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Don't bury this one

Hardcore Hatchet

Often, when you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. So good on Hardcore Hammers for busting their own paradigm with the Hardcore Hatchet ($45). The move is a natural one for the hammer makers — from one artful, useful expression of wood and metal to another. Like their hammers, every hatchet is individually…

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Two cuts above

Bosch PPS 7 S Pull-Push Saw

Home improvement is your thing. You’ve got the desire, the Bob Vila skill set and even the time — just not the space for every tool your heart desires. Bosch’s PPS 7 S Pull-Push Saw just made your life that much easier by combining a table saw and a sliding miter saw, so you can…

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Time to meet your maker

Makerbot Replicator 2

Mark our words, the revolution is coming, and it will be 3D printed. Scrappy startup Makerbot has always led the charge to make this advanced technology accessible at the consumer level, and their latest creation, the Makerbot Replicator 2 ($2,200) is the next logical step. The biggest advantage of the new machine is its 100…

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Super snippers

Milwaukee M12 600 MCM Cable Cutter

Electrical trade professionals or efficient Mafioso just gained a new tool for faster job performance. Milwaukee’s M12 600 MCM cable cutter slices up to 600 MCM, 750 MCM Aluminum, 1 3/16” communications cable or fat Cohibas with ease. The portable tool’s scissor jaws make round cuts in tight spaces with a two-speed 12 volt power-ratcheting…

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Go Sign

Griot’s Garage Vintage Racing Signs

If you’re the kind of guy who enjoys antique automobiles and vintage style, but not interior design, Griot’s Garage Vintage Racing Signs are a perfect (and easy) decor choice. Reproduction prints of 20th century race posters, the signs are printed and powdercoated on 24-gauge steel with rolled edges and holes with grommets for quick hanging….

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Change for less change

Black and Decker Matrix Modular Tool System

Filling a toolbox is no cheap venture. For the cash-strapped, the Black and Decker Matrix Modular Tool System provides a unique opportunity to build a quality fix-it arsenal with minimal bank roll trauma. Using B&D’s Quick Connect System, the tool’s included drill/driver head can be swapped out for up to six other options including an…

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Moptimus Prime

Vileda Virobi

Because keeping a sailor around to swab your decks is a little too “Village People” for our tastes, the Vileda Virobi offers a Jetsonian solution to keeping your floor pristine. It’s similar to the Roomba iRobot but with an electrostatic cleaning pad, and features an autonomous navigation system that works the Virobi around the room…

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Turns in turn

Black & Decker Max Gyro

For those of you preparing to go away to college, let us give you a little heads up. When arriving on campus you will have but one goal: get your parents out as soon as possible. Unfortunately, they will have already put in place a preemptive defense. Along with the bed and bath, they’ve also…

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Get out of the gutter

iRobot Looj 330

We’re pretty particular about the ways we’d like to go out: eaten while fighting a Great White, zapped saving the President during an alien invasion, etc. The lithium ion battery-powered iRobot Looj 330 Gutter Cleaning Robot ($300) is the perfect tool to keep falling from a ladder off that list. The treaded bot trundles through…

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Clean like a beast

Dyson DC44 Animal

“Animal” carries some classic connotations: The hairy drummer and all-around bad ass member of The Muppets, one half of the Legion of Doom, the most dominating tag team in wrestling history, and of course, the preeminent party movie of any generation, Animal House. There’s a new brother in this fraternity of beasts… and it’s a…

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Gun Control

GunVault MiniVault Biometric

Gun control is a perennial issue that raises passions on both sides of the aisle. One thing everyone can agree on, though, is that secure storage is key to preventing tragedy. There are two essentials in home firearm storage: security and access control. The GunVault MiniVault Biometric ($208) handgun safe unequivocally gives you both. Using…

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Keep calm and cut on

BladeX5 Cut & Slash Resistant Gloves

Even the best chefs and butchers cut themselves from time to time, and given the odds, your index finger is probably prime target for your next chop session. Protect your mitts with a pair of BladeX5 Cut & Slash Resistant Gloves ($14) for practicing your knife skills with confidence. Their cut-resistant fiber blend technology is…

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Five-Lifesavers-in-One

Design Spotlight: Life-Saving 5-in-1 Tool

Sledge hammer, hoe, crow bar, hook, wire cutter, nail puller. They sound like the members of a punkrock metal band, but sorry, this isn’t an album review. Those tools make up the individual components of a prototype tool that could save your life. A strictly utilitarian tool of survival, it has the makings of a…

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Reduce scrounging and swearing by 8

Craftsman Figure Eight Wrench

We all wish we had a perfectly ordered tool box. Unfortunately, the average tool shed or work table looks more like a horror movie set than a usable work space. You may not be motivated to clean up your pile o’tools (good name for a pub in Murray Hill, btw), but the Craftsman Figure Eight…

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Swipe to Unlock

Master Lock dialSpeed

We’re not sure where the carnage started. Perhaps it was the electronic pencil sharpener or the overhead projector. All we know is the latest analog school supply victim — the padlock — has fallen victim to Moore’s Law. Master Lock’s dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock ($25) marks the end of the classic combination padlock as we…

