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August 3, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


News & Opinion

Whether it’s cold hard facts or editorials by our professional staff, Pro Tool Reviews tells it like it is. We deliver a steady stream of power tool news for the construction and housing industry. Hopefully, this will keep you abreast of what’s happening in the construction industry. Our industry insights, articles, and editorials cover construction industry topics affecting professional tradesmen and business owners. Power Tool News & Opinion That Matters If you’re in the construction business—no matter if you work on the jobsite or in the office—you need to know what trends and tools are shaping the work you do. Our team delivers both news & opinion to keep you up to speed and ahead of the curve. Because of this, you can be in the know with respect to OSHA regulations, modern construction methods, and therefore any other developments taking place that could affect your work. While our power tool reviews and hand tool reviews let you know what’s hot from the manufacturers. For everything else, you’ll want to stay tuned to our news and opinion editorial coverage.

12V vs 18V tools

12-Volt vs 18-Volt Tools: Do I Need Both?

Each year, manufacturers dazzle us with new tool innovations and battery technology. We want more run-time, more power, and more overall tool longevity. By and large, major tool manufacturers are delivering those things. Today, the best cordless drills far exceed the capabilities of corded tools. Professionals are beginning to regard their 18V tools as their […]

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World’s Worst Tiling Jobs You’ve Ever Seen

Not too long ago we took a look at some of the worst grouting and caulking jobs we’d seen. Now, we topped even that list in terms of atrociousness and utter devastation of both technique and character. These have to be the world’s worst tiling jobs we’ve ever seen. When you see something crazy…you just […]

EcoSmart Tankless Water Heaters ECO 11

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Many different types of water heaters currently exist for consumers looking to either replace or install one. Nothing, however, has generated as much excitement in the U.S. as tankless water heaters. I say “in the U.S.” because tankless systems have pretty much been the norm overseas. In fact, in places like Japan and much of […]

What is Orbital Action on a Reciprocating Saw and Do You Need It?

What is orbital action in a reciprocating saw and do you need it? That’s the question we’re looking at today and it’s a common one. With a few notable exceptions, most manufacturers weren’t adding this feature to their cordless reciprocating saws. This led to a little confusion as to whether or not you actually need […]

Makita 12V Max CXT Drill Action

How to Use a Drill: Tips from the Pros

Knowing how to use a drill is like Power Tools 101 – just pull the trigger, right? That’s how a lot of people use this tool, and they do just fine. You can, however, get more out of your tools with a little knowledge. Our Pro readers can skip this article, but for those of […]

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Should I Buy a Drill or an Impact Driver?

Several of our readers have posed this common question to our staff: “Should I buy a drill or an impact driver?” That’s a great question and one that comes up pretty early in the apprenticeship training process. Here’s the short answer: If you can only afford one tool, buy a drill. However, get a 2-tool […]

Best Cordless Reciprocating Saw Head-to-Head Review - Makita Medium Metal Cutting

How to Use a Reciprocating Saw Like a Pro

There’s probably no more useful saw for remodelers, plumbers, electricians, and homeowners than the reciprocating saw. It’s hard to imagine a jobsite without one. But that was the reality before the introduction of the Milwaukee SawZall—the trademarked name that became synonymous with reciprocating saws—in 1951. You might have already read our best corded reciprocating saw article. Regardless of […]

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What is a GFCI Outlet and Where Do They Go?

Part of what Pros run into involves answering questions for homeowners. Here’s a question that comes up quite a bit: What is a GFCI outlet and where do they go? (or why do we need them?) We grabbed a couple of our resident Pros to help answer this question. We also dive into why you need […]

Kobalt SAE Tap and Die Set tapping

How to Use a Tap and Die to Create or Repair Threads

When using a tap and die set, it’s important to understand the terms. “Tapping” occurs when you cut, or recut threads into a hole or nut. Most auto mechanics and metalworkers have likely dealt with this issue. It may have occurred in the form of a stripped socket or cut-off bolt which needed re-threading. Learning how to use a tap […]