How to Use a Pole Saw (Manual and Powered)

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Pole saws can be a little more difficult to use and control than a normal saw due to their handle length. That’s not to say it’s hard to master one of these tools, once you get the hang of it. There are three major uses for a pole saw: Brush Clearing – The process of … Read more

4 Types of Torque Wrenches and Sizes (and How They Work)

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Torque wrenches are most often used in automotive applications, but can also be applied in tasks where a certain amount of torque is required on a bolt or nut. Knowing how these tools work and selecting the best ones for your tool chest can be a very rewarding endeavor. The following guide is designed to … Read more

10 Best Ratcheting Wrench Sets to Save You Time

Just about any task you’ll encounter as a professional or DIY mechanic will involve a wrench. This can end up requiring a lot of turn-lift-set motion when using a standard wrench. Thankfully, ratcheting wrenches eliminate a lot of this extra work. As these will be some of the most-used tools in your kit, choosing the … Read more

7 Best Japanese Pull Saws for Flush Cuts and Dovetails

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The Japanese have long held proper woodworking as an art form. Many temples and other wooden structures have stood firm for hundreds of years, even through earthquakes. A major part of this comes down to working with the wood grain instead of against it. Another major part comes from using dovetails, dowels, or butterfly joints … Read more

How to Mount a Bench Vise in 6 Easy Steps

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Properly mounting a bench vise isn’t difficult, but it can have a lasting effect on the efficiency of your vise. A stationary vise can often be placed in the middle of a table, but those with a swivel base (such as the ones we recommend) are best placed on the corner to get the most … Read more

9 Best Bench Vises for Your Workshop or Garage

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The best bench vise for your garage or shop will be a well-machined tool. Almost all vises (or vices) will have a rotating base that will allow you to swivel the jaws for gripping items from more than one horizontal direction. Having an anvil table built into the vise is also a convenient benefit, and … Read more

How to Organize and Wear Your Tool Belt Like a Pro

Have you ever wondered how Batman was always able to pull the right bat-tool out of his utility belt on the first try? The secret (besides convenient writing) was that he always had the belt organized to fit the mission profile. Be like the Bat with your new tool belt and show everyone you’re the … Read more

The Best Hacksaw for All-Purpose Use

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The hacksaw of today is a far cry from the simple hacksaw designs of yesteryear. Manufactured with lightweight alloys, today’s best hacksaws are designed for higher dependability, straighter cuts, and dependable results. A hacksaw is essentially a metal-cutting version of of a bow saw (wood-cutting) but with more teeth for cleaner cuts. Professional craftsmen rely on … Read more

Best Socket Sets for the Money

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A good socket set will be one of the most important things to have in your tool collection. While you can get away skimping on some tools, this shouldn’t be one of them. There are a few common factors that make the top rated socket set stand apart from the rest. One of those factors … Read more