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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:

Lincoln’s Ranger 250 GXT Welder
Lincoln’s new Ranger 250 GXT — a 600-pound, big-dog portable welder — brings extra power to match its extra features.  Its KVA 120/240V outlets allow you to run a high-capacity rig, like a plasma cutter, or up to four 120V tools, like grinders or lights, without fear of running out of juice.

Bent Wrenches Make Changing Router Bits Easier
Changing bits in a table-mounted router is often an exercise in frustration. To get at the bit, you either need a flip-top table, or you could just get a bent router wrench that allows you to access the collet without removing your router from the table. It’ll save you tons of time and hassle.

Klein’s Conduit Fitting And Reaming Screwdriver
Klein’s conduit fitting and reaming screwdriver is designed to take the nasty edges off of conduit after cutting it. This tool will eliminate the sharp edges that can nick and penetrate wire insulation, and it’ll also remove the rough edges that make it difficult if not impossible to attach fittings.

It’s Just Cool: Cheeseboroughs
The uber handy pipe coupler or scaffold clamp which is often called a “cheeseborough” — no one seems to know why — will help you get any scaffolding project together in a heck of a hurry. Fit a pipe in each clamp, tighten, then forget about it — it’s just that easy. We see now why folks in the film industry love ’em so much.

Preview: LS17 Air-Cooled TIG Torch
Weldcraft just added the LS17 to its air-cooled Legacy Series of TIG torches. We think its smooth styled ergonomics make it look like a toothbrush rather than a torch — but the LS17 is rated at 150 amps DC and 125 amps AC, and it runs a 60% duty cycle, which means six minutes of welding for every ten minute span of time. Most of the welders you’re going to attach it to have a shorter duty cycle, so it looks pretty hot.

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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