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A Real Cut Up

SmartXcissors

Robots and raw fish are Japanese mainstays, but the SmartXcissors 4-in-1 Multi-Purpose Cutting Tool ($40) basically amounts to artificial intelligence for the cutting world (*Note* legally we in no way advocate self aware blades, for the sake of humanity’s survival). These super scissors combine a wire cutter, box opener, serrated edge and flat blade to…

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Oh you fancy now

Buck Custom Knife Builder

Buck has been making knives since 1902. You’ve been making knives since, uh, never. That shouldn’t stop you from combining your extensive talent with Buck’s 100 years of experience to create a unique blade via their new Buck Custom Knife Builder ($62+). Using the online tool, buyers can choose between two knife models (the 500…

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Not your mother's apron

Filson Tin Cloth Utility Apron

If you’re going to wear an apron, it better be the manliest, most rugged, heavy-duty friggin’ apron the world has ever seen. We suggest Filson’s Tin Cloth Utility Apron ($95). Don’t put this thing on when you’re in the kitchen burning toast or poking some weenies around on the grill, though. This sucker is built…

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Deere John

John Deere Tango E5

A beer on the back of a riding mower sounds great, but sipping on one in our hammock? Now we’re talking. Evidently, the good folks at John Deere agree, which is why (we assume) they’ve created the Tango E5 autonomous mower. This battery-powered unit operates within an area up to 1,800 square meters, established by…

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Cut deep, Cutquik

Stihl TS 500i Cutquik

Power up and rip through concrete, metal, asphalt, masonry, stone or ductile iron with the Stihl TS 500i Cutquik cut-off machine. With the industry’s first electronically controlled fuel-injection system, the portable rotary fires up with ease and maintains optimum engine power and torque no matter what material it’s dissevering — all with greater fuel-efficiency and…

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Space-saving scaffold

The Corner Ladder by Company and Company

While city populations grow every year, living space doesn’t. Given the ever-increasing premium for square footage, creative design concepts like The Corner Ladder are becoming increasingly useful. This unique shape shifter is made of beech wood (yes, you remember that from the old Budweiser ads), brass hinges, and a cord at the base, and can…

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Lock it down

Bench Dog Tools Strap-Loc Strap Retainer

Anyone who has ever dabbled with woodworking knows that a strap clamp can be the extra set of hands you need, when you don’t want anybody else’s hands on your work. The only problem is, unless you’re crafting something bigger than a breadbox, the excess strap length can make your workbench a mess of nylon…

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Reelin' and dealin'

RoboReel Cord Winders

When we were just youngsters, it was always fun “helping out” the old man in the garage or lawn…which probably explains our gear addiction. Now that we’ve got some square footage of our own, carrying on the generational tradition of a perfectly manicured lawn and well appointed garage is one of life’s chief delights. While…

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Spring into action at 1700 PSI

Craftsman Pressure Washer & Steam Cleaner

The signs of spring are usually cause for celebration — that is until you uncover your patio furniture to reveal an unidentifiable landscape of last year’s 4th of July cookout. Craftsman, whose wares have graced the drawers of your family’s toolbox for generations, offers the perfect solution with their new 1700 PSI / 1.3 GPM…

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Limber timber'er

Sven-Saw Folding Saw

The Sven Folding Saw eliminates the cumbersome builds of traditional cutters, while still retaining the strength to conquer any task. Both 15” and 21” models are available, featuring a USA made frame and a serrated blade formed in Denmark from Swedish steel. Its unique folding design protects the blade when not in use, and collapses…

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Connecting the dots

The Free Universal Construction Kit

If we’re being honest (would we lie to you?), choosing favorites as a youngster was tough. Some of life’s seemingly most important questions were which toy to play with. LEGO’s? G.I. Joe? Terrorize Whiskers with a NERF gun (still struggle with this one)? That’s why when we received word about The Free Universal Construction Kit…

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Tool House Rocks

TechShop

The “ultimate workshop” is one of those rooms that frequently crop up in a man’s dream home ramblings, right between mentions of the Holodeck and a putting green. Even for those who’ve never lifted a tool in their life, the allure of escaping to an oasis of tinkering, away from the rest of the house…

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Get Plowed

Innovation Factory Snowmover 2.0

Your standard $3 snowbrush can’t seem to bear much load, making it tough to clean off your car without snapping it into plasticky bits. So when time (and avoidance of “snow elbow”) are of the essence, you just might want to give the Innovation Factory Snowmover 2.0 ($24) a go at the white stuff. Made…

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Breaking Better

Stanley FuBar Demolition Bar 55-134

The latest addition to Stanley’s FuBar line of demolition tools features an overhauled design that combines the prying power of a typical crowbar with the cutting skills of a chisel. One end of the 14-inch steel-and-carbon bar sports a prying hook and nail puller we all know and love. The bottom half, however, replaces the…

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Meet your home's path to the future

Kickstarter: Twine

Twine looks like the aftermath of a booze-fueled sleepover in Vegas between a pack of Post-its and a bar of soap. Its inanimate and rather blunt form-factor, though, hides the Twine’s ambitious purpose. The device was devised by two MIT Media Lab grads, who wanted to create an easy way to bring various household objects…