Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Black & Decker Hedge Trimmer

We fooled a lot of people last week.  Hardly anyone correctly guessed that the Toolsday mystery gadget was a combination can opener and knife sharpener.  Many people thought it was a tool used to lift the lid off a pot-belly stove, some thought it was a rug-making hook and others guessed that it was a pick for cleaning horse hoofs.  

We randomly picked one winner from all the comments. The lucky winner is JohnB, who thought it was used to pry oyster and clam shells open. Congrats, JohnB. You have one week to reply to our email before we choose another winner.

Next Tuesday, we will be giving away a Black & Decker lithium hedge trimmer. This powerful tool can hack off branches up to 3/4-inch thick. It comes equipped with a 36V rechargeable lithium battery so it holds a charge five times longer than standard batteries. And it has a more powerful transmission than most trimmers its size. 

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To enter the Black & Decker hedge trimmer giveaway, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what this old-timey tool was used for? You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner from this post.

On Tuesday, June 12, we will select the winner then start up a new giveaway for another tool, which will be given away the Tuesday after that.

You have until June 12, 2012, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the hedge trimmer.  

Official Rules.

1,936 Responses

  1. sarah meade says:

    Used for leveling

  2. Gerry Gradala says:

    It is a scope used to measure distances.

  3. rafael says:

    to view smaller plants that needed to be watered….. a wish guess

  4. DIYLoLo says:


  5. Roxanne Landmann says:

    I would say its a old fashion antique optometer .

  6. Eric S says:

    Yeah, I've seen one of those before. It's an antique gag machine. You rub shoe polish around the part that looks like a lens and then tell your buddies to take a look through it.

  7. Ben Horton says:

    It is an eye doctor's tool.

  8. sujie says:

    prototype of the first view master

  9. Pamela S. says:


  10. HerbG says:

    Optometer sounds as good as anything

  11. Kevin says:

    Something an eye doctor back in the day would use. Some kind of lens measuring device

  12. Dave McMillin says:

    the prototype for the Viewmaster



  14. brad says:

    not sure, nice trimmer though

  15. Barbara says:

    could be a surveyor scope…

  16. Ed Coleman says:

    something that a proctologist would use

  17. Melody says:

    I have no idea but looks like everyone else says it is some kind of vision checker….

  18. melissa says:

    It looks like a old compass.

  19. jan says:

    an old fashion riffle scope

  20. Marge says:

    This used to be used by Optricians to measure your eye depth with,

  21. Rachael Smith says:

    I was gonna guess a candlestick maker but now that seems silly…..

  22. fred weigle III says:

    surveyors tool

  23. Sherida Busche says:

    I first thought it would come in handy for the eclipse viewing thing after deciding it really didn't fit on a really old fishing pole.

  24. GenieRod says:


  25. Sandy says:

    attachment for a shotgun.


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