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  • Affinity Tool Works Wins Two Industry Innovation Awards for Their Bora MiteriX Angle Duplicator and Portamate PM-1800 Panel Carrier

    Troy, MI September 26, 2016

    The fourth annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards have been decided, and Bora Tool and Portamate are among the winners. Tool and accessory winners were decided by their level of innovation, power, and value. These are best-in-class products that are truly ahead of their time.

    "When manufacturers built tools and accessories that break the mold, they deserve recognition. Professional consumers need to know which tools are a cut-above and breaking new ground," said Clint DeBoer, Executive Director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. "These are the tools that should really be in every tradesman's toolbox. They can save you time, money, and even make the job easier or more ergonomic."

    A panel of judges made up of tool professionals from across the United States weighed in on entries from top global manufacturers, and Bora Tool and Portamate received awards for their Bora MiteriX Angle Duplicator and Portamate PM-1800 Panel Carrier

    Here's what the judges had to say about these innovative products

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    Bora MiteriX

    “It takes a skilled craftsman to create perfect angles. Few of us ever get to work in environments where that kind of precision exists naturally. So, we have to adjust. We put trim on imperfect walls that went up on imperfect framing—so that all our clients see is a perfect results. It’s the finish work that makes or breaks the client’s expectations. Being able to measure exact angles to transfer to our miter saw cuts helps us hide or fix what’s less than perfect. The Bora MiteriX simply makes the process easy and precise, so we’re not wasting money on extra material or time on call backs.”

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    Portamate PM-1800 Panel Carrier

    “Portamate’s PM-1800 Panel Carrier looks like a hand truck with wheels attached the wrong way. On closer inspection, it quickly reveals itself as a smart way to move sheet material around the shop by yourself. Once you reach your saw, this panel carrier flips up to create a portable feed stand to work from. Since it’s adjustable up to 40 inches in height, you should be able to match it up to just about any table saw. It’s also rated to carry 350 pounds, so you can move multiple sheets at once and increase your productivity.”

    Affinity Tool Works, Brand Manager Todd Gluski had this to say about the awards. "We are extremely proud to be honored with two Pro Tool Innovations Awards. It's always great to have our products recognized by industry experts for their innovation in the market place"

    About the Pro Tool Innovation Awards The Pro Tool Innovation Awards (PTIA) are an annual awards program judged by a panel of professional tradesmen in the electrical, plumbing, MRO and concrete fields as well as general contractors and builders. The Pro Tool Innovation Awards seek to discover and recognize the most innovative tools in the residential and commercial construction industry across a wide variety of categories. The Awards are backed by over a dozen print and online media sponsors, including its founding member, Pro Tool Reviews.

  • Bora Tool Introduces The Bora MiteriX Angle Duplicator

    Cut it right the first time with exceptional miter angle duplicator tool

    TROY, Mich., September 2016 – Leading tool manufacturer BORA Tools introduces the MiteriX angle measuring and duplicator tool to create precisely measured angles.  Carpenters and DIYers know one of the harder parts of the job is getting exact angles. With the Bora MiteriX Duplicator Tool, it becomes the easiest part of the job. This tool does exactly what is intended for– it precisely measures angles, and then locks the angle – even splits in half – to transfer that exact angle to a miter saw. This means miter cuts will match precisely without that unsightly gap that is all too common when measuring freehand.

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    Product Details:

    • PERFECT ANGLE– The Bora MiteriX Angle Duplicator tool is specifically designed to ensure that miter cuts are at the perfect angle.
    • MEASURE, LOCK, THEN TRANSFER – Use the tool to measure the exact miter angle needed right on the material, then lock it, and transfer that exact angle to the miter saw. Divides the angle in half for a perfect miter.
    • WORKS WITH ANY ANGLE – Measures internal or external angles from 0 - 180 degrees (miter angle from 0-90 degrees).
    • EASY STORAGE – Collapsible and foldable for easy storage in a tool box. Product measures 11” x 1.5” x 1.5”

    “The great feature of the BORA MiteriX is you can measure an existing angle on a piece of furniture or the inside or outside corner of a wall, and then transfer that exact angle to your miter saw,” said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager of BORA’s parent company Affinity Tool Works . “For example, if you’re cutting crown molding, cornice molding, wood casing, base board, or trim for a wall, and the angle you need isn’t a perfect, preset angle, this tool will save you hours of frustration and will ensure you cut it right the first time.

