What’s Best for Your Project, Corded or Cordless Tools?

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

cordless-drill-lithium-batteryCorded and Cordless Tools, Which One Should You Buy?

Probably the biggest advantage of a cordless tool, regardless of type, is its portability. They can go anywhere you go, whether it be the shop, your garage or your yard, without having to find a place to plug it in or being limited to where you can go by the length of the cord.

Most of the cordless tools purchased today come with a two battery power pack. When one is low on power just simply replace it with the fully charged one. They are also very compact and can be stored out of the way easily.

When you buy them they come in kits so you can normally get a drill, a circular saw, possibly a pin nailer and a flash light, so you really have multiple tools in one.

circular-saw-master-mechanicLets compare some different tool uses where one might be better than the other. On power drills, if you are drilling a lot of holes in cement that has been aged, the corded hammer drill would be your best choice. Even though there are cordless hammer drills on the market, you would need the continuous power of a corded drill to get the job done in a reasonable length of time.


Outdoor Storage Solutions

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Outdoor Storage Sheds and Benches

Every homeowner knows it’s hard to enjoy time at home with things strewn about. Whether it’s garden tools, children’s toys, or other things – your home’s exterior is a breeding-ground for messes and missing items. Find storage benches, containers, and deck boxes that organize and complement your landscape and patio designs tastefully and efficiently – all at Martens True Value Online Store Page today.

As a home owner, you know that no matter how many improvements you have made to your home, a mess will quickly detract from the visual appeal. Address these situations with guidance from Martens True Value in Reedsburg. Stop in today, and let our knowledgeable staff introduce you to the storage benches, shed accessories, and other containers for convenient organization inside and outside of your living spaces.

From spring cleaning to building closet organizers, we have the tools and supplies you need to get the job done right. Realize the potential of your home with space-savings solutions and order your organization tools today!

storage-shed-suncastSuncast Glidetop Storage Shed, Resin, 57.5 x 79 x 58-In., 98-Cu. Ft.

$419.00 – Online price. In-store price & availability may vary.

Assembly required. Please contact your local store for assembly availability/charges.

Will arrive in store in 3 to 8 business days.

This heavy duty sand & chocolate shed with glidetop slide design is perfect for storing bikes, mowers, patio furniture and more. The sliding lid allows for walk in access and it’s reinforced flooring adds excellent support for tractors and other heavy duty machinery.


Electric Fireplaces: Pros and Cons

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

electric-fireplace-insert-dimplexThe Wonders of the Electric Fireplace

Fireplaces have been objects of both functionality and beauty.

Fireplaces provide heat and ambience to a certain place in the house. The evolution of the fireplace has taken great leaps in the recent years as we have seen the ascendancy of the electric fireplace.

During the old days, people only had the option of having a wood-fired fireplace. As time went by, gas-powered fireplaces gained popularity as they were relatively cheaper to maintain. But due to technology and the need for fireplaces which can be installed quickly and can be maintained easily, the electric fireplace was born.

Electric fireplace simulate the flames of traditional fireplaces. Literally, nothing is being burnt and the illusion of burning is achieved through the use of audio and visual effects. Electric fireplaces can be installed quickly where there is access to electricity.

Listed below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of electric fireplaces that should be considered by those people who would want to avail of these modern-day fireplaces.

electric-fireplace-stove-dimplex- Easy to install

The electric fireplace is very easy to install as compared to the traditional fireplaces. There are models today that can be installed in less than an hour. Electric fireplaces don’t really need additional space because many of them are mounted against walls. Some of them can be installed in places where previous fireplaces are located.

Electric fireplace kits come with easy-to-understand and easy-to-follow installation kits. Installing electric fireplace also require the basic tools such as screwdrivers, glass cleaners and the like.


How to Choose the Right Cordless Drill

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

cordless-drill-set-dewaltFeatures That Should Matter When Buying A Cordless Drill

Cordless drills offer convenience of using because you do not need to remain tied to an electric plug outlet to get the job done. You basically will enjoy freedom of movement when you choose a cordless drill and this will save you time and cost because you are able to carry out important drilling tasks even in areas that would otherwise be inaccessible.

