We recently spotted (and examined) Husky’s new 36″ stainless steel tool storage units over at Home Depot. These new toolboxes are sure to turn some heads over the next few weeks as shoppers pour into stores looking for memorable holiday gifts. Husky’s main selling point is that their new cabinets have greater storage capacity than competitors’ […]
Happy Epstein, a very well known and reputable hand tool distributor, just launched their new online store! Their new storefront features a shopping cart and checkout system for easy-as-pie ordering. There’s also a search engine, country of origin info for every item, straightforward catalog navigation, and… flying tools!
I stopped by Advance Auto the other day and noticed a rather prominent and huge Gearwrench tool display. Screwdrivers, sockets, pliers, ratchets and adapters, sets, oh my! I believe I also saw a “Danaher Tools” banner in a corner of the store window as I walked in, so perhaps additional Danaher tool lines will soon be carried by Advance.
This is just a reminder that our Moste Valuable Tool of the Week Contest is still ongoing. Head on over to the ToolsandGarages Forum and tell us about a tool that saved you some time, effort, or frustration recently. Prizes include a Gearwrench Roto Ratchet Set, and a $20 Amazon.com gift certificate.
Bosch’s 23613 Impactor 12V cordless impact driver is on sale for the mind-boggling low price of $100! The impact driver comes with two NiCad batteries, a charger, and a carrying case. We had to double check, but these are new tools and not refurbished, or bare-bone kits! Note that this Impactor is going to be […]
Tool Snob recently posted a very well written and thorough review of the new Dremel 4000 rotary tool that is definitely worth checking out. They had a lot of good things to say about the tool, and summed it up rather nicely with the following statement: To wrap things up, this is a fantastic tool […]
If your home is not yet winterized, then you had better get started since December is here and winter is on the way! A great place to start is by caulking and sealing windows and other common leaky areas where cold air can seep in. There are of course many other ways that you can increase your home’s energy […]
I’ve been going through Make Magazine Volume 20, and while it’s not one of their best issues, it’s still pretty interesting. If I can ever find the time, I might attempt their Auto-Phenakistoscope project. The highlight of this issue was definitely the feature on MythBuster’s Adam Savage, but there’s unfortunately only one narrow photo of his workshop. […]
This week’s featured MVTs are new generation fine-tooth ratcheting wrenches, as nominated by Uthscsaedu. We concur with his comment that these wrenches aid in accessing hard to reach fasteners. Currently there are flat ratcheting wrenches, reversible ratcheting wrenches, flex-end wrenches, double flex-end variations, wrenches with locking flex-heads, some with interchangeable heads, and several other designs. […]
Silver and Deming drill bits are large size drill bits with reduced shanks that are ideal for situations where a bit diameter is greater than the capacity of a drill chuck. For example, if you need to bore a 5/8″ hole and your drill has a 1/2″ chuck, you’re going to be needing a Silver […]
Over at Amazon, Dewalt’s DW2169 Impact Ready bit set is currently priced at a ridiculously low $9.88. There are a lot of #2 Phillips bits in the set, but there is also a sufficient selection of other bits and adapters to make the set a great buy. If the price jumps back to its normal range […]
Over the past few weeks, we have noticed that retailers were maneuvering to market and promote many tools in preparation for the upcoming holiday shopping season. Following are six of the tools that we expect will sell very well over the next month or so. Several of these items are also in Amazon’s bestsellers list, […]
These Grip-on 233-10 self leveling jaw locking pliers can be used on materials up to 1-3/4″ thick. Because of their pivoting jaw pads, these pliers can be used to clamp flat or tapered surfaces. These pliers are intended to be used in workspaces too small for C clamps, spring clamps, quick bar clamps, and even Vise-Grip […]
Over at Amazon, Stanley’s 3-in-1 LED flashlight is on sale for $21. Featuring a compact tripod base and three separately removable flashlight units, each with a pivoting multi-directional head, this is a rather versatile worklight. Stanley’s 95-155 3-in-1 flashlight typically retails for $30, so $21 is a decent bargain. We are waiting to see if the […]
Since the Rockwell Jawhorse it is now being actively promoted at Lowes stores, we decided to take a closer look at it. With its wide jaws and 600-lb holding capacity, the Jawhorse looks like it would make an excellent work-holding clamp. Over the weekend, we spotted a Jawhorse in action at Lowes, where two associates were […]
For our Most Valuable Tool of the Week Contest, we are featuring four reader-nominated tools, one per week. This week’s featured MVT is GoodFellow’s Wright flex-head ratchet. GoodFellow had the following to say about the tool: Clearly one of the best tools I’ve come across is the Wright 3440 3/8″ flex-head ratchet. It has a 1/4″ drive […]
Grip-on’s 727-08 ErgoGrip locking pliers sure are a strange a sight with its right-angle pistol-grip design. With a 70-degree angled design, these pliers are intended to reduce hand strain and fatigue, and are ideal for use in confined spaces. They are also claimed to exert for up to 50% more force in twisting applications. Proto […]
We have a winner for our Porter Cable Low-Profile Sander Giveaway! And the randomly selected winner is… reader and frequent commentor uthscsaedu! Congratulations, you will be hearing from us shortly! In case you missed it, check out our hands-on preview of the sander. We were VERY impressed with the sander, and hope that uthscaedu will enjoy […]
Here’s our original review of Milwaukee’s M12 cordless right angle drill/driver. Read More
As mentioned in the recent tool sightings post, I had visited London this past July. The trip was quite leisurely paced, so I had time to scout out a few tool shops, the first of which was The Tool Shop in Victoria. Overall the store was a rather disappointing and bland experience. Following are the notes […]