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  • Wiha 32480 SpeedE Insulated Electric Screwdriver

    One of the downsides to using a screwdriver is that it can wear on your wrists, especially for extended periods or in a tight space you just don’t get the torque you need to get the job done. But there’s times when using the screwdriver is the best choice because a drill is too powerful or won’t fit. Wiha has the perfect solution, the Wiha 32480 SpeedE Insulated Electric Screwdriver. It’s a great option for when you need to do a lot of fastening in a short amount of time without straining your wrist. Not only that, this tool has many advantages when compared to using a drill or driving screws in manually.

    Wiha 32480 SpeedE Insulated Screwdriver First and foremost, the SpeedE operates within a limited amount of torque which helps prevent damage to screws and the mounting surface. The maximum amount of torque it produces is max. 0.4 Nm = 3.5 in/lbs so you’ll be less likely to strip screws. Another great advantage is that the SpeedE is compatible with Wiha’s SlimLine blades, so you won’t have to buy new attachments. The SlimLine blade series is of course an insulated interchangeable blade system that is 1/3 thinner than most other insulating material. It’s always a good thing when you don’t need to buy new accessories when a new tool comes out.

    Wiha 32480 SpeedE Insulated Screwdriver with case and accessoriesAmongst the other convenient features is that charging and storage are incredibly easy. The lithium-ion batteries can be charged with a USB cord or plugged into the wall for charging. Indicator lights shine red or green making it easy to tell when charging is done. When not in use, the SpeedE, its charger and other accessories will store nicely in Wiha’s “L-Boxx” mini storage box. The L-Boxx is a relatively thin box with foam contours to ensure that all the pieces fit back into place. The carrying handle makes this an easy tool to carry around.

    All told, the Wiha 32480 is an excellent addition to Wiha’s catalog. It’s insulated up to 1,000 volts, it’s fully compatible with Wiha’s SlimLine blade system, has a handy charging and storage system and best of all, makes using a screwdriver easier than it already was. Grab Wiha’s newest tool today and make your jobs even easier!

  • Pelican Cases - Built to Last

    Fellow Torrance-based company Pelican Products is world famous for their incredibly durable storage cases, among other things, and they’ve been at it since 1976. Founded by a husband/wife team in a Torrance garage, Pelican started out making tough flashlights and carrying cases that could withstand the rigors of scuba diving and other adventurous derring-do without leaking or allowing equipment to be damaged. Since these humble beginnings, Pelican Products has received numerous awards and accolades. The cases they make are used by photographers, aerospace, emergency, military and industrial professionals. If they’re good enough for that kind of action, they’re well qualified to help you store your stuff.Pelican 1650 Case

    Here at EIO we carry the full line of Pelican cases and you’ll easily find something that fits your use. If you’re into making movies or doing GoPro videos of you EXTREME adventures, the Pelican 1150 is said to work great for that purpose. There are quite a few variations in color and what kind of foam you put inside, so check out the other options. If you’re looking for a case that’s a tad bigger, the Pelican 1620 is perfect for climbing gear, anchors, harnesses, ropes rigging and more. The Pelican 1650, on the other hand, has been used by many to hold heavy tools such as:  ratchets, hammers, box wrenches and anything too big to fit in a tool bag. Lastly, the Pelican 1430 and the Pelican 1450 are probably some of the largest, being used for radios, computers and other electronics. As great as these cases are, they’re not complete without their foam inserts, mounts and O-rings. Most of the cases come with the correct foam, but you may find you need to replace an old piece of foam, or you may wish to customize your store case with specific foam, mounts and O-rings for your needs.Pelican 1430 Case

    Whatever you need to store, Pelican Cases will protect your gear from damage in often some of the most extreme conditions. After more than 40 years in the business, Pelican has practically perfected the art of making a case that can withstand just about anything. Take a look to find the right case with the right accessories for you needs. If you have a favorite, make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Thames & Kosmos Science Stocking Stuffers!

    Looking for some last minute stocking stuffers for Christmas? Get the children in your life some STEAM toys to learn about art and science. Thames & Kosmos is one of our go-to science toy manufacturers. The toys that they make feature colorful, easy to follow instructions and keep kids entertained, and of course, learning.

