Strapped for space in your toolbox? Replace four tools with the Hammer Screwdriver Combination Tool ($20). Made in Pennsylvania from tempered steel, this handy tool features a claw hammer and a knurled solid brass handle that also functions as a large phillips, a small flathead, and a large flathead screwdriver. What you do with the extra space is up to you. [Scouted by Neal]
If you've ever been whacked by the end of an extension cord or cable that was automatically retracting, you'll appreciate RoboReels. Available in portable and ceiling-mounted versions, these intelligent 360 degree-rotating cord reels use a two-speed motorized retraction system that can be started from the base or the end of the cable, ensuring a smooth, safe return for the receptacle ball, which offers three outlets, a power on/off button, three LED indicator lights, and a retraction switch.
Nothing makes a job more dull than a lack of background music, but unfortunately most job sites aren't really boombox-friendly. Luckily, the Bosch Power Box 360 isn't your average boombox. Inside its rugged aluminum and rubber roll case, the 360 packs full 360-degree speakers for all-around sound, a weather-sealed media bay for your iPod, a powered USB port for charging your cell phone, MP3 and WMA support for the SD card slot, external auxiliary ports, a built-in battery bay for either charging your tool batteries or powering the Power Box itself, an illuminated LCD display, and a remote control for cranking up the music while you crank up the saw.
Some axes are meant to chop wood; others are designed to hack through steel. The M48 Ranger Hawk Axe ($60) is designed for silently annihilating the undead. It features a wide, upswept blade precision cast from stainless steel, a 30% fiberglass, nylon-reinforced handle with black nylon cord wrapping, and an included nylon sheath and compass. Target practice not included.
As the ongoing demolition/renovation project at the new Uncrate HQ has taught us, goggles aren't just for skiers — one errant nail, sharpened wood fragment, or cloud of scary, decades-old dust can leave you looking like a pirate. That's why we'll be sporting these DeWalt Concealer Safety Goggles ($11-$13). They offer built-in ventilation for added fog control, a dual-injected rubber seal for comfort, a rugged polycarbonate lens for protection, and your choice of clear or tinted lenses.