Who The Hell Is PowerTorque Tools?

So I’m in my local O’Reilly Auto Parts store and while waiting on the incompetent parts guy to look up the irrelevant year, make, and model of a part that I was looking for, I peeped something on the “impulse buy” rack that shocked me. A company selling tools under the name of “PowerTorque” had apparently ripped off my great uncle’s wrench design and are now hocking them at O’Reilly.

Check it out.

Rad Chinese made tool, right? Now, dig on the patent my family filed in 1915.

What’s old is now new again… Bastards.

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Rogue Supply Work Benches

So these folks have been emailing me for a few weeks about their workbenches. I get a lot of these types of email and frankly, many of them get ignored as how many reviews can I really do before I come off looking like some kind of a flim-flam man?

Anyway, I was looking for something to post about and, on a whim, went to check out these benches. Holy cow… They seem legit. Very heavy duty, seemingly well made, and I love the modular approach that Rogue took. Given what they are, the prices aren’t too terribly out of line either.

Details here.

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A Weird Snap On Box

The other day I was at an old machine shop in Austin and saw the strangest Snap On box. Essentially some form of storage was on three of the four sides – making what was essentially a mobile tool island. You gotta question the functionality of it, but the old fart that was using it said it was the best box he had ever had.

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A Ferrari Showroom

It’s sort of in fashion to say that “showroom” garages are a good example of excess gone wrong. And I get that line of thinking… I mean, what good is a garage that you can’t get dirty – right? But imagine having the kind of cash that allows a collection of Ferraris and needing a space to keep them all? You wanna grind and weld near a multi-million dollar vintage Ferrari?

Point is, the showroom garage is only lame until you actually need one.

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The Atomic Shop: A Working Update

Given that it’s been a year since our last update on the Atomic Garage, I thought it might interesting to have an update of sorts. The above video is actually some test footage taken for another project, but in it you can kind of see how the space has progressed. Admittedly, it’s a mess at the moment as we just finished a major thrash for a local show. After our next clean up, I’ll get some footage of the joint in it’s more typical state – operational like an operating room.

In any case, if you are interested you can read the build thread covering the shop here.

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