and for outdoor excursions it provides all the basics you'll need. It automatically tracks your movements and you can save individual tracks for later viewing. The map is zoomable from 500 miles to 20 feet depending on your preferences. You can place waypoints and places of interest on the map and name and change the icons of each to create your own personalized maps. If you decide you want to go somewhere, press the Find button and you'll get quick access to waypoints, your favorites list, and nearby cities.

    The Venture features 1 MB of memory for downloading points-of-interest data--including lodging, business services, banks, and more--from optional CD-ROMs via the included PC cable. Unfortunately, for more detailed mapping you'll need to look to the Garmin eTrex Legend or Vista, both of which have larger memory capacities and the ability to download detailed maps.

    Reception was, of course, best outside on a clear day, but the Venture retained most of its functionality under limited cover like small buildings or thick trees.

    All in all, the Garmin eTrex Venture is a nifty little GPS tool and is ready to roll for your outdoor adventure. However, if you're looking to use more detailed map data with your GPS, the Garmin eTrex Vista or Legend would be a better choice. --Matt Deffer


    • Intuitive interface
    • Clear, easy-to-read display
    • Create waypoints at key locations for easy navigation
    • Included PC cable for downloading firmware upgrades and maps
    • 1 MB memory only accepts points-of-interest data
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    • Rocker switch on front panel for quick and accurate map panning
    • High-resolution liquid-crystal display
    • Compatible with optional Garmin MapSource software for downloading trip and waypoint data
    • Global positioning system (GPS) receiver with database of world cities
    • 1 MB of internal memory for map and data storage; PC cable included

    Reviews (28)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great GPS receiver for basic hiking and backpacking.
    I returned a Cobra GPS 100 and upgraded to the eTrex Venture for the extra money. What a difference only a few dollars more can make! this is my first GPS unit ever, and I had no problems picking everything up within a day.

    For starters, it only took about two minutes to locate a satellite for the first time (supposed to take up to five) and averages about 30 seconds to locate one in general. The screen resolution is easy to read and the options for customizing the map make it even easier if you have trouble reading small text. The waypoint markers are easy to define and edit. The compass seems to be very quick in picking up your movements. Almost everything is customizable giving you endless options for your specific use for the GPS unit. The unit is comfortable in the hand, although some of the buttons are a little stiff at first.

    My satellite reception is excellent. I took it hiking in 40°F rain and hail (obviously very overcast) and only lost reception once while walking under heavy tree cover. On the way home I placed it on the dashboard and it tracked me 33 miles home without losing reception once. This was in 500 ft visibility fog on a one lane curvy mountain road. This unit definitely gets the job done.

    My only gripes are there's no beep or sound when it loses reception and you have to press enter to acknowledge you have lost reception, thus it begins tracking you again. So if you hike by turning the unit on and placing it in your backpack, or even on your belt, you could have lost reception and not known it, and because you haven't acknowledged the unit, it's not tracking you anymore (as far as I can tell).

    Other than that, this unit works perfect for getting you in and out of areas where there's no trails and finding that perfect spot to spend the night or fish and hunt.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Just OK, or maybe a bit less than that.
    This was a mild disappointment. It is the second Garmin product that fails me, I also owned a Pilot II, whose firmware at some point lost its marbles, and now it displays only some pages and refuses to get a GPS fix.

    The Venture had, almost from the beginning, a problem with the display, which flickered and became alternatively all black or white, or lost some horizontal lines, creating a nice "blinds" effect.

    The problem normally went away by moderate slapping. But it is not a nice start.

    Second point: the battery contacts are sub-quality, you just need to shake the unit a little and the electrodes lose contact with the battery, causing the unit to switch off.

    Third: when the memory is fairly full, the operating system goes in overload mode, sometimes it does not manage to acquire the user input, and you find yourself trying to use the buttons without actually managing to do nothing. Erase the memory and the problem disappears.

    Four: a few leaves overhead and you lose the fix, the sensitivity and selectivity is not great.

    Maybe I had a bad firmware, who knows, but I don't want to change my firmware every month, I expect the original firmware to be OK for a while.

