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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

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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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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Tool Tests

Metabo ASR35ACP (HEPA)

This vac from Metabo has some nice features that put it in close second with other...

Best Overall: Grex GC1850 Cordless Brad Nailer

Here's a look at how the Grex gas / battery-powered brad nailer fared when...

Three Work Gloves Reviewed

A framing carpenter takes a look at HexArmor warm and cold-weather work gloves and...

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