Tool Tests and Reviews

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    October 23, 2013

    Ridgid Tri-Stack Compressor

    The motor and pump can be removed from this compressor for separate use and to make the tool easier to transport.Read More

     
     
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    April 16, 2013

    Lightweight Framing Nailers

    These sub 8-pound nail guns are comfortable to use and surprisingly powerful.Read More

     
     
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    August 08, 2011

    Tools Up Close: Graco ProShot Paint Sprayer

    Last summer, my painting company added a new sprayer to its arsenal: the Graco ProShot. For those who missed the hoopla surrounding the introduction of this tool, it's a hoseless 2,000-psi piston pump sprayer that takes pro-style tips and is powered by an 18-volt battery. The ProShot is sold...Read More

     
     
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    October 25, 2010

    Tool Test: Airless Paint Sprayers

    We gathered nine pumps, ranging from midlevel budget models to a few suited for everyday use on smaller jobs – they just had to be able to handle the pros' requisite .019-inch tip. Our painter of 25 years used them with interior and exterior latex paints to determine their worth from a full-time...Read More

     
     
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    November 02, 2009

    First Test: High-Pressure Pneumatics

    Makita is bringing its high-pressure nailer line to the U.S., and we were the first framing crew in the country to get our hands on its framing and siding coil nailers and brand-new 400-psi compressor. High-pressure nailers are more common in Japan, where the affinity for efficiency and compactness...Read More

     
     
 

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