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    1. Strait-Line 64001 Laser Level
    2. Black & Decker Double Action
    3. Leatherman 67010103HWave
    4. Bucket Boss Brand 01056 Bucket
    5. Black & Decker VP7240 Double
    6. Calculated Industries 3125 Qualifier
    7. Leatherman 70101003Juice C2
    8. Makita RF1101KIT 2-1/4 HP Industrial
    9. Troy-Bilt 24A-204B7666.5HP Chipper
    10. Allied 59094 111-Piece Tool Set
    11. Zircon 59599 iLine Wall Laser
    12. Mag Instrument M2A01H Black Holster
    13. Toro 51598 Ultra Blower
    14. Quick-Grip 58300 Spring Clamps
    15. Factory-Reconditioned DeWalt DW983K-2R
    16. Leatherman 61020101Original Pocket
    17. Toro 51591Super Blower/Vacuum
    18. Troy-Bilt 21A-645A063 Pro-Line
    19. Factory-Reconditioned Makita RLS1013
    20. Leatherman 930402Wave Deluxe Leather

    1. Strait-Line 64001 Laser Level
    by IRWIN
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $84.00
    Asin: B000065CE7
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    If only this had been in our toolbox a year ago when westruggled to install a suspended ceiling in the basement. This littleguy puts out an actual laser line vertically, horizontally, or at anyangle. It's wonderfully simple and dead-on accurate. Just position thealignment notch with the guidance of the dual bubble levels, push thetabs to anchor the self-retracting pushpins, and raise the lens coverfor hands-free accuracy. The recessed rubber grip offers sure handling,but this tool also sports an impact-resistant body, just in case.Hardly bigger than a 25-foot measuring tape, this tool will tuck nicelyinto any toolbox and serve decorators, builders, remodelers, anddo-it-yourselfers equally well. It doesn't come with batteries, so havetwo AAs on hand. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • Saves time / Easy one person operation
    • Projects a 30+ foot visible laser guide line
    • Laser beam will not harm finished environments
    • Laser skips over small imperfections, moldings, and uneven surfaces, casting a continuous line
    • Self-retracting push pins hold the unit on drywall or wood

    Reviews (58)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Necessity for the Female toolbox.
    Hanging pictures and shelves use to cause friction between my husband and me. Now I do not have to ask for help. The Laser Level is a must have for the ladies toolbox........

    1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of junk
    I bought this thing from a local home improvement store thinking it would be handy to use for hanging items on the wall and providing layout lines for flooring, etc.Wrong!The retractable pins that are supposed to hold it to a wall or ceiling or whatever, retract continuously and it won't stay in place. The laser line is practically invisible so it was of no use even if I had a project where I could just set it on the floor. It does seem to be fairly impact resistant proven by the number of times the pins retracted and it fell off the wall plus throwing it across the room out of frustration didn't seem to hurt it.However, it was a piece of junk before I threw it and it's still a piece of junk.I don't even know where it is anymore and I don't care.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
    Too bad I didn't have this years ago.

    Very handy!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Measuring & Layout Tools    2. Line Lasers    3. Marking Tools    4. Home    5. Tools   

    2. Black & Decker Double Action Dustbuster
    by Black & Decker
    list price: $29.99
    Asin: B00005T40M
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Double Action DustBuster cordless vac offers all the extras of previous DustBusters, but with more oomph per feature. The exclusive Double Action DustBuster filter now lasts three times longer, the 13.6-ounce bowl holds 70 percent more dirt and debris, and the unit comes with a crevice tool for reaching into narrow spaces and an upholstery brush for gathering dirt and hair. The extra tools are stored conveniently onboard, making it a whole lot more difficult to lose them in the closet. Like DustBusters of the past, this one charges in a wall-mounted base for grab-and-go convenience. Your dirt won't stand a fighting chance. --Rivers Janssen ... Read more


    • Onboard crevice tool and firm brush
    • Mountable recharging base
    • Extra-large, easy-empty bowl
    • Long-lasting filter
    • Exclusive filter lasts three times longer than previous filters
    • 13.6-ounce bowl holds 70 percent more dirt and debris
    • Charges in wall-mounted base for convenience
    • Crevice tool and upholstery brush included
    • Tools stored onboard for convenient use

    Reviews (19)

    1-0 out of 5 stars stinks
    batteries.this is a great product killed by now having internal batteries.versapak version was great, but this "next generation" model just doesn't hack can take my word on it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Junk, not made to last!
    My Dustbuster lasted a whole two years, but the last year it would only work for 3-4 minutes before the charge ran out.I found myself running like a maniac to quickly clean up a mess before the battery ran down.It also has low suction, so heavier things like sand don't get sucked up completely.This is one of several Black & Decker appliances I have been dissappointed with in the last few years.From the product lifespan, to the lack of customer service - they aren't the same company my parents loved.My mother had one of the earliest dustbusters which lasted 10 years, and charged like a champ.Oh well.

    Instead, I recommend the Euro-Pro shark.I have had one for a while now, and love it.It has a very long cord, it's lightweight, and it has enough suction to pick up small children and pets!It cost a little more than the Black & Decker Dustbuster, and outperforms it completely.And if you can't rely on your hand vaccuum, then the price is irrelevant.

    1-0 out of 5 stars It's *NOT* The Batteries...
    I too owned this particular model, and by pure chance, so did my neighbour.Mine stopped working after 6 months, in which I followed the directions and kept the unit clean.My neighbour's stopped working after 8 months.Instead of throwing them away, (there were no service centres nearby, and B&D's shipping charges were insane) I took my tester out to see where the trouble might lie.Much to my surprise, there was no power reaching the charging base of the Dustbuster, so I immediately focused my attention on the charging unit.I separated the wires from the charging base and put the tester to work. Sure enough, there was no power coming out of the charger! The verdict?It wasn't the BATTERIES after all, it was a defective charger.(just like the other reviewer said).

    I did some more research on this, and found that there were several Dustbusters made (maybe hundreds?) that seem to have had faulty chargers.Why B&D never issued a national recall remains a mystery, but it makes perfect sense that maybe they didn't know about this issue?If they did, then they looked the other way, hoping that the problem wasn't too widespread. I remember the salesman at Sears saying that quite a few of these models came back for the exact same reason. (Dustbusters in Canada have a 2yr warranty) I think there was a quality control issue at their plant in China, and interestingly enough, the newer Dustbusters have a different charger on them.We shall see if this problem has been resolved, as I've just purchased another one (model CHV9600-see my review) and will take note of how long that one lasts me.My first Dustbuster purchased in 1990 lasted 8 years, and all models after that have given me trouble! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Vacuums    2. Black & Decker    3. (Black and Decker)    4. Vacuum Cleaners    5. Handheld Vacuums    6. Floor Care    7. Hand Vacs    8. (Vaccums)    9. (Vacumes)    10. (Vacums)    11. Cordless Tools    12. (Volt)    13. (V)   

    3. Leatherman 67010103HWave
    by Leatherman
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $98.00
    Asin: B000065UE7
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    The Wave is the flagship of the Leatherman line, and we would argue that it's the company's most versatile multitool to date. It comes loaded with 17 different tools, including everything from pliers to screwdrivers to wire cutters. We really like the Wave's quality construction, its four locking blades, and the fact that the user can get at the knife without having to open up the whole tool--a nice improvement over the original model. While nobody's going to replace a tool set or do major auto repairs with the Wave, it's absolutely invaluable for a wide range of quick, on-the-spot jobs. --Brian Trinen ... Read more


    • Includes a nylon belt sheath
    • Blades that are accessible from the outside of the tool
    • 17 tools in 1
    • 25 year warranty
    • One handed opening

