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    Sawstop Prefossional Cabinet Saw

    SawStop has introduced a new 3-hp 230-volt Professional Cabinet Saw aimed at low-volume shops.

     
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    Amana Tool Carbide Wood Flooring Router Bit Sets

    Carbide Wood Flooring Router Bit Sets let you mill tongue-and-groove flooring from solid or engineered wood.

     
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    Kubinec Strapping Solutions EZ Kit Starter Set

    The concept behind Kubinec Strapping Kits is simple: You wrap polyester straps around a load and tighten them with a ratcheting tensioner.

     
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    Skil HD 5687 Pro Sidewinder Saw

    The HD 5687 — Skil's attempt to re-enter the pro sidewinder market — has some promising features and a great price.

     
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    Tractel North America Griphoist

    Rather than using a ratchet to wrap a cable around a spindle, as conventional come-alongs do, the Tirfor Griphoist has a pair of jaws that pull the cable straight through the housing with a hand-over-hand motion.

     
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    Makita USA UL-Compliant Table Saw

    Makita's new portable table saw (2705/2705X1) meets new UL specs requiring that no tools be needed to change the blade guard.

     
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    Ipe Clip Fastener Co. Hardwood Wrench

    Trying to straighten and fasten bent deck boards is no fun, especially when you're working with hardwood decking.

     
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    Rockler Woodworking and Hardware SpeedCope

    The SpeedCope costs way less than the $2,000 coping machines you find in a production wood shop — but it does a better job than a $35 handheld plastic template that fits only one type of molding and angle.

     
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    Bosch SN350-20F Framing Nailer

    When Bosch introduced its first line of pneumatic nailers last spring, it claimed that the tools were 20 percent smaller and 10 percent more powerful than the competition.

     
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    Stinger CH38A Cap Stapler

    When Bosch introduced its first line of pneumatic nailers last spring, it claimed that the tools were 20 percent smaller and 10 percent more powerful than the competition.

     
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    Klein Tools Bent Nose Romex Cable Strippers

    Klein's Bent Nose Romex Cable Strippers have a 90-degree angled nose designed to get them into tight spots.

     
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    Ideal Industries Sir Nickless Cable Cutter

    One challenge with armored cable is that it can be hard to cut the armor without nicking the wires inside, which is why cable manufacturers recommend using a rotary cutter designed specifically for this cable type.

     
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    Tru-Pro Products Aluminum Drywall Stilts

    Ever notice that a drywall guy stomping around on stilts looks a lot like Herman Munster?

     
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    Milwaukee Clamp Meter

    Clamp meters let electricians measure current in a live wire without stripping the insulation or touching the conductor, but the calculator-like display can be hard to read in dark basements or outside in the sun.

     
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    WD-40 Co. Trigger Pro Dispenser

    The one bad thing about WD-40 is that when you lose that little red straw, you have no way of controlling the spray.

     
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    Vaughan Tools 15-Inch HookBar

    The typical flat utility bar has a 90-degree rocker head that curves in the opposite direction from the flat end — which restricts the bar's range of motion.

     
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    Diamond Wall Football Pole Sander

    The new Football Pole Sander is a simple tool with some significant advantages.

     
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    New 18-Volt Impact Drivers

    About a year ago I tested nine 18-volt impact drivers. Since then, a few new models — Bosch's 25618-02, Makita's BTD 144, and Milwaukee's 2650-20 — have come on the market.

     
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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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    Paslode CS150 Cap Stapler

    A few years ago, I tested some of the new pneumatic cap staplers and cap nailers that had come on the market. Then Paslode introduced the CS150 cap stapler earlier this year, and I decided to try it out, too.

     
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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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    Arcus Contoured Masonry Blade

    Thanks to its unique saucerlike shape, the 7-inch Contoured Masonry Blade by Arcus can cut arcs with a radius as small as 15 inches.

     
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    OtterBox Defender Series Phone Case

    Protect your cell phone on the job site with a Defender Series case from OtterBox.

     
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    Crawler CR01 Scaffold-Moving Device

    With the Crawler CR01 scaffold-moving device, you can turn almost any scaffold with casters into a motorized unit.

     
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    Hilti PMC 36 and Agatec CPL 50 Lasers

    The two new lasers I tested for this article — Hilti's PMC 36 and Agatec's CPL 50 — combine features not usually found together on one tool.

