Just because a tool is meant for work doesn't mean it has to be ugly. That's the idea behind the new line of Hardcore Hatchets ($45). Each handcrafted-in-the-USA axe has an 18-inch American Hickory handle that's painted or stained, giving each a unique look, while a sturdy 19 oz. head chops through firewood, small trees, and limbs with ease.
Most modular tool systems we've seen simply let you use the same battery packs for lots of different tools, virtually ensuring that you'll have one ready to go when a chore calls. The Black & Decker Modular Matrix System ($30-$70) instead lets you choose from one of three base units that connect to a variety of attachments, including a drill, impact driver, oscillating multi-tool, jigsaw, sander, router, and trim saw. Thanks to lithium-ion batteries that hold a charge up to 18 months, you can rest assured you're powered up and ready with the right tool for the job. [via]
Summer's almost over, and the leaves will start dropping in no time. Save yourself the hassle of removing them from your gutter and let the iRobot Looj 330 ($300). The latest addition to the Looj family, it offers an automatic Clean mode that automatically senses and adapts to leaves and debris, a 7.2V lithium-ion battery, interchangeable auger flaps for better performance, a lower profile design, and a detachable handle that doubles as a remote control. All you need is a ladder.