We asked all you Toolmongers out there about a couple of products recently, and here’s what you told us:
Magnetic Strip Tool Storage: Hot.
Though the majority of responders seemed to like magnetic storage — in certain situations — a number did express concern about the fact that these strips can magnetize tools over time. This may not be a problem for you, but you’ve got to keep it in mind.
Bandsaw Quick-Release Blade De-Tensioners: Hot, but not for $150.
While everyone agreed that de-tensioning is a good thing, almost everyone panned the concept of spending $150 for an aftermarket de-tensioner. (We’re a cheap-ass lot here at Toolmonger, and we’re proud of it.)
Makita’s Hybrid Impact Driver/Hammerdrill: Not.
While intrigued by the concept, readers pointed out that a) there’s a significant difference in form factor between impact drivers and hammerdrills because they’re each used in different ways and these can’t be easily combined, b) most professionals already own one of each, and c) this thing’s way pricey.
Cheap Paint Sprayers: Not.
Commenters’ experience ranged from terrible to bad, and many recommended a slight step up to a $150+ model for even reasonable responses. Even then, readers say you should expect to spend a lot of time cleaning the sprayer — this isn’t the free-for-all, spray-and-forget experience most manufacturer try to sell you on.
Vehicle Dollies: Meh.
Readers didn’t show any strong response to vehicle dollies. They did, however, point out some different sources of availability. So, if you’re thinking about picking some of these up, check comments for deals.
Look for more Hot or Not this week.