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October 26, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Carpentry Tool Reviews

When you look at carpentry tool reviews, cordless sanders may not seem like a first choice. Even so, tools like the Makita LXOB01 orbital sander and others have made incredible strides. Some of our guys swear by them as they save tons of time in setup. Another unusual tool that has taken off is the cordless finish nailer. The RYOBI P360 Airstrike finish nailer was quickly followed by the DeWalt 20V Max angled finish nailer and others. Now, Milwaukee, Makita, Senco, and others have tools in this growing category. With these tools, you can get in and out without using a compressor or dragging an air hose. Carpentry Tool Reviews for Pros Our carpentry-focused reviews include miter saws, sanders, nailers, hand tools, and other woodworking tools. In carpentry, quality, convenience, and portability are key. A lot of times you deal with built-ins or other locations where you need everything on-hand. Newer cordless tools are helping, and so are advances in hand tools to do more with less. Above all, quality tools make the difference, so every tool gets a thorough exam against those high standards.

Makita XVJ01 barrel grip jigsaw

Makita 18V Cordless Jigsaws Review

Makita has three different models of jigsaws in their lineup. Each of these Makita 18V Cordless Jigsaws includes its own unique set of specs, so choosing the one that is right for you can be difficult. The Makita XVJ01 brushless barrel grip jigsaw is joined by the XVJ02 brushless D-handle and XVJ03 brushed D-handle jigsaws. […]

T-Jak Support Jacks

T-JAK Installation Support Jacks

T-Jak Support Jacks Turn Cabinetry Into a One-Man Job When Patterson Avenue Tool Co. started 31 years ago, it was with the purpose of creating new and innovative tools for the home improvement and construction industries. One of those innovations revolved around the founders looking for a way to raise a cabinet close to a […]

Festool MFT/3 Multifunction Table

Festool Multifunction Table Could Become Your Favorite Tool in the Shop Festool may have designed the next evolutionary step in workbench technology. With its compact size and light weight, you can easily carry the MFT/3 to any jobsite. It may, however, find a more common home in the workshop. The Festool Multifunction Table has features […]

Review9.7(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Compact Router Review

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Compact Router Review

There were plenty of cheers when the Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless compact router was first announced. Now that the initial excitement has died down and we’ve had more time to use it, how does it compare to the other cordless options out there? PROS Excellent power under load Stops the bit fast when you turn […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router

Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router Review R860443B

Having reviewed the Ridgid cordless trim router some time ago, we were intrigued when they released an updated model. The new Ridgid 18V Octane Cordless Compact Router (R860443B) remains fully backward-compatible with all Ridgid 18V batteries. It does, however, offer some additional power when combined with new Ridgid Octane batteries. Pros Decent run-time Plenty of […]

General SMART Automated Table Saw

General International Adds Touchscreen Automation to SMART Table Saw General has a new line of table saws for 2021 with their own patent-pending brand of automation. The General SMART Automated Table Saw offers precision cutting that requires little more than punching in your settings and letting the saw do the hard work. Work SMARTer, Not […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Best Cordless Router Value

Makita 18V LXT Brushless Cordless Compact Router Review XTR01

Cordless routers are a dream come true for many carpenters and woodworkers. It’s a tool they’ve been dreaming of since the first battery-powered tools came out. There are a handful of models to choose from and we have high expectations for the Makita 18V LXT cordless compact router. But hype and anticipation don’t guarantee a […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Ridgid 18V 7-1/4 Inch Brushless Miter Saw

Ridgid 18V 7-1/4 inch Brushless Miter Saw Review

We love that the tool technology envelope-pushing continues at full speed. That means we get to use tools in ways that we couldn’t, wouldn’t, and sometimes even shouldn’t before (have you seen Kenny put his hand in the paths of the SawStop and Reaxx blades yet?). A big driver of tool technology has been in […]

Milwaukee M18 FUEL cordless air compressor

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Air Compressor

The long-awaited Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless air compressor has been on jobsites for a while now. Carpenters have put its 1,600 18-gauge nails-per-charge claims to the test. Some users have even tried this Milwaukee battery-powered air compressor with impact wrenches and for tire inflation. I’m a professional plumber by trade. While it may seem unusual […]

Best Cordless Circular Saw Reviews 2020

Best Cordless Circular Saw Reviews for 2021

Cordless has come a long way since the early days of lithium-ion power. Where circular saws were initially struggling for adequate performance (and even a 7-1/4-inch blade), they now exceed the performance of 15-amp corded models. We decided to test the waters and pulled our expert team together to discover who makes the best cordless […]