Gearwrench 1/4″ and 3/8″ socket sets are on sale for $20 each over at Sears. This is a heck of a deal since the lowest online prices we could find for the included full-polish teardrop ratchets by themselves were $25 for the 1/4″ and $35 for the 3/8″. Each set comes with a full-polish ratchet, two extension bars, […]
Racor’s spray can rack holds 6 cans or similarly sized bottles neatly and out of the way. The rack, constructed from 14ga steel and coated with a durable epoxy finish, installs quickly and easily, and barely takes up any more space than the 6 cans it holds. While we have seen quite a few DIY […]
Stanley’s professional organizers are extremely durable, easy to stack and store (even vertically), and best of all the 25 compartments are removable, swapable, and reconfigurable. I now have six units in use holding all types of small parts and components – hardware, PVC fittings, servos, electronic components, grommets, and the list goes on. These organizers […]
As you can imagine, thermal cameras can be used for a wide range of diagnostics where there may be a gradient in temperature. Overheating components, heat loss/leaks, excessive friction in bearings or other mechanical components – the detection applications of a thermal imaging camera are virtually endless. Thermal Image of an Engine Block During the […]
A few weeks ago, Skil announced a new line of 18V Li-Ion power tools targeting DIYers and professionals who need pro-grade features at consumer-level prices. These tools are not mere adaptations of last generation’s NiCad-powered tools; Skil designed these tools to be more powerful, longer lasting, lighter, more compact, and comfortable to use. As of now, there are four new tools […]
Bosch’s multi-construction bits are designed for high performance drilling through wood, masonry, ceramic tiles, plastic, and metal. Read More
As promised a few weeks ago, Small Parts is now selling Beta tools! You can purchase these fine Italian-made tools from Small Parts’ website, or their shop on Amazon (which we find easier to navigate). I am VERY excited about this – can you tell? Oh, and if any one reading this should win the lottery, my birthday’s coming up (not […]
Over at Amazon.com, the Hitachi DS12DVF3 12V drill/driver is discounted to $70. This 3/8″ drill comes with two batteries, charger, case, flashlight, and a small bit set. Hitachi drills are very durable and relatively compact – we’ve used this drill’s 18V big brother for over two years, and it has never let us down. Hitachi DS12DVF3 12V Cordless Drill via […]
If you enjoy browsing through tool catalogs, then you will definitely want to head on over to Rose Antique Tools. Rose Antique Tools maintains a directory of old tool catalogs that have been scanned in and converted to downloadable PDF files. You should also check out Rose Tools’s store – they have quite a few antique […]
Bosch recently launched a complete line of nail guns that are said to be “20% smaller and 10% more powerful.” Bosch’s Full Force Technology helps the tools achieve this by eliminating wasted energy and power to deliver 100% of the driving energy directly to the fastener. While it shouldn’t be a main focus of these nailers, the […]
DAP has recently released a new series of sealants and caulks with Kwik Dry that can be exposed to water in just 3 hours instead of 24-36. Not only that, these DAP 3.0 sealants provide an improved waterproof and weatherproof seal and are expected to respond exceptionally well to temperature fluctuations.
Ok, here is the deal… we are currently working on a tool brand/manufacturer reference guide. The guide is intended to provide basic reference information about tool brands and their product offerings. The guide is not quite finalized, so we thought it would be a good time to ask for comments and criticisms. What we are most […]
I was just browsing SK’s website and noticed that their 2-piece compound pliers set is currently on sale. The set will set you back about $40 plus ~$9 shipping, not too bad given that the set retails for $60-65. Alternatively, you may want to check out Gearwrench’s compound pliers set that sells for about $38 via […]
This Step2 child-sized tool chest dresser is perfect for the little ones in your home that want to have a toolbox just like dad’s (or mom’s). If you ask us, its size makes it better suited for use as a night table or as a toy box. The tool chest dresser retails for about $95 including shipping. Step2 Tool Chest Dresser […]
Felo’s 5-piece beech-handled screwdriver set looks good, performs well, and is relatively inexpensive. It is on sale for $20 at Rockler, and if you enter code V9405 at checkout, you will receive free standard shipping.
The main advantages of a dead-blow over a standard rubber mallet are the reduction of recoil and increase in striking control. The dead-blow excels in loosening stuck or stubborn parts, and also comes in handy when a breaker bar cannot provide enough leverage to turn a fastener by itself. Stanley’s 21oz Compo-Cast is my dead-blow of choice, […]
Leatherman’s new Freestyle is due to be released in May, and we are very excited. Leatherman’s Freestyle is based off of their Skeletool design, but whereas the Skeletool is a full-size tool, the Freestyle is slightly smaller and lighter, making it a more pocket-friendly tool. Full-size knife? Check. Full-size pliers? Check. “I want one now” […]
Yes, that’s right… As of today, we are discontinuing our “DealGuyd” category of deal/sale/discount alert posts. We have found that it is one of the least popular features of this site, and so there is no use in continuing with it.
We’re currently pouring through the 17th issue of Make: Technology on Your Time. Make magazine is published quarterly, and is always packed with great ideas and projects. Each issue retails for $15 at newstands but can be found online for slightly cheaper, and an annual subscription costs $35. Strapped for cash? Makezine.com provides enough free material […]
I was browsing Grip-On’s catalog the other day, and found mention of this unusual tool. Grip-On’s bunion relief pliers can be used to spot-stretch all types of footwear to accomodate bunions, corns, and other painful bumps on the feet. In case you’re wondering, no, this is not an early April Fools Day joke.