All posts by David C. Smith

Ryobi One+ 18V Brushless Belt Sander Review

One of the great things about the relationship between Ridgid and Ryobi is that Ridgid’s Pro-focused technology often trickles down to Ryobi users. In some cases, it’s a matter of months or years, in other cases tools come out within days of each other. Fortunately, it’s the latter with the new Ryobi One+ 18V Brushless […]

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ISOtunes Pro Noise Reducing Bluetooth Earbuds

Whether you’re on the jobsite, off on the long run, sitting on an airplane, or even just shopping at Walmart, there’s something that almost all of us understand universally – listening to music helps isolate us from all the bad mojo around and makes the time go by faster. When we have to wear hearing […]

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Top 5 Tool Upgrades That Need To Happen This Year

There are incremental changes that happen every year. The cordless sector, in particular, has seen huge innovation and growth because of it. While there are some really smart people behind tool technology, I have to admit that I think they’ve overlooked a few areas. Here are my top 5 tool upgrades that need to happen […]

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Milwaukee Redstick Level Review

You wouldn’t think that it would be terribly complicated to review a level. After all, as long as it’s level is good to go. But not so fast. Coming into it I already knew that the Milwaukee Redstick Level has some innovative features designed into it. After spending a lot more time comparing many of […]

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DeWalt FlexVolt Reciprocating Saw Blades

When we got together a bunch of cordless reciprocating saws to see who would come out as the top performer, we also had the opportunity to test several different reciprocating saw blades. In the mix were the new DeWalt FlexVolt Reciprocating Saw Blades for both wood and metal applications. When DeWalt launched the FlexVolt line […]

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Makita XRJ05 18V LXT Brushless Recipro Saw Review

In the past several months, Makita has released two new brushless reciprocating saws. The larger model is on their two-battery 18V X2  LXT platform and was the winner of our recent cordless reciprocating saw shootout. The subject of today’s review is its little brother – the Makita XRJ05 18V LXT Brushless Recipro Saw. The two […]

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Milwaukee Ax with Carbide Teeth Challenge

The Milwaukee Ax with Carbide Teeth is now available at retail stores across the country. There’s been a lot of hype as Milwaukee has moved their nail embedded wood cutting Sawzall blade to include a carbide blend. This is a significant transition, allowing the Milwaukee Ax to cut through material it previously couldn’t and extend the […]

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Milwaukee Redstick Levels are Ready for Launch

Milwaukee Tool is going after the high end of the level market with the introduction of the new Milwaukee Redstick levels. They’re taking aim at two specific points of concern when it comes to levels – durability and visibility. Milwaukee Redstick box levels feature an all metal Backbone that is completely new to the industry and […]

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Acme Tools Black Friday Sale Ad Leaked

You know the most wonderful time of year is right around the corner when leaked Black Friday ads start showing up all over the place. After all, you can’t have a relaxing Thanksgiving day unless you’ve already strategized how you can get yourself out of bed at 3 o’clock in the morning and get in […]

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Southwire SIMpull Fish Tape Preview with Video

The new Southwire SIMpull Fish Tape line consists of eight new models varying in leader type, width, length and case size. The fish tapes are made of a non-conductive polymer that has a low coefficient of friction, allowing the tape to easily glide through EMT and PVC conduit much faster than steel and fiberglass fish […]

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