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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:

A Fence For Your Carpenter’s Square
Think of the Veritas square fence like a third hand that helps you true up your square for more accurate scribing of lines. It braces against the side of whatever surface you’re working with, so there’s no need to ask, “Is it flush and square?”

Black & Decker’s Do-Everything Battery Boom Box
Think of the PSS100B as the Run-DMC of Black & Decker’s “Power To Go” line, wrapping a big-ass SLA battery, a 120V inverter, LED lights, and an AM/FM digital radio all up in a package that Funkmaster Flex would’ve happily carried ’round. And don’t forget the MP3 player compartment — complete with an audio tap and a USB power source for charging.

Stock Up (And Save Your Dash) With This Nylon Pry Tool Set
It looks like the set of tools a car thief in the movies might have, but Eastwood’s nylon tool set is really meant to get auto interior panels off without marring them like a metal tool would. Not something you need everyday — but if it’s got to come off, these will help.

A John Deere For Home
John Deere’s gearing up for springtime with its updated Z-Trak “Estate Series” residential zero-turn lawn mowers which arrive at local Deere dealerships soon. These things pack a virtual arsenal of grass-hacking armaments, like 25 HP V-Twin engines and integrated electronic controls to raise and lower the deck. It’s not a Hemi, but they’re trying.

TM’s 2007 Favorites: Ridgid 2-1/8” Brad Nailer
Our favorite finish nailer of ’07 has proven to be a completely unstoppable, orange, nail-shooting tank. Beating after beating, this little Ridgid proves it’s just as sturdy as its larger counterparts in the Ridgid line — and it still holds the Toolmonger shop record for never jamming.

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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