Starrett is introducing two new inspection sets for automotive use. The new sets are ideal for measuring movement and play between parts, as well as component wear (such as ball joints). The sets offer several options for securing the measuring fixtures to nearby surfaces. Mechanics and techs can use either the included locking pliers or […]
Our post on cheap mini pliers caught the attention of Lindstrom, who then sent us two cutters and two pliers for evaluation and comparison. After using them for a bit, I can honestly say that they beat the springs off all the other precision and mini pliers that I have ever used. Calling them tools is […]
Woodcraft put their 9″ x 12″ x 2″ granite surface plate on special for $20. A granite plate can be used for many applications requiring a true flat surface, such as sharpening and sanding. To get free shipping, you need to pad the order a little with other items to bring the total over $25. These surface plates weigh […]
Over at IMTS 2010, Starrett is unveiling new 795 and 796 series electronic micrometers. These micrometers now offer measuring capabilities from 0-4 inches (0-125mm) and feature IP67 protection against coolant, water, dirt, dust and other contaminants.
Starrett sent us a heads-up a little while back introducing their new full line catalog (#32). The new 550+ page catalog features more than 5,000 Starrett products including precision measuring tools, metrology equipment, saw blades, granite surface plates and tools.
When working on some small parts the other day, I pulled out my trusty Bausch & Lomb watchmaker’s loupe. With a 4x magnification, this loupe provides an ample field of view and depth of focus. For greater magnification needs, I head on over to a 10-40x opical inspection microscope, although I’m considering a digital USB microscope for future […]
I’ve noticed Wiha’s Chip Lifter mini pry bars before, but hadn’t really given them much thought. These chip lifters are designed and properly sized to be used for the removal of IC chips and other electronics components. Reader JeffD wrote in about his experience with these mini prying bars:
The other day there was a thread over at the Garage Journal polling members about whether they preferred quantity or quality when it comes to tools. As much as I prefer to use better quality tools, there are times when quantity and selection are a higher priority.
Product description and pricing errors are not at all that uncommon on online stores, but some of them are downright amusing. Take, for example, these Erem wire strippers that are claimed to feature magic. That’s right, at the bottom of the list, it clearly says that magic is one of these wire strippers’ main product […]
Tweezers are one of those tools that you don’t realize you need until you NEED one. While these Grobet plastic tweezers won’t replace anyone’s Swiss-made precision-tipped steel tweezers, they’re great to use in a pinch and are essentially disposable. Plastic tweezers are also good to use when steel tweezers might damage a delicate part, or when […]
First of all, we absolutely LOVE Xuron pliers and shears. Yes, we know that we’ve mentioned this before, but great products like Xuron’s deserve the fresh attention. Second of all, we absolutely LOVE the above product image. Here’s why Xuron products are among our favorites hand tools, and why we think that Xuron is an upstanding company: great […]
Xuron produces superb precision tools – we love their pliers, shears, and scissors. Xuron tools are durable, comfortable to use, provide exceptional performance, are very affordable, and are made in the USA. Our favorite Xuron tools are their non-serrated short nose pliers (pictured above), fiber cutters, and tweezer nose pliers. We are also huge fans of Xuron’s flush-cut micro shears (also […]
These hybrid micrometers are somewhat of a cross between standard vernier micrometers and those with electronic readouts, and offer quick measurements at a relatively low price. Although the “digital” claim is quite literally true, in today’s age, “digital” implies an electronic readout. While we’re not comfortable still seeing these described as “digital” micrometers, such a description is still common practice […]