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Tradesmen’s Favorite Hand Tools
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Tradesmen’s Favorite Hand Tools

Here’s what 731 tradesmen told us about their preferred brands of 6 common tools. More

Faster Job-Site Joinery
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Faster Job-Site Joinery

Here are some tools that can help you make joints more quickly and accurately. More

Tips For Tool Buyers: When New Is Not an Option
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Tips For Tool Buyers: When New Is Not an Option

Times are tight–about as tight as anyone can recall–so it's smart to look for ways... More

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Cut-Off Saws

Long before I became a builder, I used gasoline-powered portable cut-off saws in the Air Force for crash and rescue recovery work to cut through automobile and airplane wreckage and buildings. I left the Air Force long ago, but not the saws. Now I build homes in Santa Fe, N.M., and work with as much adobe, concrete, stucco, and re-bar as I-joists and OSB. My Air Force experience gave me a real appreciation for these tools, so anytime I have to cut concrete, masonry, or steel I reach for one. It also showed me that nobody in their right mind would look forward to using them?they're loud, expensive, and incredibly messy, whether wet cutting or dry. But when it comes to cutting tough materials, they're also the best tools for the job. More

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Warranty Wars

Performance, features, and price will always be first-choice deal-makers for tool buyers, but warranty coverage has become the latest competitive battleground among tool companies. More

Tool Feature: Why Buy That?
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Tool Feature: Why Buy That?

Walking into a tool store and standing in the middle of a square mile of tools and... More

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