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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Craftsman’s 8pc Reversible Ratcheting Wrench sets are currently at a killer price – $68 each. These sets are normally $100 each ($80 when on sale), so $68 is a pretty hot deal. This is how you get the sets for $68 each. Craftsman 8pc Metric Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set Craftsman 8pc SAE Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set […]
Gearwrench 1/4″ and 3/8″ socket sets are on sale for $20 each over at Sears. This is a heck of a deal since the lowest online prices we could find for the included full-polish teardrop ratchets by themselves were $25 for the 1/4″ and $35 for the 3/8″. Each set comes with a full-polish ratchet, two extension bars, […]
As promised a few weeks ago, Small Parts is now selling Beta tools! You can purchase these fine Italian-made tools from Small Parts’ website, or their shop on Amazon (which we find easier to navigate). I am VERY excited about this – can you tell? Oh, and if any one reading this should win the lottery, my birthday’s coming up (not […]
I was just browsing SK’s website and noticed that their 2-piece compound pliers set is currently on sale. The set will set you back about $40 plus ~$9 shipping, not too bad given that the set retails for $60-65. Alternatively, you may want to check out Gearwrench’s compound pliers set that sells for about $38 via […]
Felo’s 5-piece beech-handled screwdriver set looks good, performs well, and is relatively inexpensive. It is on sale for $20 at Rockler, and if you enter code V9405 at checkout, you will receive free standard shipping.
The main advantages of a dead-blow over a standard rubber mallet are the reduction of recoil and increase in striking control. The dead-blow excels in loosening stuck or stubborn parts, and also comes in handy when a breaker bar cannot provide enough leverage to turn a fastener by itself. Stanley’s 21oz Compo-Cast is my dead-blow of choice, […]
Leatherman’s new Freestyle is due to be released in May, and we are very excited. Leatherman’s Freestyle is based off of their Skeletool design, but whereas the Skeletool is a full-size tool, the Freestyle is slightly smaller and lighter, making it a more pocket-friendly tool. Full-size knife? Check. Full-size pliers? Check. “I want one now” […]
I was browsing Grip-On’s catalog the other day, and found mention of this unusual tool. Grip-On’s bunion relief pliers can be used to spot-stretch all types of footwear to accomodate bunions, corns, and other painful bumps on the feet. In case you’re wondering, no, this is not an early April Fools Day joke.