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DeWalt DW682K Plate Joiner Review
Handle with Care
by Lorenz Prem on 03-16-2014 2:05 pm

I have used my trusted Porter Cable 557 platejoiner for almost a decade now. It's about time to bring in a fewchallengers and see if the old guard is still competitive intoday's market. Enter DW682K, a surprisingly affordable platejoiner from DeWalt. Let's take look, if the DW682K can challengethe reigning champ.

The DeWalt DW682K Plate Joiner

The DW682K is a heavy duty plate joiner intended for productionuse. Every part of the tool has been engineered to perform in suchan environment. The fence assembly a

Porter Cable PCCK640LB Cordless Driver Review
Very good in moderation
by Lorenz Prem on 03-09-2014 9:53 pm

The excellent PCC600 cordless drill I reviewed acouple of weeks ago made me look forward to this week's review thePCC640 cordless driver. If the two tools are anything alike, thePCC640 will perform like a sport car. Let's take a look, if thePCC640 cordless driver matches the high quality of the tools inPorter Cable's 18V lineup, or if it turns out to be a lemon.

The Porter Cable PCCK640LB Cordless Driver

The design of the PCC640 prioritizes performance over all otheraspects. The engineers wanted it to feel l

Bostitch BTC440 Cordless Driver Review
Unusally good for the price
by Lorenz Prem on 03-02-2014 3:08 am

This week I am taking closer look at theBostitch BTC440 cordless driver, the companion of the BTC400LBcordless drill/driver I have reviewed a couple of weeks ago. Thepair comes in a very attractively priced combo kit, the BTCK410L2,which you can find at your local Walmart. Naturally this peaked myinterest. Let's take a look, if the BTC440 is a good value for yourmoney, or a trap beckoning you to waste your hard earned cash.

The Bostitch BTC440

The BTC440 is a medium duty driver from the Bostitchcompany,

Porter Cable PCCK600LB Cordless Drill/Driver Review
Great value with only one drawback
by Lorenz Prem on 02-23-2014 1:59 pm

The new line of Porter Cable tools tries toimpress on the home center shelves with its angular looks. When Ifirst saw the PCCK600LB, Porter Cable's new cordless drill/driver,I was worried the designers chose form over function. Neverallowing an uninformed opinion to stand, I had to get thisdrill/driver into my shop. Let's take a look at what the PorterCable PCCK600LB can do besides look good.

The Porter Cable PCCK600LB

The PCCK600LB is a general purpose drill/driver from PorterCable. Built for commercial use it

DeWalt DW364 Circular Saw Review
One of the Best
by Lorenz Prem on 02-16-2014 2:43 pm

In every market segment there are tools thatcosts several times as much as the entry level version. I oftenwonder what the reason for such a steep price premium could be. Inthe world of circular saws one of these tools is the DeWalt DW364.Called "the finest circular saw you can buy" by many professionalsI have come across, it was inevitable that it would find its wayinto the Hingmy shop. Let's take a look, if the DW364 is reallythat much better than the competition.

The DeWalt DW364 Circular Saw

The DW364 is a

Bostitch BTC400LB Drill/Driver Review
Quality VS Price Redefined
by Lorenz Prem on 02-08-2014 4:23 pm

It was inevitable that the Bostitch BTC400LBwould find its way into our shop. The promise of a well-pricedpower tool sold at Walmart that also offers good performance wastoo good to pass up. Destined to be a high volume item I feel thatI can help a lot of people by reviewing the BTC400LB. Let's take alook, if this drill/driver is the great deal it is supposed to be,or if the marketing got ahead of the tool's performance.

The Bostitch BTC400LB Cordless Drill/Driver

The BTC400LB is a medium-duty drill driver from

Bosch PS31 Cordless Drill Review
Not the best example of Bosch Engineering
by Lorenz Prem on 02-01-2014 9:58 pm

Another week, another L-Boxx to play with. Thistime the treasure contained within turned out to be the PS31, asmall 12V cordless drill/driver from Bosch. Designed forinstallers, product assemblers, and trade professionals the PS31comes with some very promising specs. Let's take look at what thePS31 can do in the Hingmy workshop.

The Bosch PS31 Cordless Drill

The build quality of the PS31 is up to the high standard we havecome to expect from Bosch. The monolithic body is covered withblack rubber in strategic pla

Bosch CCS180 Cordless Circular Saw Review
A professinal saw with a flaw
by Lorenz Prem on 01-18-2014 9:13 pm

Cordless circular saws are by definition limitedtools. If they worked flawlessly the market for AC powered sawwould dry up instantly. Going into a cordless circular saw reviewthe challenge is always to articulate what the saw can be used for,rather than finding out how it fails. This week I got to play withthe Bosch CCS180, a very promising candidate packaged in an L-Boxx.Let's take a look what this saw can do, and how it can help you getyour work done.

The Bosch CCS180 CordlessCircular Saw

Short of the lower b

Bosch DDS181 Cordless Drill Review
Great Drill, Poor Chuck
by Lorenz Prem on 01-11-2014 12:19 am

Unpacking L-Boxx cases is a special pleasure forme. As a tool reviewer I get so many into my shop, I forget what'sinside of them. This makes opening an L-Boxx a special surprise.This week the treasure contained within turned out to be the DDS181drill/driver, a particularly well reviewed tool from Bosch. Let'stake a look, if the DDS181 can prove itself in the Hingmy workshop,or if I should burry it in the pretty box it came in.

The Bosch DDS181 Cordless Drill

The DDS181 is a general duty drill/driver intend

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