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Toolmongers Top 5Wow!  We almost forgot this week’s Top 5.  We were so busy in the shop Friday that we totally forgot to run everything down for you.  Bad, bad us.  Shame.

If you’ve been busy in the shop this week and haven’t had time to keep up with Toolmonger, we recommend checking out the following posts when you have a chance:

Win a Milwaukee V18 Combo Kit Just by Commenting
Yep, the title says it all.  A side note: We randomly selected a winner for the game chair this week, and have successfully made contact.  Shipping arrangements are in process, and we expect to report back to you in a few weeks with some more details about the winner.  Thanks to everyone for their ongoing participation here at Toolmonger, and we’ll continue to do our best to reward it however we can.

First Look: Milwaukee’s New V18 HammerDrill
You’d think Milwaukee was paying us for all the coverage they’re getting from us this week.  (Hint: They’re not.)  If you read our preview of the V18 line, you know that the drill is the only new tool in the line.  We got the chance to check one out first hand, and we wanted to share.  We’ll follow up in a few weeks with a hands-on once we’ve had the opportunity to really put it to the test.

Harmonic Balancer Pullers
Sure, harmonic balancer pullers don’t seem that exciting — unitl you need to pull a harmonic balancer.  If you’re going to work on old Detroit iron — or, for that matter, new Detroit iron — you’re going to need one of these.  We give you the low down.

The Rip Master Circular Saw Guide
We saw this product from Choice Products — a company that produces all sorts of unusual items directly from the minds of inventors — and had to mention it.  It looks truly handy, and we’ve now got one in the shop.  In short: It lets you rip from 1/16″ to 24″ pretty accurately with your circular saw.  Check it out.

Mirror Mirror on a Stick
Another simple classic.  Reader comments suggested a webcam-on-a-stick, which might help in some situations.  We have to admit, though, that we’re a fan of the simple mirror.  We used ours while trying to see the thermostat in a Porsche 944 — think major PITA, snap-ringed into the water pump pointing downard on the front of the engine — and it saved our collective butts.  They’re also handy for seeing “invisible” bolts hidden behind or below “well-placed” engine components.

See you next week.


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