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Stop cutting corners

Festool CMS Router Table

With over 300 patents and almost ninety years of experience under their belts, the toolmakers at Festool have a reputation for Über-engineered innovations for the discerning craftsman. The Festool CMS Router Table ($1,200+) is their latest piece of all-aluminum handiwork for cabinetmakers looking to soften some edges

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

Fancy Fixie Fixer

E.H. Works Mopha Bike Tool Roll

The urban cyclists are always in danger of a sudden flat or magically appearing pothole. There are a lot of multifunction bicycle tools to choose from these days, but that doesn’t mean carrying them has become any easier, and when out

Master your grass and skip the gas

Fiskars StaySharp Max

We're sure that in the eyes of some extremists, mowing the lawn is like committing a double-tap to the head of the earth. Your chopping down a macrocosmic Fern Gully and doing it with some of the least fuel-efficient machines on the

Hold 'em or fold 'em

Craftsman Clench Wrench

The Craftsman Clench Wrench ($30) is a hybrid tool that combines the convenient folding design of a pocket knife with the torque-applying benefits of your typical spanner. Besides putting a nail in the coffin of the "is that a wrench

Demolition, Man.

Artillery Tools Disaster Restoration Set

Artillery Tool's various pry bar systems are designed to help professionals and do-it-yourself-ers alike tear down construction like Stephon Marbury destroyed his career. While all of their kits feature a variety of interchangeable handles and specialized pry heads, the Disaster

Connect the....

Tool Dots

Want one of those organized tool walls you keeping spying in the fictional garages of guys in the hardware store commercials but can't be bothered to hang pegboard? Well, Tool Dots ($12) were created for the lazy neat freak in

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

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

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

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

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 Most Compact Ratchet Set You Can Carry

Duron PakRatchet

pakrachett_gearpatrol11The 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

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

Don't Get Screwed by Using the Wrong Tool

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit

porter-cable-power-drill-gear-patrol 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

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

Man make fire. Gwaarrrg!

Tool Logic SL Pro 2


You might call us latter day Boy Scouts, but we at Gear Patrol have been riffing on a certain theme of late: Be Prepared. It's just that you never know in what situation you might

Cut the cord. Just don't cut yourself.

Black & Decker 18v Cordless Chainsaw

black-and-decker-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,