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Tool innovation puts power and versatility square in the hand of the user

1) DeWalt 15 oz. MIG  Weld Framing Hammer

The new DeWalt hammer packs a punch. The carefully designed all-steel 15 oz. DWHT51138 model strikes like a 28-oz. hammer, according to DeWalt. The lightweight heavy hitter also has a magnetic nail starter along the head and vibration absorption built into the grip. (dewalt.com)

2) Rockler Silicone  Glue Brush

The silicone bristles of the new product are designed to spread glue time and time again. Woodworkers simply riffle the bristles like a deck of cards, and dried glue peels right off. At one end of the reusable glue brush is a 1-in.-wide brush with half-inch deep bristles. On the other end is a paddle-shaped tool to work in dovetail joints, finger joints and mortises. (rockler.com)

3) Hyde Retractable  Razor Scraper

A retractable, softgrip glass scraper with built-in storage is ideal for removing coatings, paint and stickers from glass, mirrors or windshields. The rubberized body provides a safe, sure grip as well as comfort. Tucked into the tool is convenient storage for up to five razor blades. (hydetools.com) 

4) Sheffield multi-use wire brush set

From Sheffield, a subsidiary of Great Neck Tools, the three-piece multi-use wire brush set includes a 7-in. brass bristle brush for clean soldering points, a 7-in. stainless steel brush to remove rust, and an 8.5-in. brass bristle brush with a built-in scraper. (sheffield-tools.com)

5) Wiss auto-retracting utility knife

Described by the manufacturer as a “revolution in safety,” the knife blade retracts automatically at the end of each cut, snapping the blade back in to the knife handle. A slide forward of the advance button brings the blade back for the next cut. The knife is from Apex Tool Group. (apextoolgroup.com)

6) Stanley screwdriver set

These six screwdrivers are color-coded — blue on the handle means Phillips, red means slotted. The set comes with a “storage rack” — a plastic organizer that mounts easily to a wall or pegboard. The heat-treated alloy steel bars are built to last in lengths of 3 ins., 4 ins. and 5 ins. A four-sided handle is designed for comfort with a slip-resistant textured grip. (stanleytools.com)


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