Everybody needs a good pair of utility shears. These Knipex shears can cut any soft non-steel materials, and also feature spring-action handles.
New Knipex TwinForce High-Leverage Diagonal Cutters
These new high-leverage Knipex cutters can cut all types of wire with less hand fatigue.
Gerber Groundbreaker Multi-Tool
Gerber’s coming out with a new multi-tool, the Groundbreaker, that’s designed to meet electricians’ everyday needs.
New Klein Lineman Wrenches & Milled-Face Hammer
Klein announced a couple of new tools – 2 Lineman wrenches and a heavy duty hammer.
Milwaukee Fluorescent Bulb & Ballast Tester 2210-20
New Channellock 368 8″ High Leverage Lineman’s Pliers Review
Channellock’s new 368 8″ plier is the second release in their high-leverage linemen’s pliers family, and they don’t disappoint!
New Hakko FX-888 Soldering Station Replaces Venerable 936 Series
Looking for a new soldering station? Hakko’s 936 soldering station and iron combo, considered one of the best <$100 setups available, has been replaced by the new FX-888. Check it out:
C’mon Baby, Tap That Wire!
Over at Bolty.net, Stacy’s written a series of tutorials on Soldering Techniques for the Reluctant Motorcyclist. The articles are well written with great visuals, with the most recent one discussing how to tap a wire. These procedures mainly deal with the larger gauge wires used in motorcycle and auto systems, but can be carried over to general purpose and […]
Lindstrom Precision Tools Beat the Springs Out of Other Mini Pliers
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 […]
Channellock Wire Crimper Tool
I found myself needing to upgrade from the wire crimpers found on my all-in-one wire stripper tool. During a stroll through the local home improvement store, I found a few affordable options and ultimately chose Channellock’s 909 crimpers. I’ve been working with terminals and butt connectors more often, but not enough to justify the purchase of a costly crimper. […]
Wiha Chip Lifter and Mini Pry Bar
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:
Shop Tip: Wire Stripper Loop Holes & How to Use Them
I came across a rather enlightening shop tip over at the ShopNGarage forum, that demonstrates the use of a wire stripper’s loop holes. Most of my wire strippers have similar holes, but they’re all unlabeled and I never stopped to think about what they could be used for. Well, now I know!
Xuron Precision Pliers, Shears, & Scissors
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 […]
Sog Kilowatt – a Charged Up Pocket Knife
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 […]
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