These drills are now being manufactured with advanced features to add to their convenience and excellence, but they definitely come at higher prices compared to their corded counterparts. When getting the best cordless drill, it is important to consider your purpose of use so you are able to match all important features of the device to suit your needs. When buying a cordless drill, there are features that should matter so you get the most suitable for the job.

Work light – The flexibility that a cordless drill comes with means it should be able to function fully even in those hard to reach areas. Most therefore come with inbuilt LED work light to offer illumination in such situations. With the work light feature on your drill, you will have an easy time drilling in different conditions.

cordless-drill-lithium-batteryExtended battery life – Remember that cordless drills rely on batteries to function and you therefore should be on the lookout for a battery that you can trust to come through for you when you need it most. Most drills in the market use lithium ion batteries for easier reliable charging, impressive battery capacity and lighter weight on the machine. However, you still will find nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride battery technologies on the drills. The two are not as expensive but then they are not as reliable as the lithium ion battery even though it is a little expensive. If you will be using your drill on an occasional basis, then the nickel cadmium battery technology may suffice, but for regular use, you definitely should go for lithium ion.


Benefits of LED Lights for Outdoor Recreation

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

led-flashlight-colemanLED Light Uses for Camping and Outdoors

With the invention of LED lights, summertime nights, whether camping or enjoying your backyard, have become so much brighter. LED lighting packs a huge amount of light into a tiny little bulb. Due to its tiny size, manufacturers are putting these handy little lights into more and more products and forms. Better lighting can increase safety at night for your family and friends, with their popularity increasing yearly, the prices have also seen a precipitous drop.

Here are some ways you can incorporate LED lighting for your outdoor activities this summer.

LED Flashlights

There’s no better way to use LED’s than to buy yourself some handy LED based flashlights. Traditional flashlights used to require large batteries to give off bright light, but that isn’t the case when you choose LED flashlights. You get the advantage of brighter light but with less battery power needed. This makes them the ideal choice for camping, traveling and even led-lamp-lantern-campingaround the house.

Choose LED flashlights in many forms. For the kids, choose small handheld lights which are attached to a carabiner. They can attach the light to a necklace, belt or clothing so they won’t lose it. For older kids, choose slightly larger flashlights that include extra features like additional modes to adjust brightness.

LED Lamps

For outdoor camping, LED lamps will light up inside your tent or around your campsite much better than traditional light bulbs and much safer than using torches or flame based lighting. Nearly every tent comes with hooks on the inside where you can hang things. Use these to hang handy LED lamps which will light up your entire tent without taking up a huge amount of space and without the risk of setting your tent on fire.


Holiday Lights: LED Lighting vs Traditional

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Difference between LED & Regular Holiday Lights

What's the Best Holiday Lighting for Your Home?

Get enlightened with these tips on the best holiday lighting for your home: LED or incandescent. Both bring cheer to your holiday displays, and there are pros and cons for both. Find out which is the brightest idea to help you celebrate the Christmas season.


When it comes to choosing holiday lights for decorating, what’s the brightest idea, LED or incandescent?

Now, there are pros and cons to both but, I can help you decide.

While LEDs are a bit more expensive, they use about 75% less electricity and last about 15 times longer than traditional incandescents, so they save you money in the long run.


How to Choose the Right Snow Blower

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

how-to-choose-a-snow-blowerChoosing the right snow blower is easy with advice from Martens True Value Hardware in Reedsburg

With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want a snow blower to quickly and easily clear your home’s walkways and driveways. It creates a safer passageway while alleviating the health risk of shoveling wet, heavy snow.

These rugged snow thrower machines are an investment in your home’s maintenance that you’ll use year after year. Check out our tips below and get the right size and features that benefit you and your snow blowing needs.

single-stage-snow-blowerGAS SINGLE-STAGE SNOW BLOWER

Perfect for clearing snow up to 8″ from mid-sized paved areas, single-stage snow blowers are lightweight and easy to control, the front auger contacts the ground to propel, or move forward, as it directs snow into the discharge chute.

Sufficient for areas with fluffy, light to moderate snowfalls of 3 to 5 inches.
Enough power to adequately throw snow away from a short or narrow driveway.


