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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:

Rockwell SoniCrafter
Now that the patent for the Fein Multimaster has expired we’re seeing several companies come out with more affordable versions, like Rockwell’s SoniCrafter.  These Dremel-sized multi-tools work by oscillating their attachments back and forth at high frequency, rather than spinning them around.  Our readers discuss how the knockoffs compare with the original Multimaster.

Twist-To-Connect Modular Receptacles
Are modular receptacles an answer to a problem nobody had?  Instead of attaching your hot, neutral, and ground to the receptacle, you connect them to a wiring module that twists onto the back of Leviton’s special receptacles.  We’re not exactly sure how that saves you any time or money — especially at a $15 to $30 premium price — but maybe somebody can set us straight.

This tool sounds like a robot that’ll hunt down an attractive “associate” for you, but really the Babē-Bot from FastCap will only help you with gluing. The Babē-Bot is the 4oz baby brother of the 16oz Glü-Bot, and you might think the larger bottle would be the better choice, but I don’t use a ton of glue so refilling the smaller bottle every few days is better for me.

Contractor-Grade Folding Cart
The Contractor-Grade Fold-A-Cart collapsible wheelbarrow can carry 400lbs or nine cubic feet — to give you some perspective, six cubic feet of water weighs about 370lbs.  When you’re done with the cart it folds down to about 20% of its full size and can hang on the wall with the included hanging bracket.

Snap-on Lighted Inspection Mirror
If you’re working under the hood or looking for something in a tight space in the house, a mirror’ll come in handy, but if you’re looking in a dark place, all you’ll see is dark.  If you’re both talented and lucky you can hit the old mirror with a flashlight to illuminate your target — I was never any good at that trick, so I’ll take Snap-on’s Lighted Inspection Mirror.

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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