I mean it this time – for 2015 there will be plenty more video coverage. I didn’t do many hands-on or review videos for 2014, and there are a couple of reasons why.
Mainly, it’s hard to produce good videos solo. Written reviews take a lot more time, but it’s a format I have much more experience and comfort with. Doing the one-man-band thing is tough, and that’s just putting a tool in front of the camera. If I were to demo a tool in front of the camera, that would create additional challenges.
But, practice is the only way to get better. So here are a couple of quick review videos. Yes, I know I should read from a script. I should probably also keep a timer in front of me. And despite having really bright lights and manually controlling the camera setting, the videos are still a little dark. My goal for 2015 is to produce videos at a steadier pace, and so the videos should get better.
As an aside, I keep last year’s video feedback request post at the top of a bookmark list. If you have any requests or preferences, that’s where you should chime in.
The following videos were all uploaded in late November, but since I haven’t shared most of them yet, let’s just say they’re for December.
New Irwin Pliers
These are quick reviews of Irwin’s new NWS-made pliers. I’m familiar with both tool designs, and so they didn’t require much testing. The only different compared to the NWS versions I own are the grips, which are just as comfortable, possibly more so.
PB Swiss Tools
This video followed my review of PB Swiss’s stubby bit holder screwdriver.
There’s also a written review of Milwaukee’s ratcheting compact screwdriver.
I wanted to wait for the 6pc set to come out, but couldn’t pass up the chance to check out the 4pc set that’s available now. Check out my preview of Milwaukee’s precision screwdrivers for more details.
PowerPax Battery Holder
I wrote about these PowerPax battery holders a while ago, but several email conversations with readers led me to create a quick video about these. A post addressing readers’ questions about battery holders will likely go up soon.
Kobalt Gearless Ratchets
Don’t forget to check out my full review of Kobalt’s Direct Drive ratchet as well.
The FlipOut driver is a tool I really wanted to like, but didn’t.