Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Simpson Craftsman door front

How to Install a Simpson Craftsman Door

A neighbor of mine enlisted my help to put the finishing touch on his 1920’s bungalow home (a home he’s been renovating over the course of 10 years). He needed a good Craftsman-style door to match the look of the rest of the home. Somewhere in the past, the front door had been modified from the original. On top of that, a […]

Makita XOB01 18V Cordless Random Orbit Sander Review

I’ve got two corded orbital sanders, which is in itself a story. My Porter-Cable is about 10-12 years old. I’ve repaired and rebuilt that thing over and over again throughout the years. About 8-9 years ago I somehow misplaced it in the Jeep I drove doing trim carpentry work. In my defense, the back of […]

Review8.0(out of 10)
Ridgid cordless trim router action

Ridgid Cordless Trim Router Review R86044B

A trim router is great for Formica and getting those small details on door stiles. I do some custom kitchen doors, and a small laminate router comes in handy. Really, this type of tool is for anything that doesn’t require the removal of a lot of material. Bigger jobs take a larger shaft and motor as these smaller trim routers aren’t made […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 15-gauge Angled Finish Nailer

Milwaukee M18 15-gauge Angled Finish Nailer Review

As a trim carpenter I was strictly a pneumatic nailer guy until about two years ago. That’s when I was introduced to some battery powered nailers that changed the way I think about lugging a heavy compressor to the job site. They can do just about everything I need, and I’ll swap the extra tool […]

Review8.0(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel 18-gauge finish nailer side

Milwaukee M18 FUEL 18-gauge Finish Nailer Review

I run just about all my trim off an 18-gauge nailer. The head doesn’t leave a large divot, so you don’t have to double fill your nail holes. It’s perfect for case, base, chair rail, and crown molding—just about any type of trim in a residential environment. This is really my go-to tool. I’ve even hung pre-hung […]


JackClamp Bar Clamp Review

The Jackclamp is a unique animal from the minds at Lowell Thomas Tool that combines the function of a clamp system with a jack to provide a variety of uses. We’ll get into all of those momentarily, but first things first. When I took a look at the Jackclamp website (click here to see for […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Ryobi Airstrike narrow crown lights

Ryobi P360 Airstrike One+ 18 Gauge Stapler Review

I was thrilled to receive the Ryobi 18V Cordless Narrow Crown Stapler (P360) to review after having the chance to use its cousin, the 18 Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer, a few months back. Together, they have become my go-to tools for trim fastening. Having a wainscoting job to do gave me the perfect opportunity to […]

Ridgid R8831B 18V Orbital Jig Saw Review

The jig saw plays an integral part in what I do as a trim carpenter. It’s a tool I’ve used for many, many years, and I have my favorite features and characteristics which I’ve grown accustomed to over the decades. That’s both good and bad when reviewing a new product. It’s good because I have […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Ryobi AirStrike fascia

Ryobi P320 Airstrike 18V Cordless Brad Nailer

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the new Ryobi P320 AirStrike 18V brad nailer since it came out. Who wouldn’t? It’s a $129 cordless brad nailer that works with my other Ryobi ONE+ tools like the Ryobi P360 18 gauge stapler. Normally, I’d go and just buy one, but for several months it seemed […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Bosch orbital sander dust collector

Bosch OS50VC 1/2-Sheet Orbital Finishing Sander Review

Sometimes you get tools and you jump right into a project. Other times it takes a couple of weeks until you land something that allows you to really give a product the proper time it deserves. This month I finally got a chance to try out the 1/2-Sheet Bosch OS50VC Orbital Sander. This tool followed […]