Versatile Painter’s Tool. Based on the numbers alone, Hyde’s 14-in-1 Multi-Tool is nearly three times as good as the original version of this painter’s tool — the venerable “5-in-1.” The new tool can scrape paint, open cans, excise rot, back up a pry bar, and serve as a makeshift screwdriver; a pull-out drawer in the handle stores four bits. It costs about $11. Hyde Tools, 800/872-4933, www.hydetools.com.
Multipurpose Blades. According to the manufacturer, the OX-PU10 Superfast diamond blade slices through steel as effectively as it carves up stone, brick, and concrete. Cooling holes and a reinforced center flange allow it to make fast cuts through masonry and steel without overheating, the company says. It’s sold in sizes from 4 inches ($30) to...
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