• Porter-Cable Tile Saw

  • Trigger-Switch Recall

    Faulty electric trigger-switches manufactured by Eaton Corp. in Cleveland, have forced companies to recall the affected tools to make repairs.

  • Wet/Dry Vacs

    I tested five wet/dry vacs from Craftsman, Fein, Love-Less Ash, Ridgid, and Shop-Vac. Each one cost less than $200. I evaluated their mobility, power, filter systems, wet and dry performance, and noise. First I took them in the field, where they met with everything from fine poplar and drywall dust...

  • Image

    The Envelope, Please

    It's time for our annual Editors' Choice Awards.

  • Hall of Fame 2001

    I'll bet you've never heard of Jerome Schnettler or Edward Ristow before. I'll bet just as much that you'd be a little lost without their best-known invention on your jobsite.

  • Narrow-Crown Staplers

    I remember exactly when I decided to start using pneumatic staplers on my jobsites. I was freezing my tail off installing 3/8-inch fir plywood underneath a roof overhang while standing on an aluminum plank in the middle of a Chicago winter. The job originally called for two men to install the...

  • 2001 Editors' Choice Awards

  • Framing Nailers

    I spent most of my career framing with solid-sawn lumber before the more stable, denser, and stronger engineered stuff started sliding off the truck. Now, my company, Framing Square in Albuquerque, N.M., works with engineered products all the time–laminated strand lumber (LSL), laminated veneer...

  • Laser Levels

  • 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...

  • Reciprocating Saws

  • L.S. Starrett Tape Measures

  • Regent Lighting Work Lights

  • Laser Level Know-How

  • Bosch 24-Volt, 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw

  • Battery Battle

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

  • **Race to the Finish