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DeWalt D26453K Random Orbit Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-09-2013 10:53 pm

Every now and then I get to review a tool thatseems to do everything right on paper, but falls short just alittle bit in the shop. The DeWalt D26453 random orbit sander issuch a product. When I first picked it up, it seemed like asure-fire winner. Durable to the max with good specs it surelywould do well? Let's find out what stopped the D26453 from beingthe pinnacle of random orbit sanders.

The DeWalt 26453 Sander

The first thing you'll notice when you pick up the D26453 is itssize. The sander is one of the larger 5"

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Dremel 200-1/15 Die Grinder Kit Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-03-2013 10:32 pm

The name Dremel is so popular amongst thearts&crafts crowd that it has become synonymous with the term"rotary tool", a type of tool the Dremel company first intorducedin 1932. In a new series we'll be taking a look at all thedifferent types of rotary tools the company sell. This week we gotour hands on a Dremel 200, which is, by the company's ownadmission, a very basic offering. Let's take a look at how theDremel 200 performed in our shop.

The Dremel 200

The body of the Dremel 200 is made entirely from b

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Black&Decker BDCMTTS Cordless Circular Saw Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-26-2013 9:56 pm

The circular saw power unit was one of theadd-ons we had to get for our B&D Matrix system. A smallcircular saw is a great addition to any carpenter's or homeowner'stoolbox. The saw offers the ability to make straight and true cutsin tight places. Besides, cordless circular saws are scary-awesometools. Let's take a look at how well the BDCMTTS circular sawperforms in the Hingmy shop.

The B&D BDCMTTS Circular Saw Unit

The BDCMTTS is a small circular saw power unit in B&D'sMatrix line. The saw unit can be ins

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Makita FD02W Cordless Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-19-2013 6:58 pm

The Makita FD02W drill/driver found its way intoour shop as part of a larger kit. The specs place it far behind theleaders in the category and limit any attention it might get fromreviewers and customers alike. That does not mean, however, thatthe FD02W is a poor power tool. Let's take a look at the MakitaFD02W and find out how well it performs in the Hingmy workshop.

The Makita FD02W Drill/Driver

The FD02W follows Makita's alternate black&white colorscheme. The hard plastic white shell of the drill is coveredwith

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Black&Decker BDCDMT120IA Cordless Combo Kit Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-12-2013 10:04 pm

One of the most popular tools in the homecenters this season is the Black&Decker Matrix. This changelingof a tool separates the handle, battery, and motor from the tool'shead, which translates the provided energy into usable work.Individual power units can be purchased to increase thecapabilities of the whole kit. The concept promises to delivergreat performance at a much cheaper price. Needless to say, webought a Matrix the second we saw it in a home center. Let's take alook if a changeling can outperform a toolbox full of tools.

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Makita DT01W Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 10-06-2013 12:25 pm

Working our way through all 12V drivers in themarket, we arrived at the Makita DT01 cordless driver. A very goodlooking tool, the DT01 wants to be a general purpose driver. Nevertaking numbers at face value we put the DT01 through its paces.Let's take a look at how the Makita DT01 performed in the ourin-depth review.

The Makita DT01 Driver

The DT01 is a small 12V cordless driver from Makita. It isintended to be a general purpose medium duty driver. Its small sizemakes it the ideal tool for installers, cabinet builders

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DeWalt DCF815S2 Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 09-29-2013 6:03 pm

The DeWalt DCF815 is one of those tools you'llregularly see being advertised as a special offer. It's a two yearold design that has been left behind by recent advances intechnology. Nevertheless the DCF815 is still a best seller. Let'stake a look how an aging driver compares to the champs oftoday.

The DeWalt DCF815 Driver

The DCF815 is a small impact driver in DeWalt's 12V lineup. Itwas engineered to be smaller and more agile than full-size impactdrivers while still providing a professional level of performance.A med

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Bosch 1380 Slim Grinder Review
by Lorenz Prem on 09-21-2013 11:24 am

At first glance grinders seem to be all aboutpower and performance. If you ask a metal worker, however, you'llfind out that control is just as important. The Bosch 1380 Slimcomes highly recommended by the NewMetalworker, who we respect alot around here. Needless to say, we had to get the Bosch 1380 Sliminto our shop. Let's take look at what it can do.

The Bosch 1380 Slim

The 1380 Slim gets its name from its smaller than average body.The engineers at Bosch reasoned that a slimmer grinder would bemore comfortable to

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DeWalt DCF610S2 Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 09-12-2013 6:36 am

While we do like to test the latest and greatesthere at Hingmy, we do understand that new is not always best. Truevalue is sometimes found in a prior generation. The DeWalt DCF610screwdriver, one of the best reviewed drivers we have seen, is onesuch tool. Let's take a look, if the DCF610 is still a good buyseveral years after its introduction.

The DeWalt DCF610 Screwdriver

The DCF610 is the primary screwdriver in the DeWalt's 12Vline-up. It comes paired with the DC815 impact driver, which hasmore power for the tougher

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Makita SH01 Cordless Circular Saw Review
by Lorenz Prem on 09-06-2013 8:22 am

A small circular saw is one of the most usefultools nobody owns. It can make straight cuts in tight places;something we all use our jig saws for. When I had a change to getthe Makita SH01 cordless circular saw into the shop as part of akit, I had to jump on the chance. Let's take a look at what theSH01 can do, and if its cut is as true as that of a full-sizesaw.

The Makita SH01 Circular Saw

The SH01 circular saw is Makita's smallest cordless circularsaw. Powered by a 12V battery the saw was engineered for maximumagil

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Recent Reviews
"Drill/driver OK, reciprocating and circular saws are junk. No torque, circular saw won't cut thru a 2x4, reciprocating won't cut a 4x4 without bogging."
"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."