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October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Cordless Grinder Reviews & Sanders

When we do cordless grinder reviews we look for one thing: Power. This is unusual, because with other tools you need to get a larger picture of a tool’s capabilities. With cordless grinders, however, power is the dominating metric. Can it cut through metal efficiently? Is it a tool that can support grinding welds? The new DeWalt 60V FlexVolt angle grinder is near-unstoppable. The Metabo 9-inch cordless angle grinder is a beast that is unmatched anywhere in terms of cordless capabilities. For our cordless sander reviews, we cover everything from cordless random orbit sanders, to half sheet and detail models. We’ve found a lot of winners in this category. Festool ETS EC brushless sanders stand out as does the Makita 18V random orbit sander. Cordless Grinder Reviews for Pros For Pros we pay attention to dust collection, vibration reduction, and power. Yes, that goes above and beyond just measuring power, but those later two components come to nothing without the first.

Review9.3(out of 10)
Makita 18V LXT Cordless X-Lock Angle Grinder XAG26 Review

Makita XAG26 18V Cordless X-Lock Angle Grinder Review

Makita Cordless Grinder Upgrades with X-Lock Wheel Interface We’re really excited to get our hands on the first Makita 18V LXT Cordless X-Lock Angle Grinder (XAG26). Launching two other options (one cordless and one corded), it adds X-Lock’s easy-to-use wheel change system to Makita’s thoughtful design. Pros X-Lock grinder interface makes wheel changes super-easy and […]

Review8.9(out of 10)

DeWalt Power Detect Angle Grinder Review DCG415

DeWalt 20V Max Power Detect Angle Grinder Boost Power Without Jumping to 60V DeWalt Power Detect tools get a boost in power when you use a 20V Max 8.0Ah battery instead of other sizes. It’s similar to FlexVolt Advantage tools that get their boost from a FlexVolt pack. We’ve seen similar performance in the two […]

Makita X-Lock Angle Grinders – 18V and Corded

3 New Makita Grinders Feature X-Lock Quick Change System For those of you in the know about the quick convenience that the X-Lock System provides, or for anyone who just gets excited about advances in angle grinder technology, prepare to get jazzed. Makita has announced a line of angle grinders that use X-Lock accessories. What’s […]

Ryobi HP Angle Grinder

Ryobi HP Brushless Angle Grinder PBLAG01B

Ramped-Up Ryobi HP Angle Grinder Provides 30% Faster Cutting As part of the High-Performance (HP) line-up, the PBLAG01B Ryobi HP 4-1/2″ Brushless Angle Grinder provides the compact performance that has become the main selling point for this new HP line of tools. It’s certainly faster, with 2,700 more RPM than the brushed Ryobi P421. That’s […]

Ryobi 18V Cut-Off Tool

Ryobi 18V One+ HP Compact Brushless Cut-Off Tool Review PSBCS02B

Ryobi Cut-Off Tool Offers Excellent Control in a Compact Design Joining the HP Compact lineup, the Ryobi 18V One+ Cut-Off Tool fills a gap for compact multi-material cutting. It’s a versatile saw that’s has a lot of uses for DIYers and general handyman work. Pros Lighter and easier to manage than a grinder Adjustable cutting […]

Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher PBF100

Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher PBF100

Lightweight Ryobi Polisher Still Comes Up Big The Ryobi 18V Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher hits stores in December 2020 and promises to deliver a professional-quality finish—with cordless convenience. The Ryobi PBF100 polisher claims it can tackle a full-size vehicle on a single battery charge. It also claims to be the lightest dual action polisher […]

Ryobi 18V Rotary Tool

Ryobi PRT100B Cordless Rotary Tool

Ryobi 18V Rotary Tool Takes Your Projects Anywhere Rotary tools are super helpful for a variety of tasks, but many of them require a power cord and an outlet. This is not the case with the Ryobi PRT100B Rotary Tool. It uses the One+ battery platform to provide cordless power for etching, sanding, honing, or […]

Festool Edge Sanding Guide

Festool Edge Sanding Guide

Sand Any Edge or Angle with Precision Coming in October, Festool has a solution to maximize your precision and efficiency with sanding projects. The Festool Edge Sanding Guide attaches to Festool corded and cordless sanders to provide woodworkers, trim carpenters, and painters control over sanding surface edges and angles. Sand Edges with Confidence The Festool […]

Hart 20V Cordless Random Orbit Sander Review

Hart 20V Cordless Random Orbit Sander Makes Quick Work of Weekend Projects Sanding is one of those tasks that take some time to do right, but it can be incredibly therapeutic. We brought the Hart 20V cordless random orbit sander along for several projects to see if its cordless convenience could get our yin and […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Flex 12V Polisher

Flex PXE 80 12-EC Cordless Polisher Hands-On Review

Flex 12V Cordless Polisher Thrives Where Full-Size Polishers Won’t Fit The Flex PXE 80 is a compact 12V cordless polisher that uses pads up to 3 inches. So why use a polisher that small? We brought Tom Gaige’s Porsche restoration project over to work out some small details about that. Pros Compact size that doesn’t […]