Wiha Bit Selector packs are currently on sale for $8 each via Small Parts on Amazon. Each set includes a handy bit dispenser, 10 insert bits, and a magnetic bit holder. There are currently 3 different set configurations available in limited quantities. Phillips, Slotted, Torx Set 79243 Includes: Philips: # 0, 1, 2, 3; Slotted: 5.5, 6.5, 8.0 […]
ToolGuyd reader Jon C. gave us a nudge and suggested that we mention a new “instructional” video series that can be found on YouTube. Hot for Tools features a young woman, Erica, who offers brief tools demos and how-to tutorials.
As you might be well aware, most mechanics’ tools such as ratchets, sockets, and wrenches, are chrome (chromium) plated. This layer of chrome, although extremely thin, greatly enhances the properties of these tools.
Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish is great for giving aluminum wheels and parts a brilliant shine. It can also be used on brass and several other polishable alloys to a similar effect. Or, you can use it as I do – to polish aluminum computer chassis components. Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish can be found in many […]
So I received my new Kershaw Onion Leek pocket knife the other day. I needed (wanted) a new pocket knife, and spent quite some time narrowing down the options. It was a tough choice to make, but I ultimately chose the stainless steel Leek since it seemed to best fit my needs. Following is a partial […]
Channellock recently announced a “new and improved” series of Code Blue screwdrivers and nutdrivers. Each screwdriver has a 3-sided handle grip, straight-thru steel blade, and a magnetic tip, while the nutdrivers have full hollow shafts and the same high-torque grip. The color scheme and grip design of these drivers look rather appealing – if the drivers feel as […]
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 […]
Apparently it’s quite common for Europeans to switch between winter and summer tires. Well, one driver in Switzerland was changing his tires but happened to use the wrong lug nuts to secure the wheels to his car. That’s a mistake he’s never going to make again – as soon as he drove back onto the motorway, he lost […]
Skil has just released the new HD5687 Skilsaw, marketing it as the ultimate combination of unmatched performance, lightweight design, and unbeatable value, and is designed to tackle any project at the jobsite. Sounds good to us! The new Skilsaw is priced at $89, placing it right in the middle of Skil’s current circular saw lineup. First off, we […]
The winner of the $100 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway is commentor #14 – 2WYKD !! Congratulations! We hope that you and/or your father enjoy the gift card, and would love to see a photo of what the card is eventually used for. Although this was a random drawing, we read through every single comment – many of them […]
C.H. Hanson just released their precision ball level – a 24″ level which uses a rotating ball compass design. One of the level’s main selling points is that it eliminates some of the guesswork normally associated with reading a traditional bubble level. While greater ease of use is a good thing, we are even more impressed […]
Stanley’s FatMax Xtreme Fubar is their heavy duty multi-tasked pry bar. By now, most people are already familiar with these tools after seeing them at any home improvement or general goods store (e.g. Target), so I’ll skip the details. I just wanted to point out that it’s currently on sale for $24.31 with free shipping on orders […]
Well, believe it or not, in addition to their crazy 60% Craftsman wrench set and socket set sale, Sears has put many Gearwrench ratcheting wrench sets on sale. As with the Craftsman sale, there is a 40% off discount, a 10% (off $50+) “Buy More Save More” discount, and then a 20% off Craftsman Club discount. […]
Sears, why oh why are you doing this to us? Don’t you know that my wallet’s already suffering! Yet you still choose to tempt me with deals of borderline insanity! 40% off plus 10% off (or more according to the “buy more save more” promo), and then yet another 20% off for Craftsman Club members, […]
Sears’ Craftsman brand has launched its own stand-alone online store!! Perhaps this is the beginning of an autonomous Craftsman that I have been dreaming about for years? Here are my observations thus far: The Craftsman store seems to be based off of Sears’ shopping engine The Craftsman store only offers for sale Craftsman products (duh) […]
That’s right, Home Depot asked us to give away a $100 Home Depot gift card to one of our readers! Read on to find out how to win.
Campbell Hausfeld, well known for their beefy compressors and air tools, is releasing a new line of pneumatic nailers. These new nailers are designed to provide professional results as easily for first-time users as for pros by being easier to operate, easier to control, and easier to handle. CH has included some pretty nifty features […]
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 soon approaching, Home Depot has launched several enticing new gift card designs including one that comes with a free 3/16″ drill bit, and one that looks and feels like duct tape. These designs are not available online (yet?) – head on over to your nearest Home Depot to check them out. I […]
A few days ago in Austrailia, a doctor used a household drill to bore into a 13 year old’s skull to relieve pressure on his brain due to a blood clot. The drill was sourced from the maintenance closet since the hospital was not equipped with any neurological drills. Now I’m wondering, what drill was […]
Okay, so calling the Pocket Ref an ultimate guide to everything may be an exaggeration, but not by as much as you might think. The Pocket Ref is packed full of indispensable information for construction workers, engineers, scientists, travelers, and pretty much everyone else. While a majority of the book offers technical details, there are also many useful general-interest tidbits such as a […]
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 […]
I was browsing Channellock’s website the other day and was quite pleasantly surprised by what I found. As you can see from the above screen capture, Channellock is openly disclosing that their screwdrivers and nutdrivers are made overseas. That open disclosure (not the fact that the drivers are imported) should be praised. You may be wondering […]
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 […]