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Toolmongers Top 5It’s been a very, very busy week here at Toolmonger, but one thing made us happy: We got to spend some time in the shop.

If you’ve been spending time in the shop, too, and you haven’t had a chance to keep up with Toolmonger this week, we suggest you start with these posts:

Preview: Bosch’s 10.8V Impactor
If you liked the Pocket Driver and the I-Driver, you’re going to love Bosch’s “Impactor.”  It’s not much bigger than the Pocket Driver, but delivers a whopping 800 in-lbs of impact torque to drive even the toughest fasteners.  And like Bosch’s other 10.8V tools, it’s light and compact.

Test to Destruction: Crimp Terminals
We put the hurt on a variety of crimp terminals with a spring scale to determine which ones make the strongest physical connections — and why.  As Nate says in the post, the results may not surprise you, but there’s a twist that just might.

Cheap-Ass Tools: HF’s Heavy-Duty 4×6 Bandsaw
If you’d like a bandsaw but don’t want to shell out the big bucks, this is your ticket.  Not only does it work pretty well — especially considering its sub-$200 price tag — it also has a cult following on the web which you can tap into to “pimp out” your saw.  Also, check out these other bandsaw-related posts this week.

Don’t Cheap Out on Spring Compressors
If you’ve ever thought of saving a few bucks on suspension work by swapping out your own struts, you’ll want to give this post a read.  While you’ll find lots of cheap spring compressors available, you might want to think twice before trusting your life and well-being to a $25 two-piece unit.  We give you some better options.

Finds: The Dual-Action Ratchet from Spec Tools
If you spend a lot of time working in tight spaces, this tool could mean the difference between getting the fastener off and just wishing you could.  It’s a squeeze-lever activated ratchet that requires zero swing angle to turn a bolt.


2 Responses to Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week in Tools

  1. nrChris says:

    It has been tough keeping up this week–I am diligently been trying to keep up–it started because I want to win the Ridgid setup–but I have become genuinely interested in reading the blog in-depth instead of in passing.

    The tough part has been because I have spent close to 30 hours in my shop this week: tail mounted vice is installed on my bench, small staircase rebuilt, oak shelf / counter top built into indoor pass-through window. And that is just since Friday. Ah the joys of a new home.

    Anyway, stay busy and keep sharing the good info.

  2. Paul says:

    Hah! I’m jealous nrChris! You get to go to your workshop whenever you like. I only get to my workshop like every other week right now. I’ve moved all of my tools to my new place, but have not quite moved there myself yet. But when I am there I spend as much time as I can in my new workshop.

    So inbetween times I sort of have to do my tooling vicariously over the Internet. 🙁 The last time I was in my workshop I put some new drawers under my rolling bench. And while planing some wood, I noticed that my present workbench was racking an awful lot. I think I need to make a new workbench myself. Or, at least tighten up my present one, for the time being.

    30 hours is like a fulltime job you got in your workshop nrChris. It sounds like you are getting a lot done in it, to me. Keep up the good work man!

    While I am still at my old place I have to shape it up here somewhat to get it ready to go on the market soon. Right now that means giving the downstairs bathroom the once over on the cheap, with next to no tools. It is amazing what I can get done with nothing much more than a paintbrush, a hammer, and a chisel. Being as that is about all that I have left to work with here now.

    I’m pared down to the bare essentials. It sucks having no tools.

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