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Ryobi TEK 4 Cordless Electronic Tools

Ryobi hit the nail on the head with its well thought out TEK 4 line of battery-powered tools. Cordless tools are nothing new, what with all the saws and drills out there that get their juice from battery packs. However, the TEK 4 line-up addresses home improvement and job site needs with a new twist...

The Sweet Smell of Cleaner Exhaust

Lehr Propane-Powered Eco Blower

Last spring, we drew your attention to Lehr and their innovative trimmer powered not by gasoline but by clean-burning propane delivered in familiar camping-style cylinders. We were impressed all the way around. Now, we’re happy to report that the folk at Lehr have stayed at it, allowing their ingenuity to spread to other parts of...

The Granddaddy of All Great Gear

Duct Tape

As men, we’re pretty much genetically conditioned to love all things DIY. After all, why pay someone perfectly good money when we can just muck around with things we don’t really understand until they’re fixed (maybe). Over at one of our favorite sites,Lifehacker, they’re celebrating this truism with DIY week. Appropriately, there’s a rousing tribute...

Porter Cable Drill Kit Giveaway Winner!

So we can only assume that many of you are saddled with sizable to-do lists, as we received a veritable crap-load of entries in our Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit Giveaway. As always, we’re grateful to each of you who took the time to enter via the comments, Facebook, or Twitter. Our sole winner...

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit Giveaway!

We like to think of ourselves and yourselves as guys who get stuff done. Having the right tool for any given job is key to this effort. To that end, we’ve been big fans of Porter Cable’s full lineup of equipment, suitable of just about any worthwhile task you can think of. Even better, we’ve...

Because a Clean Paint Brush is a Happy Paint Brush

Ryobi Paint Brush Cleaner

There’s no better way to freshen, brighten, personalize, or revive your home than with a fresh coat of paint. This author has seen his fair share of interior latex flung far and wide, from wall to wall. Within a year of moving into our current domicile, we’d painted every square inch of wall and trim...

Sharp. Looking. Knife.

Cold Steel Recon 1 Folder

A pocket without a knife is like a pie sans the filling. It’s just empty and useless. We’ll give you a pass if you are wearing suit pants, but eventually you are going to dress down and fall back into the need to keep a useful implement on your person. That’s why we want to...

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Neato Robotics XV-11 Robotic Vacuum

By Gear Patrol Reader Zach Zornischenko: If only there was a device that would vacuum your domicile everyday and do it without complaint.  If you are lucky, you have someone else to handle this task for you, but, if you are like me, the only other alternative is a robot.  I introduce you, my fellow...

Industrial Utility, Home Use

Restoration Hardware Industrial Utility Laundry Carts

Made here in the USA for Restoration Hardware, these Industrial Utility Laundry Carts by Dandux are the same carts that hotels, restaurants, and the US government have been using since the early 20th century. As you can tell, they exude industrial chic with their steel frame, heavy-duty canvas, snap-in divider for laundry separation, wood base,...

Who Says You Ever Have to Stop Sitting Behind the Wheel

Intro-Tech Automotive Pit Stop Furniture

There are car fans and then there are Car Fans. For those that happen to fall into the latter bucket, Intro-Tech Automotive’s aptly named Pit Stop furniture collection may just be the perfect compliment to your race car bed. Styled from what appears to be remaindered parts from a Nascar garage, this chair and desk...

The Absolutely Anywhere Hands-Free Light

Joby Gorillatorch

A while back, we alerted the photo-minded among you to the handy-dandy Joby Gorillapod, a line of flexible tripods. Now, seeing an alternate application for their knobby-legged creations, Joby has unleashed the Gorillatorch, an adjustable tripod flashlight that’s suitable for just about any illumination need you can think up. Its adjustable CREE LED offers output...

Bite-Sized High Rise

Telesteps Telescoping Ladders

A good ladder is a must-have for anyone with a home to maintain. Unfortunately, unless you’re a full-time painter or contractor, the amount of time a ladder actually gets used is nothing compared to the time it spends waiting in the garage or storage shed, just taking up space. Thankfully, the Einsteins over at Telesteps...

Don't Get Screwed by Using the Wrong Tool

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit

There are certain tools that every man needs, regardless of his station. From the suburban DIY guru to the loft-dweller with nary a free cupboard, much less a full-out workshop, each one among us can benefit from the prowess of a solid cordless drill driver. If you can only own one tool, that’s the one...

Get Wrenched, 16 Ways To Sunday

Black & Decker Ready Wrench

There’s comes a time in just about every man’s life when he need to use a socket wrench. At that moment, he delves into the tool box to find both the wrench and box of sockets organized by size (if he’s lucky). From there, he engages in the timeless tradition of switching back and forth...

