How to build a wooden table

If you’re just getting started in woodworking or have been at it awhile but haven’t built anything other than small projects, learning how to build a table can take your craft to the next level. Tables are relatively easy to design and build, and they usually don’t require a lot of expensive tools that the average do-it-yourselfer doesn’t already have. In this article, you’ll learn about the tools and techniques you need to build any kind of wooden table.

Table Anatomy

A table is one of the easiest woodworking projects to build, and is essentially just nine pieces of wood: a top, four legs and four apron pieces. The apron, also known as the skirt to some woodworkers, joins the legs together to form the base.

Table Joinery

Joinery is an important consideration when building a table, and you have several good options that will allow you to build a strong piece of furniture. To join the legs of your project to the apron, you can use pocket screws, dowels, biscuits, metal brackets or mortise-and-tenon joints. You can get metal brackets for $5 or $6 online, which are easy to install. Choose dowels, biscuits or mortise-and-tenons if you have the appropriate tools (dowel jig, biscuit joiner, small router) and the patience for more difficult joinery. Once you’ve decided on one of these options, you’ll need to figure out how to attach the tabletop to the base. You can use metal “z”-shaped fasteners, pocket screws, or make your own hardware. The metal “z” hardware is an inexpensive and easy choice that allows for the natural expansion and contraction of solid wood. Don’t use pocket screws with a solid wood top; they don’t let the wood move and might cause your top to crack.

Tabletop

MDF, plywood and solid wood are all viable choices for a tabletop. If you use MDF, plan on covering the edges with some kind of veneer tape. You can then veneer the top or paint it. Plywood will also need to be edge-banded, but it can pass for real wood if you do a good job staining and finishing it. Solid wood is probably the most attractive and durable material for a tabletop, but it’s more expensive and requires more skill. To make a solid wood top, you’ll have to glue several small boards into one big one, and then plane/sand that big board to a flat, uniform thickness. A belt-sander is a must-have for this kind of top. If you make your tabletop out of solid wood, you’ll be able to route a decorative profile into the edge, which is a nice way to add some special details to your work.

Tools for Building a Table

You don’t need many tools to make a sturdy table: a circular saw, miter saw, small router, dowel jig, drill/driver are about it. A jig saw will come in handy for circular tables.

Table Plans

To get you off to the right start, here’s a set of table plans you can adapt to your needs. If you build the project according to the dimensions provided, you’ll end up with the perfect end table. But don’t feel confined to the plans. Use them as guides for your own ideas.

Parts List

  • (1) Tabletop @ ¾” x 18” x 18”
  • (4) Legs @ 1-½” x 1-½” x 17-¼”
  • (4) Aprons @ ¾” x 3-1/2 x 13-½”
  • (4) Tabletop fasteners

If you own a jointer and planer, you can buy rough-sawn lumber and prepare it to the dimensions above. But we’ll assume you don’t own one for the purposes of this article. If that’s true, just pick up S4S lumber at your hardware store or home center. You should be able to find sizes for the parts list with no problems.

How to build a wooden table

Step 1: Make the Legs

If you buy 2×2 lumber, making the legs is as simple as cutting them to length on your miter saw. You can add a taper to the bottom of the legs to make the project a bit more elegant. That’s easy to do with a jig saw. Just measure up from the bottom of the leg about 4” and make a mark. Then make another mark about ¼” – ½” from one of the face. Connect the marks with a pencil line and cut along the outside of the line with your jig saw.

Step 2: Make the Apron

Get 1×4 lumber from the home center for these parts and you won’t have to do any ripping or planing/jointing. Unless you want to cut an arc into the apron, just cut the pieces to size on the miter saw and you’re done.

Step 3: Cut the Joinery

Now’s the time to mark your table parts for the joinery. It’s a good idea to hold mating parts up to each other so that you can mark them at the same time. For example, hold an end of one apron up to the leg it will be connected to and draw a short line on both parts where you’ll cut a biscuit slot or drill a dowel hole.

Cut a groove along the top edge of the aprons for the table hardware. Consult your hardware instructions for the exact location.

Step 4: Add Chamfers

Nothing makes a simple table like this stand out like a nice chamfer on all of the exposed edges. Install a chamfer bit in a small router and route all four long edges of the legs and the bottom edge of each apron.

Step 5: Sand and Finish the Base Parts

It may seem odd to do any finishing before assembly, but it’s much easier to do it now than after the project is assembled. Sand your parts to whatever grit you prefer. #180-grit is good for most finishes. Cover the joinery with masking tape to protect it from the finish. Then apply paint or stain and oil/varnish. Once it’s dry you can move on to the next step.

Step 6: Assemble the Base

After you’ve finished the base parts, apply glue to the joints. Clamp the base together and allow the glue to dry.

Step 7: Make the top

To make a solid wood top, glue several narrow boards into a wide panel. Apply an even bead of glue to the edges of each board. Place the boards in the clamps and align their faces so that they’re as even as possible. You’ll have to plane or sand everything flush when the glue is dry, so avoiding any large discrepancies will save you a lot of work. Remove the panel from the clamps when ready, sand it and cut it to size with your circular saw or table saw.

You can cut a piece of plywood to size and apply veneer tape or solid wood edging for a simpler top. Once the tabletop is done, sand and finish it before attaching to the base. Make sure to chamfer all of the edges if you make a solid wood top.

Follow the tabletop fastener instructions to connect your top to the base. That’s all there is to it. Use these plans as a basis for all sorts of tables, including desks and dining tables.

The Best Carpenter Ant Bait

Carpenter ants are a widespread problem in the US; these small ants make their nests in the wood, creating paths that they can move through. They quickly infest infrastructure of the house and make it inconvenient to live in.

Carpenter ants can drive any homeowner crazy. Finding a line of ants trailing from one corner from another is bad enough, and you don’t want their nests hiding out in your walls. Carpenter ants will culprit if you don’t do anything about it. Luckily, there are ways to take care of these pests.

Carpenter Ant Infestation

Before you begin to handle carpenter ant infestation, you need to make sure you have an infestation in the first place. The last thing you want is to spend money on bites that don’t work. Correctly identifying pests that are invading your house will help you eliminate them as quickly as possible. If you want to identify carpenter ants on your own, there are ways to distinguish carpenter ants from other pests. We discuss them below.

Carpenter Ant Damage

Unlike other pests, carpenter ants don’t eat wood; they hollow out its sections to use them as nests. They chew out pathways and consequences become severe, especially when left untreated. They create large nests and even develop extra nests, causing more damage to the wood structure of your house.

Carpenter Ants in the House

If you’re not sure whether carpenter ants are infesting your house, there are a few signs you should check for. First and foremost, these ants don’t always build their nests in dry wood. You should check for indoor infestations where the wood is old, damp or damaged. The inner walls are the main targets.

Secondly, since carpenter ants don’t eat wood, you can find wood shavings in your house. The shavings look like sawdust. Moreover, you can listen for ants in your walls to test infestation. Tap against walls to cause them rustling around. Carpenter ants tend to live near door frames, water sources, kitchens and bathrooms.

The easiest way to be sure your home is infested is to find worker ants. Finding these ants can help you locate the nest as well. These workers are coming in to look for food and then return to their queen. Carpenter ants come in your house when it’s dark, so consider using a flashlight in the evening to spot carpenter ant workers.

Carpenter ants can travel far while foraging, so it can be hard to track them back to nests. Even if you find ants in your kitchen, their nest can be in your attic.

Why Baits Are Better Than Sprays

Sprays work well when you need to kill worker ants. However, they don’t have any effect on the queens. Therefore, if a lot of worker ants die, the queen lays more eggs, and since queens will not die, the number of eggs (and ants) will outnumber the number of the original worker ants. That means your colony will grow several times larger – simply because ants have a strong tendency to survive.

You should also know that most sprays on the market are very repellent to ants. It means that ants can sense the presence of chemicals in sprays. Then, they start avoiding them. The work ants will travel around these areas. If you spray the chemical close to the nest, the queen will make workers pick up the nests and move to another place (within your house).

As a result, the queen will instruct workers to split into many nests. The splitting is also called budding. After the new nests are done, the new queens will lay more eggs and the carpenter ant system will be divided; instead of a single nest, you will have many nests to deal with, making it much harder.

There are non-repellent sprays out there. They are designed for indoor use only. These sprays form dust on the floor and ant workers go through the dust without realizing it’s there. The ants die within 2 weeks after being exposed to non-repellent sprays. We still think that bites are more useful but if you prefer sprays, choose a non-repellent type.

How To Use A Carpenter Ant Bait

Baits are easy to use and by following simple rules you will get rid of carpenter ants. You should place baits in areas where pest activity has been noticed. We recommend avoiding putting the bait in the middle of a trail or on ants. This will make ants avoid the bait. Instead, hide it somewhere near their trails. To help keep the bait trail, we recommend placing it in the special stations (they often come in the kit). Here are the examples of places where you can place the bait:

  • On counter tops
  • In kitchen cabinets
  • Near drains
  • Around cords and pipes
  • Under bathroom fixtures
  • Around door frames

Check the bite placements once in 3-4 days and put the new bait until ants are all dead.

Best carpenter ant bait list

TERRO T300 Liquid Ant Baits

Terro is one of the most famous and trusted brands that produces top-level pest killers. The quality of their products has placed them on every list of the best pest killer on the market. We’re not an exception. This is great bait designed to seduce carpenter ants before killing them. It is perfect for large infestation and works within a couple of days to beat your expectations by eliminating ants (including their queens!).

The best thing is, this bite doesn’t kill ants on the spot; it gives worker ants time to transport the food to their queens thus completely killing the entire colony. If you want to get rid of every single carpenter ant leaving no chance for their existence, this is the best bet.

The bite is pre-filled and easy-to-use. Ants will enter, eat the bite and return to the nest where they will pass the bite to others. The ingredients used in the bite slowly affect the digestive system of pests. Moreover, the ants will share the bite with pests outside your house and kill every unwanted pest.

Things We Like

    • Ready to use
    • Large size
    • Can be used indoors
    • Kills queens
    • Can be used in different positions

Things We Don’t Like

The bite dries up if left open

Amdro Ant Block Home Perimeter Ant Bait Granules

This is outdoor carpenter ant bait. Worker ants eat the bite, thinking it is food. Then they take the bite back to their nest where they share it with other ants. This bite will kill entire colonies including the queens. It can be used on mounds, around structures and in landscaped areas. One bottle contains 24-ounce bait to treat your home six times (on average). Even though it’s designed to treat carpenter ants, it works with 14 other ant species as well.

It’s easy to use the bite: just apply 4 ounces per every 180 linear feet around the outside perimeter of your house. You can also apply it on porches, driveways, patios, sidewalk, wood piles, and flower gardens. Apply near ant trails, as well as in cracks where ants enter structure. With this bait, you can stop ant invasion before it gets out of control. It is a pre-emptive strike against these pests.

Things We Like

    • Kills 15 ant species including carpenter ants
    • Kills ants outside so they do get inside your house
    • One bottle is enough to treat your house 6 times
    • Easy to use

Things We Don’t Like:

Compared to other listed baits, it takes longer to kill the queens

Advance Carpenter Ant Bait

This bite kills almost all ant species that can be found in your home. The worker ants carry the bite back to their nests thus eliminating the entire colony including the queens. It works amazing on carpenter ants, fire ants, argentine ants, pharaoh ants and other hard to kill ants, as well.

