It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger, and we’ve been splitting our time about evenly between the shop and the keyboard. If you’ve been busy in the shop as well this week and haven’t had time to keep up with Toolmonger, we recommend checking out the following posts when you have a chance:
The ProVision “Eagle” Fiber Optic Scope
This is easily one of the coolest tools we’ve seen in some time; It’s a fiber-optic-lensed camera with a lighted, shielded head that’s small enough to fit through a plug hole and let you look at the inside of your engine’s cylinders. We can think of dozens of uses in the shop and around the house, and at around $225 it’s something you can actually afford. (Sure, that’s not pocket change, but think of how handy it’d be!)
Hands-On: The Worx Revolver Assault Reciprocating Saw
Besides a 10 amp serviceable motor and a cast-aluminum gearbox, this recip saw features a handle that rotates up to 60-degrees to give you the best-angled grip for the job. At first the revolving handle might look a little gimmicky, but our hands-on showed otherwise. We were impressed with the Assault, though it was a bit heavy. One reader commented that he’d rather see the bright colors (green, in the case of Worx) on the “dangerous” part of the tool (the nose) instead of the back of it (the grip). (He was talking about all power tools, not just the Worx.) Check out the post for some great pix you won’t see in the ads.
Book Review: Welding Fabrication & Repair — Questions and Answers
Industrial Press really has their, um, stuff together, and they publish some of the most useful technical books around. This one’s no exception. A sequel to their introductory Welding Essentials book, this one follows the same easy Q&A format but extends to cover some of the practical concepts required to make functional items (and fix them!) with your welder. It’s a fun read, and it’s a killer reference manual. As we said in the original post, our copy is already well worn.
A Quick Comment on the Craftsman Lifetime Warranty
As one astute reader pointed out, this isn’t a quick comment. So please pardon our misnomer of a title and give it a read anyway. The gist of what we’re saying is that a) the Craftsman warranty is not going away, but b) it does leave a lot of room for the company to interpret the wording. Based on the imperial ton of email we received about this post, we’re probably going to put together some more in-depth posts about different tool companies’ warranties and how they’re handled in real life. Look for it a bit down the road.
Offset Wrenches: When You Need One, You Need One Bad
THe short version: If you don’t already own a set of offset wrenches, get one. You can get by for a long time without them, but when you end up needing one it’ll be a true showstopper. We found a good-looking set from S-K, but we’re still looking for the “extreme-offset” version we borrowed from a friend. When we find it, you can count on us posting it.
We’ve got some fun material for you next week, including a shop tour of Unique Performance, the people who manufacture the Shelby GT-500E of “Gone in 60 Seconds” fame. We’ll introduce you to some of their talented staff and the tools they use to build those fabulous cars. Of course we’ve got morehands-on tool reviews coming, as well as some heads-up posts on tools coming out later this year.
See you then. In the meantime we’re going to get back to this #(@*% Porsche…