A few weeks ago, we received a Porter Cable 18V Li-ion cordless combo set to review. Since then, we have been putting the tools through a rigorous review process, starting with the cordless drill. Seeing as how the drill will be many users’ most frequently used tool, we spent quite a bit of time evaluating its […]
I am sometimes asked to recommend general purpose drill bits that can be purchased locally. Although this condition rules out many of the great brands available at online industrial suppliers, there are still a few decent options out there. By far, my favorite locally-sourced drill bits are Dewalt’s Pilot Point drill bits.
Bosch’s popular woodworking router comes with 1/4″ and 1/2″ collets, but what if you want to use different shanked burs and bits? We found that replacement collets were available by 3rd party manufacturers, such as Galaxy Products.
Sears Blue Tool Crew just announced that Hitachi power tools will be added to their product catalog. From the sounds of it, there will be some heavy sales to promote the Hitachi brand at Sears as Father’s Day approaches.
Bosch next-generation Power Box 360 sound system and power center offers five speakers and an integrated subwoofer (!!!!) to project high-quality sound in all directions. The new Power Box 360 is more powerful than the original and updated Power Boxes, and offers many more modern upgrades.
Porter Cable has recently announced a new heavy-duty circular saw (PC15TCSMK). The new saw has been developed with an improved weight distribution and balance for greater comfort and better handling. There are a few other enhancements that make this a pro-level tool, including a lighter cast magnesium shoe, 10-foot high-grade cord, 15-amp 5600RPM motor, integrated dust […]
If you recall, we reviewed the Craftsman Mitermate a few months ago. Afterwards, the question in everyone’s minds was: how well does it perform compared to an ordinary miter saw? For the answer to this, check out my comparative review over at Popular Mechanics! Craftsman Mitermate vs. Dewalt DW713 Miter Saw via Popular Mechanics Craftsman Mitermate […]
Ridgid’s oscillating edge belt and spindle sander (EB4424) is an example of a somewhat gimmicky design that is done right. This 2-in-1 sander can be used to sand both straight edges and curves, and features a 4″ x 24″ belt and set of five sanding drums.
Huot’s USA-made drill bit indexes are about the best that you could find. Good quality bit sets typically come with a case, sometimes a Huot one like this, but there are times when smaller bit sets must be consolidated or flimsy and broken cases replaced. Not only does a good case like these keep drill […]
Dewalt recently released a new magnetic ToughCase with a wide open storage compartment that can hold larger drill bits, saw blades, and accessories. These new ToughCases will initially be sold as part of two bit assortments – a 15-piece fastening set, and a 20-piece Impact Ready drilling and driving set.
Update: We have written a new post about the Dremel Trio featuring additional product details and a 9-photo gallery. The Trio is also now available for preorder on Amazon! The new Dremel Trio 6800 features a 90° pivoting handle and multiple grip zones, turning the Trio into a very capable multi-function tool. Not only that, […]
Craftsman will soon be releasing a new line of cordless lawn and garden tools that are compatible with their 19.2-volt C3 battery system. This new lineup will include a 22″ hedge trimmer, blower/sweeper, and string trimmer.
I don’t know about you, but except for a chain saw, an angle grinder is about the last thing I want to be more compact and slim. It looks as though I’m in the minority here as both Bosch and Ridgid offer small slim grip angle grinders. Maybe they’re on to something after all.
Home Depot is having a springtime Black Friday sale, with a few great deals to be had. We took a look at their power tools section, and while some of the deals seemed good, these Ryobi 12V cordless tool deals jumped out as great bargains.
Bosch has just announced a new line of high performance Impact Tough accessories that are designed for use with cordless impact drivers. This new line of accessories will include insert and power bits (Phillips, square, Torx), nut setters, socket adapters, sockets, and hole saws. These new Impact Tough accessories are engineered to take the hit and […]
Rockwell is soon releasing a new cordless SoniCrafter oscillating multi-tool to complement its hugely popular corded version. This new compact 12-volt lithium-ion powered Sonicrafter will be compatible with a broad range of Rockwell SoniCrafter accessories and boasts a charging time of 30 minutes.
Dremel recently announced its next generation cordless rotary tool, the 8200. This 12-volt lithium-ion powered Dremel features variable speed from 5,000 to 30,000 RPM, a separate on-off switch, battery fuel gauge (FINALLY!!!), and ergonomics similar to the new corded 4000 model. We’re currently reviewing the new Dremel 4000, and are finding it to be an […]
Normally I hate, hate, HATE cheap crappy bits, but you never know when one might come in handy. Afterall, a poor quality bit is still better than no bit at all when you really need one. There are a few sets that caught my attention over at amazon:
Towards the end of 2008, Porter Cable revamped their 18V cordless tool lineup and came out with all new tools and combo kits. Since then, we’ve been a little hesitant to embrace these new tools for several reasons, but ultimately decided that they’re worth a fair and objective evaluation. We’re going to kick off a series […]
Just when we thought we covered all of Bosch’s new 12V compact lithium ion cordless tools, we caught a glimpse of one more, the new PS41-2A impact driver. The PS41 is an update to the venerable but dated PS40, and like Bosch’s new PS21 pocket driver and PS31 drill/driver, the new impact driver appears to have been significantly […]