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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:

Perfect Punch Placement
When the name of the game is accuracy, and optical center punch can introduce a whole new level of “dead-on” to your projects. With this center punch system you can punch within .002″ of your mark, so your final hole position will be about as accurate as it gets.

Irwin’s Line-Marking Tape Measure
Irwin’s 25′ Strait-Line tape measure features a pencil-less, quick-marking tip. Just measure out your distance, press the bottom of the tape against your material, and mark your line. It’s not laser-accurate, but it’s great when speed is the key.

Maglite With A Side Of Beat Down
Rothco has expanded on the notion that Maglites look like modern-day Billy clubs. Their new side handle system turns any C or D Maglite into a police style tonfa club — for defense or for just showing off your mad flashlight-twirling skills.

Hole Saw Slug Problem
Recently we were testing some hole saws in the Toolmonger shop, and we managed to get a giant, circular hunk of two-by-four stuck in the cup. We ended up removing the chunk with a small drill bit and a large common screwdriver, but we couldn’t help but wonder if there are better solutions. Toolmongers answered “hell yes.”

Preview: Hitachi’s New Pneumatic Staplers
Hitachi recently released a new 1/2″ standard crown stapler and a new 15/16″ wide crown stapler. Both lightweight staplers are sleek, metal-clad stapling thoroughbreds. There’s no crazy green rubber, either — just metal and performance. We dig 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:


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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