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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:

Hitachi’s Mean Green Miters
Hitachi recently announced their latest addition to the miter saw market: the model C8FSHE 8-1/2” sliding compound miter saw.  Of course, they’ve draped it in the funky green color scheme that’s become the trademark look for Hitachi’s power tools — it seems to produce a love-it-or-hate-it vibe in many tool guys, even before they try the saw.

Take Your Desk With You, Part II
If you didn’t like the design of the Plan Station portable jobsite desk, check out this product from Trojan Manufacturing that trades some size and storage for a little more rigidity.  Their PT-2640 portable plan table provides a sturdy 26″ x 40″ work surface anywhere you can find exposed 2X studs.

Name That Tool: Raspel?
Just what do you call a combination chisel and rasp: a raspel or a risel?  Neither — you call it damn handy!   Nicholson packs a chisel, a flat rasp, and a half-round rasp into one useful tool that they call the WoodChuck.  You probably aren’t going to choose this tool for fine woodworking, but stick it in your tool belt and you’ll surely find a dozen uses for it.

Hands On: GM’s 2009 Silverado XFE
Is a savings of one mile per gallon even worth thinking about?  Consumers will probably be pondering that question as they consider the XFE option when shopping for their next full-size truck.  GM was kind enough to give us a little time with their new-for-2009 Silverado XFE, so we in turn tore around town with it to see if the option had nerfed the truck, or made any difference whatsoever.

When you see the Milwaukee Hackzall for the first time, you might react with confusion.  I must admit, the first time I laid eyes on it I thought there must’ve been a mishap on the assembly line somewhere.   I later came to understand that they purposely built it in this shape to be hard on tough jobs and easy on you.

Help us choose next week’s Top 5!

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