    I just bought a Magellan, I'm curious to see if it's better or worse.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Used for both kayaking and geocaching
    I purchased the Garmin Venture a year ago.I have used it on several 20 mile kayaking trips down a river and this past April used it for a 135 mile river trip.It was extremely accurate and we not only knew where we were, but how far it was to the next landing or landmark.

    It did take some time to learn how to operate the unit.The instructions were not as clear as I would have liked but trial and error is a great teacher.I had a friend who got me interested in geocaching and that really helped me learn how to use all of the Venture's features.It is easy to upgrade from the Garmin website and to also download maps from the Mapsource CD-ROM's.It is kind of like learning to use a computer.Don't be afraid to try something.You won't hurt it.

    I usually average 18+ hours on a pair of batteries.I also purchased a power cord so that I could use it in my vehicle.I just plug it in and wedge the GPS between the windshield and dashboard and follow the arrow to the next geocache.

    I have been impressed with the toughness of this unit.I have dunked it in the river, dropped it, and generally given it a rough time.I would recommend this to someone who is interested in a GPS but does not want to invest a lot of money. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. e Trex    2. Global Positioning System, Receiver    3. Navigation, Map    4. GPS (Global Positioning System)    5. PDA    6. Laptop    7. map (mapping)    8. navigation   

    12. Measurement Specialties MS-400046 Digital Tire Pressure Gauge with Free Keychain Tire Gauge
    by Measurement Specialties
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $44.99
    Asin: B0000T4UW0
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Since everything's riding on your tires, there's no better peace of mind than this slick little tire gauge. We've all used those silver pen-sized models with the hard-to-read white stick that comes out the end, and we all know how imprecise and unreliable they are. The Measurement Specialties 4000 and its companion keychain model take the approximation out of the equation, delivering fast, accurate tire pressure with just a touch to the valve. The generous LCD display screen is backlit (MS-400046 only), so it's easy to read even in the dark. The tough aluminum housing and the shockproof rubber nose and tail guards will withstand your handling. For convenience, just clip it to your belt. The keychain gauge is a great bonus, and you'll never be without a gauge when you're driving.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • Sealed lithium batteries
    • Digital accuracy
    • Dustproof
    • Water resistant
    • Shockproof

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works well
    This works quickly and easily.It is also very accurate.The best part about it is how easily the seal is obtained.No more wild hissing as the air leaks out while trying to read the pressure!

    The "lifetime" lithium battery powers the gauge itself, but there is a second replaceable battery that powers the backlight. So, there are batteries to replace every so often if you want a backlight for the readout.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best darn tire guage you can buy!!!
    Though I did not purchase my guage from Amazon, I bought the same product at Sears. A tire guage has just one function, but you want to make sure it does it well. Those cheapo pen type guages are fine for most people, but you cant read them in the dark and I have found them in general to not be consistantly accurate. With a digital guage, you are assured an accurate reading everytime. What makes the accutire guage so much better is its quality. When you first pick it up, it just has that feeling of quality in your hand. However, its when you get down to business these really shine. You dont have to worry if the head is perfectly aligned with your tire valve. Just stick it on and push, and you have your reading. Couldn't be easier. But, buyer beware, you might find yourself checking strangers' tires just to give you an excuse to use this. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Mechanics' Tools    2. (Tire Pressure Guages)   

    13. Thermoelectric Travel Cooler & Warmer Console
    list price: $49.99
    Asin: B00008O380
    Sales Rank: 942
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Cools to 45°F; heats to 120°F
    • Durable, weather-resistant housing
    • 12V fuse-protected DC plug
    • Cool/warm LED indicators and power switch (auto shut-off)
    • Easy-close padded top

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars lifesaver
    We got married in July of 2004. We got this as a wedding gift and it saved us lots of money on our honeymoon. We traveled from Minnesota to Michigan and spent a week in Michigan. We were able to see lots of sites, because we didn't have to stop to eat. Excellent idea for a wedding gift.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Travel Cooler
    This has been so helpful for us.We bought it three years ago when my daughter was nine months old, I was pregnant, and we were moving from Nebraska to Georgia. The coverter to use it in the hotels can be purchased at Target.I made sure I had that for food and formula.We have used in on many trips and really enjoy it now for drinks and sandwiches.It is nice not having soggy food.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good in the car, would like to use it in the hotel
    I really liked it.It was convenient to use especially with a baby on board.But I cannot find where to buy the Ac/Dc converter so I can use it in the hotels too on long trips.It takes 2 hours to cool it down before starting out or pack the stuff with cold or frozen first.But sometimes from a hotel that is not possible on a long trip.So I would like to keep it cold through the night. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Camping    2. Coolers    3. Home    4. Automotive   

