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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:

Push-Powered Outdoor Sweeper
If you’re the kind of person who likes to do yard work at six in the morning, your neighbors probably can’t wait for you to move, and you might’ve run afoul of local noise ordinances a time or two.  With a tool like Hoover’s SpinSweep, you can clean up your driveway and walk without the noise of a blower — and hopefully with less effort than a broom.

Knipex Hose Cutter
Knipex designed these slightly odd-looking cutters to cut up thin-walled plastic pipes and hoses. They cut from the middle of the hose out, so you don’t need to reposition or make more than one stroke with the blade.

O-Handled Tools
Radius Garden designed their Natural Radius Grip (NRG) Pro line of tools with an ergonomic O-handle, to give you more power and strength for gardening.  The O-handle matches the curve of the palm of your hand and gives you four times the gripping surface of conventional tools — not to mention they’re easy to hang up when you’re through in the garden.

Projects: Shop Storage Cabinet
Like most people who spend time in the shop, we’re constantly trying to find good places to put our stuff.   Lately, we got fed up with everything in the shop being coated with a thick coat of sawdust, so we figured a homebrew cabinet was in order.

Cub Cadet Chipper/Shredder Vac
Here in Texas we don’t have much call for the chipper/shredder vacs, mostly because we’re light on trees.  But we hear that up north they cut hours off the weekend chore list.  To that end, Cub Cadet has introduced the sexily named 24A-05MM756, its newest 173cc-powered monster.

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. Tim Blair says:

    Check out the new portable security system for contractors – The Yeti. The Bluetooth feature is really cool.



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