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Recoil Saw bounces through wood

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2010

The hand saw is one of oldest tools we still use. You can get quite a workout cutting wood with one. There must be a better way though. Well, John Zimmerman, a software developer, has come up with the Recoil Saw which has spring-loaded impact bars attached to the blade.

What that means is that at the end of each stroke, the spring will compress as the bar hits the material being sawed, followed by a release of energy flowing back into the following return stroke. It enables you to ‘bounce’ through wood, so you won’t get as tired.

Circular Lego saw really works

Posted in lego by Conner Flynn on June 6th, 2010


A saw made out of Lego bricks, but with a real blade is a hospital trip just waiting to happen. This thing really works. So I hope they’ve alerted the local ER. This Lego saw can cut through a 2×4, so limbs should be no problem.

Just to be extra safe, the tips have been removed from the blade and it’s set to stop if you touch it. But still. I don’t trust this Lego saw one bit. But it is a cool creation. I’m now looking forward to the Lego nail gun and jackhammer. Once those are ready, I can make my own Lego themed construction site where our hard hats snap onto our heads and the buildings are many colored bricks.

Final Cut saw blade does two things at once

Posted in Tools by Shane McGlaun on March 12th, 2010

I’m not cut out for building things out of wood. I once built a deck and it leaned enough that you felt drunk before the party even started. I used to know a dude that was a cabinet maker and did lots of cutting and sanding during his day. Sometimes I see products, I wonder why it took so long for someone to come out with. The Final Cut saw blade is one of those products.

This Final Cut saw blade is so cool. It features a normal saw blade that has sandpaper discs that stick to the side. The sandpaper sands the rough edges down as you cut the wood.

Pocket Tool X Piranha multitool

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

Pocket Tool X Piranha multitoolMultitools can come in very handy for all kinds of daily jobs and it seems that you can never have enough tools in a compact pocket form. The Piranha by Pocket Tool X is a good one.

Aside from looking like a Piranha, this tool boasts a double-ended bit holder, open and box wrenches, a bottle opener, a nail puller, a scraper, and pry ends. It’s made from heat-treated S30V Stainless Steel, so it is built solid. You can pre-order it now and they should ship in December.

Portable LED Gas Detector

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2009

Portable LED Gas DetectorIf you are worried about a gas leak, you don’t want to just rely on your nose. The LED Gas Detector will do a far better job at telling you if there is gas in the air. The device will detect the most common flammable gases like propane, butane, acetylene and natural gas.

Handy for checking for gas leaks in pipes, your hot water heater, propane grill tanks and more. The gas detector has an LED indicator and an alarm that will activate when flammable levels of gas are detected. The green light means it’s safe and the red light means danger.

Ratchet Allen Keys

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Ratchet Allen KeysWhether you are building a ton of Ikea furniture or putting together a bike, the trusty old Allen wrench is a part of it. But the only thing that sucks about the little tools is that they don’t operate like a ratchet.Well, now you can have your Allen wrench and your ratchet all in one,

They’re available in both Metric and Imperial and come packed with 9 different sized keys from 1.5mm to 6mm. It features a clever design where the fold out cover becomes the handle and it can rotate a full 360°. Now this is a useful tool.

Ninja gear: Pocket & Micro Grappling Hooks

Posted in Weapons by Conner Flynn on January 5th, 2009

Ninja gear: Pocket & Micro Grappling HooksThese are great for part-time Ninjas and Superheroes who don’t have a utility belt. The Pocket Grappling Hook is $27, the Micro Pocket Grappling Hook version is $22 and both are awesome. The Pocket Grappling Hook is a pocket size Hook(1″ x 5.5″) , with spikes that unscrew and are stored in the water resistant “o”-ring sealed body.

To use the Micro Grappling Hook just retrieve it from your pocket, unscrew the base to reveal the three tiny spikes, then thread them into their holes. Then it’s just recap and swing the hook toward the target. And you larger figured heroes needn’t worry. It’s been lab tested to hold more than 350 lbs. Anyway, I have never seen anybody that huge trying to throw a grapple and climb anything.

Electric Screwdriver holds screws, screws you out of $4000

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

Electric Screwdriver holds screws, screws you out of $4000Here’s an interesting electric screwdriver. It will relieve you of the burden of actually having to hold your screws in your hand. Your laziness will cost you $4000. The Black & Decker LI4000 3.6-Volt Lithium-Ion SmartDriver with Exclusive Magnetic Screw Holder has an extended arm with a magnetic tip that holds your screws in place while you screw them in.

