We have started planning out our spring content schedule, and recent feedback gave me the idea to create a request list.
What kinds of tool reviews do you want to see potentially worked into our Spring 2019 schedule?
Is there a particular brand of tool?
Type of tool?
Country of origin?
Category of tool? (e.g. machinist tools, woodworking tools)
Tell us what you want to see more of!
If your request is more of a question you’d like answered, or other non-review content, here’s a good place that too.
P.S. How many tools can you recognize in the image above? Here’s what they are:
- Channellock locking pliers (made by Grip-On in Spain)
- Craftsman Professional wire strippers (made by Stride/Imperial)
- Channellock adjustable wrench (made by Irega in Spain)
- Wiha screwdriver (reviewed here) (made in Germany)
- Irazola Tekno+ 5mm ball hex screwdriver (made in Spain, now Bahco-branded)
- PB Swiss “Household” screwdriver (made in Switzerland)
- Wera Zyklop Speed ratchet 3/8″ drive (made in Czech Republic)
No suggestions. Yet.
But a question. Don’t those Craftsman wire strippers (and haven’t they always) looked exactly like the curved Klein’s? Even to the point of, at least my examples, also said “Made in the USA” for decades now? Even the long defunct mini versions?
Enquiring minds and all.
Yes, and no. A couple of years ago Klein updated their strippers’ design and started making it themselves.
But yes, earlier versions of the Klein Kurve were also made by Stride/Imperial.
How about a current ToolGuyd workspace tour with video on the YouTube channel and highlights in a post here?
I second this
I would love to see more metalworking/machinist tooling. I never did catch the dead tree carcass bug, but love all forms of metalworking (blacksmithing, welding, machining, etc). It seems much harder to find reviews of metalworking tooling than woodworking.
As a machinist/CNC Programmer/Tool Nerd, I second this. Cool deburring tools, measuring tools, workholding stuff and the like would be awesome.
DeWalt DCN701B 20V MAX Cordless Electrician Cable Stapler, USA
This tool has many applications from electrical to networking.
Would love to get this tool reviewed on cat5 or cat6 cables to see if there is no damages on the cable.
Woodworking Tools (Dewalt) 20Volt bare tools
The DEWALT DW735X Two-Speed Thickness Planer Package, 13-Inch
WEN 3966 Two-Speed Band Saw with Stand and Worklight, 14″
I have that planer. You can find a package that comes with the in and out feed tables and spare knives- that’s the one to get since generally people say this planer is perfect except for tiny bit of snipe without the tables and some complain about noise.
Apparently once you wear out the stock knives the best thing is to get the aftermarket indexable carbide knives made by shelix that significantly quiet the cutting action and make it run even better.
You have the ball end bed driver as made in Spade..
As to reviews, nothing specific yet.
I’d love to see a ToolGuyd review of the new Leatherman multitool line. VBW PowerGrip pliers is another.
What I want to know is how you get one of the PB Driver drivers for $3 like you wrote about in 2009. I would gladly give the brand a try at that price.
Ah, those were the days. There was a mass sell-off on Amazon of PB Swiss, Beta, Wiha, and other European tools. If I remember right, it was when Amazon bought out a supplier in South Florida.
We made some major scores back then.
Unfortunately, you’d need a time machine.
Amazon bought SmallParts and first they were super-aggressive with their pricing, and then they had to move the products out fast when they were dropped as a distributor. This happened with PB Swiss and Beta brands.
I’d like to read about the new Sears Craftsman Ultimate Collection ratcheting wrenches. These actually look pretty great on paper. Should I run out and get a set before Sears goes under?
Same. They look ok
Ryobi 18 volt vs harbor freight pro line what does a what does a expert think ? For us non pros out there
No such thing as a HF pro anything
I have a few, I usually give one for a house warming, gifts, that sort of thing.
For something to keep in a kitchen junk drawer they are handy. Especially now that there so many different fastener types.
I like the Megapro.
Oooh, yes, please! The ones I grab first:
* The venerable Snapon SSDMR4B (and its cousins, the soft-grip SGDMRC44B and the contortionist SGDMRCE44)
* Wera 816RA
* Husky ratcheting screwdriver (model number unknown)
A few others:
* Cornwell (not sure if it’s available outside of a set, though?)
* Williams WRS-1, which is at least a close relative of the SSDMR4B, though it has a different shank design
* ChannelLock 131CB
I hate to do this, but the names of the seasons aren’t capitalized.
Technically, it can be, if Spring 2019 is the formal title for our Q2 editorial calendar that takes place during the spring of 2019 season.
That’s for the second instance. The first was a mistake, correcting it now. Thanks!
Seasons do not get capitalized. Days, months, and holidays do.
More miter saw. Explain benefit pro/con 10″ vs “12 and will a DIY’er really need a 12”. Also blade reviews.
Something around pegboards and tool holders woulda be great.
Thanks for all the awesome content!
I’ll second the request for blade reviews, especially side by side reviews and, “Is this more expensive blade worth the money, given assumed use case?”
I only use Diablo blades, because (1) that’s what the more experienced guys I know in person recommend, (2) I figure it doesn’t take too many ragged cuts and wasted boards to more than make up for an extra $5-40 a blade (similar to how a cheap cigar cutter only has to shred one or two cigars before it costs you more than what you would have paid for a decent cutter to begin with), given the how long blades last, and (3) while I haven’t used many other brands, I’ve been very impressed by the smoothness I get in cuts from the Diablo ultra fine / finish blades.
Always interested in pegboards and tool organization.
Another vote for more on storage systems, especially alternative storage.
I’ve enjoyed the posts Stuart and BenV have done about their extruded aluminum systems, would like to see more on this, and more making good use of storage systems like Packout/L-Boxx/Systainer/ToughSystem/etc.
I’d like to see reviews of tools that are rarely discussed or have yet to be discussed on toolguyd. Tools that you might have always wanted to try out or learn how to use that are outside of the realm of what’s typically discussed. Pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc and the everyday power tools are great and all, but it’s also great to read about other things as well. The title is spring tools reviews. Well let’s see some discussion on tools that apply to the season when the weather is better for outdoor work and spring time renovations. Pressure washers and pressure washing equipment, metal brakes and exterior metal finishing equipment, tile work equipment, painting equipment, drywall equipment, roofing equipment(not just nail guns), automotive equipment, loading equipment, welding and metal working equipment, jobsite cleanliness equipment(besides shopvacs) and whatever else comes to mind that is your typical everyday professional or diy equipment. There’s a plethora of it that you can talk about and I’m sure you can come up with even more suggestions for discussion. Go outside of your comfort zone. Get your feet wet with something you’ve never done before and let’s hear about it. Inquire about something you see if someone’s using tools that you don’t know about and get feedback on their experiences with similar tools. You asked for some suggestions and these are but a few of them. I could go on and on about what can be discussed with a enormous plethora of subject matter in relation to tools. Let’s see what happens.
Thanks, great idea!
There are some new-to-me tool reviews and projects already in the works.
I agree, maybe a review on digital refrigerant gauges, vacuum pumps, and reclaim units as I’m in the A/C and field.
I’d be interested to know if certain “house” brands are worthwhile. I keep an HDX multibit in the kitchen junk drawer- what do you think of the more recent anvil? Are there certain stores’ house brands worth considering over others?
Generally, HDX and Anvil are Home Depot’s entry price point tools – tools that a customer might want to buy on a budget when they just need something.
While there are some I might review, as I buy HDX supplies on occasion (such as painting accessories), their other tools fall below my personal interests. Unless there’s something that sounds out very prominently, like their cute and floppy but still useful Anvil keychain tape measure (https://toolguyd.com/anvil-tape-measure-keychain/), there are too many other higher-prioritized tools and topics that would win out.
if you decide to review house brands – maybe you might add info about the OEM. At least with Lowes and HD – you can usually discern the OEM by looking at the GTIN (UPC).
Maybe a look at Ryobi’s PEX tools would also be of interest. Their P661 might be compared to the Milwaukee short throw tool or even to the more costly Force Logic.
