Archive for the ‘Favorite Tools’ Category

  • Monday, April 28th, 2014

    Probe Master – Quality DMM Probes That Are Made In U.S.A.

    I prefer to buy Made In U.S.A. products when I can and was surprised to find out that Probe Master makes their probes right here in America. While you can find multimeters still made in the U.S.A. (Fluke), the test probes are typically made in China.

  • Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

    Gladiator Garageworks – Possibly the best garage system and made in the U.S.A.

    gladiator_garageI’ve been meaning to organize my garage and turn a section into a place where I can work on my Myro Control stuff. I have been researching and looking at all sorts of “Garage Systems” and everything I have seen is either VERY expensive or VERY cheaply made using flimsy metal or thin wood/melamine.

    My dream garage would be filled with Lista Cabinets (as seen on American Chopper) as they offer both of my requirements: American Made and modular cabinets on casters. The only drawback being cost.

    Sears Craftsmen’s popped into my mind — thinking everything Craftsmen’s would be American made, right? Uh, nope. Then right next to the Craftsmen benches was this product called Gladiator Garageworks by Whirlpool Corporation. Modular cabinets on casters, check. Made in the U.S.A.? YES! Apparently all their “premium” welded case products are made in the U.S.A. That includes the benches and the gearbox. The ones you need to assemble are not so keep that in mind.

    The only design element I’m not too big on is the “tread” or “diamond plate” texture on the doors. I would have liked a smooth finish or options for different colors (silver, red, black, blue, etc) like the Lista Cabinets offer. Not a huge deal and the pattern is growing on me.

    Overall, I dig them! The price, the quality and the fact they are Made in the U.S.A. — I couldn’t be happier.

    Off to finish organizing the garage!

    - Gladiator Garage Works

  • Saturday, March 13th, 2010

    Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adaptor – My Favorite Tools – March 2010

    When I’m changing my brakes I  just tighten to what I think is “tight enough” — not always a good thing.  All automotive bolts and parts have a recommended torque amount that should be followed. Sure, you can get yourself an analog torque wrench, but why would you when you can get the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adaptor that turns any 1/2″ rachet into a digital one?

    This little gadget not only can be used to calibrate analog torque wrenches (which you’d pay about the same as the adapter if taken to someone to calibrate) but you can use it in situations where you need precise torque pressure using a standard rachet wrench.  The feature I really like is that you set the torque amount you want to achieve and then as you tighten you get both visual (LED light & LCD torque amount) and audible indication.

    The Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adaptor is Mavromatic’s, “My favorite tools”, for March 2010.  It runs about $50.

    - – Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adaptor

    Posted on Mar 13th | 4 comments
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  • Thursday, March 11th, 2010

    Final Cut Blade – Blade that sands while it rips

    The Final Cut Blade is one of those products that make you go, “Why didn’t I think of that!?”.  It’s genius!  It really is… a blade that sands while it rips!  The way it works it very simple — you attach a self-adhesive  sand paper which is designed to fit most blades and comes in sizes ranging from 10″ to 12″ — as the blade cuts, it also gives a nice sanding.  You get perfect edges that are ready for glue or staining.

    Watch the video above to view how the system works.  Blades and sand paper is available directly from the Final Cut Blade Store.

    - Final Cut Blade – All in one step… Just cut, the sanding is a bonus

    Posted on Mar 11th | no comments
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  • Monday, July 20th, 2009

    DYMO RHINO 3000 Label Printer – My Favorite Tools – July 2009


    One of my pet peeves is having unlabeled wires and cables.  It drives me bonkers!  That’s why the Dymo Rhino 3000 is My Favorite Tool for July 2009.  This little tools lets you label all your wires and cables very simply.  If you are asking yourself what makes the Rhino better than say a Brother P-Touch? Well, it’s all in the adhesive and printing layout.

    First, the adhesive on these labels is meant to be wrapped around cables and wires so you can be sure they won’t pop off.  The label actually feels like it “shrinks” onto the cable (they do have true heat-shrink versions too).

    Second, this rugged labeler was designed to print labels for A/V and Networking cables and wires so the way it prints the text is meant for easy reading when wrapped around the cable. Here are even more reasons.

    If you have an A/V rack or network closet you owe it to yourself and anyone that works on your stuff properly labeled and organized wires.   The Dymo Rhino 3000 is the tool that can make it happen… it will be the best $80 you’ve ever spent!

