I’ve updated our Top Tool Picks widget with 4 new offerings. All of them were previously discussed in preview or review posts, so I’ll direct you there as well.
1. Dewalt Folding Retractable Utility Knife
It’s been nearly 5 years since I reviewed Dewalt’s folding retractable utility knife, and it’s still going strong.
I love this knife.
It’s retractable, so you still get some control over cutting depth, but also foldable, so it takes up little room in your pocket.
2. Milwaukee Heavy Duty Scissors
I’ve broken scissors before, and have suffered through the use of office scissors that couldn’t cut plastic clamshell packaging, let alone anything tougher. These Milwaukee scissors have largely replaced my use of snips for cutting anything tougher than paper but less than sheet metal.
(Also available at local HD stores.)
3. Metabo 18V Compact Drill
Metabo’s 18V compact drill is a 12V drill killer. It’s compact, powerful, and its chuck is removable to reveal a 1/4″ hex socket for fastening tasks. The only downside is its 3/8″ chuck, but I have a beefier 1/2″ cordless drill for heavier duty tasks. Besides this drill isn’t quite suited for drill bits and hole saws too large for its 3/8″ chuck anyway.
This drill might just be turning me into a Metabo fanboy, bit by bit every time I use it.
4. Tekton USA-Made Screwdrivers
Props to Tekton for designing their own line of screwdrivers, and for making them in the USA.
They’re very affordable, and comfortable to use too. Thus far, the tips of my test samples haven’t shown any wear, so they’re not shoddily made either.
If I didn’t already have way more screwdrivers than I could use, and I didn’t already have a bunch of test samples, I’d have bought a set for personal use.