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May 16, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Sander and Grinder Reviews

We do reviews of corded grinders and sanders, including belt and orbital models and also portable and bench top tools. Our grinder reviews include corded tools from 4.5″ cut off models to larger products with 9-inch wheels. For sanders, we cover products from the small Festool Rotex sander to larger belt and orbital sanders. We turned our Pros on the Makita GA5042C 5 in. grinder and also the Bosch OS50VC 1/2-sheet orbital finishing sander. The results gave us good impressions of what these tools could do in the field. Sanders and Grinder Reviews In comparing various sanders we attempt to level the playing field by using the same consumables. For grinder reviews we use the same grinding and cutting wheels. Random orbital patterns vary, and grinders have various features like active and passive braking for better safety. We test our grinders using proven methods and time cutting and grinding tasks to see which models excel. Even drywall sanders make for interesting testing.

Angle Grinder uses

Angle Grinder Uses and the Influence of Cordless Technology

If an angle grinder is part of your daily grind, you’ve probably noticed the tool’s rapid shift from corded to cordless. Whether you’re new to the trade or a DIYer, you may be wondering the different angle grinder uses and if cordless is a legitimate option. I jumped on a call with Kevin Gee, Senior […]

Flex Giraffe GE 7 Drywall Sander

Flex Giraffe GE 7 is the World’s First Drywall Sander with Interchangeable Heads The Flex Giraffe GE 7 Drywall Sander is the world’s first interchangeable head drywall sanding system. It offers four interchangeable heads and well-designed ergonomics for drywall and painting applications. Don’t Lose Your Head For the US version, the Flex Giraffe GE 7 has […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Festool LS 130 Linear Sander

Festool LS 130 Linear Sander Review

I love my job, but I don’t enjoy sanding. It’s time-consuming, messy, and all-around boring. Detail sanding is even worse. Getting into corners, sanding curved millwork and profiles, and cleaning up edges requires hand-sanding. I find hand-sanding tedious. Not only is it slow, but it tends to leave more dust lying around since there is […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Bosch 5-Inch Angle Grinder with Tuckpointing Guard

Bosch 5-Inch Angle Grinder with Tuckpointing Guard

Most people consider the expression “set in stone” to mean something is permanent or immovable. But the masons among us might have a different perspective since we spend much of our time repairing things that have been set in stone! Brickwork is a common example. Those mortar joints deteriorate, make a wall unsightly, and allow bricks […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Bosch Surface Grinder CSG15 Review

Bosch Surface Grinder CSG15 Review

Sick of hearing about OSHA’s silica dust requirements for concrete? They’re not going away anytime soon, but we’re committed to keeping you up to speed on products that will help keep you compliant and away from those pesky fines. Today’s muse is the CSG15 – a Bosch surface grinder that includes an integrated shroud for […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Planex Easy Drywall Sander in Action

Festool Planex Easy Drywall Sander Review

One of the uglier bits of construction and remodeling work revolves around drywall installation. Sanding down drywall mud not only creates a big mess, but it also launches all sorts of dust into the air – even silica dust in some cases. For those of you who have the distinct pleasure of sanding down drywall, […]

Hutchins Wet Sander: Model 7544 Waterbug III

Hutchins Wet Sander: Model 7544 Waterbug III

As we’ve been able to expand the amount of automotive coverage we offer through Shop Tool Reviews, we’re able to bring in a wider variety of tools we see like the Model 7544 Hutchins wet sander. Hutchins has been in business since 1955 as a family-owned, Made in the USA brand with plenty of patents […]

How To Cut Soil Pipe

How To Cut Soil Pipe: Pro Plumbing Tips

Cutting in-place soil pipes might be an unpleasant job but it doesn’t have to be difficult. All of these methods work, other things being equal, but soil pipe access might eliminate some of them. The age and condition of the pipe might affect the method you use for cutting soil pipe as well. How much of […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Festool RTS 400 REQ Finish Sander Video Review

Festool RTS 400 REQ Sander Video Review

Festool has made some rolling changes to their already outstanding 400 series finish sanders. The new Festool RTS 400 REQ and its delta pad brother (the DTS 400 REQ) now feature a more powerful motor, updated Cleantec connection system, and bumpers to avoid damage to nearby workpieces. There are also some small ergonomic changes. The […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander

Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander Review

When we visited Festool in Germany last year, we got to see the Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander in action months before its North American launch. It’s a rolling change from the previous model – the Festool RTS 400 EQ – which was a phenomenal sander in its own right. Clint DeBoer and […]