Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Automotive Tool Reviews

When talking about automotive tool reviews, we include impact wrenches, socket sets, and storage. Like the DeWalt DCF899P2 20V impact wrench, those tools might operate on a battery or air. Pneumatic impact wrenches used to be the only game in town. Recently, battery advances have yielded powerful handheld cordless tools that compete with air tools. That’s a major convenience potential for automotive mechanics and vehicle Pros. Take the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-inch Variable Speed Polisher, for example. This tool, and others like it, have the potential to change the auto detailing industry. Automotive Tool Reviews for Mechanics Also, our automotive tool reviews get put into the hands of automotive professionals. This lets our sockets, wrenches, ratchets, and other hand tools receive a fair shakedown. Tools specific to the automotive industry need to be tested by mechanics who know good tools from bad. Tool storage is another area that falls under this category, and we deliver thorough reviews of workbenches, cabinets, and tool chests. In the end, a professional knows that time and money go hand-in-hand. Good auto mechanics tools make all the difference.

GearWrench 120XP 3-Degree Arc Ratchet Preview

GearWrench 120XP 3-Degree Arc Ratchet Preview

GearWrench, a brand of Apex Tool Group, which has been in the news lately, announced the launch of the brand new 120XP Ratchet – which is the first ratchet we know of to feature 120 positions. That means that for every full rotation, it can turn fasteners with a swing arc of as little as 3 degrees. Talk about getting into tight spaces… the way the GearWrench 120XP does it is through the use of double-stacked pawls which provide an ultra-narrow swing arc. With less of an arc required to “click” the ratchet, you can insert your tool into tighter areas and reach fasteners in severely limited access applications.

Kobalt 27-Piece Xtreme Access Socket Set Review

Kobalt 27-Piece Xtreme Access Socket Set Review

The new trend in sockets, which Kobalt has fully embraced with its 27-pc Xtreme Access Socket Set, is the universal SAE/Metric spline drive that fits 6 & 12 pt, spline, star, square and even most rounded sockets. But Kobalt also utilized a new 4-in-1 solution that has the ratchet surrounding the socket, leaving the center open. Why is that important? With the center open , your bolt can pass right through, letting you use the same socket for both shallow and deep applications. Combined with the specialized drive system, this 27-piece socket set covers nearly all the bases for most general socket use.

Kobalt 18V Li-ion Cordless Impact Wrench

Kobalt 18V Li-ion Cordless Impact Wrench Review

For anyone who does any sort of automotive work, the impact wrench is a must-have tool. Even if you only occasionally remove a tire, there is a stark difference between using a breaker bar or tire iron and a pneumatic impact wrench. But with an impact wrench, you also have the obligatory air compressor, hose, and necessary room to make sure it all works. Not so, with Kobalt Tools’ new 18V 1/2″ Cordless Impact Wrench. Of course, the real issue is, now that they’ve severed the cord and gone to the 18V Lithium-ion battery, is the tool sufficiently powerful to truly take off lug nuts? Can it replace, for real, not just for “most purposes” the air powered impact wrench? That’s what we set out to prove or disprove. And like most experiments, we had a lot of fun, and learned more than we expected.

Makita 18V Li-ion 7/16" Hex Impact Wrench LXWT01 Preview

Makita LXWT01 7/16″ Hex Impact Wrench Preview

As more and more Lithium-ion tools are making their way into the automotive industry, Makita doesn’t want to let other industries get by without benefiting from cordless tools. In particular, the company released its new 18V LXT Li-ion Cordless 7/16″ Hex High Torque Impact Wrench (model# LXWT01). If you want to compare it to an air or AC wrench, realize that the new impact wrench puts out a full 325 ft-lbs of torque. That’s 3900 in-lbs for those who don’t feel like doing the conversion. On top of that, the tool uses 2,200 IPM (rotational impacts per minute) to generate its incredibly portable torque. The 7/16″ Hex Impact Wrench was designed specifically to address the needs of electric power and telephone utility companies.

deWalt dcf883b impact wrench

DeWalt DCF883 20V 3/8-inch Hog Ring Anvil Impact Wrench

The DeWalt DCF883 20V 3/8-inch Impact Wrench features a Hog Ring Anvil. It’s a great choice for automotive mechanics, maintenance professionals, mechanical and plumbing contractors. Combining abundant torque with a compact size, this tool offers optimal performance on mid-range fastening applications. It fits well with automotive shops, tasks involving small engine repair, or when installing or removing hex fasteners on jobsites. DeWalt […]

DeWalt DW059HK-2 18V Cordless XRP Impact Wrench Preview

DeWalt DW059HK-2 18V XRP Impact Wrench Preview

DeWalt has some pretty powerful impact drivers and wrenches, but their new DW059HK-2 18V XRP NiCd Impact Wrench with Hog Ring Anvil is nearly twice as strong as their existing DC821KA 1/2″ Impact Wrench. The DW059HK-2 was designed from the ground up as a brand new tool that could hold up to (and thrive in) extremely high-torque applications. We’re talking the stuff undertaken by real pros, be they mechanics, contractors, plumbers, or maintenance professionals. The wrench can also be purchased as a standalone tool (model number DW059HB) for those who don’t need a battery or charger.

Bosch 18V Impactor High-Torque Impact Wrench 22618

Bosch 18V Impactor Cordless Impact Wrench 22618 Preview

Bosch 18V Impact Wrench 22618 tool features an innovative hammer and anvil system that delivers up to 30% more torque. A soft-grip handle absorbs impact and reduces fatigue. A high-performance motor and all-metal gears make this impact drill super fast, operating at speeds of 2,800 RPM. All this power and speed in a lightweight and compact design makes this an incredibly versatile tool. An aluminum gear housing with protective rubber front makes this tool is jobsite tough.

Bosch 18V Impactor High-Torque Impact Wrench 21618

Bosch 18V Impactor 1/2″ High-Torque Impact Wrench 21618

The New Bosch 21618 18-Volt NiCad 1/2-Inch high-torque impact wrench offers the highest torque. It delivers 1,900 RPM and 2,100 BPM for a range of applications, including lag bolts, Tapcons, structural bolts and hex bolts. The tool weighs 7-1/2-Pound. It comes with two Blue Core batteries, which provide 50-Percent more cycle life than previous-generation batteries.

Bosch 14.4V Impactor Cordless Impact Wrench 22614

Bosch 14.4V Impactor Cordless Impact Wrench 22614 Preview

Bosch 14.4V 22614 features a hammer and anvil system that delivers up to 30% more. A soft-grip handle absorbs impact and reduces fatigue. A high-performance motor and all-metal gears make this impact drill super fast, operating at speeds of 2,800 RPM. All this power and speed in a lightweight and compact design makes this an incredibly versatile tool for wide variety of drilling, fastening and driving applications. An aluminum gear housing with protective rubber front makes this tool is jobsite tough.

Bosch 22612 impact wrench

Bosch 12V Impactor Cordless Impact Wrench 22612 Preview

Bosch 12V 22612 features an Innovative Hammer & Anvil System, a 1/2″ Square Anvil Soft-grip handle. Also, a Cutting-edge, high-performance motor and all-metal gears(Super fast operating speed, delivering a category-best 3,200 BPM and 2,800 RPM), and Lightweight 3.7 pounds and 6.5 inches in length that is incredibly versatile for use in dozens of drilling, fastening and driving applications. In addition, it offers aluminum gear housing with protective rubber front, Externally accessible brushes for easy brush replacement, a Multi-purpose reversible tool hook, a Variable-speed trigger for complete control, a Multiple-position swivel, and LED lighting system that increases visibility.