Pro Tool Reviews

  1. Pro Quality Meets All-Rounder Versatility in the Husqvarna 450 Chainsaw The Husqvarna 450 Chainsaw sits near the top of the company’s mid-length saws for landowners category, just below the Rancher series (there is also a 450 Rancher model). I had some trail clearing to do, so I brought the 450 along for job. Pros Fuel-efficient X-Torq […]

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  2. On the Hefty Side, Kobalt Impact Driver Delivers Impressive Breakaway Torque We ran 30 impact drivers – 18V, 12V, hydraulic oil pulse models, and DIY brands – through a head to head shootout. With a combination of power and value, Kobalt’s 24V Max Impact Driver finished our competition in an overall 8th place. Takeaway Overall, […]

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  3. Skil 12V Brushless Impact Driver Puts Serious Distance on Pro Models When we had our initial conversations with Skil about their new cordless lineup, they were pretty clear that their tools are targeting DIY users. Their goal is to challenge 18V DIY products with a more compact 12V brushless form factor. Then we tested their […]

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  4. The Stihl BT 131 Earth Auger is the company’s biggest and most powerful hole-drilling tool for applications from construction to ice fishing. Let’s in-auger-ate some holes in the Earth and see how it does! PROS Large fuel tank gives you more time between refuels Hip pad offers some comfort and puts a barrier between you […]

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  5. Bosch 18V Impact Driver Sports Hybrid 1/4″ Hex and 1/2″ Square Drive The Bosch 18V impact driver with socket ready drive isn’t a new player in the impact driver sector, but it’s getting a fresh look thanks to the Core18V battery. Earning a new nickname with the updated kit option, the Bosch Freak warrants your […]

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  6. The Makita AWS-Ready HEPA Backpack Vacuum is the brand’s newest portable vac offering for the cordless jobsite. Makita intends for this vac to bridge the gap between smaller onboard dust extraction and larger, less-mobile, wheeled, canister-style job site vacuums. What’s The Big Deal? By running off of two 5.0Ah LXT lithium-ion batteries, the Makita backpack […]

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  7. Unless you’re whittling a piece that you chopped from a tree, all the wood in carpentry projects came into contact with a circular saw blade at some point. But the circular saw blade is easy to neglect. We know when the blade gets dull but how are you caring for circular saw blades between the time […]

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  8. Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver with One-Key Dominates in Raw Hard Torque Power Out of 30 impact drivers that we brought in for head to head testing, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Impact Driver with One-Key came in 2nd place overall. Ranking that high takes a combination of power, speed, ergonomics, and much more. Performance The […]

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  9. Our Pro mechanics recognize not all impact wrenches are the same. We asked them to help us answer the question: Which impact wrench do you need? Since impact wrenches come in all shapes and sizes and offer a wide range of torque output, it can be tough to settle on just one. Around the shop, […]

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  10. The Makita XDT16 Puts Together a Complete Package to Take the Crown We tested 30 impact drivers in a head-to-head contest to see which model has the best speed, power, ergonomics, and value. While the competition was intense, the Makita XDT16 Brushless Impact Driver edged out the competition to take an overall 1st place finish. […]

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