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. Allan Carreira says:

    Proctologist’s tool?

  2. I think its some kind of instrument used to measure how far something is

  3. Is it for looking into pipes or drains?

  4. Is it a for looking into drains or pipes?

  5. Jo Newman says:

    I think it is a surveyer’s tool also.

  6. Dan says:

    I agree, it could be an optometer

  7. Ruth says:

    extended camera lens

  8. gardnernorth says:

    surveyors tool

  9. Dr. Phil says:

    same old

  10. Barry says:

    What is going on with the Toolsday Giveaway site? The Black & Decker lithium hedge trimmer should have been up four days ago. This optoscope contest should have been up on 6/12. It's now 6/18. What's up, DIY? This is not the first time you have extended the contest.

  11. thepittsmn says:

    A piece of surveyor's equipment

  12. joyce says:

    This is a scope of some kind. Not sure what it is used for

  13. Michael Bower says:

    I am going along with a optical measuring device.

  14. martha says:

    rifle scope

  15. pamspg1 says:

    i think its a optometer or a surveyors tool thanks i hope i have a chance . My husband does surveying in his job but i didn't ask him because i want to see if i can get it myself . If iam chosen i will give it to him for fathers day present THANKS

  16. ritchie says:

    A rifle scope.

  17. GEorge says:

    surveyors tool

  18. Kyle Donovan says:

    Optical tool

  19. Deborah Crooke says:

    I think it's a antique survey tool or siting tool for getting level lines in construction—would be used to site a level line across a room??? Once it is on a level surface in the center of a room, could swivel it around to site different spots??? Either that or for surveying land………..

  20. bill says:

    bore sight

  21. Henry says:

    Like all Black-N-Decker Tools this is an exceptional tool!

  22. Christy Sullivan says:

    it was used to trim bushes and stuff……(;

  23. vikki says:

    old fashion way of making eye glasses

  24. chris says:

    used to set up a level string line

  25. liz says:

    not sure


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