MagSwitch 2016

Just finished reading through the 2016 catalogue for MagSwitch, and thought others here might be interested in having a read.

Some very cool things being done in the metal fabrication industry (in addition to where MagSwitch started, around woodworking).

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“Get in behind ya mongrel”

Perhaps too obscure a reference unless you used to read Footrot Flats

So what Dog is trying to say is: there is a new cattledog available, and the end of the all inclusive catalogue from Carbatec.  Instead of one annual publication, there will now be a number of issues each year, with different products featured in each, along with an amalgamation with their Focus magazine.

You can download a PDF of it here, but be aware that it is an 11MB download.

It is a significant shift Carbatec are taking – where once their printed catalogue was a record of all their products and prices (at time of printing), but by the end of the year they were potentially quite out of date.  On the other hand, the new catalogues will be more accurate with respect to price, and feature the latest additions to the range, they will no longer be an all inclusive reference, and only their website will be a reasonable representation of the range available.  At least the prices will be more accurate!  So much has happened in the last year, including the significant strengthening of the Australian dollar, that the prices in last year’s catalogue are significantly out (and are listed a lot higher) than what they now are in store.  A more regular offering will better keep up with this rather volatile market and unstable world economy.

It will be interesting to see how this new catalogue is received, in place of what has been their very popular annual version.  For those on their mailing list, these will be in mailboxes in the near future.

Highlighter Pens and PostIt Notes at the Ready

It is that time of year again!  Yes, the Carbatec Catalogue for 2010 is now out, and either coming to a letterbox near you (if you are on their mailing list), or available for free in-store otherwise.

You can either request a catalogue from their website by clicking here (overseas will cost $15, free in Oz)

Or you can simply peruse their online version directly on your computer via a very cool interface here.

There are, like always, a whole stack of new products in the Carbatec stores/catalogue, inc Kreg router tables, Triton, Incra, CNC Shark, Lidwig (so many very familiar names to regular Stu’s Shed visitors).  There are pages of Triton – so weird seeing it in a Carbatec catalogue!

So much to look at, so little ink left in my highlighter!

Triton Catalogue 08-09

FWIW, the new Triton Cattledog is now hot off the presses.

Triton Catalogue

Triton Catalogue

Trends in Catalogues

Was reading through the latest Bunnings catalogue, dropped in the letterbox today.

Noted with interest a dramatic change in content: once there was pages of GMC tools, now there was only one, and that was the tool bag.  I don’t have a particular opinion about what is actually advertised, but it is strange seeing a brand that was once so strongly supported, (and I daresay made up a massive percentage of the total tool sales over the last few years) suddenly vanish.

All that is left is a tool bag that has in the vicinity of 100% markup.

No Triton either (not that that’s unusual), but it has been that was for a long time, and for a long time sales haven’t been that high.  Does the fault lie with the manufacturer, that their product is no longer desirable? (The ongoing interest in the product on Ebay seems to contradict this hypothesis).  Does it lie with the customer, or the market, with other tools moving into the traditional areas occupied by these brands?  Perhaps, but even then, walking into these hardware outlets, and there isn’t any particular competitors product obviously available, not at the same quality.  Does it lie with the retailer, not continuing to actively support the brands?  I don’t know the answer, but it raises interesting questions.

Carbatec Catalogue

Bugger.  Is my wallet going to suffer!

The new catalog (hardcopy) is now dangerously in my hands (so I can stop wearing a trail between the house and the letterbox). So many new products, so little shed space…..  There’s over 100 new pages from what I can see, including 40 or so just on CMT router bits, saw blades and planer blades.  Already I see a Screw Slot bit that looks quite interesting – this is going to take ages to get through.  I might need 2 highlighters!

It looks to be printed on a much thinner paper than in the past, so it doesn’t actually look bigger than previously, but I imagine that is primarily to save on postage, seeing as these get mailed out all over the place at no cost.

Damn – just passing the Festool pages…… (note to Carbatec – the catalogue needs to be more waterproof…..!)

Now just to mark up the copy, and ‘accidentally’ leave it lying around the house……

BTW – you can download a full PDF (45MB) of the catalog by clicking on this image.   

Carbatec Catalogue Arrives Early

I’ve just been told that the Carbatec catalogue has come in early, so I’m off to set up camp beside my letterbox, marker pen (for circling all those tools I can’t live without) in hand, and a spare in the pocket!

For those not on the mailing list, they are always available in-store.

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