A television commercial promoting the Craftsman Nextec Auto-Hammer has aired recently – no doubt targeting Father’s Day gift shoppers, so we’ve decided to revisit it. Although it may still seem a bit gimmicky, the Auto-Hammer is innovative enough that it deserves the attention.
With Father’s Day on approach, everyone is asking themselves and others “what to buy?” Well, how about something useful. These five items are less than $10 each and are affordable enough to throw in with larger gifts. Bucket Boss Mug Boss Paired with a spare 10-12oz mug, the Mug Boss provides for nifty desktop organization […]
Gearwrench has recently (and quietly) released a new tool – a 12″ indexing nail puller. This tool combines the efficiency and ease of a cat’s paw puller design with the convenience of a pivoting lever arm with 180° of swing. This indexing puller is intended to be used in tight quarters and between closely spaced beams, and likely performs […]
We are not quite sure why, but over at Sears.com there is currently a double Craftsman Club discount on an unspecified selection of Craftsman wrenches. For the time being (until perhaps an error is corrected) select non-ratcheting wrench sets are being discounted by 36%!! The double discount has been observed on the following products – please […]
Craftsman’s 8pc Reversible Ratcheting Wrench sets are currently at a killer price – $68 each. These sets are normally $100 each ($80 when on sale), so $68 is a pretty hot deal. This is how you get the sets for $68 each. Craftsman 8pc Metric Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set Craftsman 8pc SAE Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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.
The charged up Sog Kilowatt is a quality liner-lock pocket knife for anyone who might need to strip wires or cables at a moment’s notice. The Kilowatt features a 3.4″ blade, a zytel handle, a conventional 12-24ga wire stripper, a spring-loaded wire stripper, and a “hole stripper.” The Kilowatt’s electric-centric aesthetics are well matched to the functions of […]
Channellock’s 6-in-1 Rescue Tool is one heck of a multitool. It is 10″ long, weighs a whopping 26oz, and packs a whole lot of life-saving action. The Rescue Tool is of course intended for professional rescuers, but most of its features are handy for home and shop use as well.
Just thinking aloud: are there any legitimate home or shop uses for a fixed-blade knife? Knives like these are great for camping and other outdoor activities, but what else can they be used for?