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Today I give my initial thoughts on the Milwaukee M12 Screwdriver kit. This is a great little screw gun.

I have been thinking about picking up another small gun like this for a while. I really like this type of tool for removing interior parts. I like the fact that you can adjust the power setting. I don’t think that this could ever replace my Matika impact(review coming soon), but this is a great little drill.

Like I mentioned, this is my initial thoughts. I feel like I need to really give a tool a good run before I can give my honest opinion on it. Well, unless it is a piece of junk.

If you want the specs for this screw gun, you can see that here. If you have a tool that you would like me to review, please contact me.

Also, I want to thank you all for watching, reading, listening to the show. I also appreciate you guys sharing the blog. That is the fastest way for me to grow the community. 🙂


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Happy Thursday everybody. I have a really cool tool for you guys today. We are looking at the “Get Sorted Socket Organizer” from the great folks at Sky Leap LLC. You may remember that I did a review of their wrench holder. You can check that out here. They also have some other really neat organizers. The tray for pliers seems really cool.

Again, overall I think this is a good product. You can find their stuff on Amazon. If you pick one of these babies up, let me know. I want to see how you set it up.

If you have a product you would like me to review, please let me know. I have a ton of tools. 😉 If you or your company want me to review a tool for you, please contact me. Just know that I will always give my very honest opinion. That I promise you.

Get Sorted Socket Organizer Video Review

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Hey everyone.

I am super excited about the new video series I am launching. The intro episode will be out later today on YouTube, and tomorrow on the blog. I wanted to freshen up the blog, and reach out of my normal comfort zone a little.

I want to tackle some of the same subjects as we do on the blog. Things like:

  • car repairs
  • Not getting taken advantage of
  • Finding a good mechanic
  • Being a good customer
  • How techs get paid on flat rate, there will be a lot about flat rate
  • Does your car really need a service?
  • DIY or Not DIY when it comes to repairs.

I feel like in video or audio I can really dive deep in a subject, or explain it a different way. I expect these videos to be anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes. There will also be more “quick tip” type videos, and tool reviews. I just shot 2 reviews last night. You guys know how much I love tools 😉 Oh, and don’t worry, I will still be doing some blog posts. Also Shop Shots is not going anywhere.

Teaming up with Bench Racing Garage
In addition to my video podcast (I will not use that word people call it) I have teamed up with my good buddy Rusty from Benchracinggarage.com. We are doing a really fun mini-series all about cars. We both live in the automotive world. We both love cars, and have fun talking about them. So we are bringing our love to you guys. It should be a blast. The first episode of that will drop this week.

If you have any questions, or show topics you want to see, please post them in the comments below. Otherwise you have to listen to what ever random thing is in my head that day LOL.

One Last Thing,
I want to do a live “Hangout” with a few people. The first one I want to talk about getting started as a new technician. If you are interested, please post in the comments, or email me with HANGOUT in the subject. I am thinking that Thursday evening is the best day for that.

Flashlight and Magnet

Flashlight and Magnet

You guys may know that I am a big time flashlight guy. I carry one with me where ever I go. So when the folks at HAYDEN Industrial Supply asked me to do a tool review for them, I jumped on the chance. One thing to remember about my reviews. These are my opinions based on experience.

Today we have the Catspaw Flexible Light and Pickup Tool. It combines 2 things I use all the time, a flashlight and a magnetic pick up tool. It is a pretty cool idea, but it can withstand the abuse I put flashlights through. Normally I like to give a tool a few weeks of real world use. In this case that was not really necessary.

About the tool
Like I said, the light is a great concept. It houses 3 LEDs, has a magnetic ring, and telescopes up to about 22.5 inches. It is a really cool orangey/copper finish that seems to hold up well. The button for turning the light on has both a hard on/off and a momentary on. That means you can just slightly push and hold the button and the light will stay on while you hold the button.

The Light
Right out of the gate I didn’t have good luck with the light. The battery pack was finicky and took some adjustment to get set properly. Once I got the batteries set, I found the light to be nice and bright. I did find the button to function rather poor. even a slight touch would turn the light off. As I sit here writing this, I still have to fiddle with the button to get the light to come on.

The Magnetstrong magnet
The magnet pickup is very strong. I was able to pick up and hold 4 sockets. That is much stronger than most pickup tools. The fact that the light extends out makes the magnetic pickup even better. The bad part about a strong magnet, it catches on everything metal. This causes the button to get pressed unintentionally.

I think this tool is a “C-” at best. The light is finicky and inconsistent. It can be the brightest light, but what good is that when it will not turn on. It also uses little watch type batteries. That is not practical for changing batteries. Plus the overall size of the light makes it too big for carrying on your person. For me this tool does not fit the bill.

This may have been one of the more harsh reviews I have done. But I owe it to you all to give you my honest thoughts about a product.

One more thing
The folks at Hayden were awesome and gave me a coupon code to pass on to you guys. Head on over to Haydenhasit.com and use the coupon code “humble-hayden” for 10% off your order of $25 or more. But hurry up because this code will expire 8/24/14