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Forum topic by toolman posted 01-25-2010 06:06 PM 1463 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2010 06:06 PM

We came across this while looking over all Tool manufacturers latest tool innovations. It’s really a pretty good idea from B & D, but you decide for yourself!

-- Toolman -

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 06:30 PM

At first, it looked good for, say, a light-duty, indoor-jobs tool box, but it says the “sockets are cast to fit both standard and metric bolts…” That’s 2 problems: cast instead of forged, and no socket fits both. You’ll end up with rounded bolt heads if you try that.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 06:43 PM

Ya I saw those at Walmart. I hate to think how many people bought that junk. Walmart should be ashamed. So should Black and Decker. If they would have had one metric and one standard I would have bought them both. Walmart talks green, but stuff like this tells me they are just full of it. Ya their prices are not even that good!

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 07:13 PM

I can see those being pretty useful for most homeowners who won’t use them very hard – not every tool needs to be industrial strength. – lol

I don’t think that they’re intended to fit either metric or SAE bolts/nuts. I’m pretty sure that they’re available in either type.

They’re probably like those six-in-one screwdrivers. When I first saw them, I thought they were junk intended to sucker in the uninitiated. After using one, however, I said “Hey, this is sorta neat!” I still have a pile of straight and phillips screwdrivers in my tool box, but rarely use them. – lol

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 08:02 PM

At first glance, it looks like a good idea. But even if it was well-made (which apparently it is not) it would only be good in situations where a nut was pretty much way out in the open with nothing around it. Look at this thing again, and try to visualize getting to your average situation with it. I’d bet 9 out of 10 times you are not going to be able to reach the nut or bolt with this.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 08:40 PM

Sawkerf…they are very much intended to fit both. One size fits all. It could have been a great idea

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#6 posted 01-25-2010 09:08 PM

I have a drawer full of stuff like that that is going in the trash.
On a different note , it is becomming harder to find decent tools with almost every distributor dabbling in the “Infomercial market”.


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#7 posted 01-25-2010 11:21 PM

I bought one for my father and myself as a Christmas gift and I haven’t really had a chance to use it yet other than the demo in the store at Lowe’s. I personally like what I’ve seen so far with it and with the Black Friday sales getting them at $15 a piece I was content. I personally don’t think its junk or a useless tool but that is my opinion. When I get a chance to use it more I’ll post more information about it.

Columbus, OH

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#8 posted 01-25-2010 11:47 PM

New Technology, They just keep recycling crap. Heres a little older model of the same thing.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#9 posted 01-25-2010 11:56 PM

Hahaha papadan , I’ve got at least three of those useless gizmoes here somewhere

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#10 posted 01-26-2010 12:15 AM

60s bicycle wrench, AKA, Knuckle Buster.

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#11 posted 01-26-2010 12:17 AM

it’s a long time since i seen one of those Dan but your right on with what you are saying these kids think they invent the square wheel nowdays LOL…....

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#12 posted 01-26-2010 12:58 AM

black n decker (which is made by dewalt) is more of light duty tools that you would only use around the house. I buy black n decker things for relatives who just need the handy kits for basic work.

-- M.K.

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