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  • 4-1/2-Inch Angle Grinders

    Handheld angle grinders have traditionally been popular for metal working, but smaller diameter models are gaining wide use among masons, painters, and woodworkers. The variety of wheels you can equip them with -- wire, wire cup, stone, sanding, flapper, and diamond masonry-joint blades -- gives...

  • 6-Inch Right-Angle Sanders

    I've done my fair share of sanding through the years, but it wasn't until I built boats that I learned the true meaning of the word. Sanding projects were no longer measured in hours, but in long, dusty days and even agonizing weeks. I quickly learned to appreciate sanders that were not only...

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  • 1/2-Inch Right-Angle Drills

    I've been a plumber and electrician so long, I could've wired Ben Franklin's key to his kite. I plumb and wire both stick and timber frames, and right-angle drills are perfect for my roughing-in tasks because they fit well between joists and studs. These brutes will drill big, deep holes in...

  • Reciprocating Saws

  • Shop Vacuums

    Dust can hurt you, and dust collection now stands alongside safety glasses, hearing protection, and hard hats as standard safety equipment. Recent tool design reflects this awareness. Dust pick-ups are being built into sanders, routers, planers, and saws. As with most safety equipment, the problem...

  • Cordless Drill/Drivers

    As both a master plumber and master electrician, I drill more holes for pipe and wire in a day than most tradesmen might in a week. It seems like I've got a drill in my hands most of the day, and more often than not it's a cordless tool. Using cordless drills improves convenience, safety, and speed...

  • 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saws

    When I field-tested 12 new models, I checked-out depth and bevel adjustments, guard operations, view of the cut line, and, of course, power. I also looked for features like easy blade changes, electric brakes, adequate dust ejection, and comfort.

  • Battery Battle

    Tool companies have increased cordless tool voltages, broadened their lines, and fine-tuned their efficiencies. Now they're focusing on battery technologies.