    - DYMO RHINO 3000 Label Printer 15605

    Posted on Jul 20th | 14 comments
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  • Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

    Bosch PS40-2, The Best Power Driver – My Favorite Tools – June 2009


    Here’s a fun fact about me, I’ve been around construction tools and machinery all my life.  My dad is a Master Carpenter and General Contractor so I’ve pretty much seen power tools evolve over the last 20+ years.  I even remember his first cordless drill, which barely had enough power to drive a screw without pre-drilling.    So this months favorite tool is the Bosch PS40-2.  The Bosch PS40-2 is a 12-volt Lithium-Ion Impact Driver that is very well balanced, light weight and very powerful.  If you have never used an impact driver, you’re in for a treat.  The sound of it “impacting” when driving a screw or bolt is normal (some think the sound is a defect).    Don’t judge it by it’s compact look this drill is a monster… it’s small enough to carry with your and use in tight places but powerful enough to drive a screw without drilling.  The battery life is also great… I typically charge it and can use it for the full day before needing to recharge.  Just keep in mind that this is a driver, not a typical “drill” so if you want to drill something this isn’t the best tool for the job.  Bosch offers a PS30-2A (drill/driver) for that kind of job.

    Here are some specs on the PS40-2:
    - Hammer and anvil system produces 800 in-lbs of torque
    - Delivers 1,800 RPM/3,000 BPM with 60 per cent more torque than 18V drill-driver; 800 in.-lbs of max torque.
    - 3 LEDs illuminate work area for use in dark areas.
    - Spring-Loaded Impact Mechanism.
    - Aluminum gear housing with protective rubber front and a 1/4″ hex drive with quick release.
    - Ergonomic Soft Grip Handle; bumpers on side of tool.
    - Variable speed trigger.

    The Bosch PS40-2A also will make a GREAT father’s day gift! 

    AMAZON.COM - Bosch PS40-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver
    BOSCH TOOLS - 10.8V Litheon™ Impactor Fastening Driver

    Posted on Jun 10th | no comments
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  • Sunday, May 17th, 2009

    Felco Classic Pruner & Pruning Made Easy Book – My Favorite Tools – May 2009

    felco and pruning made easy

    I’ve been really getting into gardening lately.  Not only is it stress releasing but it also requires some cool tools. I’ve found that my favorite gardening tool has been my Swiss Made Felco #F-2 Classic Manual Hand Pruners. These things can be completely taken apart and refurbished with parts so they will be the last pair of pruners you’ll ever purchase!   I’ve also relied on  “Pruning Made Easy: A Gardener’s Visual Guide To When and How to Prune Everything, from Flowers to Trees” as a reference guide and I highly recommended it.   This book covers everything I have in my garden from my fruit trees and grape vines to our indoor plants. These two items are My Favorite Tools for May 2009.

    - Felco Classic Manual Hand Pruner #F-2

    -  Pruning Made Easy: A gardener’s visual guide to when and how to prune everything, from flowers to trees (Storey’s Gardening Skills Illustrated)

    Posted on May 17th | 4 comments
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  • Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

    Weller Pyropen WPA2 – My Favorite Tools – April 2009

    Weller WPA2

    I’ve decided to kick off a new feature on Mavromatic called “My Favorite Tools”.  If you are like me and love to visit hardware stores and industrial supply houses checking out new tools, then you’ll enjoy this feature.  

    This months favorite tool is the Weller Pyropen WPA2.  The Weller comes in handy when you need to solder something and can’t plug in a proper soldering station.  I last used this applying DC connectors to a cable that would connect to a CCTV Camera.  I was about 15′ up on a ladder and this tool worked like a charm.   The Weller Pyropen WPA2 uses butane fuel — kind used to refill a lighter — and has a run time of about 3 hours of operation between refills.   It ignites with the push of a button and provides heat up to 932° F — which is more than enough heat for typical projects.

    Here are some other features that make the Weller Pyropen WPA one of my favorite tools:

    • Ignites with the push of a button, ideal for field service jobs
    • Lightweight and completely portable, ready to use in 30 seconds
    • Sturdy metal tank holds enough butane gas for 3 hours of operation
    • Does not require cords, batteries or cartridges
    • Temperature adjusts from 482°F to 932°F (approx. 25 – 60 watts)
    • 14 soldering tip combinations available
    • Refills with butane fuel
    • UL listed

    Treat yourself to a Weller Pyropen WPA2, it will be on your list of favorite tools too!

    - AMAZON.COM: Weller WPA2 Pyropen Professional Self-Igniting Cordless Butane Soldering Iron

    Posted on Apr 28th | no comments
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