    Reviews (70)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice tool! Sheath not very "Deluxe".
    The tool looks very useful and well made but the sheath looks like a piece of junk.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't leave the bedroom without it
    I have had the wave for years now, and I have finally worn it down to where I need to get a new one.This thing has been at my side and provided me with countless experiences of being able to fix something ON THE SPOT.The weight is not too heavy at all for me. The scissors work great (I have even cut stainless steel shim with them).The pliers have been used for numerous fixes and the jaws of mine have finally worn smooth.The wire cutters have worked great.The hard wire cutter has never failed me unless I am trying to cut steel cable (a difficult task for any pair of plier-like cutters), but even then I can still manage to do it.The screwdrives have been abused yet still function very well.The blades accept a good sharpening and last for a good while after sharpening.The file is bar-none the BEST file on any multi-tool I have ever seen, and is better than most dedicated files I have used.The diamond file is spectacular.The single-handed blade opening and single-handed plier opening are features I have come to depend on.This is just a great tool that allows me to GET MORE DONE!The leather sheath is also very rugged yet quickly became supple and remains a durable home for this tool.
    No, it's not the perfect tool for any one specific task, but it is a very useful tool nonetheless and serves it's purpose without fail.I am amazed mine has lasted as long as it has considering how often I use it, which is pretty much every single day.If I am wearing pants or shorts with a belt, then I have my leatherman.The only nuisance is I have to remember to pack it in my luggage prior to flying!
    Worth every penny, and then some.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice try with room for improvement
    I am a hunter, knife collector, long range bicycle rider, fisherman and construction worker. I have used a leatherman wave for the past 7 months. While it is by far the best multi tool I have ever seen, it most definitly not without it's faults. The biggest general problem is the tiny standard blade. It will cut paper and a few other things, but it's not suitable for large tasks. Another problem is the "wire stripper". This lousy feature is not much better, if any than a standard utility knife at stripping wire. Stripping wire like this simply wastes time. The well made scissors could easily be replaced by real wire strippers, or you could make the tool larger and fit both which would make this a far better device for those who use tools for a living. The final problem is a lack of a small phillips screw driver. This is a a very important tool which I hope will be included on future models. I personaly think leatherman would do well to make their tools fifty percent larger so they could include bigger blades, a real wire stripper and a much smaller philips screw driver. The wave is tiny and making it a little bigger would not really sacrafice portability. Even with it's problems this tool has served me well. If you have a need for such a tool the wave is the best out there. By the way, I never did get a tool adaptor so I don't know what to tell you about those. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. (Swiss Army Knives)    2. (Knife)    3. (Multitools)    4. Camping Accessories    5. Hand Tools    6. Multi-tools   

    4. Bucket Boss Brand 01056 Bucket Boss 56 Organizer
    by Bucket Boss
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $29.99 -- our price: $15.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000022439
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Constructed of durable, rip-proof fabric, the new 56-pocket organizer from Bucket Boss improves on what was already a great idea. Unlike the toolboxes of old, the Bucket Boss organizer stores tools where they're visible and easy to access. And, with 38 exterior pockets and 18 more on the inside, the Bucket Boss really does have a place for just about everything. We've loaded ours down with wrenches, handsaws, screwdrivers, hammers, pry bars, pencils, utility knives, pliers, and drill bit sets. There's even a padded pocket for your cordless drill. We quickly discovered, however, that depending on how you load it, the Bucket Boss can get a little top-heavy. After ours tipped over in the back of our truck, we reloaded it with our hammerheads down, and it hasn't tipped since. We recommend the Bucket Boss 56 for remodelers, carpenters, electricians, repair people, or any other professional who brings a lot of hand tools to the job; it also makes the perfect tool kit for do-it-yourselfers moving through the house from room to room and project to project. --Jon Groebner ... Read more


    • Bucket not included
    • 38 outside pockets and 18 inside pockets; constructed of BossTex ripstop fabric
    • Fully padded cordless drill holster
    • Security pocket with flapped closure
    • Elastic strap for long-handled tools

    Reviews (48)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cheap and handy until you truck it around
    and it dumps your kit all over the truck bed. The Bucket Boss is a handy organizer for householders and weekenders, but a stout metal toolbox (e.g: Kennedy) or canvas bag (e.g: Gatemouth) or instrument case (e.g: Platt) will be more useful for most everyday workmen.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Get a holds a lot
    Great layout, plenty of pockets for everything you need for the do it yourselfer or tradesmen. I have probably 50lbs of tools in the bucket and still have room for more. One suggestion is a handle for the bucket. Take some foam (like the stuff in bicycle pads) and cut it to length then zip tie both ends and cover with duct tape. I would give it 5 stars if it had a second tape ring and a second hammer loop and a cover.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Holds Everything I Need
    No, the bucket is not included, but I had a stack of them to get rid of anyway.This thing holds just about anything I can think of, to the point that I can hardly carry it.The only suggestion I have is that some of the outside pockets could be deeper, but for under $20, what do you want?It's made of tough material as well and I expect it will last a very long time. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Tool Storage    2. Tool Bags    3. (Toolbags)   

    5. Black & Decker VP7240 Double Action DustBuster Cordless Vac (VersaPak)
    by Black & Decker
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $59.99
    Asin: B00005JGQD
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Remember when the DustBuster first came out? Erase that memory. This baby is generations beyond that. You get more run time and more power than you would expect from a cordless vacuum, and here's a great improvement: B&D has increased the capacity by 70 percent. That's a lot of dust and grunge. Extra tools snap right onto the vacuum, ready at hand. Because it comes with two VersaPak batteries, you can keep one on charge while the other is in use and never be without your DustBuster. It's light, powerful, and cleans up small messes in a snap. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • Exclusive filter lasts three times longer
    • 70% increase in bowl capaacity
    • Powered by VersaPak Interchangeable Battery System
    • 2 VersaPak batteries, caddy, crevice tool, firm brush, charger and filter set

    Reviews (13)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fixing the recharging problem with B&D DustBuster
    I/ve fixed our problem with the DustBuster not holding a charge and not re-charging as follows: 1) Push release button and remove motor housing from vacuum 2) Gently remove the motor housing cover plate with a small flat bladed screwdriver 3) Remove fourscrews (two on outside and two on inside) with a long, small bladed phillips screwdriver (note how on/off switch and release button fits before separating housing 4) Turn switch on and let rotor run completely down...rotor will stop 5)Clean all copper with a Q tip and rubbing alcohol (move the switch back and forth to clean under it) Alclhol will self dry 6)Using a regular finger nail file, gently file contact points on motor and then on charging unit (you'll have to depress and hold charging unit contacts with your small screwdriver to make good contact)7) re-assemble the unit and charge overnight.You'll be amazed!!!After doing this, don't store the vac in the charger full time (it decreases battery power just like on any rechargeable appliance; and, let the battery completely run down about once a month then put it in the charger overnight. GGOD LUCK!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fixing the recharging problem with B&D DustBuster
    I/ve fixed our problem with the DustBuster not holding a charge and not re-charging as follows: 1) Push release button and remove motor housing from vacuum 2) Gently remove the motor housing cover plate with a small flat bladed screwdriver 3) Remove fourscrews (two on outside and two on inside) with a long, small bladed phillips screwdriver (note how on/off switch and release button fits before separating housing 4) Turn switch on and let rotor run completely down...rotor will stop 5)Clean all copper with a Q tip and rubbing alcohol (move the switch back and forth to clean under it) Alclhol will self dry 6)Using a regular finger nail file, gently file contact points on motor and then on charging unit (you'll have to depress and hold charging unit contacts with your small screwdriver to make good contact)7) re-assemble the unit and charge overnight.You'll be amazed!!!After doing this, don't store the vac in the charger full time (it decreases battery power just like on any rechargeable appliance; and, let the battery completely run down about once a month then put it in the charger overnight. GGOD LUCK!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can be bought cheaper at
    Home Depot price: 39.97
    Shipping: 4.91
    Total: 44.88

