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OTC 4722 Tool Review

otc cv bootIt’s Thursday, so it’s time for another tool review. Today we are looking at a different tool to clamp CV boot clamps. This OTC 4722 or “Stinger” is a great addition to the tool box. I picked this up after a recommendation from a coworker. He found a work around for those pain in butt VW CV boot clamps.

Join me as we check out the OTC 4722 “Stinger”

  • Demo of the OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer
  • Pros of the OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer
  • Cons of the OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer
  • Overall thoughts of the OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer
  • The OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer vs the Lisle 30800 CV Boot Clamp Pliers
  • Price Points of each tool
  • Buy the OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer 
  • Buy the Lisle 30800 CV Boot Clamp Pliers (yes you need both)
  • Are you on Amazon Prime?
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “OTC 4722 CV Boot Clamp Installer Review ~ Video” on YouTube.

As always, post your comments below. If you have a tool you would like for me to review, use the contact me form. Or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, and put TOOL REVIEW in the subject.
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kobalt review 20v impact

Kobalt 20v impactHey everyone. I picked up this impact wrench, which I call a gun, a while ago. This is a pretty nice impact. While I don’t think that it will replace my air gun, it does have some really great features.

You can pick this up at your local Lowe’s Hardware, or buy it online. I did find it on Amazon, but it was $100 more, and not available on Amazon Prime.

Join me as we check out the Kobalt 20V 1/2 impact

  • Why I bought this impact gun
  • Some specs on the impact gun
  • What’s in the box
  • The PROS!
  • The Cons!
  • Overall thoughts
  • A prefect situation for this impact gun
  • and more

Trouble viewing? Watch “Kobalt 20V Impact Review ~ Video” on Youtube

As always, post your comments below. If you have a tool you would like for me to review, use the contact me form. Or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, and put TOOL REVIEW in the subject.

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Power Probe Review

A ton of you guys have asked me for a Power Probe review and demo. Well today we take a look at the Power Probe II AND the Power Probe III. I am luck enough to work in a show with some amazing guys. My good buddy Tony let me borrow his Power Probe to show you.

I shot a video a while back checking fuses with a test light. It is a good to see how checking fuses with a Power Probe is different than a test light. Checking fuses 2005 VW Passat (the same Passat as this video) 🙂

Today we look power up and check out:

  • Power Probe II
  • Power Probe III with Voltmeter
  • The Newest Power Probe Hook (this thing is AMAZING!)
  • Checking fuses with a Power Probe
  • Powering components with the Power Probe.
  • Add-ons for the Power Probe.
  • The sights and sounds of the Power Probe
  • Customizing a Power Probe
  • Replaceable parts
  • Lighting a light bulb
  • Powers and Grounds
  • and more

Having trouble viewing? Watch “Power Probe Review and Demo ~ Video” on Youtube.

As always, post your comments below. Do you have a Power Probe? How do you use it? If you have a tool you would like for me to review, use the contact me form. Or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com, and put TOOL REVIEW in the subject.
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Hey everyone. Today we are talking about the Busted Knuckle Garage Work Bench Mat. As I mention in the video, this was purchased on a whim. This is a cool mat. If you have never seen anything by Busted Knuckle Garage, they do some neat garage decor type stuff. Some of it is snarky and I like that 🙂

NOTE
It seems their prices fluctuate on each item. I recommend comparing Amazon and Busted Knuckle for the best price.

In this tool review, we talk about:

  • Why I bought this
  • The thing that would make this amazing
  • built in trays
  • Liquid trap
  • funnel
  • Pricing
  • When it is a MUST buy
  • When it is a fair buy
  • Get this mat on Amazon for $19
    and FREE shipping on Prime Busted Knuckle Garage BKG-80 Work Bench Mat
  • and more

If you are having trouble viewing, watch “Busted Knuckle Garage, Work Bench Mat Review” on YouTube.

As always your comments and questions are very welcome. Do you guys use mats like this? If so, what kind? Or are there better solutions that I don’t know about. If you are just looking for something to set on a bench, I found this one for about the same price JEGS Performance Products 80170 Workbench Utility Mat.

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Makita Drill and Driver Combo Review

Hey everyone! Today is Thursday, so it is tool review day. Today I have the most used tool in my box. The Makita impact driver, and drill combo CT200RW. I have owned 4 of the impacts, and 2 drills. So I am a big fan of this tool. The price point is from $179-$199.

One quick thing, I did a little “fixing” of the audio in this show. Let me know what you guys think. Shout out to Jason from Engineering Explained for recommending it.

Today we look at:Makita Drill and Driver Combo Review

  • Makita drill
    2 speed
    Adjustable Torque
    Keyless Chuck
    Brake
    Light
  • Makita Impact Driver
    1/4 quick lock
    Great Power
    Great Speed
    118ftlb torque
  • The Charger
    Its a battery charger that plays a little tune 😉

If you are having trouble viewing, watch it on YouTube Makita Drill and Impact Combo Review ~ Podcast Episode 20

Thanks for watching! What is the most used tool in your tool box? If there is a tool you would like me to review, please use the contact me form, or shoot me an email to Charles(At)Humblemechanic(dot)com.

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pliers tool sorterHey everyone. As you may know, Thursday’s have become tool review days. I have to say that I love doing tool reviews. As someone that owns a ton of tools, it is fun to share my experiences with them.

Today we are talking about the Tool Sorter Pliers Storage Tray. This is a very timely review for me. My pliers drawer was a mess. So bad that I wont even post a picture. And you know me, I share just about everything with you guys.

Tool Sorter Pliers Storage Tray Facts:

  • Up to 11 pliers can be stored in separate compartments Width of compartments from 0.6″ to 1.15″
  • Tray size of 12″ is no limit – longer tools can be stored
  • The tray is designed to accommodate various tools The 12″ long tray is open on one side, so longer tools can be stored
  • There is some issue with spring loaded pliers. That is really the only issue. But they do mention that on the Tool Sorter site
  • Oh, I never thought about it, but this would be great for storing files and chisels.

Well, what did you guys think? After the review I brought the tray to work. I gotta say that I dig it. The concern I had about angled pliers was not really an issue. My angled pliers fit perfect. If you have any questions or comments, please post them below, or use the contact me form.

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VW connector tool
VW connector tool

Schwaben connector tool. Picture from ECSTuning.com

It’s Thursday, so it is time for another tool review. Today I am reviewing the Schwaben Connector release tool for VW and Audi Connectors. I picked this tool up from ECS Tuning for about $15. Initially I was concerned that it would damage the connector. I have used it a bunch of times, and it has performed great. I am still cautions about breaking the connector, but it seems to function well.

Show Notes:

  • Review of the Schwaben VW connector release tool
  • You can pick this up from ECS Tuning
  • Pros
    • Cheap
    • Well built
    • Gives a little extra reach for connectors
  • Cons
    • You don’t “need” this tool
    • I will always be concerned about breaking connectors with this tool
  • Use on many VW or Audi connectors including, door latches, coils, air flow meter, o2 sensors and more.
  • Tips on removing VW or Audi connectors with out this tool

Like I said in the video, I think this is a neat tool. As always, post your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from you guys.

If you have a tool that you would like reviewed, please let me know. You can use the contact me form, post in the comments, or email me Charles(at)HumbleMechanic(dot)com