Tools & toys

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Cary Jenk­ins

BladeRun­ner X2

What’s to love:

A por­ta­ble bench-top saw that uses stan­dard T-shank jig­saw blades.

What does it do: Tthis saw made by WORX can cut alu­minum, PVC pipe and tile with a change of the blade. Guide rollers en­sure ac­cu­rate 90 de­gree cut­ting. An ad­justable hold-down arm matches the thick­ness of what is be­ing cut and holds it against the ta­ble to min­i­mize vi­bra­tion. The arm also flips out of the way when mak­ing in­te­rior cuts. A safety key pre­vents unau­tho­rized use of the saw. The tool is com­pact, which makes it con­ve­nient for a home work­shop or eas­ily por­ta­ble. It sells for $99.99. More in­for­ma­tion at Worx. com.

Nutri Nin­jaNutri BowlDUO

What’s to love: With the 1200-watt mo­tor this ma­chine can make a smoothie, chop ice or make dough.

What does it do: Is it a blender or a food pro­ces­sor? Ba­si­cally, both. It comes with two at­tach­able 24-ounce cups and a 4-cup bowl, plus chop­ping and dough blades, al­low­ing the user to cre­ate a va­ri­ety of snacks or meals. It can be pro­grammed us­ing the “Auto iQ” but­tons on the base in a va­ri­ety of puls­ing pat­terns to break down food into dif­fer­ent tex­tures, from liq­ue­fied to chunky. The stain­less-steel blades are rust-proof and dish­washer safe. The bowls and cups are made of BPA-free plas­tic. The Ninja comes with a recipe book and sells for $139.99.

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