3 Keys. Tracked, Secured, and Saved

Ryobi Tek4 Digital Key Lock Box

Venerable power tool manufacturer Ryobi has rolled out a new set of tech focused tools called Ryobi Tek4 and Gear Patrol has got our hands on a few of them. We’ll be doing a review on the more traditional tools in the coming weeks, but we thought we’d share with you one that we found...

The Garage of Manhood Dreams

Maserati Architectural Garage

As you have your inevitable adult Ferris Bueller moment, perhaps you should read more about the Architectural Garage contest winner. Earlier this year, Maserati ran a nationwide contest to uncover the finest architectural garage or basically what amounts to the coolest. Their winner certainly qualifies as pretty damn cool because Los Angeles (of course it...

Essential Equipment for the Handy Homeowner

10 Best, Must-Have Power Tools

From the moment ancient man first wielded tools to aid in mastery over his environment, their use has been embedded in the DNA of humankind. Men, in particular, have an innate sense of the crucial need for having the proper tool for whatever job is at hand. Granted, we’ve come a long way from roasting...

One Hot Blade

CRKT Ignitor

We’ve shared some of our favorites from the good folks at Columbia River Knife & Tool before, and here is another fine example of their handiwork. The new Ignitor is a perfect little tech-folder, as stout as it is sharp. The Ignitor features a 3.38″ modified drop point, hollow grid blade in premium 8Cr14MoV stainless...

Peerless Pinching Power

SOG PowerAssist

We’ve already taken the opportunity to introduce you to a few of SOG’s outstanding blade offerings. Now we’d like you to meet one of their more versatile products, the PowerAssist multitool. To be clear, SOG offers a bevy of useful pocket powerhouses in their multipurpose tool line. The PowerAssist represents a great smattering of useful...

Tactical Meets Practical

SOG Specialty Knives

The knife is an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. This is certainly true, but a man’s knife is so much more. The honed expression of the simplest machines, a good knife is an ever-ready and infinitely handy companion. Here at Gear Patrol, we believe that a knife can be equal parts evocative and...

Be A Better Man In 30 Days | Day 15: Know When (And How) To D.I.Y.

You are a man. Should you set your mind to something, it’s unlikely that any force can stand firm against your resolute will. That’s why I want to encourage you to cast doubt and fear from your mind with regard to those home improvement projects that are steadily piling up around your ankles. You are...

Your Camping Stove Is About To Have Some Serious Competition

Lehr Eco Trimmer

The brand new Lehr Eco Trimmer is the world's first bit of propane powered lawn care equipment. I, for one, hope that it won't be the last. Read on to get my hands-on take on the Eco Trimmer's impressive performance.

Works Like A Broom, Without All That Unpleasant Sweeping

Black & Decker 18v Hard Surface Sweeper

Not too long ago, we brought you a feature on Black & Decker’s Cordless Chainsaw, a tool that impressed us with its general handiness. Well, the chainsaw was just one member of B&D’s 18v Yard Care System. Today we introduce you to another offering in that line, the 18v Hard Surface Sweeper. Relying on your...

Cut the cord. Just don't cut yourself.

Black & Decker 18v Cordless Chainsaw

UPDATE: Just for shiggles, we threw together a short video of Dusty taking on a small tree at Gear Patrol reader Tim F’s home. Yes, the shrub (er, tree) is larger than Black & Decker approves or recommends with this chainsaw, but why the hell not. Watch it after the jump. Yes, we know it’s...

Prestone Ice & Frost Shield

Those of you in arid Southern states or tropical climes, read no further. This review is for those men who brave winter’s wrath. And rumor has it that the groundhog saw his shadow, so we’re in for a lot more of it. As GP’s man in the frozen north, I agreed to take one for...

Stihl SH 86 C-E Shredder Vacuum Blower

Never Take A Knife To A Gun Fight The last thing my leaves ever saw. Leaves. In my yard. Everydamnwhere. To make matters worse, rain was bearing down on my position from the West. Such a tempest was sure to whip the unruly fronds that littered my property into an unrecoverable mess. Thus, I made...

Swisstrax Interlocking Floor Tiles

Never Has Flooring Induced So Much Garage Envy A whole new level of garage gear obsession. [click on image to enlarge] If you are anything like me, then your garage serves as a multifunctional part of your home. It’s a place to park your vehicles, store your tools, hide your toys, and, just maybe, hide...

SawStop Contractor Saw

A Saw That Will Cut Through Everything But You At one time in your life, the risk of amputation might have been your only motivation for staying awake in shop class. Now, thanks to SawStop’s revolutionary contact detection and brake system, you can be confident you’ll end each home project with the same number of...