Okay, it’s not just laziness, but I know that’s what you were thinking too. It can be a real pain when you drop screws while trying to line up the screwdriver. Especially on a ladder. Now you can screw with just one hand. It has some other features as well, none of which justify the price. An LED light, 6 position clutch, a lithium ion battery that holds it’s charge for 18 months.

Smartbolt tells you when to stop screwing

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on December 6th, 2008

Smartbolt tells you when to stop screwingMankind lives in such an amazing techno-golden-age that even the bolt is getting smart. That’s why it’s called the Smartbolt, it’s equipped with a tiny indicator disk on top that shows you just how tight it is. No fancy electronics, just a simple visual tension indicator that starts out red and turns more black as it gets tightened. Looks like a nipple, which makes sense. Mine would turn colors if you gave them a twist too. They even have a more-precise version that goes from yellow to green when 90% tight, then black at 100%.

This is a great invention, mostly because torque wrench’s tend to be large and hard to maneuver in tight spaces. If we can get regular screws to do this, that would be awesome.

Micro-Max is 19 tools in one

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

Micro-Max is 19 tools in oneWe love multi-tools. Probably because they are like Transformers, but with tools instead of bots. This one looks like a weird robot-tool crab in the pic. The Micro-Max tool transforms into not two or three, but nineteen different useful tools. With this one you get six different screwdrivers, two hex wrenches, a bottle opener, pliers, file, and wire tools. These are perfect for DIY junkies. But at only $13 I’m not sure it will last you long. Still, it’s a nice cheap way to ensure that you always have tools on your person.

Kobalt ultimate tool chest has a sound system & fridge

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2008

Kobalt ultimate tool chest has a sound system & fridgeNow here is the ultimate manly tool box. This baby from Kobalt is nearly four and a half feet tall with LED lighting, it’s own Pioneer sound system, a mini-fridge for your beers and a four-plug powerstrip built in.

It basically allows you to live in your garage. At 53-inches, it has enough trays and drawers for all your needs. In fact it will hold up to 4,000 pounds of weight. The 3-way Pioneer sound system is on top so it can radiate everywhere, the fridge is in the bottom left. After you get this thing in the garage, the only left to do is hang up some nude pics and invite some friends over. It will cost you $1,600.

See what you’re screwing in the dark

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2008

See what you’re screwing in the dark
Sometimes the most frustrating problems have the simplest solutions. If you’ve ever needed to get out the screwdriver and fix something in the dark, then you know what a pain that can be. Even when you have light, you might not have it in the small area you are working in. That’s where this screwdriver comes in handy, offering a simple solution.

This collar will shed some light on your work, making your job easier. Just simply slip it over the business end of your screwdriver, rotate the ring, and you’ve got three powerful LEDs to see by. Only $14.95

The Hello Kitty power sander

Posted in Tools by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2008

The Hello Kitty power sander
File this one under Strong Enough For A Man But Made For A Woman…We’ve seen the evil that is the Hello Kitty brand on almost everything. Here it is in it’s toughest manly form ever… On a power sander. Um, let me just say that if I hired a construction contractor and he showed up with Hello Kitty tools, my faith in the structural soundness of anything he built would go out the window.

Would such a man even be able to get employees? I don’t know, but I’d be willing to bet that he’s got a pink laptop. In fact, the more I think about it, the more disturbed I am by such a man. Further proof that we aren’t exactly breeding any John Waynes these days.

Automania chocolate tools for Valentine’s Day

Posted in Holiday by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2008

Automania chocolate tools for Valentine’s Day
It’s easy to find a gift for your special lady friend on Valentine’s day. Usually the tried and true method of flowers, chocolates or diamonds will do. But what is a good gift that the gals can give us guys on Valentine’s day, that is manly yet shows love?

Tools are always good. And we like chocolate just as much as you girls. Why not combine the two? These chocolate tools are called Automania, and consist of bolts, nuts, screws, pliers and spanners. They are made of Belgian couverture chocolate. They are made by Japanese chocolatier, Frantz. The entire set will only cost you about $30. It might be a bit late to import this from Japan this year, but next year you’ll be ready.