Garage & Tools

Handle Sticky Situations

Scotch Tough Duct Tape

Just as Zeus produced Ares, Hercules, and Hermes, so hath the original Duct Tape spawned Scotch’s new Tough Duct Tape line. The new branding is about as redundant as it gets, but Scotch clearly wanted to reassure loyalists that the latest heirs in the Duct Tape family were every bit as useful as their take-on-all-projects...

Give It Hell

Garrett Wade Box Hatchet

Some tools are made for creating, others are destined for destruction. The Garret Wade Box Hatchet ($10) has breaking written all over it. Stare at the head, and you’ll see it’s part hatchet, part hammer, part nail remover and part crowbar, making it the mother of all frankentools. Why the name Box Hatchet you ask?...

This Saw, Sings

Irwin Universal Handsaw

Boasting saw speeds 3 times quicker than mere mortal saws, the Irwin Universal Handsaw ($22) is the Usain Bolt of cutters. Winner of a Red Dot Product Design Award, the handsaw features a unique, ergonomic placement of its comfort grip handle in relation to the triple-ground tooth blade design. The combination virtually eliminates binding and...

Handy in a Pinch

PockeTweez

Some tasks call for delicate tools, others don’t. The PockeTweez ($25) was designed by construction industry veterans who worked around Oregon’s milling industry and admired the hand-crafted tweezers employees made from planer blade stock. Unlike your typical drug store variety, these tweezers were stout and sharp as hell, which made them great for removing splinters/silvers....

Third eye not so blind

Ryobi TEK4 Inspection Scope

Just like your own personal periscope, the Ryobi TEK4 Inspection Scope can go where your head and eyeballs can’t. Better than cramming your face through a wall or snaking your meaty forearms through a small space under the hood of your car, this scope has a 3 foot camera cable that’s waterproof, along with a...

Nice adze

Gränsfors Bruks Gutter Adze

You may not be planning to do any log grooving, boat building, or wood sculpting this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the rustic beauty of the Gränsfors Bruks Gutter Adze ($310). The Swedish company, famous for their luxurious roughhewn hand tools outdoes themselves with the small form-factor bowl shaped adze designed for...

Plowing through yardwork... literally.

Boxer 320 Mini-Skid

Have you ever driven past a construction site and wondered just how much yard work you could do if you just had one of those Bobcats? With the new Boxer 320 Mini-Skid ($14,999), you can bring home the power of industrial-grade equipment in a domestic-friendly, workshed parkable machine. At just 34.5″ wide, the rideable skid...

This little vacuum sucks, a lot

Dyson DC35 Multi Floor Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson’s most recent addition to their dirt destroying lineup, the DC35 ($300) cordless multi floor vacuum includes a digital motor that’s three times faster than conventional motors, a fade-free lithium ion battery, and a detachable long-reach wand (we guess size really does matter…). A fully charged vacuum will provide 15 minutes of constant high suction...

When large just isn't enough

KASTOmaxcut Bandsaw

The KASTOmaxcut Bandsaw could very well be the king of cutting. It’s got a blade as thick as a man’s arm and the wheels that make even the baddest mudders look puny. In terms of oomph, it uses a 29 horsepower motor to power one-of-two blade options that can be hydraulically positioned for vertical or...

Get a grip

Gorilla Gripper

Handling and transporting sheet materials like drywall, plywood and particleboard have turned many a do-it-yourselfer into a “eh-maybe-laterer”. The problem that plagues most home projects isn’t the weight of materials, but the strain on the body from assuming awkward positions necessary in order carry them. That’s where the Gorilla Gripper ($40) really lends a hand...

Cut above the rest

Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors

The Fiskars, Cuts+More Scissors ($20) are far more than your average pair of hinged blades. Taking a cue from the multi-tool world, Cuts+More scissors not only provide top notch cutting performance but also integrate other cutting implements including: wire cutter, twine cutter, power notch for cutting light rope, pointed awl tip and bottle opener (pictured...

Naughty and nice

Mountain Boy Sledworks Mountain Boggan

One of our favorite things about the holiday season is its tendency to remind us what is really important… important things like the sheer thrill of racing down a snow blanketed slope of precarious grade, red-faced with tears of joy streaming out the corners of our eyes, ignoring the warnings and caution of mothers as...

Firewood's Dark Nightmare

Fiskars 7854 Super Splitting Axe

While it’s not as elegant as a Best Made Axe, in true Gear Patrol colors, Fiskars does deliver wood-splitting Armageddon with their 7854 Super Splitting Axe ($40). With its 28-Inch Handle and 4-1/4-Pound Head, it’s powerful enough to break up some serious logs to stoke your blazing winter fires in the hearth, the stove or...

Use This Neck and Save Yours

Zippo Flex Neck Utility Lighter

The genius who put a lighter at the end of a long stick is hopefully up for canonization in some religion as a finger saving saint. Clearly Zippo’s Flexneck Utility Lighter ($23) is the neck err…next evolution. Thanks to its flexible extension and slim powerful nozzle, with this in your hand, there’s no need to...

