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June 14, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


how to cut copper pipe Milwaukee Mini Tubing Cutter

How to Cut Copper Pipe | 4 Time-tested Methods

We’ve been asked more than once how to cut copper pipe. From the easiest way to the way you want to do it if you have lots of copper piping to cut, methods vary. In the end, plumbers need to factor in budget, convenience, and the ergonomics of the job. How to Cut Copper Pipe […]

differences between CPVC Copper PEX tubing

Differences Between CPVC, Copper, and PEX Tubing

Plumbers have favorites and go-to’s when installing new plumbing or performing repairs. Piping options include PVC, CPVC, copper, and PEX tubing. Knowing a little about each helps you understand the difference between CPVC and PEX tubing or copper. On top of that, the debate between CPVC vs copper vs PEX rages on for reasons from price to ease of […]

Franklin Stud Finder T13

Do Stud Finders Work? We Test on Drywall and Concrete Block

Aside from the joke about stud finders always pointing back at me, the question remains: Do stud finders work? Actually, yes they do…sort of. Here’s the thing—even the best stud finders require knowing how they operate. The key involves getting one that does what you specifically need it to do. Surveying Reputable Stud Finder Brands You […]

Southwire Extension Cords | What Kind of Extension Cord Do I Need>

What Kind of Extension Cord Do I Need?

While the world of cordless tools is expanding, the use of corded tools for construction and home renovation is still necessary. That brings about the common question: What kind of extension cord do I need? The best rule of thumb is: The heavier the cord the better. You’ll find that extension cords are normally available from […]

Milwaukee One-Key technology

Milwaukee One-Key Tool Technology – All You Need to Know

We first saw Milwaukee One-Key tool technology demonstrated in 2015. Since then, the Bluetooth-based system has continued to improve and mature. It offers several integrated technologies that take brushless tools to their logical conclusion. In particular, Milwaukee One-Key offers three things: Advanced tool control, jobsite reporting, and power tool inventory control (including a form of […]

Painting and Sealing Garage Floors

Painting and Sealing Garage Floors

If you’re not happy with the look of your current garage floor, you might want to consider adding a coat of paint. Paint can dress up even the dullest and oldest-looking floors. However, painting and sealing garage floors isn’t the same as painting other surfaces. For one, a garage is subject to a lot more […]

sensor-free brushless motors

What is a Sensor Free Brushless Motor?

On a recent media trip, we came across something called a sensor free brushless motor (also called “sensorless”). Our first response was: What is a sensor free brushless motor and why is it better? Based on some questions we received from our readers, we’re not the only ones asking that question. Sensor-free technology heralded a […]

Bosch RH1255VC 2-Inch SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Logo

Bosch Tool Deals and Discounts for June 2021

Bosch Tools typically pack a punch, and their drilling and cutting accessories are second to none. The brand provides powerful and advanced cordless products—particularly for concrete drilling. Their drills and impact drivers remain one of our favorite brands to use here in the shop. From the Bosch Hell-ion Turbo charger to their advanced X-Lock grinder […]

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Why Hoverboard Batteries Exploded and Power Tools Do Not

When you review tools daily, you tend to get a lot of questions. One of those questions came from a reader responding to one of our topical interviews with another publication. Essentially, they wanted to know why hoverboard batteries exploded but power tools don’t. It’s actually a great question. After all, you’d think the high-current output […]

dry cut tile saw blade guard

The Best Tool for Cutting a Ceramic Tile Backsplash

Adding a tile backsplash is a great way to dress up a kitchen. Often when doing a simple tile backsplash, some cuts are needed to get the tile around switches and receptacles. There are a few options and methods for doing these small cuts that don’t necessarily involve expensive or fancy equipment. Chances are you […]