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October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Milwaukee Ultra Fine Finish Blades

While power tools understandably receive the lion’s share of attention around here, those witty and wise Pro Tool Reviews editors love to get their hands on new accessories like blades whenever they can. After all, what good is a great saw with a bum blade? Cabinetry, casework, and trim – ya know, the stuff people […]

Senco Fusion F-15 FN65DA Finish Nailer

Senco Fusion F-15 Angled Finish Nailer Review

The Senco F-15 FN65DA 15 gauge angled finish nailer takes a whole new approach to cordless nailing. With a sealed nitrogen cylinder and a lithium-ion battery to keep things powered, what you have is an powerful, yet fairly compact and light trim nailer that will not only keep up with pneumatic nailers but also drive nails repeatedly into the hardest of materials.

Review8.5(out of 10)
Senco FinishPro 30XP Action

Senco FinishPro 30XP 15-Gauge Finish Nailer

Have you ever noticed that the tools we use often must become more refined over the course of a job? What started with a chainsaw ends with 400 grit sandpaper. What was once dug up with a front-end loader is now gently screeded to a smooth surface. Even the social tools we use are similar. […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Skilsaw Fiber Cement Circular Saw

Skilsaw Fiber Cement Circular Saw Review

Fiber cement has been around for over a hundred years but it really came into widespread use as a substitute for asbestos cement in the 1980s. Fiber cement’s cellulose fibers replaced asbestos fibers as the reinforcing members in building materials, eliminating the risk of diseases resulting from asbestos inhalation. But that doesn’t mean that all […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Ryobi Multi Surface Laser Level

Ryobi Multi Surface Laser Level

One measure of good carpentry is work that is level and plumb or, more generally, staying true to the angle of the work. For centuries, craftsmen of all stripes have used the spirit – or bubble – level to accomplish this. Over the last couple of decades, lasers have been incorporated to shoot lines over long […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Ryobi 18V One+ Dual Power LED Spotlight

Ryobi 18V One+ Dual Power LED Spotlight

While many people consider Ryobi tools to be solidly in the DIYer category, the company has consistently cranked out high-quality, affordably priced tools that are right at home in a Pro’s toolbox. In fact, many of the tools in my trailer are Ryobi, including the rotary hammer drill I recently reviewed. Now Ryobi’s added to […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Ryobi Whole Stud Detector

Ryobi Whole Stud Detector Review

You probably know a guy that tests the limits of well-worn jokes by holding a stud finder to himself and saying, “beep!” Maybe you are that guy, in which case it somehow doesn’t get any less funny. Well before you can’t fit your head through a door’s rough opening, let me introduce the Ryobi Whole […]

Ryobi 18V One+ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drill

Ryobi 18V One+ SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drill

What tool is so useful that it’s literally out of this world? I submit the rotary hammer, which NASA included on the Mars rover Curiosity. When the job calls for making holes in stone and concrete or chipping masonry, the rotary hammer is the tool for the job. I’m not sure if Ryobi made NASA’s […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Ridgid R175RNF Coil Roofing Nailer

Ridgid R175RNF Coil Roofing Nailer

The last time we talked about roofing nailers, I told you that although there’s more variation among them than framing nailers, there’s still not a ton of differentiation. But it’s the weight that really tips the balance – pun intended – in favor of the tools I prefer. Most new roofing tools really just tinker around […]