Tool Tests and Reviews

  • April 05, 2014

    DeWalt DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw

    A portable saw with a wheeled stand and 32 1/2 inches of rip capacity.Read More

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    August 13, 2012

    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.Read More

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    February 16, 2012

    Tools Up Close: RotoZip ZipSaw

    About a year ago, Tools of the Trade sent me a ZipSaw, a grinder-based cutoff saw that takes 3-1/2- and 4-inch proprietary cutoff wheels.Read More

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    October 14, 2011

    Tools Up Close: Big Cordless Circular Saws

    For this article we tested four higher-voltage saws – 36-volt models from Bosch, DeWalt, and Hilti, and a 28-volt model from Milwaukee. We used them while framing and siding a house and for building a deck. Later, we performed a test to see how many cuts each saw could make per charge.Read More

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    April 14, 2011

    Tool Test: Inline Circular Saws

    Fifteen years ago, when I started out as a framer, Skil was the only real choice for carpenters looking for an inline saw. Since then, a lot more companies have started making these tools and now there are quite a few to choose from.Read More


Product Briefs

  • DeWalt Introduces an Upgraded Table Saw

    Designed to be safer, the DWE7499GD has a no-volt switch and the new Guard Detect system.

  • Universal Rip Fence

    Track saws are good for ripping sheets of plywood, but the tracks are long and the systems require a dedicated saw.

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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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    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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    Durable Infrared Thermometer

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

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