Bottle opener, screwdriver, Strider wrench, nail puller, and improvised shank. Nope, it's not another Swiss Army knife — its the TAD Gear B.R.A.T.T. ($100). Made from solid 6AL-4V titanium billet, this 3-inch long tool is ready to tackle nearly any job you can imagine, and is small enough to go pretty much anywhere. [Thanks, Kenny]
If you're still using a myriad of devices, wasting gasoline, and fighting with extension cords to keep your yard looking great, you should check out the Craftsman 18V Convertible Cordless Power Handle ($75). This lightweight handle docks with and powers four Craftsman tools, including a weed eater ($120; comes with handle), hedge trimmer ($60), sweeper ($40), and pole saw ($90). The handle's high capacity NiCad Battery provides hours hours of use, and the 1-hour charger holds two batteries to eliminate waiting. You'll save on storage space, too.
When elbow-grease just won't cut it, reach for the Hitachi Max Rotary Hammer. This beast produces 14.7 ft-lbs of impact energy for hardcore drilling with low vibration and noise, and can also be used with chisel bits for a jack hammer-like effect on masonry. It combines an ergonomic handle and a counter balance with handle dampers to reduce vibration by up to 55%. The drill's constant speed control maintains speed no matter what you're destroying.
We don't chop wood every day here at Uncrate HQ, but when we do, we use the smartly designed Super Splitting Axe ($40) from Fiskars (yes, the scissors people). With a 28-inch handle, a 4-1/4 pound head, and a lightweight, glass-fiber reinforced handle, you'll be splitting wood like a modern Paul Bunyan. The carbon steel blade has a PTFE coating which reduces friction, making for easy removal from the logs. And if you think this works well for splitting wood, just wait until you try it against zombies.
This vintage-looking metal tool box is perfect for your girl-size collection of hand tools. Made of heavy duty steel and emblazoned with some awesome lettering, the Milwaukee General Purpose Carrying Case ($37) will hold all the essentials, and sports a lift-out tray for smaller parts (like your drill bits or "tobacco" pipes), while at the same time looking a thousand times better than those cheesy ballistic nylon tool bags.