The bait formulation combines a mixture of slow insecticide (abamectin) and foods. Abamectin is a natural agent. The bite also has a combination of attractants that quickly entice ants. The protein based bait reduces the population of ant workers causing half in egg production and then slowly eliminate the rest of the colony.

The bait is labeled to use indoors and outdoors; this is a company’s bestseller for ant control.

Things We Like

    • Can be applied from a container
    • Contains Abamectin
    • Indoor and outdoor use
    • Kills the queens

Things We Don’t Like

More expensive than other products in the list

Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait

This bait is intended for use with bite stations such as the Antopia R2 and Ant cafe. This bait uses a sweet honeydew ant attractant that attracts carpenter ants (and other ant species) which take the bait back to the colony to feed the queen and other ants. As a result, the ant colony is fully eliminated. You can use this bait both inside and outside in proper bait stations.

The bait contains a complex fixture of ingredients that mimic honeydew, the main source of nutrients in any ant colony. The sweet honeydew draws ants to forage. Once they eat it, the ingredient DOT or Disodium Octabrate Tetrahydrate starts slowly attacking the central nervous system of ants that gives them enough time to return to the nests to pass along the poisoning to other ants and queens. When you remove other food sources and leave bite, ants will continue eating it and feeding other ants until they all die.

Ingredients such as DOT are safe for humans. Even better, ants don’t have the ability to develop resistance to DOT. The delayed action of DOT maximizes the feeding and mass recruitments in carpenter ants, completely killing reproductives and the colony. Due to the high solubility in water, DOT remains in solution for long periods without additives, making application of this bite effective for over 6 months.

Things We Like

    • Kills the entire colony
    • Kills most ant species
    • Delayed killing action
    • Can be used both inside and outside

Things We Don’t Like

You should dilute the bite for better results

Combat Ant Killing Bait

Combat is the well-known brand that is famous for its quality pest control products. This ant bait isn’t an exception. It employs the syringe applicator and contains a gel substance for bait. This is an effective method to apply the bite accurately and effectively. The syringe allows for precise application of the bait to the locations near trails and nests. The bait works in a similar way as we described earlier. It has a sweet smell that attracts carpenter ants, and when it is eaten, the bite is carried back to the nest and fed to the rest of the colony. The formula contains slow-acting poison that kills off every ant.

The syringe arrives ready to go right out of the box and is quite easy to use. Just squeeze it where you want to apply the gel. The ants will die within 5 days, depending on how bad your situation is and how many nests you have. As with other baits, this one can be used indoors and outdoors, and should be put in a location for several days to increase efficiency. Just like other baits, you should keep this out of reach of children and pets.

The bait targets different types of ants, including carpenter ants, house ants, pharaoh ants, and pavement ants.

Things We Like

    • Convenient syringe
    • Works on many ant species
    • Gel formula

Things We Don’t Like

This bait is more expensive than others in the list

The winner

Gourmet Liquid Ant Bait that is specifically designed to attract carpenter ants. You have a choice to use its full strength or dilute with water or juice. It is the only quality bait on the market that allows you to control how quickly the ants will die. When used in stations, it meets the USDA National Organic Program Standards.

The Best Tap Wrench

Taps are thread-cutting tools that you use when you need to form threads inside of holes in different materials. Tap wrenches are necessary to turn the taps. Let’s start with wrench types.

Double-End Adjustable

The first type is double-ended adjustable wrenches that many people call bar wrenches. They have one threaded handle which is attached to clamps. When you need to insert the tool, you open the clamp and then tighten it down to secure the tap. This type of wrench is normally used with larger taps or when you have enough space to comfortably turn a large tap wrench.

T-Handle

T-handle is a more compact type of wrenches. These wrenches have a collet to secure the tool. The collet consists of two pieces: four collet fingers and the nose cap. The fingers thread on the outside and the nosecup is screwed into the fingers. Then the fingers clamp onto the tool. T-handle tap wrenches are useful in hard-reach areas and when extra reach is necessary. They are more convenient to carry and hold. The hole of the collet fingers can be stepped (have many diameters) or graduated. Graduated t-handle wrenches can accommodate many different taps but they hold them less securely. The stepped tap wrenches can accommodate only 2 sizes of taps but will hold them much better.

Even if you’re just starting with tap wrenches, you need more than one tool to work with different tool heads. As a rule of thumb, try to find the smallest size that can accommodate the tool head because it reduces the chances of breakage from the extra force.

How To Choose The Right Tap Wrench

Now you have the basic knowledge of what a tap wrench is and how they work, and you can narrow the choices available through other characteristics of this tool.

Size and Shape

There are many adjustable tap wrenches on the market that can accommodate many different tool heads. However, they often aren’t that strong as their fixed counterparts. Professionals barely work with adjustable taps. We recommend users who are looking for a compact tool for their small DIY projects get one or two adjustable wrenches that cover all sizes. If you’re going to use your tap wrench regularly for bigger projects, you should get a set of fixed wrenches.

Boxed and open ended wrenches are the most popular, and how many of them you need depend on how often you’re going to use them. If you only perform basic home jobs, 8 wrenches of different sizes are enough. If you want to use them for all types of projects, invest in 22 wrenches.

The Measurement Type

Wrench heads can be measured either in standard or in metric sizes. Metric wrenches use millimeters, and standard wrenches use inches. Professionals often get wrenches that cover both standard and metric sizes, and there are wrenches that offer a combination of two. If you have to choose, standard measurements are used in DIY projects, older US made cars and furniture assembly. For other purposes, it is better to get a metric wrench.

Durability and Materials

Materials are the crucial feature of any tap wrench because some of them offer much better corrosion resistance and ensure durability, while others break down when you apply extra force. Chrome plating adds are corrosion resistance, and the highest quality wrenches are made of chromium vanadium. Wrought iron and cast iron offer great durability, as well.

The Best Tap Wrenches

Hanson 12002 T-Handle Tap Wrench

This tap wrench can be used with taps and other tools that should be turned by hand. You can easily adjust and tighten the wrench to suit the size by twisting knurled nut.

The hole features holding jaws to ensure better gripping onto smaller taps. You can also expand the t-handle to its full length in either direction to ensure more leverage.

Things We Like

    • Easy to use
    • Convenient to hold in one hand
    • Adjusts to different sizes
    • The handle can be offset
    • Perfect for light-to-medium torque forces

Things We Don’t Like

Not the best option for large projects

ADJ HANDLE Tap Wrench

This tap wrench features straight handle designed for more convenient use and greater leverage, especially when you use it with larger tapes. You can also use it with reamers, screw extractors, and other tools.

The tool is made of quality steel to serve you for many years. You can use it in hard to reach spaces for a wide range of tasks, including assemble of furniture, bicycle repair, machinery manufacturing, and so on. You can also use it for smaller tasks, for example for children’s toys. The handle provides nice balance for proper alignment.

Things We Like

    • Great leverage
    • Quality materials
    • Will built
    • Easy to use

Things We Don’t Like

The chrome finish makes the tool look cheaper

Schroder RS40064 Tap Wrench

Schroder is a famous manufacturer specialized in production of turning parts. They are known for quality tools made of quality materials, and this tool isn’t an exception. This tap wrench is an ergonomic, high quality tool for small DIYs and huge projects. No surprise it is exported to many countries and many professionals use tap wrenches of this brand.

The jaws are made of quality steel; knurled chuck ensures secure grip on square drivers. With this tool, you can rest assured that you will get precise ratcheting action for accurate work. Therefore, it allows you to handle small projects with ease.

The tool has an adjustable t-handle that you can position from side to side for extra convenience and more leverage in tight areas. With the convenient selection switch, you can choose left or right-hand operation, or lock it in one position. This tap wrench is a perfect choice for everyone that needs a tool for screw extraction, rethreading, and turning taps.

We also liked that it comes in a professional case with a lid and two replacement chucks. Great value for this price.

Things We Like

    • T-handle ratcheting wrench
    • Special jaw design
    • Can handle square and hex drive tools
    • Comes with replacement chucks
    • Professional storage case
    • Made of quality materials

Things We Don’t Like

The tool could have a finer ratcheting mechanism

Starrett 93A T-Handle Tap Wrench

This tap wrench can be used for holding taps, reamers, drills, and other tools that should be turned by hand. It is made of quality materials to withstand regular use. The body of the wrench is centered.

The jaws conform to an item being held, which reduces the chance of loosening it. The wrench features the sliding handle that is held frictionally. This feature allows the handle to be removed quickly or positioned in a way that leverage is applied when working on quarters. The tool is small and lightweight.

Things We Like

    • Heat treated to withstand regular use
    • Body is centered
    • Can hold all tools that are turned by hand
    • Jaws conform to the item being held

Things We Don’t Like

The knurled section is a bit rough

Vermont American 21903 Tap and Reamer Wrench

This tap wrench is one of the best on the market. The tool is made of forget steel; besides, it is produced in America according to high American standards. This one is a real challenge to break. Well made reamer and tap wrench that comes for a really good price can handle all types of jobs.

The tap wrench jaws are tempered and hardened for extreme durability. With this tool, you’re sure to handle all your projects.

Things We Like

    • easy screw adjustment
    • Handle taps with square drive ends
    • Quality materials
    • Made in the US

Things We Don’t Like

The shafts are not chromed which makes the tool look cheaper

Drillco 2000AW Tap Wrench

This is an adjustable tap wrench that has one treaded handle that is attached to the clamp. The clamp can be easily opened to insert the item and then quickly tighten down to secure it. The clamp never loosens up, so no need for retightening it. The wrench can be used with larger taps and is the most convenient when you have enough place for a bigger tool. You can also use it for other tools such as screw extractors and reamers.

The tap capacity of this tool is 5/32 inches. The reamer capacity is 11.16 inches. This tool is in our personal top 5 list, and we highly recommend giving it a try.

Things We Like

    • Last a lifetime
    • Made of quality materials

Things We Don’t Like

Heavier than other wrenches listed here

Hanson 1766069 T-Handle Tap Wrench

This tap wrench features one of the most convenient sliding handle with a tension tap. This is a small, fine, lightweight tool for hobbyists and everyone in construction trades and carpentry. Everyone should have at least one durable, reliable solid wrench, and if you still don’t have any, this is going to be a good choice. This tap wrench can quickly get the job done, considering its excellent balance, effectiveness and convenience.

This wrench works great regardless of how many times a day you need it. It makes changing taps much faster, without the need for anything else. For example, if you do a bind tap, you can quickly free it by using a ratchet handle, adjustable wrench and by moving the tap handle towards the end for greater leverage. And even when you use this wrench every day, it still looks like you just bought it. The only little problem we had with it is that when the wrench arrived, the handle didn’t change its position. We quickly fixed it with a lubricant, and everything else was just perfect. Overall a great wrench.

