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June 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Framing Tool Reviews

Framer use a lot of tools. You’ve got compressors and nailers, but you also have hammers, squares, miter saws, and tables saws. Then there’s the complement of other hand tools like tape measures, pencils, and chalk reels. Framers are our go-to guys of general construction tool reviews. They’ve touched it all. This crew loves jumping into a tape measure comparison or the discovering the best tool belt rig. And of course they helped us find the best framing hammer (hint: that award might land on the Stiletto 12oz titanium remodeler). Framing Tool Reviews at the Jobsite Many of our framing tool reviews take place on the jobsite. We can’t think of a better place to test tools. These are the guys who get to discover the best cordless reciprocating saw. They play with tools like the DeWalt DWF83PT framing nailer and the cordless equivalent, the DeWalt 20V Max framing nailer. If it involves cutting or fastening lumber, this section should have you covered.

Milwaukee Hickory Hammer Blends Classic Style with Modern Design

Milwaukee Hickory Hammer Blends Classic Style with Modern Design

The new Milwaukee Hickory Hammer is a welcome addition for many Pros who just want that classic style. Hickory handles are popular thanks to their vibration dampening abilities. That comfort level often trumps the extreme durability that you get with a steel framing hammer. Other options like composite handles and titanium heads are fantastic, but […]

Review9.2(out of 10)

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR83A5 Pneumatic Framing Nailer

There are a lot of solid framing nailers on the job, but Hitachi’s have been a tradesman’s favorite for years now. Reliable, low-maintenance, and powerful, the NR83 and the NR90 models have built more trusses, windows, sub-floors, roofs, and all of other types of framing than anyone can count. Both the company and its customers have […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
DeWalt Framing Nailer

21° DeWalt Framing Nailer Review – DWF83PL

Recently, we put a variety of pneumatic and cordless framing nailers through the ringer to see which ones came out on top. We tested build quality, feature sets, firing capabilities, and more. You can read our full Framing Nailer Shootout right here. Today we’re taking a closer look at the DWF83PL DeWalt Framing Nailer. Feature Set Standard […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Estwing Framing Nailer

21° Estwing Framing Nailer Review – EFR2190

Framing can be tough work, but like any other job, having the right tools helps. But how to go about settling on that “right” tool? With so many varieties on the market, we can struggle to figure out which model suits our needs best. That’s why we grabbed both pneumatic and cordless models from a […]

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Framing Nailer DCN21PLB

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Framing Nailer DCN21PLB

DeWalt is taking another crack at a cordless framing nailer. The new DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Framing Nailer features a 21° magazine instead of the 30° on their current model. This model drops the maximum nail length to 3-1/4″ but lets you go with a thicker 0.148″ nail diameter. Weight actually increases slightly and the […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Hitachi NR90AE(S1) 3-1/2" Framing Nailer Review

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR90AE(S1) 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer Review

When we published the results of our framing nailer shootout, we got some feedback echoing our same thoughts – why didn’t Hitachi (now Metabo HPT) do better? The NR83A5 is one of the best-built framing nailers available, but after our battery of tests, it came in 10th place overall. Still, we want to know how […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Hitachi RipMax Pro Circular Saw

Hitachi RipMax Pro Circular Saw

It can be easy to forget about corded tools given the ever-expanding world of cordless tool capabilities. Even though we might be headed toward a jobsite with no cords, we’re not there yet. Corded tools still have a place. In fact, many of the most muscular, fastest, and hardest-working tools still require you to be within a cord’s […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Delta Cruzer Miter Saw Review - 10-Inch 26-2240

Delta Cruzer Miter Saw Review | 10-inch 26-2240

No one can argue that a miter saw is a must-have tool for the professional woodworker or carpenter. Whether cross-cutting stair treads or burning through some 8-inch crown molding, a quality miter saw is a money maker. At the shop, we currently have several of (what we feel are) the best miter saws on the […]

Milwaukee Chalk Reel Gets a Hook Upgrade

Milwaukee Chalk Reel Gets a Hook Upgrade

Do you own one of the Milwaukee chalk reel models that came out last year? If so, you’re likely among those that have a common complaint – the hook. When you use a nail or screw as a contact point for your chalk reel, it needs to have the same accuracy as the hook along with […]

Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailer Video Review

Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailer Video Review

Cordless nailers are around just about everywhere you look these days. They’re mainly on 18V battery platforms, but there are also some 12V models running around. That’s fine for finish nailers with their relatively low power requirements. But what about moving into bigger nailers like the new Hitachi cordless framing nailer? Not only are Pros […]