Hitachi has announced two new tools, adding to its growing concrete rotary hammers. The Hitachi DH28PFY SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer and its DH26PF brother are said to deliver higher durability thanks to three specific improvements. One is a hammering mechanism featuring an air channel system that reduces wear and damage inside the cylinder. The second improvement is […]
Drill bits are a staple of the jobsite because, well, something always needs a hole in it. You may think you need more drill bit information like you need a hole in the head, but not all coatings and treatments are well-suited for every job. I’ll use just about any bits, but I usually find myself […]
When Skilsaw sent us their new 7-inch concrete scoring and cutting saw, we had to discern its use. Clearly this isn’t a power cutter replacement, so what’s it for? After really looking over the features and taking a hard look at the Skilsaw MeduSaw up close, we can see how this might come in handy. Take a […]
Bosch has introduced yet another lightweight rotary hammer. The Bosch GBH18V-26 1-Inch SDS-Plus EC Brushless Rotary Hammer offers an EC brushless motor that delivers 1.9 ft-pounds of impact energy and longer run time. The power is packed into unit that weighs in at 7.7 pounds. It’s an addition to the lightweight SDS-Plus rotary hammer series that […]
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When was the last time you thought it would be a good idea to take your Skilsaw to concrete cutting applications? At first glance, this might seem like a rather amateur question. The game is changing though and the new Skilsaw MeduSaw Concrete Worm Drive is going to change the way you look at concrete […]
For as long as builders have wanted their structures to stay upright they’ve wanted their materials to be level. Ancient Egyptians used an A-frame tool with a plumb line to find horizontal level. Then around 1661, Melchisedech Thevenot invented the spirit level – so named for the alcohol in the vial – that used a bubble to indicate levelness. […]
I’m a fortunate guy because there’s no shortage of challenging masonry work. Even if stone is laid the same way it was a hundred years ago, stonework isn’t static. There have been innovations in material, consumer tastes, and, especially, tools. Today’s tool innovations are frequently small, incremental steps that use power more efficiently, respond to […]
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We turn to Bosch accessories frequently when it comes to hole making. Their Daredevil line of spade bits and hole saws are frequent visitors to our tools and have been featured in our shootouts, like our recent 18V cordless drill head to head. But are Bosch accessories still as good when you move from wood […]
Bosch recently announced its new 12- and 14-inch Bosch premium segmented rim diamond blades for cutting concrete and hard masonry materials. These blades deliver fast, efficient cutting thanks to a tensioned steel blade core and a high-quality diamond formulation. Each blade segment is laser-welded to the steel core, making blades with high mechanical strength and rigidity. […]
Hilti started showing off the talent they possess in jobsite tough design with their PR 30-HVS Rotating Laser. Four large rubber handles prevented damage from falls and drops in a way we hadn’t seen before. There’s always room for improvement and Hilti came out swinging again with the Hilti PR 2-HS A12 Rotating Laser. This time, they […]