Summer 2013 Table of Contents

18-Volt Cordless Jigsaws 18-Volt Cordless Jigsaws

These tools are a viable alternative to corded models for intermittent cutting Read more

2013 Editors' Choice Awards 2013 Editors' Choice Awards

Every year, Tools of the Trade takes the opportunity to recognize standout tools that caught our attention during the previous year. Some rose to the top during testing, while others impressed us as being a leap forward in technology, design, or features that define the current state of the art among tool manufacturers. Read more

Skil Mag77LT Saw Tools Up Close Skil Mag77LT Saw

This spring Skil released an upgraded wormdrive saw that the company says is 4 pounds lighter than the very popular SHD77. Read more

Max RB397 Rebar Tier Tools Up Close Max RB397 Rebar Tier

The grapple-like jaws of this cordless tool tie rebar so fast you can barely see it happen. Read more

Bosch Tile Saw Tools Up Close Bosch Tile Saw

The TC10 has the capacity to cut 24-inch tile and can also make plunge and bevel cuts but is light enough to be carried by one person. Read more

Makita LXOB01 Cordless Sander Tools Up Close Makita LXOB01 Cordless Sander

This 18-volt tool is about a half-pound heavier than comparable corded models, but it feels similar in use. Read more

Björnkläder Work Pants Tools Up Close Björnkläder Work Pants

These Scandinavian-designed work pants have built-in sleeves for holding kneepads, waist-level nail pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets. Read more

Pencil Sculpture Toolhounds Pencil Sculpture

For more than 25 years, Bridgeport, Conn., carpenter Dalton Ghetti has been carving pencil lead into miniature sculptures. Read more

Wiley X Gravity Safety Sunglasses Product Watch Wiley X Gravity Safety Sunglasses

These glasses have a removable flame-resistant foam seal around the lens area that keeps eyes safe from sawdust and other debris. Read more

Senco SNS200XP Stapler Product Watch Senco SNS200XP Stapler

This medium crown stapler fires 16- and 17-gauge 7/16-inch staples from 1 to 2 inches in length. Read more

Ridgid Power Inverter Product Watch Ridgid Power Inverter

This one-stop clean-power source stores in the glove box and provides up to 100 watts to items like laptops, tablets, cellphones, and battery chargers. Read more

Richelieu TransRoller Product Watch Richelieu TransRoller

This handling trolley makes it possible to quickly and easily move heavy and awkward objects like sheet goods and I-beams. Read more

Muck's Chore Cool Boots Product Watch Muck's Chore Cool Boots

These boots are lined with XpressCool fabric, which absorbs moisture and creates a cooling effect as it dries. Read more

Milwaukee M12 Stick Light Product Watch Milwaukee M12 Stick Light

This small LED work light can be placed on a surface, used hand-held, or hung from an adjustable hook. Read more

Max 15-Gauge Finish Gun Product Watch Max 15-Gauge Finish Gun

The NF665/15 is sleek and slim and weighs just under 4 pounds. Read more

Markal Quik Stik Mini Product Watch Markal Quik Stik Mini

This small pen can apply a line of quick-drying UV-resistant paint to nearly any surface. Read more

Makita 18-Volt Plate Joiner Product Watch Makita 18-Volt Plate Joiner

The LXJP02 is portable and maneuverable, yet still has the power to do the job. Read more

Lufkin Control Tape Product Watch Lufkin Control Tape

This new tape has a cut-away on the underside of the housing that allows you to regulate the speed of return by pressing your index finger against the bottom of the blade. Read more

Klein Rolling Tool Bag Product Watch Klein Rolling Tool Bag

This rolling bag has a telescoping handle and can hold up to 200 pounds. Read more

Hilti Hollow Rotary Hammer Bits Product Watch Hilti Hollow Rotary Hammer Bits

These bits allow you to collect dust with a vacuum while drilling holes in concrete. Read more

General DCiS1 Product Watch General DCiS1

The iBorescope creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot and uses a free app to transmit images to any Apple or Android smartphone or tablet. Read more

DeWalt DCF680 Gyroscopic Driver Product Watch DeWalt DCF680 Gyroscopic Driver

This tool has no trigger; instead, it senses the rotation of your wrist and spins the bit in that direction. Read more

Checkpoint 3D-DMS multi­function level Product Watch Checkpoint 3D-DMS multi­function level

This laser in this level can be rotated within the body to project sloped and level lines. Read more

Bostitch SF150C Product Watch Bostitch SF150C

This pneumatic coil nailer is designed for fastening plywood and gypsum sheathing to metal studs. Read more

Bosch MXH180 Product Watch Bosch MXH180

This is the first oscillating multi-tool with a brushless motor. Read more

Bjornklader Jubilee Tool Pocket Vest Product Watch Bjornklader Jubilee Tool Pocket Vest

Made of reinforced cotton, the vest is designed to maximize both comfort and storage. Read more

3M Tekk WorkTunes Product Watch 3M Tekk WorkTunes

This earmuff headset allows you to listen to music while protecting your hearing from construction noise. Read more

Bihlerflex Adjust-a-Strap 6-in-1 Adjustable Bungee Product Watch Bihlerflex Adjust-a-Strap 6-in-1 Adjustable Bungee

This 36-inch bungee has six holes along its length, so you can change its length by hooking it back on itself. Read more

Tool Tests

DeWalt DC608K Cordless Brad Nailer

Here's a look at how the DeWalt battery-powered brad nailer fared when compared...

Makita XNB01Z Cordless Brad Nailer

Here's a look at how the Makita battery-powered brad nailer fared when compared...

Ryobi P320 Cordless Brad Nailer

How did the Ryobi P320 do when compared to the other cordless brad nailers on the...

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