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Equipment

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    Speedy One-Handed Clamps

    From the potent 450 pounds of clamping force delivered by the Stanley FatMax Xtreme Auto Trigger Clamp to the extended throat of the DeWalt Rapid Return Bar Clamp, these speedy jobsite essentials can greatly increase productivity.

     
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    Trimaco's Old School Heavyweight Butyl Drop Cloths

    Made in the U.S., these washable drop cloths consist of a tightly woven polyester/cotton fabric with a triple-coated utyl-rubber backing that helps prevent liquids from leaking through while also resisting slippage on hardwood and other solid surfaces.

     
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    Makita LS0714 Sliding Compound-Miter Saw

    From light framing to finish carpentry, this Makita saw offers great cutting capacity and is light-weight.

     
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    Stanley FatMax Powerclaw

    The Powerclaw is a unique power strip that clamps to framing, ladders, or elsewhere to keep it off the ground or floor while conveniently positioning your power source.

     
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    Convenient Metal-Cutting Miter Saw

    Perfect for general carpentry, this easy-to-use saw slices through non-ferrous metals with ease, delivering clean, burr-free cuts.

     
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    Pam Tite Hot-Melt Adhesive System

    Bill Robinson reviews the HB 220 industrial glue gun and Pam Tite thermoplastic adhesives.

     
  • Modular Tool Organizers

    Tool organizers from Festool, DeWalt, and Bosch. Choose which system best fits your needs depending on work style, budget, and level of customization.

     
  • Collomix Xo 1 Hand-Held Mixer

    Collomix Xo 1 Hand-Held Mixer

    This easy-to-use mixer is handy for a wide range of mixing jobs from paint and plaster to adhesives, ready-mixed mortar, and other coatings.

     
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    Ladder Safety App

    This free app from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers a handy way to determine ladder angles to ensure safety.

     
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    Stabila LD 420 Laser Distance Meter (Subscriber content)

    A new contender gets high marks

     
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    Lightweight Framing Guns

    These sub-8-pound guns are comfortable to use and surprisingly powerful

     
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    Mobil Air Tri-Stack Compressor

    How does Ridgid's new oil-free 5-gallon compressor stack up against conventional twin-stacks?

     
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    Classic Drywall Knife

    After 75 years, Stanley's fixed-blade No. 199 utility knife is still one of the most popular drywall knives out there

     
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    Cabinet Clamps

    Pony Cabinet Claws speed installation of face-frame cabinets

     
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    Truss and Rafter Screw

    The SDWC structural wood screw fastens trusses and rafters to top plates without hardware

     
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    Fast, Safe, and Accurate Tile Cutting (Subscriber content)

    How to choose and use the right tool for the task

     
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    TS 55 REQ Track Saw

    It's hard to beat Festool's ease of use and exceptional dust control, but be prepared to pay

     
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    Work Vans

    There are a lot of choices out there for builders and remodelers

     
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    RotoZip RotoSaw

    This tool didn't last any longer than the author's other drywall routers, but its excellent warranty helped make up for it

     
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    Smart Driver

    DeWalt's 8V MAX Gyroscopic Screwdriver responds to your grip

     
 
 
 
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