Often in our shootouts, we try to keep the list of tools reasonable. With so many features to consider and tons of wood to cut, it doesn’t typically make sense to invite everyone to the party. Sometimes it’s a price point, battery voltage, or top-rated tools that make the cut. But this time, we invited everyone […]
The new DeWalt 20V Max Brushless Circular Saw has hit the market with upgrades we expected to see from their next generation. It’s got an XR brushless motor and 7-1.4-inch blade capacity. That DeWalt brings those upgrades over their previous model is a no-brainer. The question that remains is what kind of cutting power you get […]
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It’s not as easy to distinguish among framing nailers as it is among other tools like drills or saws. For some reason, the differences just don’t seem to jump out as quickly. It could be that innovation in this category is closer to being fully developed than in other categories and – as you may […]
Like just about everything else in life, a good foundation is essential for a good result. It’s especially true in the trades, as the incremental work done at each step of a project either builds on trueness or reveals the opposite. We’ve reviewed plenty of levels from standard spirit levels with aluminum construction to bamboo […]
As cordless tools continue their meteoric rise thanks to lithium-ion technology, circular saws are finally catching up. For a while, we had to be content with 6-1/2-inch models that have what it takes to get the job done, but with a little loss in capacity and not-so-corded power. Now 7-1/4-inch models are making headway with […]
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One of the products we saw at the DeWalt Experience made us wonder at first if it was really necessary – the new DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw. After all, full-size cordless circular saws have been around for a while and they cut quite well, to be honest. With DeWalt’s recent success in the 20V Max/18V sector, […]
Hitachi is producing some impressive tools these days. You may have read our reviews on their newer rotary hammer, impact driver, and several others. I’ve had the good fortune to a review few of them myself. Concurrent to the test of the Hitachi 2‑1/2-Inch Coil Siding Nailer, I also tested its big brother, the Hitachi 3-1/2-Inch Coil Framing Nailer. It’s […]
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The Skilsaw Sawsquatch is a beast of a circular saw that effectively puts miter saw capacity in a more portable and maneuverable handheld unit. Officially listed under model number Skilsaw SPT 70 WM-22, it’s been dubbed the Sawsquatch and is hoping for a legendary reputation. The Skilsaw Sawsquatch design has one major purpose in mind […]
Even though battery technology has cut the cord on many of my tools, there are a few pneumatic nailers that I still rely on quite often for roofing and framing. Large compressors like the new Hitachi 8-Gallon Gas Powered Wheelbarrow Air Compressor are the workhorse for many operations like mine using tools that require high […]
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We recently made a head-to-head (or maybe tooth-to-tooth) comparison between several different circular saw blades across classes (framing and demo/multi-purpose) where I included the remarkably profound observation that blades are a significant contributing factor to overall saw performance (insert your own sarcastic response here). So it makes sense that we should know more about them to […]
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