Tool Time | GEAR

NEW PRODUCTS: Some new toys to bring out the DIYer in you.

1 RK CUTTING AND RIVET TOOL
Modern chains are incredibly durable, but when yours wears out, you'll want to reach for RK Excel's new $140 chain cutting and riveting tool. This handy tool breaks 40- and 50-type chains and also serves to press master-link sideplates home and flare master-link rivets. The kit comes in a plastic storage case and is backed by a lifetime warranty. rkexcelamerica.com

2 FIXT T-HANDLE
The T-handle is evolving. FIXT's $25 Hammer T is optimized for tapping components home or out with replaceable brass and nylon tips on either end of the handle. The $99 Torque T features a rotating shaft with a torsion bar calibrated from 4 to 20 pound-feet. Just turn the handle until the arrow lines up with the desired number to set torque on case bolts and other small fasteners. fixtproducts.com

3 CRAFTSMAN MAX-ACCESS WRENCH SET
Wrenches are a staple of every tool kit, so they should be quality pieces. Craftsman's Max Access wrenches are extra long for better reach and leverage and have low-profile 12-point closed ends and a "Clinch Drive Plus" profile on the open ends for better grip on nut and bolt heads. Pick up a nine-piece metric or SAE set for $33. craftsman.com

4 CRUZ TOOLS HEX SOCKETS
Hex-head bolts and cap screws are widely used on modern motorcycles. Be prepared to remove bodywork, adjust controls, and disassemble components by having Cruz Tools' hex-socket set and a 3/8-inch ratchet on hand. Kits are available in metric and SAE sizing, as well as in the Torx style commonly used on BMWs, ranging in price from $23 to $30. cruztools.com

5 CRAFTSMAN FIVE-DRAWER CABINET
Need more storage? Craftsman's mobile five-drawer cabinet is the perfect primary toolbox and offers more than 8,000ci of storage space. The ball-bearing-supported drawers are deep enough to hold larger tools and parts and have a 75-pound load rating. This all-steel cabinet costs $280 and measures 26.5 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 34 inches tall. craftsman.com

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