Sound Off

U.S. Patrol Siren Padlock Alarm

Padlocks are a great way to keep things secure. The world’s supply of bolt cutters isn’t exactly dwindling though, so there’s always a risk that your bike, tool box, or other toys can get snagged when you aren’t around. The U.S. Patrol Siren Padlock Alarm ($13) adds another layer of protection by emitting a 110db...

Protect Ya Neck

Rock Lock

We don’t imagine many of you earn your scratch as guitar playing street busker — but if you do that’s totally cool and please send us a demo. We also doubt you’re reading this while aboard your tour bus driving to your next 100,000+ seating stadium venue (again though if you are a global rock...

Go ahead, get your hands dirty

Grease Monkey Wipes

Ride your bike enough and you’re going to have to fix a flat tire. You’re lucky if it happens close to home but Murphy’s Law says you’ll most likely be 20 miles out, at dusk with a storm approaching. Oh, and it will be the rear tire, which necessitates fiddling with the chain to pop...

Trust Us, It Has Nothing to Do With T-Pain

Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune Chainsaw

Chainsaws and Husqvarna are pretty much synonymous. So when the venerable brand declares a chainsaw to be their most advanced you know it’s time to expect performance. Utilizing an all-new X-Torq 5.7 HP engine the Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune Chainsaw ($910) utilizes an onboard AutoTune sensor to monitor the engine 20 times per second constantly...

One Beautiful Beast

Estwing Claw Leather Handle Hammer

Estwing was founded by Swedish immigrant Ernest O. Estwing nearly a century a go. Ernest had a talent for forging hammers from one solid piece of hardened steel and the rest as they say is history. Estwing tools are still made in the USA in Rockford, Illinois and this Estwing Claw Leather Handle Hammer ($26)...

Take A Workshop Anywhere

POWER8 Workshop

Most of us have a go to tool for every job that comes across our plate. The POWER8 Workshop ($340) is a good all-in-one starter kit though for those just beginning the grail quest that is building a tool collection.

That's a Knife

Gerber Gator Machete

Plan on blazing trails or just cleaning up the yard anytime soon? Then consider packing the Gerber Gator Machete ($19). Measuring 25.7 inches long and weighing a light 18oz, it’s slightly bigger than that Swiss Army on your key chain. Overall the business parts amount to a 15 inch fine edge blade on one side,...

Not Made for Your iPod

Podbox

When it comes to endorsements, we consider a decision by law enforcement, armorers, and government to use a particular product to be a lofty one. That said, the Podbox is a highly customizable multi-application stow cart used by government agencies in 8 states and made in Morganton, North Carolina. Across the entire lineup of carts,...

Measure More Than Minutes

Stanley Tape Measure Watch

Most men can probably provide the time with a flick of their wrist. Unless they’ve got a yard stick tattooed on your inner arm though, they probably can’t help with measuring out a door frame. That where the Stanley Tap Measure Watch ($44) comes in. It features an integrated 3 ft tape measure along with...

Crowbar's Angrier, More Destructive Brother

Halligan (Hooligan) Bar

Each occupation has a tool they can’t live without. For a golfer, it’s his clubs. For a cop, it’s his gun. But unless you’re using a nine iron to smash in the window of an Escalade in Florida, or using a 9mm to accidentally shoot yourself in the leg in a New York nightclub, these...

A Different Kind of Suck

Oreck XLAUTO Car Vac

Everyone knows that the only thing more embarrassing than your assortment of Dungeons and Dragons figurines is the collection of french fries and smashed peanut butter crackers that you’ve accumulated beneath the driver’s seat. Women dig a clean car, not as much as they dig a guy with hoards of cash, but at least you...

Wax Off, Wax Off

Klasse All-In-One Car Polish & Sealant

Calling a vehicle “mere” transportation is tantamount to speaking blasphemy. Acquiring our dream vehicle (wheeled or otherwise) is the first and highest hurdle. The second hurdle is how to best care for your baby. Tips: 1) Find a solid mechanic; 2) Use Klasse All-In-One Polish & Sealant ($24). There’s no wax or polymer in this...

A Bag for Tools (Only in the Literal Sense)

Timbuk2 Tool Shed

Constructed of waterproof and grease-resistant Tarpaulin, the Timbuk2 Tool Shed $35 can handle being tossed around and is easily secured by an anodized aluminum buckle. Despite Toolmonger pointing out that it’s suited for the hipster-repairman or Timbuk2’s own claim of adoration by hairstylists, we still this case is great for that spare set of tools...

A Greener Greenery Manager

Bosch Rotak Li Electric Lawn Mowers

Those of you with serious swaths of property may laugh at electric push mowers, but for home owners with small plots to tend, they can be great. The Bosch Rotak Li Series ($300-$540) makes them even better — for a price — by eliminating the pesky cord in exchange for a lithium-ion battery that’s good...

Simplicity at its Finest

Dymo Rhino 101 Label Maker

The fact that we’ve covered the Dymo LabelManager before should have already tipped our hand to you guys that we’re into organization. Dymo has kindly reminded us though with the Dymo RHINO 101 ($20) that satisfying our need for order doesn’t always have to require batteries. Designed to be reusable and refillable, the RHINO 101...