Things We Like

    • T-handle tap wrench
    • Sliding handle
    • Spring tension tap
    • The handle can be extended to full length
    • better leverage
    • Carded

Things We Don’t Like

When you get it, you need to use a lubricant to change the position of a handle

Irwin Tools 21112 Tap Wrench

This tap wrench features a three position gear box for efficient, quick ratcheting action. The tool is specifically designed for use with reamers, taps, screw extractors and all other tools with square shanks. The wrench is made in the USA and shipped from America, as well. Irwin tools manufactures professional grade hand tools for trade professionals who need durability and extreme performance. The company has several warehouses within the country, so the tool will be delivered within several days. The tool is made of quality materials according to American standards.

You can use it for a wide range of jobs, for example to rescue stripped bolt holes, fix children toys, assemble furniture and so on. We could give this tool 5 stars, but sometimes it lets go of the inserted tap. The tap wrench doesn’t have a locking adapter like some other wrenches in the list, but other than that it is a great tool for everyday use.

Things We Like

    • Designed for use with all tools with a square shank
    • Made in the USA
    • Made of quality materials
    • Efficient ratcheting action
    • Three position gear box

Things We Don’t Like

When the tool arrives, you have to alter it a bit

The winner

Schroder RS40064 Tap Wrench with its steel jaws and knurled chuck. This wrench delivers everything you need, including secure, firm grip on all tools with square shanks. It offers precise ratcheting action for quality work. This tap wrench is perfect for turning taps, screw extractions, and rethreading.

The Best Cordless Hammer Drill

Like any other cordless tool, a cordless drill offers the convenience of freedom from a cord. No more moving extension leads around and no cables to trip over to provide slack in the cord. A cordless hammer drill can also be used in places like up ladders and on roofs without the cord catching on everything. Another benefit of a cordless hammer drill is a better balance and more lightweight, which means it’s easier to use with one hand. Corded drills are heavier and bigger. Read on to find out the important features of cordless drills and check our top 5 cordless hammer drills on the market.

Battery options

The vast majority of cordless hammer drills use lithium-ion batteries and they are the best choice. Older cordless drills and cheaper new drills use nickel-cadmium batteries, which are also good when you use the tool often. However, the nickel-cadmium battery composition is more toxic and not environmentally friendly. Besides, lithium-ion batteries are better at delivering high-range power.

As we all know, when you really want to do the job quickly, you find the battery is dead and you need to find another one. When it comes to cordless hammer drills, it is less expensive to buy a kit with two batteries rather than buying batteries separately later on.

Battery capacity is measured in ampere hours. The larger the capacity (search for 5AH or more) the longer the battery will run. It’s not always the case but most batteries follow this rule. Then there is also battery voltage, which can tell you what power you can expect from your cordless hammer drill. The higher the voltage, the better the torque. But torque isn’t everything that you need to consider – drills with the same torque can vary a lot in their performance.

Chuck

Every drill has a hole at the end where you can put the drill bits. The hole is called the chuck. If you need a drill for drilling in small holes and nothing else, you don’t have to worry about the chuck. However, larger drill bits need at least a 13 mm chuck. Cheaper and older models only have 10 mm chucks. Search for a model with a keyless chuck, so you can tighten and loosen it by hand without having to find a key every time. All drills in the list have keyless chucks.

Trigger/speed control

The trigger on the drill should be easy to operate and give good control, from zero to full speed. It is especially important to have good control at low speeds because when you start a screw or drill on surfaces without good friction, you need to keep everything under control.

A range of gears will allow you to get better results for different jobs. Low gear is better for powerful drilling, for example drilling though still and drilling with a wide-diameter bit. High gear is better for fast drilling, for example with small-diameter bits.

The Main Considerations To Make Before Buying A Cordless Drill

Now when you know about torque and batteries, there are a few considerations to make before buying a drill. If you want a good drill for different jobs, choose the one with 18V and a Lithium-ion battery pack. We would also recommend getting a spare battery if you’re going to use the drill regularly. This way it will be fully charged at any point of time. The rest of the things you should know are discussed below.

Just A Drill?

Some drills work as screwdrivers as well, so do you need two tools in one? There are also different attachments you can get for a drill to make it even more versatile. Of course, every attachment adds to the cost, so choose wisely.

Hammer Action

You may have seen this characteristic written on drill packages; understandably, it can be confusing for beginners. The hammer function is useful but not a must-have. Hammer action is necessary when you need to drill through concrete or brick. When you switch on the hammer action function, the chuck on your drill goes in a pulsing mode, which produces thousands of pulses every minute to add power and help penetrate tough materials. You don’t need this function if you drill softer materials like wood. Most cordless drills come with this function, anyway.

What Is Torque?

Torque is one of the most important characteristics. The modern cordless hammer drills use gear to help you easily adjust torque to the job you’re doing. Torque means the amount of twisting power that you can apply. There are certain projects that need low torque and high speed drilling, for example drilling through wood. And some jobs need high torque and low speed, for example putting in a screw.

Corded drills often have a better selection of gears but cordless hammer drills listed below are catching up. They have 2 or 3 gear selection which is enough for all jobs. If you going to use your drill a lot, always choose the one with 3 gears.

Speed Control

For beginners, it can be tricky to find the difference between the torque and speed. They are not the same thing. Cordless drills listed below have a variable speed feature. This means you can change the speed of the drill depending on the type of a material you’re working on. You need this feature for more accurate drilling of holes. You always want to choose the drill that offers variance because you’re probably going to drill through different materials.

Work Light

Modern cordless hammer drills have a work light built into them. This is really convenient when you have to work in unlit spaces. When you pull the trigger on your drill, the light comes on and allows you to see the spot you’re going to drill.

DEWALT DCD996B 3-Speed Hammer Drill

The real star in our top 5 list is this hammer drill, which features 0-38,250 BPM and 2,250 RPM. It is 80% more powerful than the previous model and offers 3 times more run time. It also has a 60-Lumen LED light, as well as nitro-carburized metal chuck that you can easily grip and comfortably handle in one hand.

The drill delivers 820 watts of power, which is almost 30% more than the previous model. It performs equally well on heavy duty jobs as well as simple DIYs. The cordless hammer drill is extremely durable with its coated and sealed switches; the tool is moisture and dust resistant. Like other Dewalt tools, this one comes with a 3 year warranty. The LED light has three settings, including a convenient spotlight mode with a delay option.

Things We Like

    • Durable tool made of quality materials
    • Comfortable grips
    • Lightweight
    • 2,250 max RPM

Things We Don’t Like

The gear selector can be sometimes difficult to set at 2

Ryobi P214 ONE+ Cordless Hammer Drill

The new Ryobi hammer drill is paired with a set of compact batteries and a 30 minute charger to allow you to keep your drilling activities all day long. Aggressive jobs will drain batteries quicker, but all you need is a quick brake and the tool is ready again.

The 2-speed motor can deliver 600 inch pounds of torque at 375 RPM. If you need low stress application, you can switch to a higher 1600 RPM. The tool has 24 clutch positions to help you have complete control over the amount of torque you need for drilling. It also prevents you from damaging your work surface. The clutch-overriding drill mode will take care of everything else, including concrete drilling.

The drill also has LED lights to help you illuminate darker areas. It also has a convenient magnetic storage for bits and fasteners. This model will get the job done even if you use it regularly for all type of projects. Given this fact, there is no reason why hobbyists will pass this drill up.

Things We Like

    • 3 different modes
    • 2-speed motor
    • Magnetic holder
    • LED light

Things We Don’t Like

You need to retighten the chuck from time to time

PORTER-CABLE PCC620B Hammer Drill

This high-torque and high-speed gearbox offers up to 1600 RPMs, up to 300 watts of power, and it is perfect for wood, brick, concrete, block and applications ranging from plumbing, HVAC and electrical to small residential repairs. With its 1.5 inches chuck, the bits are never slipped, and when you don’t use the tool, the bits are waiting for you in the magnetic clips.

The company has done a lot of improvements, and this model features upgraded 2.0Ah lithium ion cells, which can offer 30% longer life than previous batteries. Thanks to the prolonged runtime, you can handle bigger jobs and don’t worry about recharging the drill.

The drill has the pressure-sensitive trigger, which doesn’t require a lot of force to use, and the textured handle ensures convenient carrying and holding. The drill comes with a 3 years warranty.

Things We Like

    • 2-Speed gear box
    • 27,200 BPM
    • 5 inches metal chuck
    • 23 chuck settings
    • LED light
    • Battery gauge
    • Easy handling

Things We Don’t Like

  • Not the best tool for the everyday construction use

Makita XPH07Z LXT Cordless Hammer Driver Drill

This cordless hammer drill delivers a full 1,090 in-lbs. of torque, which is the most powerful in the market in this price range. This 18V tool is one of the best with its combination of speed, power, and run time that out-performs and out-lasts many other modules. The model is powered by the BL Brushless motor manufactured by the same company, which is electronically controlled to increase the battery lifetime (we mentioned the 50% longer run time compared to the previous model). Electronic controls use the energy to match RPMs and torque to increase power speed when you need it.

And since the drill doesn’t have carbon brushes, the motor runs more efficiently and more quiet for a longer time. For better durability, the drill has the Extreme Protection Technology, a unique invention that protects the tool from the inside and makes it water resistance. The technology helps channel water and dust from the main components of the drill. This drill can handle the vast majority of big and small projects in steel, masonry, wood and other materials.

Things We Like

    • Delivers 1,090 in-lbs
    • Maximum torque is 0-31,500 BPMs
    • Brushless motor
    • The tool is more quiet than other in the list
    • Electronic motor
    • 50% longer run time
    • Metal chunk for better durability

Things We Don’t Like

The tool comes without instructions

Black & Decker BDCDMT120 Cordless Drill

This is more than just a cordless drill. This tool allows you to quickly change attachments to perform multiple tasks with ease. In fact, there are six attachments: jigsaw, sander, oscillating tool, trim saw, router and impact driver. You can also purchase an attachment if you cut plywood. And when you need to decorate something, you can use router attachment. Of course, the main tool is cordless drill that performs equally well. The drill has a keyless chuck that enables you to change everything easily.

Instead of separately buying multiple tools, you only need to care the base power unit and one attachment. Powered by a 20V Lithium Ion battery, the drill delivers up to 800 RPM. Like other drills in the list, it has a variable speed trigger that lets you control the speed to suit your needs. The drill also has the forward/reverse slider to allow you to change the motor easily.

The tool has the versatility of 10 clutch settings, allowing you to perform a wide range of jobs. With the torque adjustment feature, you can change the torque according to your needs. This reduces the chances of overdriving screws.

Things We Like

    • Compact and versatile
    • Lightweight
    • Portable
    • Has 6 attachments

Things We Don’t Like

The tool doesn’t notify you about battery drains

The winner

DEWALT DCD996B 3-Speed Hammer Drill is a great tool for everyone who is going to perform both small and large jobs. The drill protects the user from sudden kickbacks and other risks. Combined with extra LED lighting and power, the tool is the best that can be found on the market.

The Best Junior Hacksaw

Even though you’re probably not going to use a junior hacksaw every day, it is still a must-have of every DIY toolkit. Most of the time it just knocks around at the bottom of your box, rarely used, and only pops out occasionally to disappear again. However, any DIY enthusiast who likes these kinds of projects simply can’t do without it, as even though a junior hacksaw is not the most popular choice of tool, there are many jobs you come across where it is the perfect option.

