The Toolmonger Weekly Five: April 25, 2008

What does a saw have in common with a BMW? How 'bout bit set and your granny's Rolodex? Find out in this week's edition of Top Tools

A toolbox that works like a Rolodex, a saw powered like a motorcycle and more. Our friends at toolmonger.com round up the whole collection here.

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A Tale Of Three Pin Wrenches

Harbor Frieght/$4 The super-expensive grinder in your toolbox loses a lot of its value if you can’t change the wheels out, like when you lost the pin wrench that came with it. Doh! Luckily, you can score a super-cheap adjustable model that fits grinder hubs from 3/8″ to 1 1/16″ for around $4.

Proxxon’s Block Belt Sander

Proxxon/$150 This little green brick of a belt sander may not be pretty, but it packs power. Weighing in at just 1 1/2 lbs. it can chew through ferrous and non-ferrous metals, wood, and plastic almost as well as its larger kin. And unlike the big versions, you can flip it over and use it as a stationary bench sander, too.

New Lock-A-Wrench Organizer

Snap-On/$42 The Lock-A-Wrench from Snap-On sticks to your metal toolbox or cart to keep tools within reach, and its locking mechanism holds tools snugly until you need them. Insert a wrench and turn it clockwise to secure it, then reverse to pull it out. It beats pegboard—if you’ve got the scratch.

This Ain’t Your Granny’s Rolodex

Worx/$45 On principle we like any tool that reminds us of a jet engine’s turbine. The Rolabit kit from Worx includes 100 drill bits, screwdriver bits, and other accessories housed in a rotary organizer with a crazy green styling. It spreads the bits out between eight removable cassettes, and it takes up minimal bench space.