It's big, it's brawny, it's dude heaven! (No - not mud wrestling!) Power Tools! This month we challenged Core readers to flex their skills and design the next greatest piece of mechanical muscle in one hour or less. Together with guest judge Brian Matt of Altitude, Inc. we've narrowed it down to a selection that would make Tim Allen proud. Here are the results:
First Place: Air Force
Second Place: Hacksaw
Third Place: Thor Chainsaw
Be sure to read Brian's valuable comments after the jump...From the desk of Brian Matt:
This tool platform certainly has modularity going for it. I really like the way so many feature snap onto one body. Sometimes I worry about multifunction tool being good at everything and not great any anything, but I think the designer selected just the right variations to illustrate the innovation. The design needs to be toned down quite a bit, but it has the right spirit.
Even though I didn't see any "power" in this power tool, I am really drawn to this concept. The presentation is simple and the design is elegant. For a handsaw, it is packed with innovative features. I can really see myself using the flat side of the blade to scribe my cut line at either 90 or 45 degrees. It also has a scale for measurement. The pencil sharpener in the handle is genius. The handle looks simple and comfortable. The overall form is handsome. If the designer is taking orders, I'll buy one today.
How can you go wrong with an outdoor power tool called Thor? Wow! This concept wreaks manliness. I think the intended audience will go nuts over this (makes me think of Tim on Tool Time going "arrgh...arrgh." The design really complements the name. It looks like a hybrid between a reciprocating saw and a very unique chainsaw blade. This product really reads 'electric' with the shape and battery detail. I also don't see a power cord or a pull start. The designer thought through many details such as a plunge feature on the blade, a safety switch on the protective handle, and a great place for the trigger."