We've said it before, and it's no less true now: the biggest problem with flashlights is finding them when you need them. With the Trioh Flashlight ($70), that's not a problem. Sporting a sculpted silver body and base with white accents, the Trioh is designed to sit in plain view, functioning as an accent light during normal evenings, an emergency light when the power goes out -- it automatically turns on when the power goes out -- and a triple-LED flashlight when you need it most, lasting up to 12 hours on a single charge.
Odds are if you're having to bust out the pliers, you're working on something in a poorly-lit area. Which is why these Craftsman Lighted Pliers ($30) are such a smart idea. Long nose and diagonal models are included in the set, and both feature a center hub that boasts a sealed LED module that provides plenty enough light to get the job done while keeping all the electronics safe from water, moisture, or stray oil sprays.
You have plenty of machines in your life that require more work from you — the coffee machine, your washer and dryer, etc. — so why not spend your money on one that works for you? The John Deere Tango E5 Autonomous Mower ($TBA) is designed to give you back your weekends by keeping your grass a reasonable length automatically, automatically returning to its charging station when it's low on juice and staying out of your koi pond thanks to some help from a preset boundary wire. So go ahead and spend your grass-mowing time perfecting your martini — your secret is safe with us.
When work commenced on the new Uncrate HQ, we took to the old, paisley wallpaper-covered walls with baseball bats. This was unwise. What we needed was a Stanley FuBar Demolition Bar ($20). Forged from high carbon alloy steel, this ingenious tool features everything you need to strike, pull, pry, chisel, and chop down old material, including a P-shaped chisel, multiple nail pullers and strike-able surfaces, and a padded handle to reduce slippage. Way more efficient than a ball bat — although possibly less fun, due to the reduced risk of serious bodily harm.
This post is sponsored by Philips Norelco. Use the right tool for the job.
Saws sure are handy, but they're not the most convenient tools to haul around. Unless you have a Sven-Saw ($30-$32). Available in 15- and 21-inch models, this saw features a US-made frame, a sharp, durable blade made in Denmark from Swedish steel, and a foldable design with built-in sheath that'll keep you from sawing through your pack — or leg — while you're hiking the trails.
A pocket knife is an essential everyday item for lots of guys, but if you're in the dark without a flashlight, it won't do you much good — unless it's a SOG BladeLight Knife ($85). Thanks to state-of-the-art switches and circuitry, it packs six LEDs into its GRN handle on either side of the blade, providing shadowless light for precise cuts. Oh, and it's also waterproof, draws its power from AAA batteries, and can serve as a flashlight when the blade's put away. Arriving in Q3 2012.
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 ($280-$400). 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.
Some axes are meant to chop wood; others are designed to hack through steel. The M48 Ranger Hawk Axe ($60) is designed for silently annihilating the undead. It features a wide, upswept blade precision cast from stainless steel, a 30% fiberglass, nylon-reinforced handle with black nylon cord wrapping, and an included nylon sheath and compass. Target practice not included.
More functionality, smaller package. No, it's not the latest gadget from Apple — that one is actually bigger than it's predecessor. Instead, it's the Leatherman Rebar ($TBA). Measuring just four inches in length when closed, it packs needlenose pliers, regular pliers, replaceable steel wire and hard-wire cutters, a crimper, a knife, a serrated knife, a file, a saw, small, large, and phillips screwdrivers, and an awl with a thread loop. Oh, and let's not forget the ruler, bottle opener, can opener, wire stripper, or lanyard ring, nor the stainless steel body and black oxide finish. More. Less. You get the idea. [via]
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.
Keep your axe — or hammer, or travel tripod, or nearly any other 2-inch diameter tool — nearby with the Damn Yak Axe Holster ($36). Hand crafted from sturdy 12oz vegetable tanned tooling leather, this hearty holster features flat brass rivets, a para-cord keeper strap with a ITW Nexus Eclipse cord lock, and Obenauf's LP treatment for outstanding weather protection.