Without being able to confirm things for certain, it’d be guessing. Fact-checking is near-impossible because brands don’t like to talk about OEM relationships.
That may be so – but I can tell most HDX, Husky, Task Force et al. OEMs by looking at the UPC on the package. Home Depot and Lowes apparently are not concerned about disguising the OEM and use the OEM company code (first 6 digits) /product code (last 6 or 7 digits) on the packaging.
As examples – a HDX putty knife (UPC 037064093044 ) comes from Allway Tools, a HDX corn broom (UPC 082269111529) was made in Mexico by ORGANIZACION REYNERA S.A. DE C.V., Home Depot 5gal Pails (UPC 084305355546) is made by Leaktite etc.
Country of origin would be a helpful category.
Grizzly’s new cordless tool lineup.
More knife reviews. I don’t even care which brand. Keep them coming. You do a great job.
Would like to see more focus on automotive tools and specialized equipment.
Unfortunately, specialty automotive equipment is well outside my wheelhouse.
Would be cool to see more hand tool/woodworking tool reviews.
Some brands for consideration: Channellock, Harbor Freight hand tools, Menards hand tools, Wilde.
Keep up the great work, I’m a regular reader and have found some great tools from this site!
Due to all the smaller gizmos in everyone’s lives, I’d like to see things in that direction. The first steps are opening those devices (the tools needed), and maybe something about battery sources (as they’re the first reason to get into something).
For example, not only the opening tools (prying/cracking, de-gumming with heat guns), but the 4mm hex tools too. Like the System 4 from Wiha, and the ToolPAC ES120 small powered screwdriver, stuff like that.
It’s a whole new ecosystem. Thanks and I look forward to everything that comes out…
Honestly, for occasional device repairs or tinkering, I’d recommend an iFixit kit, and then once you know what gets used often, you can better plan upgrade routes.
For hobby, professional, or regular precision tasks, I’d recommend individual screwdrivers. 4mm bits are convenient, but I don’t use them much. With smaller screwdriver sizes and styles, the driver handle shape and size is more important, and multi-bit holders aren’t proportional enough for my liking.
I’d recommend Wiha’s basic driver. Wera’s are good too. PB Swiss has expanded their offerings.
I did a multi-brand feature a few years ago, can try to update it this year. https://toolguyd.com/best-precision-screwdrivers/
Actually… the Xiaomi Wiha Precision Set, $26 via Amazon, is decent. I bought one to replace a loaner someone sent me a year ago, and it’s a nicely polished tool kit.
The iFixit openers are good, but at the moment I can only find them in $24+ sets.
There are some YouTube videos about those ES120 & ES121 screwdrivers that make them look very sweet. They’re appealing due to the sheer quantity of screws in most devices – if there are any screws, there are a *lot* of them.
Anyway, the small-device tools and techniques is an area to explore for anyone.
I managed to snag one for $50 – not bad at the price, but I’ve seen them priced at $90 or more, which is way too much.
They don’t have a lot of torque, which is probably good for precision work. Bit size is 4mm, they are about 4 speed settings, and you can set maximum torque. I do like the metal case.
So if you do a lot of precision work, they’re definitely worth considering, but shop around for a decent price.
Hey guys, I’d like to see some reviews on tap & die sets or some comparisons. I’m moving from more wood, computer-mods and auto projects into doing more with metal, and that’s kinda out of my general wheelhouse.
If you don’t know what you’ll need, Hanson.
If you will be working with specific sizes, I like to buy 3pc sets and individual pieces.
Look at MSC’s metalworking sales flyer for ideas. https://www.mscdirect.com/FlyerView?contentPath=/sales-catalogs/metalworking
I have Triumph, Hertel, and Cleveland taps, primarily. I haven’t done very much with dies yet, mostly taps.
I’d like to see focus on interesting tools from Japan, Germany, and Taiwan. Those tend to be the best quality.
I would like to see something about Antex Electric Soldering tool for plumbing as you promised ages ago… 🙂 Would like to see how people are interested in having a cordless version of this tool. DeWALT 20V?!
