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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:

UltraShear From Superknife
The UltraShear is an anvil-style cutter rather like a set of pruning shears — but unlike standard pruning shears, when the Ultrashear’s blade gets dull, you can change it out with a razor blade. When not in use, a push-button safety locks the blade against the anvil. The shears weigh in at 7-1/2 ounces, and the sweet, contoured rubber handle fits comfortably in your hand.

Bosch Quick Change Hole Saw System
Bosch’s quick change hole saw system makes it simple to snap in a new cup to whatever pilot bit is already loaded into the adapter, so you’re ready to make holes in no time flat. Of course, you could always carry around a bunch of hole saws with the pilot bits already in them, and re-chuck them when you want a different size — but Bosch’s solution might be a bit more elegant.

Six-In-One Card Level
Ebisu Diamond’s card level — just 6mm thick and about the size of a credit card — integrates a level, a plumb, 60° and 45° slope, and 1 and 2 percent grade measurements into a single bubble vial. It’s only available in Europe, so shipping might jack the price up a bit.

Irwin’s Tie-Downs Enter Adjustable Territory
Versa-Link adjustable tie-downs help keep tie-down clutter to a minimum by eliminating the need for multiple lengths. The strap features an anchoring slot every few inches — if the strap’s too long, just double it up and attach the end hook somewhere in the middle. To make life even easier, the slots are large enough that you can fit 1″ webbing through ’em, if you want a bit more hold-down power.

Festool’s KS 120 Miter Saw Is Coming Soon
The long-awaited KS 120 miter saw looks like it’s actually going to be shipping to a dealer near you this summer. The massive sliding compound saw will run about $1,300 and will come loaded with all the sweet Festool goodies tool guys have come to expect. Its variable speed capability will allow a great deal of flexibility in cutting material, with the right blade attached.

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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