It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger, but we did get to spend some quality 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, which our readers helped to select:
Preview: A Bag From Stanley That’s Not Just For Technicians
This technicians’ bag from Stanley looks perfect for creating a project-based tool kit for home and should be on shelves soon. If you can’t wait, though, look for a similar version from Husky available now.
A Saw Guide That Goes The Whole Nine
Most circular saw guides we’ve owned have been too short to handle a full sheet of plywood, but this one extends to a full 100″. Its two segments also come apart for shorter cuts — up to 52″.
Reader Favorites: Vise-Grip Locking Wrenches
From time to time readers write in to share their favorite tools, and Eschoendorff — a long time reader and commenter — sent in a picture of these. For those not familiar, Vise-Grip’s “wrenches” features an odd-shaped cavity in the jaws that works great for grabbing fasteners. In many cases they can even remove fasteners without damage. Lots of comments in this post provide additional insight, so check it out.
Bed Bugs With Rubber Teeth — For Stowing Cargo
Readers loved these cargo blocks complete with rubber “teeth” spaced perfectly to fit into truck bed liner grooves. Their unusual shape allows them to grip everything from boxes to wheels, and they’re cheap — around $20 a set.
Hot or Not? Lifetime Tool Warranties
You’ll want to check out the comments on this post yourself, but in short: tool quality is more important than a warranty, but they do tend to go hand-in-hand. Some readers offer great insight, though, such as how to read warranties for “ambiguity.” Good stuff!
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.