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Tire Inflator Buyers Guide

What is a Tire Inflator? Tire inflators come in many different styles and are equipped with many different features. It’s always a good idea to know what you need and want the inflator to be able to do before you purchase one. Doing this will ensure that you get the inflator that will fit your preferences and needs and you won’t be wasting money. Tires are an important part of a car’s overall performance. If they are worn or unbalanced in any way, it can affect how the car runs. Having a tire inflator eliminates the problem of the vehicle’s...

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5 Must-Haves for the Good Oscillating Tool

On the years, oscillating tools have undergone a change. Originally intended for plaster removal in the 60’s, they’ve taken on all kinds of other applications, anythingfrom cutting plumbing pipes to removing old paint. It’s ended up being the go-to tool for most construction and handyman professionals or occasional athlete enthusiasts. Since its functions are varied, you’ll probably decide an oscillator for several purposes. Here’s a listing of must-haves to find the best multiple-use oscillating tool, and why you need them: Soft-Start Feature: There’s nothing worse than stepping into a tight corner and having your tool suddenly lurch uncontrollable. You could...

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Klein Tools Wins Four Pro Tool Reviews Innovation Awards

Klein Tools, (http://www.kleintools.com) for professionals since 1857, announced four of its products were honored with 2014 Pro Tool Reviews Innovation Awards. The Klein Tools product winners include Foam Wire Pulling Lubricant (Cat. No. 51100), All-Purpose Pliers (Cat. No. J206-8C), the Switch Drive Handle System (Cat. No. 32700 and 32701), and the Tradesman Pro™ Organizer Lighted Tool Bag (Cat. No. 55431). “Certain manufacturers go the extra mile to add useful and often game-changing innovations to their product offerings,” said Clint DeBoer executive director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. “Klein tools deserve a coveted spot in the toolbox of any tradesman,...

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How to Buy Compound Miter Saw?

A workshop isn’t complete without a miter saw. But what are the differences between a miter saw, a compound miter saw, a dual compound miter saw and a sliding compound miter saw? Keep reading and we’ll help you complete your shop with a saw that’s perfect for you. Miter Saw Model Variations A miter saw is a specialized tool that lets you make cuts at a variety of angles. The saw has a blade mounted on a swing arm that pivots left or right to produce angled cuts. You can use a miter saw to quickly make cuts for crown...

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How to Choose a Cordless SDS+ Hammer Drill

Hitting hard, drilling big are important features of any SDS+ hammer drill. Many of us are tethered to a power cord when we use our SDS+ hammer of choice, but in this guide, we’ll show you why you should buy a cordless SDS+ hammer drill. What Can You Do With an SDS+ Hammer Drill? First off, we need to understand what SDS+ means. There are a few definitions of the term, the most common of which is “Slotted Drive System”. Some argue that it comes from the German phrase ‘steck, drew, size’ that translates as ‘insert, twist, fits’. Either way,...

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Why You Should Buy a Plunge Saw

Plunge saws are a big deal, but for many people, they are not seen as being an essential tool in the kit. For some, the reasoning goes that a circular saw will do what a plunge saw can do, and maybe a jigsaw can sort those fiddly little jobs in between. However, we’d argue that a plunge saw is an essential power tool for joiners, carpenters, kitchen fitters, anyone who works with laminates, insulation or needs to make lots of cuts in small workpieces. Yes, a plunge saw is essential. So, here’s the advice to get the most from a...

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Trend CraftPro Saw Blades – Perfect for Professionals

The saw you’re using, whether it’s a circular saw, miter saw, table saw etc, is only as good as the blade you’ve fitted to it, right? After all, you’ve dropped a fair chunk of cash on your new saw and you demand from it clean, accurate cuts, regardless of the material you’re cutting. However, despite how well your saw performs, how tough it may be, how versatile it is, fitting a poor quality blade will never give you the type of cut you demand. All professionals know this! So we’re delighted to announce that we’re now stocking a fantastic range of...

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10 useful tips from a wood shop teacher

Lyons is a shop teacher, one who’s taught students and adults about DIY tools and techniques. He’s also the owner of CLyons Creations, where he crafts guitars and other woodworking projects. Whether you are young or old, it is never unnecessary to sharpen your skills in woodworking. So listen to the master. Make Clamps Your Friends Always clamp down your lumber before cutting, drilling, or routing. When you’re in a hurry or just need to make a quick shave the edge of a piece to make it fit, it’s tempting to hold onto the wood instead of taking the time...

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How to Pack a Backpack

Packing for a Backpacking Trip: So you are looking at a packing puzzle. All the stuff you have purchased or want to take is staged on the floor around your backpack, and you are wondering how it is all going to fit in there. Packing a backpack is more of a dark art than science, and sometimes it takes several passes before you get it right. Do not assume that the first time you pack is the correct way. Only experience will tell. Don’t wait until the night before to start packing — and don’t add last-minute items, those are...

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Packing list for cruise vacation

Packing for a cruise can be one of the worst parts of your vacation. The only thing I dread more is unpacking when I get home. Through the years, I have learned that a comprehensive packing list is essential. Anyone who has forgotten some important item and then had to purchase it at double (or more) the price on the cruise ship or in a port of call will know that such a list can be invaluable. One important packing tip — If traveling with a companion or spouse, divide your checked items into two (or more) suitcases. That way,...