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    Tools Up Close: Makita LXSL01 Cordless Miter Saw

    Over the past decade or so, a revolution of sorts has been occurring within the cordless tool industry. Thanks to improved motor and battery technology, power-hungry tools that were once available only as 110-volt corded models are being offered without cords. The list is long and includes rotary...

     
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    Tools Up Close: 16-Gauge Fusion Nailer

    In my work as a finish carpenter, I use a variety of nails: 18-gauge brads for molding and trim, 15-gauge nails for door jambs, and 16-gauge nails for everything else. I prefer to work without hoses, and for the last 10 years have been using 16- and 18-gauge fuel-powered nailers from Paslode. They...

     
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    Tools Up Close: Benchmark Worktable

    The Benchmark differs from the tables I've used before (usually a door blank on sawhorses) in a couple of important ways: It folds, so it's easier to transport; and it has an open top consisting of a series of cross bars covered with stepped plastic caps. Since the top isn't solid, you can cut on...

     
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    2012 Editors' Choice Awards

    Innovation, invention, and refinements that improve the way we work

     
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    Tool Test: 18-Volt Drill/Drivers

    Today's cordless drills are significantly better than the ones I used four or five years ago — they have more power and greater runtime, and take less time to charge. Many of them are lighter, too. The most obvious change has been the move from nicad to lithium-ion batteries, with lithium-ion...

     
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    DeWalt DWE357 corded reciprocating saw

    DeWalt has given the corded reciprocating saw a makeover with the release of the DWE357.

     
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    Gerber Groundbreaker Multi-Tool

    Built specifically for electricians, the Gerber Groundbreaker Multi-Tool combines six common tools into a compact 9-inch unit.

     
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    Bosch ROS65VC random-orbit sander

    Bosch's ROS65VC random-orbit sander is designed for rough or finish sanding of wood, paint, and just about anything else that can be sanded with hook-and-loop paper.

     
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    GoSaw vertical panel saws

    Though they're great for cutting sheet goods, vertical panel saws are not known for their portability.

     
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    Swanson Savage Jab Saw (SVK666) two-position jab-saw blade

    The Swanson Savage Jab Saw (SVK666) is the Swiss army knife of the drywall trade.

     
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    Metabo Wet/Dry Vac (ASR 35) vacuum

    The Metabo Wet/Dry Vac (ASR 35) is designed for both the shop and the job site: You can set it to manual and use it as a shop vac, or set it to auto so that it's activated by a tool plugged into its onboard electrical outlet.

     
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    Porter-Cable Clamp Saw

    A number of companies have released small 12-volt reciprocating saws, but the Porter-Cable Clamp Saw is the first one that actually holds onto the material for you.

     
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    Johnson Stud Squared Framer's Tape

    In addition to functioning like a standard 25-foot tape measure, the Johnson Stud Squared can assist with framing layout.

     
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    Irwin 2500 Box Beam Level

    The Irwin 2500 Box Beam Level has an unusual feature that makes it easier to use: a mirror that allows you to read the plumb vial from the edge of the tool (for those times when it's hard to look from the side).

     
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    Oregon PowerNow 40V MAX Chain Saw

    It's not always easy to get a chain saw started, and all that tugging on a pull cord can get pretty frustrating.

     
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    Channellock 13-in-1 multi-tip screwdriver

    Channellock's 13-in-1 multi-tip screwdriver packs a lot of function into one small tool.

     
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    Hart steel-handled framing hammer

    Hart's new steel-handled framing hammer has features that could be useful to any carpenter: a magnetized nail slot at the top of the striking face, a hole through the head that can be used as a rebar bender, and a nail puller at the side of the head for pulling stubborn nails.

     
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    Milwaukee 18-volt Fuel drill/driver

    Brushless motors have been around for years, but they're still not that common in cordless tools. Earlier this year Milwaukee introduced its first brushless tool, the 18-volt Fuel drill/driver.

     
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    Iron Dog Tools modular toolbelt

    Iron Dog Tools has taken a completely modular approach to the toolbelt by offering each piece separately so you can tailor a belt to your needs.

     
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    Xena Bulletlock Padlock

    Whether you're securing a building or a gangbox full of tools, a tough lock is essential.

     
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    Sola KB 24 wet-dry pencil

    Sola, a company best known for its levels, also makes a line of specialty pencils.

     
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    Bosch Bulldog rotary hammer

    Bosch recently introduced an upgraded version of its Bulldog rotary hammer, the Bulldog Xtreme Max (RH228VC).

     
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    Ansell ActivArmr series gloves

    Ansell's ActivArmr series gloves are designed with specific trades in mind.