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Equipment

  • Senco FinishPro 23-Gauge Pinners

    The 23SXP and the 23LXP pinners sport all the essential features and look durable. Check out our field test results to see how they fared.

     
  • DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so.

     
  • ZipWall ZipFast Multi-Pack

    A portable dust-wall-in-a-box, the pack includes seven reusable nylon panels that zip together on the jobsite.

     
  • Rock Breaking With Micro Blaster (Subscriber content)

    The Micro-Blaster system is inexpensive, easy to use, and requires no license or special training. Timm Schleiff explains.

     
  • Bostitch Smart Point Pneumatic Brad Nailer

    Other finish nailers force you to compress a spring-loaded nose against the work surface to fire a shot. But with Smart Point nailers, you just touch the non-marring tip to the surface—no pushing required.

     
  • Makita 18-Volt LXDT06 Brushless Impact Driver

    A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap.

     
  • Pneuhook Universal Quick-Change Hook

    The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook is equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap it onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook.

     
  • Drying Rack for Staining Shingles

    Finding a solid process for staining shingles can be tricky. Emanuel Silva explains how to build a lightweight rack that simplifies the task.

     
  • 18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws

    Cordless is convenient, but not if it sacrifices power and runtime. This tool test puts 10 cordless recip saws through their paces.

     
  • Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun

    See how the new 18-volt Senco DS215-18V autofeed screw gun fared in our field-testing.

     
  • Bullet Centerfire Foam-Cutting Saw Blades

    Carbon steel Centerfire circular saw blades have a knife edge rather than saw teeth and are specifically designed to make smooth cuts in foam panels and insulating concrete forms.

     
  • Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall

    The M18 Fuel is the first cordless recip saw with a brushless motor from Milwaukee. See how it measures up in terms of speed, power, and runtime.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
  • Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

    Mike MacFarland outlines the benefits of leak-free ducts.

     
  • How to Safely Frame a Roof on the Ground (Subscriber content)

    To eliminate the danger and discomfort of framing and shingling a roof, Lee McGinley takes the task to the ground.

     
  • Milwaukee Jobsite Radio Charger

    Milwaukee’s new 17-pound, 18-volt M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger can charge or run on any battery from the M18 platform and is the first jobsite model to include a Bluetooth receiver.

     
  • What is the Best Vehicle for Construction Work?

    There are plenty of ways to get yourself and your tools to the jobsite, plus a load of material or equipment. Everybody has their favorite—truck, van, trailer, or some other alternative. Please let us know about the vehicle you drive to work. We will publish the results in an upcoming article.

     
  • Top 18-Volt Cordless Tools for Remodelers

    Survey says: here are the tools remodelers have, the tools they would like to have, and their favorite brands.

     
  • Cool Tools for 2014 From STAFDA

    Bar-raising products from the annual Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association trade show

     
  • It Takes More Than Tools to Be a Craftsman

    For that carpenter who complains all the time he doesn't have the right tools, here's a humble reminder that craftsmanship trumps tools any day.

     
 
 
 
 

 
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