All posts by Clint DeBoer

Kobalt Tools 24V Brushless Circular Saw Review

Tool innovation makes me smile. When I first picked up the Kobalt Tools 24V brushless circular saw I knew the company had done something different. The tool even looks different. The thinner, wider brushless motor belied some kind of engineering voodoo of which I was not yet aware. As it turns out, voodoo had nothing to do […]

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John Deere ZTrak Z355R Zero-Turn Mower Review

One of the Pro Tool Reviews shops sits on over an acre of property. It’s a great location for testing both commercial and residential  zero-turn mowers. Getting a John Deere ZTrak Z355R on the property was a fun opportunity to try out a zero-turn from a company with a lot of history. If you weren’t aware, […]

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Franke Water Filtration and Dispenser Review DW12080

Earlier this year we did a Franke Fast-In sink review and also checked out their Franke Bern FF20750 pull-down kitchen faucet. This time we integrated a Franke water filtration system—the Franke DW12080 Cold Water Dispenser—to compensate for the lack of filtered water in a high-end Bosch French Door refrigerator. The water filter system includes the Franke cold water faucet, an […]

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Bosch B21CL81SNS French Door Refrigerator Review

In our article on building with premium appliances, we covered the role appliances play in making it easier to sell a new home or rise above the crowd as a remodeling professional. Now we wanted to take a closer look at the Bosch B21CL81SNS Counter Depth French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator. That’s a mouthful, so […]

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Empire Level Manufacturing Tour in Milwaukee

It doesn’t feel all that long ago that Milwaukee Tool acquired Empire Level. Since then, business has soared, and Empire has put out more successful products than ever before. Getting to see how tools get made remains one of the best things we get to do in this line of work. You can certainly watch “How […]

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Georgia Boot Carbo-Tec Wellington Work Boots Review

Good work boots are important—particularly when you spend all day on your feet. They have to endure mud, rain, sand, oil, and anything else the job site throws at you. Just a cursory glance at the Georgia Boot Carbo-Tec Wellington work boots piqued our interest. These are boots made with supple leather, and they have a more natural […]

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EGO Power Head String Trimmer Edger Review

Having already reviewed both the EGO 56V cordless string trimmer and the EGO 15 in brushless string trimmer, getting our hands on the brand new EGO power head string trimmer seemed a logical next step. Of all the battery powered outdoor power equipment I’ve reviewed, the string trimmer is my go-to for introducing landscapers to the technology. […]

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Building with Premium Appliances – Upgrades Matter

For years, building spec homes with only the most basic appliances seemed the norm. The idea was to put in good, reliable products, but keep the process simple. Upgrades were possible but didn’t generally aid profits, so they were—for most builders—more of a hassle than anything else. Oddly enough, builders seemed more likely to upgrade faucets […]

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Ryobi Battery Powered Riding Mower Review – RM480E

With all the developments in battery powered outdoor power equipment (OPE), one thing has been elusive. There are not many sources for battery powered riding mowers. The Mean Green Nemesis NXR mower was the first we personally saw, but its $8,999 starting price hardly seems affordable for the average homeowner. The Ryobi battery powered riding mower […]

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Makita Dallas Distribution Center Tour

We love seeing first-hand how tool manufacturers do things. One of the key functions of any manufacturer is distribution. While their Buford manufacturing and assembly plant might have been more tool-tastic, a visit to the brand new Makita Dallas distribution center was also appealing. Just how do you manage and ship tens of thousands of […]

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