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Stationary Power Tools

  • 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?

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    TS 55 REQ Track Saw

    It's hard to beat Festool's ease of use and exceptional dust control, but be prepared to pay

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    RotoZip RotoSaw

    This tool didn't last any longer than the author's other drywall routers, but its excellent warranty helped make up for it

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    Skil MAG77LT Wormdrive Saw

    This tool is the lightest 71/4-inch wormdrive or hypoid model on the market

  • Orbital Recips

    What's the difference between orbital and nonorbital cutting action?

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    Hammervac Universal Dust Extractor

    Milwaukee's filter fits most major brands of SDS-plus rotary hammers and hammer drills

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    16V MaxLithium Impact Driver

    More powerful than 12-volt drivers, but lighter and more compact than 18- and 20-volt models

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    Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill/Driver (Subscriber content)

    The brushless 2603-22 is light, fast, and powerful

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    Tune-Up App (Subscriber content)

    Step-by-step coaching on how to tune and maintain power tools

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    Second Look (Subscriber content)

    A year after it was reviewed in JLC, how is the Hilti Autofeed Drywall Screw Magazine holding up?

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    18-Volt Brushless Impact Drivers (Subscriber content)

    High-efficiency brushless motors and better batteries push the capacity of these full-size tools further than ever

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    DeWalt DWE357 Reciprocating Saw (Subscriber content)

    A good tool for making cuts in tight spots

  • Compact Battery,

    Cordless Power

    Hilti says its TE 2-A18 Rotary Hammer Drill delivers the same power as the TE 2 corded model

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    The Secret Life of Cordless Drills

    From trimming cow tails to powering wheelchairs, cordless drills have plenty of work to do even off the job site

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    Rotary Hammer

    Makitaís LXTX2 is an update of the HRH01, except it uses two 18-volt batteries (instead of a single 36V)

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    Compact Powerhouse

    People who have tried the new M12 Fuel drivers say they pack a lot of power for their size

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    18-Volt Cordless Circular Saws (Subscriber content)

    The best models have good runtime and cut dense material without slowing down

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    A Deck-Builder's Tool Kit (Subscriber content)

    These specialized tools make the work go faster