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August 3, 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!

Milwaukee One-Key review

Using Milwaukee One-Key Hands-on Review

We did some in-depth testing of the latest Milwaukee One-Key hammer drill and impact driver. For the record, the non-One-Key models simply lack the integrated Bluetooth-based tracking and tool control. We’ve already covered the full features of Milwaukee One-Key technology, but this Milwaukee One-Key review focuses on actually using Milwaukee On-Key software hands-on. We provide a bit more detailed […]

Makita 36V X2 12-in Miter Saw AWT

Makita AWS Auto-Start Wireless System

One of the benefits of having a Pro-level dust extractor is auto tool activation. It allows the extractor to start automatically when it senses power running to the tool you plug into it. But there are some limitations that come along with it on a couple of fronts. Tackling this issue with technology, the Makita […]

Skilsaw Buzzkill Technology Counterbalance

Skilsaw Buzzkill Technology: Bringing Balance to the Force

Skilsaw Buzzkill technology has taken the reciprocating saw market by storm since its 2017 introduction. It’s not the cutting speed or features that really set it apart, though. It’s the ridiculously low vibration compared to other saws in the same class. In fact, you may have seen the video showing how the liquid in a […]

Hilti On!Track RFID tag bar code

Hilti ON!Track Asset Management Tool

Hilti ON!Track Designed to Maximize Efficiency and Reduce Lost Tools The Hilti ON!Track Asset Management System provides consultation, implementation, and customer care for the complete line of Hilti tools. According to Hilti’s research, more than $1 billion in tools, consumables, and commodities are lost each year. The majority of these end up in the hands of […]

How Lithium-ion Batteries Work | Li-ion Explained

Everyone seems to be on a diet these days. You can’t turn around without someone talking about their latest no-carb or calorie-counting escapades into the world of better living. Me? I’ll take the steak, medium-rare, with a side of onion rings. But one thing does seem to ring true: What you put into your body […]

Milwaukee 9.0 Vs DeWalt FlexVolt

Milwaukee HD High Demand vs DeWalt FlexVolt Batteries

Without a doubt, two of the biggest battery-related news items this year have been the DeWalt FlexVolt and the Milwaukee HD High-Demand batteries. It’s reignited the debate between the need for higher voltage and greater amp-hour capacity to extend runtime and power on the jobsite. When it comes to Milwaukee HD High Demand vs DeWalt […]

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

Using DeWalt Tool Connect: The Definitive Guide

Connected tools are no longer just the domain of Milwaukee One-Key. 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 […]

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 […]

Review7.5(out of 10)
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 […]