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Mac Axis Series Ratchets: Hands On Review

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the new Axis Series ratchets from Mac Tools. From the first rumblings nearly two years ago, the unveiling at the Mac Tool Fair in February, to their finally hitting the trucks in the last couple of months, the Axis Series have been one of the most anticipated hand tool releases in recent memory. Why? well, as anticipated as these ratchets were for consumers, they were and even bigger deal for Mac. The Axis Series is the latest addition in a major revamp of the Mac Tools line. Over the last couple of...

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Mac Tools: The Making Of A Tech Series Box

I love these production videos some manufacturers put out. It’s always cool to see how stuff is made, and this is the first video I’ve seen on a roll cab. Mac offers 3 levels of boxes, the Select Series, Tech Series, and the top tier Macsimizer™. This video shows the production of what looks to be a Tech Series MB1000A, presumably at their Georgetown, OH production facility. The Tech Series gets you a heftily constructed box with heavy duty ball bearing slides, 1,200 lb. casters, adjustable detents, and up to 90,000 cubic inches of storage. It’s certainly nice to...

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Mac Tool Fair: New Products For 2015

2014 was a good year for Mac Tools. With fairly recent upgrades to the hand, air, and cordless lineups, they generated plenty of buzz, and in my opinion, dramatically improved their line. Products like the MacGrip™ drivers, titanium impacts, redesigned wrenches, and the much improved cordless line, have really freshened the line-up over the last couple of years. They’re the type of tools that if you don’t like them, it’s because you haven’t used them. As great as 2013 and 14 were for Mac Tools, it’s a new year and we’re all waiting to see what new goodies we...

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Mac 12V 3/8″ Drill – BDP038

By now most of our readers are familiar with Mac’s new cordless line. When we first learned of the line last year and discovered that they were compatible with Dewalt batteries, there was a lot of speculation that Mac was simply putting a red casing on Dewalt tools and bumping the price up a bit. It was a fair assumption considering both are owned by Stanley/B&D, but as we got our hands on them we quickly realized that wasn’t the case. Dewalt doesn’t even offer a cordless ratchet to compete with the BRS038. Dewalt does offer a 12V 3/8″ impact wrench (DCF813S2),...

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Mac 12V 3/8″ Impact Wrench – BWP038

As you know, we recently reviewed Mac’s new 20V 1/2″ BWP050. It was a great performer and really surpassed my expectations. Aside from the placement of the LED light, it really didn’t have any downside. I loved the gun and intended to use it on our race trailer, but I quickly realized it was simply too much gun for an ATV application. Aside from the size, the level of power the BWP050 offers could easily damage the aluminum covers and housings. I really like the platform and seeing how we’re using the Mac 12V ratchet (reviewed HERE), I really...

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Mac 20V Impact Wrench – BWP050

If you’re a regular TIA reader, it’s not breaking news that Mac recently revamped their cordless line with a pretty impressive lineup powered by Dewalt’s proven 20V Max platform. You may have even read my recent review of the 12V Ractchet from said lineup. If you’ve come here from Google you might also be aware that TIA is currently the only tool blog on which you’ll find reviews of Mac’s new cordless lineup. That’s important right? I mean, almost 6,000 people have summited Mt. Everest, but Sir Edmund Hillary is probably the only one you can name.   Features...

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Mac Tools BRS038 12V Ratchet – Track Tested

If you’ve ever been involved in any type of racing, you know that a big part of winning is done in the pits and ATV racing is no exception. In the pits as on the track, it’s all about speed. Some races you might have 2 hours between moto’s, others you might have 15 or 20 minutes, but in either event, you can’t afford to be wrenching on your quad when you should be on the line. As I started gathering tools and equipment for our team, I tried to be on the lookout for anything that made servicing...

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Mac Tools TD117COMBOS – Tap and Die Set

If you do any serious automotive, restoration, or general repair work and you need a Tap & Die set. Like anything else, you can spend anywhere from $25 on a budget set, to a couple thousand or more on a professional machinist set, it’s really about what you need to do with them. If you’re a guy that taps a hand full of holes in a year, a budget set will probably suit you just fine, but if you’re in a professional, or even a hobby environment where threading is all part of the job on a regular basis, you’re...

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Mac Tools SPMR357B – Ratcheting Screwdriver Set

Truck brand tools are not for the faint of heart (or wallet). They are high quality tools built with the professional user in mind and priced accordingly. I am by no means a professional user, but that doesn’t mean my tools don’t see constant use. I’m in my shop everyday doing something. From working on an old tractor to building a bird house for my 8 year olds 2nd grade project, and everything in between, not a day goes by that there isn’t something in my shop being built, maintained, or repaired. That’s why I’m stoked that Mac Tools...

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MAC Tools 20V/12V MAX – Powered by DeWALT

A few years ago we were all excited over the introduction of the DeWALT 20V MAX line.  With its departure from the normal pistol grip style batteries and awesome ergonomics it really turned some heads.  The DCF610 is still one of my favorite 12V tools with the exception of no battery fuel status gauge.  We really haven’t seen much from the line since its launch except for maybe a few test and measurement tools.  They did however release a 12V reciprocating saw which resembled the Porter Cable clamp saw.       Dewalt is banking on getting 20V power down...

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