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Posts by: Kevin Pace

If you’re in the habit of forgetting your keys, you may find this Schlage LiNK Deadbolt with Keypad to be a sound investment.  Not only can you unlock your door by punching the numbered keypad on the deadbolt, you can also cause the latch to unlock from anywhere in the world using a computer or cell phone with Internet access.

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This new 7-1/4″ saw from Makita looks very similar to their other circular saw offerings, and to most other brands on the market, too.  But it hides its special feature on the inside — a hypoid gear drive.

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Yes, ladies and gents, this is a preview of the upcoming Craftsman C3 cordless chainsaw — they’ll add it to the existing C3 line in late July.  Craftsman recently released this information to Sears associates only, and just as of today it’s cleared for public consumption. On with the show!

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We all remember the original magnetic pick-up tool, a rod with a telescoping shaft and a magnet at the end of it.  When it first got popular, Bush Sr. was in the White House, EuroDisney had opened to abysmal reviews, and the X-Files was taking off as the show to watch — life was simpler then.

Next thing you know, we’re adding hinges and clips and magnetic pads and LED lights and everything else under the sun to improve this basic and essential tool.  Now a simple search on Amazon reveals 52 different results for magnetic pick-up tools.

So which kind do you favor around the shop?  Are you the “old-fashioned and stripped-down” type, or are you the “all the bells and whistles I can get my hands on” type?  Let us know in comments.

Street Pricing [Google]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]

 

Amazon is selling these Black & Decker 3.6V Cordless Power Scissors for $9.  The small, lightweight scissors can cut cardboard, carpet, fabric, and other soft materials quickly and easily.  They come with a charger, and they’re eligible for Amazon’s free shipping if you find another $16 worth of stuff you want to buy.

Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Cordless Power Scissors [Black & Decker]
Street Pricing [Google]

 

Matco is running an online sweepstakes to promote their new line of service carts, and the grand prize is a MSC11 service cart with top chest add-on.  You can enter the sweepstakes for free — just fill out the online form and you’re entered!  Judging from the pictures on the website this cart looks pretty sweet, and it would go great in an auto shop.

Contest Info [Matco Tools]

 

Snap-on is preparing for Father’s Day by offering a Gift Buying Guide on their website. The 8-page guide includes a wide array of hand tools, from wrenches to sockets to hammers, and it lists the promotional Father’s Day sale prices.

Don’t get me wrong, Snap-on is still pricey — but you’re paying for quality, and these tools aren’t for just your weekend warrior dad anyway.  The prices shown will last through Father’s Day both online and through your local Snap-on franchise.

Caution: The guide is a large .pdf file — if you’ve got a slow connection, click at your own risk.

Snap-on [Corporate Site]

 

I’ve seen a lot of different tools that do a lot of different things, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a pair of pliers that looks like these. I found ’em on eBay, and judging by the seller’s comments, he doesn’t know what they are either.

It seems to be some sort of retaining ring plier or a tool for getting into an assembly to remove a ring pin or valve cover. The only identifying marks on the tool are “Blue Point” and “Made in USA.” I think Blue Point might’ve been a Snap-on brand at one point, but I’m not sure.

The thing just looks odd — you’ll find more pictures on the eBay listing. Is anyone familiar with this type of plier? If so, what wondrous function was it designed to accomplish? Let us know in comments.

Unidentified Plier Listing [eBay]

 

A couple days ago Benjamen previewed the upcoming Tow-N-Stow trailer. However, the $2,500 price tag and the odd choice of pairing it with a stationary storage unit got some lukewarm responses from Toolmongers. In light of that, I’d like to see what y’all think of this new fold-up utility trailer from Craftsman.

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Lithium ion technology in cordless tools is fast moving away from the “new gimmick” to the standard type of battery being marketed across most brands.  Now DeWalt has taken a step beyond the standard lithium ion design — they’ve formulated their own proprietary “nano phosphate lithium ion” battery.

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