    You might be able to get free shipping, I didn't look into it... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Black & Decker    2. (Black and Decker)    3. Camping Accessories   

    6. Calculated Industries 3125 Qualifier Plus IIX
    by Calculated Industries
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $59.00
    Asin: B000055WEJ
    Sales Rank: 1217
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Full One Year Warranty
    • Complete buyer qualifying keys
    • Quickly and easily figure payment, loan amount, term, and interest
    • Figures amortization, balloon payments, sales price, and down payments
    • Bi.weekly solutions, ARMS, Find APR, date math function

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great work tool
    This calculator is the best for the price. It does it all with regard to finance and mortgage calculations. The directions are straight forward and simple. They explain almost all variations of problems and how to solve them. In no time you understand this unit well. I've worked with others and this one was recommended to me. I'm glad I listened.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Mortgage Qualifying
    For merely calculating the monthly payment for a given loan amount, interest rate, and term, there are cheaper calculators that will do as well, although with one or two added keystrokes. But if you are a loan originator who needs to qualify borrowers and know what the front and back end ratios are, this calculator is simpler to use than the HP models I've seen. You can also store tax and insurance rates for quick p.i.t.i. calculations. This is a great little calculator at a reasonable price. It's the best kept secret in the mortgage industry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars duel power calculator
    it is caclcultor where we can store the phone numbers and studnt can strore the formula inthethis calaculator. It will be useful for thesecintest to use these and find out the speed of an objet. it is very usefuleven in mathamatics caculation .it gives very acurate valu ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Measuring & Layout Tools    2. Calculators    3. (Calculaters)    4. Job Site Office    5. (Calcalators)   

    7. Leatherman 70101003Juice C2
    by Leatherman
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $59.99
    Asin: B000059GTH
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    A member of Leatherman's new Juice line of multitools, the metallic red C2 Inferno might pack the fewest tools, but it features the sleekest, most compact profile. A remarkably stylish unit, the Inferno sports cool, metallic red, anodized-aluminum handles that are curvy and comfortable to hold. A straight knife, corkscrew, and bottle/can opener are quickly accessed from the outside of the tool. Like all Leatherman tools, the Flame butterflies open, exposing needle-nose pliers, wire cutters/stripper, an extra-small screwdriver, a small screwdriver, a large screwdriver, and a Philips driver. We especially like the satisfying way these Juice models positively click into the open position. The individual tools are all made of high-grade stainless steel, the same quality found on other Leatherman tools. The only difference between the red Inferno and the orange S2 Flame is that the Inferno comes with a corkscrew (the Flame has scissors), making it a handier tool for partiers. Stylish and compact, the Inferno makes a great gift--it's the perfect tool to carry in a purse or briefcase. --Brian Trinen ... Read more


    • 25 year warranty
    • Red anodized handles
    • 11 tools in 1
    • Corkscrew with assist
    • 4 screwdrivers

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have tool at your next picnic!
    A note on the corkscrew: While the corkscrew and assist work very well and better than any corkscrew-only design I've ever seen, you do need to take a minor bit of care to line up the assist's single "leg" dead-center on the bottle's neck or it will slide off.A regular "waiter's friend" has a two-legged assist that's self-centering, for comparison. But, a waiter's friend won't have a blade that's nearly as sharp as this one, not to mention it won't have pliers or screwdrivers. The screw works equally well in real cork and the new plastic corks.

    The "3-D" Phillips driver blade is a joy compared to the totally flat wanna-be imitations of screwdrivers I've seen on other pocket tools. It's multi-talented in that it fits both #1 and #2 screws.

    All in all, this is yet another fantastic creation from Tim Leatherman. This one's earned a permanent place on my keyring.

    3-0 out of 5 stars blood
    Interesting.I haven't bought this knife yet, but I might, beacause I like it -- but in the Target store I took it out of its pkg & opened all the blades -- and yep, later I noticed I was bleeding.Hmmm, and here I thought it was just me being clumsy......

    5-0 out of 5 stars good tool
    i like it as much asa swiss army knife.this one doesn't have scissors, so you might want to get one of the fancier in the leatherman juice series.looks good, i'm just getting to know it. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. (Multitools)    2. Camping Accessories    3. Gifts    4. Camping    5. Tools    6. Home    7. Hand Tools    8. Multi-tools    9. (Swiss Army Knives)    10. (Knife)   

    8. Makita RF1101KIT 2-1/4 HP Industrial Router Kit
    by Makita
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $389.99 -- our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005OQME
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Power, precision, control--that's what you get with Makita's two-in-one 2-1/4-horsepower router kit. This router is industrial-grade, with rugged, all-ball-bearing construction and the quietest motor in its class. Makita designed its industrial router kit for the serious professional and loaded it with features that help produce top-quality results in materials ranging from hardwood to plastic. The router motor features, among other things, electronic speed control, variable speed settings (from 8,000 to 24,000 rpm), and a soft start. These features make it easy for users to match the router speed to the bit or cutter diameter and to the type of material being cut, resulting in a more precise and accurate cut. The router comes with both fixed and plunge bases, along with the accessories you'll need to handle most routing jobs. An on-board speed chart makes it easy to decide which setting to use for any given material. --Carl Thress ... Read more


    • Fine depth adjustment knob provides more accurate plunge cuts
    • Quietest motor in its class
    • Powerful 11 AMP 2-1/4 H.P. Makita made motor
    • Variable Speed Control Dial (8,000-24,000 RPM) to match the speed to the material being cut
    • Electronic Speed Control circuitry monitors and maintains RPM under load

    Reviews (9)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another quality tool from Makita
    This is one fine router!It has a nice soft start feature which is truly soft.the noise level is low, well at least as low as you can get with a universal motor zipping along at 24,000 is the quietest mid-level router I have used.While important, these features are truly secondary to what really matters in a router: the finished product.The vibration is nearly non-existent, which translates into silky smooth cuts.Couple this with a quality bit from Freud, Amana, or CMT and you are truly in business.
    This kit comes with a fixed base and a plunge base.I use the fixed base for the most part and have found it to be up to the usual Makita level of quality.My only reservation about this base is the rudimentary height adjustment system.Once an adjustment is made, the action of closing the locking lever will often cause a minor change in the setting.This leads to a sort of trial and error method, which can be time consuming.Not being a professional, however, time is my least valuable asset.If I had to worry about time, it might be a problem, but then if that were the case, I could justify a shaper.
    The plunge base included the kit is as smooth as the rest of this tool.The plunging action is nice and silky, and the lock/release lever is perfectly positioned.The method of securing the motor in the plung base is another time consuming affair (relatively speaking) it requires the use of **GASP** a phillips screwdriver.
    All in all, I don't think anyone would be dissatisfied with this router kit.A quality system from a quality company!Having said all that, it must be noted that this particular market segment is highly competitive, with many outstanding router kits available in this price range.With such a dizzying array of permutations, it would be hard to make a bad purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Makita Router
    I was having difficulty in making consistent dovetails on maple and birch for cabinet drawers.I was using a Porter Cable dovetail Jig (see my review) and a 25 year old Craftsman router.After much frustration and detective work I determined that the router was largely responsible for the majority of my problems.The depth setting would change and it is hard to set precisely plus the bearing has a small amount of play which greatly affects the dovetail setup.I purchased the Makita router and almost all of the consistency problems were solved.I have not used this machine for anything else, but have no criticisms on its construction or operation to date.A high quality tool at a reasonable price for the part time hobbyist and woodworker.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great router, but LOOK OUT!!!
    This is a terrific routher, but beware!After about a minute or so of use I felt some chatter in the 1/2" spiral bit I was using.I checked to make sure the bit was secure in the collet -- it was -- but I discovered the collet body was coming unscrewed from the armature shaft!(The collet body is the piece that accepts the 1/2" and 1/4" collets and is supposed to stay put when you change collets or bits).I tightened it back on with a hefty screwdriver and a collet wrench and cautiously went back to work....