  • Affinity Tool Works Exhibits At The 2016 IWF Show

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    Affinity Tool Works along with Tormek, Sjobergs and Fisch showed off new products and old favorites at the 2016 IWF Show

    During the 2016 IWF Show August 24-27, 2016, Affinity Tool Works brands Bora and Portamate along with distributed brands Tormek, Fisch and Sjobergs displayed some of their latest products to show attendees. One of those products the Bora MiteriX made it into Woodworker's Journal top products at the IWF Show. Click below to watch the video of Chris Marshall meeting the Bora MiteriX for the first time.

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    In addition to the Bora MiteriX other products that were very well received include the Portamate PM-1800 Panel Carrier, Tormek T-8 Sharpening System, Fisch Drill Bits and a variety of Sjobergs high end workbenches. Brand Manager Todd Gluski, had this to say about this years IWF Show "The IWF Show allows us to put our best foot forward in regards to our product offerings. It's a great opportunity to meet with attendees and show off our vast line of innovative products all in one place"

    For additional information on product offerings call 866-588-0395

  • Affinity Tool Works LLC Announces New International Sales Manager

    Worldwide professional tool provider is pleased to announce the hiring of Jeffrey Plane as International Sales Manager.

     Troy, Michigan. August 4, 2016In an effort to help bolster international sales and relations with suppliers and customers both, Michigan-based Affinity Tool Works has hired Jeffrey Plane as their new International Sales Manager. His tenure began August 1, 2016.

    Mr. Plane comes to Affinity Tool Works with a long history of sales and management experience, much of it within the tool industry, including a decade at Makita USA. He also brings a global perspective, having brand building and sales experience on an international scale.

    Based in Michigan, Affinity Tool Works has several tool and accessory brands, including BORA, Portamate, HTC Products, and others. They are known internationally as well, distributing several well-known brands like Sweden’s Tormek and Sjöbergs (to name a few). Thus, international workings are important to the company.

    “We’re very pleased to have Jeff aboard” stated Affinity Tool Works President Mike Ursell. “He has both the direct experience with tools, and also a prolific presence on the international stage. He’ll definitely help us expand our presence and multiple brands across borders”.

    Mr. Plane is equally enthused with the arrangement, stating “I’m excited to join such a well-regarded company that offers several high quality brands. I look forward to working with customers and suppliers, as well as joining my new colleagues at Affinity in meeting the challenges of the future head on”.

  • Check Out The Great Review of The Bora WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide

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  • Bora Tool Corn Hole DIY Instructions

    Bora Tool appears on Live in the D on Local 4 Detroit to display our DIY Corn Hole game Father's Day Gift Idea.

    As Father's Day nears we came up with a cool gift idea that you can make for under $100 using some of the products that we make. Our tools make your tools better, by increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of your tools. We showed off this product and discussed the making of the project on Live in the D on Local 4 Detroit on Monday June 13, 2016.

    This is a great project for the summer BBQ season. To download the instructions click on the link below. We hope you enjoy the game and have a wonderful Father's Day from your friends at Bora Tool.

    Bora Tool Corn Hole DIY Instructions

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  • BORA TOOL INTRODUCES JIGSAW GUIDE AND ROUTER PLATE GUIDE TO ACHIEVE PRECISE, CONSISTENT CUTS FOR ALL PROJECTS

    New Accessories created to work together with BORA’s popular WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide

     TROY, Mich., May 19, 2016 – Leading tool manufacturer BORA Tools has introduced two new products to its Bora Saw Guide System, the BORA Jigsaw Guide and BORA Router Plate Guide (due out in late May). Both designed to work together with the WTX Clamp Edge Saw Guide, the guides allow for greater precision and consistency when making jig saw cuts and dados. “The BORA Jigsaw Guide and Router Plate Guide are designed to enhance the productivity of your power tools,” said Todd Gluski, Brand Manager of BORA’s parent company Affinity Tool Works. “When combined with the Bora WTX Clamp Edge, you gain a tremendous advantage in efficiency and precision of your cuts.”

