Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Review8.0(out of 10)
DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor Review

The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Dust Extractor (DCV585B) makes Table 1 compliance easily portable. Plus, Wireless Tool Control means you can activate the vacuum without having to touch the actual dust extractor. We took it along for drilling anchor holes in block, grinding out a bathroom remodel, and other construction drilling tasks. Pros OSHA Table […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Senco Stapler

Senco 16-Gauge 1-Inch Crown Heavy Wire Stapler

If you hear the word “stapler” and don’t get a vision of Milton from the cult classic “Office Space”, you may have just found your next movie rental. But today we’ve got an entirely different kind of stapler meant for an entirely different line of work. Instead of Milton’s soul-numbing paper collation, the Senco 16-Gauge 1-Inch Crown Heavy […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Ridgid MegaMax

Ridgid MegaMax 18V Octane Brushless Multi-Tool

We’ve talked a little bit about the benefits of Ridgid’s new Octane technology on their 18V platform. We also got to see one of the first applications with Ridgid’s 18V Octane brushless reciprocating saw. But it’s the new Ridgid MegaMax that really pushes the new battery/tool/communication system to show off what Ridgid has in mind […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Makita 5.5 HP Big Bore Gas Air Compressor MAC5501G

Makita 5.5 HP Big Bore Gas Air Compressor MAC5501G

You’ve probably run about every large air compressor under the sun, so you know that they are big, heavy, loud. They’re also essential for those large framing and roofing jobs. But which manufacturer minimizes the bulk while optimizing power and capacity? Makita thinks they have struck the right balance between size and power. The Makita 5.5 […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Hitachi 18V Brushless 23 Gauge Pin Nailer

Hitachi Cordless Pin Nailer: 18V Brushless NP18DSAL

We spend a lot of time using powerful nailers for “big work,” like framing and roofing. But smaller nailers provide the finishing touches that show our clients the wow factor. For (almost) all intents and purposes, an 18-gauge finish or brad nailer is appropriate for trim. Today we’ve got the new Hitachi Cordless Pin Nailer, more […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Grundéns Deck-Boss Boot Review Updated

Grundens Deck-Boss Boot Review Updated

Your regularly scheduled news cycle was likely interrupted by Hurricane Irma reports as the storm headed for the mainland in September 2017.  While the wind picked up and water started to accumulate, we were scurrying around making preparations for the properties we manage as well as our own homes. We were spared the brunt of the […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Hitachi Portable 1-Gallon Quiet Air Compressor

Hitachi 1-Gallon Air Compressor Review

It might be easy to forget about pneumatic tools as battery power attempts to eclipse all other forms. After all, isn’t it nice to be untethered from an air hose? Sure it is. But keep in mind that pneumatic tools have a few advantages over batteries. Namely, better power-to-weight ratios, lower costs, less maintenance, and […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Hitachi 18V Brushless Drill Driver DS18DBFL2 Review

Hitachi 18V Brushless Drill Driver DS18DBFL2 Review

One of the interesting parts of my job is to see how manufacturers work with new technology in power tools. Common tools get updated all the time and yesterday’s premium engineering becomes the foundation of tomorrow’s value models as the cycle continues forward. Enter the new Hitachi 18V Brushless Drill Driver. Model DS18DBFL2 clearly has a […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Kapro Condor Box Level

Kapro Condor Box Level with OptiVision

Any tradesman will tell you that starting on a plumb, level, and square foundation really makes work easier. And every tradesman can tell you pain-in-the-neck stories of accommodating for the sloppy workmanship of the previous guy. So it’s the lack of using good tools like the Kapro Condor box level, right? Well, sometimes there are […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Kapro Torpedo Level with Optivision

Kapro Torpedo Level with OptiVision Review

It’s commonly known that a longer level produces more accurate measurements than a shorter one. A 4- or 6-foot level (or longer) is likely pretty accurate across a span longer than the level, but it’s really just extrapolation and trust in your tool. Ideally, you’d have a level that was as long as the distance […]