tools

  • Digital monkey wrench costs $323, tells you when bolts are tight

    Ho-ly crap. For $323 plus $20 shipping you can get a digital monkey wrench that tells you when whatever bolt you’re tightening is tight enough. All these years I’ve been relying on the old “it doesn’t turn any more, so it must be tight” rule. Read More

  • Just try to relax … this won't hurt … much.

    While sitting in my dentist’s chair recently, I marveled at just how scary looking many of the implements on his tray were. And don’t get me started on that contraption I put my face into at the optometrists! It’s hard to believe that these implements of modern medicine will some day appear as quaint — and arguably as effective — as instruments of yore, like… Read More

  • The Story of the Littlest Drill

    Not much of a story, really. Once upon a time, a guy thought, “Couldn’t a ‘pager motor’ power a tiny drill?” And it could. The End. Read More

  • Chop foppishly with a fabulous designer axe

    If your vanity gets the best of you when you’re chopping wood, maybe you ought to think about investing in more… modern hardware. These designer axes are super expensive, but no one will ever question your chopping ability or fashion sense. Read More

  • "Hydrokinetic Adjustable Wrench" is a real product (and awesome)

    Capitalizing on the fact that water is non-compressible, this wrench instantly adjusts to any size nut or bolt that fits in its little — I don’t know the technical term, so I’m just going to call it its wrench-hole. Uh oh, here comes the science! Read More

  • Astronaut's lost tool bag found floating in space

    You may have heard last week, while withdrawing all your money from Citibank, that an astronaut lost her tool bag while performing a routine space walk. (Late night comics made jokes along the lines of, “Why does she need her pocketbook up there?”) Well, as luck would have, a “veteran space watcher” may have discovered the bag floating around space. In fact, if… Read More

  • Space: Astronaut loses grip on tools, finds out it’s even worse than dropping your keys in a lake

    I can just imagine Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper’s space helmet fogging up as she yelled “Nooo!!!!” while watching her bag of tools slowly but eternally float away from her. It wasn’t all her fault, though, as a grease gun apparently burst inside the tool bag while she was making repairs on the International Space Station. All of the greased-up tools must have been too… Read More

  • Take your chalkline into the 20th century – not quite the 21st, it's just ink

    I don’t know how many of you guys out there have to use chalklines very often, or indeed how many Crunchers have ever even touched one. Personally, I like the idea of chalklines but never get a chance to use them (I have a nice little toolset, though). I think it’s the little puff of chalk when I snap the line that gets me so excited. Unfortunately, that puff leads to a slightly… Read More

  • WoodRatchet: It ratchets your wood

    http://blip.tv/scripts/flash/showplayer.swf?enablejs=true&file=http%3A//blip.tv/rss/flash/1106949&feedurl=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/rss/&autostart=false&brandname=CrunchGear&brandlink=http%3A//crunchgear.blip.tv/ It’s not every day you find a cool gadget in a free newspaper in the Poconos but here you have it: the WoodRatchet, a system to hold wood at odd… Read More

  • 25th anniversary sterling silver Leatherman

    For those men who need something a little more high-end when they try to install a freaking ceiling fan while their wife is on the couch yelling at them to call the contractor and they’re convinced that they’ll install this damned ceiling fan, contractor be damned, and the wife goes to do something in the kitchen and suddenly they feel a jolt of electricity running through the… Read More