Wright recently released a new 3-in-1 scaffold ratchet (#4488) that features a built-in 1/2″ square drive, 7/8″ open-end wrench, and an interchangeable plastic soft-faced non-sparking hammer. Designed to be lightweight and compact, the WrightGrip SB ratchet is safe and easy to use at scaffold-building heights.
I had to punch holes in a steel computer case earlier so that it could accommodate a new case fan. Sure, I could have used a drill, but I reached for my Roper Whitney No. 5 Jr hand punch. Gosh, it’s a great tool.
Spotted these Channellock-branded “Multi-Fit 8-in-1” dog bone socket wrenches over at the local BJs Wholesale Club. If I recall correctly, the set was around $20 or less. You won’t find these tools in Channellock’s main catalog, and they’re not made in the USA, but they seem to be of reasonable quality.
The other day there was a thread over at the Garage Journal polling members about whether they preferred quantity or quality when it comes to tools. As much as I prefer to use better quality tools, there are times when quantity and selection are a higher priority.
If you recall, SK Hand Tools recently declared bankruptcy. It was rumored that Ideal Industries would make a bid to buy the debt-stricken hand tool manufacturer. This rumor has turned out to be true, although the sale has not yet been finalized
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.
ESEE’s RAT Izula neck knife is a relatively compact fixed blade knife. The Izula is designed to be a lightweight survival or every-day-carry knife.
Lowes is having a half-off sale on their Kobalt 4pc air tool kit. The kit features an air hammer, twin-pawl air ratchet, impact wrench, what looks to be a blower, and a slew of accessories (sockets, chisels, bits, and more). You can order for in-store pickup, or take advantage of Lowe’s free shipping offer on […]
With their pivoting box ends, Craftsman’s ratcheting elbow wrenches are anything but ordinary. Possibly inspired by similarly styled indexable ratchets, these elbow wrenches are designed for use in tight spaces and situations where a fastener may be obstructed. Curious about whether these new wrenches were innovative, gimmicky, or both, we set out to review them. In the end, […]
Stanley’s Blackhawk Universal QuickRatchet set (SAE) features a flex-head handle that accepts multiple ratcheting attachments. Included in the set are six 12pt socket wrench sizes (3/8″, 7/16″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 5/8″, 3/4″), a 1/4″ square drive head, 3/8″ square drive head, 1/4″ hex bit driver, and 6 screwdriver bits.
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 […]
CRKT’s Tiny Tighe Breaker knives are heavily discounted over at Amazon. Two versions are on sale, one is not. The blue handled plain-edged folder is priced at $20 plus a few bucks for shipping, and the black handled partially serrated blade is $27. If you want the black handled plain-edged version, prepare to pay twice as […]
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 […]
Looking for a Wright 3440 3/8″ compact palm-size flex-head ratchet similar to the one featured in our Most Valuable Tool contest? The first online Wright distributor that comes to my mind is Ohio Power Tool, which also offers a pretty decent selection of Wright ratchets and other hand tools. The compact 3440 ratchet is intended for […]
Remember the Leatherman MUT, a M16-specific multitool? Well, Gerber’s got their own specialized M16 maintenance tool, the e-FECT. Designed for use on AR15/M16/M4 assault rifles, the e-FECT is intended to provide a quicker and more precise cleaning experience.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing more and more new Bostitch hand tools popping up at my local Lowes. Included in the wave of new tools are hammers, pry bars, shears, cold chisels, punches, nail pullers, masonry chisels, and a few other tools I have yet to see in person. […]
Check out CRKT’s Eat’N tool. It’s a keychain-sized ergonomically-designed spork with a built-in bottle opener! The tool also features a slotted screwdriver prybar tip, and 3 metric hex wrenches (6mm, 8mm, 10mm). You can find the Eat’N tool with a bead-blasted finish (model 9100C) or food-grade non-stick coating (model 9100KC) for about $5-7. The carabiner is also included. CRKT […]
As expected, Knight Rights released a statement in response to the mass seizure of folding knives from retail stores by the NYC DA’s office. Knife Rights Chairman Doug Ritter said: “the outrageous claims made by [District Attorney] Vance to rationalize his shakedown of honest knife retailers during his press conference were all deliberate misrepresentations or […]
The Lock Nut Monster is Peter Atwood’s first Creature Series tool. This monsterously cool tool features offset multi-wrench jaws with 6 SAE sizes (1/4″ – 9/16″), a captive #1 Phillips insert bit, bottle opener, slotted screwdriver and prying tip, and the lanyard hole also functions as an oxygen wrench.
The other day I read that sporting goods and home improvement stores were being forced to contribute substantial resources to some type of “fund” because of the types of knives they were selling. Now, it looks like the Manhattan DA is going on a miseducated spree confiscating “illegal” knives at Home Depot and other stores.