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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.

Skil 6716 Impact Hammer Drill Preview

Skil Impact Drill 6716 Preview

The Skil 6716 16mm Impact Drill is new and joins the 6002 and 6006 in the company’s lineup of products designed to provide more efficient and powerful drilling into masonry and metals such as steel plate. This new hammer drill extendings the company’s existing range of 10mm and 13mm impact drills. Positioned at the top of Skil’s lineup, the 6716 hammer drill has a powerful and reliable 710 W motor with an all-metal bearing system. It offers the highest rotation speed (up to 3200 rpm) and impact rate (51,200 bpm) in its class for efficient metal and masonry drilling.

Milwaukee 2602-22 M18 Cordless 1/2" Hammer Drill Announced

Milwaukee 2602-22 M18 Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Drill Preview

Milwaukee expands its LITHIUM-ION system with the new 2602-22 M18 Cordless 1/2″ Hammer Drill / Driver. Featuring a compact and ergonomic design, the new addition to the M18 system claims to be up to 20% faster in concrete than the competition. Milwaukee says that the 2602-20 is the only hammer drill / driver in its class with an all metal gear case, which will provide maximum durability for heavy duty applications.

Sealing Driveway Cracks

Repairing and Sealing Driveway Cracks with Filler Patch

Even the best-laid driveways are going to need a little TLC occasionally. If you know how to do the repairing and resealing yourself, you’ll save a bundle on maintenance costs and you’ll be more likely to take care of problems when they arise instead of waiting until they get worse. Here’s how you can begin […]

DeWalt Solid Rock Carbide SDS Plus Drill Bits

DeWalt Rock Carbide SDS Plus Bits

DeWalt announced the launch of its Solid Rock Carbide SDS Plus drill bits. The new bits are designed for mechanical contractors, electricians and general contractors for drilling holes in hard concrete, reinforced concrete, block and pan decking. Designed and manufactured in Germany, the bits have an innovative bonding system that is used to affix the Solid Rock Carbide tip to the flute providing extreme durability and longer bit life in the toughest applications.

Tapcon Concrete Anchors Review

Tapcon Concrete Screws Review

What makes Tapcons so popular is that you simply drill a hole using a hammer drill (if you don’t have one, see our best cordless hammer drill article to see which we think are the best) and then drive the Tapcon concrete screws in place. There are no inserts, so the anchors themselves are the very thing that bites […]

Bosch Blue Granite Drill Bits drilling

Bosch Blue Granite Drill Bits Review

Blue Granite – now that’s a name that instills confidence. Bosch was going for the manly persona when it came up with that one (but what else should we expect from a German company?). Carbide hammer drill bits are for made for one thing: fast impact drilling in concrete, stone, or masonry. Low voltage, high temperature brazing prevents carbide cutting edge from breaking out even when heat builds up during deep drilling. Various usable lengths up to 10″.

DeWalt DC927KL 18V Hammer Drill Preview

DeWalt DC927KL 18V Hammer Drill Preview

DeWalt showed us a product that has been on the market for a while, but which is still pretty impressive in its own right. The DC927KL is a 1/2″ hammerdrill/drill/driver that is built for high power, high speed use. The high efficiency motor delivers 425 unit watts at max power to ensure that all drilling and fastening applications are met with plenty of power and speed.

DeWalt Heavy-Duty XRP hammerdrill

DeWalt Heavy-Duty XRP 1/2″ 18V Hammerdrill Kit Review DW988KA

The do-it-all portable drill that helped to define a market segment! For those big holes saws and auger bits… no problem! For drilling 3/4″ holes in concrete block… no problem! For driving in 1/4″ lag bolts… no problem! For taking the lug nuts off your 18-wheeler… OK, well it can’t do everything. The DeWalt DW988KA Heavy-Duty XRP 1/2″ 18V Hammerdrill / Drill / Driver is the tool for nearly any job. This drill comes with a high-torque motor, three-speed manual transmission, hammer drill setting, and a nifty removable side handle that can be added to the front and rotated 360 degrees to ensure you always have a comfortable grip and maintain control.

Ridgid R842301 18V Impact Driver

Ridgid R842301 18V Impact Driver Review

The Ridgid R842301 18-Volt lithium-ion impact driver has 1450 in-lbs of torque and delivers 3,100 impacts per minute. Bit changes are a snap with the 1/4 in. Hex Quick Coupler. The Ridgid R842301 18-Volt Lithium-Ion impact Driver packs quite a punch for its size. With 1450 in-lbs of torque (quite good among the competition) and 3,100 impacts per minute, this driver can get the toughest jobs done.

Milwaukee D Handle Drill Right Angle kit

Milwaukee D Handle Drill with Right Angle Drive Review 1107-6

We reviewed the Milwaukee 1107-6 7 amp D-handle drill with the optional right angle drive attachment and were blown away by its powerful torque and drilling capability, especially in tight corners. This is a tool that, bar none, any serious contractor should have in their arsenal. This tool is not for bargain hunters, however as it will set you back quite a bit to benefit from its stellar performance.