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 Tale Of Three Pin Wrenches
The super-expensive grinder in your toolbox loses a lot of its value if you can’t change the wheels out — which is exactly the situation if you lost the pin wrench that came with it. Luckily, you can get super-cheap adjustable models, that fit grinder hubs from 3/8″ to 1-1/16″, for around $4.
Proxxon’s Block Belt Sander
This little green brick of a belt sander may not be pretty, but it packs power. Weighing in at just 1-1/2 lbs, this little belt sander can chew through ferrous and non-ferrous metals, wood, and plastic, almost as well as its larger brethren. However, not many larger versions can be flipped on their back and used as a stationary bench sander like this one.
Makita’s Unshakable Saw
What do a BMW motorcycle and the new Makita AVT saw have in common? They both feature a mechanism inside that propels a counterweight to balance the force of the motor’s stroke. Just like a boxer engine, the AVT recip saw offers its user a much smoother experience.
New Lock-A-Wrench Organizer
The Lock-A-Wrench from Snap-on sticks to your metal toolbox or cart to keep tools within reach, and a locking mechanism holds tools snugly until you need them. Insert a wrench and turn it clockwise to secure it — reverse to pull it out. We must say, it beats pegboard.
This Ain’t Your Granny’s Rolodex
On principle, we have to like any tool that reminds us of the turbine on a jet engine. The Rolabit kit from Worx includes 100 drill bits, screwdriver bits, and other accessories housed in a rotary organizer with a crazy green styling. It spreads the bits out between eight removable cassettes, and it takes up minimal bench space.
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.