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August 5, 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.

Best 12-inch Thin Kerf Miter Saw Blades

Best Thin Kerf Miter Saw Blades

For years woodworkers relied on the best table saws or radial-arm saws for their most accurate machine-made miters and crosscuts. When miter saws first came along, they were crude affairs and not readily adopted by those who valued accuracy over portability. For job site carpentry, these tools were great time savers. However, it took quite […]

Compact Miter Saw Shootout

Best Compact Miter Saw for 2021

A compact miter saw is a model that falls under a 10″ blade diameter. They’re fantastic tools for jobs that require smaller workpieces and the sliding models can still get you 12 inches of cross-cut on 2x material. You can forget 4x material here, though—at least on a single cut. The 7-1/4″ to 8-1/2″ blades […]

Best 12-inch Miter Saw Reviews 2021

Deckbuilding and miters saws are a perfect match up of a tool to a project. When I was approached about doing a comparative best 12-inch compound miter saw review I couldn’t think of better timing. Finding the best 12-inch miter saw requires testing many different tools at once. My comparison review coincided with a renovation […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Best Cordless Circular Saw Capacity - Makita XSH10

Makita XSH10 9 1/4-inch Circular Saw Review

Makita XSH10 Combines High Cut Capacity with Cordless Convenience for Woodworking The Makita XSH10 shifts into a new area for the brand: high-capacity cordless circular saws. With a 9 1/4-inch blade, this 18V X2 circular saw has the ability to cut deeper than any other cordless circular in the line. We tested it head-to-head against the […]

Bosch CM12SD with T4B Miter Saw Stand

Bosch Gravity-Rise Wheeled Miter Saw Stand T4B

The Bosch Gravity-Rise T4B miter saw stand is smart, durable, and simple to use. With it, professionals set up easily from the back of a work truck, van, or trailer. And forget about ever carrying your miter saw again. The T4B features the same Bosch Gravity-Rise system as the former TS2000.  Bosch T4B Design and […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
DeWalt FlexVolt Circular Saw

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw Review

Second-Generation DeWalt FlexVolt Circular Saw Packs Higher Performance The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V max circular saw (model DCS578) was one of the first tools to launch with the FlexVolt line and it was a good design with plenty of power. DeWalt’s product team wasn’t content to let it be and we tested the updated DCS578 against […]

CAMO Lever Deck Board Straightener

Camo Lever Bends, Aligns, and Straightens CAMO has launched the Lever, a tool that bends, straightens, and aligns deck boards during installation. The new CAMO Lever looks like it should save time on deck installs and works with pressure-treated wood, hardwoods, composite, and PVC. How Does It Work? Requiring almost no set-up time, the CAMO […]

Hart 20V jigsaw

Hart 20V Jigsaw Hands-On Review

Hart 20V Jigsaw Gives DIYers the Features and Performance Needed for Quality Results The Hart 20V jigsaw is a familiar design with a feature set that promises to help beginners learn jigsawing techniques and the performance required to achieve excellent results. We’ve been cutting on wood, metal, and PVC to see if it’s a good […]

DeWalt DCW200B 1/4 sheet sander

DeWalt 20V Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander with Variable Speed | DCW200B

DeWalt DCW200B Sander Cleans Up Real Nice DeWalt expanded its line of cordless solutions with a 20V Max 1/4 sheet sander. According to DeWalt, this new sander provides both the power and runtime needed for typical light sanding duties. Plus, with the efforts the brand has made to make the DCW200B compatible with its dust […]

Powermatic PM2014 Lathe

Powermatic PM2014 Lathe with 115V to 230V Inverter

Pro-Grade Powermatic Wood Lathe Highlights Accessibility For All Coming in April, the Powermatic PM2014 Wood Lathe looks like the brand’s most accessible lathe ever brought to market. It features 115V single-phase power input, easy disassembly, and an optional adjustable stand. These, as well as other premium features, point to the PM2014 as the lathe that […]