Have you seen any new tools that you would like the ToolGuyd Community to know about?
I’ve recently seen some new (or at least somewhat new to me) tools or accessories that are either variations on a theme or IMO oddball in some way or the other. Most are probably Old Hat to those who use them – but I had not seen them in use.
Ones that seem (to me at least) to fit in this category include:
One of the pleasures of watching my kids growing up was the excitement as they learned to ride a bike and then progressed form a little tykes bicycle with training wheels to a BMX to a Mountain Bike and/or road bike in various sizes and styles. Not so nice was having a pair of bikes stolen – but that too was a life lesson.
From early on, I decided that I would maintain their bicycles, adjust and fix them as I did mine. What I found was that they were much more complicated that the old Columbia Bike and even the Peugeot that I rode as a kid myself. It seemed that with every new bike – there was a different set of running gear (bless or curse you Shimano and Campagnolo) .Changes in freehub/freewheel, different cone wrench size, changes in the bottom bracket, plus variations with the crankset, brakes, chain pitch, derailleurs, headset, spoke nipples and even pedals – kept me on my toes and often required a new tool for maintenance.
Like these (which is newer than any I had to purchase):
One constant – was the chain drive – even though some of the chain configurations (e.g. Hyperglide) changed a bit.
Last weekend I saw a Bike with a belt drive and had a chance to talk to the owner a wee bit. It seems she uses it mostly for commuting to work and really like it. That got me thinking that folks like Park must have new tools for this – and here are 2:
A tool I’ve just discovered in the past year but really REALLY like using is a set of Kant Twist clamps. I use them for welding but they are also used in the woodshop for easily securing thing which I cant allow to slide around.
The copper clamp pads rotate around and each face has a groove at a different angle for holding rod and steel shapes securely.
There are other clamps that use a cantilever sort of principle for tightening. The ones I have are made by URKO and I have one each in the 10 inch (404C10), 16 inch (404C16) and 24 inch (404C24) sizes. They are made in Spain.
I saw those at Lowes the other day too. The feel of the finish is strange, hard and rough. I’m not sure if it is a grip thing. I’m not saying it’s bad, just different. They also seemed lighter than they should be, but my point of reference is the pairs of Vise Grips that have been handed down to me.
There is nothing like a nicely coped joint for trimming out corners - especially irregular ones.
We had 2 older Bosch Barrel-Grip Jig Saws (1584VS) equipped with Collins Coping Foot (#88756) that once you got the hang of it did a pretty good job - with just some minor touch up needed. Collins makes some different models for Bosch, Carvex etc. Here is a link to one:
Stuart sent me a link and asked me what I thought of the Beau clips. They seem rather specialized, I couldn’t really think of a good use for them except maybe access panels. I can’t see why you’d want to put removable panels up in an everyday situation, but that’s probably my lack of imagination.
I haven’t seen the rope cinch (at least no the FastCap one) before.
I saw both of those this week. The rope cinch seems pretty cool.
The beau clip is actually very similar to a product we use in production on commercial millwork projects daily. Starhanger Blue Zero
They actually have a whole line of panel hanging products, aimed primarily at the commercial millwork industry, but also very useful for a variety of projects.
We use the Blue Zero and the Star Lock most often, as we can machine for them on the CNC very efficiently and just put in the hardware on the panel, and the mating screw on the sub panel and they line up without any measuring.
They are also very easy to install manually with just a drill as well. I have used them for many personal projects as well.
The snap in type fastener is not anything new, and has been used in different forms for marine type fasteners for years.
My post was not meant as an endorsement - but just that I had recently seen these by way of 2 promotional emails from Fastcap. The rope “Bow Tie” showed up in my email this morning. While I’ve used figure 8 's and so called Figure 9’s and other rope/paracord securing devices from folks like Nite-Ize - my usual expedient is to just form a loop with a figure-8 knot or a bowline on the bight at one end of the rope - loop the standing end around the item to be secured - run it through the loop (as in a running bowline) - cinch it tight and tie it off with a couple of half hitches.