3 Trusty Workshop Tools We’re Buying This Month
Find out why these are THE tools to get right now.
The Magswitch Workholding System is awesome. It’s built around releasable magnets that solidly lock onto table saws or other machines—as long as they have an iron table. To release the magnets, just turn the knobs. This starter kit comes with a base, two switchable magnets and a reversible feather board. There are lots of other attachments available, or you can use your imagination and come up with your own jigs. Buy it on Amazon.
Rechargeable Work Light
This ROVER Pivoting Flood Light by Milwaukee fits in the smallest of spaces and has three light output modes, allowing you to choose maximum brightness or maximum runtime. The light head pivots 210 degrees for the best task lighting, making it great for working in tight mechanical rooms, crawl spaces and under the hood.
The REDLithium battery included is rechargeable via the USB cable. You can use the light’s magnetic base to mount it to metal, or the carabiner to clip it to overhead pipes or cables. The ROVER Pivoting Flood Light costs about $70 at home centers and online. Click here to find it on Amazon.
Pay less, get more!
Twelve-volt tools have become extremely powerful of late and are all you need for most jobs. Skil’s PWRCore 12 brushless 1/2-in. drill is a weekend warrior’s dream. It has all the characteristics of an expensive drill: a 1/2-in. chuck, two speed settings, torque adjustment and a heavy-duty feel.
Some other great features of this drill include a hybrid chuck, which lets you quickly insert a hex shank bit without having to tighten the chuck’s jaws. The batteries have a USB port, which allows you to plug in a charging cord—and with all the devices we own, that’s pretty sweet! But the best part is the price: This drill kit costs about half as much as other 1/2-in. 12-volt drivers. The driver, charger and 2-AH battery are $70 online. Buy it now on Amazon.
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