As you can imagine, I buy new tools and equipment throughout the year. Sometimes this comes from an immediate need, other times it’s to satisfy a long-term want.
Shown above is a completely unrelated photo, showing off some of my still-favorite hand tools. I like to start every post off with a photo or image, and this one seemed nice.
I purchase my tools, supplies, and equipment from a range of companies, from small independent stores, to huge retailers like Amazon.
With great selection, good prices, fast shipping, and customer service that usually rights any wrongs quickly and effectively, Amazon gets a good deal of my business.
Since a similar post was popular last year, I thought I would discuss this year’s Amazon tool and supply purchases with you.
Following is a list of all the tool-related items I or ToolGuyd purchased from Amazon this year. Some, but not all of the entries have photos. They’re in roughly reverse chronological order.
After you go through the list, please consider sharing about what YOU bought this year, from Amazon or elsewhere.
Cloudline Wool Socks – I tried out this USA brand a few months ago, and liked them enough that I’ve been buying more. They’re pricey, but not any more so than other quality wool sock brands. Once you try wool socks, you’ll never want to go back to anything else. I wear wool socks year-round, and they’re fabulous.
I prefer light-cushion ankle socks most of all, but medium-cushion 1/4 and crew socks are better for winter. I have also tried Smartwool, Darn Tough, Teko, and Bridgedale brands.
My current favorite sock is the Smartwool Men’s PhD Outdoor Light Micro, but the Cloudlines are challenging that.
These aren’t tools, but regardless of what you do, you’ve got to keep your feet warm and dry, right?
Rubbermaid 4.625 Gallon Utility Bin – These 20″ x 15″ x 5″ utility bins are incredibly versatile. I find the white-walled version to look a little friendlier when used in the house for anything. I use them for temporary tool storage, and to collect the last bits of water when working on tubing. They work great as catch-basins for certain liquids, and as secondary spillage containers.
Sheffield Electric Rope Cutter – I have a few rope and webbing projects coming up, and like to use paracord for certain things. It’s about time I bought a proper rope cutter that can be mounted to a bench or jig.
3M/Peltor X-Series Earmuffs – X5A, X4A, X3A – I ordered a range of these X-series earmuffs for review purposes. The X3 seems to be slim medium-noise earmuffs, the X4 semi-compact medium-heavy noise earmuffs, and the X5 is the most protective of the line.
Aven Adjustable Circuit Board Holder – I have several premium-priced circuit board-holding devices at my disposal, but though that I should look at an inexpensive one as well. This one looks to be useful and functional. Look for the review after the new year.
Ronstan Single Pulley – I had to hoist some really heavy equipment and needed a strong and rated rope pulley. I looked at a cheap import pulley, but the manufacturer or seller couldn’t answer customers’ questions about load rating or rope capacity.
So I spent more on a brand that seemed reputable, and it paid off. This is a very fine pulley. It worked well, and gave me peace of mind. Although a little pricey, I’m sure I’ll have more uses for the two I bought.
Bondhus T-Handle Hex Key Set – I have Bondhus T-handle hex drivers in metric, but needed enough inch sizes to justify a set. The price of the set plus a stand is less than that for the same set that includes the stand. I’ll either make a stand, or buy the Bondhus set later on when I’m sure I’ll need it. Right now, my metric hex keys are in one place, and their stand in storage, and so I’m not too concerned about not having a stand with this set.
The smallest sizes are NOT ball end hex drivers, they’re straight hex drivers. But the long-reach sizes I need start at 5/32″, and so it works out well for my needs. The smallest ball end sizes do have narrower handles, to help reduce the chances of breakage. I can get over that.
Portamate PM-1100 Universal Mobile Base Kit – I have a piece of equipment that needs to be bolted-down to a plywood base, and so this Portamate mobile base kit seems like a good way to allow for both mobility and secure leveling.
Green Toys Tool Set (in blue and pink) – I took advantage of Amazon’s holiday sales to get my daughter a tool set. But since I bought one for my daughter, I had to buy one for my son, too.
Ikea’s tool toy set is almost as good, and better in some ways.
