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Stationary Power Tools

  • Lobo Products Bib Bob T-Post Driver/Puller

    Putting a temporary fence around your job site can mean pounding in a lot of T-posts.

     
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    Milwaukee M12 Hackzall

    I've been using the Milwaukee 2420-22 Hackzall kit in my remodeling and deck-building business since late last summer.

     
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    Porter-Cable 371 Compact Belt Sander

    There are few things more satisfying than scribing a piece of trim and having it fit perfectly on the first try. Porter-Cable's 371 belt sander should make such precision scribing a lot easier.

     
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    Canadian Flexi Drills Drill Bits

    If you don't have the right tools, fishing wires can be the ultimate exercise in frustration.

     
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    Milwaukee Model 2601-22 Cordless Drill

    There's a lot to like about Milwaukee's newest compact cordless drill, model 2601-22.

     
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    DeWalt DC927KL Hammer Drill

    DeWalt says its new 18-volt nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries can endure 2,000 charging cycles.

     
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    Metabo PowerGrip II Cordless Drill

    A conventional-sized cordless drill is a bit much for tasks like installing cabinet doors and electrical devices; a better option would be a cordless screwdriver such as Metabo's palm-sized PowerGrip II.

     
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    Makita BVR450 and BVR850 Vibrators

    Bug holes and honeycombing in your concrete work compromise strength and can lead to questions from inspectors.

     
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    Paslode PowerFramer 350S

    Paslode has given its new nailer — the PowerFramer 350S — a whole new design.

     
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    Milwaukee Wormdrive Saws

    Milwaukee's two new wormdrive saws — 6477-20 (with standard plug) and 6577-20 (with twist-lock plug) — feature 15-amp motors, 12-foot cords, rafter hooks, on-board wrench storage, magnesium housings, and sight glasses for checking the gear oil.

     
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    Senco SCN49 Coil Siding Nailer

    At just over 5 pounds and with adjustable depth-of-drive, the Senco SCN49 coil siding nailer accepts wire and plastic collated nails from 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 inches.

     
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    Prazi Beam Cutter

    Getting through a 6x6 or a 4x4 with a 7 1/4-inch circ saw typically requires multiple passes, but with a Prazi Beam Cutter attached you can cut up to 12 inches in a single pass.

     
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    Klein Tools 25-Foot Tape Stop Power-Return Rule

    Fans of auto-locking tape measures should check out the 150th-anniversary version of Klein's 25-foot Tape Stop Power-Return Rule.

     
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    Bad Dog Tools Rover Bits

    Sold in sizes from 1/4 inch to 2 1/2 inches, Rover Bits from Bad Dog Tools are the only drill bits I know of that can make curving holes that turn a corner.

     
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    Malco Sheet Metal Double Enter Drill Bits

    Designed for drilling sheet metal, Malco's Sheet Metal Double Ender drill bits are perfect for ductwork, metal flashing, and gutters.

     
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    Lenox Diamond Hole Saw

    Lenox's Diamond Hole Saw makes cutting holes in tile and stone for shower valves, faucets, and the like faster and easier.

     
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    Starborn Industries Smart-Bit

    When it comes to predrilling exotic hardwood or fiber-composite decking, the Smart-Bit is the best tool for the job.

     
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    New Framing Guns from DeWalt and Senco

    Recently I tested two nailers introduced in 2008. In keeping with the trend toward more compact framing guns, the SN902XP is Senco's smallest, lightest framer yet. DeWalt's D51850, by contrast, is larger and heavier than any of the company's previous models.

     
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    Kipper Crete KPR-11.5-FLB Power Trowel

    Power trowels are great time-savers, but some tasks — like finishing slab edges and around penetrations — have always required a hand trowel.

     
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    Milwaukee M12 Copper Tubing Cutter

    Milwaukee's M12 Copper Tubing Cutter adjusts automatically to cut 3/8- to 1-inch-diameter K-, L-, and M-type copper.

     
 
 
 
 
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