However, before you buy a hacksaw, it is vital to invest some time into learning the basics. There are many features that define a good junior hacksaw, and not all of them suit for certain types of jobs. Knowing the difference between junior hacksaws helps you avoid errors and low-quality tools. Read on to be able to shop with confidence and find exactly what you need. Besides, we found the best junior hacksaws on the market that deliver what they promise.

What About Bigger Hacksaws?

Hacksaws are the type of saws that are specifically designed for cutting metal, and sometimes, plastic. You have probably seen large hacksaws because they are an absolute must in all DIY toolboxes. There are also angle grinders and power saws that can do what traditional hacksaws cannot. So, if there are so many hacksaws on the market, why do you even need a junior hacksaw?

The simple answer is since junior hacksaws are small, they are also very accurate and precise, and take no room in a toolbox. With a junior hacksaw, you can carry out jobs that bigger hacksaws cannot handle. Junior hacksaws can punch above their weight, so why taking a larger hacksaw when your little tool is waiting for you?

What A Junior Hacksaw Can Do

Here are the most common types of jobs that may not be frequent, but will always get you reaching for your junior hacksaw.

  • Cutting a door threshold strip

Every time you need to cut a door threshold strip to size, you need to use your junior hacksaw.

  • Cutting down metal spindles

When you need to fit a door with new handles, the new handle always comes with a spindle. The spindle is the bar that connects two handles. Most of the time, the spindle is just too long for your door, and you cannot use the old spindle with the new handles because they are always of a different size. Of course, you can get a large hacksaw to cut them down, but it is much more convenient to get your junior hacksaw out of the toolbox.

  • Cutting through a copper pipe

As a rule of thumb, the best tools for cutting down copper pipes are pipe slices and cutters. However, sometimes you need to cut down a pipe in a very tight space, and pipe slices simply wouldn’t fit, so the only tool that can help you is your junior hacksaw.

  • Cutting a door threshold

With a junior hacksaw, you won’t have problems cutting wooden, plastic or metal threshold. And precise cutting is important here because it is a finishing touch to a new floor. A junior hacksaw ensures the best finish.

  • Cutting curtain tracks

Junior hacksaws are the best tool for cutting a certain track to a proper length before fixing it. Unlike heavier hacksaws that require a lot of strength, with a smaller saw you will finish the task in minutes.

  • Cutting roller blinds to size

Speaking of curtains, whether you have a wooden dowel or a metal tubing, you should use a junior hacksaw to precisely cut the roller section to the proper length.

  • Draught excluders

Whether you have plastic, metal or wooden draught excluders, you should use a junior hacksaw to cut them to a proper size.

How To Choose A Good Junior Hacksaw

You may think that all junior hacksaws are well made, inexpensive and simple, and the one you have bought is everything that you will ever need. However, many junior hacksaws break too quickly and can’t do the job. As ridiculous as it sounds, some manufacturers just over-engineer them. Now you can find junior hacksaws with ergonomic handles, pistol-type grips, special screws for tightening tension, and so on. All of these features, even though they can be convenient, are not necessary. Most importantly, the junior hacksaw should be made of quality materials.

As simple as it sounds, you can never go wrong with a simple metal frame design. Changing blades is really simple, and metal parts rarely break (blades still break, of course, but blades are inexpensive). We recommend choosing quality metal frame junior hacksaw, with hardened steel blades and that’s all you need.

Blade

Like a blade on any other hacksaw, you can quickly change blades on a junior hacksaw. However, junior hacksaw blades are much smaller and thinner, thus they break down more often. The typical blade is approximately 5.9″. If you take a closer look at the blade, you will find two small pins, one on either end of the blade. They are necessary to change blades. They also hold a blade in the frame.

Cutting stroke

Junior hacksaw blades have small teeth that cut less material with each stroke. The teeth have shallow gullets which means the cutting will take longer time, but you will have more control over the direction and depth of each cut. As a result you get a more accurate finish compared to bigger hacksaws. If you turn your junior hacksaw on one side, you will also find that the teeth a set in a wavy line.

A junior hacksaw does push strokes, which means that you should always place the blade in the frame with the teeth pointing away from a hacksaw’s handle.

Teeth form

As we said, the teeth on a quality junior hacksaw are in a wavy line. Professionals say that it is necessary to make cuts that are wider than the blade. If your hacksaw doesn’t have this teeth form, it will stuck in the material.

Types of Material You Are Going To Cut

If you don’t know how to choose a blade for a material you’re going to cut, get a blade with 18 teeth per inch if you’re going to cut soft metal and plastic. If you’re going to cut steel, choose blades with 20-30 teeth per inch. The higher this number, the slower the hacksaw will cut, but the more precise finish you will get.

Junior Hacksaw Handle

Most junior hacksaws have a straight handle and we think it is the most convenient. It is a perfect handle for delicate work, which is the type of jobs you often need a small saw for. The straight handle can be conveniently turned in the user’s hand, meaning you have the complete control over the cuts you’re making.

You will not use a junior hacksaw for aggressive cutting, thus you won’t apply aggressive force to the saw and a curvy handle is unnecessary.

Eclipse 70-14JR Junior Hacksaw

This junior hacksaw features a high-quality epoxy coated steel frame with a 32 tpi blade. The hacksaw is great for cutting steel and tubing which is less than 1/8″ thick. The blade is made of quality spring steel and has milled teeth for greater precision. With this saw, you’re sure to get high cutting accuracy. Besides, blades will serve you longer.

This is a small tool that is perfect for cutting metal and plastic. With its simplicity, durability and convenience, this junior hacksaw will be waiting for you in your toolbox to handle all kinds of different jobs.

Things We Like

    • Epoxy coated steel frame
    • High quality
    • Spring steel blade
    • 32 TPI cutting blade
    • Precision-milled teeth

Things We Don’t Like

It is a bit harder to change blades compared to other hacksaws in the list

Michigan Junior Hacksaw

This is a modern junior hacksaw that features a frame made of durable zinc plated steel and a pistol-grip styled, ergonomic handle. The handle also has the nut to replace and tension the blade. The junior hacksaw comes with the 32 tpi blade. This hacksaw is perfect for beginners and hobbyists, while the previous model is better for professionals and regular use.

This unusually rigid handsaw has a grip made of plastic (thus it will last less than the metal handle, but the price is also cheaper). The hacksaw has a rectangular-section bow made of galvanized steel. The pins are inserted into special slots so you can change tension within a minute.

The depth of the bow allows for 68mm deep cuts. You can use this hacksaw for a variety of tasks and it will earn its place in your toolbox. You can also get special blades (purchased separately) for metal and wood.

Things We Like

    • Uni-Steel Frame
    • Small Size
    • Lightweight
    • Comes with 6 24 teeth per inch blades

Things We Don’t Like

Plastic handle isn’t for professional use

Pro-Grade 31910 Mini Hack Saw

This small junior hacksaw is specifically designed for small projects in different materials, including metal, wood and plastic. You can easily insert saw blades into the slots in the frame using pins and then tension it.

With the pin system, you can ensure high tension for precise tracking of your cuts. The blades that come with a hacksaw are very sharp, with hardened teeth. The hacksaw is made of quality materials and is definitely worth the price. And did we mention that it comes with a lifetime warranty?

Things We Like

    • 6 blade angle settings
    • Sturdy construction
    • Increased stability & strength
    • Lifetime Warranty
    • Perfect for cutting plastic, metal and wood

Things We Don’t Like

Not for HSS steel

BAHCO 268 Mini Hacksaw

The length of the blade is 6 inches; it is smaller than other junior hacksaw blades listed here. This model features a solid steel frame and chrome filled handle fitted with a fiberglass to ensure maximum comfort and good grip.

The hacksaw comes with a shatterproof and reliable 10-inch metal blade with 22 teeth/inch. It also has a simple blade tensioning screw for your convenience.

With the adjuster nut and 32 tpi blade, it is a sturdy little tool that will serve you for many years.

Things We Like

    • Supplied with a quality blade
    • Made of quality materials
    • Small and lightweight

Things We Don’t Like

The handle is not solid

Stanley Junior Hacksaw

This is a handy junior hacksaw. It delivers maximum comfort for the most accurate cut. Robust and lightweight, it features a steel frame, molded handle and lower blade tensioner. You can easily change the blade using a lever that is incorporated in the handle. The throat is deep enough for good work capacity.

The hacksaw comes with a blade that can cut through plastics, metals and pipes. This simple yet durable hacksaw is a must-have for your toolbox.

Things We Like

    • Molded grip handle
    • Square steel frame
    • Quick blade changing
    • Lower blade tensioner
    • Deep throat

Things We Don’t Like

The finish makes it look cheaper

Am-Tech Junior Hacksaw

Am-Tech produces quality hand tools offering comprehensive products for professionals and hobbyists alike. This hacksaw is not an exception. It is made of quality aluminum and the blade is made of steel. The hacksaw has a square handle for convenient grip. The blade is adjustable and can be switched to 55 degrees for different jobs.

The hacksaw comes with a spare 12″ blade. We recommend beginners getting this tool because it is the best combination of quality and price.

Things We Like

    • Provides sure grip
    • Lightweight construction
    • Adjustable blade
    • Chrome coated handle

Things We Don’t Like

It’s a bit harder to change blades (compared to other models in the list)

The winner

Stanley Junior Hacksaw with a molded handle and a steel frame. It is perfect for both professionals and hobbyist, it lasts a lifetime and blades are hard to break.

The Best Laser Levels

Getting the best laser level for your needs is the key to a successful project. With so many different models on the market (and each model is designed to do certain things), it’s easy to get confused. For example, do you know the difference between the rotary, cross line and flooring level lasers? Thus, before purchasing one, you should invest some time to get the basic knowledge of all laser levels.

By taking some time to read through this guide, you will not only learn about all types of lasers but also discover 5 top models that really deliver.

Laser levels recap

Laser levelsNumber of laser lineWorking rangeAccuracyPrice
Qooltek Laser Level18 ft±0.08 in. at 8 ftCheck Price ..external-link-16
Bosch Cross Line Laser230 ft±5/16 in. at 30 ftCheck Price ..external-link-16
DEWALT DW088K Line Laser250 ft±5/32 in.Check Price ..external-link-16
Firecore Laser Level210 m±1 mm/5 mCheck Price ..external-link-16
Johnson Cross Line Laser Kit2100 ft1/4 in. at 35 ftCheck Price ..external-link-16

The top 5 models of Laser levels

Rotary Lasers

Rotary lasers are able to produce a 360° line that reaches longer distances compared to other types of lasers, making them perfect for large projects such as leveling huge work sites. Professionals use rotary lasers because the laser diode spins to create an illusion of a constant line where you need it, so you can point in any direction you want – the laser will always be around you.

Most rotary lasers are designed to create horizontal lines but more expensive models can work vertically as well. And if you use a detector, you can extend the working range even further – no more problems leveling gigantic projects. However, hobbyists usually prefer other types of lasers that are smaller and easier to use.

