There are quite a few multifunction oscillating tools on the market these days. Some are built by well known and reputable brands – Fein (the original), Rockwell, Bosch, Dremel, Ridgid, and Craftsman, but there are also generic branded import tools popping up at more and more retailers these days. Amazon recently started promoting the Genesis […]
Johnson Level offers two free leveling apps for Android smart phones – a bubble level and a visual level. The bubble level functionality is not anything new, but Johnson’s version offers larger visuals and angular deviation measurements. The second app, a visual level, overlays a moveable horizontal and vertical alignment crosshair over a real-time photo of […]
Earlier this month, we launched a simple Q&A forum. Thus far there’s been little (no) interest. That’s okay – it’s what we sort of expected as we’re not exactly promoting it well, nor are we fans of the software. At the end of this month, we will likely shut down the Q&A board unless there’s […]
As you may recall, we’ve been reviewing the various tools included in Porter Cable’s Lithium-ion cordless tool kit. Today, we’re going to be reviewing their cordless 6-1/2″ circular saw. I’ve got to hand it to the engineers over at Porter Cable – their 18V lithium-ion cordless drill driver really blew our expectations out of the water. Build quality, […]
Soon after we posted about Channellock’s Dog Bone style wrenches, I thought back to a few months ago when I spotted Channellock-branded ratcheting wrenches. These wrenches were also found at a discount wholesale club, and although I don’t recall the exact price, it was possibly in the $25-30 range for the 7-piece set.
Okay, so a few months ago I started receiving junk mail from the Woodworkers Guild of America. It all began with a “free gift” DVD that I promptly threw out. The fine print said to keep it without obligation, return it, or discard it. Since then, I’ve been receiving “return the DVD or pay for it” […]
Over at my local Home Depot, I spotted a display of 15 cheap flashlights for $15. Each flashlight features 6 LEDs, and batteries are included. These are similar to the generic flashlights sold at Amazon, Meritline, and Harbor Freight. These flashlights aren’t reliable enough to count on in an emergency situation, nor are they durable enough […]
Thinking about the many compact cordless tools out there, I just realized that Mikwaukee’s M12 screwdriver is getting a bit long in the tooth. It’s still a highly successful tool that earned itself a very solid reputation, but spec-wise its age is starting to show.
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.
Husqvarna’s rechargeable battery-powered robotic AutoMowers are designed to provide a quiet hands-free mowing experience. AutoMowers are capable of handling lawns from 0.15 to 0.75 acres, depending on the model. There’s even a hybrid AutoMower that’s partially powered with solar panels.
I’ve noticed Wiha’s Chip Lifter mini pry bars before, but hadn’t really given them much thought. These chip lifters are designed and properly sized to be used for the removal of IC chips and other electronics components. Reader JeffD wrote in about his experience with these mini prying bars:
Over at the ShopNGarage, Steve posted about a nifty tip pulled from his forum’s Shop Tips thread. Always keep a chip brush in your blasting cabinet to clean abrasive off of parts and the inside of the cabinet door. Such a simple practice can really help keep cleanup time and effort at a minimum. Check out the […]
You still have about 12 days left to enter our cordless Dremel giveaway. As mentioned in our recent review, it’s fabulously powerful and comes in quite handy. It could be yours, but you cannot win if you don’t try!
IndyEngineer sent us a heads-up that Craftsman’s SAE Dog Bone wrench is currently on sale (normally priced $25.99). While this style of combination wrench isn’t suitable for heavy duty, delicate, or precise work, it seems to be quite popular. The metric set is also on sale for $19.99 Craftsman SAE Dog Bone Wrench via Sears […]
Bosch’s new generation of compact lithium-ion cordless tools offers more speed, more power, greater comfort, and ridiculously lightweight and compact packages. After using the new PS21 pocket driver and PS31 3/8″ drill/driver for a few projects, my impression of the tools is even better than expected! Given the two tools’ core design similarities, they are both discussed […]
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.
I just read an excellent article over at ITS Tactical about the hazards of buying cheap gear. Although Brock’s points pertain to tactical and survival gear, they apply equally as well to hand tools.
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.