Toolsday Giveaway: Win an Angle Grinder

Last Toolsday, we posted a photo of a metal gadget with a wooden handle and asked you to tell us what it is used for.  Popular answers included bottle opener, a speciality wrench and a tool used to remove nails from a horse’s shoe. The real answer is a dental key. It’s a tool that was used in the early 1800s to extract teeth – ouch! 

We randomly picked one winner out of all last week’s comments and that lucky person is Doug, who thought it was a pair of tongs for carrying cylindrical objects. Congrats Doug, even though you answered incorrectly, you still win. You have exactly one week to reply to our email before we pick another winner.

Next Tuesday we will be giving away a Craftsman Angle Grinder.  The cordless 4-1/2″ grinder is designed for comfort and ease of use.  It comes with an auxiliary handle that can be adjusted to three different positions. The powerful 19.2-volt motor allows for 6500 RPM no-load speed so you can get the job done fast. 

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To win the Craftsman Angle Grinder, post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what this little device is called.  You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner.

On Tuesday, January 22, 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 January 22, 2013, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Craftsman Angle Grinder.

Official Rules.


2,193 Responses

  1. Lenore says:

    It is a boot jack

  2. Sherri says:

    It is called a Boot Jack.

  3. Amber says:

    Looks like a shoe cobblers table

  4. Frankf49 says:

    Boot Jack, used to remove cowboy or Wellington type boots.

  5. Mary Corbett says:

    Is it a weaver's tool?

  6. dean shuck says:

    luv to have this

  7. Ken says:

    It's for taking off boots.

  8. tr15h64w says:

    It's a boot jack. You put one foot on it and your boot heel in the "V" then pull your foot out of your boot. Otherwise, you gotta find a little kid to straddle your leg, facing away from you, grab your boot by the heel with both hands, then you put your foot on their butt and PUSH. Once you get them trained…it works pretty good! But the boot jack is still easier.

  9. Denise says:

    this is to take boots or shoes off. insert heel in the v and step on back with other foot and pull boot off. Very handy with muddy boots so hands don't get dirty. My husband used pattern but didn't cut out the v, instead drilled holes and put shoe lace through holes. taught our daughter how to tie her shoes in one day. when u show kids how to tie it is upside down to them. This worked so well the daycare used it to teach the other kids.

  10. Jason says:

    old fashion boot jack used to take your boots off. Doubles as a door stop.

  11. Kristine Markovic says:

    It's a boot jack

  12. mose says:

    Used to divine the location of underground water.

  13. Sunnymay says:

    It's for cleaning off boots or shoes before going in the house.

  14. nawara55 says:

    Something used to make shoes

  15. Jeff Smith says:

    Boot jack to remove boots

  16. Joe A says:

    Boot Jack. Ergonomics baby!

  17. Susana says:

    crack open a nut

  18. KoriYL says:

    An antelope-shaped shoehorn.

  19. Tina says:

    I would probably sound silly if I said it was something else, so I will say Boot Jack. Sometimes the crowd is right!

  20. Gregory Williams says:

    As the others said, it's for removing your own boots when no one is around to help. To use this older style you need to put the other foot down to resist the heel of the boot in the wedge.

  21. David says:

    Going to have to go with a Boot Jack.

  22. frank says:

    i have to say, the boot jack seems likely given all the remarks.

  23. Mary bowers says:

    A boot jack used to pull boots off your feet. My grampa and gramma had one.

  24. Lindsay W. says:

    Not that I'm posting this due to other comments, but I do believe it is used to remove a boot. Put the heel of your boot in between the teeth and place your other foot on the end and pull.
    I could use one of these!

  25. matthew maxson says:

    Looks like an old door stopper


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