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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:

Welding isn’t the cheapest hobby to pick up and start fooling around with, and some of the high-end gear can cost you more than a shiny new 60” HD TV. But there are ways to get your weld on without crossing into budget-killing territory — the Chicago Electric 90A flux-core welder comes to mind.

Turn A Bar Clamp Into An Edge Clamp
This neat little accessory from Bessey turns a bar clamp into an edge clamp, and it’s cheaper than buying one of their standalone edge clamps.  You can even perform operations that you could never do with a standalone edge clamp, like clamp pieces off-center or attach multiple edge clamps to a single bar to distribute the force on wider pieces.

Preview: Lil Doozie Power Shingle Stripper
Breaking your back on a smokin’ hot roof with your pitchfork-like tool is a little like hell on earth. Creator Bill Becoat thought there had to be an easier way to strip shingles from a roof, so he invented the Lil Doozie.  The Lil Doozie removes shingles faster and easier, all while sporting a devilish smirk.

Hot or Not? Looj Gutter Cleaner
If George Jetson’s giant floating habitat pod had gutters, a little robot like the Looj would probably be up there cleaning them.  This kind of purpose-built tool screams both “Future!” and “Gimmick!” — but the little tracked gutter-runner sparked our interest.  Our readers gave us the skinny on how it works.

Clamping To Spreading With The Flick Of A Switch
You can convert your quick-clamp-type bar clamp to act as a spreader, but that function seems like little more than an afterthought — on most dual-purpose bar clamps you have to take the clamp apart and put it together backwards.  With Gator Clamp’s Clamp N Spread, it’s obvious from the get-go they designed these clamps to quickly change from clamping to spreading.

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:

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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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