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. samuel rivers says:

    a old camera range finder

  2. Pat Stoner says:

    I'm sorry I missed the combo can opener. Great looking trimmer though and I'll bet it's light weight as well.

  3. Barry says:

    This device was used in drugstore stores for selecting eyeglasses with the best correction for the customer. The device was not that accurate, but the customer felt that he or she was matched for the reading glasses.

  4. Terri Rush says:

    An old scope of some kind.

  5. Sandi says:

    Something to site in land for surverying.

  6. Tom M. says:

    Optical scope.

  7. janet says:

    Something to navigate at sea in the old days.

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  9. Shannon says:

    an early form of a level

  10. jan says:

    looks like something a OBGYN might use.

  11. Kenesha Marshall says:

    I think this tool was used to trim wood or cut off fish scales.

  12. TheDoodler says:

    My guess is: an old fashion yachtsman object.

  13. Jean says:

    Looks like an instrument used to assay land and plot for ownership. Such as an appraiser.

  14. haslem says:

    to find focal length of a lens

  15. Nicole says:

    Looks like something an eye doctor would have used, or it kind of looks like an old part of a gun?



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  21. garys says:

    eye doctor scope

  22. Darlene says:

    A thing for eye examinations

  23. Alex McDonald says:

    Antique optometer for eyeglass prescriptions

  24. thepittsmn says:

    I don't understand the thing sticking out of one end, it looks like it should be a a seville. Still think it has something to do with an eye doctor.

  25. jason says:

    Old pic viewer


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