DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575

By Robert Robillard

DEWALT DWE575 7 1/4-inch Circular Saw DEWALT recently redesigned their circular saw, trimmed a bunch of weight off it and are now offering the DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575.   At 8.8 pounds, it is now one of the lightest contractor saws in its class. The DEWALT Lightweight Circular Saw DWE575 was designed to cut framing material, plywood, siding, and…

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Dewalt 6 Foot Step Ladder DXL3810-06

By Robert Robillard

DeWalt  500 Pound Capacity, 6 foot Heavy Duty Fiberglass Stepladder The folks at Dewalt recently sent me a pair of Dewalt 6 Foot Step Ladder DXL3810-06 to review.   We’ve been using these fiberglass step ladders on the job site for a few weeks now and what is most impressive is that they have a 500 pound capacity. First…

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Kershaw Leek 1660 Knife

By Robert Robillard

Kershaw Leek 1660 Stainless Steel Folding Knife Review: The folks at Kershaw recently send me a few folding knives to evaluate. I looked at and reviewed the Blur knife, [see review] Need Work knife [see review] and Kershaw Leek 1660 knife. As a remodeling contractor, backpacker, outdoor enthusiast and daily carrier of a pocket knife…

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Dewalt DWE357 Compact Reciprocating Saw

By Robert Robillard

DEWALT 10 Amp Compact Reciprocating Saw I recently started using the new Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw while performing a bathroom remodel in Concord, Massachusetts. The Dewalt DWE357 compact reciprocating saw is a strange looking bird indeed. It has a completely different and new look.   The shape and design actually make the saw smaller and…

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DeWalt 20V MAX Lithium Ion Jigsaw

By Robert Robillard

DeWalt 20V MAX Lithium Ion Cordless Jigsaw DCS331L1 The folks at  DEWALT recently sent me their DeWalt 20V MAX Lithium Ion Jigsaw to test and review.   DEWALT has really built up their 20 volt MAX platform and have sharpened their pencils on three major categories:  1.  Performance:  focusing on speed of application and run time. With the…

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Paslode Cordless 16 Gauge Lithium Ion Finish Nailer

By Robert Robillard

Paslode Cordless 16 Gauge, Angled 7.6 Volt Li-ion Finish Nailer Paslode finally came out with a lithium-ion version for their finish nailer. The Paslode cordless 16 gauge lithium ion finish nailer is going to be available this august at a price poi9nt of $399.00. The framing version has been out for awhile now and I…

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New IRWIN Marples Chisels

By Robert Robillard

IRWIN Marples Chisels Accomodates Three Trades Three new Marples bevel edge chisel lines will accommodate three distinct trades including finish carpentry / woodworking, construction and high-impact. I’ve been using these New IRWIN Marples Chisels for a few days and the fit and finish on them is great, the edge was super sharp out of the…

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Milwaukee 2604-22 vs Makita LXPH05 Brushless Hammer Drill Testing

By Robert Robillard

Milwaukee 2604-22 vs Makita LXPH05 Head to Head Testing: Years ago I used my cordless drill for drilling light duty holes and occasional light duty fastening. Let’s face it, that’s all they could really do. Today, cordless drills and drivers comprise almost 99 percent of my drilling and driving applications. It’s amazing how much torque,…

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