    Once again the collet body started to come loose, but before I could shut off the motor the collet body (with collet and bit still attached) flew off the armature shaft and whacked me in the groin - OUCH!!!

    Fortunately the bit didn't impale me, but let me tell you, I was VERY lucky to hobble away with the family jewels intact.

    Again, I re-attached the collet body and this time used some high-strength thread locking compound to hold it all together.This was several weeks ago, and so-far, so-good.The router has been a thing of beauty ever since.

    1. Make sure you check that your router arrives fully assembled so parts don't fly off unexpectedly.In addition, the package arrived with a troublesome rattle that turned out to be some other loose parts floating around in the case.
    2. Stop IMMEDIATELY if you feel or hear abnormal vibration or chatter.

    I also recommend replacing the stock baseplate with the PC690 baseplate (about $11) since it's easier to center the PC baseplate due to the flathead vs. panhead screws.At least Makita makes this router so it can be used with the baseplates and jigs I made for my old PC690!That was a very smart thing for Makita to do. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Makita    2. (Maketa)    3. (Mikita)    4. Routers    5. Fixed-Base Routers    6. Plunge Routers   

    9. Troy-Bilt 24A-204B7666.5HP Chipper Shredder Vac Self Propelled Model
    by MTD Products
    Tools & Hardware (01 July, 2004)
    list price: $749.99 -- our price: $749.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000AS2G8
    Sales Rank: 7828
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • 6" lockable caster front wheels with 10" x 4" pneumatic rear wheels
    • 6.5HP B&S OHV Engine
    • 3" diameter chipper capapcity 10:1 reduction with 2 hardened steel blades and 9 hardened cast steel flail knives
    • 24" vacuum capacity with 1/4" to 4.75" adjustment height
    • 3-bushel bag capacity

    Reviews (6)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Quality Control Needs to be Fired
    This is my initial impression, as I just received my unit.It took alot longer to assemble than it should have, thanks to very poor quality control.First, the support bracket that attaches the chipper chute to the vac handle absolutely would not attach, because the plastic portion of the chute was not assembled to the metal portion properly.I had to drill holes and relocate the bracket in order to get it mounted properly -- and I was following the instructions to the letter.

    Second, there is a safety switch below the snout of the vac that gets depressed by a tab connected to the snout (so you can't start it unless the snout is properly attached).This tab is easily bent, and apparently was.I tried to start the unit several times before I thought about the switch and checked to see if it was depressed.I fixed the tab, and the unit did start.

    Third, the adjustment levers for the snout opening were assembled incorrectly.I had to partially dissamble the mechanism and get them seated properly in their slots.

    So after taking 1.5 hours to assemble something that should have taken 20 mins. I finally got to try the thing out and can offer a few functional observations:
    1. The vac portion works very well.It sucks up loose leaves and small twigs without difficulty.It will not suck up leaves that are wet and matted to the ground, but I wouldn't really expect it to.
    2.The chipper can be finicky.You need to make sure that anything you stick into it does not have any kinks in it that would cause it to get caught in the opening at the base near the blades.
    3.As previously stated, it does have a rather heavy pull to start.If you have the choke on for the initial startup it starts pretty easily, though (1st or 2nd pull).

    I will need more time to get used to the quirks and form a real opinion on how well it works, but I thought I would post my initial impressions while they were fresh -- and I was really irritated about the QC issues.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost Makes Clearing the Leaves Fun
    I received my Troy-Bilt chipper vac about four weeks ago and have used it a couple of times since then. I have a three quarter acre lot that is very heavily wooded, about one half acre of which requires raking. This machine has literally cut more than in half the amount of time it takes me to clear my yard.It has also greatly reduced the volume of yard waste that I have to pile in the woods behind my house.

    I wholeheartedly agree with most of what previous reviewers stated about this machine, but would like to add my two cents.

    With regard to the starter pull cord being a tough pull, this is true.I have noticed that the machine often leaves small pieces of larger sticks in the chipper chute which can jam the chipper chute making the pull start next to impossible to pull.What I have found works best in this situation is to us a long stick to rotate the chipper blade until the offending piece is exposed, then fish out the piece with the stick. This should be obvious, but never reach into the chute with your arm, even when the machine is turned off.Another observation I have made is that when the machine has been running and is turned off, it is best to set the choke to half when restarting.This should get it going again with one pull.

    With regard to the nozzle height, I also have an uneven yard and have also experienced divoting when the nozzle is in a lowered position.I also find it best to leave the nozzle in it's highest position.

    As far as the bag goes, I had a lot of difficulty with it at first, especially considering that one of the pins is located tightly between the handle and the chipper chute. After a couple of tries, I found that if you tilt the machine backwards so that the bag rests on the ground, it lets up the slack on the hooks and makes it much easier to remove.I recommend removing the hook next to the chipper chute first. I also recommend not letting the bag get too full.This makes removal of the bag a little more difficult.

    With regard to delivery difficulties, I guess it just depends on the local delivery service.The folks that delivered it to my house not only removed it from the truck, but placed it right into my garage.I still find it hard to believe that I got free shipping on such a huge item.

    A couple of final pieces of advice.First, invest in a face mask.This machine has a tendency to produce a lot of fine dust that gets in your eyes (even with goggles), mouth, nose and lungs. Second, do not to let the leaves build up in your yard, especially if your yard is heavily wooded.The machine works great and has great suction, but when you have a thick layer of leaves on the ground, it has a tendency to clog from time to time and may require a few passes.Not to mention, you will have to empty the bag more frequently, which can become a nuisance. When the machine has clogged, I found that simply easing it back on its rear wheels or pulling it backwards almost always quickly clears the clog.

    Overall this is an excellent product that I would highly recommend to anybody with a lot of leaf bearing trees on their property.Take it from someone who has a good number of large, old growth oak trees on his property.What used to take me about 16 hours to do by rake now takes me about 6 to do with the this leaf vac.It truly is a time and labor saver.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Troy-Bilt Shredder Vac - Time Saver
    I purchased this chipper/vac about 6 weeks ago and have used it three times since.These are my observations,
    1.The starter pull cord takes a lot of effort to pull, but does start in 1 or 2 pulls.If you have left a stick in the chipper chute that is engaging the blades, it is very hard to pull.If you don't have average upper body strength you will have a difficult time starting this machine.
    2.The run/stop lever is difficult to reach because it is located behind the bag.You can not read it because the bag is in the way, so become familar with the direction for run and stop prior to running, because you will need to reach in blindly to stop it.
    3.The adjustment for the nozzle height, in my case, needs to be all the way up.I do not have the benefit of a perfectly flat yard, so, when I come across a high spot the edge of the nozzle digs in and divots the lawn.All the way up is the only way I can operate this machine.
    4.When Troy-Bilt states in the agreement, shipper is not responsible to get this machine off the shippers truck, they mean it.When the tractor trailer came, I had to be inventive as to getting this 200 lb machine off his truck.The driver did help, but it was my responsibilty to come up with a way to get the large box to the ground.
    5.Other reviewers have stated difficulty with the bag.I have found the bag to be a learning experience.What I mean is once you get the hang of it, you can install and remove it quickly and without much effort.I like the bottom zipper for dumping the leaves and the multiple grab handles.
    6.The vac has good suction.Branches do need to be rather straight and have some thickness and weight to find their way to the blades on their own.It chips well.
    7.My neighbors spend all day raking and I vac in the time it takes to mow the lawn.
    8.I haven't as of yet had the experience of vacuuming up a stone and still wonder if it is possible and what, if any, damage it could cause.