    First up, the Thames & Kosmos 551003 Kitchen Chemistry uses safe, everyday chemicals from your kitchen. Your young charges will learn about ten essential science topics using baking soda, vinegar, sugar, salt and the nefarious dihydrogen monoxide. The Thames & Kosmos 551005 Amazing Gyroscope, meanwhile teaches about physics and motion. Use the gyroscope to learn about how the spinning forces of a gyroscope create the element of balance.

    Thames & Kosmos 550016 Wind Racers For a more in-depth learning experience, give the Thames & Kosmos 550016 Wind Racer a try. This kit builds six different wind powered vehicles,a glider as well as sail cars and boats. This kit teaches the science and physics of how wings and sails work. Maybe with a couple kits, the kids can build more than one and race them to see which is fastest.

    If you want to get a little action on the “A” part of STEAM (that’s art, in case you’re wondering) with the Thames & Kosmos 553007 Airbrush T-shirt Kit. While it doesn’t really teach any science, kids will see how air pressure works with the airbrush and they’ll be able to express their artistic talents with old T-shirts. Other features include sequins, buttons and fabric shapes to create a truly unique design.Thames & Kosmos 553007 Airbrush T-Shirt

    Any of these kits will make great gifts and stocking stuffers, and will make fun gifts for learning. If you and your kids have used these, make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Wera Wednesday – Wera Wooden Handled Screw Drivers

    You’ve got your ironic beard, flannel shirt and skinny jeans held up by suspenders. You’ve got your locally roasted fair trade coffee or maybe a PBR in one hand and a hand rolled cigarette in the other. You’ve got Neutral Milk Hotel or Mumford and Sons on in the background, vinyl of course. how to age wood how to make wood look oldYou’ve got everything you need as a hipster, your tiny house is perfect and all is well with the world. Until you realize you don’t have any tools to help you make that handmade bird house or bookshelf made of sustainably harvested wood. What is the hipster handyman to do? Where can you get some vintage looking hand tools without paying antique collectible prices?

    Buy some Wera wood handled tools!

    These beautiful wood handled tools look like old fashioned tools, but haven’t rusted or been beat up, so they lack that aesthetic, but it’s also the perfect opportunity for you to put your signature wear upon them. Made of hard beech wood, they’ll take some abuse without much wear showing, but maybe with some hard work, steel wool or maybe some sandpaper, some coffee grounds and vinegar, you can maybe artificially weather the handles of your tools and impress all of your friends with the aged and weathered vintage tools set. Regardless of how it looks, the tool is strong and features additional reinforcement to withstand hammer blows and extreme loads.

     Wera 05137810001 Wood Handled Pozidriv and Slotted Screwdriver SetGet the Wera 05018251001 6 piece set, you’ll get a Phillips #1 and #2 as well as four different common slotted sizes. The Wera 05137810001 Pozidriv and slotted 6 piece set features the same slotted sizes, but also a PZ 1 x 90mm and PZ 2 x 100mm. If you want it all, you can mix and match by ordering the drivers individually as well. The PZ 2 and the PZ 1 are available to add to your Phillips set or Phillips sizes #1, #2, #3, and #4 are available individually if you prefer to add those to the Pozidriv set.

    They’re all great tools, and the wood will add a rustic look to any workbench or handyman corner, especially if you take the trouble to age them. Be sure to tell us your experience with these tools, we’d love to hear from you! Make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Tool Tuesday - Wiha 32099 Insulated Screwdriver Set

    Grab a hot deal on Wiha insulated screwdrivers with the Wiha 32099 priced at $31.98 at EIO.com. Like most Wiha insulated sets, you get a good selection of tools at a reasonable price. This set includes the three most common Phillips sizes, #1 - #3 and four slotted sizes 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 5.5mm and 6.5mm which can be approximated to Imperial sizes 9/64” to ¼”.

    Wiha 32099 Insulated Screwdriver set 7 pieceThese drivers are made from Chrome Vanadium Molybdenum which is similar in strength to chrome vanadium but less brittle and less likely to shatter during use. It’s a strong alloy that’s used across many different Wiha tools and is a testament to their strength. The handle is Wiha’s signature Cushion Grip Handle which is molded onto the blade for maximum solidity and the tool is insulated up to 1,000 volts to conform to EN/IEC, ASTM-F, VDE, DIN, NFPA & CSA standards. This basically means that Wiha tests each tool up to 10,000 volts and gives them a rating of 1,000 volts ensuring maximum safety during use with live circuits. This is truly a lifesaving feature as recounted in this blog where someone made contact with a live wire, they melted the screwdriver tip but escaped with their life.

