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It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger with all the madness of hands-on week.  We also spoke to a really cool guest for next week’s podcast: famed knifemaker Ed Fowler.  Don’t miss it!

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, which our readers helped to select:

Hands-On: Bosch’s 10.8V Litheon Impactor
In one of our most thorough hands-on posts to date, we put the spurs to Bosch’s tiny new impact driver with excellent results.  With over 800 in-lbs of torque in a package the size of a small cordless screwdriver, this is going to be the tool to have when it hits shelves later this year.

Hands-On: Husky’s 26-Gallon Vertical Air Compressor w/6 Tools
Here’s a perfect starter compressor for the home shop.  For under $300 you get a quality compressor (that’s portable and not too larger) along with six air tools.  We checked ’em all out and passed on the results.

Hands-On: Hobart’s AirForce 250A Plasma Cutter
This little self-contained 110V-powered plasma cutter is a great option if you’re working in your garage where a big-ass acetylene tank probably isn’t an option.  It’s also perfect for making all those “inside” cuts that are so difficult with the band saw.  Plus, it’s easy to store and requires only a 20A circuit to operate.

Beam Compass Heads: Draw BIG Circles Like a Pro
These compase heads screw onto the end of whatever stock you’ve got laying around the shop — wood, metal, plastic, whatever — to make a compass limited in size only by the stock.  Need a 16′ circle?  Grab a 2×4.

Greenlee’s Cable Anchor: Eight Cables, One Nail
This anchor was designed to simplify cabling of new homes, but we can think of dozens of uses for a device that’ll hold eight cables in place with one fastener and allow removal and re-installation of the wires.  (Apparently you could, too.)

Help us choose next week’s Top 5!

We’d appreciate your help in choosing next week’s Top 5, which’ll be featured here, elsewhere, and in the podcast as well.  While you’re reading TM this week, look out for the “Interesting Post” button at the bottom of the article:


When you see an article that piques your interest, click the button once.  You’ll return to the same page, but TM’s software’ll score your click for future reference.  We’ll check in on the totals before selecting next week’s Top 5.


One Response to Toolmonger’s Top 5: The Week in Tools

  1. nrChris says:

    The Veritas compass heads are really elegant. There are some cheap-o heads, the Sears ones (not branded Craftsman) work just fine–but some day I hope to upgrade to the really nice Veritas ones. I don’t draw enough circles to justify them–most of my circles are cut, never drawn, with a trammel fixture that I made for my router.

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