    So far, I am pleased with this purchase.I never looked forward to raking up up least 50 bags of leaves.Uneven surfaces are a problem, but you find a way to deal with it eventually, it still beats raking. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Landscaping Tools    2. Blowers & Vacs    3. Gas-Powered   

    10. Allied 59094 111-Piece Tool Set with Storage Case
    by Allied International
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $44.99
    Asin: B000065AC6
    Sales Rank: 7148
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Lifetime Warranty
    • Complete assortment of tools and accessories for maintenance and repairs
    • Dyna-Drive sockets and wrenches are designed to contact fasteners on flat sides for greater torque
    • Cushion grip reversible ratchet driver
    • Convenient storage/carrying case

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Second set
    Such a good collection at such a good price,
    that when my first set was stolen, I had no
    hesitation in ordering a second.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Seem great so far
    I just received this tool set last week and have yet to put it to real use, but so far it seems great.All of the tools feel very sturdy, not light and flimsy like a lot of bargain tools. They sure feel like they will hold up through whatever abuse I manage to put them through.The set contains every hand tool I can imagine needing as just your average guy.At the price, it even makes sense to keep one in the car and one at home, you never know when you might need a 14mm socket while on the road,.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT gift for new home-owners!
    This set is GREAT!It's got a TON of different wrenches and 3/8-inch drive sockets.This set is especially good as a gift for those people who are just moving in to their first home and don't have a ton of tools yet.It comes in a very nice custom plastic storage case with a spot for each tool, so its easy to carry around and put away so you can stay organized!This set has been a lifesaver around my house - I highly recommend it! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Hand Tools    2. Tool Sets   

    11. Zircon 59599 iLine Wall Laser Level
    by Zircon
    Tools & Hardware (01 December, 2003)
    list price: $49.99 -- our price: $37.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000DCBOT
    Sales Rank: 6940
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Accurate to within 1/2-inch at 30 feet
    • Easy to use and understand; no set-up; just open it and go
    • Level and plumb; no need for two separate tools
    • Generates a precise line in four directions (up, down, left, right)
    • Hands-free design eases installation projects;

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works very well
    I have to disagree with the prior reviewer's comments.I purchased this product and can say that it DOES work as advertised.When you first place it on the wall, the auto-leveling mechanism kicks-in and the laser oscillates up and down until it levels (1-2 seconds).You then need to tap it gently to ensure it is level -- something you also need to do if you move the unit from its original position.When I double-checked my work with a spirit level, it was dead-on.

    Second, I find the size and weight of the iLine to be minimal, especially as compared to other auto-leveling lasers.I used a B&D Bullseye this weekend, and can say that it is heavier, more awkward, and the laser less visible than the iLine.

    With regards to the pushpin, most such products use pushpins to secure the unit to the wall (except a version of the StraightLine, which does not auto-level).The hole is small, and can be easily touched-up.While the iLine pin does not line up with the laser line, you can easily compensate for this by moving the unit so that the laser line is where you want it.

    As a DIYer, I find the iLine to be a great product that is very useful and am glad that I purchased it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money
    This product does not do what it proports it will.First, the self leveling feature does not work.I haven't measured the degrees which it is off, but rest assured you will regret using it if you do not double check your level with some other device.I have the odd hung shelves to prove it.It will project a straight line, but it won't necessarily be level.I purchased this item rather than other wall laser levels specifically because it claimed this feature.
    Next, even if it were to self level (which it does not), the body of the device is so large and awkward it is cumbersome to place on the wall.It comes with a metal push pin which you are to press into the wall at one of the four angles of the device and then let the whole thing suspend from the push pin, which if your hands aren't strong (I am a woman) isn't easy.Also, due to the shape of the device (note it is round with four triangular corners projecting from four sides) the hole you punch into your wall with the push pin will not be in line with the laser line, meaning unless you are trying to place something on the wall which is large enough to extend over the hole once on the wall you will have to be content with looking at a push pin hole or you'll have to go through the effort to fill it and paint over it.I don't know, but I'm figuring most folks are going to be hanging things like shelves and pictures, which first of all won't be lined up with the hole, and secondly are generally going to be hung AFTER the wall is finished and painted, meaning using this device is creating an entirely new project in addition to just hanging the picture or shelf (repairing the damage to the wall created by using the device).In fact, given the shape of the device and the weight (which requires a solidly placed pin to hold it up) I really can't imagine an application where the hole needed to use the thing wouldn't be a problem.
    You will also note the unit is more expensive than competitors.When browsing I didn't realize how it would be secured to the wall, nor did I anticipate the size or weight of it.I hadn't had the opportunity to see one in a store.I can only say I deeply regret my purchase, and had I purchased it from a brick and mortar store I guarantee I would have returned it the day I tried to use it.I took the time to write this review to prevent any other weekend decorator from making the same mistake I did.

    Hope this information benefits you, and I also hope Zircon looks at it and maybe redesigns its product.It is very poorly designed. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Zircon    2. (Zirkon)    3. Measuring & Layout Tools    4. Line Lasers   

    12. Mag Instrument M2A01H Black Holster AA Combo Pack Flashlight
    by Mag Instrument
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $18.45 -- our price: $10.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00002N6SN
    Sales Rank: 640
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Limited lifetime warranty
    • High intensity adjustable light beam
    • Sealed O-rings for water and shock resistance
    • Precision-machined, high strength aluminum alloy case
    • Spare lamp in the tail cap

    Reviews (7)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite the classic everybody makes it out to be.
    Yeah, yeah.Everybody buys these Mini Maglites.Everybody says they're the benchmark, but I disagree, having owned one a number of years and having had time to document it's failings.For one thing, mine simply quit working recently, and when I visited the Maglite website, I learned that returning it under the warranty would cost more in shipping than it would cost to buy a new flashlight.How irritating.My solution was to toss the thing in the trash, and what a pity, as the quality of construction is quite good, notwithstanding the broken switch.But that brings me to my second point: the switch.This is the twist-on/off kind.Do you tend to carry a flashlight in your pack?In your pocket?Then avoid this model.The jostling that occurs during routine movement tend to turn the light on, a bit of a hassle when you're in the middle of nowhere only to find your light has turned itself on and exhausted the batteries.Now if only the manufacturer would adopt the same kind of push-button switch as on the larger models, and perhaps change the bulb to LEDs, then this model would be perfect rather than merely dated.A better bet is to pick up one or two cheap plastic Rayovacs at the hardware or discount store--better switch, comparable durability.

    5-0 out of 5 stars When buying a flashlight, check out the Mini Mag first!
    I have had a 2AA cell Mini Maglite for several years now. Through this time, I have dropped it a lot, but each time, the only damage is scratches. It is so durable that you can just throw it on the ground purposely and it will not be obliterated! The holster is a nice addition so that you can have easy acces when you are in a tight situation.
    The candle feature is very useful, especially for camping (or night reading). Also, it is water proof! I never have to worry while using it in the rain.
    Overall, this product is very useful. With its size and capabilities, it prooves worthy to be owned by anyone, no matter what there job is. Note: Another good Mag product is the 4D cell light.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Universal Light
    The first one I had was black, just like Model-T. Being dark and inside my dark overalls pocket, I forgot about it until it fell. It fell couple more times since. It is still working. It is a good size to go inside the tool box permanently. The size is also small enough to go inside where only your hand can reach. Sometimes in my line of work in seismic oil exploration I need to do come cabling, the Mini helps to get the connection right.

