Most folks hate going to the dentist. We, on the other hand, rather enjoy it. Why, you ask? It’s his tools. In this case, a hook and pick set.
Those little hand tools that the DDS is using to scrape your pearly whites — ok, not the exact same ones, but similar — are also life savers in the shop. For example: use the angled pick to fish out an o-ring, or use the hook tool to pull a wire through a dash. (We’ve done this many a time.) We’ve even used these tools to help fix watches and cell phones.
$14.99 buys you a nice SK set via Sears.com. They’ve also got a Craftsman set that goes for a bit less, and, of course, you can find them even cheaper elsewhere.
Be warned, though; you’ll be looking for jobs around the shop just as an excuse to use these little wonder tools. Oh, and be sure to thank your dentist for us.
SK 4 Pc Hook and Pick Set [Sears]
Sometimes we get so involved in telling you about exciting high-tech tools that we forget to mention the simple tools that form the core of our shop. A good shop towel is often the first tool we reach for when starting a job and the last tool we clean up with when done.
If you spend any kind of time in a shop (mechanical, metal, wood, whatever), do yourself a favor and keep a supply of shop towels. The best part: for less than $2 you can score a roll of 55 sheets that should last quite some time. And if it matters to you, they’re made in the USA.
Scott Shop Towels [Kimberly-Clark]
When we saw this, we couldn’t help but think… Why didn’t we think of this? From the “Tool Wizard BBQ Tools” website:
This design will lift heavy loads with minimal effort. Light weight aluminum. Coated handles for maximum comfort. High Quality, heavy duty, construction to last a lifetime!
Pricing starts at $8.22 for the 12″ and goes up to $9.98 for the 25″. The longer ones look like they’d be great for that big BBQ pit. No more burned arms or dropped ribs!
Super Scissor Tongs [The Tool Wizard – BBQ Tools]