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Last week was a busy week here at Toolmonger with all the breaking s#!$ and what-have-you. 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:

Hot or Not? The ShopSmith Mark V
Don’t miss out on the single most hotly-debated hot or not post on Toolmonger. Lots of ShopSmith fans check in to defend this all-in-one wonder, but a few dissenters aren’t buying it. Here’s our take: if you enjoy using it to successfully make cool things, it’s OK by us!

Bolt Cutters For Household Use
Bolt cutters aren’t just for criminals — they’re also incredibly useful around the shop and home. This post outlines some of their various uses and offers recommendations on finding a quality set for your very own.

It’s A Vise, It’s A Bar Clamp — It’s VersaClamp
Sure, it sounds like something out of an infomercial. But the VersaClamp looks to be quite handy when it comes to working in a non-traditional shop. Think of the VersaClamp as the love child of a vise and a bar clamp and you’re hitting pretty close to the mark.

The Lifeshear Rescue Tool
Another leftover from Break S#!$ Week, this explosive-driven shear chops through tough metal to rescue people trapped in vehicles — yet doesn’t require the massive hydraulic power source needed by the Jaws of Life. The bad news: it doesn’t look like you can buy one commercially any more. Still, I hope our local fire department has a set.

Blow S#!$ Up: The Micro-Blaster II
There’s nothing cooler than blowing things up, so when we ran across this kick-ass kit designed to simplify turning large chunks of rock and concrete into smaller ones, we had to share it with you — no license required!
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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