    Should the tool fail in any way during normal use, Wiha also backs their tools up with a no hassle guarantee for up to 12 months. If you’ve used Wiha tools before, you’ll know they’re so well made you probably won’t need to take advantage of that.

    This set will make a great addition to any tool box and would be an awesome start to pairing it with other Wiha insulated tools. We’d love to hear from you on what you do with your insulated Wiha tools, and if you’ve narrowly escaped death using one, so make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Robot Toys, Solar Energy and Saltwater Energy

    Discover some fun and affordable STEM toys for the children in your life this Black Friday and Cyber Monday! We’ve got a lot of selection of many top brands like Elenco’s and Thames & Kosmos Science Kits, but today we’re featuring some fun and innovative STEM toys from OWI. With these fun toys, you and your children can learn about robots as well as solar power and salt water fuel cells and see how they can power the movement of various toys.

    OWI-MSK691 Penguin Life solar powered toyLooking at solar powered toys, you’ll find that there are quite a few choices from toys for younger kids all the way up to stuff for older kids and teenagers. Besides having fun, kids will learn about solar energy, and you’ll save tons of money on batteries. The first toy is perfect for small children, the OWI-MSK691 Penguin Life takes just minutes to snap together and it’s very basic in its function. Just plug it in to the igloo, put it in the sun for about 3 minutes, then take it off and watch it go! Maybe get a couple and have some penguin races. Another basic set, but for kids that are a bit bigger, the OWI-MSK679 Solar System Kit is a rough approximation of our solar system and appropriately, it’s solar powered and demonstrates the orbital movement of the planets. This kit also contains acrylic paint and a brush making this a STEAM toy with an art component. There are three different multi-form solar toy kits that allow kids to build various models with one toy. The OWI-MSK610 is a 6-in-1 kit featuring a boat and a buggy, the OWI-MSK640 is a 7-in-1 featuring seven different types of cars and the OWI-MSK615 is a 14-in-1 solar robot with car, robot and floating options as alternate forms. The OWI-MSK615 was huge seller last Christmas and we actually ran out of them last year, so get one now while they’re available.

    OWI-750 Saltwater CarMoving on to something a little more innovative in terms of fuel, the OWI-750 Salt Water Fuel Cell Car uses magnesium fuel cells (refills OWI-SP750) which react with the chlorine in the sodium chloride (table salt). The magnesium is an alkaline metal which loses two electrons when it undergoes a chemical reaction, and these electrons of course create the electricity to move the car. You can read all about that here.

    OWI-536 3-in-1 All Terrain RobotFor something completely different, there’s the OWI-536 All Terrain 3-in-1 Robot which is battery powered and operates by remote control. The three modes you can choose from are the rover which is pretty straight forward, the gripper and the forklift. The Gripper uses to of the treads like arms to grip an object and the forklift acts as a miniature version of a forklift. You can watch all of the forms in action in this video.

    All of these kits will keep any child or teen entertained and most important learning with STEM and STEAM. They’ll learn about solar power, some lite chemistry and with all the sets, they’ll fine-tune motor and building skills. Have you and your kids played with any of these? We’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Hosa D5S-6 DeoxIT Cleaner

    Everything degrades over time, even metal surfaces and of course, the connecting parts of cables are made of metal. Metal oxidizes over time and that results in rust or in non-ferrous metals corrosion or poor contacts , poor interference and lessened conductivity. The last thing you need when doing a show is for your sound equipment to have bad connections, so many musicians use the relatively affordable contact cleaner by Hosa, the D5S-6 Deoxit Contact Cleaner.

    Hosa D5S-6 contact cleanerThe D5S-6 spray works immediately upon contact to clean off oils and dirt and deoxidizes build up on metal surfaces so it helps to clean and lubricate and once said item is cleaned, connectivity improves as well. The spray is said to chemically improve connections as well. Many musicians use the spray to fix scratchy pots, bad connections and for general maintenance. It can also be used on anything in with metal parts including guitars, keyboards, mixers and much more. The cleaner is safe to be use on all metals and won’t eat plastic away either.

    Many people have excellent results when using this cleaner, it seems the spray not only cleans away oils, dirt and oxidation, it also leaves a slight coating or film on the contact which protects the metal and improves conductivity. Some users, however, caution about using this spray right before extended storage or without regularly maintaining the equipment. It seems that over a long time, if left completely alone, this coating will also break down and leave residue that needs to be cleaned. But if you’re going to be using the equipment a lot and continuously cleaning it, you shouldn’t have a problem and in fact, this spray will make sure your connections last a long time.

