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May 14, 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.

what plainsawn vs rip-sawn lumber

What is Plain-sawn or Rip-sawn Wood or Lumber?

Plain-sawn or rip-sawn wood uses a particular method of milling trees that yields highly usable, strong boards. It delivers the least amount of waste of any milling method. Unlike quarter sawn wood, particularly popular for oak and maple, plain-sawn wood presents less exposed grain on the face of the board. Most lumber uses this simpler […]

Rainwater Capture and Collection for Irrigation

Rainwater Capture and Collection for Irrigation

It happens more frequently than you would think—a “normal” water shortage turns into a full-on drought. Now you’re stuck without enough water to take care of your landscape and preserve your plants. If you do water your plants, you do so illegally. That’s dangerous, self-serving, and (on a more practical note) sets you up to […]

Metabo OneRate Tool Repair Service

Metabo Sets New Standard for Tool Repair Turnaround The Metabo OneRate Tool Repair Service promises a 48-hour turnaround and an up-front fixed rate for repair. Metabo designed this new program to help you budget tool repair costs while reducing downtime. How Does the Metabo OneRate Program Work? To get started with the process, visit the […]

Makita XDT16 brushless impact driver

How Much Torque Do You Need on an Impact Driver?

How Much Torque Do You Need on an Impact Driver? More Is Always Better, Right? In today’s world of power tools, pushing the envelope of more power is more than just a 1990’s Tim Allen sitcom. When you look at two impact drivers with the same price tag, and one has more power than the […]

Why use a metal cutting circular saw

Can a Circular Saw Cut Metal? Metal Saws vs Circular Saws

Many people want to know can a circular saw cut metal? The answer is: it depends. You have a lot of factors to consider in the metal-cutting vs circular saw question—like blade speed, the blade itself, and the collection of metal shavings created by the blade. You may look at your circular saw and wonder, […]

Makita 18V LXT Sub-Compact Recipro Saw Review

What Makes Makita Brushless Motors Different?

If you ever take a look through the features of a product on Makita’s website, brushless motors get lots of mention. We interviewed the company about what actually makes Makita brushless motors different from the competition. During the process, I had the fortunate opportunity to chat with Carlos Quintana. Carlos is the Senior Product Manager […]

Drill Down: Black Oxide, Titanium, and Cobalt Drill Bits

Types of Drill Bits | Black Oxide, Titanium, and Cobalt

With remarkable advancements in tool technology, it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind the latest improvement. What’s more—differentiation inside common tool categories creates confusion. In generations past, when a craftsman needed a hammer, he went to the local hardware store and bought a hammer. Today that same craftsman might stand in front of the […]

What Dust Extractor Bag Do I Need? A Pro’s Guide

So you decided on a portable dust extractor but now comes the question of what bag, if any, you should use. If you’re still looking for a good model, take a look at our OSHA-compliant dust extractor shootout to sort it out! But back to the subject at hand: What dust extractor bag do I […]

Improving Your Inside Drywall Corners

Improving Your Inside Drywall Corners

Drywall finishing is an underappreciated art. Like so many other grand ironies in life, the perfect job will go unnoticed. However, people will pay a lot of attention to a poorly done job. Pops, over-sanding, messy outlet hole cuts, and bubbled seams all stick out like a sore thumb. Even if you’ve mastered the finer […]

How Does A Circular Saw's Electric Brake Work

How Does a Saw’s Electric Brake Work

Tool manufacturers continue to add more safety and fatigue-reducing features to their products. Examples abound with auto lock-on switches, auto lock-off switches, blade guards, and shields—just to start. You may take one safety feature for granted simply because you can’t see it—an electric brake. On the best circular saws and many other saws, an electric […]