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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

Two New Tools from Hitachi Two New Tools from Hitachi

Hitachi capitalizes on brushless motor technology in its new oscillating tool and angle grinder Read more

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Two New Grinders from DeWalt Two New Grinders from DeWalt

DeWalt announced two cutoff tools ergonomically designed for sideways cutting. Read more

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DeWalt's Cordless Metal Connector Nailer DeWalt's Cordless Metal Connector Nailer

Here's a cordless joist hanger nailer designed to work as part of the brand's 20-V Max cordless system. Read more

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Bostich's 28-Degree Cordless Framing Nailer

Bostich announces its new cordless framing nailer, which uses a battery that is interchangeable with another tool brand. Read more

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Bosch and Fein Announce Changes to Oscillating Tools Bosch and Fein Announce Changes to Oscillating Tools

At STAFDA 2015 Bosch and Fein announce some changes to their oscillating multi tools, including a new blade fitting system. Read more

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Tool Tests

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DeWalt DW079LG 20V Green Rotary Tough Laser

Tested in the snow and rain, this IP67-rated laser unit wears the “tough” name well.

Two Wedge-Style Work Boots

Golden Fox and Thorogood are affordable, lesser-known boot brands. Do they stand...

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