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Milwaukee 2426 Cordless Oscillating Tool Review
A Lot to Handle
by Lorenz Prem on 05-24-2014 8:47 pm

This week the Milwaukee 2426 oscillating toolfound its way onto my workbench. It is one of the first cordlessoscillating tools ever made, and a best seller. Let's take a lookhow the 2426 measures up today.

The Milwaukee 2426 Cordless Oscillating Tool

The 2426 is a no-thrills professional grade oscillating toolfrom Milwaukee. First introduced several years ago, it is behindthe times in terms of power and features. These days it sells at areduced price, but it's still a competent entry level oscillatingtool.

Black&Decker JS660 Jigsaw Review
A quirky saw with a good motor
by Lorenz Prem on 05-18-2014 3:37 pm

This week I picked up the Black&Decker JS660Jigsaw in the tool department of a local super store. I figure athorough review of this arguably basic jigsaw may help more peoplethan the reviews I do of premium models. Let's take a look at whatthe JS660 can do in the Hingmy workshop, and if it is worth whatlittle 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 ofmuch more expensiv

Makita RT0701 Trim Router Review
A performer with a minor flaw
by Lorenz Prem on 05-11-2014 6:24 pm

My router collection grew this week with theaddition of the Makita RT0701 trim router. It was on my shortlistof challengers for the title of best trim router. Let's take a lookat what qualities lifted the RT0701 into the ranks of the best trimrouters on the market.

The Makita RT0701 Trim Router

The RT0701 is a trim router from Makita. The basic kit includesa motor unit and fixed base. Additional base options andaccessories are available separately or as part of one of the moreexpensive kits.

Porter Cable PR85TRSOK Recip Saw Review
Hard to hold onto
by Lorenz Prem on 05-04-2014 7:55 pm

For this week's review I got a hold of a PorterCable Tiger Saw, the PR85TRSOK. This saw beckons potential buyerswith its low price from the shelves of home centers around the US.I bought one so you don't have to. Let's take a look at what theTiger Saw can do in the Hingmy workshop.

The Porter Cable PR85TRSOK Recip Saw

The PR85TRSOK, or Tiger Saw, is a general purpose recip saw fromPorter Cable. Lighter and less powerful than a full-size demolitionsaw, this reciprocating saw is fully capable on a per-cutbasis,

Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station Review
A great handling Iron
by Lorenz Prem on 04-26-2014 9:46 pm

Fixing electronics is a hobby of mine I rarelyhave time for anymore. A good soldering iron makes the process alot easier, and satisfies my need to collect gadgets. I chose theHakko FX-951 soldering station to be center piece of my workbench.It comes with one of the best irons on the market today. Let's takea look how the FX-951 performs, and what makes it special.

The Hakko FX-951

The FX-951 is a mid-range soldering station from Hakko. Coveredby a yellow and blue plastic body, this soldering station comeswith t

Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner Review
Great almost all the way around
by Lorenz Prem on 04-20-2014 1:54 am

Makita's PJ7000 is Japan's entry in our seriesof plate joiner reviews. Besides being turquoise the PJ7000 lookslike the other competitors so far. Let's take a closer look andfigure out what the PJ7000 is all about.

The Makita PJ7000 Plate Joiner

The PJ7000 is a traditional plate joiner from Makita. It wasdesigned to cut biscuits slots at an industrial pace in cabinetshops and other high-throughput environments. The PJ7000 followsthe traditional design of marrying the motor housing and gearbox ofa grinder with a

DeWalt DW331K Jigsaw Review
A rough Jigsaw for rough Cuts
by Lorenz Prem on 04-13-2014 12:55 am

The DeWalt DW331K jigsaw sits right in themiddle of the price range. That makes it a tempting purchase foranyone who wants a better saw than one of the universally poorentry level jigsaws, but does not want to pay for thetop-of-the-line models. Let's take a look at what the DW331K jigsawcan do in the Hingmy woodshop.

The DeWalt DW331K Jigsaw

The DW331K is a professional quality jigsaw from DeWalt. It wasengineered to perform well on the job site, where speed anddurability are valued above anything else. The saw

Fluke 87V Multimeter Review
Simply the Best
by Lorenz Prem on 04-06-2014 1:18 am

I use a multimeter to probe the tools I amreviewing every week here on Hingmy to gain a better understandingof how they work. The Fluke 87V meter I am using happens to be themost trusted millimeter on the market today. It and itspredecessors have been in use in many industries for decades. Ifyou value performance over cost there is no way around the Fluke87V. Let's take a look at what makes this multimeter a favoritearound the world.

The Fluke 87V Multimeter

The 87V is an industrial multimeter from Fluke, a lea

Hitachi DB3DL2 Cordless Screwdriver Review
Not for Lefties
by Lorenz Prem on 03-29-2014 11:33 pm

A small and inexpensive cordless screwdriver isa good tool to have around the house. It speeds up removal andinstallation of small fasteners and saves your wrist. The HitachiDB3DL2 is such a tool. Knowing that the word "inexpensive" isalmost always accompanied by "limited", I got the screwdriver intomy shop for an in-depth review. Let's take a look at how the DB3DL2performs.

The Hitachi DB3DL2 Screwdriver

The DB3DL2 is a light duty screwdriver from Hitachi. The greatclutch makes it ideal for

Hitachi M12V2 Router Review
A great Value
by Lorenz Prem on 03-23-2014 3:30 pm

One of the best values in full-size plungerouters is the Hitachi M12V2. It has all the features of a largeproduction router, but the price tag of a bench router. Needless tosay, I had to get it into my shop. Let's take look if the M12V2performs like a proper plunge router, or if the price is too goodto be true.

The Hitachi M12V2 Router

The M12V2 is a full-size plunge router from Hitachi. Equippedwith a 3 1/2 HP motor this router was designed to take on heavyduty routing tasks in commercial shops. At 13.9 lbs th

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