You can use rotary lasers for:

    • Installation of electrical layouts;
    • Installation of partition walls;
    • Leveling of big work sites;
    • Leveling of building foundations.


Cross Line Lasers

Cross Line Lasers project both horizontal and vertical laser lines that form a cross on the surface. These are perfect tools for projects where you need right angles, for example when tiling onto walls or installing cabinets, shelves and other fixtures. Cross lines are the main feature of these lasers, but some models allow you to turn either horizontal or vertical lines off – giving you a single line.

Some cross line lasers are equipped with a pulse mode which means you can choose a level point when the laser isn’t visible (for example, when you’re working in bright light).

You can use cross lasers for:

    • Installation of fixtures;
    • Fitting of tiles onto walls;
    • Installation of plumbing systems;
    • Installation of drop ceilings.


Dot Lasers

These lasers are quite different from other types. They don’t project a line; instead, they project a dot to give you precise angles between points. Different models produce dots at 2, 3, or 5 points for verticals and some models also produce dots for horizontal. All dots are projected at the same time; so for example, you can have a precise angle between the floor, ceiling and a wall. Professionals also call these lasers “Plumb Bob” because they are mostly used by plumbers who need accuracy when installing piping. They can be used for other applications, as well.

You can use cross lasers for:

    • Laying out for pipes
    • Leveling for the hanging of heating conduit;
    • Installation of lighting systems;
    • Hanging shelves;
    • Installation of door frames.


Plane Lasers

Plane lasers combine the best features of rotary lasers and cross lasers because they can project solid 360° laser lines both vertically and horizontally. However, this comes at a certain price: plane lasers have shorter working range compared to rotary lasers. But they have clear lines and are perfect for outdoor use (unlike rotary lasers that are almost invisible in sunlight). So if you are planning to work over short distances and don’t want to buy a detector for your cross line laser, plane lasers are for you.

You can use cross lasers for:

    • Installation of building frameworks;
    • Laying out electrical systems;
    • Laying out for pipe work;
    • Installation of fixtures;
    • Laying out tiles on floors.


Flooring Lasers

Like the name suggests, flooring lasers are designed to make sure a floor is leveled before the installation begins. These lasers highlight irregularities and other issues, no surprise flooring tradesmen use them a lot. They can’t be used for other projects.

You can use cross lasers for:

    • Installation of flooring;
    • Checking the surface level before installation;
    • Determining whether a surface has any issues.

The Difference Between Spirit Levels And Laser Levels

For many years, people relied on spirit levels to perform tasks precisely. Years later, lasers appeared to fulfill the same function. Both types can be used for leveling and layering, but they are still quite different. Below, you can find information that helps you make an informed decision on which level to get.

  • Spirit Levels

A traditional level has a bubble in liquid and when the tool is precisely level, the bubble is in the center. There are also magnetic spirit levels. They come in handy when you need to level a metallic item, since the item stays in place and you don’t need to hold it.

  • Laser Levels

Laser level uses completely different approach to leveling. The technology behind it is more modern: the tool emits a beam of light and measures the beginning and end point of the beam. Laser level is considered more convenient because you can use it in any direction. Besides, many models indicate not only horizontal, but also vertical leveling.

The best laser level list

Qooltek Multipurpose Laser Level

This is a great multipurpose tool that can be used for a wide range of jobs that require spacing or leveling. It is a combination of a tape measure, a laser level and a 3-position bubble tool. In other words, you get three tools in one and you can use it for laying flooring, hanging picture frames, hanging wallpaper, and installing shelving, to name a few. Moreover, it has all the features a quality multirole laser level should have.

With three tools in one, it brings great convenience to your projects. Forget about trying to hold too much while working on projects, no more looking for a laser level while holding a tape measure. The tape measures for 8 feet long and includes imperial and metric measurements. The laser level has three settings – cross, vertical and horizontal. The bubble level measures at a 45° angle, which can be used for installation of fixtures. The laser output is 0.5mW, and the light has on and off power switch. The measuring tape conveniently locks in place to ensure precise measurement. Together the bubble level, measuring tape and the laser level give you everything you need to accurately measure and create straight lines.

Things We Like

    • Easy to use
    • Lightweight
    • Precise
    • Multipurpose
    • Handle a wide range of jobs with ease
    • Made of sturdy materials
    • Comes with batteries

Things We Don’t Like

The 8 ft. tape isn’t enough for large projects

Bosch Cross Line Laser

This cross line liner projects two lines for a cross projection to ensure a wide range of possible uses. It is more versatile than many other models on the market, which is better for a typical user. Add one-switch operation and precision, and you will get a tool that handles leveling and alignment jobs quickly and accurately.

The laser is equipped with the Smart Pendulum System for self-leveling that shows out-of-level conditions. Thus, it’s easier to ensure the precise layout and then lock lines at any angle. The system automatically locks when switched off for secure transportation. The laser liner also has the Flexible Mounting Device for height adjustment, and you can clamp the tool on literally any surface up to 2.5 inches thick, for lines at convenient height.

There are plenty of projects you can use this tool for. For example, if you have shelves to hand, use it to line up the accurate brackets. It is an easy-to-use tool for many simple home projects, such as hanging cabinets, installing rails or tiling a wall. You can also use it for electrical and plumbing installations.

Things We Like

    • Flexible Mounting Device
    • Securely locks when switched off
    • Can be clamped on any surface

Things We Don’t Like

You only can achieve a manual mode by tilting the tool sideways

DEWALT DW088K Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser

Dewalt has proven to manufacture amazing tools, and this one isn’t an exception. It is a great choice for construction and remodeling projects. Among the main features, there is the self-leveling ability to project vertical and horizontal lines. It comes with 3 AAA batteries, a kit box, and comprehensive instructions. The device can project bright lines for layout and leveling projects.

It has a full-time pulse mode that keeps the line bright and you can extend the laser range up to 165 ft. with a DW0892 detector (it’s sold separately). Without a detector, the model insures visibility range of up to 100ft., and though it’s designed for indoor use, the outdoor range is impressive 50ft. The case is water and debris resistant.

This tool is perfect for professionals who are tackling many jobs of installing and mapping a layout. It can be used for DIY projects and commercial jobs, though it is not perfect for huge projects.

Things We Like

    • Full-Time Pulse Mode
    • Projects clear crossing lines
    • Over-molded housing
    • Water and debris resistance

Things We Don’t Like

It’s harder to see the line in sunlight

Firecore Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser Level

This is two tools on one, as it features a 5 beam laser that you can use by pushing a button. It has the features of a high-end cross line laser level and a 5 beam alignment laser. The convenience and wide range of projects you can use it for makes the tool a good choice for both professionals and hobbyists who would otherwise have to get two tools for different tasks.

It is water resistant, although we wouldn’t recommend splashing water on it. The edges are over-molded with padding, and the tool can easily withstand a 3ft drop onto concrete floor without any change in laser accuracy. Not to mention that if you accidentally knock the tool, you don’t need to worry. It comes with a 3-year warranty.

Things We Like

    • Pendulums lock system
    • Water resistance
    • Can withstand drop onto floor
    • Bright vertical and horizontal lines
    • Lightweight
    • Comes with a magnetic basket

Things We Don’t Like

It comes without batteries

Johnson Cross Line Laser Kit

This kit comes with a cross-line laser and extendable tripod. The tripod often comes in handy and works great for lines up to 4 ft high. Then you can fold it down to a compact size and conveniently transport to another place. The glasses help see the line, but if you’re in really bright sun, you may still have difficulties with finding the line.

This is a great deal if you want simple level lines, and it is perfect for starters. It helps set cabinets, desks and complete other simple projects. It works for the vast majority of DIYs and light duty jobs.

Things We Like

    • The laser shoots 80ft
    • Comes with a tripod
    • The head can be spun freely
    • The glasses help to see the line in sunlight

Things We Don’t Like

The tripod goes up to 4ft, which is not enough for large projects

And the winner is…

DEWALT DW088K Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser has been highly recognized for its versatility and accuracy. Many users have experienced its features first hand and the tool never disappoints. With many convenient features, it has become the must have for contractors and hobbyists alike. It is reliable and robust, and we’re sure it’s worth your time and money.

Best saw for cutting wood

Your ability to properly cut wood depends greatly on the tool you’re using. Of course, it is worth investing time and patience in a good cut, but the right saw can do the rest. There are various types out there, and this simple guide discusses them all while offering the best saws on the market.

Miter Saw

The miter saw is important for cutting dimensional lumber for your projects since it handles the majority of work. Of course, you can use the circular saw (we’re going to talk about it later), but with the miter saw you can get consistent cuts every time without any problem. You can also cut angles, bevels and other decorative cuts. We would recommend this type of saw for beginners who want to experiment with different projects.

Reciprocating Saw

If you already have the miter saw, you should consider getting a reciprocating saw (some people also call it a rip saw). And if you’re a beginner, you probably have a lot of reclaimed wood that looks like breaking down pallets. Those pallets are free but they do not break down easily. And we wouldn’t advise you to waste time on hammers and wrecking bars, you will only damage the wood. With a reciprocating saw, you can cut them easily. There are not that many things that this saw can’t cut and it is very easy to operate.

Circular Saw

We have already mentioned the circular saw; it is a popular choice for beginners and professionals and you can do a lot with a circular saw. You can make both quick cuts and big cuts without having to worry about making accurate cuts. This saw can make your life a lot easier, but the quality of a blade is extremely important here. And quality blades often cost more, that’s why we recommend starting with a miter saw.

Manual Saw

Yes, we haven’t forgotten about the good old manual saws. And yes, sometimes you need this and have to use your power rather than electric or gas power. There are western and eastern style saws, which differ in handle placement and whether the saw cuts in pull or push motion. It doesn’t influence anything and depends on your preferences. You need a manual saw to cut certain types of wood or when you want to cut something in hard to reach areas. You can also use it for detail work. Manual saw is a cheap, portable tool that helps you make a precise cut or dovetails. At the end of the day, it can’t hurt to get one of these.

Scroll Saw

Scroll saws aren’t necessary for beginners but come in handy sometimes. They are a fun addition to your garage if you’re working on decor pieces. Scroll saws have thin blades and allow you to control speed to make precision cuts. You can create any design with this saw. For example, people do cursive scripts with it. If you don’t do this kind of work but still want to get a scroll saw, choose the one with higher speed because it will be able to manage all types of cuts.

Table Saw

Table saw is the fourth must-have blade for woodworkers. For an experienced carpenter, you can make any cut using this saw (maybe with help of jigs). You can cut circles and other complex cuts with a table saw. But for beginners or people with a small workplace, a full-sized table saw is simply unnecessary. If you have enough space and skills to use a table saw, you will use it a lot for almost everything. Use your fences and taper cuts are a breeze. For everyone else, it is better to start with a miter saw.

Some of the best saws for cutting wood

Black & Decker Powered Handsaw

This saw is a powerfully performing and easy to use tool that helps you get everything done with ease. The 16 inches handsaw is equipped with a 3.4 amp motor that allows for precise cutting of wood, metal and plastic. Besides, it is very lightweight with convenient controls and comfortable handles, so you can make detailed cuts. You can operate both indoor and outdoor.

