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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:

Bessey SuperGrips
Cross a set of vice-grips with a clamp and you get the SuperGrip clamp — a kick-ass, fast-action clamp with a throat depth of 2-1/2″ that can provide 660 lbs of clamping force. You control the clamping force with a set screw and lock nut, and squeezing the handles together locks the jaws.

NiCad Soldering
Wahl applies their expertise in cordless clippers and palm-sized electronic tools to the world of soldering. We’ve seen cordless soldering irons before, both butane and AA-powered, but we’re pleased to see a NiCad version.

Hot or Not? Grease-Flood Overkill
Lumax says their PneuLuber pneumatic grease gun is the only dual-piston air-powered grease gun that can empty a grease tube in less than a minute. Not that you’d ever need to, unless you’re in the commercial heavy equipment field — but it’s cool to know you could if you wanted to.

Automotive Stethoscope
DIY mechanics dread hearing that mysterious beep, whine, grind, ping, or squeal. Performance Tool makes an automotive stethoscope with a long probe on it, which is heavily recommended by Toolmonger readers as superior to the doctors’ kind.

Keeping Cool With Watering Crystals
Polyacrylamide crystals can absorb 400 times their weight in water, but keeping your lawn wet is just one way they can make your life better. Other great applications: sew a handful of the crystals into a scarf, soak it, and let the evaporation keep you cool — or use ’em to defend Earth against water-phobic aliens — you know, whatever comes first.

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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