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SpotCheck #36

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 Dumbwaiter for the Attic

Versa Lift If you've ever lugged big, heavy boxes up to the attic, you know it's a painful ordeal. The Versa Lift ($2450) certainly isn't cheap, but for those who really utilize attic space, it's a game-changer. This motorized storage lift moves loads up to 200 lbs. in just 15 seconds on a 44" x 20¾" platform. Made in the USA with strong powder-coated steel, the Versa Lift has max lifting height of 14'. You will have to cut an opening in your ceiling but, when the lift is in its full, upward position, that hole is sealed by the loading platform.

26 Bits in One Driver

Wiha Ultradriver The new Wiha 26-in-One Tradesman Ultra Driver is a multi-bit screwdriver that conveniently and uniquely stores 26 bits (or tips), all accessible at the press of a spring-loaded button. There are two other versions available with different bit configurations, and additional bits are available separately for about $1 each. Made in Germany. Learn more at WihaTools.com.

A Big Tool Rack for the Rest of Us

Big Tool Rack XP We covered the Big Tool Rack for tractors a while back and now the company has announced a smaller version designed for lawn tractors and ATVs. The new rack, called the Big Tool Rack XP, features a roto-molded plastic body and power-coated metal upright along with the same attachments available with the original Big Tool Rack. The XP attaches using any standard 1¼" or 2" receiver as well an optional three-point hitch connector. The XP is great for recreational campers, hunters or enthusiasts of any outdoor sports that require the ability to carry cargo on an ATV or tractor. $480-$500. Learn more at BigToolRack.com.

Rockler Make-and-Take Classes

Rockler Make-and-Take Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is offering hands-on project kits and classes called Make-and-Take throughout October, where participants can learn basic woodworking skills. Projects include a custom knife, an ice cream scoop, pizza cutter or bottle opener, a wooden beverage caddy, and a decorative wooden luminary. Participants can sign up for any or all of the classes and will leave with a completed project. Plans, overview videos and materials also will be available online. All Rockler retail stores will offer the classes, and a different project is scheduled for each week. Class size will be limited from three to six participants and run 2-3 hours. Costs range from $25-$25.

Pink Power

Pink Power Drill October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so why not show your support with a pink drill? The Pink Power PP182 18v Cordless Drill ($60), which the company says is [obviously] designed for women, is powered by a 0-550 RPM variable-speed motor and features 16 torque settings, keyless chuck, magnetic base for screw holding, built in level, and automatic LED work light. Kit includes 2 18V NICD batteries, charger, carrying case, 13 piece bit set, and manual.

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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, 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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