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Toolmongers Top 5It’s been 75 degrees and beautiful here in Texas, and we’ve spent most of the week in the Toolmonger shop.  If you’ve been out in your shop and haven’t had the chance to keep up with Toolmonger, we suggest you start with these posts:

Finds: Dremel’s Cordless Pumpkin Carving Kit
Halloween’s right around the corner, and Dremel’s again offering a simplified, inexpensive version of their famous rotary tool set up just right for carving pumpkins.  They’ve cut corners by removing the VSR (it’s a two-speed) and high-tech batteries (it runs off two AAs), which drops the price of the rig — complete with the bit Dremel recommends for the job — right into Halloween impulse buy range.

Finds: Handheld Composite Air Sandblaster
We keep a small media blast box in the shop to clean up small parts, but sometimes you just can’t remove them from the vehicle (or other large item they’re attached to) in order to fit them in the little box.  We’ve thought about buying a larger unit, but really it’s not the increased flow we need as much as the portability.  This unit looks like just the thing, though you might want to check out the post’s comments for some interesting opposing viewpoints.

Finds: KREG Universal Bench Clamp
If you’re building a new bench for your wood shop, this looks to be a great ticket to easy, organized clamping.  The base portion installs right into the bench, and you can attach or detach the upper portion of the clamp only when you need it.

Finds: A Cordless, Butane-Powered Hot Glue Gun
Whether you’re using a glue gun for crafts, appliance repair, or any of the other (many) tasks they’re good for, there eventually comes a time when you wish you had a cordless.  Sure, there are some electric ones out there, but it’s been our experience — with soldering irons, anyway — that butane almost always beats out electric for cordless heat sources.  So here you go: a butane hot glue gun.  It’s a little pricey (for a glue gun), but definitely not out of the range of the serious hobbyist.

Finds: Starrett’s Unified Shank Jig Saw Blades
If you’ve got a well-stocked shop, sooner or later you’re going to end up with more than one jigsaw.  (We’d bet at least some of you have two or more already.)  If you have a Bosch, then you’ve already run into the issue of having to keep separate blades for it.  Starrett — in a moment of “why didn’t someone do this earlier” brilliance — offers blades that’ll fit standard and Bosch type mounts.  And they’re not even that expensive.

Next Week

We’ve got a couple of signficant “Hands-On” posts for you next week, including Hobart’s AirForce 250A Plasma Cutter, Bosch’s 14.4V Impact Driver, and MAC’s Foose Toolkit as well as the last update in our Project Garage Yukon engine swap.  (Yep, the swap’s complete!  We’ve got lots to share about the late-model engine swap experience.)


One Response to Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week in Tools

  1. Myself says:

    Ahh, just a point, that Dremel runs from *four* AAs. It switches them from plain series (6v) to series-parallel (3v) to accomplish speed control.

    Also, mere hours after publicly wishing that I could find a small power drill/screwdriver that runs from AAs, I ended up at Target and found just that, for ten bucks: It’s called the Black and Decker AS600. It’s single-speed (160 rpm), reversible, and according to the Amazon reviews, runs just fine on rechargeable AA’s despite the package inexplicably begging for “alkaline batteries only”. I haven’t had time to fire mine up and test it yet.

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