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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:

Keep All Your Blades Safe In One Place
A blade organizer like this one might be a little overkill if your tools never leave the shop, but if you’re constantly on the move, having all your blades in one secure location could be worth the $40+ price tag.

Craftsman Portable Automotive Service Tray
Usually when I work under the hood, I keep the tools that I’ll need in the next hour or two on the body seams or on the coolant and windshield washer tank — and these tools often fall off or just end up missing.  This new portable automotive service tray from Craftsman reminds me of a TV tray for mechanics, but it’ll keep tools and small parts at your fingertips, not down in the engine.

GearWrench Double X Hemostat Set
Straight from Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, these hemostats will help you hold on to smaller parts and keep fluids from spilling out of disconnected hoses.  I’m sure there are other uses for ‘em, too — think legal, folks! Store ‘em with the rubber gloves, dental mirrors and picks, and all the other medical tools that have made it into the shop.

A Hell Of A Lotta Features Packed Into One Level
Checkpoint packs a hell of a lot of measuring into their EV600 Square — it’s a combination square, torpedo level, and laser level, plus a bunch of well-thought-out features, all in one small package.

Even The Odds With The Brush Grubber HD
Pullin’ stumps — ain’t no better recipe for equipment damage and bodily injury.  ‘Round where I’m from it’s a spectator sport;  everybody grabs a cold one and watches the frame-twisting, chain-flinging, bone-jarring action from the sidelines, taking side bets on what’s gonna give first.  Maybe if you use the Brush Grubber HD you’ll even the odds of actually pullin’ the stump, ’cause it hangs onto it like stink on a wet dog.

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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