EXPERT TOOL REVIEWS & ADVICE
We have the very best tool reviews, price comparisons, buying guides and advice covering all the top brands: Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Makita, Milwaukee and more. We review the tools that are best in class and look at the features that make the difference between a tool that's just OK, and one that stands out from the crowd.
Best Tool Reviews
The Makita LCT200W 18-Volt Compact Drill/Impact Driver Combo includes the Makita LXFD01CW Compact Drill Driver and the BTD142HW Impact Driver in one very cost-effective package – both tools for about $20 more than the cost of one. This combo uses Makita’s lightweight 1.5 amp hour, compact lithium-ion batteries to give you ultra lightweight tools you can use all day long.
The Porter Cable PC250MTK is Porter Cable’s entry into the oscillating multi-tool market, and has Porter Cable’s patented Tool-Free System that gives you quick, easy accessory changes at the press of a lever, plus it’s priced extremely competitively to appeal to users who want a top quality oscillating multi-tool without the cost of either the Fein Multimaster or the Bosch MX25EK-33.
The Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw is the lightest and most portable compound miter saw in its class, weighing in at only 26lbs. The quality of construction is excellent (plus it comes with a 5 year warranty) and the soft start motor and rubber anti-vibration handle mean it’s really smooth and comfortable to use. At this price point you can’t really go wrong. Highly recommended.
The Bosch GTS1031 Table Saw is Bosch’s 10-inch portable job-site table saw and has a no-frills, bare bones design aimed squarely at contractors (or anyone else) who want a table saw that’s easy to carry around and set up but tough enough to withstand whatever treatment you give it when you get there – the all steel roll-bar cage body design makes this possible, and it’s a huge improvement over any other portable saw.
The Fein MultiMaster FMM 250Q Top is a the latest oscillating multi-tool from Fein, the inventor of the hand-held oscillating multi-tool. The Multimaster FMM 250Q is a tough, versatile, reliable, powerful and accurate tool and will continue to be the tool of choice for professionals and other demanding users who are willing to pay for the best in class. If you like to have the best, the FMM 250Q Top is the one for you.
The Dewalt DW745 Table Saw is Dewalt’s new 10-inch compact job-site saw with the new three-part Site-Pro Modular Guarding System. At only 45lbs it has a compact, portable design but is also very sturdy with a metal roll cage base to stand up to heavy site use. It has a powerful 15 amp motor, a large16-inch rip capacity and maximum depth of cut of 3-1/8 inch. Best table saw in its class.
The Dewalt DCK211S2 12-Volt Drill/Impact Driver Combo includes the Dewalt DCD710 Drill/Driver and the Dewalt DCF815 Impact Driver giving you the best of both worlds in one cost-effective package. The drill/driver delivers quiet, controlled power with its two-speed gearbox and 15-position clutch, while the impact driver offers speed and power with 79 ft-pounds of torque for maximum driving power.
The Bosch 36618-02 Cordless Drill has an excellent power to weight ratio and is very smooth with incredible torque. The new angled ergonomic design is compact enough to work in tight spaces and makes it easy to apply the correct pressure as you drill or drive fasteners without straining your wrist. The angle also helps to work between studs or in tight spaces where a lot of other drills would not fit.
The Bosch 4100-09 Table Saw with Gravity-Rise stand gives you the best of both worlds – portability plus a crucial 25-inch ripping capacity. Cleverly designed and well engineered gravity-rise stand makes it easy to single-handedly move, set up and store. Plus the 25-inch ripping capacity lets you handle a full sheet of ply and rip in half in one go. Perfect for small workshops and contractors alike.
The Bosch MX25EK-33 is a versatile oscillating multi-tool from Bosch, priced competitively to appeal to users who want a top quality oscillating multi-tool without the cost of the Fein Multimaster. The capabilities of the Bosch MX25EK-33 are pretty much up to the Fein Multimaster standard plus the Bosch MX25EK-33 offers the best performance/cost ratio of any of the multi-tools on the market.
The Milwaukee 6519-31 Sawzall is the latest corded version in Milwaukee’s fantastic range of Sawzall reciprocating saws. Milwaukee invented the reciprocating saw back in 1951 and have dominated the market ever since. When it comes to all out demolition capability, nothing comes close to a reciprocating saw, and the fact that you can buy the Sawzall market-leading reciprocating saw for under $100 is pretty amazing.
The Milwaukee 2691-22 18-Volt Drill/Impact Driver Combo gives you two tools for not much more than the cost of one. Both tools use Milwaukee’s 4-pole frameless motor which gives approx 20% more power than a 2-pole motor, and there’s a battery charge indicator on the batteries, which is very important with lithium-ion batteries as they have full power right up to the end.