There are a lot of multi-tools out there that are conveniently pocket-size but pretty much useless. This is not one of them. The Tool Pen is made of aluminum with a hexagonal body for good grip and features pop-out bits that are stored inside the pen shaft: screwdrivers, hex heds, & allen attachments right there at your fingertips. And no surprise, this is another fully-funded Kickstarter project.
A packable high performance saw comes in handy when your camping missions take you out beyond the relative convenience of coin-op showers and the “camp store.” Folded up it fits easily into your backpack, once deployed the saw features a 21-inch blade available in 3 different styles for cutting up all the firewood you need in quick, powerful strokes. A Kickstarter project.
Finding your tool should be easy. And that’s precisely the thinking that brought about this rolling 52” tool cabinet from Husky. It’s got see-though glass-front drawers and inside each drawer is a rear-mounted LED light that makes everything easier to find.
With the impending launch of a new line of 18V cordless tools, Bosch is making it even easier to keep your gear charged up and ready for action. The new tools feature 18V 2.0Ah Li-ion battery packs that use cord and cable-free inductive charging to power up. The new tech will be completely backwards compatible with Bosch’s existing lineup. Available Fall 2014.
Garage guys will agree that the portability and pop-up convenience of this 4-level rolling tool box will make it a snap to tote your tools out into the driveway or over to the neighbor’s place to lend a hand.
The multi-function axe head of the KLAX is designed to clamp onto all types of handles—even one you fashion yourself from a tree limb; making it easier to pack and transport. Other built-ins include 5 wrenches, hex bit driver, bottle opener, hammer, & ruler.
Milwaukee’s new locking pliers make it easier to lockdown the grip. That big, red adjustment screw improves upon the standard thumb-wheel adjuster and the looped design also allows for tool-assisted tightening using a cheater bar like a screwdriver.
If you’re big on adventure but short on space, this compact card tool endorsed by TV adventure boy Bear Grylls & built by Gerber, will be a welcome addition to your EDC arsenal. Packed into a card-size package, it features a 1.5-inch fixed blade knife, an LED task light, plus a flat & Phillips head screwdriver and a fire-starting ferro rod.
You can drop this tool box literally 1000 thousand times filled with 50-lbs. of tools & it’ll be just fine. Milwaukee has also loaded a ton of handy features into their new, lockable 26″ Work Box.To name just a few:a weather-sealed lid with recessed hatches and mounting points to attach battery chargers, corner pockets to hold cordless tools in place for transport, pass-through side handles, & a groove molded into the lid to hold materials like small-diameter pipe, for cutting. Available June 2014.
If an aftermarket carbon-fiber hood for your car is too aggro, maybe start here: CarbonLite makes tools out of the carbon fiber. Their kits include combo metric & standard in sizes 5/8, 9/16,1/2, 7/16, 3/8, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, &15mm. They’re super light but strong & the teeth of the wrenches are made of hardened stainless.