     
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    Pearl Abrasive DTL10HPXL Porcelain Blade

    Cutting through porcelain can be a challenge, and sometimes it takes a special blade to do the work quickly and cleanly.

     
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    MBright Tools iVac Switch Box

    With MBright Tools' iVac Switch Box, any old shop vacuum or small dust collector can be used as a tool-triggered system.

     
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    MK Diamond TX3 Tile Saw

    Most tile saws pump water out of a large pan to cool their cuts, which can cause a lot of overspray and dripping.

     
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    Bosch X5L Full-Head Carbide Bits

    Rebar is the bane of concrete drilling, capable of stopping a bit dead in its tracks.

     
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    Ford 2010 Transit Connect Van

    Small service and delivery outfits now have a compact, fuel-efficient alternative to a full-size truck or van: Ford's 2010 Transit Connect.

     
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    DeWalt DWM120 Portable Band Saw

    Most portable band saws have a cut capacity of 4 3/4 inches, but DeWalt's new DWM120 can handle pipe up to 5 inches.

     
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    Diablo Drill Mixers

    Using a drill for heavy mixing is hard on the tool and on your wrists. A dedicated mixer makes the job easier.

     
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    Ridgid R3030 Recip Saw

    Ridgid recently added a one-handed recip saw to its Fuego line of power tools.

     
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    Ridgid Commercial-Duty Pressure Washers

    Ridgid offers two new pressure washers built with Subaru engines and Cat pumps — components the company considers commercial-duty.

     
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    Cuffsox Work Socks

    Cuffsox were designed on the job by a contractor to keep sawdust and dirt out of his boots.

     
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    Husky Tripod Lamp

    Many work lights are directional, but Husky's 360-degree light on a tripod will illuminate an entire room.

     
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    Magnum Precision Ultra-Lite WPi CT Boots

    Magnum's Precision Ultra-Lite WPi CT boots feature a plasma-based waterproofing treatment that the company says was originally developed for the military..

     
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    C.H. Hanson Precison Ball Level

    Inspired by the horizon- indicator instrument found on airplanes, C.H. Hanson's new Precision Ball Level uses a weighted floating ball to find level, plumb, and any angle or slope in between.

     
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    DeWalt DC020 Portable Work Light

    DeWalt's DC020 is a portable 38-watt fluorescent work light that runs on the company's 12- to 18-volt cordless tool batteries or line voltage.

     
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    Duluth Trading Fire Hose Canvas Pants

    Duluth Trading Co. says its Fire Hose canvas pants are tougher than most other work pants — but the dense weave can be a bit warm in the summer.

     
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    Milwaukee 6477-20 Wormdrive Saw

    None of my power tools gets used more than my wormdrive saw.

     
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    Stiletto Multifunctional Flat and Glazer's Bars

    Stiletto's six new titanium pry bars weigh 45 percent less than equivalent-sized steel bars, says the company.

     
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    Bucket Boss Bucket Seat Pro

    The Bucket Seat Pro from Bucket Boss protects your bucket's contents, provides a convenient place to sit, and — with its two removable dividers — serves as a four- or six-compartment parts organizer.

     
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    Master Lock Truck Bed U-Lock Anchors

    Leaving valuable tools and equipment in the back of your pickup — even for a quick run into the store — can be risky, but many truck beds don't have a place you can attach a lock to.

     
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    Milwaukee 2451-22 Cordless Impact Wrench

    Most cordless impact wrenches have 1/2-inch anvils for large sockets and deliver bolt-snapping torque that can overwhelm smaller tasks.

     
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    Jackson Professional Tools Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer

    Jackson's Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer is a sledgehammer with a difference: One of the striking faces tapers down to about 3/8 inch thick for rough prying — or for concentrating the striking force along a line to break concrete more easily.

     
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    PDY Systems Lift-n-Lock Organizer

    Small items can be difficult to keep isolated in a portable parts box.

     
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    Stanley Hand Planes

    Stanley has redesigned some of its most popular hand planes.

     
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    Bosch and Rockwell Multi-Tools

    It used to be that if you wanted a multi-tool — an oscillating sander/cutter — you had to buy one of Fein's MultiMasters.

     
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    Ridgid R250AF18 Finish Nailer

    Ridgid's new R250AF18 15-gauge finish nailer runs on a compact 18-volt lithium ion battery pack and weighs 2 pounds less than the competition, says Ridgid.

