Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Review9.4(out of 10)
Festool Mixer

Festool Mixer MX 1200 EEF Review

It’s not good to get mixed up on the job, that is, unless you’re grout, mortar, mud, or paint. In fact, in these cases, failure to get good and mixed up makes for some shoddy results. Getting a good mix is important, and there are a number of manufacturers that make tools to help us […]

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 […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Hilti 22V Cordless Brushless Cut-Out Tool

Hilti 22V Cordless Brushless Cut-Out Tool

Most people will never appreciate the skill it takes to finish drywall unless they give it a shot and find out it’s a little more difficult than it looks. Not only do the walls need to be seamless, but you need to make the holes for outlets and switches accurate and in an exact location. […]

Review9.3(out of 10)

Festool DWC 18-4500 Cordless Screw Gun Review

Even though I find myself doing just about every type of carpentry job nowadays, I began by working with drywall and I’ve been at it now for 43 years. The work is still done the same way – the board still has to be screwed to the studs – but fortunately the tools have improved […]

Festool Planex LHS 225 Drywall Sander application

Festool Planex LHS 225 Drywall Sander

Drywall sanding is a messy business at best and hazardous to your health at worst: prolonged exposure to respirable crystalline silica is responsible for many ailments. But Festool hopes to clean up with the Festool Planex LHS 225 drywall sander. The modular design features three lengths, two-speed gears, and adjustable suction power. Extensions allow a working height […]


Festool Media Event from Esslingen, Germany

We just returned from Stuttgart, Germany to visit Festool’s facilities and get a chance to experience the German culture. I have to give you full disclosure right off the bat – most of the tools we saw are due out for 2017 and while they’re exciting, we also can’t tell you about them just yet. […]

DeWalt DCF622 20V Max XR Versa-Clutch Adjustable Torque Screwgun

DeWalt DCF622 20V Max XR Versa-Clutch Screwgun

At first glance, the DeWalt DCF622 looks like a number of other cordless drywall screwguns. The fact of the matter is it’s not. For one, it’s not just built for driving drywall screws. It’s rated to handle all kinds of screwdriving tasks in metal and wood, including metal roof installation and metal to metal fastening. […]

6 Best Tools for Cutting Drywall

If you’ve ever witnessed a professional drywaller install 10-foot long panels on a ceiling by himself, you may think the task is easy. But that guy was talented. Even the smaller panels are heavy and unwieldy. Making cuts to drywall can be a challenge, too. Fortunately there are many tools that make the job easy. Here […]

Milwaukee New Product Symposium 2016

Milwaukee New Product Symposium 2016 Recap

Every year the Milwaukee New Product Symposium is one of the highlights of our editorial year. Rarely does anyone else come close to showing off the sheer number of products that we’re able to get our hands-on. Combine that with the fact that Milwaukee doesn’t bring a new tool to market without ensuring there’s something […]

Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saw

Kett KSV-432 Vacuum Saw

If you ask anyone around the Pro Tool Reviews shop for some help on a project, you’re likely going to have several extra pairs of hands. Try to get those same people to help on a drywall job and suddenly it’s just you and the crickets. Few people I know can say they genuinely like drywall […]