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Toolmongers Top 5It’s been pretty crazy this week around the Toolmonger offices between hands-on testing and a couple of cool projects that you’ll hear lots more about soon. 

But if you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts:

Hands-On: Ridgid’s Fuego 6-1/2″ Framing Saw
Yes, this is the saw that you can win right here on Toolmonger.  RIDGID was kind enough to send one over for testing, and we were impressed.  Check out the article for lots of details, but suffice it to say that this is one solid — yet incredibly light — circ saw.

Reader Find: Craftsman Ratcheting Screwdriver
This looks like the perfect tool to grab when you’re heading out the door to work on a project — it’s like having a bag full of screwdrivers in the size of one.  The Craftsman is particularly cool because it uses double-ended bits (you only have to carry half as many) and the bits snap right into the tool iteself for carrying.  (Thanks, Rick!)

Finds: MAKE’s Warranty Voider
Sure, these are just a Leatherman Squirt that MAKE’s run under their computer-controlled 35W laser to apply custom etching — but who wouldn’t want a tool with “Warranty Voider” engraved on it?  Seriously, even Sean would ante up for these.  MAKE’s mottor: “If you can’t open it, you don’t own it.”  Words to live by.  Head over and grab one before they run out and you have to wait for the next batch.

Finds: Brake Spring Pliers
Doing your own brakes is a great way to save cash.  It’s not that hard and you can literally save hundreds of dollars for a Saturday afternoon’s work.  And even better: these pliers can make the job easier.  One end is for expanding the springs and the other is for slipping them on.  They’re cheap and easy to use as well.  Why pay extra?  And you can always use the money you saved to buy more tools, right?

Hands-On: The Patch Stick
Over the holidays, Sean decided to pick up one of these to make a quick drywall crack repair in his house.  It’s a glue-stick-like container with some seriously high-tech drywall patch inside.  Check out the post for lots of details and photos, but the quick version: it works great for small cracks.

Next Week/In The Pipeline

We’re just putting the finishing touches on two really cool how-to posts, including one on a custom Guitar Hero II controller and the other on the worlds sturdiest doggie door.  (I’m not kidding.)

Enjoy.  And don’t forget to check out the podcast!  It’s listed on iTunes now, so it’s easy to find.  Just follow the link, click on the banner, or if you want to grab it with iTunes, just click on the iTunes graphic in the sidebar to automatically open iTunes and jump right to the ‘cast.

Oh yeah, and don’t keep your favorite tool finds a secret!  Drop us a line with our new form to tell other Toolmonger readers about them.


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