Michael Davis

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Bosch T4B Miter-Saw Stand

The Bosch T4B's solid-rubber tires roll over rough terrain and make it easier to... More

Combination Jab Saw/Utility Knife

I've been testing tools for years and am on a lot of mailing lists, so new tools... More

Buying a Portable Generator

Get the right size machine with built-in GFCI protection and – if you need it –... More

First Test: DeWalt's New Framing Saw

Wormdrive saws are known for being plenty strong – and plenty heavy too. And as it... More

First Test: High-Pressure Pneumatics

Makita is bringing its high-pressure nailer line to the U.S., and we were the... More

First Test: Bosch's First-Ever Nailer

Out West where I build, the Big Three of framing nailers are Hitachi, Paslode, and... More

First Test: The New Nail Bangers

Tools of the Trade rounded up nine waffle-faced framing hammers from around the globe and put them out on a Colorado jobsite with 15 framers, lead by regular contributor Michael Davis, to see how they'd stack up. Here's what we learned, in order of increasing appreciation. More

Modern Marvels

I never gave much thought to work gloves. They were just another part of my work... More

Framing Nailers

I spent most of my career framing with solid-sawn lumber before the more stable, denser, and stronger engineered stuff started sliding off the truck. Now, my company, Framing Square in Albuquerque, N.M., works with engineered products all the time–laminated strand lumber (LSL), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), parallel strand lumber (PSL), and oriented strand board (OSB) to name a few. And sometimes we run into a problem working with them: Our air tools can't sink 12d nails in the tough stuff. I didn't spend big bucks on compressors and nailers so that my guys and I would be out there swinging our hammers, too. More

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