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April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


HVAC Tool Reviews

If you work in HVAC, you know the value of tools like a pair of Milwaukee straight cutting aviation snips or a Klein infrared thermometer. Our HVAC tool reviews cover all the products in air mechanical that make that job possible. New technologies are bringing more cordless and multi-function tools to Pros. That cuts down on weight by making tools smaller and also eliminating multiple tools when just one will do. Smart tools are also coming into play as they allow for the capture and retrieval of data for inspections and bids. HVAC Tool Reviews for Air Mechanical Pros From color coded aviation snips to thermal imaging products, HVAC technicians use tools on every job that have to perform. If a tool promises one thing and doesn’t deliver—it’s out the door. That goes for a new multi-function hand tool or a test & measurement device that promises to be “smarter” than the average thermometer. Professional tools have got to work, and our evaluations ensure that they do.

Radiant barrier effects temperature comparison

What is Radiant Barrier and Why It Works

If you’ve looked into ways to gain energy efficiency in your attic, you may have come across radiant barrier technology. Understanding what is radiant barrier and why it works can help you shave hundreds off your electricity costs. What is Radiant Barrier? A radiant barrier blocks “radiating” UV heat that would otherwise penetrate and heat […]

Makita 18V Cordless Metal Shears

Makita Releases Metal Shear Lineup for Tradesmen Makita has added to the line of 18V cordless metal shears designed to tackle a variety of materials across a variety of trades. The lineup now also includes the 14 ga. Straight Metal Shear, an 18 ga. Off-set Metal Shear, and a 1/2″ Fiber Cement Shear. These new […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
FLIR C5 Compact Thermal Camera

FLIR C5 Compact Thermal Camera Review

Flir C5 Combines Pro Features with Cloud Connectivity The FLIR C5 Compact Thermal Camera promises sharper diagnostic data and maintenance time/cost savings. It features a 19,200-pixel imager, Multi-Spectral Dynamic imaging (MSX), and a 5-megapixel visual camera. It lets you easily make notations, upload images to the FLIR Ignite Cloud on WiFi, and quickly create reports. […]

Klein ET16 Borescope

Klein ET16 Borescope for Android

Klein Borescope Unlocks Android Potential The Klein ET16 Borescope pairs a 9mm digital camera to a 10-foot armored gooseneck cable. It also includes USB-C and micro-USB connections for viewing the image on most Android smartphones and devices. We like compact camera heads and good flexibility. Klein seems to have hit both with the ET16—and at […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg 1/2-Inch Right Angle Drill

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg Right Angle Drill Review

Many tools accomplish their work with finesse and precision. In fact, that’s often why we choose to use them. Every once in a while, however, we need a tool that gets the job done with brute force. We need the big, mean, junkyard dog kind of tool. That’s the hawg—specifically, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg […]

How Thermal Imagers Work for Troubleshooting

Aside from references to the popular 1987 movie Predator, how thermal imagers work hasn’t gotten a lot of mainstream attention. In the past several years, dropping prices have seen their increased use in troubleshooting. There’s a good reason for that. Thermal imaging has always been in transition. A lot of recent technological changes have really […]

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. […]

Diablo Step Bits

Diablo Step Bits | Walk-Free Fast Unibits

Diablo Step Bits Promises 2X Faster Cutting and 6X Longer Life The Diablo Step Bits collection brings the sort of design that ought to appease even the most demanding electrician, plumber, or HVAC contractor. Diablo claims that, with their exclusive technology, these bits will not only cut faster, but they’ll last longer doing it. And, […]

Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Camera

Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Camera with 320×240 Resolution

Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Camera Increases Resolution to 320×240 Resolution Fluke has released the TiS60+ Thermal Camera with increased infrared resolution to help simplify electrical, process control, HVAC, and building system troubleshooting. By increasing the resolution Fluke increased the camera’s ability to capture smaller differences in temperature from farther away. Like other high-resolution infrared cameras, the […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner welding

Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner Review – 14,000 BTU HL14CHESWW

We’ve done many things to help us keep cool in the summer. While installing a radiant barrier in the shop did much to drop temperatures to reasonable levels, having some local A/C seemed like a great next step. We spend a lot of time testing tools and crunching numbers in the shop space. That gets […]