Products of Interest

Things we have our eye (and hands) on.

Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Written by on October 2, 2016 in Lighting, Products of Interest with 0 Comments
Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Last month, Festool rolled out a new work light that improves their existing line of work lighting. A short list of media outlets received the Syslite Duo for an early look before its release, and TCR was fortunate to spend several weeks with the tool. Our full review will appear in an upcoming issue of American […]

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Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Written by on December 13, 2014 in Products of Interest, Tools with 0 Comments
Precision Demo Tasks with the Festool Vecturo OS400

Festool plunged into the oscillating multi-tool market in December 2014 with the launch of the Vecturo OS400. In the weeks prior to the release of the tool, Topcoat test drove a manufacturer supplied unit through a series of interior and exterior material removal tasks. This is by no means a comprehensive review of the tool, […]

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An “Old Soul” Zero VOC Latex Drywall Primer

Written by on July 8, 2013 in Products of Interest with 9 Comments
An “Old Soul” Zero VOC Latex Drywall Primer

How refreshing in this day and age of wonder products to find a drywall primer that is totally VOC compliant, but without all the marketing hype or pomp and circumstance of “gonna change the way you paint”. I think we all, including the manufacturers themselves, can see that there have been too many backfires and […]

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Product of Interest: Titan Multi finish 440 Air Assisted Sprayer

Written by on October 24, 2011 in Air Assisted Airless, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 19 Comments

We have been reviewing air assisted pumps and guns pretty extensively in 2011 and look forward to integrating this rig into the test fleet for shop as well as field tasks

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Product of Interest: C2 SAP Sandable Acrylic Primer

Written by on September 25, 2011 in Products of Interest with 10 Comments
Product of Interest: C2 SAP Sandable Acrylic Primer

The fun (literally) never ends. Big thanks to Dan Frost of Frost Painting in Concord MA for hand delivering this to our shop last week. We are always interested in good primers. We’ll take it for a spin. Thanks Dan.

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Product of Interest: Festool SysLite LED AccuLamp

Written by on September 22, 2011 in Lighting, Products of Interest with 4 Comments

[Update Jan ’13: Click here to read our comprehensive review of this light] Syslite: Illumination Solution Now comes the Festool Syslite…18 watts of portable 180* of portable LED light on battery or plugged in power. Lighting falls among those systems that often frustrates us in the field. Over the years, painters have used them all…halogen […]

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Earlex SprayStation 5500 hvlp

Written by on September 19, 2011 in HVLP, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 7 Comments

Earlex SprayStation 5500 HVLP System Well, if there is one thing we love, it is the connectedness of things. We have been testing the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain system on a recent exterior project. Arborcoat is a two step finish – stain and clear coats. This is a two step application, so we decided to do […]

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Kremlin Xcite Airmix Spray Gun

Written by on September 10, 2011 in Air Assisted Airless, Products of Interest, Sprayers with 14 Comments

There are alot of questions among paint contractors about air assisted spraying, and particularly, Kremlin Xcite Airmix. The first answer regarding Kremlin Airmix is that it is not your traditional air assisted airless system. It is unique Kremlin technology, and bears no real functional resemblance to air assisted airless spraying as we see it on […]

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Spraying BM Arborcoat with a ProShot Fine Finish

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain is getting lots of application time with our crew on the log home restoration project we have been working on, and in this episode we run it through a Graco ProShot Fine Finish. In the spirit of two birds, one stone, I have been wanting to check Arborcoat through a sprayer […]

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Rotex Sander: Festool RO150

Rotex Comfort Zones In working with different types of tools, I have a constant interest in exploring comfort zones. Mine, and the tool’s. A 6″ RO150 Rotex sander with a 5mm (3/16″) stroke is a bit of a step up in size and potential aggressive tendencies compared to the standard 5″ orbitals that we have […]

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