Hulk Smash!

For the better part of 2019 I’ve been using the Crescent Tools Shockforce tape measure. In particular the Nite Eye model. Over the summer, I beat it up pretty good with some outdoor projects like a big deck build and my kitchen Remodel. Throughout the last 7 months or so my tape has continued to be accurate, hold up to drops, bad weather, and consistent use.

When Crescent tools reached out to me this fall about partnering up to use this tape to its full potential, I could only think of one way to really test this tape out. I was going to smash it, bash it, run it over with my truck and launch it towards the sun, and see what happens.

First up, I decided that I needed to put it through the my kid/ the Newby left my tape on the ground and the boss ran it over with his truck test. Knowing that Crescent Tools is marketing this Tape for its toughness, I ran it over, and over, and over. In fact, I did this 5 times in the gravel of my parking pad. In addition to this link to an Instagram post I did, there are a series of Story Highlights on my profile showing some other unfortunate run ins with my truck. To put it simply, not only did the tape survive, except for some substantial dirt the Shockforce held up with little damage.

Next, since i don’t actually live in a 100 foot tall home, I drove to my kids school and spent about 15 minutes launching the tape into the air. Im pretty sure that the custodial staff must have gotten a kick out of the parking lot footage Monday morning. After about 10 tosses of varying height, once again the Crescent Tools Shockforce was bruised but not beaten. I did have to straighten the corner of the clip from one of the smashes, but that tape is still fully functional and in my tool bag. In the above mentioned story highlights, you can also see me tossing the tape a couple times.

Finally, I spent this last weekend installing a shiplap wall at my buddies house and took that same tape with me. The tape itself, still completely unharmed and fully functional continues to impress, all 25 feet of it.

While in Nashville last month at the STAFDA convention myself and a few other makers, content creators and Pros did have a chance to talk with Crescent Reps for a bit about this tape. We offered a few ideas on how to make this tape the a bit better, including a protective coating on the tape itself to reduce scratching of the numbers and ultimately making it difficult to read. This can be considered nit picking, but we all love the durability and brilliant colors of the tape enough to want to see this be the preferred tape amongst Pros and DIYers alike.

Check out the Crescent Tool Shockforce here

Diablo Unplugged at STAFDA recap

When Freud asked me to be a part of their Diablo Unplugged event at the STAFDA convention I knew it was gonna be a rocking event. Then we showed up and in typical Nashville style they had live music welcoming us through the doors. The party didn’t end there as we were quickly surrounded by current and upcoming Freud/Diablo blades and bits. Full Disclosure, this was a paid trip, however the observations below are mine.

The second the mic turned on there was one thing that Freud made clear, the end user was the priority. Freud’s staff made it clear that quality, precision, value, and high end metal tech was going to rule 2020 across their brand.

First we got to see the new Speed Demon Self Feeding bits as they ripped through pressure treated lumber like butter. When put to the test against a competitors bits, these bits not only finished the job faster, the cut was crisp, and had little battery draining bogging down.

Next up, Diablo saw a need and met that need with a 6 1/2 Steel Demon blade with Cermet Carbide teeth. Recognizing that a large portion of today’s circular saws are 6 1/2 inches, they are giving us a new blade with up to 250x more cuts then the typical 4′ grinding wheel and all for around $30.

Speaking of dollars, throughout the Freud event it was evident that providing the end user with quality cutting tools at a price that’s far superior to the current options was high on their priority list. Their new blades will perform remarkably better, while costing only a small fraction more than their current blades.

Diablo closed the event with a huge surprise, the new Rebar Demon a full Carbide tipped line of 27 different sized concrete bits. With a torch handy, they spent time heating their new bits to simulate long term use. Having heated their new bit and a competitors bit, the competitors bit couldn’t even get off the ground as it essentially disintegrated. Current bits are not fully carbide, which means they heat up or hit rebar and break. These full carbide bits then proceeded to buzz through the concrete and rebar to finish the job!

Stay tuned for an impressive line up in 2020! Below are a couple links to some content I got when I was at this event!

Diablo Unplugged Photos

Diablo Speed Demon bits in use