Get Your Doc Brown On

The Best of Make

D.I.Y.ers, builders, geeks, mechanics, wood workers, and all around fiddlers aren’t the type who normally need an excuse to find something to do. In the rare instance that your creation queue is dwindling though, picking up a copy of The Best of Make ($24) should keep you busy for at least a week or two....

Monitor From a Cool Distance

Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer

One way to test the heat of your grill is to step right up, look at the grill temp gauge, and feel the burn on your already steamed person. Ryobi on the other hand offers a pleasant alternative with the Ryobi TEK4 Professional Infrared Thermometer ($69). As a point-and-shoot infrared thermometer, it instantly measures grill...

Puhl-vuh-rahyz

Razor-Back Professional Tools | The Pulverizer

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of pulverize is: to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles. Well, the Pulverizer from Jackson Professional Tools is nothing if not appropriately named. Whether your abrading, atomizing, beating, braying, contriturating, crumbling, crushing, fragmenting, granulating, levigating, pestling, splintering, or triturating, the Pulverizer does a man...

Because Getting It Clean Shouldn't Take Hard Work

Ionic Clean Washing System

There’s nothing, and we mean nothing, quite like the feeling of a clean car. In fact, it’s been proven (through our highly-scientific testing process) that a spiffy ride really does drive better. Typically, that means adding a trip to the wash to your already packed routine. That’s why you might want to consider booting your...

Helping You Get Er' Done

Waste Management Bagster Bag Dumpster

Big renovation projects and cleanups often result in big messes. Until recently though, tackling the issue of waste removal meant one of two things. Scenario one involved you blowing through a jumbo pack of hefty sacks after filling them one at a time and lugging them to the curb. Scenario two involved renting an enormous...

Actually Get It Straight

Johnson Level Picture Perfect Level

Discovering a niche tool that makes one’s task exponentially easier, no matter how small it may be, is one of the most satisfying feelings we can have as Gear Patrol product gurus (stepping off soapbox). Sure, a normal level is more than capable of helping decorators properly hang artwork, but the Johnson Level & Tool...

No Seriously, This is One Big Ass Fan

Big Ass Fans Powerfoil X

Unless you fondly call your den “Costco” then you probably don’t have a room as large as the behemoth warehouse pictured above. Regardless, we’re willing to throw a cool c-note down that you’ve seen that fan or a variation of it somewhere – most likely that last part of IKEA where everyone’s scrambling around looking...

Measure Everything

SquareONE Professional Measuring System

Every man who has ever done handy work knows the value of a solid tape measure. In the age of integration though, Generation Tools decided to question why these useful belt companions couldn’t do more. The result is the SquareONE measuring system line ($14-7). It’s called a system because unlike dedicated tapes, this über tool...

Meet the Rogue and the Modus

ICON Flashlights

There’s just something about the security of creating light that fascinates us. Either way, we get a chance to review a lot of flashlights here at Gear Patrol. ICON, a company that aims to be as well known for their design schema as their functionality, sent us a couple of their to check out and...

The Most Compact Ratchet Set You Can Carry

Duron PakRatchet

The name may be more than a little corny, but that doesn’t detract from this tool’s ingenious form factor. Made to be an all in one grab and go ratchet solution, the PakRatchet stores seven sockets along with 3′ extension inside its handle. The tool’s drive is formed from high-toque composite that won’t conduct or...

Your Basic Stool with a Nifty Trick

Kikkerland Easy Fold Plastic Step Stool

At Gear Patrol our love for clever practical items runs just as deep as our love for the ridiculous. These space saving stools from Kikkerland may not draw as much excitement from you as some of the other products we’ve featured on site, but they are tremendously helpful for reaching high things without cluttering up...

Be Prepared In Style

Brooks Motorcycle Tool Roll

Appearing originally back in 1914 within the company’s Brooks Book for Motor Cyclists, Brooks recently decided to bring back this classic and classy motorcycle accoutrement with a modern twist. Made of stout leather that is vegetable tanned in Europe, bikers can choose from three color options shown above including: brown, black, and honey. The kit...

Nails and Thumbs Cower In Its Presence

American Hammer

When the big three (Ford, GM, and Chrysler) all swear by the same brand of hammer you know you’ve got a striking tool worth looking into. American Hammers signature, lead alloy hammer is a sight to behold grip. It’s an American made, meaty son of a bitch, especially with the patented one-piece aluminum handle (shown)...

Handy? Try Wristy. Yeah We Said It.

Magnogrip Magnetic Wristband

If you’ve ever tackled any home improvement product involving, nails, screws, or bolts, then you know how much of a time suck keeping track and holding on to them can be. Amazingly this simple, yet ingenious idea can solve all of these woes for less than $20. Made of durable 1680D ballistic polyester, the Magnogrip...

MacGyver in Your Pocket

Gerber Crucial Tool

Though the same can’t be said of me, my father has always been a consummate knife connoisseur. He has constantly preached to me about Gerber knives and the quality that backs them. Upon handling their Crucial multitool for a few minutes, I saw the light (that was reflecting off the blade).