Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of several other sites including: Home Construction & Improvement and Today's Green Construction

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Festool’s New 18 V Li-ion Bluetooth® Battery Packs

Ensures Cordless Tool Starts with CT Dust Extractors Lebanon, IN – Festool has just announced that it will begin offering new  Bluetooth® 18 V Li-ion battery packs in April. The Bluetooth® battery packs communicate with the Bluetooth® module recently introduced on most models of the CT Dust Extractor and starts the CT Dust Extractor when […]

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Metabo HPT – Hitachi Power Tools Announces Name Change

Metabo HPT Last month when we traveled to visit the folks at Hitachi Power Tools they made a big announcement that we couldn’t share until today. Hitachi Power Tools is breaking away from the Hitachi Group and renaming themselves to Metabo HPT. Last year Hitachi bought the German tool company Metabo which left many of […]

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Milwaukee Introduces 18V Random Orbit Sander

Milwaukee M18™ Random Orbit Sander MILWAUKEE, WI- Milwaukee Tool continues to drive innovation within the carpentry/remodeling industry with the introduction of the new M18™ Random Orbit Sander. Capable of reaching 12,000 OPM max, the new tool delivers true corded power, allowing users to remove more material per charge.* “By leveraging our M18™ technology, we’ve developed […]

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Milwaukee Introduces M12™ Cordless Tire Inflator

Milwaukee M12™ Compact Inflator MILWAUKEE, WI- Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver portable productivity by expanding the largest sub-compact system in the industry, the M12™ platform, with the new M12™ Compact Inflator. The fastest cordless tire inflator in the industry, the tool has the ability to top-off a car tire in under 1 minute*. Capable of […]

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Hitachi MultiVolt Tools Being Released

Hitachi MultiVolt Cordless Tools We recently visited the Hitachi Power Tools in Atlanta, GA and got our hands on some exciting new cordless MultiVolt tools that are rolling out later this year in September. MultiVolt will be somewhat similar to what DEWALT is doing with FlexVolt in the sense that Hitachi’s MultiVolt can be either […]

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Best Dust Extractor – Head-To-Head

Best Dust Extractor Construction is a messy business and dust is one of the biggest evils in our industry. Not only can dust be destructive to personal property but is dangerous to our health. Recent OSHA regulations have highlighted how dangerous dust can be and how important it is to capture dust on the jobsite. […]

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Kreg® Announces New Precision Router Lift

Kreg® Precision Router Lift February 1, 2018 Kreg® is proud to introduce a great new way to take complete control of your table-mounted router: the Precision Router Lift. Take complete control of your table-mounted router to make accurate, repeatable, and reliable bit setup adjustments—plus above-the-table bit changes—using the Kreg® Precision Router Lift (Item# PRS5000). It […]

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FN vs DA Style Finish Nails

FN vs DA Style 15 Gauge Finish Nails While many of you probably know the difference between FN and DA 15 gauge finish nails there are still many guys confused and frustrated with this topic. 15 gauge angled finish nailers are very popular and on any given day you’re likely to find several different models […]

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Makita 15 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer (Model AF635) Review

Makita AF635 Finish Nailer While cordless finish nailers are improving quickly there’s still a place for pneumatic finish nailers on the job site. We recently tested one of Makita’s newest pneumatic finish nailers (Makita AF635 Finish Nailer) on a job finishing out a commercial building renovation. The Makita AF635 15 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer is […]

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Porter-Cable Announces New Tile Saws

New tiles saws ideal for professionals and DIYers TOWSON, MD (January 2, 2018) – PORTER-CABLE® announces new, innovative cordless and corded table top tile saws for professionals and DIYers. Both the 20V MAX* Table Top Wet Tile Saw (PCC780LA) and 7” Table Top Wet Tile Saw (PCE980) feature a sliding cart, providing accuracy and stability […]

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