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May 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


C3610DRA miter saw trim base

Metabo HPT MultiVolt Compound Miter Saw C3610DRA

The Metabo HPT MultiVolt Compound Miter Saw C3610DRA is a remarkably capable carpentry tool. It can operate as a cordless 36V saw or work off an AC adapter. I’ve had it in my shop and in my trailer, using it to trim out a ton of projects. Most recently, I used it to finish up […]

Review8.0(out of 10)
Bosch 18V Compact Reciprocating Saw 01

Bosch 18V Compact Reciprocating Saw

It’s hard to imagine a jobsite without the reciprocating saw’s helpful blade. But if you were a tradesman before Milwaukee introduced the first Sawzall in 1951, you used a hand saw with a lot of elbow grease. Electric hack saws changed the jobsite for the better forever. Yet the design remained nearly unchanged for almost 70 […]

Review9.2(out of 10)

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR83A5 Pneumatic Framing Nailer

There are a lot of solid framing nailers on the job, but Hitachi’s have been a tradesman’s favorite for years now. Reliable, low-maintenance, and powerful, the NR83 and the NR90 models have built more trusses, windows, sub-floors, roofs, and all of other types of framing than anyone can count. Both the company and its customers have […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Dewalt Flexvolt 60V Max Track Saw 01

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Track Saw

Think fast! What are the best ways to make long rip, cross, and bevel cuts in the shop or on the job? Did you think of something like the DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Track Saw? Most people think of just two options: a table saw and a circular saw. But there’s a third option that […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw

DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw Review

You have to admit that DeWalt’s introduction of the DeWalt FlexVolt Table Saw is a bold move. Lithium Ion technology has advanced far enough to satisfy once skeptical tradesmen who thought battery power couldn’t supplant AC power in drills and saws. But now in table saws, too? A failure at this point would still be considered a […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Honey Badger Demo Forks

Honey Badger Demo Fork Review

Very often before the more refined work can begin on a job, the old stuff has got to go. The problem is that the old stuff wasn’t put in place to be temporary – it’s stuck there. So you need a tool to apply some brute force to “encourage” it to make way for new […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Hitachi 15 Gauge Cordless Finish Nailer

Hitachi 15 Gauge Cordless Finish Nailer

Nailers aren’t just for the bones and roof of a building. We use them throughout the construction process for larger trim, molding, shelving, and door installation – hence the category known as finish nailers. They make quick, one-handed work out of slow, two-handed hit-the-nail-on-the-head work plus there’s no chance an errant swing can cause damage. […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Porter-Cable 20V Max 18 Gauge Brad Nailer

Porter-Cable 20V Max 18 Gauge Brad Nailer

Cord cutting is all the rage lately, whether it’s from the cable company or on your power tools. Just like the liberation you feel when you cease to pay $150 a month for 15 minutes of commercials per hour, the ability to work without being tethered to a cord or hose and compressor is exhilarating. I always welcome […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Empire E75 Series True Blue I-Beam Level

Empire e75.72 72-Inch Box Level

For as long as builders have wanted their structures to stay upright they’ve wanted their materials to be level. Ancient Egyptians used an A-frame tool with a plumb line to find horizontal level. Then around 1661, Melchisedech Thevenot invented the spirit level – so named for the alcohol in the vial – that used a bubble to indicate levelness. […]