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When Stanley looked to update their 24″ and 36″ demo bars this year — and let’s face it: we haven’t seen a whole hell of a lot of “updates” in the demo bar field lately — they looked to material. Specifically, they calculated that by selecting the correct steel and dialing in the heat treatment perfectly (just like spring manufacturers do to make heavy-duty springs like the ones that hold up your car), they could create a bar that’s just as strong as before, but also 30% lighter.

I can hear you right now thinking: “Who cares?” Consider this: What if you were a bodybuilder, and every single day you pumped a particular weight for, say, 5,000 reps. Hell, even if the weight was pretty small, you’d build some muscle, right? That’s pretty much what any major remodeler (or anyone who’s ever ripped up sub-flooring) does. So maybe that 30% will make a difference for you.

Designers also added 25% to the width of the bar on both ends to provide improved leverage and stability. And, as with a number of new tools from the ‘Works this year, this one will carry the Bostitch brand name. Expect to pay around $15 for the smaller of the two, and about $25 for the big one.

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11 Responses to Bostitch’s Spring Steel Demo Bars

  1. ttamnoswad says:

    i like the new Bostitch line up. I was really sick of the fatmax extreme branding. It seems Stanley is getting back to basics with this stuff, even though most of the line IS the fatmax stuff albeit with a different color.

    Anyone able to confirm that the new line is lowes only?

  2. phil says:

    …and yet another great American tool company turns to China for it’s new line of shiny, freshly-colored stuff.

    I try to console myself that ‘they’re all doing it’, but that doesn’t last long.

    Although, Asian quality HAS come up immensely recently, I’m still uneasy about our country losing its ability to manufacture products just down the street that easily blows other worldly goods out of the water, if no longer very cheaply.

    I still prefer Estwing products that Lowes just let go.

    ttamnoswad, yup, I’ve only seen this stuff at Lowes, but doubt it is an exclusive.

  3. Jim says:


    At brick & motar outlets, I have only seen the Bostitch line at Lowes. Although, Home Depot has some of the same items branded as Stanley FatMax.

    I have purchased several items in the Bostitch line (35′ Tape, Torpedo level, Nail Set) through Amazon at reduced pricing and with free shipping.


  4. fred says:

    I guess its all about trying to compete in a global marketplace. As a young man, I recall buying Stanley tools that may have been made on Connecticut but others were made in England. I still have Stanley hammers (Warrington pattern) that were made in Sheffield. I guess that England makes fewer and fewer tools these days – although there a few chisel makers still in business there – and I see Toolmonger talking about a Richard Kell tool (or are they made in China now too?). It is a bit sobering, to think that most consumer goods – even tools seem to be made somewhere else (mostly China and Taiwan). But is this the fault of the Chinese? Do we have ourselves to blame? Or is it just the natural progression of things? I read a while back about someone’s recounting of what happened to Rubbermaid. According to this account Rubbermaid hitched their star to big box retailers like Wal-Mart and grew fat dumb and happy – until they were pressured to reduce costs below what they could reasonably achieve with production in the US. Whether this or other ills led them to grief, they were ultimately absorbed by Newell (their prior arch rival). What does this have to do with tools – well Newell-Rubbermaid is the parent of lots of common tool brands like Irwin – and they absorbed these companies and others like Record and Marples (great old English brands) only to move production to China. When tool retailing was done at the mom and pop hardware store – or your local industrial supplier – prices were comparatively high – but you couldn’t or didn’t shop around that much (certainly no Internet). Now – the big boxes (Home Depot and Lowes to name 2) help set the price and need to compete with virtual sellers who may not need to invest in much bricks and mortar. I’m betting that this all pressures Stanley, Newell-Rubbermaid, Techtronics (TTI), Bosch and the other giants of the tool business to continually seek out low cost production. Is there hope for US tool production? I think so but its not mass market driven. Folks like Lie-Nielsen and others like Clark & Williams – have returned quality plane making to the US and quality US made hand saws are now available form Wenzloff & Sons. Delta new Unisaw is being made (or at least assembled) in the US – and we are still producing other quality machine tools. It’s not that we don’t manufacture stuff here – it is more like we don’t manufacture much where the individual consumer is called upon to buy it at retail – because either our buying habits or marketing experts tell retailers that we prefer cheaper goods than can be made here.

  5. joseph says:

    Well, here in France almost every Stanley product you can buy is made in England (Surform – even the plastic one – Knives, hammer) or France (Handsaw, tapes, chisels Levels…). Toolboxes and a few stuff are made in china.

    Contrary to other brands, Stanley bought a few companies here and none of them were relocated in china.

  6. Coach James says:

    I wish Stanley would get even more back to basics and move production back to the US. Thankfully I have a True Value nearby that sells Enderes.

  7. Iron Head 46 says:

    Tove makes a bar that looks pretty close to this one. It isn’t cheap, but is of superior quality, and not made in China, but Sweden.

  8. fred says:

    @Iron Head 46

    And Tove tools come from Grandors Bruks – the Swedish Company that I pointed folks to who make Gutter Adzes to go along with the Travishers talked about in an earlier post

  9. steve says:

    I love the old Fatmax bars. If they’re getting rid of them, I’m never letting my huge Fatmax prybar go. I LIKE heavy pry bars. I can do anything with my Fatmax one. It’s a beast! It will never break. Unlike a spring material that will eventually fatigue from all the flex.

  10. Jonathan Johnstone says:

    made in China you say?? too bad, now I’ll never get that job drop forging crow bars I always wanted..

  11. Stan says:

    I just bought one of these at Lowes and it says made in Mexico on the tag, not China. The bar seems really nice to me. Can’t wait to try it out. Not sure why the poster above says the Tove bar is of superior quality unless he has used them both.

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