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Stationary Power 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?

  • Useful Apps: Fraction Plus

    A convenient way to add fractions and convert to decimal equivalents.

  • Dual-Battery Cordless Chainsaw

    The Makita's HCU02ZX2 uses either one 36-volt battery or two 18-volt batteries

  • It's Not Just a Jig, It's a Machine

    The Kreg Foreman DB210 makes pocket holes faster and more easily than jigs requiring the use of hand-held drills.

  • A Trip to the Knaack Box Factory

    David Frane vistis Knaack and gives us an inside look at how jobsite storage boxes and truck boxes are made.

  • Hands-On with a New Cordless Framing Nailer

    Tim Uhler puts a battery-powered DeWalt framing gun through its paces.

  • Work Pants for Carpenters

    These Scandinavian-designed work pants have built-in sleeves to hold kneepads, plus waist-level nail pouches and all kinds of specialized pockets that all but eliminate the need to wear a heavy tool belt.

  • Two Cutting-Edge Cordless Circular Saws From Makita and Milwaukee

    These two new cordless circular saws claim to wed corded performance with cordless convenience.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

  • Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun

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

  • 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.

  • Working With Wormdrive Saws

    A look at what's new in Bosch and Skil wormdrive saws.

  • Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Multi-Tool

    A handy remodeling tool for everything from delicate material removal to finishing touches, Steve Demetrick reviews this Bosch cordless model.

  • Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver

    The Dimpler works with your existing corded or cordless drill, giving you most of the benefits of a dedicated screw gun at a fraction of the cost.

  • Hougen HMD904 Magnetic Drill

    A contractor reviews this portable drill, which when equipped with annular cutters, greatly reduces the time required to drill up to 1 1/2-inch-diameter holes in steel up to 2 inches thick.

  • Rethinking Amp-Hours

    Is the amp-hour rating of cordless-tool batteries strictly a measure of their capacity, or do bigger batteries offer more runtime and more power than their compact counterparts?

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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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    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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