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SpotCheck #30

A quick look at some of the cool stuff that has come across our workbench or inbox this week.

A Better Pegboard

Wall Control Slotted Pegboard Kit The Wall Control Pegboard Standard Workbench Tool Storage Organizer Kit ($103) offers maximum tool board storage versatility and strength with over 10.5 square feet of pegboard storage space. 20 gauge steel construction makes these slotted and holed panels 10x stronger than conventional pegboard. Several kits and individual accessories are available.

Grampa's Weeder

Grandpa's Weeder
Invented in 1913 in Seattle, Washington, Grampa's Weeder ($30) is a must-have garden tool that makes pulling weeds simply simple. 45" wooden handle lets you weed while standing, saving your back and knees. Easily removes weeds and their roots without bending, pulling or kneeling. Bamboo handle and powder coated steel construction will last forever, as is proof with its lifetime guarantee.

Best-Selling Workbench Vice

Wilton Bench Vice Looking for a solid medium-duty vice for your workbench? Look no further than the best-selling Wilton Bench Vice ($45). Made from high-strength steel, this 17 lb vice has a jaw opening of 4" and swivels 120° using pins to lock it down. Three mounting holes to secure it, this is the perfect vice for the weekend warrior.

Setting Up Shop

Setting Up Shop Book
Woodworkers are always looking for ways to improve their workshops, and this book is exactly what they need to outfit a shop for the first time, or expand their existing shop. The revised Setting Up Shop ($19, paperback) offers practical advice on determining the best shop location, shop layout, equipping the shop with tools and accessories, shop safety, and storage solutions. Written by Master Craftsman, Sandor Nagyszalanczy.

Flex Your Shine

FLEX XFE 7-15 Random Orbital/Polisher The new FLEX XFE 7-15 Random Orbital/Polisher ($410 @ Chemical Guys) uses a free-spinning, dual-action mechanism to gently rub and scrub away scratched and swirled dead layers of paint with an abrasive pad and compound. The gentle dual-action mechanism helps prevent holograms in conjunction with the large 15mm orbital throw. The expanded orbital throw mechanism spreads buffing heat over a large area for even surface finishing and fast correction time. Spreading the work from the powerful 710 watt motor over a large surface area keeps temperatures lower, protecting paintwork from heat burn and burn through. The FLEX XFE 7-15 is lightweight, balanced, and easy to handle for any detailing expert or enthusiast.

Solar Battery Charger

Battery Tender Solar Charger Harness the power of the sun with the Battery Tender 15-Watt Solar Panel Charger/Maintainer ($103) with built-in Battery Tender 3-step automatic microprocessor controller. 100% portable, waterproof and ideal for battery charging and maintenance. Built-in charge controller to prevent overcharging. Also available in 5w or 10w.

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Forty-something years later, Michael still doesn't' know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Michael has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, lead a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a sales/marketing/PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, flying, trains, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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