Taking on a Roofing Project

Most homeowners will need to replace their roof at some point. How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? You should be inspecting it periodically to keep on top of repairs and be well aware of when you need to replace it. This is especially important if you live in a region with harsh or extreme weather, as that can cause damage to shingles or cause water buildup and leaking.

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#TBT Skil Saws


The circular saw was invented by French immigrant Edmond Michel in 1924. While living in New Orleans in the early 20s, Michel had observed a group of farmers painstakingly hacking away at sugar cane with large machetes. Michel began to experiment by mechanizing the machete. In 1923, Michel created a motorized machete with a 6-inch saw blade mounted on a carved wood frame and equipped with a motor from a malt mixer, creating the first electric handsaw.

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DeWalt DCR015 Jobsite Radio Dance Test

Product testing doesn’t get better than this DEWALT DCR015 Jobsite Radio Dance Test.

Check out additional videos about product testing, tool education and loads more on our youtube channel.

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Cyber Monday Deals!

It’s Cyber Monday, and we’ve got deals aplenty! Get huge savings and special offers on some of your favorite brands, including Milwaukee, DEWALT, Irwin, Hitachi, Porter Cable, SK, Rolair, Skil, Makita, Bosch, Dremel, Blaklader and Rotozip. Find tons of great products at amazing prices right now!

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Gift Guides

Need help with holiday shopping? Check out our Gift Guides. They make finding the perfect present for any tool-lover easy. The guides are broken down into various categories based on budget and who you are buying for. Whether you need an affordable gift, something for dad or a friend, you’ll be able to find the perfect present. Our guides have more than 100 quality, well-made tools and accessories for the professional or hobbyist on your list.

Have a look at our gift guide sections below:

Gifts Under $10

Gifts Under $25

Gifts Under $50

Gifts Under $100

Gifts Under $250

Gifts for Carpenters

Gifts for AV Installers & Data/Voice

Gifts for Electricians

Gifts for Hobbyists

Gifts for HVAC Technicians

Gifts for Mechanics

Gifts for the Outdoors

Gifts for Plumbers

Gifts for Dads

Gifts Made in USA

Gifts As Seen On TV

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Toolbarn on YouTube

Check out our youtube channel!  It features informational videos on the products we sell, in addition to un-boxing videos, staff picks, tool durability tests and more. These videos will help you find the information you need about the tools you’re interested in.

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Worm Drive or Sidewinder Circular Saw?

When purchasing a circular saw, consider the two types: worm drive and sidewinder.  Depending on the application, you’ll prefer one over the other. Geography certainly plays a role in popularity of either saw. The worm drive is most popular in the west and Midwest, while the sidewinder is more popular in the east.  However, in either region, it’s not uncommon to own both.

 The body of the worm drive circular saw is narrower than the sidewinder. It’s heavier and has a thicker, sturdier shoe. The motor of the worm drive is built toward the rear of the tool and the power is transferred to the blade by a pair of gears situated at a 90-degree angle of each other. The gear setup reduces the speed of the blade to about 4500 RPM. However this increases its torque. Because the motor is positioned in the rear, you have a much longer saw.  The length of the saw comes in handy when cutting wider stacks of lumber. The blade on the worm drive is on the left part of the tool, so most of the motor weight is on the right. This makes it easier to follow a cut line. The shape of the worm drive also makes plunge cutting easier. One downside of a worm drive saw is that because there are additional gears, you will need to maintain the oil levels.

 The sidewinder saw has a motor in line with the spinning blade. This brings the speed of the blade around 6000 RPM. The motor position allows for a lightweight, compact saw. The lighter weight makes the sidewinder ideal for overhead projects. Another benefit of having the blade on the right is the weight of the motor rests on the solid part of the board, rather than the cutoff.  A downside is that it’s difficult for the carpenter to see the cutline while cutting. Three benefits of owning a sidewinder are that you have the option of going cordless, they are less expensive and they don’t require oil.

 Once you decide which type is best for you, visit toolbarn.com and pick one for yourself.  We also have blades, extension cords and other tools for the job.

Check out this video that explains the difference between worm drive and sidewinder circular saws:

Tool Barn University – 6 The Difference Between Worm Drive & Sidewinder Saws

By Kendra C.
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Brushless Motors

Brushless motors have been around for many years. Only recently have they entered the power tool market. Tool companies are starting to use these motors to make their drills and impacts more efficient by pairing this motor with computer chips and lithium-ion batteries.

These components work together in three ways:

  1. The computer chips control the motor, so it only works as hard as it needs to.

  2. Without using brushes, the motor saves battery life, as brushes may cause unnecessary friction.

  3. The battery powers the computer chips, so they all work together to make a more efficient tool.

Companies say these types of drills last longer because they run cooler and more conservatively. Soon, companies will be releasing power tools with this same technology in more than just drills. There’s no telling where this technology could take us. Check out toolbarn.com to see all of our brushless selections.

Check out this informative video about brushless motors:

Tool Barn University 1 Brushless Motors

By Steve P.

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New from Rubbermaid

In need of cleaning, moving and storage tools? Check out Rubbermaid. It features a variety of quality-made and well-designed tools and accessories to take on a number of applications. Whether you need a quality dust extractor, a durable dolly or a sturdy tool box to store your tools and supplies, Rubbermaid has got you covered. Check it out to find exactly what you need.

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Rotary Tool Buying Guide

In need of a rotary tool? Take a look at our brand new rotary tool buying guide. This detailed, well-researched and thorough outline includes information about different types of models, what to look for when you’re shopping and our top picks.

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