Would also like to discuss about tool accessories specially screwdriver bits, for example why none of the main Western brands does make Torx T35 and T47 screwdriver bits?!
Also what is the meaning of E6.3 in Hex shank bits? I know 6.3 is the diameter in mm which is 1/4″, but what is “E”? I did google and could not find anything, it might mean European?!
Japanese have a little bit different one, what is that called?
Is there any reason that some brands keep the hex shank longer and some keep it shorter? If you compare Wera screwdriver bits with Wiha bits you will see generally Wiha keeps the length of hex shank 25mm or 1″ but in Wera bits is shorter.
BTW, talking about COO, at least some Antex soldering irons are still made in England (I think all are, but couldn’t find verification). But, of course, you can also get Antec-clones from China…
Yes, Some are made in England and some made in China, if you check them in http://www.cpc.co.uk you can see the origin of everything.
I’m sorry, I must have forgot. I did see your email a few months ago, but the first two times I searched I didn’t come up with much. I’ll try to look again. While some tools are available here, I didn’t see any standout qualities, at least not at the surface.
Your other requests will take some time. I like a good challenge!
Yes, it is very rare that you would see a plumber using that tool, they have them in 110V for US also, what I meant was a cordless tool which can do that job, soldering copper pipes without having a fire torch would be amazing, to work with fire torch in tight places is not easy.
I am a fan of E6.3 1/4″ hex shank tool accessories, I have everything almost with E6.3 hex shank, even files, it is easy to organise them in tool accessory cases, as they all have the same size shank with different heads (tips, sizes, diameters, functions).
I’d like to see a review of the Malco Eaglegrip pliers once they are released on May.
1. Portable miter saw stands
2. 1-inch belt sanders (bench mount)
3. Tool brands? Please, no Harbor Freight. The internet is already completely saturated with that topic
Does grip on still make those locking pliers for channellock? I was gonna buy the protos because fo the black, but I really like the blue handle on the channellocks. But I haven’t been able to find the channellocks
Unfortunately, those were discontinued ages ago.
I was going to ask the same question. I really really like those!
I’ll be the first to admit a Craftsman bias but based off the amount of comments on the articles I am not the only one. No need to the junk tools, the brushless look cool. Plus more Makita.
I would love it if you could review DeWalt’s new cordless router when it comes out. Or even more on routers generally.
I would also request-again if possible-a table saw feature that would make shopping for a saw clearer and easier to understand.
Are JIS screwdrivers still a thing? It seems Vessel, who played a part in the promenence of JIS no longer specifies this about their tools? Do quality modern Phillips screwdrivers work perfectly with screws that are known to have the JIS designation from the past? I can’t find any clear info on this. I’ve been getting into cycling lately and I know Shimano has a history of using JIS hardware as they are a Japanese brand. Has modern machining made the designation obsolete? I’m lost on this topic.
Seconding this! My kingdom for a good source of JIS insert bits!
I encounter a ton of JIS screws in electronics, and I feel cheap just grinding the tips off phillips bits. I did find the Motion Pro T-handle driver which includes JIS #1, #2, and #3 bits, and it now appears that they’re selling the bits separately, but in 2-packs and way overpriced.
There has to be a better way. I’d love to give these as gifts if I could find a decent set.
Moss Miata has them for $8.99 for a set of 3:
Made by Vessel, they’re good quality.
Make that 2 sets of 3:
Isn’t JIS just Phillips Reduced? If so, Walmart has ’em for less than $1 apiece: https://www.walmart.com/ip/47907793
I’d like to see more reviews of japanese tools. If you do not know were to find them try [email protected]
He is very helpful and will take home tools for you that he does not normaly have in his store. Japanese tools today are of very high quality.
Franks Tools i a Veteran owned company.
