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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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Staple guns are useful for wallboard, wiring, plumbing and other tasks, and the best staple gun can be used for additional work such as furniture building and woodworking crafts. Pneumatic staple guns are the most common type of staple gun in the garage or shop, but there are also times when you need something that you can exert a little more control over, and those are the times you need an old fashioned, heavy duty, manually operated tool. If you want to have a complete tool collection, you will find that an air compressor staple gun backed up by the smaller manual version is the best way to go. TOP PICK: Surebonder 9600A Staple Gun Made in the USA, Surebonder tools and adhesive products are [&hellip

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Unlike the traditional stepladder, the step stool is designed for reaching shelves or relatively high places within the shop or home, and has the added benefit of providing you with a portable seat for working at multiple locations. While there is some minor variation from one company to the other, a height of around 3 feet is typical, giving the user access to the ceiling panels in an office or to a storage area in the shop. Unlike most other tools found in the garage, the best step stool is perfect for the home as well, storing in a small space but giving ready access to high shelves, cupboards or even the attic pull cord any time you need it. TOP PICK: Rubbermaid RM-3W Folding [&hellip

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Every shop and garage needs a good workbench for DIY projects. A minimal workbench is all some shop owners require, while others believe the best workbench is one with a few frills. Our top picks illustrate three distinct types of workbenches for your consideration and we threw in some suggestions for turning your workbench into a DIY project in itself. The best workbench for the money is quite honestly a custom do-it-yourself setup to fit the area it’ll be in as well as the types of uses you’ll have for it. That said, you can’t go wrong with any of the options below and the convenience factor they offer. TOP PICK: Seville Classics UltraHD Workbench If you want a deluxe workbench straight out of the box, an excellent choice is Seville’s [&hellip

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A jigsaw, also called an orbital saw, is great for woodworking projects of all types, and the best jigsaw will include features that make it easier for you to get more done. A jigsaw is not limited to wood, however, so pick up a saw that has variable speed settings to assist you with different types of cuts and materials. Whether you are making lawn decorations or building a custom cabinet, having the right jigsaw for the job will save you time and make the work go faster. Below are three of the top ranked orbital jigsaws on the market, including a cordless model that brings total portability to the jigsaw. Blades are available for different grades of wood, plastic and PVC, metal, and masonry, among [&hellip

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