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Stationary Power Tools

  • Can't get it here: Sword Saw

    Check out this video of Festool's Schwertsägen-sword saw. Unlike Prazi's attachment, this is a complete tool, with a base that allows it to be used with Festool track saws. Introduced into Europe in 2009, it will probably make its way to the U.S., although nobody knows when.

     
  • A Carpenter's Tool Vest

    Tired of your heavy toolbelt? So was Jesse Wright, so he switched to a vest with a ton of pockets and lots of special features that make it easier to find what you need without having to think about it.

     
  • Tricked Out Tool Cart

    Brian Way outfitted this super-organized rolling cart to hold most of the tools and supplies he needs in his work installing cabinets and millwork. No more trips out to the truck for stuff you forgot to bring onto the job.

     
  • A Finish Carpenter's Bag of Tricks

    Jesse Wright takes a look at a dozen or so must-have small hand tools that he carries with him every day in his work as a finish carpentry in Concord, Calif.

     
  • A Trip to the Recip Blade Factory

    If you've ever wondered how recip saw blades are made, here's your chance to find out. Tools of the Trade editor Dave Frane toured a factory last winter and convinced Lenox to let him take photographs of just about everything he saw.

     
  • An Incredible Home-Made Router Table

    Why buy a router table when you can make one in the shop. I mean, how hard can it be? Well, that depends. This one is pretty ingenious, but we're pretty sure it took a little planning.

     
  • 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.

     
  • DeWalt DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw

    The largest of three models introduced in 2013, this portable saw has a wheeled stand and 32 1/2 inches of rip capacity.

     
  • Ryobi Cordless Brad Nailer

    Ryobi has added the P320 brad nailer to its One+18-volt system. This tool offers hoseless nailing on a budget, and might be just the thing for service work and small jobs.

     
  • Ergodyne Squids Retractable Lanyard

    Ergodyne's retractable tool lanyards help prevent tools from falling off a ladder or roof, without inhibiting your ability to work.

     
  • A New Way to Set Up a Twin Blade Utility Knife

    Instead of using one regular and one hooked blade, what if you loaded the tool with something that didn't actually cut?

     
  • New Festool Cordless Track Saw

    While it turned a lot of heads at last month's JLC Live show in Providence, R.I., the cordless TSC 55 is not yet available in the U.S. What's up with that?

     
  • 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.

     
  • Dust Collecting Circular Saw

    This 7 1/4-inch saw uses cyclonic action and a washable filter to collect dust without the use of a vac.

     
  • CNC Routing Comes to the Jobsite

    This 35-pound, toaster-oven-sized CNC machine can cut, rout, or carve an area 6 by 8 inches up to 4 inches deep.

     
  • Multi-Tool Sealant Knife

    If you've ever had to remove a lot of old caulk, then you'll know exactly how cool this blade really is.

     
  • Zippy the Cordless Circ Saw

    Milwaukee's new FUEL circular saw reportedly cuts faster and offers more runtime than conventional cordless models.

     
  • New Bosch "Dust Extractors"

    These vacs have self-cleaning filters and integrate with the company's L-Boxx system.

     
  • Thingamejig Scribing Tool

    It's a bit pricey, but the Thingamejig may be the most cost-effective scribing tool available. Some folks will say they can achieve the same result with a $3 compass scriber. But they can't—at least not efficiently.

     
 
 
 
 
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