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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Power Tool Technology

We write a lot about power tool technology and the benefits for the contractor or tradesman. This includes lithium-ion battery technology as well as tool control and tracking. Our Milwaukee One-Key hands on review, delivers an in-depth look at how power tool technology can change the job site. Another example includes the Hilti ON!Track Asset Management Tool which handles inventory tracking and more. Even cell phones affects how you work. Our Kyocera Brigadier smart phone review shows there are truly durable, job site-tough waterproof options for Pros. Power Tool Technology Updates We also cover other areas of power tool technology such as hardware mechanisms. That includes how a rotary hammer works and understanding the difference between brushed vs brushless motors. Do a lot of tiling or cutting? You can find everything you need to know about diamond blades. With new technology comes new areas for saving money or time. You can benefit from better ergonomics, higher cutting speeds, and more power. New tool tech also helps in lowering maintenance costs. Every bit helps!

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

Connected tools are no longer just a Milwaukee thing. DeWalt is the second (and surely not the last) to push into the field of smart tools with user control and customization. But is using DeWalt Tool Connect as easy as they make it sound? And what can you actually do with it? Those are great […]

Milwaukee RedLithium Batteries

Milwaukee RedLithium Battery Technology Explained

When Milwaukee originally announced RedLithium batteries back in 2010, they replaced the original line of M12 and M18 lithium-ion packs. Not content to simply accept a fancy name without understanding the technology behind it, we began our research. In a nutshell, Milwaukee RedLithium battery technology combines advanced electronics and temperature resilience and control to generate […]

DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage

DeWalt FlexVolt Advantage Tools and Technology

Four DeWalt Tools Feature the FlexVolt Advantage DeWalt’s 20V line continues to grow in size with a 7-1/4 in. circular saw, 1/2 in. hammer drill, reciprocating saw, and 4.5 in. to 5 in. grinder. And, while the 20V expansion is news in and of itself, perhaps the truly interesting bit revolves around the FlexVolt Advantage […]

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CAT S42 rugged smartphone

CAT S42 MIL Spec Smartphone Review

We found the CAT S41 rugged smart phone a bit tougher than most. When they approached us to check out their newest jobsite-tough CAT S42, we wanted to see whether this MIL Spec smartphone upgrade really improved upon the original. I’m not gonna lie—our office mostly uses iPhones for work. The cameras and functionality are […]

How Does a Rotary Hammer Work

How Does a Rotary Hammer Work?

Since we cover so many concrete tools, we get a lot of questions about these from readers. We figured it might be a good time to answer the question of exactly how does a rotary hammer work. Hopefully, this article appeals to both tradesmen who use these tools daily as well as those who just […]

How Thermal Imagers Work for Troubleshooting

Aside from references to the popular 1987 movie Predator, how thermal imagers work hasn’t gotten a lot of mainstream attention. In the past several years, dropping prices have seen their increased use in troubleshooting. There’s a good reason for that. Thermal imaging has always been in transition. A lot of recent technological changes have really […]

Makita XRU09 18V X2 LXT Brushless String Trimmer

What is an Outer Rotor Brushless Motor? Comparing Inner vs Outer Rotors

New technology is yielding more powerful cordless outdoor power equipment and tools. One new type of motor being integrated into power tools is the outer rotor brushless motor design. We’ve seen these used on everything from cordless circular saws to battery-powered chainsaws, string trimmers, and lawnmowers. So, what is an outer rotor brushless motor and […]

Lithium-silicon batteries supercharge power tools

Lithium-Silicon Batteries Poised to Supercharge Power Tools

Lithium-Silicon Batteries Poised to Replace Graphite and Create and Better, Faster, Cheaper Battery We caught wind of some pretty crazy-sounding promises from lithium-silicon batteries. To get an idea if it’s just a bunch of hype or if it really is a viable future for lithium-ion batteries, we hopped on a call with technology innovation company, […]

DeWalt Power Detect Angle Grinder

DeWalt Power Detect Technology Jumps In with 4 New Tools

DeWalt Power Detect Technology Marks the Brand’s Entry in Advanced 20V Max Tools DeWalt Power Detect technology adds electronic sensors that detect what battery you’re using and adjusts the power accordingly. The tools are compatible with all of today’s 20V Max and FlexVolt batteries as normal and get a power boost when you pair them […]

CAT S48C Smartphone for Sprint and Verizon

CAT S48c Smartphone for Sprint and Verizon

Rugged smartphones might not be as sexy as the latest Samsung or iPhone, but models like the Cat S48c survive on the jobsite much better. This model is available on Sprint and Verizon networks. Feature Set Processor With its 2.2 GHz Qualcomm octacore processor, the Cat S48c is sitting solidly in the mid-range of processing power. […]