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Michael Springer

Michael Springer

Michael Springer became a tool user at an early age—rehabbing houses with his family in Milwaukee. He attended architecture school at the University of Colorado and then later operated a high-end remodeling company. Bit by the writing bug, he became a tool tester and technology writer, working as the Product Editor of JLC and Executive Editor of Tools of the Trade. Michael is currently self-employed, working from his office and shop in Boulder County, Colorado. He specializes in tool testing and industry coverage for professional construction, woodworking, and DIY publications. While not wielding a chain saw, axe, or drawknife for rustic woodworking projects, Michael seeks out and restores antique hand tools to add to his extensive “user tool” collection. Outside of the shop, Michael is a passionate rock drummer and pipe band drummer who enjoys both performing and teaching.

Michael Springer's Posts

Bosch VAC140A HEPA Vac Bosch VAC140A HEPA Vac

This vac from Bosch has some nice features that separate it from others in its field. Read more

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Metabo ASR35ACP (HEPA) Metabo ASR35ACP (HEPA)

This vac from Metabo has some nice features that put it in close second with other options in its field. Read more

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Skilsaw’s Worm Drive Table Saw Skilsaw’s Worm Drive Table Saw

The first table saw from the contractor division of Skil Power Tools delivers heavy-duty performance as promised. Read more

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Dust Collecting HEPA Vacuums Dust Collecting HEPA Vacuums

Six tool-triggered HEPA vacs rated for use on jobs where lead-paint rules apply Read more

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Tool Tests

DeWalt Cordless FlexVolt Recip Saw

After testing the Milwaukee Fuel Sawzall, a small crew of framers in the Pacific...

Review: M18 Rocket LED Tower Light and Charger

A new tower light from Milwaukee runs on battery, or AC power, and can charge a...

The New 10-1/4-Inch Big Foot Worm Drive Saw

A few small improvements yield a lighter, better-balanced saw than its predecessor.

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