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How do you know your hoist will load 16 tons? This hoist load tester from Harrington Hoists can measure a hoist’s lifting ability up to ten tons — and a little more, for a good margin of error. (This baby could cause some serious “test to failure” situations.) Most Toolmongers’ll never need this kind of load tester, but knowing what kinds of tools are used to make and test tools is interesting all by itself.

If you really need a load tester like this one, you’ll have to get a quote from Harrington Hoists or one of their distributors.

Hoist Load Tester [Harrington Hoists]


When we first saw these a while back, we called them “screwdrivers designed to do all the things you’re not supposed to do with a screwdriver” — like hammering, prying, and generally destroying things.  We also knew that we needed to get our hands on a set to see if they’re really as sturdy as they look in pictures.

And what better way is there to test a demolition screwdriver than to break s#!% with it?  That’s exactly what we did.  The results: we hate to use the word “unbreakable,” but these are some tough-ass screwdrivers.  Read on past the jump for some serious first hand abuse and lots of pictures. 

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Some months back when Chuck mentioned a Storehouse brand assortment of crimp terminals, I commented that this was one place you really didn’t want to skimp on quality.  We all agreed this would be a good subject to test emperically, and I finally found the time to jump in and give it a shot. 

What follows is a test of three brands: Calterm (found at the local auto parts store), Storehouse (the Harbor Freight house brand), and some ETC terminals (which I can’t seem to find online) that I had in my toolbox from a previous job. 

The conclusion won’t surprise you, but there’s a twist that might.  Read past the jump for the skinny — plus oodles of pictures.

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