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Carpentry Tool Reviews & Buying Guides

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.

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 […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Ridgid 18V 7-1/4 Inch Brushless Miter Saw

Ridgid 18V 7-1/4 inch Brushless Miter Saw Review – R48607B

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 Review

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 […]

Castle 110 Pocket Cutter Joinery Machine

Castle 110 Pocket Cutter Joinery Machine

Pocket Cutting Just Got Portable Castle USA now has a highly portable and easy-to-use solution for creating stable low angle pocket joints. The Castle 110 Pocket Cutter creates low, 3º pockets that minimize joint creep, particularly when compared to other pocket hole joinery solutions. The Castle 110 Pocket Cutter in a Nutshell The Castle 110 […]

How to Safely Use a Table Saw

Using a table saw allows a wide range of special cuts you couldn’t otherwise accomplish in your workshop or woodworking project. The main thing to remember when working with a table saw is this: Spinning blade + fingers = BAD. If your fingers ever get near the blade you have made an error in judgment […]

Worx Miter Saw

WORX 20V 7.25-in Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Worx Introduces First 20V Benchtop Miter Saw The Worx 20V 7-1/4 in. Cordless Sliding Compound Miter Saw might not be the best miter saw for all users. At $299 for the kit, however, it could, however, become the go-to saw for DIYers and anyone looking for something small and truly portable. We could see trim […]

Festool Mobile Sawing Table

Festool STM 1800 Mobile Sawing Table

Manage Large Sheet Goods By Yourself The Festool STM 1800 Mobile Sawing Table lets you single-handedly manage unwieldy large sheet goods. Not having to call in help every time you need to work on a sheet of plywood is awesome. So, ipso facto, the Festool Mobile Sawing Table makes you awesome…or it at least helps. […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Klein Tools 93LCLG Self-Leveling Green Cross Line Laser

Klein Tools 93LCLG Self-Leveling Green Cross Line Laser with Plumb Spot

Klein Tools has offered cross-line laser levels for several years, but the Klein Tools Self-Leveling Green Cross Line Laser Level with Red Plumb Spot is the company’s first with a green diode. Green lasers are nearly four times brighter than their red counterpart. Unfortunately, this also made them, until now at least, much more expensive. […]