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. Vicky says:

    A scoop for an old fashion shot gun. Or it's used in an optomitrist office for eye exams.

  2. Kevin Johansen says:

    It is for boat captains.

  3. garrett says:

    a pipe and gauge for water pressure?

  4. Tom M. says:

    Boresight instrument.

  5. Barry says:

    What is going on with the Toolsday Giveaway site? The Black & Decker lithium hedge trimmer should have been up 4 days ago. This optoscope contest should have been up on 6/12. It's now 6/16. What's up, DIY?

  6. john says:

    some sorta ship compass

  7. Alex McDonald says:

    An antique optometer for measuring eyeglass prescriptions.

  8. Dr. Phil says:

    week two change it

  9. Darlene says:

    A tool for examining eyes

  10. Daniel says:

    What ever it is, its cool.

  11. Dan says:

    eye – to – eye – 2 – eye !

  12. Mike R says:

    i believe it is used on a gun as a scope or a optomiest use it to check eye sight.

  13. joyce says:

    A scope of some sort

  14. thepittsmn says:

    An instrument used by an eye doctor.

  15. richardssmt4 says:

    This is an antique viewer

  16. Amos says:

    Some type of tool.

  17. Eugene says:

    It is absolutely a jar sealer or a prototype trombone.

  18. Terri Rush says:

    some type of scope.

  19. Kate Daly says:

    hedge trimmer

  20. @JSBorger says:

    It might be an eye doctor scope…

  21. michelle says:

    My boyfriend andi love DIY we watch this show everyday

  22. Wendy says:

    Anyone know what's going on with this site? The new tool should have been up 4 days ago. This optoscope contest should have been up on 6/12. It's now 6/16. What's up, DIY?

  23. liz says:

    no idea

  24. greg says:

    can't get latest tool prize update . website still stuck on 6/5 tool giveaway

  25. rickey says:

    doctor eye of old


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