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Hand Tools

  • Tell Us About Your Favorite Hand Tools

    Latest Tools of the Trade survey: What are your favorite brands for tape measures, screwdrivers, lineman's pliers and the like?

     
  • M18¢ 1/4" Hex Right Angle Impact Driver

    Milwaukee Pistol-Grip Impact Tools

    A new impact driver and a new impact wrench are designed to reach fasteners in tight places.

     
  • DeWalt High-Speed Chalk-Line Reel

    The manufacturer's lastest reel offers smoother winding and a 6:1 gear ratio that speeds line retrieval.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Cool Tools for 2014 From STAFDA

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

     
  • New FatMax Tools

    Stanley has introduced several innovative hand tools lately, including the FatMax 17-ounce Anti-Vibe Framing Hammer and 25-foot Auto-Locking Tape Rule.

     
  • An Efficient Box Truck Build-Out (Subscriber content)

    An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.

     
  • Measuring Up

    When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

     
  • Grainger Catalog for 2014

    This free industrial catalog, available in print and online, covers more than 570,000 products.

     
  • The Adjuster's Tool Kit (Subscriber content)

    Insurance adjusters are on the road for days or weeks at a time and need to be prepared. Here's what you should have on hand.

     
  • 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.

     
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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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    PSS1 Sharpening Tool (Subscriber content)

    A handy little system for honing blades on the job site

     
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    Cool Tools for 2013

    The cream of the crop from the annual STAFDA show

     
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    Versatile Torpedo

    With the DWHT43003, DeWalt has given the lowly torpedo level a significant upgrade

     
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    Handcrafted Levels

    Crick Levels are made of laminated wood and stainless steel

     
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    Lenox Tubing Mini Cutter

    The Tight Space Tubing Cutter is a knuckle-saver

     
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    Nonmarring Pry Bar

    Stiletto's new stainless steel flat bar

     
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    Cleanable Nut Driver

    Removing metal shavings from a magnetized driver bit has never been so easy, says DeWalt

     
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    Crawlspace Caddy

    A plastic mortar pan screwed to a piece of plywood fitted with wheels makes an effective crawlspace tool tote.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking