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Travis Raynes

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Travis (Conductor562 on the Forums) is an Editor and Forum Administrator for Tools In Action. As a father of 4, he is an avid fixer off all things broken. He enjoys woodworking and restorations. While he enjoys all tools, he focuses primarily on hand tools. When he's not at work he can be found in his home shop working on something with lots of help from his 5 year apprentice Evan (aka Conductor Jr.).

Craftsman: Back In The USA?

For decades Sear's Craftsman was a staple in the garages and shops of America. Found in the hands of DIY guys and professionals alike,...

Mac Axis Series Ratchets: Hands On Review

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding the new Axis Series ratchets from Mac Tools. From the first rumblings nearly two years ago, the...

The Logica Hextension: American Innovation

These days when we think of new inventions we think of electronics doing things previously unthinkable or complex machines doing their job 4X's more...

Carlyle Master Hex Bit Socket Set (BSH42)

Bit sockets are one of those tools that a lot of people take a minimalist approach to. People tend to buy a basic set...

Machines Of Yesteryear: Civil War Cannon Lathes

Ok, so there isn't much call for cannons these days, but when Jabberwoki over at the Garage Gazette shared one of these pics a...

Mac Tool Fair: New Products For 2015

2014 was a good year for Mac Tools. With fairly recent upgrades to the hand, air, and cordless lineups, they generated plenty of buzz,...

Wilton Tradesman Vises: Quality American Craftsmanship

To me, a bench vise is easily the coolest piece of shop equipment there is. If you're setting up new bench, the right vise...

New Socket Sets from TEKTON

Socket sets can be a funny thing. If you look across different brands, you'll find dozens of configurations covering different drive sizes, sizes, accessory...

TIA Tool Predictions: 2015 Edition

As we say goodbye to 2014 we naturally wonder what 2015 holds for us. Will Russia's economy completely fail? Who will emerge as the...

Carlyle Tools: Power 90 Series Ratchets

As the American automobile market took off in the 1920's, the auto repair business took off with it, and naturally, the auto parts market...

Harbor Freight Air Hose Reel: FAIL

About a year and a half ago, when I bought my house, one of the first things I did was put up a Harbor...

PROTOid – 215 Piece RFID Drawer

Lost and misplaced tools can be a problem for anyone, but in some maintenance and production environments like aviation and nuclear processes, it can...

3D Printing From Space

As 3D printing technology advances, it never never ceases to amaze me what they're doing with it. Working firearms, artificial limbs for animals, live...

EZ Red Extra Long Flex Head Spline Ratcheting Wrenches

If you've done much work on cars, equipment, or much of anything really, you've undoubtedly realized that there are certain situations where your wrench...

New Combo Wrenches From TEKTON

I've always advocated TEKTON as a great option for the budget minded wrencher, but combo wrenches were one of the weaker areas of the...

The Hardware Stores Of Yesteryear

I love old photographs. They illustrate a time and place now extinct, that often exist only in the memories of those who were there....

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