Best-saw-for-cutting-wood

It comes with a blade perfect for straight cutting. There is also a tool-free blade change feature for your convenience. Finally, it comes with a storage bag to hold the components.

Things We Like

    • High-performance
    • 4 amp motor
    • 4600 SPM for precise cuts
    • Lightweight handsaw
    • Versatile operation
    • Tool-free blade change

Things We Don’t Like

When you get it out of the box, you need to properly position the pin that the blade attaches

XtremepowerUS Gasoline Gas Chainsaw

Gas chainsaws are the most powerful – you can compare gas and electric saws of similar weight and size, and the gas chainsaw will be an absolute winner. And this model is the best of the best. With this chainsaw, you will be really productive when working on your projects. You can get a lot done over a short period of time.

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It doesn’t require electric leads, which means better mobility. And it is very important when you’re working over a big area. This solid, powerful chainsaw has a 2.4 hp motor, anti-kickback chain, clean air-intake system, and a chain brake for safety.

Overall, this is a great option for demanding use, especially on big terrains.

Things We Like

    • The chain doesn’t overheat
    • 22 inch bar chain acceptability
    • Cutting wood is a breeze

Things We Don’t Like

sometimes you should manually adjust the carburetor

Rockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw

This saw comes with a couple of accessories, such as a rip fence, a miter gauge, a starter blade assortment, and the vacuum port. It operates like an inverted jigsaw and can produce cuts using any jigsaw blade. But it can also mare crosscuts, miter angles and rip cuts like a table cut. It’s equipped with a 5.5 amp motor that develops a speed of 3,000 strokes per minute.

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It has 5 blades for making all kinds of cuts in wood up to 1.5 inches thick and it can also cut ferrous metals and even thick ceramic tile. Changing blades is really easy, thanks to a tool-free blade change feature.

You can buy standard T-shank blades almost everywhere, and there are plenty of types and styles. Unlike other small saws that work with special blades, this one can work with almost any blade.

Things We Like

    • Simple blade change
    • On-board storage
    • No limit of the width of your pieces
    • Perfect for mid-size workbenches

Things We Don’t Like

Creates more dust than other electric saws on this list

DEWALT Bare Tool Brushless Circular Saw

This new Dewalt circular saw has a full-size blade and can bevel up to 57°. It also has a blade brake for the quick stop. Motor speed is a powerful 5,800 RPM. The model also has a dust chute, which works well for directing dust away from you. The weight of the saw is 7.6 lbs without a battery. The saw comes with a fast charger, a blade, a blade wrench, and 2 batteries.

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We also found interesting that this toes has a flat plate, unlike magnesium shoe on other saws. It can resist dents and dings in use.

Things We Like

    • 339 cuts per charge
    • Runs on 60V battery
    • Electronic brake stops
    • Brushless motor

Things We Don’t Like

The shoe slides a bit tougher across wood than other models

Dremel SM20-03 Saw-Max Tool Kit

This powerful saw is equipped with a 6 amp motor that easily handles even the toughest applications. You can work with wood, plastic, tile or metal. Quality gearing ensures durability and power. Compact saw allows for one handed operation and convenient maneuverability.

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The saw-max is a compact saw that allows making precise, clean cuts using cutting wheels. The tools is designed for beginners and professionals alike, with increased cutting accuracy.

Things We Like

    • Feels solid
    • Powerful and durable
    • Feels expensive
    • Comes in a case
    • Includes 4 blades

Things We Don’t Like

Blades tend to wear and tear quicker

Features To Consider Before Buying A Saw

Regardless of the saw you choose, you should always carefully setup everything in order to make clean and precise cuts. Make sure a board is secured with clamps to the work surface before cutting through it with a saw.

  • Length of stroke

The length of stroke means the distance the blade travels up and down. For example, 20mm stroke means the blade can move 20mm up and 20mm down to make one stroke. The longer the stroke, the bigger number of teeth that come in contact with the material.

  • Strokes per minute

Strokes per minute is the amount of time the blades moves up and down per minute. The higher number of strokes, the more cuts and therefore more efficient the saw.

  • No load speed

Load speed is the number of complete revolutions for a saw or the amount of time the blades move up and down. No load means the motor speed when the saw isn’t cutting. Speed decreases when the saw is working, so keep this in mind.

  • Power input

Power input refers to the amount of watts that the motor needs from your electricity supply. The more watts, the more powerful the motor is.

  • Maximum cutting capabilities

This means the thickest material the saw can cut (at least, as recommended by a manufacturer).

  • Blade bore diameter

This means the diameter of the hole that is in the middle of the blade. The hole (known as a blade bore) greatly varies from one saw to another, and you should get the right blades for your saw.

  • Tool-free blade change

It is really important if you want to quickly change blades.

  • Variable speed

This refers to different speeds that are needed for different projects, so saws with variable speed are more versatile.

  • Pendulum action

The traditional action on saws is a reciprocating action, up and down. Pendulum action, on the other hand, means that the blade travels back and forth as well. If you can adjust the amount of movement, you can cut faster and ensure fine and clean cuts.

  • Dust extraction

Not a must-have feature, but sometimes dust collection for a cleaner work place can be convenient.

  • Universal blade clamp

There are two types of jigsaw blades -T-shank and U shank. Some jigsaws only work with one type but a universal blade clamp accepts both of them.

  • Beveling shoe

Beveling shoe is a moveable shoe that allows you to cut at angle. This feature usually makes the tool more expensive, so think what projects you’re going to do before buying a saw with a beveling shoe.

And the winner is…

Best-saw-for-cutting-woodRockwell BladeRunner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw is our top preference for all possible wood projects; it is really durable and can last for many years. It is pretty lightweight which makes it transferable and portable from one place to another. It is made for all sorts of cutting activities and you’re sure to get a cutting accuracy and precision every time.

The wood cutting capacity is 1.5 inches; it can render high-quality cuts using the miter gauge that comes with the saw. There is also a stabilizer bracket which sits on the top of the cutting table and reduces vibration.

Best bench vise

At the beginning, it may seem easy to choose a bench vise because they all look the same. But anyone who has been using these for a while can tell you that it’s not always the case. Getting the right vise for your projects means the difference between frustration and annoyance and a smooth project. In this guide, we go through vital things that you should know before buying a bench vise, discuss what makes a bench vise good and offer the best models on the market. After reading this, you are sure to get the right bench vise.

Why Do You Need A Bench Vise?

A bench vise will help you glue pieces together. It’s always better to rely on a vise rather than on gravity to hold your project. You can just put everything in a vise and leave it, knowing that it will not move until you come back.

This is really important when working on time-consuming projects that demand precise measurements. It will also help you keep two pieces in place while cutting. If you ever had troubles using a saw freehand and imagined a way of holding everything with ease, you need to get a vise.

Before choosing a vise, ask yourself, will you be using it for DIY projects? Do you need something that can handle heavy duty work? Will you work on mechanical projects? Answers to these questions will help you get the perfect bench vise.

You should also consider the price. There are plenty of models on the market; some of them a really cheap, while others are quite expensive. It’s easy to just look at the price and think that the higher the better, but it’s not always like that. Think about the purpose of the vise, not about its price. Take the time to examine each model listed here and make sure you’re getting what you need.

Best bench vises list

Bench ViseJaw capacityJaw widthThroat depthPrice
IRWIN Woodworker’s Vise4-1/2 in.6-1/2 in.2 in.Check Price ..external-link-16
Yost M7WW WoodWorking Vise8 in.7 in.3 in.Check Price ..external-link-16
Eclipse EWWQR7 Woodworking Vice7 in.7 in.3 in.Check Price ..external-link-16
Wilton 63218 79A Woodworking Vise13 in.10 in.4 in.Check Price ..external-link-16
TEKTON Woodworking Vise8.3 in.6.5 in3.5 in.Check Price ..external-link-16

Bench Vise Width

If you have already used bench vises before, you know how important their width is. If you’re going to buy the first bench vise, always consider the width of its jaws. Otherwise, you will find the bench vise doesn’t suit your needs. Remember, you can easily go too small but you can’t go too big. If you don’t know what projects you’re going to perform, choose the bench vise with a larger width.

Bench Vise Swivel

Understandably, you may think that the bigger swivel the better, just like with the width of a bench vise. While it is sometimes true, bigger swivel results in a higher price. If it wouldn’t cost anything to add a 360-degree swivel into a vise, every manufacturer would do this. Therefore, if you’re not a professional woodworker, it makes sense to get a 180-degree swivel. On the other hand, if you think you will take bigger and more complex projects in future, a large swivel is better, because you will use all its features at some point. Thus, consider which types of projects you’re going to undertake before buying a swivel.

Do You Need A Portable Bench Vise?

There are lightweight bench vises and there are really heavy bench vises. If you know you will be carrying it with you, always choose a five-pound model over a twenty-pound model. On the other hand, if you’re not going to transport your bench vise, choosing a heavier option will net you with additional features and a larger jaw width. Portable bench vises are often manufactured for a specific project, while larger bench vises are multifunctional.

The Most Common Bench Vise Features

There are very specific features that are suitable for very specific projects and then there are features that everyone wants to see in a bench vise, no matter what projects they will perform. Unlike those features that mark up a price and left unused by most woodworkers, these are will save your time and money.

Replaceable Jaws

Jaws are the most fragile part of a bench vise, so choose a model with replaceable jaws. The worst case scenario is you never need to replace them, in which case this feature wouldn’t be used.

Teethed Jaws

There are bench vises that deliver great results without teethed jaws. However, you’re always better off choosing a model with this feature. This delivers a higher degree of grip and helps you during your work.

A High PSI

The PSI is a measurement that means how hard a vise can clamp down a material. Not every model has PSI listed but if you find one with the higher PSI, this is your best bet.

Heavy Duty Bench Vises

These vises are made of iron so they can handle frequent use and heavier applications, and professionals call them machinists’ vices. They often have a precision slide bar and steel jaws. You will need to buy fasteners for these, as well as a set of replacement jaws. These are suitable for demanding use and aren’t necessary for non-professionals.

Best bench vise reviews

IRWIN Woodworker’s Vise

This is the best bench vise out of all cheaper models. It is made of quality materials such as cast iron for the body, and no matter what pressure you apply, it will not get distorted.

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Even better, this model comes with 2 types of jaws for tubular surfaces and for flat surfaces, and you can rotate it to 360°. It is also important that the clamps can be crashed in only to 3,000 pounds of pressure so you can use it to hold parts while you’re working on them and also bend them into shapes you need.

Things We Like

    • Easy to install
    • Convenient to use
    • The vise is 6.5 inches

Things We Don’t Like

The maximum opening is 4,5 inches and you need wood faces if you need more

Yost M7WW Rapid Acting Wood Working Vise

If you need a quality bench vise on the budget, this model is the best you can find. The jaw width is 6.5 inches in length, and the swivel opens up to 180°. It is suitable for almost any project; you can quickly install and start using it.

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The body is made of cast iron with a steel channel bar that adds to durability and strength. It also has replaceable jaws and since they are the only parts that wear and tear with time, it is important you can change them. The flat surface on top of the model lets you use it as an anvil.

