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Toolbox Essentials

Tool Reviews, Tools March 8, 2017 Sonia

steel with a 3.75-in. maximum jaw capacity, it accommodates most cars and light truck filters and fits PVC, conduit and fit-tings. It’s constructed with a PermaLock fastener to eliminate nut and bolt failure and has the famous Channellock Blue grips for comfort. Visit

Ryobi Multi-Surface Laser Level

The Ryobi Multi Surface Laser Level (model ELL1750) is equipped with three mounting options for hands-free leveling—suction cups (for metal, tile and glass), push-pins (for drywall, wood, and cork board) and magnets for most metal surfaces.

The Multi Surface Laser Level features horizontal and vertical bubble vials and a 90-degree protractor for accurately leveling anything with an angle. Measuring out to 20 feet, this laser level guarantees the accuracy and convenience you need to get the job done. Visit


Channellock Professional Snips

This new line of Professional Snips is made from drop-forged molybdenum alloy steel for maximum strength and has been designed with the same commitment to quality that Channellock is known for. Models include standard, offset, left upright and right upright snips. Each tool has been designed with an 8:1 compound action delivering maximum cutting power with minimum effort. A superior grade 8 pivot bolt joins the custom heat-treated blades that are precision-machined to last longer. Additional features include a long-lasting double overwind spring and grips designed for durability and comfort. In addition, Channellock also now offers a line of Tinner Snips in both duckbill and straight. Visit

Kobalt Steel Grip 8-Piece Metric 3/8-in Drive 6-Point Socket Set

Featuring advanced all-steel hexagonal cam technology that grips tighter as you turn, this new 8-piece Kobalt set includes metric sockets sizes ranging from 8mm to 17mm (Standard set also available). With great gripping action even in wet, corrosive and dirty environments, the hex-cam design is effective in removing rusted and rounded nuts and bolts. These sockets are also helpful when trying to start a nut or bolt in a tight work space. Each set features easy-to-read, laser-etched size call-outs and is backed by the Kobalt Hassle-Free Lifetime Guarantee.

DigiRoller Plus III

The newly re-designed DigiRoller Plus III can measure lengths, widths and heights, and it can calculate areas, volumes, perimeters and more in U.S. or metric units. The new Digi puts the controls right in the palm of your hand, requiring no stooping, bending or squinting. The DigiRoller Plus III is also built to last with a reinforced metal shaft, and the LCD has an anti-shock mount. The easy-to-use handle-mounted controls come with a 7-digit backlit display. It has a built-in carrying handle and folds to half size for easy transport and storage. The gear drive is sealed for better protection, and the DigiRoller Plus III measures up to 9,999,999 feet, meters, yards or inches. Visit

The VamPLIERS Long Nose

Just grip and turn with the VamPLIERS Long Nose, the newest addition to the patented Vampire Tools family of screw-extraction pliers. At 7.5 in. (190 mm), the Long Nose is ideal for small to medium screws up to 0.22 in. (5.5 mm) stuck in hard-to-reach places. Ordinary long-nose pliers have difficulty grasping thin plates or cutting fine wires. Not with the VamPLIERS Long Nose—firmly grasp and easily cut into plates and wires with both horizontal and vertical serrations that bite into any screw head. Made in Japan from hardened Kobe steel, the T-shaped handle and comfortable cushioned grip make sure even the most difficult screws are easily removed with no slippage. Visit