From Tim on May 7th, 2009 in Tools and Tips
They say a good craftsman never blames his tools. Recently, many of the industry’s heavy hitters were in Las Vegas for the 2009 trade show. Judging by the reviews, it would be hard to play the blame game with these new gizmos. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.
Little Giant. How about 24 ladders in one? That’s what the Little Giant brings to the table. A lighter aluminum alloy reduces weight by 20 percent. Plus a new latching system uses lever attachments, rather than inserting pins.
Photo Credit: Giant Ladders
Glodblatt Bladerunner. The latest in drywall cutting took home the Coolest Tool of the Show award. The Bladerunner apparently drew large crowds and nice reviews from industry folks. This handy tool easily cuts drywall vertically and horizontally. It’s a safe way to cut drywall because the blade action is moving away from the operator.
Rigid. Thin line came out strong, hitting homeruns with several power tools. First up, a new version of a compact cordless lithium-ion drill/driver; then came a 15-guage trim nailer. Both items were well received upgrades from last season. The brand also showed off cordless and corded screwguns, along with a 10-inch table saw.
Rockwell. Rockwell showed off its corded recip, jig, and oscillating saw. It also added a new attachment to the Jawhorse clamping sawhorse for more versatility.
Photo Credit: gadgetgrid.com
Chief Architect Professional 3D Architectural Design & Drafting Software. This item was not in Vegas but you’ve got to give it props for 3-D renovation. Make all of your home renovations at the click of a mouse. Create a floor plan, size your rooms, and figure the cost and materials of the job, just like that.
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