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August 5, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Milwaukee M18 FUEL cordless air compressor

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Air Compressor

The long-awaited Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless air compressor has been on jobsites for a while now. Carpenters have put its 1,600 18-gauge nails-per-charge claims to the test. Some users have even tried this Milwaukee battery-powered air compressor with impact wrenches and for tire inflation. I’m a professional plumber by trade. While it may seem unusual […]

Review8.4(out of 10)
Milwaukee 2807-20 M18 Fuel Hole Hawg

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg 2807-20

The redesigned Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg (2807-20) boasts more power and speed than its excellent predecessor with a shorter tool length and just a skosh (0.3 pounds) more heft. Our crew loves the Super Hawg we’ve used for years but having a smaller Hawg is certainly an advantage. Here are the details! Pros Highly […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg 1/2-Inch Right Angle Drill

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg Right Angle Drill Review

Many tools accomplish their work with finesse and precision. In fact, that’s often why we choose to use them. Every once in a while, however, we need a tool that gets the job done with brute force. We need the big, mean, junkyard dog kind of tool. That’s the hawg—specifically, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg […]

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Pipe Threader 2874-20

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Pipe Threader Review 2874-20

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Pipe Threader proves capable of carving out threads in a matter of seconds on stainless, black iron, and RMC up to two inches. Keeping its promises, it beat the thirty-plus-year-old manual threader in our shop by a long shot. The side grip eliminates pushing on the spinning die—making it superior […]

Milwaukee M18 Switch Pack Review

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Switch Pack Sectional Drum System

I wasn’t sure what to expect when those upstanding Pro Tools gents texted me from the 2017 Milwaukee New Product Symposium. They told me that I’d soon have some interesting new plumbing tools to review. Now I’ve thought of tools as useful or helpful but…interesting? I had to see what that was all about. But even if […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Proferred Adjustable Plumbing Wrench

Proferred Adjustable Plumbing Wrench Review

When most people picture a plumber’s wrench, they probably think of the long-handled, hook-jawed version associated with the trade for generations. Of course, they’d be correct – it’s still right tool for installing and removing pipes and fittings. But it’s certainly not the only wrench a plumber uses. We run into plenty of smaller hex […]

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drain Snake with Cable Drive

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drain Snake with Cable Drive

Isn’t it satisfying when you haven’t seen someone in a while and their first question is, “Have you been working out?” Way back in April 2016, I reviewed Milwaukee’s M12 Drain Snake and found it clears small stoppages like waste arms really well. It easily maneuvers into small cabinet spaces, it’s cordless, and the enclosed drum keeps […]

Review8.3(out of 10)
Hitachi 18V Brushless Band Saw

Hitachi 18V Brushless Band Saw

Although we’re often impressed by the latest and greatest technology, there’s something charming about a design that stands the test of time. The spirit – or bubble – level comes to mind, basically unchanged from the mid-1600s. It’s an idea so good that not even the industrial revolution and inevitable march of technology could replace […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Milwaukee M12 Plastic Pipe Shear

Milwaukee M12 Plastic Pipe Shear

Just as Electricians must constantly cut wire as a matter of course, Plumbers find the most repetitive task of the trade to be cutting pipe. Traditionally, we’ve used a hacksaw, a reciprocating saw, or a ratcheting hand cutter. But those first two require a large working area with no wall or other obstruction behind the […]