    BORA JIGSAW GUIDE

    Made exclusively for and designed to fit most jigsaws, the BORA Jigsaw Guide slides directly along the T-Track of your Bora WTX Clamp Edge. The sliding side points and locking screw allow it to accommodate almost any size jigsaw and its adjustable pointer guide keeps cuts true. One adjustable plate locks down with a simple screw handle allowing it to accommodate nearly any size jigsaw. It’s also very unobtrusive as the saw rests easily and snugly without clamping the saw itself. These features allow for a quick change in moving from one type of cut to another – cut a straight line, then simply pick up the saw, remove the clamp edge from the material, and immediately cut freehand. An additional feature allows the user to cut a 360 degree circle using a cut piece of wood that can be screwed into the jig saw. View the Jigsaw Guide in action on BORA Tool’s youtube page. For a limited time, Lowe’s is offering a packaged kit with the BORA Jigsaw Guide as a bonus along with the WTX 50’’Clamp Edge retailing for $49.98. It is also sold separately for $9.00 on www.boratool.com.

    BORA ROUTER PLATE GUIDE

    This useful router guide will help make straight, accurate dados and rabbets. The Bora Router Plate Guide includes a 1-inch standard guide bushing for mounting directly onto most routers. It adjusts for bit size, board size and thickness to ensure pieces that might be slightly smaller than standard sizes will fit tightly. For instance, a ¾-inch board that’s not quite a true ¾-inch will be loose with a dado cut using a standard ¾-inch bit. But adjust the cut with the dado guide for a perfect, snug cut every time. The large plate size allows for easier handling, ensuring the router stays steady and is easy to handle.The BORA Router Plate Guide, available late May, retails for $52.00.

    For a complete list of dealers and retailers, please visit www.boratool.com or call 866-588-0395.

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  • TORMEK UNVEILS T-8 SHARPENING SYSTEM DELIVERING MAXIMUM PRECISION AND STABILITY

    Revolutionary fully cast housing, updated design and upgraded details, the Tormek T-8 offers the best conditions possible for successful sharpening with top results

     TROY, Mich.  May 10, 2016 – Tormek of Sweden, the company setting the standard in innovative sharpening systems since 1973, announced the launch of the highly anticipated next generation T-8 Sharpening System. The newly designed T-8, ideal for sharpening hand tools, knives, scissors, woodturning and woodcarving tools, was developed to take precision and stability to a new level. It also comes with the new and improved SE-77 Square Edge Jig, which is optimal for creating a cambered shape on plane irons.

    “Tormek has worked hard on its next generation sharpening system to develop a product that gives an enhanced sharpening experience and control over the final result,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Tormek’s North American exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works. “With an updated design and all the upgraded details, the T-8 makes sharpening easy and efficient.”

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    Product Features & Improvements:

    • The Universal Support is the heart of the Tormek system. On the new T-8 model, Tormek has integrated the previous mounted sleeves for the Universal Support into the fully cast housing, guaranteeing minimal play for the Universal Support, an innovation which improves the control of the sharpening and increases the accuracy of the final results.
    • Tormek’s innovative and characteristic drive system maintains a constant speed, even under full load, which is unique to all Tormek’s machine models.
    • The Advanced Water Trough has been further improved with a screw lift for an easier fitting and a magnetic scraper for efficient cleaning.
    • With the Tormek Original Grindstone, the user can sharpen all qualities of steel, including High Speed Steel (HSS).
    • The SE-77 upgraded jig for square edge tools now has a movable side that allows for a fine adjustment to the setting, which ensures a 90 degree corner or the possibility to create a cambered shape.

