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, […]
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. […]