Hand tools coming equipped with LEDs...
Is it stupid?
Our first snap judgment was 'yup,' but now that we've thought about it, we're not so sure.
We have two points to make on the subject:
1. We thought LEDs in power tools were dumb the first time we saw them. Um...yeah...we were wrong that time....
2. Our MegaPro ratcheting screwdriver (reviewed here), came with a little light that attaches to the stem of the tool. Again, we rolled our eyes when we looked at it, but these past few months, we've used that goofy little thing at least 100 times. It's nice not having to haul out and set up a work light (with an extension cord) if you only need to see the head of a screw or the angle of a nut.
Maybe hand tools with lights on them will become the standard. That seems to be the situation that StreamWorks is hoping for. It doesn't look like the company is selling the tools as much as they're selling the technology. StreamWorks appears to be a development company in search of a buyer. This looks like the kind of thing that Milwaukee might incorporate into their tools, or maybe Irwin or Channellock. Or maybe none of the above. Maybe it is a silly idea.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at December 10, 2010 6:41 AM
I like them for the most part, but with me, I think it comes down to placement, some drills like the Rigid placed the LED at the base which can almost be blinding to the user,depending of the positioning of the drill, especially in awkward, non straightforward installs like electrical and plumbing which often requires contorting of hand, arm ,body, etc in cramped spaces.
I'm actually a fan of those LED clip ons that fit on the sides of safety glasses, unlike a handtool that maybe out of position, these lights always follow your eyes and always light up what your working on.