Driver Dennis Setzer (center)...
Driver Dennis Setzer (center) was on hand with plenty of questions and suggestions for Craftsman engineers. He also took a chop saw back to the shop for his crew.
Unless you've been living in a cave for the last decade, you already know that Sears' signature line of tools, Craftsman, is the title sponsor for NASCAR's top truck racing series. Did you know Craftsman takes its role as title sponsor for the Craftsman Truck Series very seriously? In addition to financial support, Craftsman also makes tool allowances for many of the teams competing in the series, and this year has begun what it calls a Truck Tool Expo.
The Truck Tool Expo is designed to give crewmen from the Truck Series a first look at tools Craftsman will be bringing to the market. The goal is to give mechanics a heads-up on tools that can make their lives easier and their trucks faster.
Craftsman's First Annual Truck...
Craftsman's First Annual Truck Tool Expo was designed to give mechanics in the truck series a leg up on the competition by showing them the newest tools to make their lives easier.
One of the stars of the show was Craftsman's new twin cutter saw. This small electric saw is unique because it uses two blades rotating in opposite directions, producing a saw that cuts well and doesn't pull. Craftsman engineers actually had several race teams and representatives from NASCAR's Tech Center test the saw and give their input before it went into production.
Craftsman's Truck Tool Expo was not open to the public, but Circle Track was given complete access so we could provide you with the highlights of the event.
Craftsman's composite impact wrench has been on quite a diet. It's lighter than its all-metal cousin, yet still holds up to the drop test and is capable of 660 ft-lb in both forward and reverse.
The handle on this air-power reciprocating saw is capable of spinning 360 degrees and then becoming locked down. When trying to make cuts inside a car, this enables you to adjust the angle of the blade any direction you want without having to twist your hand and wrist into odd contortions.
Crossed lasers show you exactly where the bit on this drill press will meet metal. It is powered separately from the drill press, so you can have the laser on while you clamp down the part you are working on without the chuck and drill bit spinning near your hands.
Ever drop your torque wrench and wonder if it is still true? For engine shops with lots of torque wrenches, this may be exactly the tool you need. Craftsman's Torque Tester is accurate to plus or minus 1 percent, which means you can check all your wrenches as often as you like. Instead of sending all your torque wrenches out for calibration once a year (you do that, don't you?), just send the tester out. Now you don't lose productivity while your wrenches are gone.