    Bought a few more Mag lights since the first one, seeing as it is tough and rain proof. But when I travel it is the Mini that comes along instead of the Mag Solitaire because the AA size batteries is the most universally available battery you can find in most countries.

    Torch (flashlight to you guys in US) is like penknives, tend to need it in an emergency. So one lives with the Leatherman, one in the car glove box, the old one still in the tool box.

    Yeah, I have held the torch in my lips too in the past but now recommend a headband by Nite Ize to turn it into a headlamp. Another item worth considering if you go hiking a lot is the Nite Ize "Pock-its". This is a holster for Mini Mag Light and Leatherman, spare batteries. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Flashlights    2. (Flash Lights)    3. Home Safety   

    13. Toro 51598 Ultra Blower
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $89.99 -- our price: $74.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005V7KX
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    With 225 mph of maximum force, the Toro Ultra Blower is a three-in-one machine--blower, vacuum, and leaf shredder--that's ready to rip through leaf-covered lawns with the power of a small hurricane. Better yet, you'll likely find it to be not only one of the most powerful lawn tools in your garage, but one of the most versatile as well. To facilitate the different uses, the blower comes with a quick-release latch for easy conversion as well as infinitely variable air control. In addition, the metal impeller mulches leaves with fearsome efficiency, reducing 16 bags of leaves down to a single bag. For those looking for a blower that'll make quick work of acres of matted-down leaves, Toro's Ultra Blower is up to the task. --Rivers Janssen ... Read more


    • 225-miles-per-hour maximum air force will clear just about any lawn
    • Metal impeller for efficient mulching
    • Reduces 16 bags of leaves to 1
    • Converts from blower to vacuum mode with no tools necessary
    • Variable air control

    Reviews (29)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic blower - don't play w/the variable speed
    After less than a dozen uses, the variable speed switch burned out. I had this repaired at a local warranty service center and the blower now works great. My advice is to use this blower in either the high or low setting but do not play with the fine (variable) adjustments in between. The variable speed control will not lock in at any midpoint setting and I suspect this is what caused mine to burn out (vibrations cause the control to oscillate).

    This is a very good blower for general homeowner use. I primarily use this to clean my swimming pool deck (vac mode), and to blow leaves out of my driveway, raingutters and mulched areas. It is not practical for clearing leaves in a large yard. For that, you should look for a commercial unit with a high air volume (Stihl, Husqvarna). This is a trade off for cost, weight and noise.

    I am very happy with this machine despite the trouble that I experienced. I would make this purchase again.

    4-0 out of 5 stars We love this blower/vacuum
    Believe it or not, this was a gift we purchased for each other as an anniversary gift! This hummer really hummmmms! We find it efficient and tireless. We've used the mulcher for small oak branches, oak leaves and general yard debris. The metal impaler is worth the price difference as compared to the Toro model with the plastic impaler.
    One of our favorite uses is the blower which we not only use in the yard but also on the roof--it will make short order of cleaning the gutters!! That's an added bonus.
    The variable speed blower and vacuum is great. Consumer Reports lists this item as their highest rated and we can see why...well worth the price!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVE the Toro Ultra Blower and Mulcher
    I have an old Toro Leaf Blower, I believe it's a Model 400.The older model is still working excellent!The only problem is it takes forever to move a good sized pile of leaves.With my old Toro 400 Leaf Blower, it took over 7+ hours (spread over 2 days) to collect and move enough leaves to fill over 15 to 20 Large Contractor sized garbage bags.That's, 7+ hours of electricity also.That's a lot of leaves my friends!Because a contractor sized garbage bag can hold at least 2 regular sized paper leaf bags.So do the math.If I had just used the paper leaf bags that the town picks up, I would have ended up with at lease 30 bags of leaves.AAAAA!!!I needed a better solution.

    During my research, I found the Toro Ultra Leaf Blower and Mulcher (51598).I really cannot rave enough about this product.I really didn't want to purchase an electric leaf blower, because I was a little sick and tired of carrying around the extension cord and having to deal with spending money on electricity.However, I wanted to try out the mulcher.Which from the reviews I read, and from what was printed on the box, it said that it would mulch the leaves at a 16 to 1 ratio."Wow!I have GOTTA see that!", I said.So I decided to purchase one.Oh, what a chore that was.I almost had to go online to get one.Why?Because every Home Depot I went to were out of stock."Out of Stock?", I thought."Geez, this thing has got to be great!"

    I finally found one and couldn't wait to get it going because the leaves were falling like stones.There is one tree outside my home that is so bad, that when it started dumping it's load, I could no longer see my front lawn, or my CAR that was parked in the driveway.YES! there were THAT many leaves.So, I suited up, put on my gloves, goggles, face mask, strapped on my new Toro Ultra Leaf Blower and went to town!

    It was so overwhelming powerful, I really couldn't believe my eyes!I was pushing a pile of leaves about 3 to 4 feet high with ease.Which may not sound like a lot of people to most, but believe me, that's a lot of leaves.You still have to blow them from the top down the pile, but it was still done with ease.As I was saying it took over 7+ hours (spread over 2 days) to complete the front and back of my house.This took about just about 3 hours total! to blow them into piles, mulch them, AND bag the mulched leaves.My time was easily cut in half!I would suggest to anyone, blowing the leaves into smaller stacks, instead of trying to create one big one.It's much easier to mulch the smaller stacks.Also with my older Toro 400, using it that long I should have used a headset for my ears.My ears were ringing after I was done.With the Toro Ultra, the machine is loud, but since I used it less than half the time, my ears were fine.

    As for the Mulcher, the blades are metal, so mulching is a breeze.I was concerned about twigs, small pebbles, etc.Mainly because the suction is quite powerful.It grinded twigs, small stones, and a various array of small four legged rodents, like a Cuisinart!!!HAHA!!!I'm kidding about the rodents.I think you'll be quite pleased with the results of this mulcher.It's very useful.When you are using the mulcher, be aware not to suck up too many leaves.I would do this at times and had to shut off the unit, and clear out the nozzle once or twice.Once you get an idea of how much to suck up smoothly, you buzz right along.Dry leaves, wet leaves, even leaves with frost on them, I just crunched away!!

    This was the deciding factor for me purchasing this item, the mulcher.And what a difference it makes.I went from having 15 to 20 Contractor sized garbage bags full of leaves, to a total of about 7 bags full of mulched leaves and twigs.Again, cutting my work in half!!!!Now that's a good product!When you can save me HALF the time to do a chore, that's well worth the money in my book!

    One or two other nice little feature I should mention, is that it has an adjustable knob for the blower.So you don't have to always use it at full power.Very nice feature.Who ever thought of that in the design should get a gold star!I do like the overall design of the blower as well.The way it's contoured makes it easy to hold and handle the machine.Also, a gold star!

