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Bosch vs Festool Random Orbital Sander, a teardown comparison.

March 10th, 2015

Review of the Festool DTS 400 Finish Sander

March 5th, 2015

Drill vs Impact Driver vs Impact Wrench vs Hammerdrill

October 15th, 2014

USA vs Chinese Tools

October 7th, 2014

Ridgid R2740 Belt Sander Review

September 15th, 2014

Milwaukee 2603 M18 Fuel Drill Driver Review

September 8th, 2014

Milwaukee’s New Reaming Pliers

September 8th, 2011


Milwaukee has just announced an interesting new set of pliers, designed mostly for electricians.   At first glance they appear to be fairly standard push-to-adjust pliers.  They have nice V-groove jaws which are sized to perfectly fit on electrical connectors.  The jaws are also meant to be thin enough to easily work in electrical boxes.   All pretty standard stuff.   The party trick of the new pliers however is the tip of the handles and the back of the head.  Electricians will frequently just strip the plastic off the handles of their pliers and use that to ream conduit.  Milwaukee has taken this to heart and designed the pliers to be used like that from the start.  The tip of the handles are bare metal and shaped to ream out up to 1″ conduit.   For larger pipes this can be awkward though, so the back of the head is also specifically designed to deburr 1-1/2″ to 2-3/4″ conduit.  Look for them to show up in stores in October.

Source: Milwaukee

Festool Previews Domino XL DF 700

September 2nd, 2011

Festool’s Domino has been a huge star ever since its release in 2007.  Everyone who has used one has only great things to say about it  Its an incredibly versatile tool, allowing for mortises to be cut in a variety of size ranges for use in everything from face frames to doors.   It speeds up construction and is stronger than many other similar joining methods.  The legendary Festool dust collection also makes it a pleasure to use.  The only complait that we’ve heard about it  (well besides for the price of course) is that it can’t be used on really large projects, as the Domino DF500 maxes out at about a 1″ deep slot and about a half inch thick tenon.  It’s always been possible to use multiple domino’s for a stronger joint, but this can be tedious and still not provide sufficient strength.

Now Festool is addressing that issue with an XL version of the Domino.  Full details aren’t available yet, however the tenons for it look to be huge, and the tool will use a cutter as large as 14mm.  Pricing is obviously yet to be determined, but considering the DF 500 is $800, look for this tool to run well over a grand.  Rumors have it that it will be showing up in the US in 2012, as it is shipping in Germany this month.  Check out the source for some more pictures.

Source: Festool Owners Group

Milwaukee’s Tattoo Contest

September 30th, 2010

Are you a hardcore Milwaukee fan?  I mean really hardcore, like willing to have your body turned into a permanent Milwaukee advertisement hardcore?  Well if so, go get a good tattoo artist to whip up something special (or just do a giant logo like this guy) and you could win $500 worth of a tools a year for 20 years.

Source: Milwaukee Tools

Ideal’s New 21-in-1 Twist-a-Nut™ Screwdriver

September 29th, 2010





Ideal’s hard at work and continuing to improve the lowly screwdriver.  Despite the rather unpleasant sounding name, the 21-in-1 Twist-a-Nut Screwdriver has a slew of tricks up its sleeve (21 of them in fact!).  Its got  the fairly standard multiple hex bits, that are all precision machined, and are stored in the handle for easy access.  On top of that it features a  Ideal’s wire-nut wrench in the handle, that makes it alot easier to twist up wire nuts.  The handle also features a little hole that is perfectly shaped for bending a wire to go on an outlet screw.   Lastly the screwdriver has a ratcheting mechanism, that Ideal claims is good for more torque than a human wrist can exert.  The screwdriver runs about 20 bucks, and is just starting to hit stores now.

Source: Ideal