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Ryobi TSS101L Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

Tool: Ryobi TSS101L 13 Amp 10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser

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What’s unbelievable to an experienced contractor? A sub-$200 full featured sliding compound miter saw with a laser guide, that’s what! Despite it’s incredibly low-cost I wasn’t too excited to be buying another compound miter saw since I own three of this type of, my most important, saw. An away-from-home project in a remote area on the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains called for some new tools and I couldn’t be more impressed with features-for-the-price of this Ryobi TSS101L Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser.

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RIDGID 3-1/2 in. Round Head Framing Nailer Model # R350RHD

Tool: RIDGID 3-1/2 in. Round Head Framing Nailer Model # R350RHD

Facing the daunting task of single-handedly siding my vacation home I knew if I didn’t break down and purchase a few “expensive” tools I’d likely never get the job done. With a tiny budget to afford my travel expenses and all the necessary building materials how could I afford a compound miter saw, air compressor and siding nailer without breaking the bank?

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ECHO SRM-210 Grass Trimmer, fuel tank repair

Tool: Echo SRM-210 Gas Powered Grass Trimmer

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What do you get when you whack weeds barefoot? Most likely you’ll get hurt badly, but if you’re lucky you’ll still have all your toes and your feet will just be a little banged up and covered with bits of grass – Never do as I do, nor as I say… 😉

A small animal, perhaps a squirrel or some mice, ate a hole through my Echo Grass Trimmer’s fuel tank over the winter. When I pulled out my SRM-210 this spring it started right up! …And then I noticed gasoline sloshing out and dripping down the back of my leg. Oh no, there’s a large hole in the tank. Not a small pinhole, or a little damaged spot, but a 3/4″ wide-open hole that’s large enough for mice to have crawled inside for a long winter nap. What to do? Continue reading ECHO SRM-210 Grass Trimmer, fuel tank repair

Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

Tool: Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit

What is that hellacious noise? It’s an Impact Driver, but it wasn’t the lightweight Hitachi WH18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Driver.

When my partner showed up a few years ago with a Hitachi heavy-duty cordless impact driver, to help assemble a large deck, I couldn’t believe the racket that thing produced. With the tightening of each of a hundred lags, carriage-bolts and hold-down nuts came the most horrendous clamor that I could only hope would immediately stop. I rest assured that I had no use for that cordless tool, hated the volume of it and felt all the rap-a-tapping was weak cordless mechanics attempting the job of my corded Porter-Cable …and for what?

That was a different tool and a different time …a time before I got my hands on the impact driver from his newer, smaller and lighter  Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 2-Tool Combo Kit. The impact driver from this combo kit is a tool with a completely different purpose, lighter, fast, long-lasting and… something I’ve just discovered. It’s really an impact screw-gun and … I need one.  Continue reading Hitachi KC18DHL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

Tajima CR202B Ultra Thin Chalk Line

Tool: Tajima CR202B Chalk-Rite II Ultra Thin Chalk Line

Precision is what a chalk line should be about. Until I found the Tajima CR202B Ultra Thin line I never experienced such fine marks despite a large collection of chalk boxes. This is a love-at-first-use tool. My Tajima is an awesome chalk line that makes one wonder where it’s been all these years and starts a hankering to experience more Tajima products.

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Bucket Boss Brand Liars Suspenders

Tool: Bucket Boss Brand 2″ Liars Suspenders

Starting this article with the phrase: “Maybe I got a bad pair but…” might not be as bad as me saying: Don’t click the hyperlink Bucket Boss Brand Liars Suspenders to buy these suspenders.

These suspenders are not only crap, they are completely worthless. Despite the silly pattern and good sized clips the elastic bands aren’t designed to hold a more than a few ounces and the suspender wouldn’t adjust to fit this 5′-10″ carpenter.

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Nite Ize Carabiner Figure 9

Tool: Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener

I almost hate to start talking about the Nite Ize Figure 9 because not only is it a great addition to my toolbox but it brings to mind a host of new products that had to have crossed my ever-inventive mind of the decades but never acted upon. This is the kind of thing sure to please any inventor, it’s a decent quality product that works great and will sell a million~!

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Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe

Tool: Cold Steel Trail Boss Camp Axe

For thousand of years the Axe has been a quintessential tool for humankind. Once an integral part of every carpenter’s tool box, the axe is rich with symbolism, history and function. An Axe is a bad-ass tool in the hands of a carpenter and the Trail Boss was an instant favorite that I now carry in my truck day-to-day! Though I queued up nearly a dozen Fiskar and Gerber modern ceramic chopping tools before purchasing this traditional steel axe with it’s hickory handle, I am very happy with my purchase.

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