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  • 5-inch Random-Orbital Sanders

    Spin control: five rear handle and right angle models go head to head in this tool test.

  • 22 New Tools from Milwaukee

    These are just a portion of the hand tools, power tools, and accessories that will be released between now and the middle of 2015.

  • Milwaukee 18-volt FUEL Circular Saw

    The model 2730 is the best performing 6 1/2-inch saw tested to date.

  • Makita 36-volt X2 Series Circular Saw

    Cuts like corded—the fastest cutting cordless circ saw ever tested.

  • A Dual-Battery Cordless Chainsaw

    Makita’s HCU02ZX2 has a feature no other chainsaw has—the ability to be run from two 18-volt tool batteries.

  • Warn Cordless PullzAll

    This portable winch can pull or hoist up to 1,000 pounds.

  • 4 New "Everyman" Shop Machines from JET

    These reasonably priced tools offer more than mere functionality.

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    DeWalt Gyroscopic Stick Driver

    The DCR680 was designed for the kind of light-duty assembly and fastening work an electrician, service tech, or installer might do.

  • CNC Routing Comes to the Jobsite

    The star of the Camp ShopBot show was the Handibot, a robot-like device that is the world’s first portable CNC machine.

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    Festool Hybrid Driver

    The Ti 15 brushless impact driver is also a drill/driver.

  • A Trip to the Plier Factory

    This summer I visited the Channellock factory in Meadville, Pennsylvania and got a close up look at good old fashioned American tool manufacturing. They allowed me take photos so I'm sharing them here...

  • High-Voltage Cordless Chain Saws

    When lithium-ion tools first hit the market, a number of manufacturers introduced 28- and 36-volt models.

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    ForceLogic Press Tools

    Milwaukee has been busy keeping up with the needs of plumbers – specifically, their need for new kinds of installation tools. A few years back they introduced M12 and M18 cordless PEX installation tools. Now they are launching...

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    New Cordless Electrical Tool

    Milwaukee has added an interesting new cutter to its M12 cordless tool line...

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    New Cordless Concrete Tools

    Among the standouts at the recent Milwaukee media event were two M12 products, the pint-size model 2412 rotary hammer and a universal dust extractor called the Hammervac...

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    Milwaukee Tools: The Future is Brushless

    This summer I visited Milwaukee's headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin for a preview of upcoming attractions – chief among them a number of new brushless tools that will come out later this year.

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    Surprising Facts About Bits and Blades

    Accessories have a higher profit margin than power tools and are consumable – so it's no wonder that tool companies are keen to sell us bits and blades.

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    Bosch's Newest Power Tools

    Last fall I went to Switzerland to visit the plants where Bosch produces jigsaws, sanders, and a host of accessories. Some of the tools I saw there have yet to be released so this will be your first opportunity to see them.

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    New Tools from Hitachi, Stiletto, Kobalt, and More

    Earlier this year I – and 50,000 others - went to the International Builders' Show (IBS) in search of new tools and building products. I enjoy going to trade shows because there's nothing like seeing new tools early on and in person. This year's show did not disappoint...

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    New DeWalt Saws

    DeWalt recently introduced three new saws, a compact corded recip saw, a corded circular saw, and a mini cordless recip saw with a folding handle...

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