Have You Seen Any Interesting Tools that are New To You



I didn’t mean the comment about not being able to figure out a good use as a criticism of the product, I genuinely am curious what you’d use these for.

Looking at the Starhanger Blue Zero website @Jacob_Edmond posted gave me some more ideas, like using these to conceal the undersides of bathroom sinks, but this still seems rather specialized even for FastCap.

Thank you for posting all the tools, many of the tools are new to me. I may not always comment, but you can be sure I’m looking at them.



I did not mean to be critical either. I try not to opine on new items I have not tried - or in this case not likely to try. In over 50 years of tool buying, I’m always amazed at the inventiveness of manufacturer’s in attempting to build the better mousetrap and the variations in tool users applications, proclivities and style of working that “make one man’s’ meat another man’s poison” if can an adapt that phraseology. Like you. Thanks to Jacob Edmond’s post I too can see a potential Beau Clips - possibly in boat and RV manufacture.


Got an email from Rockler this morning - promoting this item from Triton:

Work Center - possible competition for Festool MFT



Around Christmas when I was testing the Sears peg workbench I saw this Triton Workcentre. I thought it was really neat that you could drop modules like a table saw or router table into it. But they sure are competing with Festool in the price category.

Triton has a lot of interesting tools, for instance their router lets you adjust the height by rotating the handle and has decent looking dust collection built in.


April Wilkerson is sponsored by them and has a video about the workcenter and some of the attachments. It looks pretty neat for someone without real shop space. I would’ve loved it when I was building on my rental townhouse patio, and pulling tools out of the closet, but I also wouldn’t have been able to afford it then.
Triton Workcenter Unboxing

Triton seems to be coming out swinging trying to make a name and seems to be pretty decent quality, but I don’t have any first hand experience yet.


Thanks for the link to video - reminds me a bit of my early days in woodworking when Sears sold a batch of fixtures to turn your circular saw into a table saw, your jigsaw into a scroll saw, drill into a drill press etc. To be sure this Triton table and its add-ons seem like a more modern and functional take on the idea.


Triton has been around for ages. Maybe 40 years? I had one of their Series 2000 Work Centers which used a circular saw and was portable to take on site. This new stuff looks pretty neat but expensive.


$430 for a work table?! I get that it can be converted into a table saw, router table, etc., but my Ridgid R4512 was $500 bucks, and it’s a pretty decent saw. Plus, there’s space on the end of the wings that I can drop in an MDF router table insert.

That “jack of all trades” feature for the Triton Work Center will get pretty annoying when switching back and forth between tools. Hopefully it won’t require re-squaring the fence and the blade every time it’s disassembled and reassembled.

I get that it’s great for people with limited space, but it seems way to pricey for what it is.


I was just reporting on the Rockler email - not endorsing the concept of either the Triton or Festool tables. While I have seen the Festool table out on jobsites - neither it nor the Triton are something that I would consider buying. My travel saw is a Bosch 4100DG - and like your Ridgid saw - it has room to drop in a router table insert. There are lots of pictures out on the Internet showing how folks have done this - just Google “Bosch 4100 Router Table”

My transportable router table is a Bosch RA1171 - not my favorite tool - and won’t replace my Kreg Table - but got it for a song when a Local Lowes was clearing it out. It took a bit of tweaking to get the table edges flat - but its easy to transport with the router mounted and everything stowed in its cabinet. Its sort of like the small Delta 37-070 6 inch jointer that I have - not all that precise - but beats the heck out of trying to move m 40 year old Delta 8 inch stationary machine to a jobsite.


Presactly. That was the reason I sold my earlier version. Converting to crosscut mode was a pain in the preposition.


New to me are PCD (PolyCrystalne Diamond) router bits by Amana Tools.
If like other router bits from Amana they may be made in Israel:




I saw a few miscellaneous tools while browsing on Amazon –that I had never seen before – so I have no thoughts on their usefulness:

Shingle gauges


Froe Knife – I’ve used a more conventional Froe to split kindling – but this syle is new to me


Deck Fastener Tool


Radiator Valve Spanner (I presume for European steam radiators)


Basin Wrench (European Pedestal Sinks)



For years I’ve had slide hammer nailers of different brands that are useful to place a nail where it would be awkward to use a hammer. I personally have a 22 inch long one I bought from a company called Benda Industries - their model 2081 (UPC 746383125601) and a smaller 17 inch long Craftsman one # 9-38230 (UPC 714994382300) made by Easco Hand Tools. I paid under $20 for each of these.

I just saw ones at Amazon:




Both seem like they are hefty but a bit pricey - especially compared to the $19.52 I paid for my Craftsman - but that was back in 1998

There are a few other links that I found to similar tools:


There are other approaches - like using a magnetic tipped punch - but these are mostly sized for trim nails - like the tools from Malco


or for carpet/flooring work:



When cr8ondt asked about roofing tearout tools, I came across some machines for that purpose – as well as ones for flooring rip-out. We more often than not, used a demolition and ripout subcontractor when we were cast as the general on residential and commercial jobs – so I’m not all that familiar with these tools – but here’s one that I saw:



Fastcap is now offering carrying/storage bags for tracksaw tracks.


The shorter (76.5 inch) Fastcap bag has an MSRP of $75 - and is about 20 inches longer than the Festool 466357 (57 inch long) bag - which now sells fro $101. I paid out $95 for the Festool Bag in 2014 - and thought that the price was obscene for what you got.

Thinking back on the purchase - I probably should have bought one of the others on the market:



I’m not sure that there is a comparable to the longer (120 inch) Fastcap bag - which has an MSRP of $100.
While a 120 inch bag - could accommodate my FS2700 Festool 2700mm (106 inch) long track - I store and transport it in the oak and plywood crate in which Amazon shipped it to me back in 2014.


I have the DeWalt saw and tracks, I have the 46" and 59" tracks in a DeWalt bag that I think was about $50. I don’t have a bag for the 102", I don’t believe DeWalt makes one, but I’m not sure I would go to $100 for one.


@ Graham_Howe

That’s my thought too. I don’t exactly carry the FS2700 around much. If I’m throwing it in the back of a truck - I much prefer its almost 9 foot length to be protected by a stiff padded crate - not a soft bag. Whether your 102 inch Dewalt or my 106 inch Festool - I think a bag - is not a great way to carry them - and $100 (even if discounted slightly) for what amounts to a dust cover - is a bit too pricey - but hey - the shorter Festool bag is now selling for $100.


Saw these today @Menards
Irwin tool box
Stanley 2x4 vise?


I saw the 2x4 vises a month ago or so at Menards, I think they’ve been around a while though. I swear that I was going to write about them or a similar concept last year, but Stuart had already written about them.

Now that I check, I can’t find them on the site, this is the closest post http://toolguyd.com/stanley-quick-vise/
…(time passes)…
After searching the comments of that other post I found it: http://toolguyd.com/stanley-2x4-clamp/


Nice, watched the video, looks quite useful. Putting them on my mental “list of things I might need someday”:wink:.