June 23, 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.

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 […]

Hitachi AC Brushless Angle Grinder

Hitachi AC Brushless Angle Grinder G12VE

Hitachi Power Tools recently announced a new addition to its commercial product line with the launch of the 4-1/2-inch Hitachi AC Brushless Angle Grinder model G12VE. This 4.2-pound corded grinder features a 12-amp motor, 1,300 watts of input power, variable speeds between 2,800 and 10,000 RPMs, a soft start function, internal inverter circuitry to run […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander Video Review

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander Video Review

Ridgid and Ryobi (both TTI companies) decided to bust through the cordless barrier when it comes to belt sanders. The Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander runs on their 18V platform and, obviously, sports a brushless motor. It takes advantage of a 3 x 18-inch belt and a variable 400 – 935 FPM belt rate to […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Flex XC 3401 Flex Orbital Polisher

Flex Orbital Polisher: 6-Inch XC 3401 VRG

Flex is a German company producing several lines of products, but are most well known for their finishing tools. In today’s case, we’re looking more closely at a Flex Orbital Polisher. This one is found under the model number Flex XC 3401 VRG and is a 6-inch design with a mechanical orbiting action. Being German, Flex […]

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/4-Inch Die Grinder

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/4-Inch Die Grinder

Milwaukee recently introduced the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 1/4-inch Die Grinder featuring the PowerState brushless motor, RedLithium battery pack, RedLink Plus intelligence, and the same metal housing and gearing system found in Milwaukee’s corded die grinders. The company claims the tool is capable of removing material faster than a corded grinder and grinds up to 20 minutes […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander LRP1503 Boa Video Review

FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander LRP1503 Boa Video Review

If you fabricate or work with stainless pipe, such as handrails, then you need a tool that can handle your finish work. The FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander is aptly named the Boa. It wraps around pipe, like a snake, to sand and polish more than 180-degrees at a time. Polishing stainless handrails are made easy […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Festool DTS 400 EQ and Festool RTS 400 EQ Random Orbit Sander

Festool DTS 400 EQ Orbital Finish Sander

Sanding is one of those tasks that tends to be dull and boring for some, while therapeutic for others. Having used sanders across several classes, including cordless, I was curious what Festool had to offer with these smaller finish sanders over the course of the longer day. First Impressions The first thing you’ll notice about […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Makita Polisher 7-inch 9237C Video Review

Makita Polisher 7-inch 9237C Video Review

Makita’s 9237c 7-inch polisher is made for the professional. This rotary polisher has the horsepower to cut through the toughest finish with the harshest of products. When we have a vehicle with serious blemishes in the finish, this is the polisher that we reach for. Whether we are using a wool pad with compound or […]

Festool Pro 5 LTD Sander

Festool Pro 5 LTD Sander – Get One While You Can!

How many $99 Festool sanders do you own? If you said anything other than “none”, you probably bought it used. That’s because Festool sanders just aren’t made at this price point. However, for a limited time you’ll be able to get your hands on the Festool Pro 5 LTD sander for $99 – plus a $50 […]

Festool Planex LHS 225 Drywall Sander application

Festool Planex LHS 225 Drywall Sander

Drywall sanding is a messy business at best and hazardous to your health at worst: prolonged exposure to respirable crystalline silica is responsible for many ailments. But Festool hopes to clean up with the Festool Planex LHS 225 drywall sander. The modular design features three lengths, two-speed gears, and adjustable suction power. Extensions allow a working height […]