I suppose this was to be expected. First, Sears recently launched the standalone Craftsman.com store. Then, they reinstated a rolling Craftsman Club promo period – did you notice that the past few promos were 4-5 weeks long each? Well, now they’ve launched a new rewards program where purchases earn you points that can be redeemed […]
Here’s the deal – we enjoy reading comments to our posts, as well as feedback and emails. We also like giving away tools to readers. Can you see where we’re going with this? At the end of August, we’re going to give away several tools to a handful of ToolGuyd readers. In order to be eligible […]
We’re about to place an order for a few new tools and wanted to share our selection and reasoning with you. First off we’re picking up Channellock’s 8-Inch Wide Adjustable Wrench (808NW). We spoke favorably of their extra-wide Code Blue version a few weeks ago, but could not justify a 65% increase in price for a 1/3″ […]
CPO Bosch over on Amazon is offering a reconditioned Bosch PS10 I-Driver kit for $60. This driver design is particularly well suited for driving fasteners in cramped workspaces. The product description is not very detailed, but we assume that the kit includes the charger and one or two batteries with the tool. If you prefer a […]
Gearwrench’s Roto Ratchet is a flex-head swivel ratchet with a pivot through its drive head. This design enables the Roto Ratchet to be positioned perpendicular to a fastener to apply maximum torque, axially aligned for rapid spinning, or any angle in between. Gearwrench’s Roto Ratchets are available in 1/4″ and 3/8″ drive sizes, and a set of both […]
Over on Amazon, Northern Tool is selling 2pc Gearwrench ratcheting “S” wrench sets at a steep discount. Each set includes two wrenches for a total of four reversible ratcheting box end sizes. The metric set includes sizes 13, 14, 15, and 17mm, and the SAE set includes sizes 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, and 11/16″. Each set […]
We just wanted to share with you the clever marketing images we found on Swanson’s website. Keep reading to see three more.
The Power8 Workshop is the first cordless bench top [tool system] in the world, a unique and innovative new product [that] provides a full portable workshop in one armoured case. The main feature of this system are the cordless tools that can be separated and reconfigured into benchtop tools using a common base.
Swanson Speed Squares can be used as a try square, miter square, protractor, line scriber, and saw guide. In other words, it’s a pretty handy layout tool that should be found in every home and shop. At the very least, it makes an excellent straightedge. We’ve been using an orange Swanson Speedlite square for about […]
As we were working on a recent post about Channellock’s adjustable wrenches , we discovered several entertaining and insightful Channellock product videos. The clip above features Channellock’s adjustable wrenches. To view the other Channellock videos, check out their YouTube channel. Channellock YouTube Channel
Swanson’s mini surface level is suitable for two-axis leveling tasks that do not quite require extreme precision. This type of level is extremely easy to use – hold or fasten it to a workpiece that needs to be horizontally parallel, and then adjust the workpiece until the level’s bubble is perfectly centered. Although this level […]
Check out this Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Knife with an American Flag motif. It is slightly more expensive than those with the standard design and color, but it’s cool enough to overlook. Victorinox American Flag Swiss Army Knife (via Amazon) Product Details via Victorinox Note: To view this product on Amazon, you have to select the […]
We just wanted to give a brief shout out to a few other noteworthy tool blogs that you may want to take a look at.
The PB Swiss Household Screwdriver is a cute flat head screwdriver with a 5.5mm tip, (right smack in the middle between 3/16″ and 1/4″,) and a very comfortable soft-textured “Swiss Grip” handle. With its useful tip size and truncated shaft, the appropriately named Household Screwdriver is well suited for many common driving tasks. With its small […]
WD-40 recently released a new easy-to-use non-aerosol spray can designed to offer more control and less mess. The new WD-40 Trigger-Pro non-aerosol delivery system better meets the needs of industrial users since the format makes the recyclable steel cans much easier to dispose of. The WD-40 Trigger-Pro’s leak-free non-overspraying nozzle has three settings – a wide spray, a […]
I had the opportunity to use a Channellock adjustable wrench today, and it was an impressionable experience. The Channellock adjustable had very little play in the jaw, was relatively smooth to operate, and felt robust and sturdy. To top it off, the Channellock packed a huge jaw capacity into a small package. The adjustable […]
Sog’s Fusion series of knives includes several funky theme-based designs. Each lockback knife has a 3″ blade, an overall length of 7.5″, and several themed doodads and accessories.
The Home Depot (THD) and Klein Tools recently announced Home Depot to be the exclusive home improvement retailer of Klein’s hand-held tools. Under the agreement, “…Home Depot will offer Klein’s complete line of durable, high-quality electrical tools and will be the sole home improvement retailer of all existing and future product lines.”
Photo by izthistaken (Matt Trombley) Josh Welton, the skilled artist and craftsman behind Brown Dog Welding, uses his talent to turn ordinary hardware and scrap metal into elaborate models and sculptures. The incredible motorcycle model shown above is a great example of what he can do. Brown Dog Welding is a welding and fabrication shop […]
A few weeks ago, Campbell Hausfeld announced several snazzy new nailers. The innovation did not stop there – CH recently announced two new compressor systems: a 26 gallon unit that has been dubbed the “ultimate portable compressor”, and a wall-mountable 8 gallon unit that can be equipped with up to two add-on 8 gallon tanks. […]
Rockler is having an online-only sale on C-clamps: a set of twelve 1-1/2″ Jet C-clamps for $10, or a set of two 2-1/2″ and two 3″ C-clamps for $8. Shipping is ~$7 for orders under $25, and $9 for orders between $25 and $50. While you’re at it, you may want to check out some of the […]
You know you’ve got it bad when while watching the new Transformers movie you wonder which types of tools the Autobots use to repair themselves. If they adapted themselves to use Earth hardware, would they choose SAE or metric?! I thoroughly enjoyed the new movie, especially when the heavy construction equipment started coming to life. […]
There are a few great deals to be found over at Amazon on: Milwaukee safety goggles, Dremel’s 75th anniversary rotary tool kit, and the McGuire-Nicholas 10 Pocket Tool Pouch. Orders over $25 qualify for “free super saver shipping.”
A few weeks ago, we published a brief introductory post about chrome plating. To satisfy reader demands, we have decided to follow up that post with a more detailed series of posts about the different steps involved in a typical chromium plating process. This post, part 2 of the series, briefly describes the cleaning and […]
I was looking for a cordless compact impact driver to recommend to a colleague and found this Makita 2-tool set to be a real bargain. For $160 via Amazon, you get a compact 10.8V driver, a compact 10.8V impact driver, 2 batteries, charger, and an aluminum case. My first instinct was to recommend the venerable Bosch PS-40, […]