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Every once in a while, you run into a project where you need to do some tree trimming. Having the right hand saw on-hand can make the difference between a quick job and hours of hard cutting. While there are numerous choices for a straight-bladed or folding hand saw, the best pruning saw for typical uses will always have a curved blade to make cutting branches up to a few inches thick feel like you’re cutting through butter. Any of the options below are so good that any of them will quickly replace not only your hand saws, but many other pruning tools. TOP PICK: Starting with a 13-inch (330mm) curved, mono-constructed blade and a black polypropylene sheathe, the 270-33 Zubat has a lot to offer. The [&hellip

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There are certain tools that are a staple among contractors, and framing hammers are on top of the list. Many in construction will have a favorite model they’ve settled on and say it’s the best framing hammer in existence. Others are still looking to find “the one”. At one time, the heaviest framing hammer was often associated with being the most powerful, but that’s no longer true due to different materials and improved technology. The following framing hammers all have a lighter design with stronger materials than their predecessors. Likewise, they’re all designed to create less shock, making them ideal for those who may have prior injuries or are simply no longer 20 year-olds. TOP PICK: Don’t let the price fool you, this titanium framing hammer really earns [&hellip

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As one of the smoothest cutting tools any woodworker will have, a band saw is on just about the same level of versatility as a router. Used primarily for cutting curves or other unusual cuts into wood, a band saw is also used to rip lumber, make cross cuts, or even cut metal. They come in various sizes, from large floor-standing models, smaller benchtop models, and portable electric models (corded and cordless). The best band saw will be sturdy, long-lasting, and powerful enough to handle whatever task you throw at it as long as you understand its limitations. Here are what we believe to be the top models, one of each style. TOP PICK: A floor-standing band saw can be an important part of a busy workshop, and [&hellip

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When it comes to screwdrivers, few people actually require a large number of types and sizes. However, only a handful of screwdrivers are needed to complete most projects on the job, in your workshop, or at home. The best screwdriver sets will be durable, comfortable, precise and possibly last you a lifetime. If any of the following apply to you, now’s the time to think about getting a new, high quality screwdriver set: You have a bunch of old, cheap, mismatched screwdrivers that you’ve collected over the years but none seem to work well. You’re using a magnetic socket screwdriver with 30 different bits since it seemed like a good idea at the time but now you can’t find the 3-4 bits you need the most. You [&hellip

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Sometimes, buying the right model of tool for your garage or workshop is frustrating, and finding the best angle grinder for your purposes can be among the worst. Angle grinder reviews are often full of pros and cons describing how a model made for an excellent metal grinder but was terrible at cutting cement or brick, for example. Another annoyance is balancing cost and quality. Unlike many types of tools, a cheap angle grinder may be superior to more expensive models, or it may be a complete waste of money. A good angle grinder must be able to balance several features. Safety is always a concern, as is having the right amount of power for the job. Size, additional features, and whether it you are restricted in replacement parts [&hellip

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Automotive OBD2 scanners and car code readers are the easiest and least expensive ways to find out why your engine light is on and get it to turn off. Even the best car code reader under $50 will give you the same basic information you’d get from an auto repair shop, and there’s no labor charge to pay. Since a shop may charge you $100 just to diagnose a problem, these handy devices can pay for themselves after a single use. If you need a bit more than just reading and clearing basic engine fault codes, a full featured OBD2 scanner is a great investment. Like other technology, prices on these automotive scan tools continue to drop making them affordable to most home mechanics. For [&hellip

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Moving a car is sometimes more logical than working your way around it, and the best car dolly will make rotating or storing a vehicle easier than you ever thought it would be. Look for models that are well-designed and able to stand up to the weight of any vehicle you need to use your garage car dolly with. If the castors, for example, are not able to stand up to the stress of moving your car, then look for a heavier model. Whether you are restoring a classic or storing your ride for the season, the best car dolly is the one which fits your particular needs– whatever those needs may be. TOP PICK: Pentagon Tire Skates Pentagon is a relatively new drywall and [&hellip

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If you’re a serious Do It Yourselfer, you obviously understand the benefits of a home air compressor. But have you discovered the awesomeness of a good air hose reel for your shop? A safe and organized garage is key. The best air hose reel will put a stop to common annoyances and safety hazards such as getting the hose constantly tangled around your feet or other objects and tripping you up, having to slowly unfurl the air hose and then spending time to coil it back up. When buying a hose reel, look for a heavy duty hose and a reel that is made of quality materials. Reels that weigh a hefty amount, are typically built with long term use in mind. Keep in mind that you will be using this reel a lot [&hellip

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The best hacksaw is a far cry from the simple hacksaw designs of yesteryear. Manufactured with lightweight alloys, today’s quality hacksaws are designed for higher dependability, straighter cuts, and dependable results. Professional craftsmen rely on names like DeWalt and Klein, and our picks for top rated hacksaws provide a great example of why those two companies are leaders in the field of hand tools, both at home and in the field. In both cases, you will find highly engineered American tools that are built to serve multiple purposes and applications. TOP PICK: DEWALT DWHT20547L 5-in-1 Hacksaw The DWHT20547L features a blade that pivots from 45 to 90 degrees, giving you access to flush cuts without changing saws. The high tension blade is designed to be tensioned [&hellip

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Craftsmen use random orbit sanders for fine or rough sanding, polishing, and more. The best random orbit sander should have a comfortable, ergonomic feel, and while it is not essential, having a variable speed motor will give you more control over the sanding depth and finish. All the models reviewed below use the most common 5″ pads with the hook and loop fastener system, similar to the Velcro fastening system, primarily because it is used for most professional orbital sanding tools and accessories, but it is also a quick and simple method for holding sanding pads and discs (much better than the stick-on type pads). Here’s a good comparison of hook and loop vs peel and stick sanding pads. TOP PICK: Makita BO5041K Random Orbit Sander Kit The [&hellip

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