    Have you used this before? We’d love to hear from you so make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Tool Tuesday: Wiha 66992 MagicRing Ball End Hex

    You’re probably thinking that a hex key is a hex key, and really, what else can you do to improve that? Well of course, someone did innovate this basic tool with the ball end hex which allowed one to tighten or loosen hex bolts at an angleWiha 66992 MagicRing Hex Keys. While that is definitely an important advancement, Wiha has gone a step further with their Wiha 66992 MagicRing Ball End Hex set.

    This set is really two sets of hexes in one, inch and metric, so you’ll probably get every size you’d ever need. The key thing though is that the MagicRing is a small rubber ring that fits into a groove at the ball end point of the hex tool, and what this does is it helps hold the screw in place without the aid of magnet. It also helps ensure a snug fit and can help increase the amount of torque you get which helps when you’re working with up to a 30 degree angle. It really is magic and it will make your life Wiha MagicRing Hex Keys While the Wiha 66992 is today’s featured tool, the MagicRing is available in many different types of drivers from traditional drivers like the Wiha 36790 9 Piece set to bits like the Wiha 71307. It really is a versatile design and definitely helps reduce frustration and wasted time by preventing dropped screws. It really is a great innovation to the already great innovation of the ball end hex.

    We’d love to hear from about MagicRing tools that you’ve used, so make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Buy Nice or Buy Twice: Why Buying High Quality Tools Matters

    We all know the saying “buy nice or buy twice” applies to tools as much as it does to anything else, so it’s kind of surprising that a lot of people cheap out on tools. Often it’s because the tool may be needed for just one job and so one just goes down to Harbor Freight for some of their low priced, cheap quality tools. Or maybe it’s off to Home Depot for a Husky or whatever cheap tool at the local Wal-Mart or hardware store. After all, if you only need it for one job, who cares if it breaks or not? There’s even stories of people heading down to Harbor Freight to buy 10 or 20 of a certain tool to replace them as they break on the job. For the average home tool user, this may make sense, but if you’re going to be using tools for work, or regularly at home, it really does pay to invest a little bit of money into buying something that will last longer than the current job you’re on.

    That’s not to mean a more expensive tool is necessarily better than a cheaper one, or that a tool made in Germany or the USA is going to beat a Taiwanese or Chinese made tool by a high quality brand. However, doing a little homework to get the best balance on price and quality is definitely worth your time. A great example would be comparing what you’re going to get for the price. Is this set of insulated drivers from Harbor Freight for $10 something you would trust with your life? Yes, they’re insulated up to 1,000 volts, but given the importance of safety this tool should provide, why not instead spend an extra $30 and get a Wiha set? Wiha tests all of their insulated tools up to 10,000 volts in a water bath to ensure the maximum safety, as does Wera. No mention of the testing or safety standard is mentioned with the $10 set, it probably is safe, but do you want to take that chance?

    In addition to considering tool safety, this blog provides some guidelines for when to invest in a tool and when buying a throwaway is OK. The author first recommends considering will the more expensive tool give better results? Will it save you time? In the case of a ratchet, the Wera Zyklopp ratchet gives you a ton more options with its swivelhead, making it much better choice than not only a cheap version, but even other higher end tools. We’ve extolled the virtues of the Wera Zyklopp here, it basically can do the job of five tools, is one of the easiest tools to use and has great features no other ratchet can lay claim too. So yeah, it can do a better job, making you less frustrated and it can save a ton of time.

    The other points, besides safety, that the author raises are whether or not a tool will help save money, and will it give you a better user experience? In terms of saving money, that can be debatable, but consider this. If you have to buy 10 of a certain tool every time you go out because you know it will break, eventually you’ll hit a point where you’ve spent more money on throwaways than you would have spent on a nice quality tool. Compare this $2, 4-in-1 screwdriver (read the 1-star reviews) from Harbor Freight to this Klein multi-bit driver or to a Wera Kompakt set which stores bits inside the handle and has loads of extra features. Or maybe compare it to this Felo 11-in-1 or this Wiha 13 piece driver, both of which are insulated and under $30 and $40 respectively. If you have to buy 10 of the cheap one to replace breakages, you’re already at $20 and you might as well have bought a better one from the start. Not to mention for a little extra money you can get some really cool features or storage options in a better tool. So with these brands you would save money long-term, you would save time in trips to the hardware store to replace junk and in the end, the features and the quality make a better user experience. Not to mention if a Wiha or other brand breaks in normal use, they’ll often replace it under a lifetime warranty. Harbor Freight does offer some warranty as well, but is it really worth the time to have them replace a $2 tool?

