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Toolbox Essentials

Tool Reviews, Tools March 8, 2017 Sonia








By Tom Matthews

Power tools are big, noisy and fun, but it’s often the smaller tools that get the big jobs accomplished. Check out this collection of crucial items for tackling the repair and improvement projects around your home.

Channellock Tongue-and-Groove Pliers

The 440 12-in. Straight Jaw Tongue-and-Groove plier made by Channellock is the tool every tradesman or serious DIY’er needs in their toolbox. The plier is built to last with a PermaLock fastener, eliminating nut and bolt failure, and has patented reinforced edges to minimize stress breakage. The angled, laser heat-treated teeth provide a better, longer lasting grip. It’s versatile, strong and durable enough to pass down from generation to generation. Auto aficionados love Channellock’s 460 16.5-in. Straight Jaw Tongue-and-Groove Plier, whether it’s used for tinkering on a classic car or keeping the family minivan in top performing condition.

Both pliers are fiercely made in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and feature the famous Channellock BLUE grips for comfort. Visit

Laser Dimension Master 130

Laser Dimension Master 130 is a one-person laser measuring tool for distances, areas and volumes. It is easier and faster to use than a tape measure and fits easily in your hand, pocket or tool belt. Measure up to 130 Feet with accuracy of 1/8-in. or better over the entire range. Its small size makes it easy to use in hard-to-access areas, but the large, bright, color display is easy to read. Measure distances in feet-inches, decimal feet, inches or meters. Visit

B’laster Lubricants

From the makers of PB B’laster, the top-selling penetrant since 1957, B’laster products are made in the USA, and each is formulated for specific applications in and around the house. The company’s flagship product, PB B’laster, is ideal for breaking free rusted or frozen parts. B’laster Multi-Purpose Pro-Grade Lubricant is the most versatile tool in the box, an excellent lubricant for daily tasks such as squeaky door hinges or sliding door tracks. For the more stubborn tasks at hand, use B’laster Industrial Strength Silicone Lubricant, which is formulated for long-lasting lubrication and won’t accumulate dust and dirt. B’laster High-Performance White Lithium Grease is a pro favorite for trailer hitches and hood latches because it stays put and doesn’t run like competitor brands.  Recently formulated with Teflon flouropolymer, B’laster Dry Lube protects surfaces and is the preferred choice for wood drawers and saw blades. And don’t forget about B’laster Premium Silicone Garage Door Lubricant, which is an effective tool to quiet the noisy operation of garage door mechanisms. Visit

Channellock Oil Filter/PVC Plier with Angled Head

Channellock’s American-made 2012 12-in. Oil Filter/PVC Plier has all of the strength and reliability of the company’s iconic Tongue-and-Groove Pliers and still meets the special needs of large PVC and oil filters. What makes this tool special is its 30-degree angled head that allows access to previously impossible-to-reach areas. The plier is made with right-angle teeth to grip in all directions. Constructed of high-carbon