Microflex Nitrile Gloves – I needed more disposable gloves, and tend to like Microflex’s Supreno SE nitrile gloves. They’re pretty hardy, and perhaps best of all, they’re easy to reorder. I like Kimberly Clark’s purple gloves, too, but they can be harder to source.
Hitachi Narrow Crown Stapler – I haven’t used it yet, but I have a few upcoming projects that’ll make good use of my new stapler. For project use, I often like to use “MY” tools, rather than a test review sample. It can help with context and perspective.
Hitachi Brad Nailer – Woo, a new brad nailer, too!
Hitachi 1/4″ x 50′ Air Hose – I need a small hose, so why not try Hitachi. I think I’ve seen this one so many times in stores, but am finally giving it a try. Bonus: it comes with quick-connect fittings pre-installed. I’ll have to see how I feel about it.
Grex 23 Gauge 3/4″ Headless Pins – Worried that I couldn’t run to the home center to buy headless pin nails, I bought a couple of sizes to go with my new pinner (ordered from Acme). I think I’ll use 3/4″ the most, so for that I went with Grex.
Porter Cable 23 Gauge 5/8″ Pin Nails – I wanted to try different brands’ of nails, and with Porter Cable for 5/8″-size pins.
Hitachi 23 Gauge 1″ Pin Nails – I don’t think I’ll use 1″ pins very often, but just in case, I figured I’d buy some to have around, and try Hitachi’s brand at the same time.
Porter Cable 5/8″ Staples – Knowing the size of staple I wanted, I bought a bulk pack of Porter Cable 5/8″ staples.
Ridgid Auto Detailing Vacuum Hose Accessory Kit – This kit was bundled with a holiday season vacuum deal at Home Depot. I didn’t need another vacuum, so I bought just the hose and accessory kit from Amazon.
Bosch 24pc Impact Tough Custom Case Screwdriver Bit Set – This new impact-rated screwdriver bit set is still on sale, for $10. I bought 6 sets so far – 2 at launch, and 4 more when this deal popped up.
Bosch 48pc Impact Tough Custom Case Screwdriver Bit Set – I bought 2 of these sets at launch, but I think I like the smaller set better, with its clear lid. It’s a tough clear plastic, too, the kind that feels like it’ll take a lot to crack or break.
Adobe Photography Plan: Photoshop and Lightroom – Another year, another Photoshop and Lightroom subscription. Ben has been trying out different software – Affinity – and while I might give that a try too, I’m too accustomed to an Adobe workflow to entertain that idea anytime soon.
Gateway Safety Glasses for Kids – I wanted to try different safety glasses for my kids, and think I like these Gateway glasses best.
Pyramex Safety Glasses for Kids – But these Pyramex glasses seem almost as good. The main difference to me is in the packaging, although small nuances convinced me that the glasses look similar but are not identical.
See More: Best Safety Glasses for Kids?
Eagle HDPE 14 Gallon Narrow Collection Drum – Thanks to Travis, I realized that I could use a tall and narrow collection bin for dust collector purposes, rather than the short but wide one I’ve seen a lot of other people use.
Wago Compact Lever-Nuts 3-Conductor Pack – I needed more of the slim Wago Lever Nuts, and Amazon had the best pricing I could find.
Wago Lever Nuts 5-Conductor Pack – The same goes for their traditional style, in 5-conductor sizing.
Makita XFD061 18V Brushless Drill/Driver – I couldn’t resist buying one of these Makita 18V brushless drill holiday season promo kits, for $99. My tests have been backburnered, but so far it’s decent. Here’s Ben’s review.
Pelican Glow in the Dark LED Flashlight – My new Pelican glow in the dark LED flashlight has actually come in handy a few times. And it’s pretty durable too, as my toddler can attest to. She likes to grab it off my desk and throw it on the floor. No matter where I move it to, even out of reach, she finds a way to get it.
Fusion Contigua Carabiner – I went on a carabiner-buying spree a few months ago. This small Fusion Contigua carabiner is one of my favorites, for accessory use. I’ve also used it in a few hoisting applications. They have solid gate and wire gate varieties, and I like both. They’re made in the USA.
