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…Excavators are multi-talented?

If you think that excavators are only good for excavating, then it’s time to start thinking outside the box a little more. Check out these creative people using an excavator to unload itself:

And using an excavator to row a boat:

What will they think of next?

[Unload Via: Neatorama]

[Paddle Via: Spluch]

…Douglas Tool makes a great hammer?

Douglas Tool Hammer

The Douglas Tool line of hammers makes me want to go out and build things. Each one features their patented “Head-Handle Interface Technology”, giving each hammer a “tremendous advantage in strength, durability and leverage. Features include a magnetized nail set, side nail-pull, side strike surface, and chisel-tip claw. Get “Wood where you want it – Steel where you need it”.

[Douglas Tool]

[Via: Acquire]

…You can open your console?

Access Pro Tool Kit

If you’re one of those people who believe that you don’t own it unless you can open it, the Access Pro Tool Kit has all of the tools you need to open (and void the warranty on) your Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft console. Never again will a strange screw get in the way of your modding.

[Access Pro Tool Kit]

[Via: Technabob]

…Multi-tools need more hammers?

Ultimate Hammer

Apparently there was a time when someone looked at a multi-tool and thought, “Man, I really wish that thing had a hammer”; and soon after the Ultimate Hammer Tool was born. Excess now has a spot in your pocket.

[Via: Acquire]

…The Make: warranty voider voids its own Bill of Rights?

Make: warranty voider

The Make: warranty voider is a Leatherman “Squirt” with the Make: logo laser etched on the side. It’s available in either pliers or electronics version, is small enough to fit on your key chain, and is perfect for “mobile fixing, hacking and MacGyvering”. The features are as follows:

Squirt P4 features

  • Needlenose Pliers (spring loaded)
  • Straight Knife
  • Wire Cutters
  • Extra Small Screwdriver
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Small Flat Phillips Screwdriver
  • Single-Cut File
  • Cross-Cut File
  • Opener
  • Lanyard Attachment
  • Awl
  • Length: 2.25 in. / 5.5 cm closed
  • Weight: 1.9 ounces / 55 grams

Squirt E4 features

  • Electrical Wire Cutters (spring loaded)
  • 20, 18, 16, 14, and 12 gauge wire strippers
  • Straight Knife
  • Tweezers
  • Extra-Small Screwdriver
  • Small Screwdriver
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Bottle Opener
  • Lanyard Attachment
  • Length: 2.25 in. / 5.5 cm closed
  • Weight: 1.8 ounces / 52 grams

Each tool also includes a copy of the Maker’s Bill of Rights:

  • Meaningful and specific parts lists shall be included.
  • Cases shall be easy to open.
  • Batteries should be replaceable.
  • Special tools are allowed only for darn good reasons.
  • Profiting by selling expensive special tools is wrong and not making special tools available is even worse.
  • Torx is OK; tamperproof is rarely OK.
  • Components, not entire sub-assemblies, shall be replaceable.
  • Consumables, like fuses and filters, shall be easy to access.
  • Circuit boards shall be commented.
  • Power from USB is good; power from proprietary power adapters is bad.
  • Standard connecters shall have pinouts defined.
  • If it snaps shut, it shall snap open.
  • Screws better than glues.
  • Docs and drivers shall have permalinks and shall reside for all perpetuity at archive.org.
  • Ease of repair shall be a design ideal, not an afterthought.
  • Metric or standard, not both.
  • Schematics shall be included.

But as one observant Boing Boing reader noted, the Make: warranty voider doesn’t exactly follow by the rules of its own Maker’s Bill of Rights.

  1. No parts list.
  2. Case is sealed by rivets — cannot be opened for repair.
  3. Need a drill to remove rivets and a riveter to replace them (i.e. ‘special tools required’).
  4. Can’t get at components to replace them, thus entire assembly must be replaced, and proprietary parts are not available individually to the end user.
  5. Ease of repair not a consideration.
  6. No schematics included.

If you’re going to bundle two things together, it’s probably a good idea to make sure they agree with one another.

[Make: warranty voider]

[Via: Boing Boing]