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June 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Siding & Roofing Tool Reviews

With siding and roofing tool reviews you put products into the hands of Pros who are often high off the ground. That’s no joke. If you’re testing a DeWalt DW45RN coil roofing nailer or Paslode CR175C cordless roofing nailer you don’t want to have to stop. We also test out products like the Duo-Fast button cap stapler as well as hand tools. Materials are also a big deal, and testing sheathing, fasteners, and other materials makes a difference. Siding & Roofing Tool Reviews From HardieBoard blades to dust mitigation, siding is taking on new roles in remodeling. Dust mitigation has now entered this industry as well and plays a major role. Having an OSHA fall protection plan now plays a major role in compliance for Pros. While roofing is largely unchanged, new solar tiles and advanced roofing tech may change the landscape. We try to stay on top of the latest developments. We hope our roofing tool reviews and articles can keep roofers and siding Pros up to speed.

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Rolair VT25BIG 2.5 HP Compressor Review

Purchasing your first air compressor is a rite of passage. It’s that important in your development as a man. Compressors open up a new world – pneumatic tools. From nailers to paint sprayers to filling your truck tires, it’s a big step forward. When you look at all of the styles, motor ratings, PSI, CFM, and […]

Customer Service: Should Contractors Do More?

Customer Service: Should Contractors Do More?

Poor Customer Service on Customer Concerns Can Kill Your Business “A Brevard County family is trapped in a home they can’t sell, and blame the company that replaced their roof.” That’s the opening line from a local news report and it’s going to take a lot for the contractor to come out clean on the […]

Tech Tool Belt Roofing Estimate App – Roof Sketch Pro

Tech Tool Belt has released its Roof Sketch Pro App for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini (running OS 7 or higher). The goal of the design team was to produce an app that took some of the complex issues of creating a roofing estimate and use technology to not only simplify it, but make […]

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Ridgid Roofing Cutter Review R040SCA

One of the most difficult parts of doing a new roof (there are so many to choose from) is cutting away the shingles that you run over the side of the drip edge as you make your way up the roof. Typically you do this with a combination of hook or straight blades, depending upon whether you’re cutting from the front or backside of the shingles. Ridgid’s new Pneumatic Roofing Cutter sets out to provide a way to use the air line you’ve already got run to the roof and simplify a job that was previously quite tedious and which required several blade changes to accomplish.

Ridgid R040SCA Pneumatic Roofing Cutter Review

Ridgid R040SCA Pneumatic Roofing Cutter Review

One of the most difficult parts of doing a new roof (there are so many to choose from) is cutting away the shingles that you run over the side of the drip edge as you make your way up the roof. Typically you do this with a combination of hook or straight blades, depending upon whether you’re cutting from the front or backside of the shingles. Ridgid’s new Pneumatic Roofing Cutter sets out to provide a way to use the air line you’ve already got run to the roof and simplify a job that was previously quite tedious and which required several blade changes to accomplish.

Duo-Fast DF175-CN Cap Nailer Review

Duo-Fast DF175-CN Cap Nailer Review

We typically avoid roofing whenever we can. There, we said it. It’s a grueling job that, in Florida, takes everything out of you. Of course, in the home renovation world, the more we “avoid” it, the more we end up doing it anyway. Roofing in the South is a job best left to those who don’t mind charging a fair wage to live and work out under the hot sun, bent over a black felt-papered roof driving thousands of nails until you feel as if there’s no conceivable way that much water could have possibly poured out of your body without rendering you into a living, breathing piece of beef jerky. Yes, that last sentence was long – just like every roofing job we’ve ever done. If I want to take every opportunity to shorten the time up on a roof, then certainly the guys who only do roofing need a tool like the Duo-Fast DF175-CN Cap Nailer. Why? Because, like all great tools it saves you time and energy. If you can shave an hour or more off that hot roofing job, in Florida, in June, you’re going to want to do that. You’re REALLY going to want to do that.

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National Nail Corp Stinger CN100 Cap Nailer Review

When we got to check out a preview of National Nail Corp’s Stinger CN100 Cap Nailer at the 2011 International Builders’ Show, we were impressed – and that was before their product manager, Rocky Stroud, sent us one for a proper review. When you live in Florida, roofing is something you have to deal with on a regular basis – but it’s not exactly the most enjoyable form of employment – at least not in the summer. When the humidity is at 98% and the sun is beating down on you in June, anything you can do to get off that roof more quickly is going to be music to your ears. The Stinger CN100 Cap Nailer is the brainchild of National Nail Corp which is in the business of manufacturing high quality fasteners for the commercial and residential construction markets. The Stinger CN100 is their latest product, and it positions itself as a way to speed up the job of fastening underlayment, felt paper or Tyvek-style housewrap while still adhering to most local building codes that may not yet accept staples.

DeWalt Precision Trim Saw Blades

DeWalt Precision Trim Saw Blades

Later this month we’ll see a brand new line of saw blades aimed squarely at the trim carpenter. DeWalt is announcing its new Precision Trim Saw Blades. The redesigned blades offer more accuracy, 2X more carbide, reduced tear out and a smoother cut when compared to DeWalt’s construction series of blades. The DeWalt precision trim saw blades are perfect for […]

Porter Cable C1010 1-Gallon Quiet Trim Compressor Review

Porter-Cable C1010 1-Gallon Quiet Trim Compressor Review

We often use trim compressors to do smaller projects because of their compact size, convenience and mobility. The Porter Cable C1010 1 Gallon 135 PSI Max Quiet Trim Compressor is all of that and more. Overall weight is a very manageable 24 pounds and there is a protective steel roll cage that also doubles as the carry handle, allowing the compressor to be carried in an upright position. Probably the biggest feature of this little compressor is that it is oil-free and quiet. Normally you can’t say both of those words in the same sentence when talking about compressors. Somehow the engineers at Porter-Cable figured out how to make this little guy maintenance-free and you can stand to be in the same room with it when it is running. Our plan was to find out if it really is as good as they say it is.

Duo-Fast DF150-CS Button Cap Stapler Preview

Duo-Fast DF150-CS Button Cap Stapler Preview

If you’ve ever done a roofing job (and most of our readers seem to have some knowledge of this type of work) you’ve laid down button caps to secure felt to a rooftop. That job is made simpler with the addition of pneumatics. We’ve tried several different systems, like the Fasco America SideWinder Windstrips Stapler we reviewed last year. Now, Duo-Fast has a new product, the DF150-CS Button Cap Stapler. This system allows you to shoot staples and plastic button caps at the same time. As you can imagine, it’s perfect for roofing felt applications as well as housewrap. Most jurisdictions not locked to Broward County rules will allow the use of a tool like this on roofing felt and housewrap.