    All things considered, buying a cheap tool to use on just one job may seem like a cheap and easy answer, but if that tool breaks, and often it will, it’s somewhat wasteful not only in the sense that something was mass produced to be of easy-breaking quality, but also in the sense of downtime on the job to get new parts. If you need a new tool, even if it’s initially for a short term job, it might still be worth investing in something of higher quality. The higher price is often justified by more features in a higher end product in addition to quality that will last for years so if you have to tackle a similar job in the future, you’ll have a nice tool to do it with. When getting a new tool, give a better quality tool a few moments of consideration. The time saved in using a tool that won’t break and the quality of the job it does might just be worth that price tag.

    We’d love to hear from you, especially if you have some horror stories about using cheap tools and if you think that using a better tool from the start would have been a better idea. Make sure to leave us product reviews for some of our tools here and tell us about your story on Facebook or Instagram!

  • Great Deals on Gedore Tool Sets

    One line of tools we’ve recently added to our catalog of high quality German tools is Gedore. Gedore has been a name in high quality tools for nearly 100 years and they’ll easily continue on long after that. It may be time to upgrade your toolbox with some Gedore tools, they’ll last a lifetime.

    Gedore tools 1482335 2163 Torx Driver 10 piece setProbably the most accessible introduction to Gedore tools would be with their screwdriver sets. Featuring a uniquely styled ergonomic handle and metal parts made of molybdenum-vanadium-plus tempered steel with precision machining, these drivers will ensure a snug fit saving your screws from getting stripped. Gedore’s 1482319 is a 6-piece set consisting of four slotted sizes and the two most common Phillips sizes. You can also get a 10-piece set of Torx drivers with the Gedore 1482335, this set is perfect for recessed Torx screws. Gedore also has some insulated drivers, the Gedore 1616048 is a 7 pack of insulated screwdrivers, certified for use up to 1,000 volts which is the industry standard for insulated tools. Gedore also makes stubby drivers, available individually like the Gedore 2153 8 which is an 8mm slotted stubby. Be sure to check for other sizes.

    Gedore 1822373 Socket set with sockets and bitsGedore also has other staples of the tool kit with some splendid socket sets. The Gedore 1822373 ¼” socket set is 37 pieces with quite a few bits and sockets to choose from. If you needed more pieces, the Gedore 1815687 Socket set with a generous selection of bits and sockets. These would be great options to keep with you on the go. If you don’t need the bits and would prefer to get more sockets, the Gedore 1815652 is a 17 piece set focusing mainly on ¼” bi-hexagon sockets.

    In terms of pliers and similar tools, they make just about everything you would expect. The Gedore 1500 ES-VDE is a 4-piece set featuring the most commonly needed tools like a long-nose pliers, a linesman pliers, a sidecutter and an adjustable pliers wrench. Gedore 1692283 and the Gedore 2148692 are 4- and 8- piece sets respectively featuring circlip pliers in both straight and 45 degree angles. They also make a set of combination pliers at a 60 degree angle, the Gedore 8248-160 JC Combination pliers. Rounding out the collection of Gedore gripping tools, the Gedore 9100 2K Pipe Wrench is ideal for confined spaces and gets a great grip with its hardened teeth.

    Gedore 1589830 manual pipe benderAlthough they do make a lot of common tools, Gedore also makes many highly specialized tools. One such tool is the Gedore 1589830 Manual Pipe Bender which is used to bend pipes of various sizes up to 180 degrees. They also have an entire manual bending set, Gedore 1611526 which has a few more extras but can help do similar jobs. Although we don’t carry all of their really unique tools, with enough prior notice, we can special order just about any niche tool like the LES-09/60 which is a torque wrench used in working on heat exchangers.

    With their long history of quality, we know you’ll be pleased with any Gedore tool that you get. Not only are they top quality, they also back their tools up with a limited lifetime warranty so in the unlikely event your tool breaks under normal use, and they’ll work with you to make it right. Do you have a favorite Gedore tool? Make sure to leave us product reviews for your favorites and tell us about your favorite on Facebook or Instagram!

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