Attention Basement Remodelers…
And anyone else who drives lots of concrete screws. You might want to throw some money at the Irwin 1881131 Impact Performance Series Concrete Screw Drill-Drive Installation Set. (If you shop around online, you can find it for $40 or so.)
This nine-piece set contains everything you need to drive the most common concrete screw sizes: four drill bits, a drive sleeve, two hex drive bits and two Phillips drive bits. The drive sleeve makes it simple to shift from drilling to driving in seconds. Check it out and find a retailer at irwin.com.
User-Friendly Miter Saw Stand
I was fed up with my old miter saw stand, so I donated it to one of my adult sons (always a great excuse for a tool upgrade), and bought myself a new one. I wanted one with wheels so I could roll it into the corner of my garage with the saw still attached. I also wanted a stand less complicated than a Rubik’s Cube to unfold, and one that wouldn’t pinch my fingers in the process. I decided to go with the Craftsman Quick Lift Gravity Stand. All you do is push one foot lever to fold it up and the same lever to unfold it?nothing could be easier.
When you do want to remove the saw from the stand, the quick-release brackets (which fit most saw brands) hook on the front rail first and then click onto the back rail. My other stand was the exact opposite, and I nearly broke my back every time I mounted the saw because I had to bend way over the stand supporting the full weight of the saw and brackets. If you’re looking for a user-friendly saw stand with all the features, check out Craftsman’s Quick Lift Gravity Stand. It retails for about $190.
Mark Petersen, Contributing Editor
Lenox recently added a curved recip blade to its already impressive lineup. The curve helps change the angle of attack on every stroke, which speeds up cutting. It’s similar to the orbital action on many reciprocating saws. These blades are not intended for dainty scrollwork?they’re most useful when you have a whole bunch of aggressive cuts to make. Lenox Gold Power Arc Curved Blades are available at Lowe’s, tool suppliers and online. A five-pack costs about $22.