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Stationary Power Tools

  • Less Expensive Laser

    The Bosch GLL 3-50  is a less-expensive alternative to a pricier Bosch model that projects plumb, level, and square from a single, stationary point.

  • DeWalt Layout Laser

    This combination tool shoots both lines and dots, and can be used in place of a plumb bob.

  • The Super-Organized Shop Comes to the Jobsite

    If lean means learning to see waste and eliminating it, then this work setup is lean to the point of being skinny.

  • Stabila R-Beam Level

    A hands-on review of Stabila's new take on the box-beam level.

  • Power Strip Made for the Jobsite

    The PowerClaw is a power strip built into a spring-loaded clamp.

  • Work truck: You're fired!

    Aaron Telian ditched his trucks and organized his tools so they'd fit in a Ford Transit.

  • 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.

  • Laser Site Calculator

    It's about time someone combined the laser distance measurer with a calculator.

  • No Such Thing as Too Much Light

    During the dark months of winter, wobble work lights shed enough light, while suffering the usual abuse dealt out by a framing crew.

  • A Clever Truck-Bed Storage System

    Not everyone wants or needs a rack and boxes in the bed of his pickup.

  • PLS Green Beam Lasers

    To the human eye, green is three times more visible than red.

  • Makita XSH01Z Dual-Battery Circular Saw

    If what the manufacturer says is true, it may soon be time to put your corded saw out to pasture.

  • New Cordless Drills and Drivers From Bosch

    With the introduction of six models in two different voltages the company has jumped into the brushless drill and driver category with both feet.

  • The Ultimate Tool Factory Tour: Leatherman

    Tools of the Trade editor Dave Frane got an exclusive guided tour of the Leatherman factory in Portland, Ore., where they make the popular all-purpose multi-tools. Here's a link to Dave's multi-media slideshow and video report.

  • DeWalt and Makita Jobsite Radios

    Recently, Tim Uhler's crew received updated versions of the DeWalt and Makita radios they tested a few years back. Here's how they performed on the framing site.

  • Tearing Apart a Laser (For No Good Reason at All)

    Dave Frane disassembles a laser level and puts it back together again, because he wants to.

  • A Trip To The Screwdriver Factory

    Dave Frane took a trip to the Klein Tool factory where they make the screwdrivers. Here's his multi-media web report at Tools of the Trade.

  • An Oat-Powered Table Saw

    This is no bull, folks. Here's a one-horsepower table saw, powered by—literally—one horse. Imagine what you could do with two horses! Via Dave Frane at Tools of the Trade.

  • 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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