Hand Tools

PB Swiss Rainbows in SAE

I’ve long admired the PB Swiss rainbow hex wrenches purely from an aesthetic standpoint, but as far as I knew they only came in metric sizes. I don’t do a lot of work in metric (I’m ‘murican), so I never gave them much thought. But last night I found that they are indeed making these in SAE now. This might be old news, but it was news to me!

Anyone have any experience with PB Swiss?

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The HEXtension

So I got an email from the guy behind the extension you see above…The “hexed” one, not the typical looking chrome job on the bottom. And while I’ve never used or even touched one, I do like the idea. Surely someone has done this before… And if they haven’t, why the hell not?

In any case, more info here.

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The Orbiter

 

I had this hole that I needed drilled in a spot that I simply couldn’t reach with my drill. The answer was to either completely disassemble some framing or look for one of those gadgets that gets you where you need to be. I decided to give this Orbiter gizmo a try… and it worked. I wouldn’t say it’s built all that well, but I will say that it gets you and your drill bit into some extreme angles with relative ease. And it’s only $28… Case is still out if it’s a good value (long term) or not and I’m not at all a “gizmo” guy, but figured I would feature it anyhow.

Buy at your own risk.

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English Made Level

A bubble level isn’t something I’ve ever given much thought to… until I saw this piece made by J. Rabone & Sons in England. Not sure of the date, but it seems early. And man-oh-man, is it ever gorgeous. More shots:

  

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Weller Soldering Gun

I’ve long held the idea that many tools made in the golden eras of our country were made better and, in many cases, were more functional than the tools we have available to us today. Typically however, this theory falls flat with anything that needs to be plugged into a power source… BUT, there is one vintage electronic device that I will always have in my shop – a Weller Soldering Gun.

These guns, made from around 1951 until around ’65 or so (in the form that I like) are dead ass reliable, get super hot when you need them too, and are completely controllable. Put shortly, they kick the hell out of any modern soldering gun that I know of. Get one.

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