Tired of opening multiple drawers just to find a certain tool because you forgot which one it's in? The Craftsman Dry Erase Tool Chest ($350-$450) can make that a thing of the past. Built with the same robust I-Frame construction as the company's other chests, it features a white dry erase finish that lets you label the contents of each drawer, making it quick and painless to find the wrench, socket, or driver you're looking for. Other features include full-extension ball-bearing drawers, a keyed internal locking system, heavy-duty casters capable of supporting up to 600 lbs., and a total of 12,993 cubic inches of storage space when the top and bottom chests are used together. It's up for pre-order now, but since this is a limited edition, you might want to get in line sooner rather than later. [Scouted by Josh]
Trying to maximize the versatility of your pocket contents while maintaining a slim profile can be challenging. Stat EDC Multitools ($70-$110) are here to help. Available in four different models, each tool offers the ability to cut, measure, and pry, while keeping a low profile and offering a hole at one end for attaching to a keychain to clip. Made from knife-grade stainless steel and finished with a military-grade anticorrosive ceramic coating, they're ready for any job you throw at them.
Most multi-tools try to provide a range of tools that are handy for all sorts of people. The Victorinox Swiss Army Bike Tool ($50) bucks this trend by providing a set of tools for a very specific group — cyclists. The compact tool offers a tire lever, an L-wrench, eight bits for the most common types of screws, an impact-proof plastic holder for the bits, and a stainless steel bit adapter. It's not everything you might need, but it covers most of what you're likely to need, and that's more enough to justify packing the 3.5 oz. package along with you. [via]
Why buy a Master Lock when you can buy the lock they use as a basis for theirs? Commando Locks ($12-$20) use the same Interlock technology as Master — Commando invented it, after all — and are available in a variety of styles and sizes that should fit your needs. They're not 100% made in the USA, but they do try to use as much domestic manufacturing as they can, which goes a long way when a vast majority of locks on the market are imported from somewhere else.
With the proliferation of hybrid cars, you can bet that pretty much any gas-powered anything will soon be available as a hybrid. Take, for instance, the Raven Hybrid Riding Lawn Mower ($3,000). This impressive lawn tractor creates over 7,000 watts of electricity, features self-charging technology so you won't be doing any battery swaps, and can run for up to 12 hours on a single tank of petrol. It still needs to cut grass, of course, and for that it has a 46" quick-release cutting deck, ATV-style shocks for cutting on rough terrain, the ability to pull loads of up to 500 lbs, and a top speed of 17 mph — perfect in case you find yourself in a life-or-death lawnmower race.
Whether you're just getting into the every day carry lifestyle or are simply tired of your current mis-matched gear, Gerber GDC Tools ($TBA) are coming to help. This lineup of keychain- and pocket-friendly tools includes a zip blade (think utility knife), a driver with Phillips and flat head drivers, a hex driver with 5 metric bits, and LED light/bottle opener, a striking black pocket knife, and a hook knife, all designed to look good together while playing nice on the same keychain.
Let's see: you need both hands to do an activity, you can't mount a light anywhere nearby, and you'd like to avoid the dorkiness of a head-mounted solution. Sounds like you need the Snow Peak Lapel Torch ($60). This compact, water-resistant LED light uses a magnetic clip to attach to pretty much anything — a shirt, a backpack strap, you name it — and is powered by a remote battery pack that connects via a 28-inch cord and can provide up to 140 hours of light.
It's always nice to keep your tools nearby when you're working on a project, and the Gentleman's Apron (원73,000; roughly $70) is designed to do exactly that. Crafted from waxed canvas and leather, it features four pockets of varying size for holding tools, pencils, notebooks, and the like, two loops for holding a hammer, and an adjustable strap for a secure fit. As for being gentlemanly while you're wearing it, well, that's up to you.
Take the fumes and noise out of your mowing routine while doing the planet a favor at the same time by upgrading to the Stihl RMA 370 Battery Powered Mower ($TBA). This walk-behind mower operates on the same KombiSystem as the company's other battery-powered tools, starts with the push of a button, holds up to 10.5 gallons of clippings, and can cut up to 3,200 square feet per charge. It only takes 30 minutes to recharge using the rapid charger, which strikes us as just enough time to do the exhausting work of finding the cooler, opening a beer, and planning the evening ahead.
You'd think they might suck the innards out of a wire. And you'd be wrong. Vampliers ($35) are actually on the job to remove your rusty, stripped, damaged, jammed, or tamper-proof screws. And how do they do this, you ask? With vertically and horizontally serrated jaws that bite into nearly any surface without slipping or stripping the screw. Just try not to use it for normal plier-y things that you don't want to take a bite out of — something tells us they might leave a mark.
Keep some tools handy at all times while adding a bit of macho military flair to your keychain with this Grenade Screwdriver Set ($6). Remove the cap, open the body, and inside you'll find a driver as well as small, medium, and large bits for both Phillips and flathead screws. Just don't forget to take this thing off your keychain before cruising through TSA.
Unless you're a real firefighter, you might not need all the utility of the Lansky Fireman's Battle Axe ($60) — but that doesn't mean it can't come in handy. Crafted from 1075 tool steel with an insulated, non-slip handle and leather sheath, this bright orange axe features an impact tool, a hose wrench, and a gas valve wrench. Oh, and it's load bearing up to 600 pounds, just incase you and a buddy need to stand on it. Or something.