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Digital calipers are not a new alternative to dial calipers, although a lot of consumers are reluctant to convert. This is due in no small part to the number of options available and the often confusing nature of digital caliper reviews. The best digital caliper will be precise, easy to use, resistant to water, and have an easy to read screen. Each of the following three calipers are excellent, top-quality choices, whether you’re in the machining, metalworking, carpentry, engineering, or other related field. TOP PICK: When looking for a quality digital caliper, it doesn’t get better that Mitutoyo’s 500-196-30. The advanced onsite sensor (AOS) is an electromagnetic inductive sensor which provides resistance against dirt, oil, and water. It measures depth, inside, outside, and step values [&hellip

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You might have heard technicians mention an RJ45 crimping tool or suggest you add one to your toolkit. But what is a crimper, why is it so useful, and who makes the best RJ45 crimper? Most commonly used in the computer industry, these tools were also once common with phone technicians. They work by bending one or two pieces of metal to form a crimp, which then holds the pieces together. Network cables are crimped by placing wires into the crimper, followed by the connector, then compressing the two pieces so that they are pinched solidly together. Modern crimping tools are used for a variety of connections and should be a part of every electrician’s kit. There are three major types of RJ connection: RJ22, [&hellip

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One of the biggest problems when looking for a cordless screwdriver is the frequent contradictions in cordless screwdriver reviews. Even the best cordless screwdriver is not designed for heavy-duty use such as building a deck or sandbox. As a result, users are often disappointed with the screwdriver being too weak when they use them for a specific project. For those medium to heavy duty projects, they’d be better off simply using their trusty cordless drill with a screwdriver bit. For light jobs, that’s where a cordless screwdriver excels. While some experienced craftsmen are able to use a drill or other high-torque tool for delicate jobs instead of a cordless screwdriver, this carries a risk of damaging the screw or material without precise control and is [&hellip

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Biscuits and dominoes are both highly favored for constructing furniture. While dominoes are stronger overall, a wood biscuit cutter tends to be cheaper and provide enough strength for most woodworking projects. The best biscuit joiner not only takes into account power, durability, and design, but it must also be a good value. You can’t go wrong with any of the following tools for both biscuit and domino work. TOP PICK: DeWalt has a reputation for top-quality tools, and this plate joiner is no exception. Durable and easy to use, the 6.5 Amp, 10,000 rpm motor can handle both soft and hard woods with little or no effort. The fence is a single piece, allowing adjustments up to 90 degrees, and flush cuts can be made [&hellip

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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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