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    History In Hand

    Peter Liebhold must have a million tools. As the curator of the Division of Work and Industry at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., he weaves them into stories that illuminate our growth as a country.

     
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    First Test: DeWalt's New Framing Saw

    Wormdrive saws are known for being plenty strong – and plenty heavy too. And as it turned out, where power is concerned, the DWS535 ranks right up there with the best of them.

     
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    First Test: Milwaukee Compact Band Saws

    Finding a new tool that fits the work is a real pleasure for the pro. A full-size portable band saw used to be the tool of choice for cutting angle iron, Unistrut, and threaded rod on the job – even though its nearly 5-inch capacity is overkill for most chores – but now our plumber's crew grabs one...

     
  • List of Lead RRP Rule Vacuums

    With all of the confusion surrounding the new requirements for remodeling work in houses built before 1978, one of the biggest sources of confusion we hear about is the HEPA vac requirement.

     
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    Cutting Edge: New Tool Report

    Our mission at Tools of the Trade is to feed your endless appetite for new tools, which includes telling you about product introductions as soon as we learn about them.

     
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    First Test: Craftsman Twin Cutter

    Readers have been asking us about dual-blade circular saws, so we decided to put the Craftsman 25574 Twin Cutter Saw to the test. Craftsman came out with its first version of a dual-blade saw early in the last decade, so the technology has been around for a while, but the 25574 model is the latest...

     
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    First Test: Budget Circ Saw

    The latest pro circ saw from Skil (model HD5687) is not one of the company's signature wormdrive tools but a new blade-right sidewinder model. We found it interesting enough to test because of its price (under $100) and the fact that it's Skil's only 7-1/4-inch sidewinder warranted for professional...

     
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    First Test: Shower-Drain Cutter

    Plumbers typically cut chamfered drain holes in subflooring by eye, using a recip saw held at a shallow angle. The resulting inconsistencies in the roundness of the hole and the chamfered angles can keep the drain from sitting totally flat and centered in the opening, and a generous application of...

     
  • TOOLS of the TRADEshow-STAFDA 2009 Edition

    Last week I attended the 33rd annual STAFDA convention and trade show in Atlanta, Georgia. Membership includes distributors, retailers, and manufacturers of light construction tools and related products. This show is always interesting for Tools of the Trade because it is where we find the latest...

     
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    Bessey TSC4.516 Staircase Clamps

    Does the mere thought of your next stair job — all that tightening and loosening by hand of dozens of large clamps — have your carpal tunnel syndrome acting up?

     
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    Crown Heritage EasAlign Handrail Joiner

    Joining stair handrail sections requires painstaking fitting and fastening, but the EasAlign system by Crown Heritage can make the job easier.

     
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    M.Power Flat Lying Trammel Heads

    M.Power's Flat Lying Trammel Heads have a pivoting point for fine adjustment and come with pencil and knife attachments.

     
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    Bosch GTL3 Layout Laser

    Part of Bosch's new laser line, the GTL3 layout laser projects 90- and 45-degree lines on a floor or wall.

     
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    DeWalt DW030 Laser Distance Measurer

    Laser distance meters allow one person to quickly measure a space with the push of a button, and they make area and volume calculations too.

     
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    Ridgid 2-in-1 Close Quarters Autofeed Tubing Cutter

    Cutting tubing inside a wall or other tight spot usually requires a midget cutter and nimble fingers, but Ridgid's new 2-in-1 Close Quarters Autofeed tubing cutter takes the fingers out of the equation.

     
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    Micjosco Ceiling Saver Platform

    Increase your work area — and safety — in attics without floorboards by using The Ceiling Saver by Micjosco.

     
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    Hilti PR26 Green Laser Level

    According to Hilti, the new PR26 self-leveling rotating laser level's green beam is easier to see than the standard red.

     
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    ReechCraft Bronco All-Terrain Scaffolding System

    Setting up scaffolding on uneven ground can be nearly impossible, but ReechCraft's Bronco All-Terrain Scaffolding System is made for the challenge.

     
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    3M Peltor Digital Worktunes Headphones

    Tune in to your favorite music while tuning out harmful noise with the Peltor Digital Worktunes headphones.

     
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    Makita BTD144 Impact Driver

    Makita's new impact driver, the BTD144, has several useful features inspired by the company's extensive line of industrial drivers.

     
 
 
 
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