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SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SK1001-CP Survival Hawk, Tactical Tomahawk, Black
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SK1001-CP Survival Hawk, Tactical Tomahawk, Black
Offered by Empire Depot
Price: $45.96
12 used & new from $46.13

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well designed tool meant to be used and abused!, June 17, 2015
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Another functional tool from SOG!

Whether you're camping, hiking, or just out and about playing survivalist, this is quite a handy hatchet/tomahawk to have!

The overall length of just about 12" is perfect for on the hip packing or fits nicely in most sacks.
The weight of the hawk is a bit light for my liking, I prefer the slightly heavier ones to provide a bit more of a 'blow' when chopping. But for extended use this being just a little over a pound in weight is fine.

The nail extractor is useful in the sense of you wont know you need it until you don't have it. Included firestarter in the handle is always a plus as you won't have to remember to haul one with you.
Paracord wrapped handle is nice and somewhat cushioning (as apposed to just the GRN handle) and you never know when you might need some cord.

The really spectacular bit about this hawk is the blade. Really sharp, stays sharp, easy to put an edge right back on it. LOVE IT.


SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SEAL Strike Fixed Blade Knife with Black TiNi, 4.9-inch Blade and Deluxe Sheath - SS1003-CP
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools SEAL Strike Fixed Blade Knife with Black TiNi, 4.9-inch Blade and Deluxe Sheath - SS1003-CP
Offered by Outfitter Country
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20 used & new from $72.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A great belt knife for all occasions, June 16, 2015
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The SOG SEAL Strike tactical knife is well balanced and quite functional, but not perfect.

The use of AUS-8 steel is great for a knife that will see a lot of use as it keeps an edge well, but is fairly easy to sharpen (unlike a few of the other stainless steels out there).

The blade fits perfectly in my hands, not too small and not too large. The balance between the overall length and weight of the blade makes it easy to manipulate, does not feel clumsy at all.

The deluxe sheath is nice as it too packs some nice features. The included ferrochromium strip actually works as well as the line cutter. The sheath also has a built in sharpener... while it's convenient, it doesn't do a great job sharpening the knife.

I've found this to be a great addition to my SOG collection of FUNCTIONAL tools and knives.


Hitachi NV75AG Round Head 1-3/4-Inch to 3-Inch Coil Framing Nailer
Hitachi NV75AG Round Head 1-3/4-Inch to 3-Inch Coil Framing Nailer
Price: $339.00
19 used & new from $294.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A great nailer, well worth the price!, June 15, 2015
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The NV75AG is a great nailer.

After I don't know how many hours and how many thousands of nails, there has been zero issues.
Purchased this for the flexibility of using both wire collated and plastic collated coil nails.
Running it at 100psi, drives all the different nails just perfectly. Easily adjustable depth for spot on nail setting in all sorts of materials (Douglass Fir, composite, OSB, plywood, cement board, you name it!).

We've been shooting mostly 2" and 2-1/2" nails with only a few hundred 3" nails. The 3" nails set fine (some people have complained about 3" nails being a bit too much for this, we haven't experienced this yet). All nails have been Hitachi which has prevented a lot of jams.

I've installed the sequential trigger (Hitachi # 883991) on both NV75AG guns for safety and to prevent any accidental double nailing (especially when installing the soffit and fascia material), works great!

Small and compact, lightweight for everyday use, zero complaints and well worth the price tag.


Hitachi 883991 Sequential Trip Mechanism Kit
Hitachi 883991 Sequential Trip Mechanism Kit
Price: $55.26
3 used & new from $55.26

5.0 out of 5 stars Installation was tricky, but well worth it!, June 14, 2015
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Needed to install this sequential trigger on my two NV75AG guns to prevent any double shots while installing a lot of fascia and soffit board material. Works great.

You SHOULD take your gun to a Hitachi service center to have this installed, but it can be done so long as you know what you're doing. Take your time removing the roll pins, installing the tiny o-rings, and getting the new trigger spring correctly lined up and you'll be good to go. The first trigger took me about 45 minutes to get installed, second one only 20.

Once installed, I've tested them over and over and they work perfectly. Well worth the price for safety and prevent any misfires or double shots.


Prairie Dog Pet Products Smokehouse Jerky, 15 oz., Country Chicken
Prairie Dog Pet Products Smokehouse Jerky, 15 oz., Country Chicken
Price: $19.99
2 used & new from $14.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Huge hit with all the dogs and made in the USA! LOVE IT!, June 10, 2015
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All of the dogs love these.
First and foremost the ingredients are straight forward and very few. The added glucosamine is nice especially for the two older dogs.

Made in the USA is also a huge plus and nice to see, especially for a pet food product.

The jerky strips are just the right size and for the smaller dogs they can easily be broken into smaller pieces for them. They are nice and chewy giving the dogs a good few moments of chewing versus just gulping it down.

Unlike a few other jerky products, these actually smell good and not rancid. If you aren't paying attention you could easily mistake these are people food.

Prairie Dog Pet Products has knocked it out of the doggy park with these!


Crescent CSWS9 3/8-Inch Drive Socket Wrench Set, 27-Piece
Crescent CSWS9 3/8-Inch Drive Socket Wrench Set, 27-Piece
Price: $35.89
8 used & new from $26.42

4.0 out of 5 stars A great set to keep in your car or truck., June 7, 2015
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This set of Crescent socket wrenches is about on par with most, nothing to brag about, but gets the job done.

The set comes in a fairly sturdy case to keep everything nice and organized. For me this is a great set to toss in the car/truck for when you run to the salvage yard as it's got pretty much all you'll need and doesn't take up a ton of space.

