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August 3, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Painting Tool Reviews

When you think of painting tool reviews you naturally come to airless sprayers. While that’s a core tool in this segment there are also drywall sanders, ladders, hoses, and other products. We checked out the Werner PD6210-4C fiberglass podium ladder as well as the Stanley Fatmax Professional Grade water hose. These tools help round out any painting professional’s tool set. Painting Tool Reviews for Pros We’ve covered tools like the Titan Impact 640 airless sprayer as well as materials like Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint. Cordless sprayers are also tested to see if they might serve well for fine finish work. As for airless sprayers, we test full systems as well as spray guns that claim to improve ergonomics on the job. As with any job that can interact with dangerous materials, lead paint topics will also fall under this category. Our painting tool reviews help you understand which tools are Pro and which are more consumer-based products.

Review10.0(out of 10)
Makita 18V Cordless Mixer XTU02

Makita 18V Cordless Mixer XTU02

Not content to let Red and Yellow dominate the new world of cordless mixing tools, Makita released a lighter weight solution that uses just a single 18V battery. We put our hands on the new Makita 18V cordless mixer (model XTU02T) and used it to mix everything from paint and thinset to mortar. use it […]

Makita cordless drywall sander XLS01T

Makita Cordless Drywall Sander XLS01T and XLS01Z

In a surprise move, Makita became the first company we’re aware of to release a cordless drywall sander. As far as painting tools go, this is exciting. The new tool runs on their 18V LXT battery system, using just a single battery pack. The XLS01T Makita cordless drywall sander does a great job of rounding […]

Review8.0(out of 10)
Ridgid Cordless Butane Heat Gun kickstand

Ridgid 18V Cordless Butane Heat Gun

Pros from nearly every trade can find a use for the Ridgid 18V Butane Heat Gun and its adjustable 1100°F max on-demand heat. I regularly use a corded heat gun with dual temperature modes. My unfamiliarity with—and skepticism about—using and re-filling a butane tool burned off pretty quickly. Let me show you how this tool […]

Makita Variable Temperature Heat Gun HG6031VK

Makita Variable Temperature Heat Gun HG6031VK

The new Makita Variable Temperature Heat Gun is making its way to retailers with a wide range of temperature settings and two air flow speeds. The big deal with the Makita Variable Temperature Heat Gun is its temperature range and multiple airflow settings. Using the variable speed dial on the back of the tool, you […]

Ryobi P795

Ryobi P795 18V One+ Hybrid LED Color Range Work Light

The Ryobi P795 joins the recent lineup of Ryobi 18V Hybrid LED lights to hit the shelves over the past several years. So what’s different about this model than the original hybrid LED light from Ryobi other than the frame style? It’s all in the name – Ryobi 18V One+ Hybrid Color Range Work Light. […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Titan Rx-Apex Aluminum Airless Spray Gun

Titan Rx-Apex Aluminum Airless Spray Gun

It always seemed to me that the art of product reviewing was in giving the item under review a fair shake in relation to the price. Have you ever read a review and thought that the reviewer expected sports car performance out of a budget vehicle, for example? You just can’t ask a product to be […]

DAP DynaFlex Ultra

DAP DynaFlex Ultra Window and Door Sealant

Nearly every building professional and DIYer is familiar with DAP products. Their Alex Caulk is one of the most popular brands of sealant sold at big box stores nationwide. We’ve also reviewed DAP DynaGrip construction adhesive which is an advanced product for flooring and similar uses. That product actually won a Pro Tool Innovation Award in […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Festool STL 450 Inspection Light with Tripod Review

Festool STL 450 Inspection Light with Tripod Review

The Festool STL 450 enters into the German company’s lighting category with 1200 lumens of output. Already thinking that’s not much compared to the 8000 lumens of their SYSLite Duo? You’re right – but these two lights have very different objectives. The first clue comes from the design. The STL 450 resembles more of a […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Titan ControlMax 1700 Pro Sprayer

Dickies Painters Bib Overall Review

Painting is a messy business no matter how long you’ve been doing it. Sure, the Pros know the tricks of the trade to keep things neater. But we inevitably still come home with paint on our arms, clothes, and shoes. We’ll never fully eliminate errant drops, smudges, and splotches but the apparel we choose can help […]

Review7.0(out of 10)
Titan ControlMax 1700 Pro Sprayer

Titan ControlMax 1700 Pro Sprayer

Nothing can so quickly spruce up a space like a new coat of paint. It’s satisfying to make such a big improvement, in a short time, and with a lot of bang for the buck. Those big improvements have been my bread and butter for years now. I’m thankful for all of my residential and commercial […]