Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Swanson T04424 Wood Magnet Preview

Swanson Wood Magnet T04424

At this year’s 2009 International Builder’s Show (IBS) in Las Vegas we got our hands on the new “Wood Magnet” from Swanson Tool Co. It’s a unique leveling device that fits onto any 2X material and instantly gives you accurate level, whether vertical or horizontal. It also has an integrated rubber band which allows it to be strapped onto 4X4 lumber to level up posts and foundation supports. What makes it truly unique, though is its adaptability. Instead of bringing along a 5- or 6-foot level, for example, you can simply strap the Swanson Wood Magnet onto a straight piece of 2X4 (up to 8 feet long) and instantly convert it into a long level.

Fasco Pneumatic Stapler with Windstrips

Fasco Pneumatic Stapler with Windstrips

We stopped by the Fasco America booth at the 2009 International Builders Show (IBS) and got a look at Windstrips – one of the most innovative, time-saving solutions we’ve seen for drying in roofs. The product has been developed to install easily and quickly while still providing the best wind protection for drying-in with 30 lb. tar paper. A standard 1-1/8″ wide, 350″ roll will protect approximately 800 sq. ft. of roof area.

The New American Home 2009

The New American Home 2009 Las Vegas

Each year at the International Builders Show they treat the press to an advanced peek at The New American Home. This year’s home was something special in that it was one of the more, shall we say, practical houses. And not practical in the “I can actually afford this house” kind of way. It just felt right. If I had to characterize this house simply, I’d say it was “tastefully ostentatious”.

Hitachi NT65MA3 15 gauge nailer

Hitachi NT65MA3 15 Gauge Finish Nailer Review

With a nifty color scheme and futuristic styling, the Hitachi NT65MA3 2 1/2-Inch 15 Gauge Finish Nailer has the good looks to back up its strong performance and fancy features. With the 34 degree nail magazine, you will be able to get the head of this nail gun into the tightest corners. Don’t let its light weight of 4.4 lbs fool you either because it packs enough power to drive 2-1/2” finish nails into almost any material.

difference between cpvc and pex

Copper Piping vs PEX Tubing

Dealing with copper plumbing is a job I love to hate. Not because I don’t understand it. Not because I can’t accomplish the plumbing tasks that I set out to achieve in various projects. No, I hate dealing with copper because it’s unashamedly unpredictable.

Cabelas Hand Forged Throwing Tomahawk Review

Cabelas Throwing Tomahawk Review

With great movies like the Patriot and the Last of the Mohicans, it is hard not to pay tribute to one of the original tools in our American History: the Tomahawk. This tool did not start out as a weapon but as a practical trade item between early settlers and the Indians. Of course beyond the obvious uses of hacking trees down and fashioning things out of wood, it also became a pretty good weapon. If you think about it, in the old days when you had to ether carry all your tools or drag them along with you on a horse or wagon, versatile and universal tools ruled.

Bosch Acquires Freud Accessories

Bosch Acquires Freud Accessories and Diablo

Bosch Power Tools has acquired parts of the Freud Group, particularly their power tool accessories business. In the accessories business, Freud generated sales of 100 million euros in 2007. Bosch has planned acquisition of the four Freud Group manufacturing sites in Italy, as well as of sales companies in North America, China, Italy, and the UK. Bosch feels that the Freud power tool accessories business is an excellent regional and technological addition to Bosch portfolio and the Pozzo family will continue to be involved in the business following the Bosch acquisition.

delta unisaw table saw

Delta Unisaw Table Saw

Delta Machinery, which introduced the industry’s first and only 10-inch industrial cabinet saw with the Unisaw name in the 1930’s, announced that it has completely re-engineered and re-designed its flagship table saw from the ground up. One of the unique features of this new saw is the riving knife. A lever on the front of the saw can be pulled to instantly (and toollessly) drop the riving knife down for non-through (blind) cuts.You can even remove the riving knife as needed, simply by pulling it out.

Hitachi EC119SA air compressor

Hitachi EC119SA Air Compressor Review

The Hitachi EC119SA 4-Gallon Twin-Stack Air Compressor comes with many big compressor features in a compact and portable unit. With class leading power, this unit is ready for action. Featuring a powerful 2.5 HP induction motor that runs at 15 Amps which is coupled to a cast pump iron cylinder that has oversized bearing and is oil lubed.