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The Trail Tool Buyer’s Guide

Power Tank Repair Kit
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted September 1, 2012

Helping Hands

When heading out on any trail adventure, it is important to carry the right tools. Proper trail tools often have multiple uses and should be ruggedized to stand up to the rigors and abuse of wheeling. Whether you are broken or stuck, here are a handful of new products that are designed to lend you a helping hand and get you back out on the trail in a hurry.

Power Tank Tire Repair Kit
About: Power Tank now offers its popular Tire Repair Kit in a compact nylon roll-up bag. This kit still has all the same important parts needed to repair almost any trail flat as the hard case kit, such as 30 self-vulcanizing plugs, metal tools, lube, a four-way tool, and extra stems. It also has a knife, a pressure gauge, and 24 inches of sidewall sewing wire along with a pair of pliers and photo instructions. It’s the perfect kit for all car/truck tires, trailer tires, and UTV tires too. Have one for every vehicle.
Info: Power Tank
209/366-2163, www.powertank.com

Master Mechanic Swift Driver
About: Driving fasteners all day can be tedious work, but not with the Swift Driver. The user simply holds the tool’s collar and pivots the handle back and forth. This continuous handle-twisting action doubles the tool’s driving speed by sinking the fastener faster. The handle’s tubular shaft has a magnetic catch and accepts standard hex-shanked bits. Bit storage is inside the tool’s handle under a threaded cap. The 29-piece driver tool includes seven Phillips bits, three slotted, three square-recess, four star, six SAE nut driver bits, a flexible extension to access hard-to-reach areas, plus the driver and bit case. The Swift Driver is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Info: True Value
www.truevalue.com

Coverking Tactical Seat Covers
About: Anyone looking for an outdoor adventure can now store the tools of their trade more efficiently for transport with Coverking’s new Tactical seat covers. Coverking has added a new twist by incorporating a military-style Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (M.O.L.L.E.) attachment system on the backs of their ultra-tough Ballistic nylon custom front seat covers for maximum storage capacity and versatility. This method of storage takes advantage of previously wasted space in the vehicle’s interior, while providing organization and instant accessibility to items such as maps, binoculars, tools, first-aid kits, ammunition, tow straps, and more. Coverking’s Tactical seat covers are make and model specific for an exact fit, leaving no seating surface unprotected. The Cordura Ballistic nylon is abrasion-resistant and the Tactical seat covers are available in black, gray, or tan, and each set includes six M.O.L.L.E. pouches in varying sizes. All Coverking products are made in the USA and backed by a one-year warranty.
Info: Coverking
800/268-3754, www.coverking.com

Mac’s Trail D-Vise
About: Born on the Rubicon Trail when an off-road enthusiast needed to change a universal joint, the portable Trail D-Vise is an invaluable tool for mechanics, racers, contractors, or anyone that needs to make repairs on the go. Engineered to mount in a trailer receiver, the D-Vise weighs only 17 pounds, yet has all the features of a fullsize 8-inch vise, including high-grip cross-hatch jaws, a convex pipe holder, and a built-in CNC-cut adjustment wrench. The compact design allows it to fit easily behind the seat of a truck or in most toolboxes. Using the Trail D-Vise is simple, just slide the vise into the receiver and tighten it down with the included Mac’s billet wrench. To prevent theft, the hitch pin cannot be removed without a socket or wrench once the Trail D-Vise is slightly tightened down in the receiver. Like all Mac’s Custom Tie-Down products, the Trail D-Vise is designed and manufactured in the USA with the highest quality domestic materials.
Info: Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs
800/666-1586, www.macstiedowns.com

Ingersoll Rand W7150 Cordless Impactool
About: Ingersoll Rand’s W7150 High-Torque Cordless Impactool is the most powerful cordless impact wrench on the market. The W7150 features a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio, offering an impressive 780 lb-ft of reverse torque, and 1,100 lb-ft of nut-busting torque. It offers maximum durability and power with a chemical-resistant, patent-pending metal-reinforced housing and an all-metal drivetrain and hammer mechanism. The tool is powered by the Ingersoll Rand IQV20 Series lithium-ion battery platform and is perfect when you need muscle away from the shop.
Info: Ingersoll Rand
704/655-4000, www.ingersollrandproducts.com

Shurhold Industries Fuel Filter Funnel
About: The Fuel Filter Funnel from Shurhold Industries is the perfect choice for anyone who needs to remove water, dirt, and debris from fuel. Simple, portable, and self-cleaning, the Fuel Filter Funnel works with standard gasoline, diesel, heating oil, and kerosene. It is made from industrial grade conductive polypropylene. The Fuel Filter Funnel comes in three sizes. The large Fuel Filter Funnel is two filters in one, and is able to filter up to 12 gallons per minute, which keeps up with a standard fuel pump. The medium size can filter out impurities from five gallons of fuel per minute and the small Fuel Filter Funnel removes water and debris from fuel at 3.5 gallons per minutes. Great for when you have to use questionable fuel or don’t know how long it has been sitting.
Info: Shurhold Industries
800/962-6241, www.shurhold.com/auto

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