The Weekly Five: March 24, 2008

Protect your coffee and your radiator blades with this week's Top Tools

It’s Just Cool (Or Hot): Klein Beverage Hauler

Klein/ $28
Ask any pro and they’ll tell you that a thermos is the most important tool on the job site. The Klein insulated beverage holder keeps your beverage of choice–in this case, every tool guy’s lifeblood, coffee–hot and ready to go. The design, inspired by Klein’s soft-grip driver line, gives shaky, decaffeinated hands a chance to grip the precious elixir without spilling any. And it looks cool.

Preview: Hitachi’s Twin Hammers

Hitachi/ $450 and $470
Hitachi power tools feature a love-it-or-hate-it design. Some Toolmongers treat the wave-green designs like kryptonite, while others dig the funk and relish that their hardcore power tools look like alien weapons from Halo. Either way, some serious green hammer drills are hiding under that camo.

Straighten Up With A Radiator Comb

ATD/ $5
The radiator in your vehicle is first in line to take all the abuse the road has to offer. After a while the fins get bent and reduce the cooling power. This straightener employs tiny fingers that pull bent metal flat to get the fins facing the right way.

Skil Expands Their Circ-Saw Blade Lineup

Skil/ $100
Skil’s new 77 series contractor blades might actually entice you to try a few cuts with it, instead of opting for a higher-dollar blade right out of the box. The new blades sport a thin-kerf design, which results in a faster cut versus fat-body blades. Toolmongers remain cautious, but these do look like an improvement over the standard Skil blades.

Tambour Doors Without Wires

Amana/ $164 (for the 3 piece set)
With Amana’s new tambour door bit set, you can say goodbye to the archaic method of gluing the slats to a cloth backing and then fishing a wire through every slat to hold the tambour door together. Now you can build a rolltop desk quickly, with slats that interlock and pivot on their own–just like the pros do it.