Things We Like

    • Smooth operation
    • Convenient and lightweight
    • Smooth quick release feature
    • Flawless operation

Things We Don’t Like

The release mechanism can loosen up after 8-10 years of regular use

Eclipse EWWQR7-NA Quick Release Woodworking Vice

The vise opens to 13/5 inches with the ¾ inches inserts installed. The quick release feature can be adjusted to suit your requirements and works just great. The jaws are secure and square, as they should be. This is the only model here where jaws close at the top, which allows you to place the object in the vise, close it, and then make necessary adjustments before tightening it. Once you tightened the vise, it keeps everything in place. The model comes with a metal dog that can be held securely with a thumb screw.

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The vise is perfect for the everyday use and you can add two o-rings to the ends of the bar to reduce the metal-to-metal sound.

Things We Like

    • Comes with a built-in bench dog
    • Holds different sizes of wood
    • Convenient quick release feature
    • Perfect for small projects and delicate needs

Things We Don’t Like

It comes without instructions

Wilton 63218 79A Woodworking Vise

If you are on a very tight budget but still need a quality bench vise then this model is your choice. Compared to other models, it is the smallest vise with a 4 inch width jaw opening, but it is made of quality steel and costs so little that there is no excuse for not getting it if you don’t have one in your garage.

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What is really impressing about this model is the fact that it has the largest anvil flat surfaces that compensate the small jaw width. It has a 360° swivel so you can position it in any convenient position. The base also has a lockdown feature so when you assemble the vise, it will stay there no matter what you do. It doesn’t wear and tear and can be used for many years.

Things We Like

    • Sturdy and solid model
    • The second jaw allows you to clamp objects of different width
    • Easy to use for non-parallel projects
    • Has magnetic maple pads

Things We Don’t Like

Some people prefer more traditional pop-up dog

TEKTON Woodworking Vise

If some of the above benches seem too heavy for your needs and you want something lightweight in stature, you will be able to reap more benefits that come along with this model. It comes with a lifetime guarantee, which means you can return it at any point, even if it has defects. This is a great quality model that ensures a risk-free purchase out of the dollar it costs to ship the item.

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It is very lightweight and can open up to only 3 inches, which is still more than enough for many projects. Though, if you know you’ll be handling more jobs, it’s better to consider previous 4 models.

Things We Like

    • The guiding rods keep the faces from rattling
    • It won’t crack or bend
    • Pressure is distributed evenly

Things We Don’t Like

The underside is ridged, not flat. It makes mounting a bit harder

What To Consider Before Buying A Bench Vise

  • Jaw Size

Large jaws allow you to hold bigger workpieces. It also means more friction to keep the parts from slipping. Of course, you can always increase the surface area of bench vise by adding cheeks, but it’s always easier to get large jaws.

  • Jaw Opening

Most of the time you don’t need to open your vise all the way, but a deep capacity is better for clamping versatility. Sooner or later you will need it.

  • Quick Release

It’s quite convenient to slide the front jaw in and out without turning the handle but it’s even better when you have a quick release function. All models mentioned above have the quick release option.

  • Vise Dog

The vise dog is needed when you want to hold your work on top of the bench. Spring-loaded, friction-fit are the most convenient to use.

  • Handle

You’ll be working with your bench vise a lot, so its handle has to be comfortable. Some vises have larger-diameter handles that are easier to hold than the rod-type handles. The handle should always be large in diameter to fit into the socket.

And the winner is…

Best-bench-viseMost woodworkers buy a bench vise once and it lasts them in full-time use about 100 years. We recommend getting Eclipse EWWQR7-NA Quick Release Woodworking Vice, a full-size bench workshop vise. It has shock-absorbent grey iron for increased strength with 2 steel rods to reduce wear and tear and ensure convenient action and a quick-action acme thread. It’s suitable for all types of projects.

Eclipse EWWQR7-NA Quick Release Woodworking Vise delivers good durability and strength. To top it up, the coating gives this model a soothing appeal and protects it from rusting, which is a common issue for many vises. The fit and finish is just perfect. The construction is also nice, which is important when you use something for many decades.

The best air impact wrench

The air impact wrench is well-known for everyone related to auto mechanic. They use compressed air to power the wrench, so you need either a bottle of air attached to the tool or a connection to an air source. Modern wrenches have been manufactured with a convenient design, which reduces the number of problems for users, regardless of how many hours they are used. Besides, there are tools that remove large and rusted bolts and there are those that can remove small pins and other delicate items.

If you’re going to get a new air impact wrench that will allow you to work for many hours, consider the options we discuss below. And if you’re new to auto mechanic, this guide will be a good starting point.

Best Air Impact Wrench list

Air impact wrenchesShapeSpeedMax. TorqueWeightPrice
Ingersoll Rand 231C
Air Impact Wrench
Pistol8000 rpm350 FT-LBS5.8 lbsCheck Price external-link-16
PowRyte Basic Air
Impact Wrench
Pistol7000 rpm600 FT-LBS6 lbsCheck Price external-link-16
AIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque
Impact Wrench
Pistol9000 rpm1295 FT-LBS4.5 lbsCheck Price external-link-16
DEWALT DWMT70773L Drive
Impact Wrench-Heavy Duty
Pistol7500 rpm650 FT-LBS5.3 lbsCheck Price external-link-16
ACDelco ANI405
Impact Wrench
Pistol7000 rpm500 FT-LBS5.7 lbsCheck Price external-link-16

How Air Impact Wrenches Work

There are many different models of air impact wrenches out there. Some look like huge screwdrivers, while others are smaller than pistols. Regardless of their type, they work in the same way. The impact wrench has a rotating mass and a motor that builds up energy through this mass that is pushed into the anvil. This creates a torque that a human can’t produce. But even though the amount of torque is massive, an operator only feels a small friction.

Air impact wrenches are more precise than humans, which makes them useful for many applications. You can use them to secure bolts on car wheels or when working on construction sites. But even though all wrenches work in the same way, they differ in shape, socket size, and torque. We discuss these features below.

Why and When You Should Use An Air Impact Wrench

The main aim of an air impact wrench is to remove bolts and nuts. Whether you need to rotate tires, remove lug nuts, or subframe bolts, an impact wrench makes the job done in minutes. You can also tighten fasteners, but you should be careful because an impact wrench can apply too much power. But finishing tightening by hand is a risk-free way to quickly tighten the bolts.

If you’re not sure whether you need an impact wrench or not, consider their advantages. They help cut down on the time required to do jobs like rotating ties, dropping transmissions, removing headers, and any other task that requires removal of bolts. They also come in handy when working in tight spaces.

How Not to Use A Wrench

The main problem that beginners face is over tightening a bolt. As a result, they end up with stripped threads and weakened bolted joints that can fail at some point. You can also accidentally twist the head off the bolt, which means you will have to spend a lot of time trying to get the bolt out. The easy way to avoid over tightening is to finish torquing by hand.

Another thing beginners do wrong is that they start threading a bolt with an impact wrench. But if you want to drive a bolt in, start by hand. This will ensure you avoid cross threading the bolt. Besides, don’t use sockets that aren’t designed for wrenches. Standard sockets are made with thinner walls that can crack. They also wear and tear quicker.

Lastly, sometimes people don’t wear eye protection. Remember that something can chip off at any second. Without eye protection, you will turn a minor annoyance into a serious emergency.

So now you know how and when you should use an air impact wrench and it’s time to learn about their main features.

Shape and Socket Size

There are two types of the wrench shapes: inline and pistol. Inline models look like an oversized screwdriver, with the anvil and hammer in front of it. Pistol type wrenches have a hammer above the grip. Speaking of a socket size, air impact wrenches have models that can suit all demands. There are large sockets, medium-size sockets, and small sockets.

Torque

Torque is the main characteristic of any wrench and every model has a maximum torque. However, torques aren’t limited to a maximum torque. Most of them let you choose between torque settings which allow you to set the amount of torque according to your needs. We would recommend making sure you set the proper torque or you can over tighten the bolt.

Rotations Per Minute (RPM)

When you select your new impact wrench, you will soon discover that everything over 3,000 is a perfect number for almost any project. The impact wrench relies on rotations to unwind or tighten a screw. More rotations mean less effort on your part, as the tool makes the extra work itself.

Lower RPM means you will need more time to finish the project, but getting a tool that has too much RPM is just unnecessary. While shopping for a wrench, always check the RPM settings on the product before buying it.

High IPM

IPM or Impacts Per Minute should be high enough because an air impact wrench requires a lot of contacts to tighten or loose a screw. However, higher IPM results in higher price so look for a tool that balances the RPM, IPM and torque well.

Having more IPM means that your tool and the target have more contact, which means the screw stays in position. Couple it with high torque and RPM and you have an air impact wrench of your dreams.

Lightweight

Weight of a wrench is important because you’re going to carry it around all the time. If you haven’t used air impact wrench at all, you may be surprised when you lift the box with your new wrench. The good news is that there are a lot of lightweight models that can fit your comfort and requirements simultaneously.

Lighter is always better because it ensures mobility for you and makes operating the tool easier. It is especially important when you need a wrench for a long period of time. They put less strain on the wrist and hands and make sure you stay injury-free.

Best air impact wrenches

Ingersoll Rand 231C Super-Duty Air Impact Wrench

This wrench offers the power needed to handle all kind of jobs. Designed to be convenient, user-friendly and lightweight, it delivers up to 350 ft/lbs torque. It has an adjustable power regulator and an exclusive Twin Hammer Plus mechanism to handle complicated tasks. And you can use it right out of the box because it arrives fully lubricated.

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So whether you’re a professional or a hobbyist, this is a perfect option for you with its rotating tires and advanced performance. And whether you’re removing bolts or stubborn nuts, this tool ensures ease of use.

Things We Like

    • Pressure-feed lubrication
    • Exclusive mechanism
    • Easy to use construction
    • Adjustable power regulator
    • Contoured handle
    • Speed of 8,000 RPM

Things We Don’t Like

The trigger seal can start leaking after years of use

PowRyte Basic Air Impact Wrench

This wrench comes in an aluminum housing that can withstand a lot of pressure. This housing adds to the weight of the tool, which is compensated by a well-balanced design. It can work with a pressure of 90 PSI and sports a speed of 7,000 RPM. It uses a twin hammer system to generate a hit for better reliability. You get the 600 ft/lbs torque, which is enough for all tasks.

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There is also a forward and reverse switch that guarantees full power in the reverse direction. Just below the switch you can find a handle for a comfortable grip. The texture of the handle makes sure you will never lose your hold.

This model also has a unique built-in silencer to significantly reduce noise levels. It comes with a 2-year warranty.

Things We Like

    • Built-in silencer
    • die-cast aluminum housing
    • Adjustable power

Things We Don’t Like

Heavier than other models

AIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque Impact Wrench

This is a lightweight tool that weights only 4.5 pounds. It decreases user fatigue and lets you handle the wrench longer. Though it has less impact as other tools in the list, it gives you a lot of maneuvering in tight spaces.

It has the L-shaped design with an ergonomic grip for a good balance. Besides, you will enjoy the non-slip handle every time you get your hands on this wrench. It generates a Max. torque of 1,295 ft/lbs. You also get 1,400 blows per minute, which makes this lightweight tool the strongest hard hitting impact on the market.

