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Stationary Power Tools

  • The Coast A25R Rechargeable LED Flashlight

    You can charge this high-end flashlight by plugging it into any USB connector—including a 12-volt DC adapter for your truck.

     
  • Milwaukee Completes Purchase of Empire Level

    The acquisition means that Empire Level, which manufacturers Milwaukee Tool’s torpedo level, will become a division of Milwaukee Tool.

     
  • A Trip to the Klein Tool Factory

    This spring, Dave Frane, Tools of the Trade editor, visited Klein’s new heat-treating facility in Texes and takes a tour of the factory where pliers are made.

     
  • Ridgid Tri-Stack Compressor

    The motor and pump can be removed from this compressor for separate use and to make the tool easier to transport.

     
  • 17 Odd and Unusual Tools from NHS - Tools of the Trade

    Dave Frane found this collection of odd but interesting tools at the National Hardware Show, which is held each year in May in Las Vegas.

     
  • DeWalt DWE357 Recip Saw

    This corded recip saw is shorter than most, so it fits better in joist or stud bays. And the blade can be mounted in 4 positions, making it easier to make flush cuts or work in corners. Watch a jobsite video review.

     
  • A Gas Can that Actually Works

    Since California's 2009 ban on conventional gas cans, finding a CARB-compliant gas can that works hasn't been easy. In the test of four CARB-compliant gas cans, Greg DiBernardo tests finds a clear winner.

     
  • A Safer Step Ladder

    The newly available Werner Podium Series step ladder has a deeper top step that is both safer and more comfortable to work from.

     
  • Jim Chestnut and His Clam Clamps

    Legendary carpenter Jim Chestnut created the Clam Clamp to achieve production speed with custom quality.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Mega Tunneling Machine

    You'll probably never get a chance to run one of these machines, but it's still fun to watch.

     
  • Affordable Line Lasers

    The models in this 2012 Tool test are still available. Most are intended for indoor use over short distances.

     
  • Framer's Everyday Carry

    It's not easy to earn a spot in Tim Uhler's tool bags. Here are 11 tools that make the cut.

     
  • The Advent of Bigger Cordless

    Scheduled for release in May, the Bosch BAT621 battery will store 25% more power than competing 4.0 Ah packs.

     
  • Cool Tools from STAFDA

    Tool of the Trade editor, Dave Frane, looks at a dozen of the most innovative new products he found at the tool dealers' trade show last November.

     
  • Carpenter Discovers a Treasure Trove of Tools

    When the first buyer backed out Brian Campbell offered twice the original price and got the deal of the century on century-old tools.

     
  • Scandinavia's Answer to the Utility Knife

    Jesse Wright explores the many uses of Hultsfors knives, one of several brands of fixed-blade knives that no self-respecting European tradesman would be without.

     
  • Ambulance as Work Truck

    When there's something strange in the neighborhood … The movie Ghost Busters made a repurposed ambulance famous, but Phil Herzegovitch has a long list of reasons why an ambulance is perfect for a contractor's work truck.

     
  • 50 Cool Things You Could Have Seen at the World of Concrete

    Held annually in Las Vegas, the World of Concrete is a bucket-list trade show for anyone who has anything to do with concrete. Tools editor Dave Frane was there and put together this look at a small fraction of what you missed at the 2014 show.

     
 
 
 

 
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