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DeWalt DCF680N2 Gyro Screwdriver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-31-2013 6:38 pm

One look at the press release of the DCF680 wasenough for me to order one. The gyroscopic control mechanism is oneof the most exciting new technologies to come to the world of powertools in years. It won't have the same impact as the brushlessmotor revolution that is ongoing, but the gyro is undoubtedly morefun to use. Let's take a look at DeWalt's new gyroscopicscrewdriver, and find out if it is a power tool, or a gimmick.

The DeWalt DCF680 Screwdriver

DeWalt promotes the DCF680 as a professional grade tool forinstal

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Skil Tool 2354-06 iXO Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-25-2013 2:34 pm

I love looking at tool displays at the localhome centers. It's very interesting to see what the local retailersthink you should buy.

On my latest trip I ran into a large display of Skil iXO'sscrewdriver right at the entrance of a local Lowes. Since they seemto think I and everyone else needs to own an iXO, I picked one upto test in my shop. Let's take a look at how well the ads on thebox match the tool's performance.

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There are many different version of this driver to choose

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Bosch PS60-2A Cordless Reciprocating Saw Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-18-2013 7:57 pm

I have a soft spot for small reciprocating saws.These saws are mini-chain saws and come with all the fun of usingone. I use my small recip saw to cut up everything I can get myhands on around the house. Naturally I had to order a Bosch PS60-2Ato figure out if it is a better version of one of my most usedtools. Let's take a look at the PS60 and figure out if it is a wildcat or a kitten.

The Bosch PS60 Recip Saw

The PS60 is Bosch's smallest cordless recip saw. It wasengineered to be ultra-portable while still producing

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Why does a Drill/Driver have a Clutch?
by Lorenz Prem on 08-15-2013 11:22 pm

The most complicated part of a drill/driver tounderstand is the clutch. Why is there an extra part on a tool thatcan only rotate in one of two directions? Let's take a look at whata clutch does and how to use it to produce better work.

What is a clutch and how does it work?

"The clutch of a drill/driver limits the torque output of thetool. This prevents over-driven fasteners, snapped off fastenerheads, and damage to the material being worked on."

The clutch on a power drill/driver works m

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DeWalt DWD110K Drill Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-10-2013 10:04 pm

I have been using an earlier version of theDeWalt DWD110K as my primary drill for almost a decade now. It isone of those tools that outperforms its own price tag by a widemargin. I never felt a need to upgrade. For this reason more thanany other I recommend the DWD110K as the drill a first time homeowner should buy. Let's take a closer look at what makes theDWD110K such a good combination of performance and price.

The DeWalt DWD110K Drill

At first glance the DWD110K is a no-thrills pistol grip powerdrill. The variable

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Bosch PS41-2A Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 08-02-2013 2:35 am

The Bosch PS41 impact driver is a member of anew generation of tools: 12V tools that perform like the 18V toolsfrom only a few years back while being half the size. The bestimpact driver we have ever tested fits this description. Naturallywe had to take a look how Bosch's entry compares to that tool.

The Bosch PS41 Cordless Driver

The Bosch PS41 is a 12V impact driver with a standard hex chuck.It has been design primarily for medium duty tasks, but can punchin a higher weight class as long as there is little work to do

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Milwaukee 6020-21 Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-28-2013 6:13 pm

This week we finally made time to review theMilwaukee 6020 palm sander as part of our quest to review allimportant palm sanders on the market. This particular model has thedistinction of sitting at the top of the power charts. Selling atonly a slight premium we had to get it into our shop. Let's take alook, if the Milwaukee 6020 palm sander can turn its lead in thepower department into a win in the sanding performance test.

The Milwaukee 6020-21 Palm Sander

The 6020 is a 1/4 sheet palm sander from Milwaukee thatfollow

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Bosch PS21BN Cordless Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-21-2013 3:50 pm

Sometimes it is hard to understand why a companyhas so many different impact drivers in their lineup. Are they allreally that different from each other? This week we are trying tofigure out where the PS21 fits into Bosch's cordless impact driverlineup. The driver's prominent clutch ring is a big hint at whatlies ahead. Let's take a look at what the PS21 can do in ourtests?

The Bosch PS21 Screwdriver

It seems that Bosch designed the PS21 to be the ultimatescrewdriver for appliance and computer repair men. Every featur

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Bosch 1297DK Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-14-2013 3:18 pm

Palm sanders are always fun to test. Thesedeceptively simple tools always manage to surprise in one way orthe other. This week we took a look at the Bosch 1297D. At firstglance it seems this model distinguishes itself with a innovativepaper retention mechanism. Experience tells us there has to more tothis sander. Let's take a look at what the Bosch 1297D is hidingbelow that dark blue plastic shell.

The Bosch 1297D Sander

The Bosch 1297D is a classic knob style 1/4 sheet palm sander.It has a single speed 2 amp mot

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Porter Cable PCL180IDK-2 Cordless Impact Driver Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-09-2013 3:21 pm

The Hingmy product engine has a habit ofhighlighting very interesting products within its many views. Oneof these is the Porter Cable PCL180ID cordless impact driver. Itcan be found near the top of the cordless driver speed and torquecharts. That would not be so remarkable, if the PCL180ID did notcome at a low price that does not match its performance numbers.Naturally we had to investigate. Let's take a look if the PCL180IDearned its place near the top of the charts.

The PCL180ID Cordless Driver

The PCL180ID is a ful

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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."