October 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Mini belt sander

Makita Cordless 3/8-Inch Belt Sander Review (XSB01)

Makita made a cordless version of their mini belt sander. The Makita cordless 3/8-inch belt sander (XSB01) comes standard with 3/8 x 21-inch belts. Able to get into tight spaces, this tool can sand wood, metal, and plastics extremely fast. Pros Small and lightweight Easy to get into tight spaces Fast material removal Variable speed […]

All the sander types

Types of Handheld Sanders for Woodworking

I will give you this short answer first when asked about the different types of handheld sanders. Buy a random orbit sander and make it a good one. Then you can buy the other types of sanders as you need them. I have bought a lot of sanders over 30 years of woodworking. Each one […]

Festool Edge Sanding Guide

Festool Edge Sanding Guide

Sand Any Edge or Angle with Precision Coming in October, Festool has a solution to maximize your precision and efficiency with sanding projects. The Festool Edge Sanding Guide attaches to Festool corded and cordless sanders to provide woodworkers, trim carpenters, and painters control over sanding surface edges and angles. Sand Edges with Confidence The Festool […]

DeWalt 5-inch random orbit sander

DeWalt DCW210 5-inch Random Orbit Sander Review

The DeWalt 5-inch Random Orbit Sander smooths with such efficiency and finesse that you may find yourself looking for new projects. It helped me bring a remarkable softness (and safety) to a pine box I made for my infant son, finish a laundry room shelf so it didn’t look so utilitarian, and salvage some stained […]

Best Tools at World of Concrete 2020

Top 10 Best Tools at World of Concrete 2020

From the time the calendar rolls from December to January, we have World of Concrete on the brain. As the largest show we attend each year, it gives us the chance to use many tools that we’ll put through a full review later in the year. Narrowing down our list to the top 10 best […]

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander DCW200

DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander Expands Cordless Woodworking Options The new DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless 1/4 Sheet Sander makes the 6th tool available in the brand’s cordless woodworking segment. As part of the 20V Max platform, it’s part of a system that includes more than 200 compatible tools. The sander’s brushless […]

Review8.4(out of 10)

Ridgid Octane 1/4 Sheet Sander R86064B Review

Ridgid Octane 1/4 Sheet Sander Cuts the Cord on Popular Electric Model A quick look at the spec sheet on the Ridgid Octane 1/4 Sheet Sander might leave you thinking they swapped the cord for a battery and called it a day. While that’s not a far stretch from a performance perspective, there are some […]

Flex Giraffe GE 7 Drywall Sander

Flex Giraffe GE 7 is the World’s First Drywall Sander with Interchangeable Heads The Flex Giraffe GE 7 Drywall Sander is the world’s first interchangeable head drywall sanding system. It offers four interchangeable heads and well-designed ergonomics for drywall and painting applications. Don’t Lose Your Head For the US version, the Flex Giraffe GE 7 has […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Festool LS 130 Linear Sander

Festool LS 130 Linear Sander Review

I love my job, but I don’t enjoy sanding. It’s time-consuming, messy, and all-around boring. Detail sanding is even worse. Getting into corners, sanding curved millwork and profiles, and cleaning up edges requires hand-sanding. I find hand-sanding tedious. Not only is it slow, but it tends to leave more dust lying around since there is […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
Planex Easy Drywall Sander in Action

Festool Planex Easy Drywall Sander Review

One of the uglier bits of construction and remodeling work revolves around drywall installation. Sanding down drywall mud not only creates a big mess, but it also launches all sorts of dust into the air – even silica dust in some cases. For those of you who have the distinct pleasure of sanding down drywall, […]