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 Tale Of Three Pin Wrenches
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
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.
Makita’s Unshakable Saw
What does a BMW motorcycle have in common with the new Makita AVT saw? They both feature a mechanism inside that propels a counterweight to balance the force of the motor’s stroke. Just like boxer engines, the AVT reciprocal saw offers its user a much smoother experience.
New Lock-A-Wrench Organizer
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
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.