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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:

It’s Just Cool (Or Hot): Klein Beverage Hauler
Ask any pro and they’ll tell you that this is the most important tool on the jobsite. The Klein insulated beverage holder keeps your beverage of choice — in this case, every tool guy’s lifeblood, coffee — hot and ready to go. The design, inspired by Klein’s soft-grip driver line, gives shaky, decaffeinated hands a chance to grip the precious elixir without spilling any.  And it looks cool.

Preview: Hitachi’s Twin Hammers
Hitachi power tools feature a love-it-or-hate-it design. Some Toolmongers treat the wave-green designs like kryptonite, while others dig the funk and relish the fact that their hardcore power tools look like alien weapons from Halo.  Either way, some serious green hammer drills are hiding under that alien camo.

Straighten Up With A Radiator Comb
The radiator in your vehicle is first in line to take all the abuse the road has to offer. After a while the fins get bent and reduce the cooling power. The fin straightener employs tiny fingers that pull bent metal flat to get the fins facing the right way.

Skil Expands Their Circ-Saw Blade Lineup
Skil’s new 77 series contractor blades might actually entice you to try a few cuts with it, instead of opting for a higher-dollar blade right out of the box. The new blades sport a thin-kerf design which results in a faster cut versus fat-body blades.  Toolmongers remain cautious, but these do look like an improvement over the standard Skil blades.

Tambour Doors Without Wires
With Amana’s new tambour door bit set, you can say goodbye to the archaic method of gluing the slats to a cloth backing and then fishing a wire through every slat to hold the tambour door together. Now you can build a rolltop desk quickly, with slats that interlock and pivot on their own — just like the pros do it.

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:

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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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