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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:

Goodbye, Strap Wrench!
Forget about the marketing hype for a minute and recognize K&N for a simple addition that should be standard on all oil filters: they’ve eliminated the need for special filter wrenches by welding 1″ nuts to the top of their automotive and marine filter canisters and 17mm nuts to their motorcycle and ATV canister filters.

Curb Trailer Theft
Of course you want to keep your trailer securely locked to your vehicle — but what about securing your uncoupled trailer at home? Reese’s universal coupler lock fits into the ball socket on your trailer tongue, and locking it prevents the trailer from getting hitched to a vehicle.

Preview: GearWrench’s New Tire Pressure Monitoring System Kit
GearWrench recently announced the launch of its new tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) kit. The new kit will help with TPMS sensor maintenance during tire and rim changes — it features a sliding adjustable torque scale for easy setting and an audible alert that indicates when the desired torque has been reached.

Stihl’s Easy-On-The-Ears BR500 Blower
It’s not to say that 65 dB won’t still wake you up — it most likely will. However it might not startle the dead and alert the entire community that you’ve decided to do lawn work at way too early an hour. The unit weighs around 23 lbs and pushes out around 477 cfm to move the crap that’s lying around your yard to where it belongs –- the neighbor’s yard.

Preview: SOG Fatcat
SOG is to tactical knives what Armani is to suits — they may not be the absolute best in the world, but everyone looks to them to come out with the next big thing before leaping upon it themselves. The Fatcat has the solid, machined-titanium look of one of those soon-to-be-copied blades.

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.


One Response to The Week in Tools: Toolmonger Top 5

  1. Kevin Austin says:

    I think the GearWrench TPMS kit is very neat
    The TPMS unit has a flex tang at the front which works very well. It snaps at 0 degree which makes it stable to use like a screw driver. It also snaps at 90 degrees and makes it a torque wrench. The sliding setup is very cool and the buzzer comes in handy.
    Guys, I looked at the tool and I realized, this is by far the smallest electronic torque wrench available in the market. I also think it is the most cutest.

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