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This strange-looking cold chisel has a flared profile that’s wider at the head and gets smaller as you go back. This allows you to make grooves, keyways, or slots without the chisel binding on the sides of the slot.

KD tools, one manufacturer among many, sells two sizes of cape chisels. The first cuts a 1/4″ slot and measures 5″ long with a 3/8″ hex shaft and the other cuts a 3/8″ slot and measures 6″ long with a 1/2″ hex shaft.

The 1/4″ chisel runs starts at $6 and the 3/8″ chisel starts at $10.

Cape Chisels [KD Tools]
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Hold the rubber tip of K-D Tools’ hand-held tachometer to the end of a rotating shaft, and its dial will tell you how fast the shaft is turning, no matter if it’s spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise.  The 2-3/4″ diameter and 4-1/4″ long  tachometer can measure rotational speeds between 100 and 4,000 RPM.

You can find this handy little tachometer selling for as little as $95.  K-D Tools also makes an extension shaft as well as extra flat and pointed tips.

Hand-Held Tachometer [K-D Tools]
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This cylinder hone from KD Tools lets you hone and remove glaze from your engine’s cylinder walls.  It works on cylinders from 2″ to 7″ in diameter.  You can adjust the tension to control how fast the medium 240-grit stones cut, and you can dial in the diameter with the spread limiter.  Prices for the hone start from $20.

I’ll be the first to admit that rebuilding engines is not in my area of expertise, so does anyone have any experience with cylinder honers like this?  I’m assuming you can’t just chuck this into your cordless drill, but would need some sort of stable platform such as a drill press or other boring machine.  If you’ve worked with a tool like this, let us know in comments.

Cylinder Hone [KD Tools]
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Who’d a thunk it?  There’s a specification for how much torque you use to tighten the valve stems on your tires.   Evidently it’s even more important today because of mandatory tire-pressure monitoring systems.  If you find yourself having to replace a valve stem, you might want to pick up a torque tool like one of these from KD Tools.

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Scraper sent us a link to this inexpensive and effective alternative to the old-school method of disconnecting Ford fuel lines with pliers — or using a $60 specialty tool.  He writes: “If you need to disconnect the fuel lines on a Ford, this is the tool to use.  I recently needed to replace my fuel tank, and this tool made it a snap to release the couplers on the fuel lines.  It also makes changing the fuel filter a breeze.”

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We love our hose clamp tool for getting at tough-to-reach factory spring-type hose clamps, but it’s a bit slow — and a bit of overkill — if the clamp’s easily accessible.  If you can actually see the tabs on the clamp, spring clip pliers like these will pop it right off in seconds. 

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If you’ve ever had to re-glue a rear-view mirror back into place, you’ll instantly see the value in this tool.  If not, you’ll just have to trust us: it kicks ass.  It’s way better than holding the mirror in place for a bit by hand, then hoping that it won’t get too hot in the car — it will — before it dries completely.

Plus, getting the dried glue off your car’s dash and center console when the mirror falls down while you’re at work during the day sucks.  Really.

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twistout.jpgFor the times when a stubborn fastener wins out over brute force and becomes more circular than it should be, there are a few more options these days than just the old standby of drilling.  The Twist Out set from KD Tools is one such option.

The Twist Out set contains five specially-designed sockets that grip rounded bolts, studs, carriage Bolts and cap Screws for easy removal.  They’re are made of hardened tool steel for long life and durability, and sizes cover the range of 5/16″ to 5/8″ for standard and 8 mm to 15 mm for metric. 

The operation is pretty simple.  Just use the closest-sized socket to grip the rounded fastener — as the bolt or nut may not exactly be the correct size after your earlier “discussion” with it.  Once engaged, turn the Twist Out counter-clockwise to remove the fastener. 

KD also states that some additional rounding with a use of file may be needed to allow the Twist Out to grab the fastener, though in our experience we don’t seem to have a problem getting them all the way round without any additional assistance.  (Doh!)  KD also claims that the fastener won’t get stuck in the socket after removal with their new “no-wedge” internal spiral design that doesn’t allow the newly freed fastener to dig into the interior socket walls.

The Twist Out Set works with both hand and impact Drives.  Prices seem to vary a great deal online, but it looks as if some careful shopping can snag a set for around $30.  It certainly sounds better than drilling — or a pair of pliers — to us.

5pc Twist Out Set [KD Tools]
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post-hosepliers.jpgWhen you’re working on your car, you’ll often find yourself in the position of having to remove a hose while there’s still fluid in it.  Good examples: radiator hoses, brake hoses (for caliper work, etc.) and so on.  A great, quick solution to keeping the fluid in them — and off your floor and you — is a set of hose pinch-off pliers.

A ratcheting mechanism lets you just squeeze down until the hose is properly pinched off, then the pliers continue to hang on until you release them.  When you’re done and have the hose hooked back up and ready to go, just pop the release.

The pliers pictured here are from K-D tools — a part of Danaher, we understand — but they’re available from a variety of manufacturers in formats for all different kinds of hoses.  Our most commonly used set are designed for brake lines.  Hey, less brake fluid loss means less money spend, less clean up, and less bleeding.  Sweet!

Our quick Froogle search (link below) turned up sets starting at around $15.

Hose Pinch-Off Pliers [K-D Tools]
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