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Rather than carrying around a bunch of nut drivers, carry only one with Klein’s Drive-A-Matic. As you place the driver over the fastener and turn the head, it automatically adjusts to the head of the fastener.

The Drive-A-Matic can fit 15 different nut and hex head screw sizes from 1/4″ to 7/16″. Klein chrome plates the 7″ hollow shaft driver for a smooth finished look, and uses the same black and yellow cushion grip that you’ve come to know and love.

You can find the Drive-A-Matic fro $25 to $43 depending on where you shop.

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Having a pair of Rack-A-Tiers wire racks on site not only allows you to hold a variety of different-sized spools while pulling wire; they can also serve as a saw horse or workbench, or even give you a place to sit while you’re taking a nap, as illustrated by some creative mind over at Rack-A-Tiers’ website.

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Long ago in my youth, I was working for an electrician and he asked me to drive a ground rod for him.  After sinking the rod, I tried to put the ground clamp over the head but found the mushroomed head too wide. The electrician laughed and said that next time I’d remember to put the clamp on before I drove the rod. Using a tool like the Sluggo-Ox might have saved me that embarrassment.

Not only does the Sluggo-Ox prevent the ground rod head from mushrooming while you drive it, it provides a much larger target for you to whack with a mallet. It works with 5/8″ or 3/4″ ground rods, or similarly sized rebar and other rods. To prevent corrosion and protect your investment, the Sluggo-Ox is coated with a yellow zinc chromate.

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Got a bunch of those new nanophosphate lithium ion batteries just listlessly hanging around the garage, and want to have something for them to do when they’re not powering your cordless tools? Slap them in a motorcycle frame and make your own KillaCycle® electric motorcycle like the one pictured above. It will go 0-60 mph in 0.97 seconds, accelerate at 2.89 g, and hit over 174 mph in a quarter-mile. The KillaCycle®’s batteries (1,210 cells weighing 200 pounds and having a capacity of 9.1kWh) drive two DC series motors and provide over 500 horsepower.

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Whether it’s electrical cords, air lines, or hoses, sometimes you need to run them in the path of people, cars, or other equipment. Not only can this be a tripping hazard, but it can damage the said cords, lines, and hoses. Yellow Jacket makes cable protectors so tough you can run them over as long you keep your load under 10,500 lbs. per axle.

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Maybe you don’t always have to cut PVC and re-connect it with foul-smelling glue to install it. In some applications, maybe you can just bend it. There are heaters for bending PVC, which at the best smell really bad or at the worst emit some nasty chemicals, but Rack-A-Tiers’ Pipe Viper allows you to bend PVC cold.

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What’s the fastest way to drive a nut 9″ down a rod of 3/8″ all-thread? Smart Tools’ Big Willy. They’ve come up with a line of hollow shank nut drivers specifically for 3/8″ threaded rod and only for 3/8″ nuts, since 3/8″ nuts usually require a 9/16″ socket.

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Crank action screwdrivers pre-date cordless drivers, but they are still handy enough to be useful today.  Trying to make their Rapi-Driv screwdrivers more functional, Klein now sells a version with interchangeable tips. They may not have been the first company to stick an interchangeable bit holder on their crank action screwdriver, but theirs is the only version I could find.

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When you’re working around high voltage, you shouldn’t be using a tool that feels awkward in your hands. In redesigning their cable knives, Knipex focused on ergonomics to make their tools more comfortable to use.

They added a “slip-proof,” soft grip material to the handle, gave it a thumb recess and finger hook, and angled the slip guard to make this 1000V rated knife fit better in your hand and easier to pull when cutting. Oil-hardened to keep it sharp, the blade also comes with a transparent cap to protect it (or maybe protect you from it).

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The Make blog reports on a great set of Flickr photos showing how Jim (a.k.a. bondcliff) built a large bench in his new workshop. The picture above shows his Megabench, which he has divided into a “tool” side on the left, and a “nerd” side on the right. The nerd side includes his electronics and craft tools plus an old PC running Ubuntu. The tool side has your usual assortment of — surprise! — tools. There’s a nice shelf running above the entire length to help keep “clutter” off the benches. A series of outlets over the shelf also runs the length of the benches.

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