Tools are like beer, if you’re into them, you’re always searching for the new one that has it all. With that in mind, the Matrix system tool from Black & Decker is a good find. The design features a single base power unit with a variety of head attachments that let you go from drilling, sanding, routering, and sawing by just popping on a new head. Available October 2012.
What you’re looking at here is the latest Dremel. It’s the most powerful model in their line of versatile rotary tools. Think of it as the Dodge Viper of Dremels. 6-speeds, top speed of up to 35K RPMs, tool-free EZ-change head, plus they offer 40+ accessories. Available October 12.
Why wouldn’t you employ a robot to clean your gutters? It won’t fall off the ladder and sue you. All you have to do is drop this Lithium battery powered crud cleaner into your gutter then stand down below feeling smart while drinking a craft beer. When it’s finished doing your dirty work, hang it on the belt clip and go show it off to the guy next door.
Technology continues to creep steadily into everyday objects, like touchscreen refrigerators & bluetooth chew toys for the dog. Now the screwdriver is getting crept on. This motion-activated, gyro-powered screwdriver makes it easier: Just a quick twitch of the wrist instead of flipping a switch to go from forward to reverse. How have we survived this long without it? Available October 1. Source
Most times when the trusty Leatherman comes out, you’ve got a situation on your hands. And because this new Leatherman multi-tool is fully operable with just one hand, an industry first, it makes emergency repair jobs much easier. Spring-loaded pliers and wire cutters plus 11 other tools puts a lot of power in your one free hand. Available Fall 2012.
Eight different size wrench tools in one makes this thing at least eight times faster than plowing through your toolbox for the right size socket or box wrench. The Craftsman logo also means it has a lifetime guarantee.
These lighted pliers from Craftsman feature a super-bright LED light that helps you see clearly what you’re about cut or grab. Simple isn’t it? Better than holding a torch with your teeth. Dentists don’t recommend that.
If you can keep from lopping off one of your legs at the shin, you could hack your way through a jungle with this hardened steel machete tool. It’s American made and the exact same design our armed forces, firefighters, and forest rangers have been using since 1941.
If you knew your way around the workshop, you wouldn’t need to look at some website list of the Top 10 Tools. Then again, if you weren’t a do-it-yourself type guy, the only tool you’d really ever need was a smartphone to call in a pro. We’re just like you, so this list will steer us all towards toolbox essentials that will keep the household in tip-top shape. We tapped the tool experts at ToolGuyd.com for this list.
Dewalt Hickory Hammer ($28.58)
Leatherman Wave ($58.95)
GearWrench Combination Wrench Set ($74.95)
Wiha 7pc Precision Screwdriver Set ($20.99)
Petz PIXA 1 Headlamp ($37.99)
The good ol’ Skilsaw is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. That means it was born in 1937; the year the Hindenburg went down in flames, Picasso completed Guernica, the Marijuana Tax Act was passed, and Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men was published. Big year. For its birthday, the 15-amp Skilsaw gets a commemorative nameplate, black fleck paintjob, and a chrome aluminum footplate.