    All-in-all, I've saved on my electric bill, plastic bags, and most of all, my time!!!!The only quirk I would have about this, is that they didn't include a belt, or strap with the machine so that you don't have to hold it.There is a strap on the mulching bag, but I mean one just for the blower itself.That would have been a nice feature.Other than that, I don't see how you could go wrong purchasing this item.In my opinion, this is money that is not only well spent, but something that saves you money in the long run.Excellent product!And if this thing is built like my old Toro 400, I'll have thing for 7+ years easily!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Landscaping Tools    2. Blowers & Vacs    3. Electric    4. Home    5. Tools   

    14. Quick-Grip 58300 Spring Clamps
    by IRWIN
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $4.99 -- our price: $4.74
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000022451
    Sales Rank: 4569
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • 3" max. jaw opening
    • Constructed from high-tech resin material
    • Strong, lightweight, and rust resistant
    • Soft durable pads to protect fine finishes

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Works great as long as you don't open the jaws up too much
    The clamping action gets weaker after about 1.5" of opening.
    Otherwise, it's inexpensive and works great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th...... Hands
    I've had a box of these for quite a while and I'm always finding new uses for them.They are real handy to hold stop blocks on your radial arm saw fence, drill press fence and table saw miter gauge fence.I hold projectstogether during "dry assembly" and while tracing parts forreproduction.You can clip a note or plan on anything the jaw willstradle.Did I mention gluing?They're just a little too tight to use fora nose clamp when you're working around Ralph after he had those beans forlunch, but you should use a respirator, anyway.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extra hand for a little price!
    Great Product for little cost!A must in any workshop!Very stong clamp power.If you need extra hands for any project, here is your solution!Get at least 2.... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Clamps    2. Spring Clamps    3. (Squeeze Clamps)    4. (Hand Clamps)   

    15. Factory-Reconditioned DeWalt DW983K-2R 14.4 Volt 1/2" Heavy Duty Adjustable Clutch Cordless Drill/Driver Kit
    by DeWalt - Reconditioned
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $370.00
    Asin: B000063N4W
    Sales Rank: 5145
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • One-year warranty through the Dewalt factory or an authorized service center
    • 3-speed all metal transmission, VSR 1-450/0-1,400/0-1,800 rpm
    • DeWalt-built high-torque motor delivers 400 in./lbs. of torque
    • 1/2-inch ratcheting chuck with automatic spindle lock
    • Anti-slip comfort grip

    Reviews (7)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Drill......bad batteries
    I have been using this drill for about two months and the drill works fine (even though its Reconditioned).The batteries dont hold a charge compared to the ones I got with my Impact driver (brand new, not reconditioned).I think its got to do with them being reconditioned.

    1-0 out of 5 stars did't last long
    I have a Dewalt corded drill and plate jointer, and like them.This cordless I am sorry I bought.One battery will not keep a charge, and the clutch went out after only minor use.I also have a Makita and a Panasonic cordless drill.They have not broken, and I have had them twice as long as the DeWalt.The Makita was made in the U.S.The DeWalt and the Panasonic are made in Mexico.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid drill with plenty of torque, nice carry case
    Disclaimer - I have no brand preference when I choose tools - it's based on quality, durability and merits of the tool. Not necessarily the best or most expensive. The only exception to this is, without bias or hesitation, the Milwaukee Super Sawzall, the 6521-21, 11.8 amp reciprocating saw - it's a beast, very powerful and smooth!

    I have always been a little apprehensive about the runtime for the batteries of cordless tools. I had the search narrowed down to Milwaukee's 14.4 volt or Hitachi's 14.4 volt versions. I personally don't see the need to go beyond this level of drill unless you're driving screws in a deck all day. (My older DeWalt 5 amp VSR drill is fine for drilling holes and light duty screw driving, and the Makita 9.6v just doesn't do anything well but drill holes.)

    That said, I wanted to see how it compared in terms of power/torque against my new corded Milwaukee 0302-20, which is a very serious drill (scary - it comes with a side handle for a reason!).

    So far, I have no complaints. Here's the upside from a demolition job we did on a neighbour's sunroom - it's being replaced with a more energy efficient sunroom. It was painted metal panel sections with a styrofoam core, held together by aluminum trim and nut head screws.
    1) I like the racheting mechanism in the keyless chuck - it is very good. (so is the Milwaukee's keyless chuck)
    2) It's nice to have speed and torque settings too...
    3) Cordless - nice battery runtimes, and you don't have to manage the extension cords on the roof (removing the screws with a nutdriver). We removed a lot of screws...
    4) Quality of the tool - solid heft, but not super heavy (although I didn't have to raise it above my head often)
    5) Nice balance with the pistol grip.
    6) Very good price - plus a $25 off coupon makes this reconditioned tool very nice on the pocketbook, and a versatile drill/driver in your arsenal.
    7) Efficient use of the carry case - dedicated sections for the batteries and the charger.
    8) Quick charge times - faster than the 1 hour or so for the older Makita.
    9) It may be a "reconditioned tool", but the only thing that showed this was the carry case. Everything else looked new.
    10) Full DeWalt warranty.

    The cons?
    1) I agree about the comment by jhvincent for the reverse switch location. I belive the corded DeWalt 5 amp has a better idea - it's a lever, not a button, above the trigger. However, I soon was able to pay attention and not hit it after a few minutes. So it did become a negligible issue after a while.

    Maybe I will find issues later on, but not much right now. It's got a spot in my tool box, that's for sure. I would not hesitate to recommend this great buy to anyone. Buy this kit at this price - it's very good!

    I am buying a Bosch router kit soon, and either a Bosch or Makita sliding compound miter saw in the new future. But both Milwaukee and DeWalt have shown their quality, no question...

    PS - the Sawzall "more than payed for itself today", was the comment from another worker. We easily sectioned up the walls and roof with it. I would estimate it saved at least 2 hours of grunt work (the caulking was very tough and sticky around the windows, but the Sawzall cut through it and the aluminum siding with ease).
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    16. Leatherman 61020101Original Pocket Survival Tool (PST) with Black Oxide Finish
    by Leatherman
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $63.00
    Asin: B00004UDW8
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    This is the tool that started the Leatherman revolution. Despite the introduction of new and more elaborate models from Leatherman, the Original remains a popular tool. We like the tough, compact design of the Original, as well as the high quality of the blades and tools. The jaws of the pliers are extremely tough. The Original packs a pretty impressive assortment of tools, including wire cutters, a knife, a metal/wood file, a can/bottle opener, an awl/punch, a nice assortment of Phillips screwdrivers, and more--all perfect for quick, on-the-spot jobs. It's true that the big knife blade would be more effective if it faced the other way, and that having to open the whole thing to get at any of the tools is less than ideal (both issues have been addressed in Leatherman's Wave). But it wasn't so long ago that the Original Leatherman was the only choice, and it's still a great addition to any toolbox, remaining just as handy as when it first came out. --Brian Trinen ... Read more


    • 25 year warranty
    • Black oxide finish
    • 13 tools in 1
    • Clip point knife
    • Closes to 4 inches

    Reviews (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Used To Be The Best...
    The original Leatherman used to be the best thing around until they outdid themselves.I still own this original Leatherman (in any form they are better than the best Swiss Army Knife) but by contrast this version of the Leatherman is awkward and painful to use.If you really need a grip when the item is open the edges of the handle bite into the hand.The blades, as are all tool here, are inside, and nothing locks into place.I strongly recommend picking up almost any other Leatherman than this one, if you really need one you'll be glad you spent the extra money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Carried it on my Gasmask belt in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia
    I carried this on my Gas Mask Belt (ie all the time) during Desert Storm.I can't begin to estimate how often I used it.The Black Oxide color was a plus for carrying in a combat zone.Although at times I wished it were bright orange (when I dropped it at night in the desert)I still have it in my glove compartment. ... Read more

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    17. Toro 51591Super Blower/Vacuum
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $74.99 -- our price: $59.99
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    Asin: B000059MT3
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    Hang on to Toto when you fire this baby up--the air blast out ofthis blower is phenomenal! The literature says it produces up to a 215mph current, and they're not kidding. It converts in a few seconds to avacuum by removing the inlet tube and cover; just hook the front of thevacuum tube on and snap. Attach the generous bag and you're ready topick up the mountain of leaves you've blown. As it vacuums, the fanimpeller will mulch the leaves down, too, reducing 10 bags to 1. Welike the ergonomic handle and the comfortable strap. The tubes aresturdy and won't crack if you accidentally whack them. It's a lightunit at 7.3 pounds, and it's not nearly as loud as most, though at 69decibels, you'll still want to wear ear protection. Bravo, Toro!--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more


    • Two-year full warranty
    • Blower's 210 mph maximum air force clears sticks, debris and large, heavy leaves
    • Converts from blower to vacuum mode quickly--no tools needed
    • Two-speed motor gives you control in both blower and vacuum modes
    • Exclusive cord lock system holds the cord firmly in place

    Reviews (38)

    5-0 out of 5 stars perfect for the family
    face it, you really only married your wife for the sex.i know i sure did, and when i realized she had family, woa baby was i pissed. and of course this woman wants to see these people and have them over! i purchased this product and was so pleased, this is perfect for blowing inlaws away from your house with enough power to equal a force 6 hurricane! thats crazy! so next time you dont want family over i reccomend turning it on to Hi mode because u no thats the equivalent of being polite enough and saying Hi and Bye! a double wammy! i highly reccomend this

    2-0 out of 5 stars Worked great until it stopped working altogether
    I bought this blower hoping to save a few bucks.I regret that decision now.