How about knockouts? Greenlee has at least three different lines I think. Then there’s Current Tools, iToolCo (former Greenlee employees), and I hate to say it but Harbor Freight sells one too. Milwaukee and Dewalt are selling one too but they’re more like me toos as far as I know. Then there is various versions “made” by TEMCo and several other names that come and go that are the Chinese made versions. Despite my personal opinions I have a $100 Chinese crimper that I inherited that just keeps going and going. And I’ve worn out more than one set of Greenlee knockout punches. I know nothing about the other brands on this list.
How about cable and pipe bending? Greenlee again but seems like Rack-a-Tiers shows up very high on the list along with Current among others.
And I’m not a plumber but waht about the PEX expansion tools?
And the manual vs. hydraulic vs. cordless hydraulic versions of these tools?
Love to see crimpers compared too but my obvious electrical bent and the fact that I work mostly with 2/0 and larger wire is starting to show here.
Also, you’ve done reviews on a wire stripper or two once in a while as have others but there are HUGE differences between them. How about a comparison review of several of them? Just because Klein has a big price tag doesn’t mean they make the best.
Frankly, that’s an easy – I’d go with Greenlee or even Milwaukee. You can get cheap knockouts from other brands, but I’ve seen reports that they’re a lot softer and wear out quick. That’s one of those areas where if I were shopping for myself, I wouldn’t take too much time looking at cheaper brands or products. Even Greenlee’s are consumable, but they should last longer.
I’d eventually like to do a feature on PEX, but that too is out of my wheelhouse, which means hands-on work, interviews, research, and more hands-on before I can feel confident about a review or making any recommendations. The same thing about say 2/0 crimpers and conduit benders.
Wire strippers, now that I can do. Small gauge crimpers and end terminations too.
I’ll add some of the other requests to my longer-term plans.
For small gauge crimpers at a reasonable price, I’ve had good luck with IWISS, available on Amazon, Fry’s, and maybe elsewhere.
Would love to see some optics reviews. Portable microscopes, loupes, magnifying devices.
David A Payne
I’d like to see a comparison on straight hex screwdrivers, with no ball end. With industrial equipment, just having a straight hex on the end allows you to aim the SHCS through an opening and get the screw started. Seems like most tool makers are putting ball ends on just about everything now. Hard to find a good selection of straight drivers, at least in SAE sizes.
Yes I would like to see more reviews on hvac tools like hilmor( which is now owned by diverstech) and malco and Mac tools cordless tools powered by dewalt especially the 12 volt 1/2inch impact
I did not know that SBD had divested Hilmor. Diversitech – now also seems to be independent of The Jordan Co. private equity fund.
I spoke too soon = Diversitech is not independent . Diversitech’ s ownership just changed. They were bought up by Permira – a European private equity fund
Me neither. Apparently this was finalized last August.
I’d like to see tool reviews bundled by task. The individual tool review doesn’t need to be very detailed, but if a pro was going to do some drywall, what tools would they have and how do those tools help them get the job done. Other activities of interest would be framing, HVAC supply and return installation, plumbing repair work, etc. Somewhat of an intro to tools instead of purely a tool review.
I saw a pair of Husky pliers at HD this morning.. do not see em online.. they were the pawed channel lock type but rather then the little push pin at the hing point they had a “bumper” on the lower handle so it would just be a squeeze and close to use em…
I do metalwork so machinist tools would be nice…
What about discussion of some larger woodworking or general shop tools? There are all kinds of reviews on larger drill presses, jointers, and other tools, but few that seem reliable regarding less-expensive bench top models. The bench top models are certainly less capable, but it is hard to find the budget and space for an 8″ spiral-head jointer.
Not so much a tool as a chemical….but cleaners, adhesives, lubricants, etc. are something we all use. There might be potential for a few articles there.
I’d like to see a factual, once and for all, no holds barred, brand vs. brand comparison of both HSS Drill Bits, and Cobalt HSS Drill bits.
American drill manufacturers like:
Minnesota Twist Drill (Triumph, Irwin, more)
Viking Twist Drill (Norseman)
Greenfield Industries (Chicago Latrobe, Cleveland)
New York Twist Drill
Obviously there are some great offshore drills from Germany and Japan, but I’m trying to narrow the scope of the project.
