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The working prototypes of John Zimmerman's recoil panel and hack saws

Using a hand saw is nobody’s idea of a good time, but one inventor is trying to at least make it a little easier. John Zimmerman, a software developer by trade, has created what he calls the Recoil Saw. Essentially, it’s just a saw – various types of saws, actually – with one or more spring-loaded impact bars attached to the blade. At the end of each stroke, the spring compresses as the bar hits the material being sawed, then releases that energy back into the following return stroke. The idea is that users can pretty much just bounce their way through cutting jobs, as opposed to having to purposefully stop and start between every stroke. Zimmerman, who admits he’s probably not the most unbiased tester, said that he has found it cuts twice as fast as a regular saw.  Read More

Sonic screwdrivers may soon be more than props at Doctor Who conventions (Image: R. Steven...

The sonic screwdriver has proven an indispensable piece of equipment for Doctor Who when battling Daleks, Cybermen and the Master. The fictional tool is capable of opening just about any lock known to man - or alien - and can fix a damaged TARDIS in a matter of seconds. Now engineers at Bristol University say a real-life version of the sci-fi screwdriver could be created that would use sonic technology to open locks and undo screws ... just don't expect to see one under the Christmas tree this year.  Read More

Ultimate VCI Protection bags are plastic bags which are said to keep steel tools stored in...

Fishermen, sailors, and other people who take to the sea will know how quickly and easily steel tools begin to rust in a marine environment. One method of dealing with the problem involves spraying the tools with oil before storage, then wiping them off before use. New Jersey-based company Leland Limited, however, is now offering what it describes as a simpler, more eco-friendly alternative: plastic tool-storage bags that prevent rust.  Read More

The Portable Support Tool Balancer transfers weight from the user's arms and shoulders to ...

If you’ve ever tried holding something heavy out in front of your body, then you’ll know how much strain it can put on your arms and shoulders – there’s a reason that heavy loads are usually carried perched on top of the shoulder, or strapped to the back. But when you’re using handheld power tools or working with shovels, hedge-trimmers, chainsaws and the like, you usually have no choice. That’s where the Portable Support Tool Balancer comes in. The device is designed to take up to 95 percent of the weight that would be supported only by your arms and shoulders, and redistributes it throughout your torso.  Read More

Quik-Drive Auto-Feed screwdriver: how could I ever get angry with you?

My name is Loz, and I have a problem with tool lust. I find it very difficult to leave a hardware or auto shop without a heat gun, or a ratcheting spanner set, or some new air tool on top of the three bolts I went in there for. And while I've never had to screw a wall together or install a deck - and I have no plans to start in the immediate future - I'd still find it incredibly hard to resist one of these things if I ever saw it in person. It's a belt-feed screwdriver. A freakin' belt-feed screwdriver. Load it up with a strip of screws, and you're ready to screw more things in quicker succession than you'd ever have dreamed possible. Just watching the Quik Drive promo video after the jump sent me into a shuddering toolgasm.  Read More

The 13 Function in 1 Pen, with its assortment of tools

Chances are, you wouldn’t be on this website if you didn’t love gadgets. And one thing that gadget-lovers seem to go especially ga-ga over are multitools, like the Leatherman or the Swiss Army Knife - there’s something very appealing about the idea of one little object that can do all sorts of useful things. Well, for all of those situations where bringing along your pocket-knife-on-steroids might seem like overkill, there’s a new product that can easily clip onto your pocket protector: the 13 Function in 1 Pen.  Read More

The Scruzol magnetic multi-bit screwdriver and drill accessory

Anyone who likes to tinker with a tool set knows how frustrating it can be when that particular screwdriver you need has magically disappeared. Enter the Scruzol, which not only has a strong central magnet and holds up to twelve screw bits, but also features a bit socket on both ends, enabling it to be both a screwdriver and a power driver for an electric drill.  Read More

Dragging a handle underneath the tabs reveals thumbnail representations of open tabs

Opera's powerful content sharing technology, Unite, has now been fully integrated into its desktop browser with the release of Opera 10.10. Opera lovers can also enjoy visual tabs to view thumbnails of pages in open tabs, a page-loading turbo boost, web navigation with mouse gestures and a customizable speed dial interface.  Read More

Native Instruments Komplete 6 brings together seven powerful digital music applications fo...

Native Instruments has just announced a recession-busting update to its impressive arsenal of digital musical instruments and effects - Komplete 6. The bundle not only comes with improved versions of amp and effects simulator Guitar Rig, the powerful sound manipulator Absynth and over 44Gb of sampling joy in the form of Kontakt, but it's also being offered at a significantly reduced price too.  Read More

The Milli-Grip adjustable spanner

March 20, 2009 When you think you have come across all the tools that could possibly add any value, along comes a new one to the ranks. The Milli-grip spanner, from HTM Products of Sussex, is a "must have" for the home handyman. It is an adjustable spanner that fits metric nuts and bolts from 2mm through to 32mm, in 1mm increments. Through its ratchet system, it eliminates the slippage problems (and associated skinned knuckles) inherent in the traditional shifting spanner/wrench, with its worm-gear operation. Suitable for use by both left and right handed people, the Milli-grip can be adjusted to a precise fit with just one hand in a fraction of the time required with the old shifting spanner. Once locked onto the nut or bolt, it will not alter its setting during use.  Read More

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