It’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.