Zac Tool Trenching Shovel

Some accuse me of being an urban dweller, but I can reassure you that I spent many a summer digging holes: holes for fence posts, holes for our family’s sprinkler syste, and holes for mafia hits. Er, scratch that last one. It’s unfortunate I had to rely on crap department store brands instead of a...

Clarke Crocodile Circular Saw Kit

There really hasn’t been much advancement in the world of circular saws, but the needs still remain abundant. The Clarke Crocodile Circular saw is a new style of circular saw that’s designed from the ground up to handle precise cutting of materials including: metals, plywood, ceramic tile, marble, drywall (with it’s own unique special blade),...

Turtle Wax Ice Liquid Polish

It’s July 4th weekend and that means you car owners will probably carve out an hour or two to clean your pollen laden ride. Upgrade that old clay wax sitting in your garage with Turtle Wax’s ICE, liquid polish. It’s a clear wax formulated with silicone and hydrocarbon polymers. Turtle Wax ICE can be applied...

Leatherman Genus Landscape Multi-Tool

At first glance you might think it’s a pruner but upon second glance you may also realize it’s a Leatherman. You’d be right. Not only are you looking at Leatherman’s take on a pruner, but in fact it’s the new for 2008, Leatherman Genus. The Genus is a landscape multi-tool with stainless steel bypass pruners,...

The Garlick Saw Company Lynx 26″ Rip Saw

Yeah, it’s a saw. We’re posting a hand saw and this is why. A guy needs to know his way around tools and being able to saw through a piece of wood is a necessary skill set. The Lynx saw by the Garlick Saw Company of Sheffield England has a heritage of over 150 years....

Bissel SpotBot | Hands-Free Stain Remover

De-stain your carpet, rugs. Dog stain? Ciao. Soda spill? Au Revoir. Hungover buddy’s remains? Adios. The Bissel SpotBot has both hands free and manual cleaning tools. Using a unique spiral brush design the Bissel SpotBot will remove stains nearly as fast as you can make them. For those extra stubborn stains there’s also a manally...

Stanley FatMax Xtreme FuBar Utility Bar

One tool. Total Destruction. Or so that’s what we imagine could also be the slogan for the Stanley FatMax Xtreme FuBar Utility Bar, a one piece forged bar from select steel that will break apart anything you swing it at. The textured grip will hold tightly even when wet and tempered steel means no chipping....

Kobalt 26-Gallon Compressor with 6-Tool Kit

Kobalt is a new generation of tools that set function first never forgetting durability or aesthetics. I’m a bit of a do it yourself kind of guy and a good set of power tools never sets me off in the wrong direction. The 26-gallon compressor from Kobalt gives me 15mps and 3,900 RPM worth of...

Eddie Bauer Fogoff

The winter is almost over but foggy windshields will still plague a lot of guys and their rides, especially if they don’t have the luxury of parking in a garage. Unless you have one of the few cars that have a defrosting windshields (e.g. Land Rover) then watching your car’s regular A/C defroster to clear...

Stiletto TBII-15 TIBONE Titanium Hammer

This is a hammer. It’s a no joke, hit the hell out of nails, home building, stud prying hammer. The Stiletto TBII-15 has 10 times less recoil shock than normal steel hammers. It only weighs 15 oz but drives like a 28 oz hammer and our favorite feature has to be the magnetic nail starter...

DeWalt Compact 18v Cordless Hammerdrill Kit

Every guy needs a decent set of tools in the house. Every guy may not necessarily need a hammerdrill in the house, but if you do find yourself tinkering around with any drilling then we suggest you cough up the cash to get yourself a DeWalt Cordless Hammerdrill. The kit includes everything you need to...

FireStorm 24 Volt Cordless 4 Tool Combo Kit

A man should have a decent set of tools at his ready. It’s just an assumed prerequisite to growing up and though it’s not compulsory to have all his tools be powered, it doesn’t hurt to. That’s why we’ve gotten ourselves the 24 volt FireStorm set. Includes: 24 volt Drill with hammer action for drilling...

One Trip Grip Bag Holders

There are simple concepts in life that make daily chores that much easier. What makes things better is when these simple concepts cost less than three venti frappucino’s at Starbucks. This is one of those great items. [from Whatever Works product page] Don’t struggle with multiple shopping bags-let the One Grip Bag Holder do the...

Leatherman TTi Charge

The TTi supplants the XTi as Leatherman’s top-of-the-line multitool. Not only is the TTi .10 ounces lighter than the XTi, but it also packs an S30V stainless steel knife that delivers an optimal combination of edge retention, flexibility, and hardness. This is an upgrade from the XTi’s 154CM steel knife, which previously was the highest...