Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Hand Tool Reviews

Hand tools make up a large portion of the equipment we carry every day. Pro Tool reviews pays close attention to recent innovations. Our hand tool reviews include knives & cutting tools, wrenches, chisels, fastening tools, hammers, and more. These hand tools covers the gamut from one end of the industry to another. Possibly our favorite series is our best framing hammer review. In that head-to-head review we compared nine popular models. This type of comparison isn’t always possible, but we do test out these tools on the jobsite. Hand Tool Reviews for the Pro Tradesman This is also where you’ll find popular lighting products and even folding knives from Kershaw, CRKT, and Zero Tolerance. Even Milwaukee Tool has new Fastback knives for use by contractors and tradesmen in the field. We try to review as many of these types of tools as possible. This helps us remain a leader in reporting industry trends. This is particularly important when manufacturers add new features or make tweaks to their products. Sometimes they revamp an entire line. Other times they include something that only slightly improves a hand tool over a previous model. It all adds up.

Leatherman Kick multi tool pliers

Leatherman Kick Multi Tool Review

The Leatherman Kick was designed for folks who prefer a little less weight, yet need a full size multi-tool that features longer, sharper, and stronger implements in a lighter and more compact tool. Full-size pliers are built in that have a jaw design that can handle twice the squeeze-load as the previous version with no extra weight

Stiletto Titanium Flat Bars Review

Stiletto Titanium Pry Bars Review

Stiletto titanium flat pry bars weigh 45% less than a typical steel flat bar of the same size. They also offer better shock resistance. Really, though—they’re just plain cool because no one else has one! Stilletto calls these bars: Powerful, Painless and Lightweight. We had to check out the Stiletto titanium flat pry bars first […]

New Channellock #89 Rescue Tool

Channellock 89 Rescue Tool

The new Channellock #89 Rescue Tool was designed by firefighters, for firefighters and first responders. Using feedback received from firefighters, first responders and EMTs, the engineers at Channellock further refined and updated last years rescue tool model #88 with many great updates.

Gauge-It thickness gauge

Gauge-It Thickness Gauge Review

The Gauge-It Thickness Gauge is a quick, reliable and easy to use way to check how thick your wood working material is. No more trying to eyeball or guess, just Gauge-it! Simple, few moving parts and easy to read are all good things when we are talking about measuring tools.

Gauge-It Table Saw Gauge

Gauge-It Table Saw Gauge Review

The Gauge-It Table Saw Gauge is the all-in-one answer for checking blade angle, blade height, miter angles and more. Take the guess work out of trying to read and set clumsy table saw bevel measurements and start cutting right the first time with guaranteed accuracy.

Channellock shows off new CODE BLUE Screwdrivers

Channellock Code Blue Screwdriver Set

Channellock introduced 23 new and improved screwdrivers and nutdrivers to their CODE BLUE line. The new tools are loaded with functionality and are manufactured to the same standards as the rest of CHANNELLOCK lines of tools. And they are BLUE, boy are they Blue. We wonder if someone over there isn’t a closet Florida Gator […]

He Did WHAT With a Vice Grip?

He Did WHAT With a Vice Grip?

Irwin Industrial Tools revealed this week that Dr. Bryan Fox of Chesapeake, Va., was selected as the winner of the “Tell Us Your Irwin Vise-Grip Story” promotion. It turns out that Dr. Fox, an orthopedic surgeon for the United States Navy, was honored for using an Irwin Vise-Grip to perform a rather unusual procedure: spinal surgery during Operation Iraqi […]

New Bosch DAF220 Miterfinder

Bosch DAF220K Miter Finder Preview

Bosch is making a move into the precise measuring and leveling world with the DAF220 Miterfinder. The days of miss cut angles and wasted trim are over. The Bosch DAF220 Miterfinder is like having four tools in one with functions that include an angle finder, cutting calculator, protractor and a level.

powerstrike hammers

The Claw Hammer vs Framing Hammer Debate

Picking the right tool for the right job will mean less user fatigue and a more professional job when done. Framing hammers come in a wide variety of configurations and sizes and make the job of driving big nails easy.

simple man products box finder

Simple Man Products Box Finder

Say dry wall and most guys will tell you they hate working with it. Sure there are the few drywall contractors that seem to love working with the stuff, like the sub contractor we once hired that was able to hang 5/8 inch thick, twelve foot long sheets on a 10 foot ceiling by himself! We are always on the look out for tools that can make drywall work easier for the rest of us.