You may have heard about Craftsman’s new premium ratchets. Are they everything Craftsman says they are? After using them for a few projects these last few weeks, I have concluded that YES, they are, and then some.
This Coast C22 Z-Frame pocket knife may be inexpensive (less than $20 via Amazon), but it’s built surprisingly well. Check out Jeff’s video review to see why it’s now one of his favorite knives.
Here’s our full hands-on review of Kobalt’s new Multi Drive Wrench. Part 1 showed covered “fastener fit“, and this review covers quality and hands-on performance.
I couldn’t help myself, I purchased a Kobalt Multi Drive Wrench for review (more info about the new tool here). The full hands-on review of the universal wrench is in the works, but I wanted to share these photos about how well (or poorly) the wrench’s sockets fit fasteners.
The first tool of Dewalt’s new 12V Max compact cordless tool lineup that we’ll be reviewing is the 3/8″ drill/driver DCD710S2. We already reviewed the handle and common features of the 12V Max lineup, so you may want to check that out before or after this one. As expected, the drill was a pleasure to use, and […]
Nebo’s Redline (#5557) is a high-output flashlight in a relatively compact and attractive package. It’s pretty affordable as well at under $30, so we figured why not, let’s review one.
Dewalt has finally launched their new lineup of cordless 12V Max lithium ion power tools. When I first previewed these new compact tools, it was love at first touch. We currently have the full range of tools in-hand for review, and will start off the series by discussing the tools’ common handle and battery design.
Reader Jim sent us a brief but comprehensive review of Porter Cable’s 2-speed 14″ floor-standing band saw. The saw is designed for cutting hard and soft wood, and features a 16″ x 16″ tilting cast iron work surface. Here’s what Jim had to say about the saw:
A few people have been asking questions about the Porter Cable 12V Max ClampSaw that we recently reviewed, so we threw together this quick features overview and usage video. Enjoy!
Porter Cable’s new ClampSaw is part of their introductory 12V Max Li-Ion cordless tool lineup. The ClampSaw, a compact reciprocating saw, looks pretty handy with its pivoting handle, but how well does it perform? We received a review sample and tested the saw on a number of different materials to find out. (Check price via Amazon)
We recently reported that Craftsman has added a new right angle impact driver to their 12V cordless Nextec lineup. The new RAID is designed for close-quarters work but should provide enough power for general purpose fastening tasks as well. Eager to see what it can do, we put Craftsman’s Nextec RAID to the test. In this hands-on […]
We recently reviewed Porter Cable’s cordless 18 volt circular saw, so it was a bit of fun to follow-up with a review of their new corded 15A heavy duty sidewinder 7-1/4″ circular saw PC15TCSMK. Porter Cable designed this saw for professional use, and it does boast quite a few high-end features.
Rockwell’s new JawStand is designed to serve as a work support, outfeed/extension table, and a third hand type support. It looks like a handy tool, but how well does it really work? Before we get to the meat of the review, I’ll just come right out and say it – the JawStand is as handy as it looks and […]
Wiha recently released new screwdrivers based off their SoftFinish cushion grip drivers. These new Measure-Up screwdrivers feature inch and metric measuring scales on the shafts of the drivers. Initially I was skeptical that these new drivers were just another “gimmicky’ tool but I was soon proven wrong, as you will see in the following hands-on review.
Back in July, we reviewed Craftsman’s new ratcheting elbow wrenches. After a reader commented that a wrench appeared bent in one of the photos, I went ahead and examined each wrench in the set. I then asked around and examined a few more wrenches, and ultimately discovered that there was no glaring issues with the wrenches. […]
A few weeks ago we introduced Channellock’s new 4-in-1 ratcheting wrenches. These wrenches feature four sizes in a single wrench, which each end sharing the ratcheting mechanism. This makes the wrenches light and compact, and we couldn’t wait to put them through some rough and intense testing.
By now you’ve probably heard all about Ridgid’s new modular JobMax cordless power tool system. Featuring a universal handle and interchangeable tool heads, the JobMax system is designed to be versatile and affordable. But how well do the tools actually function? We’ve been reviewing the JobMax system for some time now, and have come to a […]
When working on some small parts the other day, I pulled out my trusty Bausch & Lomb watchmaker’s loupe. With a 4x magnification, this loupe provides an ample field of view and depth of focus. For greater magnification needs, I head on over to a 10-40x opical inspection microscope, although I’m considering a digital USB microscope for future […]
As part of my shop rebuild, I have been researching and buying several new hand tools for quick use, like my go-to screwdrivers. These tools are intended to be hung on a pegboard for easy access and will be used to perform a variety of tasks, quickly and efficiently. My latest tool acquisition is a Beta shop hammer. […]
We recently received a Senco Fusion angled finish nailer for review, and after charging its 18V battery this morning I felt compelled to fire off a few test nails. Driving in those first nails was extremely satisfying. My first impression was that the Senco did not at all seem short on power, although it did feel a […]