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Pocket toolbox

It's a multi-tool with a twist. Not so long ago, having an all-in-one multi-tool on your belt meant you were equipped to do many jobs in a pinch. But you often would do those jobs badly, busting your knuckles as the pliers slipped off. The Pro Pocket Mechanic aims to solve that problem by adding a pin-design socket wrench that automatically adjusts to fit hex nuts, wing nuts, lag screws, bolt heads, square nuts, eye screws and even some broken nuts. Metric or standard, it makes no difference to this socket. The socket adapter locks into the plier's jaws for a secure grip and powerful torque. The Universal Socket Set includes the Pro Pocket Mechanic, Universal Socket, special adapter and nylon pouch. Retail price: $49.95. Contact Coast Cutlery Co., Dept. FIN, 2045 S.E. Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97214, 800/426-5858, or circle 192.

Titanium comfort

Reduce arm and hand pain when hammering with the new titanium hammer that weighs just 16 oz., a ½ lb. less than what some conventional hammers weigh. The Vaughan Ti-Tech hammer features interchangeable steel striking caps that fit into the titanium head. The forged steel caps attach with a free-floating pin to minimize shock at impact. The hammer comes in six different models with fiberglass or hickory handles, curved or straight wood handles, and a choice of milled or smooth-striking face caps. Price: $85 to $90. Contact Vaughan Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 390, Hebron, IL 60034-0390 or circle 191.

Construction adhesive

Power Grab adhesive works on multiple surfaces such as concrete, brick veneer, treated lumber, plywood and drywall. According to the manufacturer, the product has the highest initial tack of any construction adhesive. It's designed to eliminate the need for nails and screws in many do-it-yourself projects. The product comes in its own constant-flow delivery system for easier use with less mess. A 300-ml cartridge sells for about $2.50. Contact Manco Inc., Dept. FIN, 32150 Just Imagine Dr., Avon, OH 44011, 800/321-1733, or circle 190.

Plasma cutter

Miller Electric Manufacturing Company introduces the Spectrum 375 CutMate air plasma cutter to replace the Spectrum 300 CutMate. The new plasma cutter offers a 60% faster cutting performance, cuts 25% thicker metal and has a 400% longer tip life than the previous model. The machine can cut ½-in. mild steel with a stand off and can drag cut ⅜-in. mild steel. Weighing 49 lbs., the machine draws 28 amps and can operate on either 115 or 230v AC power. A diagnostic LED display can detect temporary problems such as a momentary glitch in pressure or excess consumable wear. The plasma cutter can withstand a 15% voltage drop and can be used with a 133-ft. extension cord. An ICE-27C torch comes as standard equipment. Price: $1,475. Contact Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058, 800/426-4553, or circle 189.

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