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June 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Review10.0(out of 10)
Milwaukee 6370

Milwaukee 6370 8″ Metal Cutting Saw Review

I had recently been working on some new bistro table designs that I wanted to add to my current line of hand-made furniture (www.seventeen20.com). One design, in particular, required cutting eight very consistent pieces of 2×4 steel tubing at three different angles. While brainstorming with a friend about how to make the jigs, we came […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Grizzly G0490X

Grizzly G0490X 8” Jointer w/Spiral Cutterhead Review

The first jointer I ever purchased was a 4” bench top model from Delta. I used it for a handful of projects, including my first foray into furniture making. After starting a furniture company a couple of years ago, I quickly outgrew the Delta and upgraded to a 6” Ridgid from my local Home Depot. I’ve […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Milwaukee TORQUE LOCK

Milwaukee TORQUE LOCK Locking C-Clamps and Pliers

Milwaukee recently released their new Milwaukee TORQUE LOCK locking c-clamps and locking pliers with Durable Grip and asked if I would be up for trying them out. Initially, what appealed to me most were the locking c-clamps. Of all the clamps in my shop, my “go-to” is the IRWIN locking c-clamp: I have roughly ten […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
DeWalt DWMT70781L

DeWalt Palm Sander DWMT70781L Review

DeWalt recently launched 5 new pneumatic tools that are designed for the industrial user, including an impact wrench, air ratchet, angle die grinder, reversible drill, and a palm sander. Considering how much sanding my employee and I do at my little furniture-manufacturing outfit, the new DeWalt’s palm sander was a welcomed addition to our collection […]

Review8.0(out of 10)
Diablo PSA Discs

Diablo Random Orbit Sanding Discs Review

Sanding is one of those tasks that seems easy on the surface, until you’re doing it for hours at a time on a regular basis. You quickly realize the importance of tool, grit, and disc/paper selection, as well as proper technique. There’s not a simple guide that will lead you to the right stuff; it’s […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
knurled knobs

Jet JWBS-14SF Bandsaw Review

Running a rapidly growing furniture manufacturing company, and being one of the two in a “two-man shop” left me little time over the past year to expand our current product line to include several new designs we’ve had brewing. Two of them required a bandsaw upgrade, which meant that I would need to overcome both […]

Review9.8(out of 10)
1619EVS in action

Bosch 1619EVS Variable-Speed Plunge Router Review

I remember my dad’s Bosch sander, jigsaw, and drill were the tools that had to be properly returned to their cases, with the cords wrapped up to his specs, as soon as you were finished with man-practice. Those were the ones you’d get in real trouble for mistreating. To this day, I go out of […]