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Tom Gaige’s Tool Kit

Thomas Gaige currently lives in coastal South Carolina. Since he was a youngster he always liked working with his hands and building things. With his well equipped shop he has tackled projects like restoring a classic BMW, building furniture, automotive bodywork, rebuilding a fiberglass boat, swapping out car engines, cabinet building and a host of other things. He believes that choosing the right tool is as critical as the final product you are trying to achieve. If you are properly equipped, with both your tools and knowledge about your project, then you too can repair and build like a pro and that is what Pro Tool Reviews is all about.

Tom Gaige's Tool Kit

Thomas Gaige currently lives in coastal South Carolina. With a degree in mechanical engineering and over 17 years experience in the consulting engineering business, he decided to leave that and pursue being a contractor. The engineering was a good experience, but the need to get dirty was never fulfilled in the office.


Since he was a youngster, Tom always liked working with his hands and building things. With his well equipped shop he has tackled projects like restoring a classic BMW, building furniture, automotive bodywork, rebuilding a fiberglass boat, swapping out car engines, cabinet building and a host of other things. As a licensed contractor, he has done it all from rough framing, crown molding, custom marble showers, built-in cabinets, to creative design solutions. Combining his mechanical background and his love of building things is why he is so interested in tools. For Thomas the tool is the starting place of almost any project. He believes that choosing the right tool is as critical as the final product you are trying to achieve. If you are properly equipped, with both your tools and knowledge about your project, then you too can repair and build like a pro and that is what Pro Tool Reviews is all about.


Power Tools

  • Table Saw, 10” blade – Bosch 4100 table saw with TS2000 gravity rise stand
  • Compound Miter Saw, 12” Blade – Delta 36-322L
  • Circular Saw – Rigid R3200
  • Circular Saw, 18V – DeWalt DCS391 Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw – Ridgid R8831B 18V Orbital Jig Saw
  • Reciprocating Saw – Rigid 3020
  • Reciprocating Saw, 18V – DeWalt DW938
  • Biscuit Joiner – Makita 3901
  • RotoZip – RZ1
  • Router, fixed and plunge base, 1/4″ and 1/2″ drive – Freud FT1702UCEK
  • Rotary Tool – Black & Decker Wizard RT550
  • Sander, 1/4 Sheet – DeWalt DW411K
  • Sander, 1/4 sheet – DeWalt D26441
  • Disk Sander, 6″ disk – Craftsman 315.115032
  • Angle Grinder, 4″ disk – DeWalt DW402
  • Angle Grinder, 7″ disk – Craftsman Professional 900.277040
  • Impact Driver, 18V – DeWalt DCF886M2 XR Brushless Impact Driver
  • Drill, 3/8″ keyless chuck – DeWalt D21008
  • Hammer Drill, 1/2″ keyless chuck, 18V – DeWalt DCD970KL 18-Volt 1/2″ XRP Lithium-Ion Hammerdrill
  • Drill, 1/2″ keyless chuck, 18V – DeWalt DW959
  • Hammer Drill, 1/2″ Keyed chuck – DeWalt DW505
  • Right Angle Drill, 1/2″ Keyed Chuck – Milwaukee 1107-6
  • Inspection Camera – Rigid See Snake
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum, 6 Gallon – Rigid WD06250
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum, 12 Gallon – Rigid WD12460
  • Pressure Washer, 2200 PSI, 5HP Briggs & Stratton – Troy Built 020292

Air Tools:

  • Air Compressor, 25 Gallon, 6HP, Oil lubed – Craftsman Professional 919.195411
  • Air Compressor, 4-Gallon, 2.5 HP, Oil lubed – Hitachi EC119SA
  • Framing Nail Gun, 3-1/2-Inch Round Head – Hitachi NR90AE
  • Finish Nail Gun, 2 1/2-Inch 15 Gauge – Hitachi NT65MA3
  • Brad Nailer – Stanley SPN125K
  • 6” Random Orbital Sander – Ingersal Rand 311G
  • Air Chisel – Craftsman
  • 3/8” Drive Air Ratchet – Ingersal Rand 107XP
  • 1/2” Drive Impact Wrench, 800 FT-LB torque – Chicago Pneumatic 7750
  • Impact Rated Sockets – Craftsman & Stanley

Hand Tools & Miscellaneous Tools

  • Ratcheting Wrenches – Gear Wrenches
  • Socket & Ratchet Sets – Craftsman
  • Wrench Sets – Craftsman
  • Screwdriver Sets – Craftsman, Commercial Electric & Kline
  • Pliers – Vise grips, Channel Locks, GB, Kline, Craftsman & Commercial Electric
  • Levels – Stanley & Johnson
  • Utility Knives – Irwin & Stanley
  • Tape Measures – Stanley Fat Max
  • Chalk Box – Stanley Fat Max
  • 16” Bar Clamps – Jorgeson 3712HD
  • Mini Bar Clamps – Irwin Quick Grips
  • Stud Finder – Zircon Stud Pro SL
  • Vacuum Pump – Mityvac
  • OBDII Scanner – Actron AutoScanner Plus CP9180
  • Voltage Meter – Sperry DM-350A
  • Voltage Tester – GB GVT-92
  • Work Table – Black & Decker Workmate 550
  • Multi Position Ladder – Little Giant & Gorilla Ladder

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