January 11, 2008

Sheffield 14-In-1 Multi-Tool

sheffield_multi-tool.jpgWe were wandering around Home Depot the other night and this interesting little tool caught our eye. It's a pocket-sized multi-tool, but, as you can see, it's got a hammer. Who knew you could do such a crazy thing?

The multi-tool is made by Sheffield, a company that we know makes some pretty good knives. The price of this one is under $15 which raises a flag as far as quality is concerned (a Leatherman can go for up to $100), but Sheffield has a lifetime warranty, so they'll stand behind their product.

Read on to find out what the 14 tools are.

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January 10, 2008

Husky 20 Million Rechargeable Spotlight

husky_20_million.jpgHusky has a new big light out on the market and if it's anything like their last one, you should be able to blind orbiting astronauts with it. Their latest portable sun is called the 20 Million (probably in reference to it's freakishly large candlepower) and it looks like it would be a good thing to have in the trunk of your car.

The light uses a replaceable 100 watt Phillips H-4 dual filament bulb. When fully charged, the light lasts about 25 minutes at full power. It comes with 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC adapters so recharging it shouldn't be a problem. Also included is a shoulder strap and a work stand. Since it's made for outdoor use, the 20 Million is weather-resistant.

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December 18, 2007

Black & Decker 36" Accu Mark Level

bd_accu_mark_level.jpgThis is either an interesting idea or the gimmick to end all gimmicks. For the sake of all the people who made it one of the number one holiday sellers at Amazon, we hope it's the former. The Accu Mark is a 36" level with two interesting features that separate it from the pack.

First, they have something called Geko Grips which are spring loaded pads that allow the level to be easily held against a wall with one hand, while you mark the wall with the other hand. The other new features are two gauges that slide up and down the length of the level. They are supposed to help with marking preset hanging holes, the kind that are usually found on the backs of those Pier 1 shelving units. The way it works is that you place the level against the back of the picture/shelf/whatever and line up the gauges with the hangers. Then when you place the level against the wall, you know exactly where to put the hangers.

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December 6, 2007

Leatherman Skeletool

skeletool.jpgSince everyone needs a Leatherman, why not distinguish yourself from the pack by getting freakiest looking one that exists. What the Skeletool actually is is a pared down version of a Leatherman, equipped with only the most used tools. Because it's not weighted down with files, scissors, and other little used items, the Skeletool weighs only 5 oz., making it the lightest full-sized multi-tool out there.

The main feature of the Skeletool is the outside accessible blade, meaning you don't have to open the tool up to get at the blade. The Skeletool also has a screwdriver with interchangeable bits (and onboard bit storage). And since the point of this tool is to boil things down to the essential, there's also a bottle opener on it.

The Skeletool is available in two models. One is tungsten-coated and retails for about $80, and the other, which is all stainless steel, sells for about $60. This might sound like a lot, but we speak from experience when we say that Leathermans are great and worth whatever you have to pay for them. If you'd prefer a more normal looking one, they can be had for anywhere from $40 and up.

Check and see what the fellas at The Hardware Aisle had to say about the Skeletool.

Tungsten-Coated Skeletool at Amazon.com
Stainless Skeletool at Amazon.com
Other Leatherman Tools at Amazon.com

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November 26, 2007

Ryobi AIRgrip Laser Levels and SonicTape

UPDATE: Our review of the Procross Self-Leveling Laser is here.

Ryobi has three new laser tools that all look interesting. They've got the Self-Leveling Laser, the Compact Laser Level, and the SonicTape.

ryobi_laser_level.jpgRyobi ProCross Self-Leveling Laser with Airgrip - This self-leveling laser is capable of projecting a horizontal, vertical, or intersecting laser lines, it fits on to any standard 5/8" or 1/4" tripod, and it has a fine adjustment that allows the laser to move up to 1" without moving the housing. The laser can project up to 50' and the tool has some sort of battery-powered suction base (the AIRgrip), that allows it to attach to virtually any surface. It comes with 4 AA batteries, a padded carrying case, and a tripod adapter and costs $69.97.

