Power tool drag races in the Times, great week in the DIY world!
TEN feet short of the finish line, Barbie Airplane was stranded. A screaming speedster powered by a whirling circular saw flew from a wooden ramp at the recent Power Tool Drag Racing competition in Seattle.
The cheerful contraption â€” a Craftsman belt sander crowned with a powder-blue toy plane â€” had been careening down the 75-foot racetrack moments earlier. Then the sanderâ€™s rotating belt came undone, stopping it dead.
In the neighboring lane, Heavy Metal Waste, a circular saw souped up with skateboard wheels and flaming antennas, had already rocketed past. Cheers of victory rang from the bleachers.
â€œTime waits for no one!â€ heckled the announcer. So Randy Lisbona, a 47-year-old air-conditioning engineer from Dallas, hauled his broken-down belt sander off the track to make way for the next heat.
Thatâ€™s how it goes at power tool drag races. The premise is simple: Take a hand-held power tool. Rebuild it into a racing machine.