    As other folks have mentioned, the vacuum capability of this leaf blower leaves much to be desired.I was generally pleased with this blower until it decided to completely stop working.I only got one full season's use out of it; it died in the middle of my second season, leaving me with a useless piece of junk and a large pile of leaves to rake.I'm still within the warranty period, but I never registered my product and can't find my receipt, so I suspect I'm out of luck.

    I tried calling a local place that services Toro lawn tools, and they told me that it would be cheaper to buy a new one than replace it.The way that they responded indicated to me that this wasn't their first inquiry about this unit.

    I've learned my lesson; I won't be so cheap when I buy my next leaf blower.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT tool
    I love this blower/vac and have been using it for 2 full years now.The only reason it does not get 5 stars is because of the plastic impeller, and the fact that even the low setting can sometimes blow my wood chip mulch around with everything else (I understand the newer Ultra Blower Vac has variable speed setting and a metal impeller... Sounds like that one would be perfect).

    Here are the products upsides:
    1. Very strong blower easily moves a yard full of leaves in one pass into a single pile about 3 feet deep, and as big around as you want.
    2. Blower is also perfect for clearing away rocks and rubble from your driveway.(Make sure you aim someplace you don't mind getting pelted with the smaller rocks, cause those suckers really fly!)
    3. Mulcher takes large leaves that others don't.My neighbor rakes his yard because his vac won't take up the great big Sycamore leaves.He hates it when my Toro sucks them right up while he rakes away.
    4. I have mulched wet and dry leaves.It is much easier to use on dry leaves, but I have never had any big headaches with wet leaves either.
    5. It is also very good for drying large surfaces.I discovered this when I cleared out a large pile of old leaves from my patio.The old wet leaves were stuck to the concrete.This thing peeled the leaves right off the concrete, and started pushing the water away.After a minute or two of blasting, the wet area was already dry.It is also good at drying the wet leaves while you blow them around into a pile.
    6. It is extremely effective at clearing away spiders, spider-webs, and any other buggy area.I once got a wasp in mid-air, the blast tore it to pieces.(I have never tried mulching the bugs, perhaps I will try that sometime for fun, without the bag on of course).
    7. It is SO SIMPLE to convert from blower to mulcher.No tools needed at all.Just a click and your done.

    Here are the products downsides:
    1. Blower WILL blow away SOME of your wood mulch on the low setting.On the high setting, it will very effectively eliminate ALL of your wood mulch.Also, do not use near dry, loose soil unless you enjoy creating massive coulds of dust.
    2. If you get the blower too close to the ground on the high setting, you will blow up chunks of sod and even rocks out of your rock gardens.
    3. The plastic impeller WILL eventually break while accidentally mulching up a rock, twig, armadillo, or other hard thing (kidding about the armadillo).Mine lasted two years (just broke yesterday).I was able to easily find a replacement by looking for Sales and Service locations from the website.I called them and they have the part for $8.I am going to pick it up in a few hours.
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    18. Troy-Bilt 21A-645A063 Pro-Line 5.0 HP Counter Rotating Tine Tiller
    by Troy-Bilt
    Tools & Hardware

    Asin: B0000AV6VT
    Sales Rank: 23960
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    • Adjustable tilling depth up to 6"
    • 5.0 HP Honda OHC GC engine
    • Rear-mounted counter rotating tines, for small- to large-scale groundbreaking
    • Cast-iron and bronze gear-driven transmission
    • 16" tilling width, 10" tine diameter

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    19. Factory-Reconditioned Makita RLS1013 10" Slide Dual Compound Miter Saw
    by Makita - Reconditioned
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $632.81 -- our price: $389.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000040JO2
    Sales Rank: 2870
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Factory reconditioned to perform like new! Limit 1 per order.
    • 13 amp motor
    • Dual position depth adj. knob
    • Bevels up to 45 feet left/ miters 0-47 left and up to 52 right
    • Shaft lock for easy blade change

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars For myself - Best bang for the buck.
    I bought this saw a year ago and have been 99.9% satisfied. I recently built a 3000 sq./ft house and bought the saw for trimming out. My builder uses a Dewalt 12" double bevel and the reason he went with 12", is to cut 4x4's in one pass. I on the other hand am not building decks yearly as he does. I used his saw for a few cuts and noticed blade wobble with the standard 12" blade that came with it. I didn't need to pay extra to cut a 4x4 depth, but I think it's worth paying extra for a slide saw to cut a wider board. I'll cut a wider board more often than a deeper board.

    I have used the Makita LS1013 for standard size crown (3-1/2") and 5-1/4" base. I've also trimmed two staircases (newel post, balusters, handrail, and wainscot). For a "Jack of all trades", master of one (electrician), who does not handle a saw daily, this saw is very precise. It can shave a mm, or any other "frog's hair" measurement consistently. The double bevel keeps you from having to flip your work all the time when cutting miters. The crown stops are convenient and the table will miter up to 47 deg. The motor connected to the blade, with no belt, makes for a smooth - low vibration power transfer and the saw head is not bulky and easy to push down.

    The only "con" I have is that the degree scale for the bevel is a bit small in diameter. I noticed the Dewalt 12" had a larger diameter scale making it easier/quicker to place the pointer. The Makita scale marks are so close together, it takes more patience to get it right.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Makita 10" Dual Compound Slide Saw
    Nothing less than what you'd expect in quality and performance in a Makita product.Well made and easy to use.The one design flaw is in the short fence which makes it difficult to cut large or tall molding. Reconditioned tools from Makita are a bargain, coming with a factory warranty - hard to loose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Job Saw
    I have Owned My saw for over 10 Years & being a carpenter by trade it has done a terrific job & still is going strong ... Read more

    20. Leatherman 930402Wave Deluxe Leather Sheath
    by Leatherman
    Tools & Hardware
    list price: $11.00 -- our price: $6.64
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004UDGL
    Sales Rank: 1962
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Deluxe brown leather belt sheath.
    • Fits Wave
    • Snap Closure

    Reviews (8)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Again Amazon fools us with the WRONG picture
    [...]I say "added" because the sheath here is not the sheath pictured above. The sheath you are purchasing here is lighter brown and much more flimsy. [...]
    I purchased this product specifically because I have the sheath you will receive and was disappointed with it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not as pictured
    As another review stated, the sheath I received is not the same style as the one I received.I have one of sheaths in the style pictured and it just looks better that the ones they are sending now.Maybe that's why they used a picture of the older style in the ad.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not the same as it used to be...
    Leatherman has apparently changed the design of the deluxe Wave sheath recently.The older ones are as pictured in the Amazon pic above, with nice quality, finished leather and the word "WAVE" horizontally across the flap.

    The new ones are much cheaper feeling, and appear to be oil tanned instead of finished top grain. They simply have "Leatherman" diagonally across the front.Not as nice a sheath on any level.Still, they're a good 25% narrower than the nylon version, and Amazon has them priced right. ... Read more

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