Over at KC Tool, they have a flash sale, today only (2/13/23), where you can save 15% on popular German hand tool brands, including Wera, Knipex, NWS, Gedore, Hazet, Felo, and more.
The 15% promo excludes Stabila products and their deal of the day.
Coupon Code: MVP15
As far as I have seen, KC Tool only has promos like this one time a year, for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. This promo breaks that tradition thanks to Kansas City’s Superbowl win last night.
Here are other tool deals of the day that are happening right now:
Home Depot Deals of the Day – featuring Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless power tool bundles, Dewalt 20V Max bundles, Ridgid, Ryobi, select hand tools and accessories.
Lowe’s Deals of the Day – save on select garbage disposals, faucets, ceiling lighting.
Amazon Tool Deals (ongoing)
- Dewalt DWS780 Miter Saw – $499
- Bosch Router Combo Kit – $199
- Kasa Smart Plug Power Strip – $26.99
- Black & Decker 4V Cordless Screwdriver – $24.42
FWIW Tekton says that they are offering 20% off their ratcheting wrenches – which are being replaced with something new.
Any must have fan favorites at KC?
I need a hatchet, and a dead blow type hammer for around the house. Any category just looking for fan favorites because all tools are cool.
Will be getting some Ballistol to try for patina on the rusty truck.
Have bought Ben’s grips and Net’s Goose Neck set – Staff picks – some of the cooler looking tools around 🙂
Halder makes some decent dead blow hammers. Check out the mallets too.
For general purpose dead blow, whatever they have at the home center will work well too, saving money for tools where there’s a bigger difference in functionality or quality.
For price comparisons on Halder – it might be useful to look at Amazon and/or Tiger Supplies:
I really like the service from KC Tools – but they are not always the cheapest source – with others like Amazon, Palmac (Massachusetts) and Mr. Worker (Italy) often beating them on price – even with one of their discount deals. Naturally – you will need to consider shipping and tax when comparing – and recognize that delivery times may vary.
I am a huge fan of the Euro style dead blow hammers. Most of mine are Wiha, but they seem nearly identical to similar offerings from others like Halder. For example:
They are available in a variety of sizes/weights and also with different types of head materials.
If you don’t use a dead blow very often then I can see wanting to save money here but if you use them a lot I feel there is very good value for money here. These style of hammers have harder faces than the typical “soft all over” style, but they are still softer than metal parts that need serious persuasion. The faces are replaceable as they wear out. And because only the face is soft while most of the hammer is the steel body filled with shot you get more weight in a smaller package.
The only plastic-bodied deadblow which I think is worth a darn is the Snap-On ball peen, which has metal faces.
They are also available without handles. These are sometimes called drop mallets (by Halder) or thumpers (by Nupla)
For my furniture making, I’ve moved away from deadblow mallets in favor of Sorbothane – providing enough thumping force but less potential for marring.
I got a couple Halder mallets for myself for Christmas and have to agree, they’re awesome (esp. the square profile dead blow). Definitely worth checking around on specific builds. The 50:40 I wanted was actually $10 cheaper at home depot than anywhere else.
Gentlemen, thank you, MM, fred, Chirs, Stuart, for the tutorial on these hammers and mallets! So much good info. No doubt I’ll pick up a Sorbothane mallet.
All those links are so useful!
What kind of hatchet are you after?
For general-use budget hatchets, I think the Fiskars X7 is the king. You have to spend quite a bit more to outperform it. It’s simple, light and strong. A genuine upgrade from typical hardware store offerings.
Adler, Hultafors, Council Tool and Gransfors Bruks are all more premium offerings with more diverse patterns. That order I put them in is how they fit from least to most expensive, generally speaking.
I like Estwing’s hatchets too. Their 14″ Sportsman’s hatchet is a classic. Very robust, but not light.
I have a Estwing “Fireside Friend” I like quite a bit too – but it’s an odd duck. It’s a super heavy hatchet. Splits firewood easily enough and takes very little “swing” to make kindling too.
for kindling and up to splitting quarters of small rounds for a wood insert. that name “fireside friend” nails it. back later after I check out all those. thanks much!
Jared, thanks again for your post! Now I think I’ll be getting a couple kinds – the fireside friend wedge type for small firewood splitting and then a little sharp edged axe for whittling wood ends on a horizontal beam fence repair, and whatever custom fitting around the yard/house.
So many types of hatchets, axes!…I had no idea. A whole new hobby in itself!
FYI – Menards carries deadblow hammers made in Germany – same or similar brand that KC carries as I recall
It looks like they are down to just the 26-ounce size now. It was months ago when they had a bunch of the different weights for cheap.
This code works on their sale stuff. Just so you all know. Well it did for me. It discounted the collins #2 screw drivers try out thing for me.
No deals on the electronic stabila levels. Have these ever gone on sale?
Stabila seems to price-fix their products – so mostly the same price everywhere. Sometimes the best “deal” one can get is from a vendor that will not add shipping costs or sales tax for your locale.
Stabila is the only brand exclusion.
Some brands simply don’t allow discounting.
Toolnut has a 48 hour flash sale, 15% off on select Milwaukee (2-14-23 noon to 2-16-23 noon). The page will show a Red banner indicating the sale. Example ; I noticed the Packout 2-3 drawers separately don’t seem to qualify. But the 2-3 drawer combos appears to.
The single Packout drawers have been added to the sale, You don’t have to buy the combo to qualify for the sale.