The silly advertising thread in here raised and interesting question.
What was the last TRULY innovative hand or power tool that hit the
general market? The DeWalt combi mitre/table saw maybe?
Medium Shoulder Plane & Large Shoulder Plane
Tite-Mark marking gauge - with option for a pair of
Clincher precision fence postioning system
Cabinet Maker Fence
Plunge Circular Saw with riving knife
Straight Edge Guide
Japanese Pull Saws
- not the saws themselves, they've been around a long long
time, but their hitting the U.S. market
Battery Powered Impact Driver
though not in every home handyman's garage yet
it will be
Dewalt 621 Plunge Router incorporating
- electronic variable speed
- soft start
- on/off switch on one of the handles
- plunge lock on the other handle
- dust collection port in one of the plunge
Pocket Hole Jig
Will stop there.
Yabbut then I'm really a "cut it three times and it's still too short" guy.
The 621 was my first router. (We won't talk about the 1/4" Craftsman
Christmas gift from SWMBO, with its random-height and variable alignment
On Sat, 23 Dec 2006 03:19:57 -0500, Bill in Detroit wrote:
The standardized 1/4" hex shank perhaps. Screwdrivers with
intgerchangeable tips go _way_ back. The old Yankee screwdrivers have
interchangeable tips that go in like it was for keeps. Had one for, well,
I don't know how long--I was a little kid when I first noticed it, before
I realized that the tip was removable. Probably never would have if I
hadn't noticed a set of tips for it at Sears one day.
The one I have in mind is labeled "Workforce" and it doubles as a hex
driver for two sizes ... 1/4 & 5/16, IIRC. The drive shaft holds a
double-ended bit at each end with one end of the shaft inserted into the
I did machine maintenance for 3 years and it and a couple of small
crescent wrenches kept me from having to lug a toolbox around. (That
stinkin' tool pouch weighed plenty already!)
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