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Remember old-school Toolmonger that was all young, dumb and full of… vigor? So do we. Check out what we were discussing a year ago this week:

  • This time last year we gave away an Imperial crap-ton of RIDGID Fuego compact framing saws. One’s still floating around the TM shop, and we still like it.
  • We wrote about one of our first reader-found homemade tools, a welded-up wrench designed to help remove the 22mm banjo bolt on the BMW M5’s power steering hose.
  • A reader wrote in to tell us of his great experience with Redwing boots. Apparently they’re still popular among the Toolmonger crowd.
  • If you’re as sick of rusty shirts as we are, you might check out Duluth Trading’s shop apron.
  • Surprise! Readers recommended the mechanic-dreaded fix-all J-B Weld. Despite the negativity you’ll hear about this product — mostly caused by massive misuse — it’s still quite useful and something you should keep in the shop.
  • Need to cut a smooth hole in sheet metal? You need a Rotabroach.
  • Some poor guy tried to eBay his Plow Cycle.
  • Though pooh-poohed by most hard core toolies, low-buck battery boosters can still save your ass in wintertime.
  • Our friend Phillip Torrone over at MAKE posted a link last year about this time to a crazy-ass method of re-conditioning NiCd batteries with a freakin’ welder. Seriously — attempt this at your own risk. Or better yet, don’t.
  • If you’re looking for a last-minute low-budget Chrismas gift, check out these solid aluminum scales. Sure, they probably won’t see much use. But they’re cool as hell.
  • For those of you with questionable performance mods and $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket, we posted regarding Snap-on’s portable 5-gas analyzer kit, which provides instant DIY emissions testing.
  • We want a home auto lift for Christmas this year just as bad as last. Alas, our desire will again go un-met.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for us to call out these great old posts. Try plugging your areas of interest into TM’s search engine to turn up hours of old-school TM fun. See you next week.


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