Bondhus Balldriver L-Wrench Double Pack – I bought several Bondhus ball end hex key sets as part of the DIY tool kit giveaway project I’ve fallen behind on. Naturally, I wanted one for myself, too.
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – Amazon’s smart speaker isn’t flawless, but it’s worth the discounted price and small footprint it takes up on the shelf. It’s a good timer and clock, if nothing else.
Fiskars X7 Hatchet – I’m using lawn and yard cleanup work as an excuse to test the Fiskars X7 hatchet, which I’ve been curious about for a few years now.
Pelican 1010 Micro Waterproof Case – When you need a teeny tiny protective case, this one will do.
Anker PowerCore+ Portable Battery Charger – This little guy has gotten me through 2 media events so far. I guess I should cycle it a few times between now and next season’s media events. It definitely won me over the Anker brand.
Read Also: USB Charging Adapter or Power Bank?
Uncle Bill’s Sliver Gripper Tweezers – Gosh I hate splinters. These Uncle Bill’s tweezers seem to do a good job at removing them.
Dewalt DCD777 Brushless Drill/Driver Kit – A friend of mine was moving into a house. She and her husband have some projects they want to work on, and so I sent her this kit for use and review purposes.
Family Handyman Subscription – Family Handyman is one of the few magazines whose advertising practices haven’t disgusted me yet.
Johnson Paste Wax – This stuff smells bad but adds a protective layer to uncoated steel.
Big Gulp Dust Collection Hood – I figured this would help with power tools that spew dust, chips, and debris all over the place.
Festool Clamping Elements Set – After needing these clamps for MFT/3 table and not having them, I gave in and bought a set.
Festool Quick Clamp – The same as with the other clamps. I needed them, but the price always pushed me away. Well, the cost will sting once, having the clamps available will pay off for years to come.
Flexzilla Air Hose Reusable Fitting – Hmm, field-replaceable fittings that allow you to repair your Flexzilla air hose with mininal tools? I’ll give it a try. I bought two, so that I could turn one long air hose into two shorter ones.
Flexzilla 1/4″ x 50′ Air Hose – I haven’t cut it up yet, but I figure I’ll turn this into a 15′ air hose, and a 35′ one. The 15′ hose will be used with some accessories to create a cut line-clearing blower, since a dust collector vac doesn’t always do a good job at keeping things clean and clear.
Uvex Flex Seal Safety Goggles – Since I wear glasses and have yet to get prescription safety glasses, I need to work with over-the-glasses goggles. These are my current top pick.
Loc-Line Magnetic Base Manifold Kit – This kit has a magnetic base, and flex hoses that I believe can make a good air blower. I’ll attach it to a compressor, but have to be extremely about what the source pressure is. Loc-Line 1/4″ hoses are rated at 30-50 PSI. Remember, they’re typically used with liquids.
I plan on using them at the lowest pressure possible.
Wera Square #2 Screwdriver – It was on sale, and has already been quite useful.
Keyboard Keycap Puller – I bought a mechanical keyboard a few years ago, and it is currently my longest-lasting keyboard ever. I might buy a quieter one, because my keyboard’s Cherry MX Blue keys can be a little too loud when working at night.
I have a burnt-out LED that I hadn’t replaced yet.
With many brands’ wireless keyboards, you can’t remove the keys to clean underneath them. If you do, you risk breaking the small and delicate mechanisms. That happened to me once, and I’ve had other keyboards where a key failed and that was it.
With a mechanical keyboard, you can pop off the keycaps and clean underneath them. If a key switch fails, you can replace it with standard parts.
I lost the basic keycap remover that came with the keyboard, so I bought another one.
Yes, my Ducky keyboard was pricey – somewhere between $120 and $150, but it’s outlasted the 2 previous wireless keyboards that came before it.
Dell 34″ Curved LED-Lit Computer Monitor – I’ve talked about Dell’s 34″ monitors before. Basically, this one monitor replaced my dual-monitor setup, and I have not looked back. Well, technically this one replaced my first, less curved one, but I still use that first monitor in a different application.
Dewalt 20V Max DCK283D2 Brushless Drill and Impact Driver Kit – This one too!
