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. Aizhaqueeni says:

    It's some kind of viewer…thing, i think. lol Such as photo slides or maybe even binocular type? :P Hey, i took a shot. :)

  2. Amos says:

    A long tube.

  3. Deborah269 says:

    Surveyor's tool

  4. Christine Burd says:

    an old map reader

  5. Helen Marie Jones says:

    some type of scope

  6. liz says:

    don't know what it is

  7. jimmie says:

    i think it's a piece of land surveyor equipment

  8. dar says:

    a cutting tool

  9. Marcia says:

    I thought it might be a surveyor's tool until I read the comment about it being an antique optometer – now I think that is right.

  10. bill says:

    unfished start of microscope

  11. Richard says:

    no new contest this week.

  12. rickey says:

    eye doctor early years

  13. L. Kryszak says:

    I too believe it is something eye doctors used to test your eyes

  14. Darlene says:

    A thingo to examine eyes

  15. GEORGE says:


  16. Sue says:

    eye examining tool

  17. maricruz says:

    an antique surveyor devise

  18. Lillian Lynn Hooder says:

    It has been years since I trimmed privet hedge with B&D Trimmer but I need one again. The line trimmer is just not working that high.

  19. Lillian Lynn Hooder says:

    This device was used in drugstore or mercantile stores for choosinbg eyeglasses with the best correction of your sight. It did not help the machoi man who would not be seen in reading glasses so he sent his wife to get glasses. Still happens today. but where is the fine print I need to win the B&D hedge trimmer. I am dense and bluind.

  20. Kate Daly says:

    distance gauging tool

  21. vonspitz says:

    It is an antique french optometer.

  22. Barry says:

    The contest should of ended on Tuesday, 5 th June and you should of being giving away a Black & Decker lithium hedge trimmer. I guess it is not going to happen

  23. Wayne Hicks says:

    Optometer for eyes.

  24. Cheryl says:

    a sight to line up something?

  25. Mark says:

    Its a meter reader


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