The Milwaukee 2450 impact driver found its way into our shop as part of a kit that included a far more interesting tool. It's specs are equally unimpressive. The dollar amount at the bottom is what made us take note.
The 2450 is a bargain price driver from one of the big four tool manufacturers. Always the curious kind we had to figure out what that actually meant. Let's take a closer look, shall we?
The 2450 Impact Driver
The 2450 is a medium duty impact driver that uses the Milwaukee 12V battery system. It has been in the market for quite some time and has ...
Small die grinders (or small rotary tools) are a fun to use. Well built ones are like pens that write in wood. The Black&Decker RTX rotary tool is a challenger in a niche dominated by the Dremel company. Always wanting to support healthy competition we had to get the RTX into our shop. Let's take a look, if the cheaper challenger can take it to the king of rotary tools.
The Black&Decker RTX Rotary Tool
The RTX immediately manages to impress with its compact feel. You get an amazingly well built tool for the price. The reddish plastic body flows into a rubber grip at the tip of the tool. The RTX ...
One of the most important aspects of reviewing tools for the community is finding tools that not only perform, but also don't break the bank. No one wants to overpay and use an industrial tool for a small project. The Bosch RS7 is a hot contender for being a great steal. It comes with the Bosch name, good stats, and a very attractive price. Let's take a look at what the RS7 brings to the table.
The Bosch RS7 Recip Saw
The RS7 reciprocating saw is an entry-level demo saw. On the spec sheet it plays second fiddle to the full-size saws. The level of performance the saw leaves on the table is reflected in a ...
Reviewing the most widely used tools with the best reputation is important to us. We want to provide our readers with a reference point they can use to make educated comparisons. In the world of hammer drills this tool is the Bosch Bulldog. You'll see it on job sites all over the world. Naturally we had to have a look ourselves. We picked the 11255VSR, one tool in the new Bulldog Extreme line, as the tool to test. Let's take a look at what makes a legend.
The Bosch 11255VSR Bulldog Extreme
The 11255VSR is a large size hammer drill that crosses over into rotary hammer territory. It can be used for ...
We always wanted to get a small-size cordless reciprocating saw into our shop to find out why everyone was raving about this new style of tool. The Milwaukee 2420 fit the blend of quality, performance, and value we want to see in every tool. It was time to get the saw into our shop. Let's take a look at what the Milwaukee 2420 recip saw is all about.
The Milwaukee 2420 Hackzall Reciprocating Saw
The Milwaukee 2420 is a small form factor recip saw made for use on the jobsite by plumbers and electricians. In a scenario where the user makes infrequent, relatively fine cuts a small cordless reciprocating ...
We do not get to test a lot of screw drivers in our shop. Screw guns are one of just a few tools that are exclusively used by the trade. The DeWalt DW272 has all the right properties to make it last in the demanding world of construction. It looks though, and roars mightily. Let's see how well the DW272 performs under close inspection.
The DeWalt DW272 Screwdriver
The DeWalt DW272 was engineered to be the ultimate drywall screwdriver. Every component of the tool is strong enough to complete this mission, but not over-engineered to make the tool unnecessarily heavy, bulky, and expensive. The result is a surprisingly light, well-built screw gun that drives ...
We have been trying to get our hands on a Milwaukee Tool 2453-22 cordless impact driver for some time now. In our opinion it is the most exciting new impact driver that is coming out this year. Instead of going big, Milwaukee created a smaller, full-featured impact driver. Let's see what brushless motor technology can do for driving screws.
The Milwaukee Tool 2453-22 Cordless Impact Driver
The 2453-22 is part of Milwaukee's next generation of power tools. It is equipped with a brushless motor, a digital control unit, and an electronic drive system. The battery interface is still the tried and true ...
Jigsaws are best used for cutting curves in various types of materials. The tip of the blade must be free of the cut in order for the saw to function. Blade deflection is an issue with jigsaws.
The tip of the blade on a saw equipped with this feature moves in an oval pattern. This increases the cutting speed of the saw. The blade is being pushed into the material in addition to moving up and down....
Air cleaners are an essential component in every shop. They remove dust particles from the air that the dust collector did not catch. A good air cleaner significantly reduces the abient dust in the shop.
