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    Tools Up Close: Two Fuel-Powered Framers

    Early this year, Tools of the Trade sent me the newest models from Paslode and Bostitch, and this story is about my crew's experience with those guns.

     
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    Tools Up Close: Milwaukee M12 Band Saw

    Earlier this year Milwaukee added a tool to its M12 line that I never expected to see: a cordless portable band saw. Many tool companies make 18-volt band saws, but this is the first subcompact (10.8-volt/12-volt max) model. At 6.75 pounds and 12 inches long, it's small enough to be used one-handed.

     
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    A Deck Builder's Tool Kit

    These specialized tools boost productivity and quality.

     
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    Quick Folding Chop-Saw Stand

    I hate it when I go to a job site and see some carpenter trying to cut a long molding while his $800 miter saw is balanced on a piece of drywall set on a plastic trash can. For one thing it's dangerous. I like a continuous wooden table that's long enough for me to safely trim the end of a...

     
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    Full-Size Oscillating Multi-Tools

    Look for a powerful model that offers quick blade changes and is easy to grip in any position

     
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    Wide-Angle Stud Sensor

    Imagine using a dozen stud sensors at the same time. That's the basic idea behind the Franklin ProSensor.

     
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    Makita Compact Router

    With its small size and powerful motor, Makita's new variable-speed compact router could be just the tool for your smaller trim work.

     
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    X-Ray Vision Tool

    General Tools' CL10 Cable and Pipe Locator makes it possible to see into walls.

     
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    Three-Speed Drywall Rasp

    Shaving the last quarter inch off a cut sheet of drywall can be agony.

     
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    Flexible Flashlight

    The EMF2 Extendable Flashlight is a low-tech alternative to a digital inspection camera.

     
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    Dust-Free Drywall Sander

    Festool has applied its expertise in dust collection to the world of drywall sanding.

     
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    Low-Cost Infrared Camera

    The growing emphasis on energy-efficient building has led to an increase in the number of companies making infrared cameras.

     
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    Extension Level

    Ever had to plumb from floor to ceiling by holding two levels together?

     
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    Convenient Tool Lanyard

    While tool lanyards might stop you from dropping a drill off a ladder, they can be restrictive and difficult to use.

     
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    Digital Level

    Bosch's electronic level is easier to use than a spirit level and performs some functions that a spirit level cannot.

     
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    Traditional Chisels

    If you like the durability and feel of traditional wood- handle socket chisels, Stanley has something for you.

     
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    Durable Infrared Thermometer

    The Fluke 62Max+ Infrared Thermometer is designed with durability and simplicity in mind.

     
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    Hand Stand

    The FastCap 3rd Hand just got a little easier to use, thanks to a recently released tripod accessory.

     
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    Flush Cut Pliers

    The new Channellock 758 pliers are designed to make flush cuts in small wires and plastic cables.

     
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    Wild Card Wrench

    Wera's new Joker combination wrench is ideal for use in tight quarters.

     
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    Hand Armor

    Most gloves protect only the front of your hand, but Ergodyne's ProFlex 925 protects the back, too, so you won't be injured during demo and heavy construction work.