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Telescopic Magnetic Pick-Up Tool

Bernzomatic TS4000 Trigger-Start Torch Head

$35

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No workshop should be without a simple torch. These Bernzomatic torch heads make all the difference in the world — just click and there’s fire — and work great with MAPP gas and propane. Never strike a flint spark torch igniter again. These are pressure regulated for inverted use and have a trigger switch for one-handed operation.

Skil 3320 Drill Press

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/2" Drill/Driver, $129

$129

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With 1,200 inch-pounds of torque, the M18 Fuel is an absolute beast of a driver. The only thing that surpasses its power is its battery life, coming stock with a 5 amp-hour 18V pack. LED lighting adds some luxury to this workhorse as well. A kit version adds a case, charger, extended battery pack, multi-voltage charger — and $135 to the price.

Lincoln Electric Mig 140 Welder

Lincoln Electric Mig 140 Welder

$755

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If you are just starting out with welding, chances are you don’t have 220v electricity run to your shop. This Lincoln Electric runs on 110v, but also allows you to make some nice upgrades as you need them. Most notably, you can start cheaply by using flux core and upgrade to a gas system when you feel the need.

Estwing Ball Peen Hammer

Estwing Ball Peen Hammer

$25-$35, depending on weight

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A hammer is a hammer right? Not necessarily. When you’re bashing metal, you need your hammer to be made of strong steel with a solid handle. Estwing hammers are easily some of the best out there. The entire hammer is a single forged piece of steel.