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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Masonry & Concrete Tool Reviews

Concrete guys have their own way of doing things. This modernized art form is impressive to behold. Watch a mason do his work, and you’ll see something that comes from an age long passed. The two are very similar and yet so very different. Our concrete tool reviews and articles attempt to help these craftsmen identify the tools that help make their work easier. Our concrete tool reviews also bring to light which new products will work well to help tradesmen in these fields adhere to the latest standards. From DeWalt dust systems and shrouds to the Bosch RH1255VC SDS-Max rotary hammer, concrete tools are getting better. Concrete Tool Reviews and Accessories These tools are also getting safer to use. With new OSHA dust mitigation rules taking effect, the use of dust shrouds and HEPA vacuums is mandatory. Having tools that perform well with these accessories makes all the difference. Our concrete tool reviews take this into account, even as they test the latest and greatest tools for performance and durability.

Using Hammer Drills VS Rotary Hammers

Rotary Hammer vs Hammer Drill | Looking Inside

So you’ve got some holes to drill. In concrete. Well, that changes things. Sure, you might be able to get by with a regular drill and a masonry bit, but then again you might not. It depends on how hard the concrete is, how much aggregate is in the mix, and how many holes you […]

Steele mixer

Steele Manual Concrete Mixer | Portable Concrete Mixing

Steele Mixer Provides Fast and Lightweight Concrete Mixing with Minimalist Design Unlike bulky and cumbersome concrete mixers that require electrical power and a couple of people to transport, the patented Steele Mixer adopts a more minimalist approach. This lightweight mixer only requires one person to operate and lift, and it gets the job done in […]

Milwaukee Hammervac

Milwaukee Hammervac M12 Universal Dust Extractor Preview

Because of increased crackdowns on air quality regulations and added awareness as to the dangers of dust inhalation in the workplace, dust extraction is becoming a “need” now more than a “nice to have” feature. Seeing this, and having received tons of industry feedback, Milwaukee set to work on a solution that would work, not only with their own cordless rotary hammers, but any current SDS-Plus model used in the industry today. That’s how the M12 Hammervac Universal Dust Extractor was born. Current systems use hoses and vacuums or have a corded system that only works with a single hammer. For those all-in-one solutions that are on the market – well, they work pretty well, but they also tie the vacuum feature to a single tool (even within a manufacturer, making you buy several systems for each type of rotary hammer you use). The design goal with the Hammervac was to truly kill all the cords, and also make a system that was actually universal.

Diablo rebar demon SDS-Max Plus bits

Diablo Rebar Demon SDS-Plus and SDS-Max Bits

No Rebar Cutter Required! One of the biggest problems with drilling in reinforced concrete revolves around the differences in heat that the bit handles during the job. When the bit hits rebar, it gets exposed to extreme heat. As it cools back down, the integrity of the bit gets compromised. It often breaks much more […]

How Does a Rotary Hammer Work

How Does a Rotary Hammer Work?

Since we cover so many concrete tools, we get a lot of questions about these from readers. We figured it might be a good time to answer the question of exactly how does a rotary hammer work. Hopefully, this article appeals to both tradesmen who use these tools daily as well as those who just […]

ZipWall Zip Door Kit review

ZipWall ZipDoor Kit Review | Contain Remodeling Dust

As a remodeling contractor, I learned early on that containing remodeling dust and keeping that dust out of the non-remodeled portion of your client’s home is often more important than the quality of your work. It’s a fact that construction transports fine dust particles into parts of your home that are not being worked on. […]

Makita HM0871C demolition hammer

Makita HM0871C Demolition Hammer

Compact Makita Demolition Hammer Packs a Punch The compact 12 lb. Makita HM0871C demolition hammer excels in overhead applications. But, don’t let its size fool you. Based on the numbers this hammer should deliver plenty of power while reducing vibration for the user. How Does this Makita Demolition Hammer Perform? The 10-amp motor on the […]

Makita HM1213C Demolition Hammer

Makita Brings All of the Power Without the Vibration The Makita HM1213C 23 lb. demolition hammer delivers 18.8 ft-lbs of impact energy from its 14 amp motor. And, while this hammer is chock full o’ power, perhaps the more impressive bit of the release is the inclusion of the Makita AVT handle, which drastically reduces […]

Milwaukee MX FUEL Breaker demo hammer

Milwaukee MX FUEL Breaker Demo Hammer MXF368-1XC

When we saw the new Milwaukee MX FUEL breaker in action at the NPS19 media event, jaws dropped. The Milwaukee MX FUEL breaker demo hammer seems to do several things very well. First, it reduces vibration to the user. It also demos up to two tons of concrete per charge. The MX FUEL breaker certainly […]

Milwaukee Core Drill MXF301-1CP

Milwaukee MX FUEL Core Drill – MXF301-1CP

The Milwaukee MX FUEL Core Drill tackles up to 6-inch holes in reinforced concrete. Since the CP203 battery recharges in just 45 minutes, it’s conceivable to get all-day use from this cordless tool. That, plus the integrated safety features, could potentially shake up the industry. It’s hard to tell which is the more impressive tool—this […]