Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Kobalt Portable Table Saw bevel adjustment


The updated Kobalt Portable Table Saw KT10152 changes only a few things from the budget-friendly KT1015 job site table saw we reviewed a few years ago. Kobalt removed the outfeed support but increased the left rip capacity by 3-inches. They also adjusted the sliding rip fence so it now locks into place with a single […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Metabo HPT 3.5 in coil nailer flooring

Metabo HPT 3-1/2 Inch Coil Nailer Review – NV90AG(S)

The Metabo HPT 3-1/2 inch Coil Nailer is the former, reliable-as-the-day-is-long Hitachi NV90AG(S) with a redesigned head guard. It’s technically a new tool but we’ve actually been using the Hitachi-branded model for years. We’ve been framing up a storm on a recent house remodel: new floor joists, walls, sheathing—you name it. It gave us the […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
DeWalt pin nailer loading

DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge Pin Nailer Review

The DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge pin nailer is an exceptionally well-designed pinner that easily installs finer workpieces while eliminating the need to fill nail holes. It’s also great for attaching small trim pieces and reducing the amount of touchup required before painting. I’ve put the finishing touches on several projects with it and found it easy […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Hitachi Triple Hammer Impact Driver

Metabo HPT 18V Triple Hammer Impact Driver

My faithful impact driver recently bit the dust after several years of service. You can’t spend much time mourning old tools when there are jobs to do, so I immediately began a search for its replacement. I was impressed with the breadth of new choices and features. The market boasts more compact designs, longer battery […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Hitachi 10-Inch Jobsite Table Saw

Hitachi Table Saw C10RJ Review

The marketplace determined a while back that professional job site table saws should feature 10-inch blades powered by 15-amp motors with convenient, folding stands with wheels for transport and storage. There are exceptions to the rule but, by-and-large, that’s what you’ll find. Yet Pro table saws are different in rip capacity, fence design, build quality, […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Ridgid ThruCool Worm Drive Saw

Ridgid ThruCool Worm Drive Circular Saw Review

Go with the Ridgid ThruCool Worm Drive or stick with a sidewinder? It’s been hard to miss the lively discussion here and elsewhere about sidewinders versus worm drive circular saws. Traditionally, sidewinders with their blade-right orientation have been more popular in the Eastern U.S. and worm drives with their blade-left orientation have been more widely used […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Hilti 22V Cordless Brushless Cut-Out Tool

Hilti 22V Cordless Brushless Cut-Out Tool

Most people will never appreciate the skill it takes to finish drywall unless they give it a shot and find out it’s a little more difficult than it looks. Not only do the walls need to be seamless, but you need to make the holes for outlets and switches accurate and in an exact location. […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Hitachi 3-1/2-Inch Coil Framing Nailer

Hitachi 3-1/2-Inch Coil Framing Nailer Review NV90AG(S)

Hitachi is producing some impressive tools these days. You may have read our reviews on their newer rotary hammer, impact driver, and several others. I’ve had the good fortune to a review few of them myself. Concurrent to the test of the Hitachi 2‑1/2-Inch Coil Siding Nailer, I also tested its big brother, the Hitachi 3-1/2-Inch Coil Framing Nailer. It’s […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Hitachi 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank

Metabo HPT 10-Gallon Reserve Air Tank Review

I must have hit the Metabo HPT lottery. I’ve not only been able to do several (formerly Hitachi) tool reviews recently, but they’ve all been high-performers. Earlier, I put the Metabo HPT 8-gallon wheelbarrow compressor through its paces and found it to be excellent. Now I have what I hope is an equally excellent companion piece: […]