August 3, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


12V vs 18V tools

12-Volt vs 18-Volt Tools: Do I Need Both?

Each year, manufacturers dazzle us with new tool innovations and battery technology. We want more run-time, more power, and more overall tool longevity. By and large, major tool manufacturers are delivering those things. Today, the best cordless drills far exceed the capabilities of corded tools. Professionals are beginning to regard their 18V tools as their […]

Why use a metal cutting circular saw

Can a Circular Saw Cut Metal? Metal Saws vs Circular Saws

Many people want to know can a circular saw cut metal? The answer is: it depends. You have a lot of factors to consider in the metal-cutting vs circular saw question—like blade speed, the blade itself, and the collection of metal shavings created by the blade. You may look at your circular saw and wonder, […]

Review9.5(out of 10)

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Review XHU07T

Makita 18V Cordless Hedge Trimmer Drops Weight While Improving Performance With more than 100 years of experience making electric motors and their acquisition of Dolmar bringing another 90 years of experience in gas OPE, Makita knows a thing or two about making battery-powered lawn care equipment with the performance of gas. So what does all […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light

Milwaukee M18 Rover Dual Power Flood Light 2366-20

Milwaukee is making major improvements to a couple of popular lights. We had the chance to get our hands on them early and compare them to the first generation. Those original models were solid. These make some pretty big improvements to both output and runtime… really big. Up first is the M18 Rover Dual Power […]

Review6.8(out of 10)
Ryobi P517 Brushless Reciprocating Saw

Ryobi P517 Brushless Reciprocating Saw

Available at Home Depot, you’ll find the Ryobi P517 One+ 18V Brushless Reciprocating Saw. That’s right, another brushless entry. Ryobi has been steadily outfitting a line of brushless tools that better serve tradesmen looking for an affordable option that still does the job reasonably well. Of course, DIYers are still a big target and these […]

Review7.8(out of 10)

Metabo HPT 18V Brushless Reciprocating Saw Review CR18DBL

The Metabo HPT 18V brushless reciprocating saw has been out for a couple of years now. In our cordless reciprocating saw shootout from a few years back, the previous model didn’t perform as well as we’d hoped. As Metabo HPT has launched new 18V tools and the MultiVolt line (and changed its name), we’ve seen […]

Makita Cordless Power Cutter - Best Makita Tools at World of Concrete 2020

Best Makita Tools at World of Concrete 2020

Makita showed off their latest innovation in Las Vegas in one of the biggest shows of the year. Figuring out which tools make the top of the list is tough, but we’re up for the task. Here are our picks for the best Makita tools at World of Concrete 2020! Best Makita Tools at World […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Makita XRJ05 18V LXT Brushless Recipro Saw Review

Makita XRJ05 18V LXT Brushless Recipro Saw Review

Makita has two full-size brushless reciprocating saws they released a while back. The larger model is on their two-battery 18V X2 LXT platform. The subject of today’s review is its little brother – the Makita XRJ05 18V LXT Brushless Recipro Saw. The two saws share very similar characteristics, but they’re not identical. We’ll take a […]

Review6.8(out of 10)
Metabo 18V Compact Reciprocating Saw Review

Metabo 18V Compact Reciprocating Saw Review

One-hand reciprocating saws are making their way deeper into the 18V market. Milwaukee’s had their M18 Hackzall model out for quite a while and recently brought out a brushless version. Bosch has a compact model that’s been around for more than a year as well. Now it’s Metabo’s turn as they expand their cordless construction tool […]

Best DIY Impact Driver

Best DIY Impact Driver Head to Head Reviews 2021

Choosing the Best DIY Impact Driver Requires Prioritizing Speed, Power, and Size As we looked over the entire list of current impact drivers and decided on more than 30 models to bring in for testing, we included some DIY models. The best DIY impact driver can mean a couple of things, though – it can […]