When you think Shakespeare, you usually think fishing rods and reels, but since 2005 they’ve sold a line of floating tools under the brand XTools — these high-visibility, lightweight tools are meant for fishermen and boaters alike. This year Shakespeare’s expanding the XTool line with five new tools and two new tool kits.
All of the tools except the XWrenches feature XTools’ soft-grip, high-visibility handles. The tools are corrosion resistant, but Shakespeare still recommends rinsing ’em with mild soap and water and drying ’em after each use.
The XWrench floats with the aid of an EVA compression-molded Xvest. These open ended wrenches come in a two-piece set with a 3/8″ and 7/16″ wrench and a 1/2″ and 9/16″ wrench.
The Prop XWrench prop/spark plug wrench features two built in 1-1/16″ and 7/8″ six-point sockets, two 13/16″ and 5/8″ spark plug adapter sockets, and a cotter pin remover.
The Screw XDriver kit comes with a #2 Phillips driver and a 1/4″ flat-tipped driver. The handles’ triangular shape prevents rolling.
The Nut XDriver kit comes with 3/8”, 7/16”, 1/2”, and 9/16” nut drivers. Like the Screw XDrivers, these feature triangular handles.
The Needlenose HybridX pliers feature stainless steel needlenose jaws and tungsten carbide cutters.
Shakespeare also released two new tool kits: the Marine XTool Kit — shown above — and the Deluxe XTool Kit — shown at the top of the article. Both kits contain four Nut XDrivers, two Screw XDrivers, two XWrenches with XVests, and a carrying bag that’s vented to allow water to drain. The Deluxe XTool Kit additionally includes the Prop XWrench.
So far I’ve only been able to find pricing for two of the new tools: the Screw XDriver Set and the Needlenose HybridX pliers. Fleet Farm — an upper-Midwest big box store — showcased them for $10 and $20 respectively. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s also carry the Needlenose HybridX pliers for $20 to $30.