This type of test can evidence that the extra cost is justified – BUY AMERICAN! (or not?!?!)
Test materials I’d like to see used during testing include cast iron, mild steel, stainless steel and maybe a high carbon tool steel, just to see how things go when the going gets tough.
Would love to see more reviews on Striker Concepts product offerings! https://strikerconcepts.com
Power tools, the kind with cords.
Only made in the USA.
How about a comparison of Craftsman. Sears craftsman vs SBD Craftsman, vs old made in the USA Craftsman.
I know this is beyond your ability, and I appreciate toolguyds ability to search for tools made in the USA, but I would like to see tool suppliers to add a search filter for tools made in the USA.
Thank You TOOLGUYD!
Anything specific? Those requests can cover the next few years of my attention.
I’ve learned a lot from your posts when you are tackling a project (or some times reviewing a tool) and you work through the process and explain the choices you’ve made with tool selection and approach, testing out something new or considering the merits of one item over another. Then the comment crew here chips in and we learn even more about everyone’s methods and favored tools. I learn so much and the practical advice you give tells so much more about the way a tool actually works in hand.
If your happy with your income from this blog, stay the course , catering to DIY and knife lovers.
.. if your looking to play in the big leagues, cater to professional framers,remolders, construction types, that spend real money,not chump change. People looking for the latest tools and tool deals.
…Skip the garage tests, as they are not relevant to what pros do with tools and frees up your time to find the latest tools and deals.
…..find out if it’s ” made in America” we care as pros.
… everyone has a comfort level for income. Some are happy at 50k,.maybe 100k..pros like myself are comfortable around 500k..of course millions would be nice ..all depends how smart, how hard and how long your willing to work per week.
…it’s your blog ,of course do what makes you happy and supports your family..
…….some people pay cash for their kids college,help buy them houses,cars,start businesses and most people won’t , because they are too lazy , maybe get them a used car and help with a college loan… everyone that has a kid is a father,but most are not a dad….big difference….
Sorry, that’s just not me. If money was my primary motivation and goal, I’d be running ToolGuyd a whole lot differently. Or maybe I’d just work in industry as I had originally planned, and work a lot fewer hours than I do now.
If you’re not happy, I can certainly point you towards more profit-minded reviewers.
I read every tool blog and tool forum out there and comment on every site and YT channel.. Truth be told ,most people thank me for my input,but this is a diy
blog …….Your blog is entertaining, not so much informative or ground breaking,but it’s fun to see what the diy crowd does and how they think.
…. ,one must research,study and be involved with the pulse of the people.You have to stay ahead of the game to succeed at a different level..
……stay the course,your doing fine, the diy guys love ya. I do read comments from other trade guys being a little pithy with ya… nothing wrong with you getting a little money and boatload of free tools everyday…I thought you were serious about how the blog would appeal to more professional trades people ,not just diy ,HF guys…..
You’re very patient Stuart
I would love to see a comparison or guide for large metal toolboxes. So many options: the usual suspects (Dewalt/Milwaukee), the various store specific brands (Kobalt/Husky), Costco/Sams Club brands, and it is very hard to make a good comparison because one has to visit each store individually.
You do a great job of reviewing the individual products as they come out – it would be awesome to see a guide combining all of it.
The hard part there is that not all stores carry the same floor displays, and I lack the space to review more than one tool box at a time (if that many).
Cordless nail guns, your last review was back in 2010 for senco fusion. Framing nail guns would be nice
I’d like to see some reviews on Capri Tools. I stumbled upon them on Amazon and was drawn in by their pricing. The only tool of theirs I’ve purchased so far is a close quarters tubing cutter but I’ve been really pleased with it so far. I’m curious to see how the rest of their tools perform.
I’d love to see just general reviews from more European and Japanese brands. Facom, Beta, Teng, KoKen, Tone, etc. Also I’m curious about SP who are the only Australian tool brand I think exists? I think those all have US importers too.
I’m not so hung up on country of origin as much as I am general quality, and there is a world of tools out there I know nothing about