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.
Gerber’s stealth black, 9 oz. Multiplier 600 was designed for the combat engineer. The odds that you’ll ever need the punch for opening C4 explosives or the blasting cap crimper are pretty slim but nevertheless, the wire cutter, knife, screwdrivers & other tools will all come in handy in civilian life.
If you carry all your most-used tools around in a tool belt you’ll look like the Construction Worker from the Village People. ’Stache or not, this isn’t something you want. Fiskars Shop Boss Snip combines a serrated blade, beer opener, wire stripper, and file for a tool that’ll do lots of tough household jobs without making you into a macho man.
The original Leatherman has been knocked-off in a hundred different ways but nothing compares to the real deal. The new Leatherman Rebar model features 17 different tools including pliers, knives, files and screwdrivers and wire cutters with a replaceable blade. The Rebar is a bit smaller and slimmer than standard models. Available in stainless and black oxide.
If you think like us, breaking your sledgehammer on the job should earn you a bottle of whiskey and the rest of the day off. But it doesn’t. All it does is send you out for a new handle or a whole new hammer. This line of guaranteed indestructible sledge hammers from BASH will keep you swinging ’til there’s nothing left to smash.