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“Tool explosion” is out name for what happens when you’re in the middle of a project and tools are lying everywhere around the shop.  Yeah, you know it happens to you, too.  We coined the phrase while I worked on the Yukon engine swap.  I’ll give you one guess why.

The MagMat from Craftsman is a 12 in. square flexible PVC mat embedded with neodymium iron-boron magnets.  It can hold up to 20 lbs. of tools/other metal objects like bolts on its surface.  Maybe it’ll help control your tool explosion.

As I said it may be a good way to keep things together, but it may also be a good way to cluster up a pile of tools and make it difficult to separate the pile.

Then again, at just $14 it might be worth a shot.

Craftsman MagMat [Sears]



4 Responses to Finds: Craftsman’s MagMat

  1. It will also mildly magnetise all of your tools and nuts and bolts and such, which can leave them all fuzzed up with shavings and filings, in many workshop environments.

  2. Harbor Freight sells a “magnetic parts tray” which is pretty good for keeping track of disassembled parts.

  3. Old Donn says:

    Got this as well as large and small Craftsman magnetic bowls. All work as advertised and take the mystery out of “where did I put that bolt.” One bit of advice. Unless the MagMat’s on a flat surface, don’t try and load it up like the above picture.

  4. Stuey says:

    I picked this up the other day. For some reason I thought the entire thing was magentic, but there are small magnets embedded between the layers. I got it more to hold loose sockets, fasteners, and maybe a tool or two.

    It could be cut into 3 equal sized strips – I just might do that.

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