    Included with the Tormek T-8:   SE-77 Square Edge Jig, TT-50 Truing Tool, SP-650 Stone Grader, WM-200 AngleMaster, PA-70 Honing Compound, Tormek Handbook and DVD.

    The Tormek T-8 has a $699.99 MSRP and will be available in select woodworking locations and online retailers in mid June 2016. It is distributed exclusively by Affinity Tool Works, LLC, based in Troy, Mich. visit www.tormekus.com to find participating dealers and retailers.

  • SJÖBERGS INTRODUCES SMART WORKSTATION PRO VISE WORKBENCH TOP

    Portable and practical workbench accessory offers more versatility for woodworking projects

    TROY, MI., January 28, 2016 – Sjöbergs, the leader in workbenches and woodworking accessories, introduces the Smart Workstation Pro Vise Workbench Top (SJO-33309), a portable easy-to-carry work-station solution.

    Constructed in 1-5/8 inch thick solid European beech top, it can be easily added or attached with clamps to any work surface or tabletop and brings the versatility of a tail vise to almost any setting. Simply clamp it to a work table, work bench, a shop stand - almost any stable surface - and get an instant woodworking vise, complete with a short row of bench dog holes.

    The included bench dogs feature flat faces, which pivot to align themselves with odd-shaped objects. Because of this, the Smart Workstation Pro Vise also works great as a carving vise. It offers two convenient mounting options: clamps for a firmer connection, and bolts for the ultimate in stability. Jaws open to 4-5/16 inches.

    “Sjöbergs has been synonymous with craftsmanship and quality for over 90 years and the new Smart Workstation Pro Vise is an ideal work surface for recreational woodworkers or hobbyists,” said Todd Gluski, Marketing Brand Manager of Sjöbergs North American exclusive distributor, Affinity Tool Works.

    The Sjöbergs Smart Workstation Pro Vise retails for $229.50 and can be purchased online here. To locate a dealer or retailer for all Affinity Tool Works brands, visit www.boratool.com.

    About Sjörbergs

    With more than 90 years of experience in producing workbenches and accessories, Sjobergs has a reputation for quality among both professionals and hobbyists. This wide range of workshop products reflects quality in the choice of materials, construction, finish and long-term function. In 2014, Affinity Tool Works, based in Troy, Mich., became the exclusive North American distributor for all Sjöbergs products.

  • PORTAMATE INTRODUCES T-EXTENSION AND RAIL EXTENSION COUPLER ACCESSORIES FOR PM-3500 MOBILE BASE

    TROY, Mich. – March 3, 2016 – Leading woodworking and power tool accessory manufacturer Portamate has introduced two accessories that will expand capabilities of its latest PM-3500 mobile base which was launched last year.

    The PM-3245 T-Extension expands the existing PM-3500 Mobile Base from 32" to 45" to accommodate 30"-53" fence systems,allowing the mobile base to move both the table saw and the leg supports together. The PM-3500 and T-Extension have three separate foot levers that securely lock the table saw in place when in use. The T-Extension adds a 200 lb weight capacity to the already heavy-duty 1500 lb weight capacity of the PM-3500 mobile base. It is designed to accommodate most table saw fence systems making it fully mobile.

    The PM-3014 Rail Extension Coupler, set of two, will increase the capacity of the PM-3500 Portamate mobile base to accommodate larger stationary power tools. The PM-3014 is used in conjunction with the PM-3036 set of two optional 36” rail extensions and will increase the length of one side of the mobile base up to 44.5”. Both parts are also offered as one kit called the PM-3050 which retails for $62.00. Out of the box, the PM-3500 offers a max size of 28 x 33.5 and with this new kit you can achieve up to 28 x 78” or 33.5 x 72.5”.

    The PM-3245 T-Extension retails for $109.00. The PM-3014 Rail Extension Coupler set retails for $25.00. For a complete list of dealers and retailers, please visit www.portamate.com or call 866-588-0395.

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