The sockets themselves are of good quality, no complaints.

My wrench came with a lot of spots on the chrome... not the best finish in the world. The handle on the wrench is a bit too thin and tapers way too much, feels REALLY tiny in my hands and doesn't allow for a good grip.
The plus side is the low degree of swing to engage each tooth of the socket making it great for tight spaces.

Really can't beat the price for the quality you get. They aren't the best or highest quality but they'll get the job done just as well as a set two or five times the price.


SKILSAW SPT67WL-01 15-Amp 7-1/4-Inch Sidewinder Circular Saw
SKILSAW SPT67WL-01 15-Amp 7-1/4-Inch Sidewinder Circular Saw
Price: $119.00
4 used & new from $119.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A modern tank of a saw, light weight and powerful!, June 6, 2015
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This Skilsaw SPT67WL is quite the beast!

First and foremost the included blade is fairly generic and not worth two cents. I would highly recommend changing it out right from the get go. With that out of the way, on with the review.

Blade changes are made easy with the onboard wrench. The wrench also serves as a guide by limiting the amount of torque you can apply to the blade stud, as longer wrenches would allow you to over torque the stud. Over torquing the blade stud may cause the vari-torque clutch to not function properly and lead to unsafe kickback. So always use the supplied wrench when installing the blade.

Depth change is fast and easy (similar to that of my favorite Bosch 1677MD that I've been using for years). Max depth of cut at 90° is 2-7/16". At 45° the depth of cut is reduced to 1-7/8". And at the full beveled angle of 56°, it drops all the way down to 1-1/2", which is still pretty good considering it's only a 7-1/4" circular saw. If further depth of cut is needed, such as those who are building large beam structures or pergolas, I would suggest taking a look at their SPT 70 WM-22 which is a 10-1/4" circular saw (with a amazing 3-11/16" depth at 90°, perfect for large timbers!).

The bevel adjustment is the same, fast, accurate, and does not move from the bevel you set.

When you first fire this saw up it does have a bit of a 'lurch' to it, no real 'soft start' from this saw. Under load (i.e. cutting material) the saw powers through just awesomely (installed with a Freud D0760X blade).

Overall weight is spot on. I wouldn't ask for it to be any lighter as the vibrations would probably be a lot more... so I say this has the perfect balance point.

Noise level is a bit above average measuring 98 dBs at five feet away (not under load). Obviously use of hearing protection is a must, but when used around others (such as neighbors) I like to be a bit conscientious about my noise levels. For others this will probably not be a concern but I thought I'd include it.

The cord length is fine, though I still prefer the handful of saws that you can just plug an extension cord into them.

A no frills, get the job done saw that is built like a modern tank. Light weight, easy to handle, and powerful. Quite happy with it... once you put a proper blade on it.


Bora Drill Press Vise Bora 551027 - The Sturdy, Quick Release Clamp that Attaches to Your Drill Press Table and Holds Your Material Fast for Easy Drilling
Bora Drill Press Vise Bora 551027 - The Sturdy, Quick Release Clamp that Attaches to Your Drill Press Table and Holds Your Material Fast for Easy Drilling
Price: $30.83
4 used & new from $21.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fits virtually any manufacturer's drill press... except for my Delta..., May 22, 2015
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This Bora vise with quick release works great, but has some issues.

The vice doesn't bolt right up to my drill press (a Delta DP300L). So some modification was needed to make it work (I created a baseplate to bolt the vice on that can then be bolted properly to the drill press table).

Once that was done, the vice worked well. The handle on my vice came VERY loose right out of the box... way too much slop and movement in it for my liking. The plus side is that the handle can be pulled out and turned horizontal so you can really crank the vice down on the material.

The screw on the vice was very stiff and hard to get going. I had to grease it up a lot to get it working smoothly.

Quick release works great.
The jaws are replaceable by unscrewing the flat bit screws. However I would have wished to seen a socket screw instead of a flat bit screw for reliability and longevity.

The aluminum base isn't square and level and doesn't sit completely flat against the cast iron table of the drill press, so it wobbles around a bit. Again this can be fixed by leveling the bottom of the vise up (a time consuming process).

So overall, it's a great vise. Just make sure that it will fit your drill press table prior to ordering. The slots on the vise are 5" apart (center to center).
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Bora 503110 11 Pocket Tool Roll Leather and Nylon Construction with hook and loop closure Tie Strap
Bora 503110 11 Pocket Tool Roll Leather and Nylon Construction with hook and loop closure Tie Strap
Price: $20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fits my chisels perfectly!, May 22, 2015
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The Bora 11 pocket tool roll works awesomely for my set of chisels. The bag from the chisels had fallen apart over the last several years and after searching for a while (and finding out most pouches and tool rolls are too short for these chisels), I saw this and had to try it out.

The constructions of the tool roll is great. Really heavy duty leather. Strong velcro tie. And most importantly... tall enough to fit my chisels! It has plenty more pockets for more chisels too.

Zero complaints, great tool roll.
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Starburst Mini's Fav Reds, 8 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Starburst Mini's Fav Reds, 8 Ounce (Pack of 8)
Price: $24.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictivly juicy!, May 20, 2015
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Absolutely delicious! Everyone should buy these.

The miniature size is awesome. They are lightly coated to prevent them from sticking together.
Zero unwrapping! No little bits of wax paper stuck to the chews or anything like that... you can just nom nom nom them without any interruptions.

Why did you guys make these!? They are TOO delicious and addictive!


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