This week it is hammer drill review time. Bosch's new HDS182 cordless hammer drill comes with the promises of brushless technology. Having reviewed tools by the hundreds I know that there is more to a tool than a well-built motor. Let's take a look, if all the features of the HDS182 are as advanced as its motor, and how all that tech translates into making dust on the job site.
The Bosch HDS182 Cordless Hammer Drill
The HDS182 is a professional grade cordless hammer drill from Bosch. It takes the place of a do-it-all drill/driver in the arsenal of professional contractors and builders. It performs well at general drilling and dri
This week we'll take a look at the Milwaukee 2401, a compact drill/driver in the M12 line. Positioning a high quality tool with the matching price tag in the lower end of the torque range is always risky. Let's take a look, if the engineers at Milwaukee managed to deliver a useful tool, or if the 2401 is simply too weak for what it is going for.
The Milwaukee 2401 Cordless Driver
The 2401 is a cordless drill/driver with a 1/2" hex chuck from Milwaukee. It has been designed for low to medium torque applications that require frequent use of a clutch. The driver's 15 ft-lbs of torque and 500 rpm place it near the bottom of the perfo
Testing my way through all trim routers on the market I made my way to the yellow one. The DeWalt D26670 with its rugged construction promises to be an interesting one. Let's take a look what the D26670 can do in the Hingmy workshop, and how it stacks up against the competition.
The DeWalt D26670 Trim Router
The D26670 is a commercial trim router from DeWalt. The kit includes the motor unit and a solid base. The tilt base and offset base are available as part of the larger kit.
The base and motor housing are made from cast magnesium. This gives the trim router an above average level of durability. The base in
This week I picked up the Black&Decker JS660 Jigsaw in the tool department of a local super store. I figure a thorough review of this arguably basic jigsaw may help more people than the reviews I do of premium models. Let's take a look at what the JS660 can do in the Hingmy workshop, and if it is worth what little you have to pay for it.
The Black&Decker JS660 Jigsaw
The JS660's best tricks are its good build quality and motor. Its hard plastic case and rubber grip are comparable to those of much more expensive jigsaws. The 5 amp motor is not large by jigsaw standards, but it is powerful enough to complete most work at a
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.
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.
A large motor greatly speeds up the cutting speed of the saw. Demolition saws have some of the largests motors found on hand-held tools. That power is necessary to make the saw manageable during an all-day job. ...
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 ...
The Porter Cable PCE201 is one of kind. It is the only high-torque corded impact driver in the Hingmy database at the moment. AC power gives this driver performance numbers that few cordless impact drivers can match. Let's take a look at what you can get, if you are willing to tether your impact driver to the power grid.
The Porter Cable PCE201 Driver
The PCE201 is a corded impact driver with a 1/4" hex chuck from Porter Cable. It is the only corded screwdriver that was designed to driver general purpose fasteners, which sets it apart from the competition that concentrates on driving drywall screws. This unique design puts the PC
A friend of mine loaned me his Craftsman BoltOn Cordless Drill/Driver for review. At first I thought it was identical to the Black&Decker Matrix, a tool I reviewed six months ago. Turns out the BoltOn has a few features that make it the better tool. Let's take a look at how the Craftsman BoltOn managed to improve on the Black&Decker Matrix.
The Craftsman BoltOn System
The Craftsman BoltOn system combines a handle that houses the motor and the battery with a replaceable power unit. The basic kit comes with the d
Ratchets don't find their way onto my test bench very often. This makes this week's test of the Milwaukee 2457 cordless ratchet a special occasion. I was so excited I removed and reinstalled every bolt I could find in my workshop with this ratchet. Let's take a look at what the 2457 can do, and how it stacks up against air powered ratchets.
The Milwaukee 2457 Ratchet
The 2457 is a cordless 3/8" ratchet in Milwaukee's M12 line. It is the larger brother of the 2456 ratchet, a nearly identical model with a 1/4" square chuck. Eng
My router collection grew this week with the addition of the Makita RT0701 trim router. It was on my shortlist of challengers for the title of best trim router. Let's take a look at what qualities lifted the RT0701 into the ranks of the best trim routers on the market.
The Makita RT0701 Trim Router
The RT0701 is a trim router from Makita. The basic kit includes a motor unit and fixed base. Additional base options and accessories are available separately or as part of one of the more expensive kits.
Fit and finish of both the base and motor unit are excellent. It's obvious the RT0701 was engineered for professio
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 ...
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.
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 ...
What happens when you choose to go cheap when buying a 1/4 sheet palm sander? I tested the Ryobi S652DK palm sander in my shop to find out. Let's take a look, if this budget palm sander is a viable replacement for the more expensive models most of us use in our shops.
The Ryobi S652DK
The S652DK is a budget 1/4 sheet palm sander from Ryobi. Sold at many box stores it is the first palm sander many people own. While it was clearly designed for the residential market, it still performs respectably in more demanding situations.
The build quality of the S652DK matches that of most sanders in this category. The har
Savvy shoppers are always on the lookout for tools that get the job done and don't break the bank. This week DeWalt's smallest grinder, the DWE4011, made its way onto my workbench. It looks like the other DeWalt grinders, but it sell at a price much lower than one would expect. Let's take a look, if the DWE4011 is an incredible value, or if it's a lemon you should keep out of your toolbox.
The DeWalt DWE4011 Grinder
The DWE4011 is an entry level 4 1/2" grinder from DeWalt. It follows the traditional design of marrying a metal gear casing to a plastic motor housing. The 7 amp motor is one of the weaker ones in the field, but the
This week the Milwaukee 2426 oscillating tool found its way onto my workbench. It is one of the first cordless oscillating tools ever made, and a best seller. Let's take a look how the 2426 measures up today.
The Milwaukee 2426 Cordless Oscillating Tool
The 2426 is a no-thrills professional grade oscillating tool from Milwaukee. First introduced several years ago, it is behind the times in terms of power and features. These days it sells at a reduced price, but it's still a competent entry level oscillating tool.
In typical Milwaukee fashion the red plastic body of the tool is covered with a generous amount of
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 ...
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.
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. ...