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. Anthony says:

    Surveyors tool

  2. Diane S. says:

    Surveyers level

  3. mark says:

    It is used to view speical picthers.

  4. John says:

    use to view old photos

  5. sherry ashmore says:

    some kind of viewer

  6. lisa b says:

    Optometer used for measuring the refractive power of the eye

  7. emily s. says:

    something that uses a magnifier


    I say its a old measuring tool either for eyesight or something .Really looks like what my grandma had to plant bulbs … But i sure appreciate a chance in this contest as i sure can use these tools with a acre of land me a reason to plant somethng/

  9. chenelleh says:

    looks like an optometry tool

  10. iggy says:

    Tool for measuring eyeglass prescription

  11. Tim H says:

    measurement tool for the optometrist

  12. sharon says:

    Something a eye doctor would use a long time ago.

  13. druid9855 says:

    Eye say! Be on the lookout for this week's doodad, which is an antique optometer for measuring the range and power of your vision. Can you sight it?

  14. Neil says:

    A doctor's tool for eye glasses

  15. Cindyb01 says:

    A scope for a gun

  16. WWDave says:

    Eyeglass lens measurement device.

  17. Andy F says:

    an awsosillyoscope

  18. Lorey says:

    eye doctor instrument

  19. liz says:

    scope of some sort

  20. Karen says:

    Its a leveler used for (straight lines) when building on a landscape .

  21. bspz says:

    Old timey eye tester

  22. Christine says:

    I think it may be some kind of scope. I think, yea scop of some sort.

  23. Mike King says:

    Vintage optometer used for eye refraction.

  24. maria m says:

    I'm going with an astronomical instrument

  25. jeanne conner says:

    The "Gyno" used this back in the day….


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