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Toolmongers Top 5It’s been another wild week here at Toolmonger.  If you’ve been busy in the shop and haven’t had time to keep up with Toolmonger, we recommend checking out the following posts when you have a chance:

Hands-On: The Dremel Stylus
OK, we know, everyone else on the web has already told you about the Stylus.  We felt all left out — plus we’re honorary members of the “show me” club — so we did our own review.  In short: it’s everything we hoped it’d be.  Great for detail work.  And oh yeah, it makes the coolest sound ever when you turn it on.  We’re not kidding.

Stanley’s Fat Max Extreme Demolition Drivers
Be bad.  Very, very bad.  Do all those things your Dad told you not to do with a screwdriver.  Go ahead!  Stanley’s demolition drivers are designed to take it.  Their shafts pass all the way through to a tough metal plate on the back of the handle so you can pound on them and pry on them all you like.  So there, Dad.  Nyah.

Hands-On: Black & Decker’s HandiSaw
Think of the HandiSaw as an inexpensive miniature reciprocating saw for use around the house.  We tested and reviewed an early production version, and it’s pretty slick.  A recip saw’s one of the most valuable power tools to own, but face it: they scare the mess out of the average homeowner and are bigger than you need for a lot of applications.  Check out the post for lots more, and some action pics that aren’t from the companies’ stash.

Shop Tour: Unique Performance (Part 1: Body Shop)
We toured the shop where they mass-produce killer Shelby Mustangs like the one you saw in “Gone In 60 Seconds,” and we came back with a cameraful of great shop photos and notebooks full of talks with the people who do the work.  This is a two-parter, and this first installation deals with the body shop — step one in the process of turning a total rustbucket into a $250,000 “Super Snake.”  You won’t believe how bad the donor cars are compared to how good the finished product looks.  And these guys burn through tools at a tremendous pace.  Seriously, check it out.  We even included multiple photo galleries with enlargements.

SawStop vs. “The Industry”
We passed along this link to a story about the history of the SawStop inventor’s “battle” with the stationary power tool industry, and it generated quite a bit of mail.  (If you’re not familiar with the SawStop by the way, it’s a table saw that uses a special electrical resistance measuring system to stop the blade quickly enough to avoid cutting your finger off.  Or, at least quick enough to avoid cutting a hot dog in half, which is how they demonstrate it.)  Check out the article, and let us know what you think. 

You asked, and we listened; Next week we’ve got posts on waterjet technology and CNC milling on the schedule.  We talked to a great guy who works for OMAX (a waterjet manufacturer) and maintains a very informative web site about the technology in his spare time.  (Talk about passion!)  We also talked to a waterjet job shop in Albuquerque, NM.  We’ve got lots to share.


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