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It’s been a busy week here at Toolmonger. If you’ve been spending time in the shop — you should! — 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: Marathon WeldTec Blades
Irwin’s new Marathon WeldTec circ saw blades feature welded-on teeth — as opposed to braised-on like most.  We’re  looking forward to getting our hands on some of them soon to try ’em out.

A Visit To Providence’s Steel Yard
A TM reader visits the Steel Yard in Providence and sends us pictures of his trip. Think of the Steel Yard as a grittier version of the Bay Area’s Crucible, where you can learn metalworking and other interesting — but hard to learn in your garage — skills.  Check out comments for details about the visit.

Jet’s Heavyweight Belt/Disc Sander
We drool over Jet’s colossal bench top 1 1/2 hp belt/disc sander.  It’s heavy. It’s powerful and we want one.

DeWalt’s New “Oxford” Work Shoe
Dewalt’s New “Oxford” work shoe looks nothing like an Oxford, but it does like a pretty decent woodworking or mechanic’s shop shoe.  And you can wear it out, too.  There’s nothing like reminding everyone that you don’t spend all your time hanging out at cocktail parties and such.

Hot or Not? Vaughan’s (Vaporware?) S2 Hammer
The “now you see it, now you don’t” Vaughan S2 hammer has won awards and become an internet darling, but Toolmonger asks the tough question: Have you ever actually seen one?

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.


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