3M Narrow-Size VHB Tape – I thought I was getting 3M VHB tape in small widths. While I was, it wasn’t an OEM roll, it’s a small strip that’s cut off from a wider roll of tape. I guess that’s okay, because I have yet to find another source for narrow-width rolls of 3M’s excellent double-sided mounting tape.
Hakko Solder Reel Stand – An optional soldering accessory that holds standard-sized solder rolls, but one that makes my work a little easier. It costs less than $14.
Jet Air Filtration System – I have yet to mount my Jet air filter to the garage ceiling. Right now, it sits on top of a tall stand that’s rolled over to near where I’m working.
Why haven’t I mounted it yet? Because hanging hardware isn’t included, and I’ve been delayed in obsessively searching for load-rated or properly sized hardware.
MLCS Round-Over Beading Router Bit Set – These are okay 1/4″-shank round-over bits.
3M Hand Applicator Squeegee – Why did I buy this? I honestly don’t remember. I think maybe because it looked useful for applying label templates?
99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol Cleaner – This is better than drugstore alcohol for certain parts cleaning applications. It’s cheaper right now than what I paid, but one bottle lasts me a long time.
Feit LED Shop Light – I have two of these LED shop light fixtures in the basement, and am considering if they’ll work well in the garage as well. Although, for the garage, I’d probably prefer daisy-chainable fixtures.
Easy Wood Tools Easy Start Detailer Turning Tool – Easy Wood makes some very nice carbide insert turning tools.
Tetra Whisper Air Pump – I thought I could use a small aquarium pump as a mini air blower, rather than compressed air, but it just doesn’t move enough volume.
Rotatrim 18″ Professional Paper Cutter – This is a very pricey paper cutter and trimmer, but presumably the last I’ll ever need. I’ve used it to cut specialty materials as well, such as solar eclipse film to fit a DIY filter holder.
3pc Plastic Graduated Cylinder Set – They’re tall liquid-holding containers.
5pc Plastic Beaker Set – These are small measuring beakers, made of plastic.
3M PPS Mini Pressure Cup – I haven’t used my Fuji spray gun yet, which is a big shame, but it will definitely see use this spring when the weather warms up. I have a couple of projects waiting to be finished, and more projects lined up to be started.
3M’s PPS system means I can use my Fuji sprayer with a disposable (semi-reusable if you listen to expert users) cup system. It’s said to be quicker, easier, and requires far less cleanup than if you use whatever container comes with a typical spray gun.
3M PPS Mini Size Cup Liners with Filters – The 3M PPS system requires a pressure cup, and pop-in liners with filtered tops. I went with the mini cup size, since I anticipate working with smaller projects.
Going with a different size requires a different size pressure cup, and different size liner cups. Since the liner cups are sold in bulk, I wanted to be sure before I went with more than one size.
3M PPS Adapter for Fuji Spray Gun – This is the magical component that transforms my Fuji spray gun into a 3M PPS system-compatible spray gun.
TCP Ultra-Flow Paint Strainers – These get gunk out of your finish, which should help reduce clogging.
Fuji 6-foot Whip Hose – The hose that comes with Fuji spray guns are heavy. Most users recommend this whip hose, for better user comfort, and so I bought one the same time I ordered my sprayer.
DeVilbiss Spray Gun Cleaning Bottle – Squeeze bottles help to get water (or other compatible fluids) into nooks, cavities, and tubing that would be otherwise difficult to clean.
Seville Classics 5-Tier Steel Wire Shelving Unit – Wire shelving racks are quick to set up, and quite sturdy. I’ve used them for both temporary and permanent storage needs. They have higher load capacities when you use the adjustable feet, rather than the caster wheels.
Grafix Ink Jet Film – Although pricier than label material, this special film can be useful for trickier templates, or for labeling control panels, and things like that.
Victorinox Swisstool Right Angle Screwdriver Bit Holder – When buying a Victorinox SwissTool, I had a choice between a mini ratchet or angled screwdriver bit holder. I opted for the ratchet, but added the angled bit holder to my wishlist.
I have a Craftsman angled bit wrench like this, and its magnet ripped out with the first or second use. But this Victorinox one? I don’t use it much, but it doesn’t disappoint.