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

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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The RRP Rule and HEPA Vacs The RRP Rule and HEPA Vacs

If you have to work under the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule, and use a vac for clean-up, it has to be a HEPA vac. Michael Springer gives us the details. Read more

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A New Dust Collecting Vacuum from Husqvarna A New Dust Collecting Vacuum from Husqvarna

Husqvarna’s new DC1400 is designed for the rigors demanded by fine dust and can be maneuvered like a handtruck. Read more

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Tool Tests

Review: A Soft-Toe Wedge Boot From Keen Utility

Wedge boots might be most popular with ironworkers, but they are a good fit for...

Field Tested: Festool CT SYS HEPA Vac

Unlike your typical R2D2- or BB-8-like roll-around dust extractor, the CT SYS is...

The Makita Cordless Impact Wrench

Custom homebuilder and mechanic Robert Courtney calls the Makita XWTO8Z a "beast"...

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