Our Favourite Gadgets From The ‘Specialised Tools’ Subreddit

Our Favourite Gadgets From The ‘Specialised Tools’ Subreddit
The Kenley Suture Practice Kit helps med students improve their stitching. (Photo: <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Kenley-Suture-Pad-Replicate-Incisions/dp/B0773QFYQ1">Kenley</a>)


At Lifehacker, we normally aren’t a huge fan of specialised tools and gadgets. For example, nobody needs a popcorn maker; a saucepan and lid already do a perfectly good job. However, there are exceptions to this rule that might be worth seeking out – from the pickle strainer to the automatic paper plane gun.

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r/SpecializedTools is an ultra handy subreddit that features devices that do very specific things. The tools featured therein will make you want to take up a hobby or a whole career just so you have an excuse to buy them, like driving a semi truck so you can clean snow off the top, or making huge stacks of toast with this efficient butter spreader.

And some of them, like this semi-automatic hammer and this motorcycle cover, are actually useful for everyday tasks. You’ll need those to save some time, after you waste a whole day looking at all the GIFs and videos of these monotaskers. Here are our favourites.

Tools for home

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Tools for professionals

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Silly tools

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Homemade tools

If you like that subreddit, try r/redneckengineering, r/mechanical_gifs, and r/EngineeringPorn.

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