by Pat Goss
This time we have some interesting and handy items to have around the home shop. First, this is something that I use on my cars. This is a FilterMag. It’s a very strong magnet that attaches to the outside of the oil filter. Now the way I use this is I leave it on when I take the old oil filter off. Then I cut the oil filter apart and I look inside to see if there’s any appreciable accumulation of metal particles. If there is, then I know I’ve got a problem with my engine and I do some exploring.
Now here’s something. This is a bolt pattern gauge for wheel lugs, and if you’re going to change wheels you need to know what the pattern is. Simply slide this over the lugs and it tells you what that is. It saves a lot of grief and mistakes.
Air - every shop needs to have air. Most shops need to have portable air, but there are two types of portable air. There is air in high volume and low pressure and air with high pressure and low volume. All right, high pressure, low volume. That’s to inflate tires and things like that. High volume, low pressure - that’s to inflate inflatable boats or pool toys or those sorts of things. Make sure you know which type of compressor you need. Buy what is appropriate.
Here we have one that jump starts and inflates, and over here we have another one. It jump starts, it inflates, and it has an inverter so that you have 110 volt power available for small items like TVs and things like that.
Now most of you will need some type of, well, something that’s more established as far as air goes, and maybe you don’t want to get a great big, very expensive, permanent compressor. Well, this Bostitch unit is available either with electric power or gasoline power. It’s completely portable. It can be used for all sorts of tools like nail guns and staplers. You can inflate tires, and you can take it wherever you need air. Very, very effective, inexpensive way to have a good air supply.
Portable power inverter/air inflator/jumpstarter
Marketed by Black & Decker, manufactured by:
Bostitch portable air compressor
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