• Image

    Clamp-On Levels

    Miter-Saw Automation / Clamp-On Levels

     
  • Image

    Miter Saw Automation

    Miter-Saw Automation / Clamp-On Levels

     
  • Image

    Tool Test: Six-Inch Jointers

    Jointers are the go-to tools for straightening and squaring lumber, and standard-length 6-inch-wide capacity models are a great choice for most carpentry and trim uses in the shop and on the job site. These 46-inch bed machines are the entry-level size for stationary jointers and, as the smallest...

     
  • Cutting Edge: Bostitch Launches Hand-Tool Line

    Bostitch, one of the best-known U.S. manufacturers of air-powered tools and a major subsidiary of Stanley Tools, officially launched a line of nonpowered hand tools under the Bostitch brand name on March 1.

     
  • Cutting Edge: New DOT Rule May Boost Prices

    New regulations now being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation would severely restrict the way lithium-ion batteries and equipment containing them are transported, packaged, and labeled – a move that could cost power-tool-users and manufacturers millions of dollars in add-on fees...

     
  • Image

    Truckin' Around: Three Pickups Make Top 2009 Sales List

    Last year might have been one of the worst in automotive history, but that didn't prevent a trio of U.S. truck manufacturers from scoring top overall automotive sales figures for their best-selling pickups. And although the annual sales list perennially includes the Ford F-150 pickup – the world's...

     
  • Truckin' Around: Dodge Ram 1500 Hybrid in the Works

    In January, just days before the big North American International Auto Show in Detroit, when automakers reveal their hottest vehicle introductions and innovations for the year, Dodge Trucks announced that a gas-electric hybrid version of its recently re-engineered Ram 1500 pickup was in development...

     
  • Image

    Cutting Edge: New Tool Report

    Our mission at Tools of the Trade is to feed your endless appetite for new tools, which includes telling you about product introductions as soon as we learn about them.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Cordless Tools

     
  • Image

    First Test: Paslode Angled 16-Gauge Nailer

    In my architectural woodworking business, finish nailers are the pneumatic tools we use the most, and having a good complement of nailers for every application is critical to the success of a custom job. My primary arsenal of finish guns includes a 15-gauge finish nailer and an 18-gauge brad...

     
  • Image

    First Test: Craftsman Twin Cutter

    Readers have been asking us about dual-blade circular saws, so we decided to put the Craftsman 25574 Twin Cutter Saw to the test. Craftsman came out with its first version of a dual-blade saw early in the last decade, so the technology has been around for a while, but the 25574 model is the latest...

     
  • Image

    Sitelines: War Stories

    We go to work every day worrying about the weather or wondering if our crews and supplies will show up on time so we can stay on schedule with our progress and our profits. We love to brag about how hard we work and complain about the tough conditions we face on our job sites – and then brag again...

     
  • Image

    Troops With Tools

    When 1st Lt. Eric 'Moose' Petrevich sent me a photo from his deployment in Iraq, I was blown away – not just because I noticed the Tools cover on the workbench next to his slider, but because I read in the accompanying letter about how he and his fellow soldiers use their workshop to build their...

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice Awards

    This year's search for outstanding new tools, equipment, and innovative features was as challenging as ever, given the continued rate of product introductions from all corners of the manufacturing world serving professional construction markets.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Senco Cordless Nailer

    Senco has simplified cordless-nailer operations with its new Fusion trim nailers featuring the company's Reflex-Shot technology, which provides instant trigger response.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Nail Kicker Denailer

    With more and more emphasis placed on salvaging building materials for reuse and reducing the volume of material sent to landfills, a lot of contractors are taking a new look at the value of nail-infested lumber that used to end up in a Dumpster.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Milwaukee Cordless Mini Band Saw

    Milwaukee continues its leadership role in trade-focused tool design with this exciting compact 18-volt cordless portable band saw, the M18 2629-22.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Rockwell Jawhorse Workstation

    Rockwell bills its Jawhorse as 'the only workstation you'll ever need.'

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Husqvarna Autotune Chain Saw

    Husqvarna's latest innovation makes the operation and maintenance of its two-stroke engines a new game and raises the bar for high-performance chain saws.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Festool Router

    Festool makes a practice of producing category-leading tools, and the 3-1/4-hp OF2200EB+ router is no exception.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Ridgid R1005 Angle Grinder

    When we saw Ridgid's new R1005 angle grinder, it immediately struck us as an ergonomic solution to this category's age-old problem.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Makita Four-Rail Miter Saw

    Makita has always been known for bringing innovation and quality to its sliding-compound miter saws, and it continues its category-leading legacy with the new LS1016L, a 10-inch saw with 12-inch capabilities.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Ford Transit Connect Work Van

    Ford introduced a welcome sense of practicality to the industry when it brought the Transit Connect work van to the U.S. from Europe, where it has been popular since 2002.

     
  • Image

    2010 Editor's Choice: Hitachi WH14DBL Compact Cordless Impact Driver

    We love the way this category has continued to evolve, especially in terms of performance features previously seen only in industrial assembly tools.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Makita BHR261 Rotary Hammer

    Makita's first 36-volt cordless tool is the 9.9-pound BHR261 rotary hammer.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Porter-Cable 18-Volt Jigsaw

    With a tool-free steel shoe to switch quickly from straight to 45-degree cuts, the Porter-Cable 18-volt jigsaw (PC18JS) runs at a maximum of 2,500 strokes per minute.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Rockwell H3 Rotary Hammerdrill

    Rockwell's 3-pound H3 rotary hammerdrill has an SDS-plus quick chuck that converts it to a three-jaw drill or power screwdriver.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Bosch 18-Volt Impact Drill/Driver

    Bosch's 26618-01 18-volt impact drill/driver is 7 inches long and has a two-speed motor (0 to 750/2,800 rpm) with an impact mode of 1,500 inch-pounds of torque.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Milwaukee M18 Cordless Reciprocating Saw

    Milwaukee's M18 cordless one-handed 18-volt reciprocating saw (2625-21) weighs 5.9 pounds, has a 3/4-inch stroke length, and operates at 0 to 3,000 strokes per minute.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: RotoZip Cordless CR18L Spiral Saw

    RotoZip's cordless CR18L spiral saw weighs 2.8 pounds (with battery) and runs at 30,000 rpm on an 18-volt Bosch Litheon battery.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: DeWalt DC012 Job-Site Charger And AM/FM Radio

    Rock out to AC/DC on your iPod while simultaneously charging 7.2- to 18-volt nicad or lithium-ion DeWalt batteries.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Ryobi Cordless Power Paint Sprayer

    The portability of Ryobi's 18-volt cordless power paint-sprayer kit P631K makes it useful for outdoor priming, sealing, and staining.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Hilti WSR 18-A CPC 18-volt Reciprocating Saw

    Hilti's WSR 18-A CPC 18-volt reciprocating saw has a two-step injection molded grip for greater comfort, says the manufacturer.

     
  • Image

    Product Watch: Ridgid JobMax R82234 Multi-Tool

    The Ridgid JobMax R82234 is a 12-volt variable-speed multi-tool with interchangeable heads that share a single power base.

     
  • Image

    Hot Finds: Bostitch Hand Tools Level/Clamp

    A level with built-in clamps able to grip lumber or other materials up to 3-1/2 inches thick is one of the first products to be introduced under the new Bostitch Hand Tools brand.