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You’ve probably seen the impressive power of rare-Earth magnets on science shows and Mythbusters, where they’ve been used to deflect bullets and climb steel ductwork. Ever thought about using them as tools?

You can buy these neat little devils all over the place, everywhere from industrial supply houses and magnet-specific sources like MagCraft to chemistry stores and novelty shops, with prices from under a dollar to several hundred bucks a pop. With a little elbow grease, you can even pull them out of old hard drives. How about putting a dozen small magnets on an old push broom and using it to clean ferrous chips from a machine-shop floor? A high-tech twist on pegboards? Or bolting a few to your creeper and sticking it to the side of your tool chest?

Heck, buy the right sizes, and you could even hold your project car to the ceiling; if you pull that one off, we want photos of both the car and the reinforced ceiling capable of holding it.

Rare Earth Magnets [Magcraft]
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6 Responses to Rare-Earth Magnets as Tools

  1. Mr P says:

    Great site to navagate and fins what you need with all the product specs and great tech support I bought 1000s of magnets from them there awsome

  2. Bill says:

    As tools I use them to hold things square when soldering, hold my chuck key, wrap a few turns of steel wire around a pencil and attach it to a tool baseā€¦

  3. Chris says:

    Check out this site for more great magnet shop uses. Be prepared to waste a few hours.

    http://www.frets.com/HomeShopTech/hstpages.html

  4. Cameron Watt says:

    I drilled out the end of my hammer handle and installed a rare-earth magnet so it doubles as a magnetic pickup tool; very handy. I stole the idea from a farrier.

  5. blore40 says:

    Question, how did they take that picture without all the magnets clusterf..ing up into a bundle?

  6. KoKo says:

    Photoshop.

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