Lightweight snow blowers are great for small jobs such as clearing decks, patios, sidewalks and smaller driveways. They require some pushing to clear snow up to 12″ deep. They need little maintenance and are compact enough to store easily.

ariens-compact-snow-blowerGAS 2 STAGE SNOW BLOWER

Dual-stage snow blowers are engineered to clear heavy, wet snow of 6 to 12″ and over from large areas, such as long driveways. The impeller helps prevent wet snow from clogging, and the serrated augercuts through hard-packed snow and ice. Two-stage discharge throws snow faster and farther than single-stage models.

1st Stage: Auger breaks up snow and throws it to the back of the unit.
2nd Stage: A high-speed impeller behind the auger pulls the snow up and out of the chute.


Made in USA Products

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Did you know True Value features many Made in USA Products?

Whether you’re shopping our Online Store or Martens True Value Hardware in Reedsburg, you’ll find many name brand USA Made products for your home and garden.

Check out some of these popular products, Made in the USA:


Suncast Deck Storage Box / Bench, Taupe Resin, 53 x 29 x 27.5-In., 129-Gals. Stay dry design.

Extra large deck box with seat. Large size holds multiple chair cushions, garden and pool supplies.

Removable storage tray. Easy assembly, No tools required, long lasting resin construction.

Outer dimension: 53″ w x 29″ d x 27 1/2″ h, internal size: 52″ w x 26″ d x 22 3/4″ h. Light taupe.

ONLY available online with FREE Ship-to-Store.


Made in USA Suncast Deck Boxes


Holiday Decorating: LED vs Regular Lighting

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

View this informational True Value Hardware video to help you decide which variety of holiday lighting is the right one for your display. Our expert Hardwarians can help you decide in the store which light will meet your needs this holiday season.

What is the best type of holiday lighting?

When it comes to choosing holiday lights for decorating, what’s the brightest idea, LED or incandescent?

There are pros and cons to both but, I can help you decide.

holiday-lighting-ledWhile LEDs are a bit more expensive, they use about 75% less electricity and last about 15 times longer than traditional incandescents. So, they may save you money in the long run.

Traditional incandescent bulbs are typically brighter than almost all types of LEDs and give a warmer color. The downside is they produce more heat and bulbs can burn out.

When in doubt, LED LIGHTS are your best bet. But, whatever style you choose always make sure it’s UL approved.

Happy Holidays.

Need more expert advice?

Stop by Martens True Value Hardware store in Reedsburg and ask one of our Hardwarians.

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Keep Your Home Safe and Secure

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Keep your home safe and secure when you’re away this holiday (or anytime of the year) with a home security monitoring system from Martens True Value Hardware Store in Reedsburg, Wisconsin

Martens True Value Hardware Store has Home Security SystemsPower failure, freeze, and flood home monitoring system. Monitors homes, condos, cottages, outbuildings, cabins, business, etc. and automatically calls up to 3 different owner-programmed phone numbers with a clear voice message in the event of: power failure, freezing, conditions, water leakage, or flooding. Identifies specific problem with voice message followed by user instructions for remote deactivation. Freeze warning activates at 45 F. Connects to existing telephone lines and installs in minutes with no special wiring required. Selectable 5 or 15 minute initial call out delay, will continue calling for up to 10 hours if needed. (more…)

Green Thumb Never Kink Garden Hose Review

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

true-value-garden-hose-green-thumb-never-kinkProduct Review brought to you by Martens True Value Store of Reedsburg, Wisconsin

GreenThumb NeverKink garden hoses are made with Reflex Mesh, a technology that allows loops in the hose to self-straighten, ensuring that this garden hose will never kink.

The GreenThumb NeverKink hose is the only hose that offers Reflex Mesh technology – making it the easiest hose in the world to use.

Patented NTS Reflex Mesh® technology prevents kinking, twisting & tangling. Solid-brass octagon female coupling with Ergo Grip™ collar for an easy no-leak connection. MicroShield® anti-microbial protection guards against mold and mildew. Features a Lifetime Warranty. (more…)

True Value Product Review: Master Mechanic Swift Driver

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Reedsburg-True_Value-Swift-Driver-ScrewdriverTrue Value Master Mechanic 29-pc. Swift Driver Dual-Drive Ratcheting Screwdriver Set

Only $19.99* On Sale for a Limited Time

Plus, get $5.00 Off your online or in-store purchase of $25 or more!

Online Coupon Code and Printable In-Store Coupon Good until July 8th, 2012

*Online price. In-store price/availability may vary. (Watch video below for demonstration)

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