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More tools should be named for what they do. Take Mayhew’s Dominator Weld Wakker — like the previously mentioned Seam Buster, you hear the name, take one look at the tool, and you know it’s used to break apart spot welds or bonded panels.

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We can see why Mayhew Tools thought it would be cool to name this tool the Cats Paw Deck Wrecker. The Cats Paw part is obvious, especially since they own the trademark, but the “Deck Wrecker” part of the name doesn’t really describe the tool. It’s designed to lift deck boards with little damage and without damaging the joists underneath, allowing you to resurface the deck with as little repair to the structure as possible.

Mayhew manufactures the 44″ long Cats Paw Deck Wrecker from steel and powder coats it for corrosion resistance. The tool’s double Cats Paw head straddles the joist, while the curved rocker sits on top of the joist. Pulling back on the handle pries the deck board off the joist. Once the board is out of the way you can use one of the Cats Paw heads to pry up remaining nails and screws.

You can purchase the Cats Paw Deck Wrecker from Amazon for $100 shipped. Other online retailers also sell it for $100, but you’ll take your chances with their shipping charges.

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CatsPaw Deck Wrecker [Northern Tool]
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MSC is selling the Mayhew 16-piece hollow punch kit for $150.  With this kit you can make gaskets, washers, and other round objects from flat, soft materials such as leather or rubber.  MSC is a bit difficult with links for sale items, so the sale item number is RZ00538215 — the price is good through February 7, 2009.

Hollow Punch Kit, Regular Price [MSC]
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Wholesale Industrial Supply is selling the Mayhew 66000 hollow punch set for $137.  With this set you can cut soft materials to make gaskets and washers — just place different combinations of cutters on the mandrel to cut concentric circles.

Hollow Punch Set [Wholesale Industrial Supply]
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Dust Cap Remover

Dust/grease caps aren’t always easy to remove, and if you damage one and don’t replace it, you’re in for a world of hurt, because water will find its way into your hub and destroy your bearings. Next time you service your bearings, don’t grab a screwdriver — grab a tool designed for the job, like the Oldforge grease cap remover.

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It seems today’s lumber yards charge more for lower quality materials.  And while you can sort through the stacks to find acceptable straight-grained construction lumber, if the lumber yard delivers to your site you’re pretty much stuck with what you get.   That’s where Mayhew’s Tweaker comes in handy: it’s a tool designed specifically to twist two-inch dimensional lumber into place and hold it in place while you nail it up.

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