Southwire recently introduced the Southwire Compact Ratcheting Cable Cutter for copper and aluminum cables up to 600 Kcmil. This cutter features a quick release lever that opens at any time during operation, a two-step ratcheting mechanism, molded grip, and replaceable, hardened steel blades. Our Take We’ve said it before and it bears repeating – if there’s an […]
Did you know that The Home Depot had a Home Depot Product Quality & Engineering Laboratory? We didn’t, though once we saw it, we’re not sure how any major retailer of power tools could do without one. Starting the Home Depot Product Quality & Engineering Laboratory Tour Our Home Depot Product Quality & Engineering Laboratory tour started off […]
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We get it—you’re on a budget, and you want the best cordless drill under $150 to make the most of your money. There are a ton of options out there. We know what it’s like to stand in front of a dozen options at the local hardware store and wonder what’s the best choice. So […]
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Makita recently introduced its first cordless brushless Makita 18V Trim Router – the DRT50Z – in Australia. The router features the same style base form factor as the corded version RT0701C, which is available in the US, as well as a variable speed control dial and a lock/unlock button. The rest of the specs, well, […]
Way back in 2009, Southwire acquired Maxis to expand its product offering and build upon the contractor-focused approach to tool development since, as Southwire said at the time, “great ideas come from the jobsite.” Amen to that. One of those erstwhile Maxis tools to get Southwire’s spin is the Max Punch Pro now known as the […]
We recently received a very helpful graphic to go along with the new ANSI/ISEA 105-2016 cut resistance standards from our friends at Magid. Cut resistance standards have caused confusion in the past because they can differ between countries and testing methods. Time will tell if these new standards eliminate the confusion, but for now they do look more intuitive. […]
Hitachi Power Tools recently announced a new addition to its commercial product line with the launch of the 4-1/2-inch Hitachi AC Brushless Angle Grinder model G12VE. This 4.2-pound corded grinder features a 12-amp motor, 1,300 watts of input power, variable speeds between 2,800 and 10,000 RPMs, a soft start function, internal inverter circuitry to run […]
Using a router is a lot like painting a room – in a very short time with just a little effort, you can dramatically change the aesthetic. Run an ogee along a table surface, ease sharp corners, flush cut two pieces, create rabbets, dadoes, and even dovetails. You could haul out the big, corded plunge […]
Editor’s Note: This is the original text from our reviewer when the Kobalt 80V Chainsaw came out. However, the ratings have been updated to reflect its performance in our recent chainsaw shootout. We’ve had the opportunity to see several new lithium-ion powered chainsaws this year. What started as a novelty has developed into a serious […]
What if you could attach a work table extension to your tailgate and avoid hauling sawhorses and plywood? That’s the basic idea behind the TRUC Table – the Transportable Rugged Utility Construction Table. Invented by Nate Dipillo, the TRUC Table offers an adjustable, stable platform to fit most work trucks. It can also be detached […]
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