In the search for a good quality mechanical pencil for technical drawing and more precise layout work and shop use, I have come across the incredibly comfortable and workshop-friendly Pentel GraphGear 1000. Read More
Mnpctech’s Modder Ruler & Gauge is a ruler, a sizing gauge, a layout tool, a reference chart, and quite a bit more. If you’re into case modding, you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at this. The Modder Ruler is also handy for smaller scale robotics, electronics, and other such projects. Read More
Bridge City Tool Works tested a $1000 assortment of calipers before coming to a solid conclusion: you get what you pay for. From their testing, one brand and model stood out amongst the rest. Read More
Woodpeckers is at it again with a few new limited time woodworking layout and marking tools. Check ’em out! Read More
Johnson’s magnetic tape measures have magnetic tips that hold strong to ferrous (iron/steel) metal surfaces. They feature printing on both sides, large easy to read numbers, and a jobsite-tough case for greater durability. The above pictured 25-foot model has a 1-1/6″ blade width and is currently priced fairly low at Amazon. Johnson Magnetic Tip 25′ […]
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 […]
Wiha recently released new screwdrivers based off their SoftFinish cushion grip drivers. These new Measure-Up screwdrivers feature inch and metric measuring scales on the shafts of the drivers. Initially I was skeptical that these new drivers were just another “gimmicky’ tool but I was soon proven wrong, as you will see in the following hands-on review.
Woodpeckers just introduced a new 6″ carpenters square that has been long overdue. The square is machined from cast and ground aluminum tooling plate, features machined 90° and 45° angles and has a solid beefy base that also functions as a handle. Woodpeckers previously only offered a 12″ carpenter triangle, which is a bit large […]
Wiha offers quite a few sizes and styles of folding rulers. Their smallest size, model #61601, is sized just right for stowing away in a pocket, tackle box, or tool box. These folding rulers are waterproof, flexible, and extremely durable. Or are they? Jeff was kind of enough to put one of these rulers through a […]
Reader JeffD sent us another tip, this time about Wiha’s MaxiFlex folding rulers. These rulers are chemical, water, scratch, and impact resistant with deep embossed measurement scales. They’re also flexible and won’t rust or kink.
Bosch just announced that they will be releasing two new laser range finders to complement their short and medium-range platforms. The two new laser distance measuring tools, GLR500 and GLR825, are capable of quickly and accurately measuring in 11 different modes of distances of 500 and 825 feet, respectively.
Last month we posted an update to our review of C.H. Hanson’s Precision Ball Level. In our experience, the ball level worked exactly as advertised, and looked to be very solidly made. In our update, we discussed a slight design flaw that made new levels susceptible to damage under certain conditions – perhaps careless handling at […]
Compared to a non-wireless inspection tool, a wireless borescope allows for more convenient or remote viewing. What’s the point of whipping out a gooseneck inspection camera if you cannot easily see the screen! When I found out that Dewalt was including a wireless inspection camera with their upcoming 12V MAX product line launch, I immediately […]
We reviewed C.H. Hanson’s Precision Ball Level a few months ago, and have used it a few times since then. Thus far, the ball level seems to be in great shape. However, as mentioned in comments to the review, the levels on the shelves at local home improvement retailers (mainly Lowes) are in terrible shape, with rubbed-off crosshairs. […]
It looks like Starrett recently released a new ProSite miter saw protractor, the 505P-7. The new 7″ protractor is made from plastic and includes the same angle-finding features and laser-engraved scales as the aluminum versions. Because it’s made from plastic, the 505P-7 is about half the price of Starrett’s aluminum miter saw protractors, at about […]
Reader Don sent us an email asking for help in finding 8-foot level reviews and recommendations. If you have expereince with an 8-foot level, do you prefer to use a box level, or an I-beam level, and why? I would think that an I-beam level may be lighter and easier to use (not to mention cheaper), […]
Johnson Level’s 16′ Big Johnson Power Tape is one heck of a nice tape measure! The Big J is durable, extremely easy to read, has a great locking mechanism, and includes a handy detachable belt clip.
After posting about Lee Valley’s new thread ID tool, we started thinking about other thread-identification tools that we’re familiar with. Identifying a thread is usually done in one of two ways – by matching an unknown thread to a fastener of known thread, or by measuring and comparing the diamater and thread pitch of a fastener. Following are a few types […]