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We receive a lot of submissions via the Submit a Tool link, many of which we’ve already written about.  But that just tells us that these are tools you really appreciate and use regularly.  We thought we’d share a list of some of the most recent ones in case you happened to miss ’em the first time ’round: 

  • Mel recommends the Sawstop, a table saw that actually stops fast enough to avoid damage when you get your finger caught in the blade.  It works by measuring capacitance and conductivity, and it actually works.  We were blown away when we originally wrote about it, and we later followed up with an interesting link to Sawstop’s alleged “battle against the industry.”  It’s all great reading, and it appears to be a truly valuable product.
  • Joe recommends Husky’s rotator ratchet, the consumer version of Stanley Proto’s pro ratchet.  The basic idea: you can turn the ratchet either by moving the handle or rotating it with your wrist — perfect for tight spaces.  You can’t really apply much torque, but it’s fine for backing off a fastener after you’ve broken it loose.  We also wrote about the old-school version we found in an old toolbox — also quite effective.
  • Mel E., in response to our recent attache tool case Hot or Not, recommends the Custom LeatherCraft 75-pocket tool backpack — an interesting alternative.  The manufacturer claims it’ll hold a pretty complete set of tools, and it’s got to be easier on your arms than a standard bag.

As always, we appreciate all submissions.  If you’ve got a minute, why not send us your latest find?


2 Responses to Toolmongers’ Tools: Old Tools, New Tricks

  1. Charles says:

    I have some old tools, some power and some not. What is the best way to determine there value and sell them. Non-power stuff I think is just give away, but I do have some old power tools they may have some collectable value. I just want to establish a fair market value for them and then sell them. Suggestions?!

  2. Putnameco says:

    Charles Says:
    I have some old tools, some power and some not. What is the best way to determine there value and sell them.

    Tracking tools on Ebay is what I do.Set up an auto search, Be patient and follow similar tools to what your selling for a month or two. Don’t count out old hand tools. some are worth big bucks, hand planes in particular. Even some old Stanley chisels are considered collectable.

    You’ll also want to check in at OWWM.com

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