Cool Tool Innovations for the Mechanic

Cordless Heat Gun

The only cordless heat gun on the market, Milwaukee’s model 2688-20 reaches operational temperature 30% faster than corded guns. The heat gun’s operating temperature is 875°F., which is directed through a guarded nozzle. The tool’s Redlithium XC5.0 battery delivers more than 40 heat shrink connections on one charge. The 2688-20 (tool only) retails for $119. Go to

Knipex Needle Nose Pliers
Knipex Needle-Nose Pliers

11-Inch-Long Needle-Nose Pliers

Offering 11 inches of reach, the Extra Long Needle Nose Pliers from Knipex are designed to provide a 1¼-inch-wide gripping capacity. The tool’s gripping ability is enhanced with multiple gripping zones on the jaws including a serrated area for holding onto round parts or pipes. Workpieces can be grabbed, held, and guided with the four grooves found in the jaws. The pliers are forged from oil-hardened and tempered German tool steel topped off with a nonslip plastic coating. They are available in models with straight and 45° angled jaws. The straight-jaw version retails for $45. Go to 

DeWalt angle grinder DCG413R2
DeWalt 20V Max Angle Grinder

Angle Grinder Stops on a Dime

DeWalt’s 20V MAX angle grinder features a brake that brings the wheel to a stop in 2 seconds when the trigger is released, an E-Clutch that automatically shuts down the motor when a wheel pinch is detected, and a Kickback Brake incorporating both of these features. The tool’s One-Touch Guard allows single-action adjustments to change guard position. The model DCG413R2 retails for $349, including a battery and charger. Go to

Mayhew tools ProGrip line hook and pick set
Mayhew ProGrip line

Mechanic’s Hook and Pick Set

The ProGrip line comprises over 30 unique hooks and picks in 11 different sets designed for an array of applications. All of the Mayhew tools consist of alloy steel shanks with black oxide finish to deter rust. The shanks are enclosed in a highly resilient thermoplastic elastomer soft grip. The four-piece model 13094 set shown above retails for $51 to $55. Go to

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