The Ridgid R969 18 Volt Lithium-Ion 4 Piece Combo Kit includes a couple of great tools in one affordable package: R86014 Autoshift 1/2″ Drill/Driver, R842303 Impact Driver, R84081 MaxSelect Portable Radio, and the R849 Work Light. Also included in the deal are a heavy-duty contractorâ€™s bag, two battery packs and a smart single battery charger. All the tools come with the standard Rigid 3 year Warranty and Lifetime Service Agreement. For pretty much the price of just the drill and the impact driver, you are getting the other tools as a bonus!
While other miter saws are playing at being tough, the Ridgid MS1290LZA 12-inch sliding compound miter saw takes a different approach. In fact, it takes the competition to task – with just the right blend of features and finesse. Case in point: show me another miter saw whose miter adjustments can be made with your pinky finger? Can’t find any? Welcome to Ridgid.
The Milwaukee 6955-20 12-inch sliding dual miter saw is a sight to behold. Its digital miter angle readout sets it apart from the competition. Milwaukee uses a clear lower blade guard – a HUGE improvement over the typically opaque guards you see with some other manufacturers. A pair of dual work lights really rounded out the feature set of this sliding miter saw and, in our opinion, should be standard operating procedure on all tools of this genre. Who doesn’t want a little light on their workspace?
The DeWALT DW718 sliding dual miter saw surprised us with its mediocrity. While certainly rugged, this tool lacks anything to truly set it apart or make it stand out in a crowd of stiff competition. From its clumsy miter system to an almost unreadable bevel gauge, the DW718 is a disappointing product from a company we’ve learned to expect more from.
The Ryobi RJ162VK is a sensible 6.5 amp reciprocating saw that is perfect for the handyman or do-it-yourselfer who doesn’t require oodles of power and who isn’t planning on doing tons of demo work. Its very reasonable street price makes it one of the more handy “gotta-have-it” tools we recommend for anyone who plans on doing any type of projects around the home.
Bottom line is that the Rigid R3020 Twist Handle Orbital Reciprocating Saw is not your regular reciprocating saw. With a number of really useful features and very manageable size, this saw is a solid performer. The fact that no tools are needed for blade changes or any of the other adjustments is a major benefit. Aside from our trouble with the blade change lever this saw is definitely a step up from your regular reciprocating saw.
The Ryobi HPL51K electric hand planer is a budget tool that includes some very nice features such as a left/right dust ejection dial, adjustable depth knob and blade-protecting kick stand. This tool really enables easy planning of uneven surfaces – up to 3/32″ in a single cut – and even performs edge and rabbet cuts with the included edge guide.
Bosch really put everything into their 1590EVSK orbital jigsaw. Now, depending on what you do for a living (or in your do-it-yourself project world), a jigsaw may not be your standard go-to tool. However, with 4-stage orbital control, tool-less blade changes & bevel adjustment, and variable speed control with trigger lock, this is a one-stop jigsaw shop. We’ve used lots of jigsaws before, but Bosch’s take on this staple seems to put it on higher ground and leave nearly nothing out of the mix.
The Black & Decker JS515 4.5 amp Jigsaw can be found for a reasonable “street” price and offers reliable, if simplistic performance. The saw is your basic model and certainly doesn’t feature many frills besides tool-less changing of both universal and t-shank blades and a handy magnetic storage area for up to 3 blades. If you can find it on sale you may have a deal, but paying retail isn’t something we’d recommend for this model.
Dremel is well-known for their rotary tools, but the new Multi-Max oscillating tool may put a fresh smile on the face of those who ever wanted to plunge cut into a door jamb or easily remove nasty old caulk from around a sink or tub enclosure. The Multi-Max features multiple attachments that allow it to be used for cutting, grinding, sanding scraping and even grout removal. It’s the kind of tool that actually does something no other tool does, making difficult and otherwise messy jobs rather simple.