Professional Tool Reviews for Pros



How to Use a Combination Square

If I could have only one woodworking measuring and layout tool, other than a tape measure, it would be a 12” combination square. It is, without a doubt, the most versatile layout tool I own. A speed square comes in a close second. Some of the many uses for a combination square are not immediately […]

Kapro 353 Ledge-It

Kapro 353 LEDGE-IT Square with Retractable Support

Kapro 353 Ledge-It Square Looks Legit Kapro Tools has introduced its 353 Ledge-It Square, designed for the professional tradesman, carpenter, or woodworker. It features a unique retractable metal ledge support, letting you stabilize this tool on virtually any surface. What Stuck Out to Us on the Kapro 353 Ledge-It The 353 LEDGE-IT Square does a […]

Review8.9(out of 10)
Kapro Magnetic Lock Combination Square

Kapro Magnetic Lock Combination Square Review 325M

There was a time that I didn’t know how to use a combination square. As a much wiser tool user, I know now that there are so many practical uses for the tool that both Pros and DIYers alike are at a disadvantage without one. Although you may have seen some Kapro level reviews from us […]

Bosch Impact Tough 40-Piece Drill Bit Set

Bosch Impact Tough 40-Piece Drill Bit Set

It never fails – I’m walking down the tool aisle of a store and have to stop and stare at the accessories. After all, who knows when something new might show up? While I always need #2 Phillips bits and a couple sizes of Torx, I typically pick up sets that cover some of the other […]

Review9.4(out of 10)
Empire Level Laser Etched Squares

Empire Level Laser Etched Squares Review

Empire Level Laser Etched Squares Transition Away from Deep Stamping Empire Level hasn’t stopped looking for ways to improve on their hi-vis squares like the e2992 Rafter Square. The newly updated Empire Laser Etched Rafter Squares (e2994, e3992) and Framing Square (e1190) have undergone a patent-pending laser etching process. This results in a permanent etch with better […]

Milwaukee Tool Acquisition

Milwaukee Tool Acquisition: Empire Level

Milwaukee Tool Acquisitions U.S. Based Empire Level! Just announced is the acquisition of Empire Level by Milwaukee Tool! As we have seen Milwaukee expand their vision of disruptive innovation beyond just power tools, we can expect that they have big plans in the measurement and layout end of the industry. Empire Level is located in Mukwonago, […]

Swanson AD124 48" Adjustable Drywall Square Review

Swanson AD124 48″ Adjustable Drywall Square Review

If you’re cutting drywall, then invariably you’ve run across the need for an accurate drywall square. For more complex cuts, a model like the aluminum Swanson 48″ Adjustable Drywall Square gives you the flexibility to cut angles without having to reach for another tool. It features a fully-adjustable head that locks into place with a positive 90-degree stop, but can also support 30, 45, 60, and 75-degree angles and anything in between. This is the perfect one-stop tool for drywall professionals who find themselves wanting to layout and cut multiple angles on a single sheet for more difficult rooms or applications.

Swanson TOSB01 7" Speed Bevel Review

7-inch Swanson TOSB01 Speed Bevel Review

When Swanson sent us their newest 7″ Speed Bevel, we didn’t realize the new inexpensive orange ABS plastic composite square would quickly become our all-around go-to tool for odd jobs and miscellaneous angle measurements. Swanson, who brought us the original Speed Square, built some new innovation into the Speed Bevel. While it doesn’t excel in build quality, it does have a really good function as a low-cost multi-purpose solution for finding angles, making quick cut measurements, and serving as a stop-gap protractor.

Swanson TS149 9” Sliding T-Bevel Review

Swanson Sliding Bevel TS149 Review

The Swanson TS149 9″ Sliding T-Bevel is a classic yet modern tool that the craftsman can use everyday for all types of woodworking projects, either as an angle finder or as a square. The T-Bevel is especially handy when trying to duplicate an odd angle of an existing condition.

Swanson T001WZ Framing Wizard Review

Swanson Framing Wizard T001WZ Review

Swanson took the age old framing square and made it into a folding, 5-in-1 layout tool they are calling the T001WZ Framing Wizard. This new tool makes space and functionality top priorities! Forget about trying to figure out where to keep your old square; now that you have this one available, you can fold it in half and throw it in your tool bag. With its versatile use, you can just whip it out and use it as a framing square, tri-square, miter square, angle finder or as a saw guide.