    14. Xantrex 813-0078 X-Power Autoplug 75 Auto Adapter for Electronic Items
    by Xantrex Technologies
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $34.99 -- our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006RK5I
    Sales Rank: 3871
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Over temperature, low battery, and overload shutdowns
    • 75 watt Autoplug inverter converts 12-volt DC into standard electricity
    • Power cell phones, laptop computers, camcorders
    • Compact, stylish design
    • 3-prong AC outlet

    Reviews (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Mechanical un-reliable.
    Just bought new today at local store. Compact, light, reasonable price, ... It works ... but ...
    Test the first time: The spring pin is sticky (dc positive node) fail to spring back to original position when removing the inverter out of car socket.
    Test the second, third time: Even with the spring pin stuck (loosing spring property), electrical function is still working fine.
    Intend to exchange. Hopefully mechanical defect gone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Think
    Things to think about before you buy:
    Make sure your cigarette lighter socket has enough clearance around it to accomodate this large of an adapter.You may need one with a cord with the plug on the end to fit in your vehicle.
    Make sure your intended use won't overload this adapter. It's rated up to 75 watts continuous duty.
    Otherwise,it's a well made unit by a name brand manufacturer and they warranty it as such.Besides,[] stands behind your purchase. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Camping Accessories    2. Home    3. Automotive   

    15. Park-Zone PZ-1500 Precison Parking Device
    by Measurement Specialties
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $32.99 -- our price: $24.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AXI7
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Park-Zone is an innovative precision-parking device for the home that's easy to use and even easier to install. After a simple one-time setup, the Park-Zone uses its ultrasonic sensing mechanism to measure the distance from your car to the garage wall as you park. When you pull into the garage, you see the green light illuminate, then midway it changes to yellow, and when the light turns red you're right where you want to be. In our book, this beats a tennis ball hanging on a string because it's a lot easier to set up, it's much more precise, and, unlike the tennis ball, it looks good in a garage. Anyone who parks in a small or crowded garage will appreciate the accuracy this gadget offers. The Park-Zone operates on AC power or on batteries that last an entire year. Stop bumping the back wall and get into the Park-Zone. --Brian Trinen ... Read more


    • Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
    • Superior Ultrasonic technology
    • Wide-range sensing, 0.5- to 16-feet
    • Auto on/off
    • Operates on AC or battery power

    Reviews (31)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth all the hassle for the power/battery
    I think it is really unpleasing to have the power outlet and it is a real pain to have to worry about batteries... I don't think it's worth the price.I then found a ParkingTarget ( which is non-technical, so it doesn't need power, and seems to work much better.You should consider it before making the mistake of buying this really expensive one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Parking Every Time
    This product is great!With its green-yellow-red light system, the driver knows exactly when the car is perfectly parked.One reviewer stated, incorrectly, that you cannot use more than one in a single garage.I have had two functioning in my garage for several years, without problem or incident.I have mine plugged into an outlet, rather than battery operated, so that may improve performance, but if the product is aligned according to the easy-to-follow instructions, there shouldn't be a problem.My oldest son just got his first car, and my first purchase was the Park-Zone to ensure he doesn't wreck his car pulling into the garage!This product is definitely a 5-star product!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest
    My husband purchased one for me for christmas 2004.It worked for a short time.Approximately for a month, now it doesn't do anything.Now the return policy is over and I cannot get the refund.Great while it worked but I agree that a bobber on a string touching the windshield is much cheaper and has done the job for the last 11 years. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Hardware    2. Door Hardware    3. Garage Door Hardware   

    16. AutoXray EZ-Scan 6000 OBD-I & OBD-II Scanner
    by AutoXray

    Asin: B0000CH440
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    • 8-line display 128 x 64 pixel screen
    • Backlit, 32-step contrasts and control display
    • 4 AA battery powered (included)
    • Data-Save & Auto-Off
    • Real-time operating system

