Category Archives for "Tools"

Everybody needs tools around the home for those nagging and sometimes emergency home repairs. In this product category, we review some of the best tools on the market whether you are a DIY enthusiast who’s just having some fun undertaking a project in your garage. And we also review more professional equipment. For example, tools for auto mechanics that need to complete complex vehicular maintenance tasks. Whatever you are looking to do, these product reviews should help you make smart decisions when it comes to selecting the cool you need to complete your task.

The 5 Best Snap Ring Pliers [Ranked]

Snap Ring Pliers

Snap-ring pliers are engineered to both remove as well as to install snap rings. You may not use them a lot, but when you need one, they’re really the only tool to get the job done.  They work on snap (or retaining) rings, which are fasteners that hold assembles or components onto a shaft or in […]

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The 5 Best Needle Nose Pliers [Ranked]

Needle Nose Pliers

Needle-nose pliers (they are called  long-nose pliers, pointy-nose pliers,  snipe-nose pliers, pinch-nose pliers) are both holding & cutting pliers frequently employed by electricians, arts & crafts types, jewelers, tradesmen, and home owners for common residential repairs (Wikipedia). They are often used to work with wires- bending, positioning and snipping them.  Their long-nosed design provides a high degree […]

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The 5 Best Diagonal Pliers [Ranked]

Diagonal Pliers

Diagonal pliers (also known as diagonal cutters, diagonal cutting pliers & wire cutters) are designed to cut wire, rather than gripping or pulling. Their jaws are especially sharp and engineered to cut efficiently and closely (Wikipedia). A high leverage design means that you get a ton more cutting power out of them, especially compared to traditional rivet […]

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The 5 Best Air-Powered Straight Line Sanders [Ranked]

A straight line sander vibrates in a straight line, rather than in circles. It’s commonly used for areas in which hand sanding is tedious or “blocking” is required. The majority are air-powered, a couple of them are electric powered (Source). The straight line sanders we examine here are all air-powered and can provide 3,000 reciprocating strokes per minute.How […]

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The 5 Best Miter Saw Stands [Ranked]

Portable miter saw stands are designed to quickly deploy in seconds, transforming any garage or driveway immediately into a practical workshop. Broadly, they are designed to work not just with miter saws, but with benchtop planers, and scroll saws with their universal machinery mounts. Some, like the HTC PM-700 are feature-rich (think work lights, power strips, storage […]

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The 5 Best Slip Joint Pliers [Ranked]

Slip Joint Pliers

Slip joint pliers are pliers that have a slot in one grooved jaw through which the other jaw will slide.  This enables the plier to grip objects of different sizes securely. All of the models we review below, besides the Irwin pliers, include a wire-cutting jaw portion.  But only 2 of them (Tekton and Channellock) are […]

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The 5 Best Drywall Construction Stilts [Ranked]

If you need to hang drywall, paint, or otherwise work on an elevated area, you are undoubtedly aware of what a hassle it is to constantly re-position a ladder as you work your way around the room. For many contractors and DIY-types, purchasing a pair of construction silts can be an efficient way to do some […]

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The 5 Best Belt Disc Sanders [Ranked]

Disc sanders are a type of power tool that attaches sandpaper to a rotating disk that is used to smooth and grind the surfaces of materials. The principle is that the belt sander will propel sandpaper at extremely high rates of speed to make sanding more complete and efficient to perform. One of our favorite belt disc […]

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The 5 Best Cable Length Meters [Ranked]

Cable Length Meters

Cable length meters provide an easy and accurate means of determining cable length measurements.Our top pick is the the Klein Tools VDV501-089 VDV cable distance meter.This Klein Tools distance meter discovers the length of a particular cable by assessing the total capacitance of the cable attached to the unit and then comparing that to a […]

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The 5 Best Benchtop Router Tables [Ranked]

Benchtop router tables provide large work surfaces for routing and woodworking (Source). They are engineered to to fit a variety of different routers. And the tables we examine below are truly versatile pieces of equipment that promise to become an indispensable part of your woodworking shop. These router tables will help to put grooves in pieces of wood […]

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