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Knipex Pliers Wrench Review
The better adjustable wrench
by Lorenz Prem on 10-22-2014 4:02 pm

I needed a new adjustable wrench to work on mybathroom rebuild. In typically Hingmy tradition only thebest-of-the-best would do.

That's how the pliers wrench from Knipex ended up on the Hingmytest bench. Let's take look if this German import is indeed betterthan the competition, and if it can justify its hefty pricepremium.

The Knipex Adjustable Pliers Wrench Review

The core mechanic of the Knipex pliers wrench is the way itsjaws move an 1/8 of an inch when the user moves the handles. With a10-1 mechanical

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The Best Budget 5" Random Orbit Sanders (2014 Edition)
Entry-Level Random Orbit Sanders Compared
by Lorenz Prem on 10-07-2014 5:07 am

At first glance the sanders in the entry-levelsegment of the 5" random orbit sander market appear to be verysimilar. All of them are roughly the same size and shape, and theirspecs do not differ all that much.

Having reviewed all of them, I can tell you that they all feeldifferent when the sand paper meets the work piece. Let's take alook at the most widely used 5" random orbit sanders, and figureout which one is the best of the bunch.

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Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router Review
Attention to detail creates greatness
by Lorenz Prem on 09-29-2014 4:40 am

After reviewing the fixed base version a coupleof weeks ago, I was very excited to get my hands on the MRP23EVSplunge router this week. If the engineering on the fixed baseversion is anything to go by, this router could be challenging forthe title of "Best Plunge Router in the Land". Let's take a look atwhat the MRP23EVS brings to the table, and how it sets itself apartfrom the competition.

The Bosch MRP23EVS Plunge Router

The MRP23EVS is a professional, two-piece plunge router fromBosch. It combines a powerful 15

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Makita BO5031K Random Orbit Sander Review
A great All-Rounder
by Lorenz Prem on 09-22-2014 6:39 am

The BO5031K random orbit sander is a favoriteamong users on the internet. It seems to perform well for justabout everyone. I really liked its bigger brother, the BO5041K,when I reviewed it in my workshop. Let's take a look if the BO5031Kis the great all-rounder it is said to be, or if the voices on theinternet got this one wrong like they so often do.

The Makita BO5031K Random Orbit Sander

The BO5031K is a general purpose 5" random orbit sander fromMakita. Its 3 amp motor and 22,000 rpm top speed compare favorablyt

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DeWalt DCF886 Cordless Driver Review
Small, light, yet powerful
by Lorenz Prem on 09-15-2014 11:13 am

The latest and greatest from DeWalt arrived inmy shop this week. The DCF886 is DeWalt's flagship cordless driver.Its specs promise some of the best performance in the category.Having reviewed the competition's best, giving this one its shot atthe title was inevitable. Let's take a look at what DeWalt's bestcan do in the Hingmy workshop, and if it can rule supreme as theking of cordless impact drivers.

The DCF886 Cordless Driver

The DCF886 is DeWalt's flagship cordless driver. It is poweredby the 20V Max battery system and c

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Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander Review
How valuable is a sander without dust collection?
by Lorenz Prem on 09-08-2014 10:59 am

Another week, another sander. This week theHitachi SV13YA random orbit sander makes an appearance on theHingmy test bench. This one looks like the rest of them, exceptthat it is green. Let take a look what the SV13YA can bring to therandom orbit sander market, and if it should have a spot in yourtool chest.

The Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander

The SV13YA is a 5" random orbit sander from Hitachi. It followsa generic design and is void of innovative features. Its specs makeit a general purpose random orbit sander in the

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Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Sander Review
Doing better costs twice as much
by Lorenz Prem on 09-01-2014 2:26 pm

In the next couple of months I am going to workmy way through a number of 5" random orbit sanders in preparationfor an upcoming "Best Of" article. This week it is the Milwaukee6021-21 random orbit sander's turn in the Hingmy workshop. Itsspecs and online reviews promise it to be a lot of sander for themoney. Let's take a look, if the the 6021 deservers its reputation,or if it is just another attractive

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Bosch MRF23EVS Fixed-Base Router Review
A few well engineered features make everything better
by Lorenz Prem on 08-27-2014 7:43 am

Routers are some of my favorite tools to review.There are so many things about a router that a manufacturer can getright or wrong. It's impossible to judge a router based on a fewpictures on a website.

This week I got my hands on the Bosch MRF23EVS router, a tool Ierroneously though would be just another average router. Let's takea look at what's so special about the MRF23EVS.

The Bosch MRF23EVS Router

The MRF23EVS is a variable speed router from Bosch. Some say itis the spiritual successor of the excellent

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Hitachi SV12SG Palm Sander Review
Competently executed, but hard to recommend
by Lorenz Prem on 08-17-2014 5:28 pm

While writing last week's article, The Best PalmSanders - 2014 Edition, I noticed I did not review Hitachi's SV12SGpalm sander. I ordered one, and it arrived just in time for thisweek's review. All my palm sander specific hopes and dreams rest onthis little green guy. Let's take a look if the Hitachi SV12SG canupset the palm sander rankings, or if it is yet another uninspiredentry.

The Hitachi SV12SG Palm Sander

The SV12SG is a 1/4 sheet palm sander from Hitachi. It followsthe traditional design closely without innovatin

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Recent Reviews
"Indeed, this one is the best 12V driver. Get it. You will not be disappointed."
"I use this one for heavy work. It can do it all. None better."
"Love this Router"
"Great driver with only minor issues. App is limited. The last gen is almost as good, yet a lot cheaper."
"This saw replaced a Delta Unisaw in my shop. It's rock solid, powerful, and well made. Fence rivals Biesemeyer or Unifence. Worth the price, IMHO."
"Excellent performance but tough to use at high speed with soft wood, tends to drive too deep before impact kicks in."
"This is my only true drill. The key-less chuck works flawlessly as does the power/speed switch which is handy for drilling various density material."
"A quality sander that performs well day in and day out. Not the best dust bag, that's minor for me. Fits well in my hand and no fatigue with prolonged use."
"A good option for those looking for their first saw, or those looking to upgrade from a "portable" job site saw. Buy a decent blade and you'll be happy."
"Good general purpose ROS. Easy to hold, plenty of power. Dust collection works pretty well. Rubber-booted switch can be difficult to operate without fumbling."