Exclusively at Home Depot

ryobi_compact_level.jpgRyobi Compact Laser Level - This is a homeowner version of the above tool. Because it's not self-leveling, it comes with level vials built-in to the tool. The laser lens rotates 90 degrees so it can project either horizontal or vertical (but not at the same time). The head of the level rotates 360 degrees, so from the center of the room you'll be able to put a level line on all four walls. Like it's big brother, The Compact Laser Level also has the AIRgrip suction system. The tool comes with a padded case, a base, 2 push pins, and 2 AA batteries. At the price of $19.97, this looks like a good choice for around the house work; hanging shelves, hanging pictures, lining up hooks, etc.

Exclusively at Home Depot

ryobi_sonictape.jpgRyobi SonicTape - This laser tape measure is so small that it comes with a keychain ring attached to it. It can measure distances up to 30' and has a laser pointer for accuracy purposes. Along with distances, it can also measure room area. The SonicTape comes with 4 button batteries and it costs $14.97.

At Home Depot

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November 19, 2007

Redback Maxistrike 20 oz Rip Hammer

redback_rip_hammer.jpgWhat do you do when a motorcycle accident ends your carpentry career? Sit on the couch and pound beers for the rest of your life? For us, yes, but thankfully Jake Tyson is a little more motivated. He founded Redback Tools and managed to bring innovation to the most basic tool, the hammer.

The result of his work is the Maxistrike hammer, a tool capable of hitting a nail that is obstructed by a pipe, duct work, a joist, or whatever.

The hammer is usually $25, but for some reason, Amazon is giving them away for just under $6. We're not sure why, or how long it's going to last, but it's probably something worth jumping on.

We still prefer this hammer.

The guys over at The Hardware Aisle have a review of the Maxistrike here.

At Amazon.com

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November 16, 2007

C.H. Hanson Slide Square - Review

slidesquare.jpgApparently, attempting to redefine layout tools with the Pivot Square wasn't enough for C.H. Hanson. The frantically innovative tool company has just released the Slide Square, a tool that may just replace the measuring square as the back pocket tool of choice for contractors.

From what we can tell, just about everything that your measuring square can do, the Slide Square can do. And on top of that there are a few tricks that the Slide Square has that can't be done with a measuring square.

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World's Greatest Hammer

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At crazyaboutgadgets.com

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November 14, 2007

Barbara K Crystal Jeweled Tool Kit

bk_crystal.jpgBarbara K, a tool company that markets exclusively to women is now offering a crystal-jeweled toolkit for the meager price of $2495.00. What a bargain! The toolkits are duplicates of those given to the nominees of Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress. We imagine Gwyneth uses hers all the time.

It looks like the tricked-out tool kit is the same as Barbara K's 30-Piece Tool Kit which comes with all the standard around-the-house tools and retails for around $35.

At Barbara K

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October 23, 2007

SquareONE

squareONE.gifThe guys at Generation Tools appear to have crammed a lot of functionality into their unique SquareONE. The tool is an interesting idea; part drawing surface, part tape measure, and part measuring square. In addition to all of that, it's got a pencil sharpener, a pencil holder, a level, a protractor, and a removable squaring edge.

The SquareONE is rubber coated for durability and the tape measure tip is a three rivet design for added strength.

Although it looks a bit silly at first, it could be a cool thing to have, particularly for the writing surface. Just think how nice it would be nice to sketch out an idea and not do it on a scrap of drywall.

The SquareONE comes in a variety of models, each with a different cost. As far as we can tell, the difference is primarily in the length of the tape measure. There is no indication exactly how big the SquareONE is.

  • 10' SquareONE - $7.99
  • 12' SquareONE - $9.99
  • 16' SquareONE - $10.99
  • 18' SquareONE - $11.99
  • 25' SquareONE - $19.99

At Generation Tools

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