In addition to the safety factors, air cleaners significantly reduce the amount of cleaning that has to be done in the shop and in adjacent spaces. The cleaner pulls dust towards it and away from places you do not want it.
A cordless drill spins a drill bit at high speeds. The tip of the drill bit shaves away the material in many small bites.
Drills can be used to drive screws, but will not perform as well as a dedicated impact driver. The continuous torque a drill produces will twist the tool out of the hands of the operator as soon as the screw stars to bind.
DeWalt recently release a new compact reciprocating saw. The DWE357 takes the established reciprocating saw design and shrinks it down to 14.5" of length. With the motor installed at an angle this saw can go where few other saws can. Let's take a look at what the DWE357 can do and if it is a better reciprocating saw.
The DeWalt DWE357 Recip Saw
DeWalt created the DWE357 to fill a niche in the reciprocating saw market. Sometimes you need to make a single cut, but do not want to set up your full size reciprocating saw for the job. The DWE357 is a compact reciprocating saw that is easier to transport ...
A few weeks ago we reviewed the DeWalt DW618, an excellent fixed base router. One way to purchase this tool is too buy the DW618PK kit, which also includes a plunge base. At under ~$200 this kit is an excellent choice for novices and professionals alike. Naturally we had to decide for ourselves, if the plunge base matches the excellent quality of the fixed base. Let's take a look.
The DeWalt DW618PK Router Kit
The DW618PK router kit is part of the DW618 router system. DeWalt has created a single motor unit that fits into several base options. The DW618PK kit includes the motor unit, the plunge base, and ...
A reciprocating saw, or recip saw, is a cut-off tool most often used for demolition or other rough work. Equipped with the correct blade a recirocating saw can cut through wood, metal, and tile.
The tip of the blade of a saw equipped with this feature moves in an oval patter. This increases the cutting speed of the saw, but produces a rougher finish.
Due to the ...
Circular saws produce straight, clean cuts in sheets and dimensional lumber. Paired with a guide a circular saws can make very accurate cuts.
While large radius curved cuts are possible with a circular saw, this type of tool was not designed for this task. The circular saw is a panel dimensioning tool.
With care plunge cuts can be made with a curcular saw. The saw will not leave clean edges at the start and end of the cut since the blade is curved. A ...
Tablesaw use a spinning blade to make straight cuts in wood. They are primarily used to dimension stock using a movable fence.
There are several types of table saws available on the market today. Each type makes a different trade-off between weight and portability.
Contractor saws are built to be moved by a single man to and ...
Sticking with our principle of reviewing tools that people actually used, we took a look at the Black&Decker RP250 plunge router this week. This entry level router looks like a full-featured router, but cost a lot less than the competition.
A lot of novices will find themselves looking at the RP250 wondering if it is a good first router for woodworking. Always wanting to warn our readers about potential lemons, we decided to review the RP250 for you. Lets take a look what the B&D RP250 can and cannot do, and if it is worth your money.
The Black&Decker RP250 Plunge Router
A planer flattens the top surface of a board fedd through the machine. Along with a jointer, the planer is used for milling boards.
Spiral Cutter Head
Traditional planers use a small number of knives the run the entire width of the cutter head to make the cut. Sprial cutter heads use a large number of small cutters arranged in a spiral fashion on the cutter head.
A spiral cutterhead cuts cleaner than a traditional ...
The market for bandsaws has settled on a common two wheel design. The diameter of the wheel determines the machine's cutting capacity.
The models differ in size and quality of their frame. Larger, heavier models have stiffer frames. This makes large machines track better and last longer than smaller models.
Resawing vs curve cutting
A resawing bandsaw requires power and bulk to push the blade through a lot of stock at ...
Drivers excel at driving screws, bolts, and other fasteners. They outperform cordless drills when driving screws both in terms of driving power and ease of use. Large drivers can be used to drive lug nuts and industrial size nuts and bolts.
Drivers differ from drills in the amount and type of torque they deliver. Driving a screw requires high, burst-like torque. Drills produce continuous torque. A driver puts much less strain on the user's hand ...
Routers are used to guide a spinning bit over a stationary work piece. They are used to shape materials and create joinery.
In addition to detailing, router bits exist for slot cutting, panel raising, joinery, and many other purposes. The router is an essential tool in every woodshop.
Small routers that are held with one hand are called trim routers. ...