    17. Stanley 03-043 Fine Woodworking Push Drill
    by Stanley
    Tools & Hardware

    Asin: B00004UDKQ
    Sales Rank: 8621
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • 9-7/8 Inches long with drill point in chuck
    • Yankee Pro Push Drill features steel construction for durability
    • Chuck design holds bits firmly when tool is in use
    • Magazine handle holds eight drill points
    • Drill point sizes from 1/16" to 11-64"

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tool, Comes with 4 Bits
    This Push Drill is great. I use it for making starter holes anytime I need to hammer a nail in, or to start a screw hole. For example, I was hanging pictures the other day, and instead of using a pencil to mark where I needed to hammer a nail in, I just used the drill to make a starter hole. The Amazon ad is misleading, though. At least the 3rd party seller (Blue Mountain) clearly states how many bits are included. Actually, Blue Mountain normally includes at least 1 extra bit free, for a total of 4 bits.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading Ad: should be pulled or clarified
    I purchased this tool and also found it came with 3 bits, two of which were the same size. Exhaustive searching has located no bits (beyond the two sizes already with the bit).

    The ad should clearly state what bits actually come with the tool. As it is I now have a overpriced discontinued "antique" tool that can only be sold to another sucker. A search did turn up a modern reincarnation of the Stanley pushdrill made by Lara.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading addvertisement
    I ordered the drill thinking it would come with 8 drill points, as was indicated in the advertisement.When it arrived it only had 3.It was obvious that the drill had been removed from the package and 5 drill points were removed.The drill was replaced in the package and the written description of the contents had been marked out with a permanent marker.I was able to remove the marker with solvent to see what had been marked out.I returned the drill with the above explanation and ordered another one.Another one was sent again missing 5 of the 8 drill points.I returned th more recent one for a full refund. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Hand Tools    2. Screwdrivers    3. Phillips-Head Screwdrivers    4. (Screw Drivers)    5. (Philips)   

    18. DEWALT DW056K-2 18V Impact Driver Kit
    by DeWalt
    Tools & Hardware (01 October, 2003)
    list price: $484.00 -- our price: $244.88
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000CCXTP
    Sales Rank: 408
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Includes impact driver, (2) 18V XR+TM PACK extended run-time battery packs, 1-hour charger, and a heavy-duty kit box
    • 1,170 in./lbs. of maximum torque for tightening and loosening large nuts and bolts and driving fasteners
    • Only 6-1/2 inches long to get you into tighter spots
    • Heavy-duty impact mechanism provides the power while delivering less kickback
    • Heavy-duty magnesium gear case and all-metal transmission for job site durability

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best investment ever made
    I currently owned and used my Dewalt 14v Cordless drill 983 model.I used this drill a lot when it comes to drilling wood screws/lag screws and there were times when this drill will twist.Although it has a torque setting it's not always consistent. Now ever since I bought the DW056 Impact driver it's a wonderful tool, you don't need to mess with the torque setting and the twisting is completely gone.If you're the type who likes drilling screws into wood or metal this is the tool for you.I'm currently using this driver more than I use the drill when it comes to drilling screws.It's worth the investment!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Powerful, good batteries, cannot easily replace brushes
    Overall this is a very powerful impact driver and stacks up well against other on the market.

    Comfort and ergonomics:
    The 90 degree angle is not as comfortable as other angled drivers from Makita, Hitachi and Bosch, although if you do a lot of fastener driving at shoulder level and above (HVAC and cabinet installs) the DeWalt could actually be more comfortable (check out how your wrist angles as you raise it up to shoulder level and beyond).The rubberized grip is very comfortable and it extends to the back of the tool for two handed impact driving.The soft grip covers the front of the handle (below the trigger) too which is good, since typically there is a ridge which joins the two plastic halves of the tools that gives you blisters during extended use.I think DeWalt has put significant thoughts on the user comfort here.

    I believe XRP packs are 2.4Ah which is about the top end of Ni-Cd technology.Run time is good and the diagnostic chrager is on-par with other cordless tools.The automatic 'tune-up' mode is a bit of a glorified marketing thing since this is essentially trickle charging, which is done by almost any battery chragers after a fast-charge cycle.This basically tops-up the batteries by passing a small current over 8-10 hours, and is no different whatsoever to the old dumb chargers that perform overnight charging.Have to give DeWalt credit for creative marketing here.

