Home Depot (a current ToolGuyd sponsor) sent over a Husky 15-in-1 painting tool for review consideration.
I have shied away from x-in-1 painter’s tools in the past, only to then find myself needing one and not having one. I will usually improvise and make a mess of things, and then enough time passes that I start questioning whether I really need one of these tools. Guess what – I usually then once again find myself needing one.
What’s special about this Husky tool is that it has extra features you might find useful. At the least, it still has all the main features you can expect, such as a paint roller cleaner and scraper blade, and so you can ignore the extra functions until you need them.
Here’s what you get:
1) Spreader – can be used for spreading spackle or other such materials.
2) Chisel/scraper – this is pretty much self-explanatory.
3) Roller cleaner – scrape extra paint off a paint roller.
4) Crack opener – opening up a crack makes it easy to seal and patch.
5) Paint can opener – if you lose a paint can lid prying tool, this is the next best thing.
6) Convex scraper – use this edge on rounded surfaces.
7) Nail puller
8) “3/8″ nut driver” – 9/16″ wrench size
9) “1/4″ nut driver” – 7/16″ wrench size
10) Bottle opener
11) Hammer – who hasn’t used the end of their painting tool as a hammer?
12 – 15) Slotted screwdrivers, sizes: 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″.
If you have to loosen something to paint around it, this little 4-in-1 screwdriver might save you a trip to you tool box.
The handle is quite comfortable, and seems to be made from the same grip material as Husky’s screwdriver and plier handles.
As for the numbers that I wrote on the blade with marker, they wiped away quite easily. That’s because the tool comes with a slick pre-applied clearcoat finish, presumably for easier cleanup and to prevent rusting.
I have a few minor painting projects coming up, and this will definitely come in handy.
But so far, I have used this for all kinds of things except any painting projects. I used it to scrape wood glue on a small woodworking glue-up, to a sticker off a piece of machinery, and to pry open jar of wax. I also used one of the open end wrenches to lightly tighten a fastener because the Husky tool was closer than any wrenches.
Oh – and the hammer! The tool has a little heft to it (in a good way), and so I took advantage of the handle’s metal striking end to very gently tap stubborn parts that needed a little motivation to move. I imagine that it’s really meant for seating small nails flush into a wall or panel. Or, you could use it to close up a paint once you’re done and ready to start cleaning up.
How do you feel about multi-functional painting tools?
The beauty of partnering with Husky and Home Depot is that this is a tool I wouldn’t have purchased for myself, but once available, it has come in handy. It’s going in my tool box.
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