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SpotCheck #34

There’s a lot of stuff that comes across the workbench or inbox here at GarageSpot each week. And while much of it is pretty cool, there’s either not enough to make a full story of it (yet), or we just don’t have time but do want to share. That’s what this post is about each week. We call it, SpotCheck. Enjoy.

A Great Knuckle-Saving Tool

Tite-Reach The Tite-Reach Extension Wrench ($114; tri pack) is a great invention that makes dealing with hard-to-reach nuts and bolts a breeze. Tite-Reach requires zero degrees of arc in order to operate and can be used with any 3/8" or 1/4" drive and socket set. The aluminum housing, chrome hardened gears and UHMW bushings are built to withstand even the toughest jobs.

Truly Corded Power from Cordless Tools

Milwaukee 9.0 Red Lithium Battery With the introduction of the Milwaukee M18 Red Lithium 18 Volt High Demand 9.0 Battery Pack, Milwaukee says it will completely shatter cordless expectations by delivering up to 5x more run-time, 35% more power, and run 60% cooler than standard lithium-ion batteries. In conjunction with the advanced framework of motors and electronics in the M18 system, this new battery technology exceeds what’s possible on high-voltage or multi-battery tools, and is fully compatible with the entire M18 system. Available this Fall online and in big-box home improvement stores.

WORX 56 Volt Hedge Trimmer

worx-56-volt-hedge-trimmer The new WORX 56 Volt Cordless Hedge Trimmer ($194) is the company's most powerful hedger yet and features a soft grip rear handle and D-shaped front handle for maximum comfort and control. A clear-view, hi-impact hand guard angled in front of the handle provides protection and helps shield the operator from debris. The stamped-steel, dual-action, 24" blades operate at 2200 strokes-per-minute and are designed to minimize vibration and reduce operator fatigue. A two-step trigger prevents accidental start-ups. Includes a 90-minute charger, blade cover, and a wall mount.

A Clever CD Slot Phone Mount

Mountek CD Smartphone Holder Who uses CD players in their cars anymore? Ok, sorry... you're one of a few. The Mountek CD Slot Phone Mount ($24) is a clever way to make use of that old CD player in your car by leveraging it as a smartphone mount. No suction cups, clips, screws or adhesives required—it simply locks into your CD player's CD slot, giving you convenient access to your phone (but not while you drive, of course!). One downside is that, in some vehicles, it could block other controls or air vents. But still, it's a solid option.

Waterless Wash-n-Wax

Dry Shine Wash & Wax We can't imagine "washing" a filthy car without water and not harming the finish but that's the claim from this and other waterless car wash-n-wax products. Dry Shine ($30 for a 2pk + microfiber towel) is a Teflon- and silicone-free Carnuba wax foam formula that Dry Shine says contains deep cleaning agents to lift and remove tar, bugs, grease, and dirt. After they reached out to us, we asked the company for sample product and will do a write-up with our thoughts if/when they respond (and if we're brave enough to use it on our own vehicles). For more info on this and other Dry Shine products, visit

A Deburring Drill Bit

Uniburr Plus Deburring Drill Bit The Uniburr Deburring Tool Bit ($63) makes for quick repairs of damaged bolts in place. The Uniburr is the only external chamfer device patented for power drill use and is designed to work on soft-to-mild steel at low speeds (under 600 RPMs). This new "Plus" version is stronger than their standard version and is capable or deburring Grade 2, Grade 5, and Grade 8 bolts. Fits 8-32 (.164) through ¾-10.



About Michael Turner

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, led a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a marketing & PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, writing, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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