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Stationary Power Tools

  • 10 Things You Probably Don't Know About Nails

    A complaint by a Mexican-owned company in Missouri prompted a world-wide investigation that revealed some interesting facts about the nails we use.

     
  • A Trip to the Socket Factory

    See how sockets and ratchets are made at the SK Hand Tool plant in Sycamore, Illinois.

     
  • Pneuhook for Nail Guns

    This useful accessory is easily switched between tools.

     
  • 36-volt Circular Saw

    Makita's X2 Series saw cuts like a corded tool.

     
  • How Old is Your Work Vehicle?

    You know how long you've had yours. What about everyone else?

     
  • "Tri-Horse" Saw Work Station

    Brian Campbell, a finish carpenter in St. Paul, Minnesota, has developed a workstation he calls the Tri-Horse, because each horse has three points of contact with the ground. It can be set up in several ways, breaks down flat for storage and transport--and you can build it yourself.

     
  • A Super Organized Rolling Work Station

    A Canadian cabinet maker used folding scaffolding and lean manufacturing principles to create this amazing system for storing the tools and supplies needed to assemble cabinets.

     
  • A Trip to the Hand Saw, Plane, and Chisel Factory

    While vacationing in Maine, Tools of the Trade editor, Dave Frane, made an unplanned stop at the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and was rewarded with a tour of the factory.

     
  • Amazing Portable Work Station

    Ron Paulk takes the best features from several earlier workbench designs and puts them into the "total Station," a single portable bench that includes a work surface, trim storage, and places for a miter saw, table saw, and router.

     
  • 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?

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking