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Hutchins Wet Sander: Model 7544 Waterbug III

Hutchins Wet Sander: Model 7544 Waterbug III

As we’ve been able to expand the amount of automotive coverage we offer through Shop Tool Reviews, we’re able to bring in a wider variety of tools we see like the Model 7544 Hutchins wet sander. Hutchins has been in business since 1955 as a family-owned, Made in the USA brand with plenty of patents […]

Festool SYSRock Jobsite Radio

Top 5 Best Festool Gifts for Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas, PTR gave to me… Festool gifts from Germany! Day 6 shifts over toward woodworking with our top 5 best Festool gifts for Christmas! Best Festool Gifts for Christmas 2017 Festool SYSRock BR10 Bluetooth Radio Why we’d love to have it: Jobsite radios have to decide what they’re going to […]

Festool connect

Highlights from Festool Connect 2017

Each year, those lucky enough to live near Lebanon, Indiana get the chance to come over and buy refurbished Festool tools at prices well under retail. It’s a huge event for Pros and Shop Tool Reviews Director, Tim Johnson was there to cover it along with Shop Tool Reviews Chief Designer and Owner, Jon Bucklew. […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Festool RTS 400 REQ Finish Sander Video Review

Festool RTS 400 REQ Sander Video Review

Festool has made some rolling changes to their already outstanding 400 series finish sanders. Our video review of the Festool RTS 400 REQ and its delta pad brother (the DTS 400 REQ) shows off the more powerful motor. We also go over the updated Cleantec connection system and the bumpers which help you avoid damaging […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander

Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander Review

When we visited Festool in Germany last year, we got to see the Festool RTS 400 REQ Orbital Finish Sander in action months before its North American launch. It’s a rolling change from the previous model – the Festool RTS 400 EQ – which was a phenomenal sander in its own right. Clint DeBoer and […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander Video Review

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander Video Review

Ridgid and Ryobi (both TTI companies) decided to bust through the cordless barrier when it comes to belt sanders. The Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander runs on their 18V platform and, obviously, sports a brushless motor. It takes advantage of a 3 x 18-inch belt and a variable 400 – 935 FPM belt rate to […]

Review8.6(out of 10)
Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander

Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander Review

Brushless motors and increased battery capacity are unlocking tools that we could have only dreamed of being cordless a few years ago. The new Ridgid Gen5X Brushless Belt Sander is a great example of where this technology is allowing us to go. Belt sanders are typically used when you need to remove a lot of […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander LRP1503 Boa Video Review

FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander LRP1503 Boa Video Review

If you fabricate or work with stainless pipe, such as handrails, then you need a tool that can handle your finish work. The FLEX Pipe Polisher Sander is aptly named the Boa. It wraps around pipe, like a snake, to sand and polish more than 180-degrees at a time. Polishing stainless handrails are made easy […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Milwaukee Cordless Polisher Sander M12 Video Review

Milwaukee Cordless Polisher Sander M12 Video Review – 2438-20

Detailing cars is not always about hoods, trunks (bonnets and boots for our UK friends) and other large areas. There are many areas that would typically require hand rubbing/polishing because the five or six-inch pad of the polisher won’t fit. These areas are a great fit for the Milwaukee cordless polisher sander. This polisher is […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Festool DTS 400 EQ and Festool RTS 400 EQ Random Orbit Sander

Festool DTS 400 EQ Orbital Finish Sander

Sanding is one of those tasks that tend to be dull and boring for some, while therapeutic for others. Having used sanders across several classes, including cordless, I was curious what Festool had to offer with these smaller finish sanders over the course of the long day. First Impressions The first thing you’ll notice about […]