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Clearing Storm Debris and Confusion: Which Stihl Chainsaws are Made in the USA?

This winter, the Northeast has weathered a series of storms that left lots of downed trees and limbs. At the time, most of us were concerned with just getting the power (luckily we have a generator) but now the aftermath is going to have to be dealt with.

I am probably one of those few people that will enjoy getting out there to tackle the cleanup with one of my prized possessions: “Old Orange,” my Stihl chainsaw. Between my chainsaw, splitting maul and wood stove we were able to have lots of cozy evenings by the fire this year, all from downed trees in our own yard during previous storms.

While the Stihl company was founded and headquartered  in Waiblingen,  Germany, there’s a lot of speculating and misinformation online about whether any of its chainsaws are made here. Frankly, the company doesn’t help by having not a peep of info on its website. So, Kathy went straight to the source and got the model numbers of the 13 chainsaw lines that are assembled in the United States. They are:

MS-170, MS-171, MS-180, MS-181, MS-201, MS-211, MS-250, MS-241, MS-251, MS-261, MS-271, MS-291, and MS-311

Hope this helps in your choice of a chainsaw.



Timahawk: A New Addition to Your Zombie Preparedness Kit

With the new season of the Walking Dead just underway we wanted to give you another option in the fight against the zombie horde; the Timahawk.timahawkThe Timahawk features a tomahawk, adze hammer,  breaching tool, hoe and pry bar. The axe head is fully hardened so it should be able to cut through Z’s like butta.

You can read about all of our recommendations for defending yourself in the Zombie apocalypse here.



Trick-Out Your Wheelbarrow!

Considering how crucial the wheelbarrow is to anyone with a yard and garden, it’s about time somebody stepped back and said,  “Hey, this thing needs a cup holder…and a cellphone compartment…and a tool caddy…and a lot more.Man_wheelbarrowEnter The Little Burro, a tray-like contraption that  fits over most wheelbarrows and allows you to accomplish in one trip what used to take two or three.imageIt’s designed to carry two long-handled tools, so you don’t have to go back to the garage for your spade and rake. Multiple plants will fit on the tray, and there’s a place for small tools.PhonecompartmentA covered compartment holds your cell phone, wallet or keys.imageThe cup holder takes care of your favorite beverage.

An impressive aspect of the design: it doesn’t interfere with any of the normal functions of the wheelbarrow.

It also happens to be on-sale at the moment. Check it out.

Regards, Kathy

16 Old-School Tool Boxes, Tool Bags and Tool Rolls: Made in USA

I went out the garage the other day looking for a tool and noticed the old dark green tool box that used to be my father’s. It got me thinking about a lot of things, including how much I miss him. I never found the tool I was looking for, but I did take that old tool box, cleaned it up and got it organized. A toolbox can hold a lot of things, including memories.imageWhile I’m on a nostalgic roll, let me present to you the Gerstner line of classic tool chests. That’s their golden oak model above. Grestner is renowned for its fine American craftsmanship.Tool box, American madeI love the classic look and bright, powder-coated finish on the tool boxes (available in many sizes) by Pioneer Steel in California.imageAnother American manufacturer that offers a wide variety of tool chests and storage boxes is Kennedy Manufacturing.imageThis  red tool box, with a front-loading design, comes from Best Made Company.125ToolBag Carhartt makes most of its its tool bags – including its Legacy line – overseas. However, they are making their beautiful 125th Anniversary Tool Bag in the USA.

Klein Tools Deluxe Leather Tool Bags are stylish and roomy. They have the look of old-time doctors’ house call bags – except the patient is your furnace or possibly your car.

I love the Occidental Leather 5588 – Stronghold® Master Carpenter Case. With something like this in the garage you just have to find a project to work on and do it well!

The Canvas Tool bag from Klein Tools is a perennial favorite. It comes in multiple sizes.

Classic style and and beautiful workmanship  make the Starrett 200W Wood Tool Chest  almost a work of art.


The unique look of Kaufman Mercantile’s Handmade Leather Toolbox makes it one of my personal favorites.


In searching for tool boxes and bags, I came across a few manufactures that make tool rolls. I couldn’t help but think of the 50’s grease monkey leaning over the hood of a Chevy or the biker giving the Harley one last adjustment before heading out on the road.

Red Clouds Collective carries a variety of tool rolls, aprons and other goods

The leather roll from Bronxton is simple and stylish.

The tool roll from All One hundred is one of a line of products where all the components are sourced within 100 miles of the maker’s MA home.

I just came across the this really beautiful tool roll from  Cotter Pin Gear. It’s made in Brooklyn, NY and carries everything you’ll need for  for your next motorcycling adventure.

Regards, Paul

Hundreds of Made-in-USA Valentine’s Day Gifts From the Grommet

Disclosure: If you buy through our links, we’ll get a small commission. Please do!

The Grommet is a wonderful place to shop if you are trying to buy more American-Made gifts. Their products are clever and unique; items you won’t see in an ordinary store. And most of them are available for expedited shipping.

This link takes you to several hundred American-made items. Here are some highlights, for him and for her:

FOR HERpjharlow_1PJ Harlow Loungewear:  Classy and luxurious garments.

MiniPurseWendell August Madison Ave Basket Weave Envelope Purse:  A tiny little evening bag for those nights when all she needs is a iPhone and a lipstick.
MadeinUSAchocolateRebrand Chocolates: They’re not only beautiful, they’re chocolate! How can you go wrong?
RedKiteCandyRed Kite Candy: Charmingly packaged sweets for your sweetheart.

FOR HIMskucover_truckersfriendThe Trucker’s Friend is a heavy-duty, multi-purpose tool that serves as an axe, a claw hammer, a crow bar, and more.

walletpen_3The Wallet Pen: It’s harder to lose your pen when it’s connected to your wallet!
lifestyle_comparison_bisonmade_2Bison Made Wallets: Minimalist leather items, beautiful in their simplicity.CardholderMadeinUSAAmerican Benchcraft Riveted Card Case: Tough, straightforward designs for your manly man.