     
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    Knaack PowerCrew Power Supply

    Now you can keep battery chargers or a heater running overnight without pinching an extension cord under the lid of your crew box.

     
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    Rapid Pro Mfg. Twist-n-Seal Caulk Tube Plugs

    Tired of trying — and failing — to seal the ends of your half-used caulk tubes with tape or a nail?

     
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    Stanley-Bostitch CPACK300 Combination Kit

    Bostitch's CPACK300 combination kit packages three finish tools with a 6-gallon oil-free pancake compressor and a hose.

     
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    Hitachi Nailers and Staplers

    Hitachi has entered the floor-fastening market with five new nailers and staplers.

     
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    Tajima Tool Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF

    Tajima's Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF holds 3 1/2 ounces of chalk — enough to snap 689 feet of lines, says the maker.

     
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    Landon Innovations LegUp Lifter

    Wrestling a thick sheet of MDF onto a table saw by yourself can be a real feat, but attaching a LegUp pivoting sheet-goods lifter to your saw table or fence rail can help.

     
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    Tiger Claw Semi-Automatic Hidden Deck Fastener Installation Gun

    Using hidden deck-fastening hardware makes for a neater-looking composite deck but takes longer than using face-installed screws.

     
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    Power Tank CO2 System

    After years of hauling around a compressor, it occurred to me that for the number of nails I need to drive, I could run my guns off the same Power Tank I used to inflate the tires of my off-road vehicle.

     
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    Ridgid R3400 Fiber-Cement Saw

    Last fall I reviewed several saws that collect the dust generated when fiber cement is cut.

     
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    Festool T12+3 and T15+3 Cordless Drill/Drivers

    Festool's T12+3 and T15+3 cordless drill/drivers feature brushless motors and unique electronic clutch controls that change the motor speed and disengage the motor at a preset torque limit.

     
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    DeWalt DWD460 Stud and Joist Drill

    Every plumber has a tale about being beat up by his right-angle drill, so any model that improves user safety is worth a look.

     
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    Ridgid R86014 AutoShift Drill/Driver

    Many users ignore the high and low gears on a drill/driver: Running in high makes the work go faster but can burn up the motor, while low gear protects the tool but feels too slow.

     
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    Lobo Products Bib Bob T-Post Driver/Puller

    Putting a temporary fence around your job site can mean pounding in a lot of T-posts.

     
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    Action Manufacturing Systems Blue Ox Hauler

    Long, heavy building materials can be difficult to lift and maneuver around job sites, especially by hand.

     
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    Dimension Tools Bullet Mole

    Boring a utility access hole under a sidewalk or driveway is hard work and often requires hiring a sub.

     
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    JLG Industries Telehandler Work Platform

    Telehandlers are a builder's workhorse.

     
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    Lee Valley Tools Veritas DX60 Low-Angle Block Plane

    Lee Valley's Veritas DX60 Low-Angle Block Plane has innovative features like a sliding mouth-adjustment plate fully enclosed within the tool's sole and tiny set screws to lock in the mouth adjustment and cutter alignment.

     
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    Kapro 303 Hole Marker

    The easiest way to avoid inaccurate measurements is to not measure at all.

     
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    Fein Turbo II Vacuum

    Fein has improved its portable vacuums — or 'dust extractors,' as the company calls them — by adding variable speed control and two extra casters (for a total of six).

     
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    Duo-Fast Paper Tape Framing Nails

    Collated strip nails for 20-degree full round-head framing nailers are typically held together by rigid plastic strips that can transform into mini projectiles and pile up underfoot like so many ball bearings.

     
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    Milwaukee Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum

    Keeping a job site clean shouldn't slow you down.

     
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    Cooper Arrow Hart RhinoBoxes

    A centralized temporary supply box for power on a new construction site saves wiring time and improves worker safety.

     
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    Wixey WR 525 Remote Digital Readout

    There's a better way to measure bit height than balancing a ruler on end above the hole in your router table.

     
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    Oneida Dust Cobra

    Offering more lift than a dust collector and more airflow than a vacuum, Oneida's Dust Cobra can handle on-site dust collection and big cleanup jobs.

     
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    Milwaukee M12 Hackzall

    I've been using the Milwaukee 2420-22 Hackzall kit in my remodeling and deck-building business since late last summer.

     
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    Metabo LF724 Paint Remover

    Last year one of my remodeling projects involved stripping the paint off a large area of wood siding.