Fall 2013 Table of Contents

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A Finish Carpenter's Bag of Tricks A Finish Carpenter's Bag of Tricks

Every tradesperson has favorite hand tools. Here are some of mine Read more

Starrett Exact Plus Tape Measures Product Watch Starrett Exact Plus Tape Measures

This tape is designed to be ergonomic and accurate. Read more

Stanley TLM330 Distance Measurer Product Watch Stanley TLM330 Distance Measurer

The meter measures distance, area, and slope, and can store 20 measurements. Read more

Ridgid 2.0 and 4.0 Ah Batteries Product Watch Ridgid 2.0 and 4.0 Ah Batteries

The upgraded batteries perform better and last longer than previous packs. Read more

Milwaukee Demo Driver Product Watch Milwaukee Demo Driver

The hardened tip and metal-capped handle can take a beating. Read more

Knipex Cobra Quick Set Water Pump Pliers Product Watch Knipex Cobra Quick Set Water Pump Pliers

The jaws of these pliers can be adjusted one-handed. Read more

Klein MM5000 Multimeter Product Watch Klein MM5000 Multimeter

This True RMS meter can survive a 10-foot fall. Read more

Irwin Folding Utility Knife Product Watch Irwin Folding Utility Knife

BladeLock Technology prevents the blade from coming out except when you want it to. Read more

Freud Track Saw Blades Product Watch Freud Track Saw Blades

These replacement blades fit most saws and are readily available. Read more

DeWalt Heated Jackets Product Watch DeWalt Heated Jackets

The jackets are powered by 12V and 20V MAX tool batteries. Read more

Bosch OSC114C Carbide Multi-Tool Blade Product Watch Bosch OSC114C Carbide Multi-Tool Blade

Carbide teeth make for a tougher blade than is possible with bimetal material. Read more

Veto Pro Pac Tech Pac Product Watch Veto Pro Pac Tech Pac

Carrying tools on your back leaves your hands free for other things. Read more

Senco DS215-18V Autofeed Screwgun Product Watch Senco DS215-18V Autofeed Screwgun

Upgraded features allow for quick and easy adjustment. Read more

Rockler Cord and Hose Holder Product Watch Rockler Cord and Hose Holder

This bench accessory keeps cords and hoses out of the way. Read more

Hitachi DH28PD Rotary Hammer Product Watch Hitachi DH28PD Rotary Hammer

This small combination hammer is set up to collect dust. Read more

Festool Carvex 420 Jigsaw Product Watch Festool Carvex 420 Jigsaw

A strobed LED makes for better accuracy and interchangeable foot plates for greater flexibility. Read more

Dalluge Hammer Product Watch Dalluge Hammer

A wrap-around head protects the handle from overstrike. Read more

What This Shop Needs Is a Bowling Ball Toolhounds What This Shop Needs Is a Bowling Ball

Marc Kunkel turned a bowling ball into a vacuum clamping fixture for his shop Read more

Smart-Bit Deck Screw Depth Setter Product Watch Smart-Bit Deck Screw Depth Setter

An O-ring and free spinning collar prevent this depth stop from marring the work. Read more

Panasonic EY45A1LS1G Cordless Recip Saw Product Watch Panasonic EY45A1LS1G Cordless Recip Saw

Tools in this series can be powered by the company's 14.4- and 18-volt batteries. Read more

Makita BUB360Z2C Cordless Blower Product Watch Makita BUB360Z2C Cordless Blower

Powered by two 18-volt batteries, this 36-volt tool produces no emissions and very little noise. Read more

Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig Product Watch Kreg K5 Pocket Hole Jig

The ratcheting clamp self-adjusts to the thickness of the wood and the drill guide can be shifted quickly. Read more

Channellock E-Series Long-Nose Pliers Product Watch Channellock E-Series Long-Nose Pliers

The pivot point is closer to the jaw end so it takes less force to cut or grab. Read more

Ridgid Tri-Stack Compressor Tools Up Close Ridgid Tri-Stack Compressor

The motor and pump can be removed from this compressor for separate use and to make the tool easier to transport. Read more

Max X-Line Air Hose and Lifeline Tools Up Close Max X-Line Air Hose and Lifeline

The Max X-Line eliminates a tripping hazard by functioning as both an air hose and a safety line. Read more

Hilti Anchoring System Tools Up Close Hilti Anchoring System

The system offers two options that can eliminate the need to clean out holes drilled in concrete prior to installing adhesive or an anchor. Read more

DeWalt Gyroscopic Stick Driver Tools Up Close 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. Read more

Milwaukee M12 FUEL Drill and Impact Drivers Tools Up Close Milwaukee M12 FUEL Drill and Impact Drivers

These brushless subcompact tools will perform 90% of the tasks a carpenter needs to do. Read more

Coast A25R Flashlight Tools Up Close Coast A25R Flashlight

This flashlight is rechargeable and packs a blindingly bright 466-lumen LED. Read more

18-Volt Brushless Drill/Drivers 18-Volt Brushless Drill/Drivers

Efficient motors, advanced controls, and high-density batteries make for better runtime across the board. Read more

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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