Blast from the Past

Came across the Torque Workcentre segment I did on Cool Tools in Denver a few years back.

Those were the days!

Mementos

Other than the additions to the shed’s tool collection, I’ve added another couple of mementos to the shed of the trip to Denver.

I found a small US flag in one of the souvenir shops, which serves as a bit of colour/reminder for me of the trip over

US Flag for the shed wall

and although it is the first country flag to adorn the wall, it will be interesting if any future opportunities results in other nations flags being added to the collection!

And secondly, from the shoot itself, I took a template to use with the Torque Workcentre, and it proved a perfect canvas to get Grundy to sign.

Autographed Sign

Bit hard to read in the photo: it reads “Stu, Keep it cool! Great job on the show. Grundy”

Stage 2

Some more (low quality) iPhone photos.  The first is cool – the A380 has a webcam in its tail, and can be viewed at your seat.  Very interesting for landings/takeoffs.

Lots of snow – amazing landscape.

The Rockwell JAWHORSE

Rockwell Jawhorse HD RK9000 Workbench System - As Seen on TV!
Rockwell Jawhorse HD RK9000 Workbench System – As Seen on TV!

My photos of the JawHorse available in this post here ==>(click for new window)

I have just returned from a mind-blowing 1 1/2 hours with the designers and engineers (and Managing Director) of the company responsible for the Rockwell JawHorse, and it is in one word: AWESOME!

The Triton SuperJaws has grown up, and it already was a serious tool.  I couldn’t tell from the photos whether the JawHorse was the equal of the old, or new SuperJaws – it certainly looked similar in form and function, and they were both designed by the same engineers (and a bit freaky for me, they occasionally visit this site (and I’m sure have a laugh at my expense on occasion)).  My hope (and expectation) was that the JawHorse would be as good as the SuperJaws (and readers of this site would know that I am a big fan of the SuperJaws, and in fact have 3 or 4 of them (I’ve lost count)).  I was not expecting to discover the JawHorse would be superior, but that is most definitely the case.

Speaking of photos, I couldn’t even wait to take any photos of the unit before writing this article – so will have to add more details (and photos) over the next day or so.

See – I am still getting ahead of myself.  There is a JawHorse sitting in the back of my car, just waiting for me to get it into the shed and putting it through its paces.

So, to answer a few initial questions I had about this tool:

It is definitely the equal (and obviously superior to) the SuperJaws.

If you have seen the infomercials about it, and wonder if it can really do what they are making out (as we all have doubts in the back of our minds about what we are told in infomercials), the answer is a resounding YES.  This is a serious tool, and it is worth every cent.  It will last for years – my first SuperJaws has taken a lot of use and abuse and is now about 8 years old, and is still going strong.  I still haven’t gotten around to making a workbench for my shed, and it is the fault of this tool – as a clamp, as a press, as a work platform, as a tool support, it is the bees knees.  From clamping the lightest, weakest materials together, through to applying up to a tonne of clamping force – it is that versatile.

It is coming to Australia around the 3rd quarter of this year, under the brand Worx Professional.  (And unlike Triton at the moment, which because of the receivership has to be sold without warranty, the JawHorse has a 5 year warranty).

There are also a bunch of accessories that are available for it as well, and I will hopefully be able to bring you a lot more detail of them in a month or so – the Mitre Saw Station I did get to see in the flesh, and it looks brilliant.  There are log jaws that can also hold your chainsaw for blade resharpening with foldout secondary clamping points, supplementary jaws that owners of Black & Decker Workmates would recognise as the top of a Workmate – imagine a Workmate with 1000kgs of clamping pressure (although I don’t think they would support the full loading that the JawHorse is capable of applying, although I may be wrong.  1 tonne is a lot of clamping force for the edge of a workmate jaw to cope with!)

So that is just an initial reaction to this tool.  I can now bring a lot more detail to you over the next few days, and there is so much more to see that will impress the hell out of existing SuperJaw owners, let alone anyone that doesn’t have one (yet).  If you are debating whether to get one……stop debating and just do it.  Seriously.

If you have any questions about the tool, I’m now obviously in a much better position to be able to answer them, and if I can’t, I know who can!

Latest writeup here: SSYTC009 Rockwell JawHorse

A roaming we will go

I’m currently sitting in a cafe in Melbourne, with a German Beer beside me, and eating a Greek Fetta Pizza.  There is a parcel coming on a boat from China, I am writing an entry on my blog which is hosted in the USA, reading the latest news from the BBC in the UK, watching the cricket currently being played in Brisbane, reading emails from Sydney and comments from Russia, talking to my wife on the phone who’s shopping in Southland, and sending an instant text message to my brother in Malaysia for his birthday.

When did the world become so weird?

Selamat hari jadi (Happy Birthday) Bro btw.

(I hope that is Malay for H/B!)

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