    No bit holder, you'd think with such a large surface area on top of the large 18V battery they would put in a bit holder.There is also no way for easy replacement of motor brushes, this is a feature that is available on every impact driver from other manufacturers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this impact is great
    If you drive alot of screws get a impact they are great. I only use my cordless drill to drill holes now. You can't go wrong with the impact driver. Why didn't I buy this sooner? ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. DeWalt    2. (De Walt)    3. Cordless Tools    4. (Volt)    5. (V)    6. Impact Drivers & Wrenches   

    19. CARPAD 218078 Standard/Gold, 18' x 7.4' Garage Floor Protector
    by CARPAD
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $165.00 -- our price: $119.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006LIML
    Sales Rank: 5805
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Protects cement, asphalt, wood, carpet, and tiled garage floors
    • Contains 80 gallons
    • 1-inch raised flexible edge on all 4 sides
    • Waterproof, non-flammable, cleans easily
    • Helps eliminate slip & fall problems and tracking a mess into the home or vehicle

    Reviews (7)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    This product is very expensive for what you get. A thick vinyl tarp, 55 feet of garden hose, and 2 stickers called tire guards.
    I'm not sure exactly how this pad is made but it has to be the same material as a "Slip n Slide....Remember the long tarp you used to go sliding 90 miles an hour across the lawn on. This is the same thing. DO NOT walk on it with wet shoes or snow on your boots. It's so slippery that my car actually slides about 6 inches before coming to a stop after I pull in from a snowy day.

    It does hold the water and sludge but not worth the money or injuries that could result.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Results from Carpads
    I have used three Carpads and am now ordering another for a family member.My experience with Carpads is entirely favorable.I live in Wyoming where winters last 7 to 8 months, and cars often accumulate large quantities of snow and chemical slush that then melts onto the garage floor.The Carpads reliably contain this runoff.Small punctures and cuts can are readily repairable with duct tape.With reasonable car, my Carpads last at least five seasons.I have also used competing products, and they did not perform as well as Carpads.

    1-0 out of 5 stars vinyl sheet and green hard plastic garden hose?????
    By far the most disappointing thing I have ever bought from

    Vinyl itself is very soft and light and flaps around even when you place it on the ground.

    This cheap piece of viny has a folded edge where you are supposed to insert pieces of supplied garden hose to make the border!!!

    Do not waste your money on this....please!! ... Read more

    20. Trillium Worldwide TWI-1001N 12-volt Heated Throw
    by Trillium Worldwide Products Ltd
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $39.95 -- our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DYVN9
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Here's another clever, innovative product from the people who brought you the inflatable airbed, the battery-powered fluorescent light, the cordless rechargeable spotlight, rotating carwash brush and the 12-volt cooler/warmer, among other things. This Car Cozy heated blanket is just the right size for two people, whether in the front or back seats. Its low-amp draw won't affect your vehicle's other features, but it's enough to toast up this fleecy blanket. It measures about 42 by 58 inches, and we can imagine how great it would be on a crisp night at the drive-in movies, on a nippy winter night, or even for the more frail passengers who can't tolerate air-conditioning when every one else is sizzling. A great idea.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • LED Indicator
    • 100% soft high quality polyester fleece
    • 30 or 45 minute timer with automatic shutoff
    • 8' long fused cord
    • Reset Button

    Reviews (2)

    1-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
    Blanket does not get warm enough to make it better than any good quality regular blanket. Also, It gave off an unpleasant odor, a fuel like smell.

    3-0 out of 5 stars so far, so good
    I bought this for transporting a large musical instrument over long drives in the winter.So far it seems to have worked.My gripes so far are: 1. least for the instrument.I got a second one, but for most folks using this for the "regular" reasons, it should be ok.A little larger would still be nice though.2. the plug fell apart.I was able to reassemble it, but it shouldn't have twisted apart on the third use.3. no temp control.It would be nice for the ability to set it on different temps, but this one heats to one temp only.It isn't too hot or anything, but sometimes I'd like to be able to regulate it more.4. it heats quicker when it is folded up.When it isn't, it may take a long time.

    Overall, it seems to be a good purchase.Time will tell and I may need to update this, but it is pretty good. ... Read more

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