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The speed is variable for your convenience. And if noise disturbs your neighbors, this tool will take care of it. Compared to many other models, it is really quiet and generates only 86dB. There is also a flip lever that allows you to change directions. The wrench comes with a 2-year warranty.

Things We Like

    • Lightweight
    • Powerful
    • Ergonomic design
    • Quiet

Things We Don’t Like

You have to follow setup to get maximum power

DEWALT DWMT70773L Drive Impact Wrench-Heavy Duty

This is a pneumatic tool for heavy-duty tasks that comes in a housing fitted with bumpers. It means the toll won’t get damaged if you drop it on a hard surface. It also has very little vibration.

This impact wrench is quite lightweight, weighting only 5.3 pounds which mean better productivity in the workplace. And it is equipped with a twin hammer system to break free stubborn fasteners. This air impact wrench can generate a speed of 7,500 RPM and a working pressure of 90 PSI. The maximum torque is 650 foot-pound. Even better, it operates at 1,100 blows per minute.

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You can make directional changes with a forward-reverse switch. Besides, it has a power regulator and an ergonomic design with a non-slip grip. The exhaust system takes care of debris. The tools come with a 3-year warranty.

Things We Like

    • Solid performance
    • Lightweight
    • excellent quality
    • Easy to use

Things We Don’t Like

Picks up dirt easily

ACDelco ANI405 1/2-inch Impact Wrench

This is a solid option that produces 500 ft/lb of torque and can handle all types of jobs. What we specifically like about this model is that nothing can beat it for this price. Cheap and lightweight, ACDelco ANI405 is a great choice for hobbyists and professionals alike.

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It has an innovative impact mechanism “Twin Hammer” which generates no impulse and thus a user doesn’t feel toque. It’s equipped with 4 speeds (1 reverse and 3 forward) and aluminum housing. This is a sturdy option if you’re looking for an inexpensive but reliable and durable air wrench.

What we also liked about this model is the ease with which you do all handiwork that requires drilling. This is not something you expect from a small tool, but this one delivers everything you need. It would be a nice first tool for starters and a worthy addition to someone’s collection.

Things We Like

    • No broken studs
    • Equipped with powerful Twin Hammer Mechanism

Things We Don’t Like

You should oil it after every use to ensure long life

Safety Features

Now you know what great options you should consider and that a wrench with a higher IPM and RPM often has the best performance. But when you’re using a wrench, don’t forget about the most important thing: your safety. An air impact wrench is a powerful tool and you should pay a lot of attention to safety requirements.

All the wrenches mentioned above have important safety features such as cooling, anti-overloading, etc. They also have safety mechanisms to save your life and reduce the risks of injuries. Even if you’re a professional carpenter, safety features are important because your safety is the top priority. The other features will follow.

And the winner is…

best-air-impact-wrenchAIRCAT 1150 Killer Torque Impact Wrench with its amazing power input and low sound output. This tool is really impressive and we would give it a 10. It is everything you need in a wrench tool. The rotor and the cylinder create power that makes the tool better than others. It also keeps the debris away from your face with the unique through the handle exhaust that doesn’t compromise the power.

Best scroll saw reviews

A scroll saw is a tool for cutting wood, plastic and other items. While a scroll saw and a band saw has the same functionality, a scroll saw has a reciprocating blade to cut complex shapes and make interior cuts. The worker has to drill a hole in the pattern and insert a blade there for interior cuts.

Before you buy a scroll saw, take its speed, size and blades into consideration. And always consider the uses it is going of serve.

The Size Of A Scroll Saw

You can determine the size of a scroll by measuring from the blade to the back of the tool. The size of the saw limits the size of the material you can use. Most often, woodworkers prefer a 16-inch scroll saw; it can handle a 32-inch piece of material and is suitable for many projects. But you can also find sizes ranging from 12 inches to 30 inches.

The Speed Of A Scroll Saw

There are slower scroll saws that can manage 400 strokes per minutes and there are fast saws that run at 1800 spms speed. Many models also have a variable speed feature which often comes in handy because different materials require different speed. For example, if you work with wood, high speed will overheat the saw blades. Besides, more complicated designs require a slow and precise cut.

The Blade Of A Scroll Saw

Look for models with a quick release feature for easy blade changes and simple blade clamps that don’t require any additional tools. If you want greater versatility, get a model that accepts both pin-end and plain-end blades.

Scroll Saw Drive

Most modern models have parallel arm drivers, which means the motor is mounted to the rear. This way, the arms are parallel. There are also parallel link drivers, which has rods in the arms that push moveable pieces that secure the blade. The parallel link drive is less noisy.

Scroll saw Support

A support frame you’re using should absorb vibration and provide stability so that you can cut with precision. There are models that are mounted on saw stands while others are sold separately and you will have to buy a stand as well. Some saws also have clamps that attach them to a work bench. Where they ensure support, smooth operation and reduced vibration when using a saw.

Scroll saws are notorious for even distribution of weight and optimal stability. But other types of saws can also be adjusted to suit your needs. Just choose a workbench with adjustable legs to suit your specifications.

Best scroll saw list

Scroll sawsSpeed -SPM (Strokes Per Minute)BevellingThroat DepthCutting DepthPrice
DEWALT DW788
Scroll Saw
400 - 1750
Variable speed
0 - 45 degree20 in.2 in.Check Price external-link-16
Shop Fox
Scroll Saw
550 - 1700
Variable speed
0 - 45 degree16 in.3/4 in.Check
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Rockwell RK7315
Scroll Saw
500 - 1700
Variable speed
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WEN 3920
Scroll Saw
400 - 1600
Variable speed
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PORTER-CABLE Scroll Saw with Stand500 - 1500
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Scroll saw reviews

DEWALT DW788 Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

This model allows you to change the blades within several seconds and setting the tension by pushing one button. You can also move the project around to get the perfect angle and put the project on and off the table with ease.

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A sturdy workplace and immovable rear blades are another nice bonus. Your wood will not burn and you will get precise cutting. The blades have proven to have a really long lifespan and will serve you for many years.

This model is pretty heavy, which means you have no vibration at all, even if you set it to the full power. It operates in a quiet and smooth way. Speaking of usage, it is a perfect scroll saw for both amateurs and professionals. It is easy to install and handle, with convenient electronic variable speed and on-off switch. You can also adjust the tension of the jaw.

Things We Like

    • Absorbs all vibrations
    • Tension knob with numbers to get the same tension every time
    • Blades are easy to put in
    • Bendable arms

Things We Don’t Like

With years, the model can become louder

Shop Fox Variable Speed Scroll Saw

This model provides you with several gadgets that often come only in high-end models. If you haven’t used a scroll saw before, this is a perfect investment. It precisely cuts through a range of woods without any effort. Take pinewood that is a quarter inch thick, and this saw cuts it wonderfully.

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To get the best this model has to offer, it would be a great idea to use ½ inch wood. Before you start working with a saw, check the fasteners because they can become loose.

Things We Like

    • No vibration
    • Quick blade changes
    • Easily cuts hard wood
    • Can run at high and low speeds

Things We Don’t Like

Mounting takes a bit of time

Rockwell RK7315 Scroll Saw

This model has a variable speed feature and the angle adjustment option, making it suitable for a wide range of projects. It allows you to easily cut through wood up to 2-1/2 inches. This is a great model for beginners who want to get a feel for sawing. When it is set up and after watching a quick video guide, you will be able to use all its functions. The speed control gives precise cuts – not something you can find in many other saws.

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You can bolt it down to a base which you can clamp down if you need a portable saw. When you don’t need it, it can settle down on the shelf giving more space in the workshop.

Things We Like

    • Perfect for beginners
    • High-quality lower-end model
    • Easy to set up and manage
    • Precise cutting
    • Variable speed feature

Things We Don’t Like

The table only tilts in one direction

WEN 3920 Variable Speed Scroll Saw

This saw has a variable speed, convenient table, a cast iron built and an air pump. The stroke varies from 400 to 1600 strokes per minute. This is suitable for a variety of cuts, even though more expensive models offer 1700 strokes. It depends on projects you’re going to perform; we would say you don’t need 1700 strokes for DIYs. Adjusting the speed is easy; the speed knob is on the front which keeps your arms out of the sight-lines.

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The table is more than enough for a scroll saw and works well for small and medium-size pieces. The saw allows for the 45 degrees tilt to the left. Not a bad thing, it depends on your preferences. The 16-inch throat depth makes cutting larger parts easier. You can cut pieces as thick as 2 inches.

And like other scroll saws on this list, this one accepts both pinless and pinned blades. It comes with an extra blade to swap it out.

Things We Like

    • 400-1600 Strokes Per Minute
    • Cast Iron
    • Reduced vibration
    • Air Pump
    • Dust Port
    • 2-Year Warranty

Things We Don’t Like

Some owners say they would prefer stronger blades for bigger projects

PORTER-CABLE Variable Speed Scroll Saw with Stand

This model features an automotive saw with a shape similar to a sewing machine with a sharp blade instead of a needle. It is mounted on a four-legged stand and is perfect for smaller and intricate cutting. The blades move at a high speed, creating curves and details as you move the wood around the blade.

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The saw also has a storage compartment where you can put extra blades and other equipment. This keeps everything you need close at hand. It also has a convenient on and off switch on the top of the saw. This keeps you safe as you can turn the saw off immediately. There is also a tension control switch located near the on-off switch.

Things We Like

    • The dust blower
    • The slack control
    • No vibration
    • On-off switch on the top

Things We Don’t Like

The light over the stand could be brighter

The Main Features Of A Scroll Saw

  • Throat Size

The throat size refers to a distance between the back throat and the blade of the saw. If you know the throat size, you can determine what wood pieces you will be able to cut.

  • Blade Types

Pinned blades are thicker than other options and they are used for thicker cuts of wood. You can’t cut fine details with pinned blades.

Unpinned blades allow for more options of cutting wood. You can do more detailed cuts.

  • Blade Changes

When shopping for a scroll saw, you need to consider how you’re going to mount the blade. If your project requires many cuts, you have to change blades often. Tooled blades need special tools in order to change them which is quite irritating.

For this reason, many professionals use tool-less blades. These saws have a mechanism for quick change of blades.

  • Blade Tensioning

Some saws have a cam, other have levers or knobs on the back, all of which allows you to control blade tensioning. Many 16-inch scroll saws have a knob at the back. However, it is more convenient to have it at the head. You will be tensioning the blade for every cut you make. So think about it before buying a saw.

  • Dust collection

At the moment, not that many saws can do a good job at collecting dust. Some of them have compressors or blow tubes, but you should make sure the tube is flexible and doesn’t blow dust onto your lab.

  • The Hold Down Foot

The hold down foot should be able to securely hold down the piece you’re working on. You should also check if it’s adjustable. It is especially important for beginners who learn how to cut. As you become better at this and start doing delicate work, you will feel that it can break an intricate piece. But in general, this feature is very helpful.

  • Blade Rocker Arm Type

This feature gives the strokes of the blade up and down motion. Some models have a solid arm that handles the movement of the blade. Professionals say it’s a bit too turbulent when you try to make delicate cuts. The saw with a single arm is more budget friendly.

Other specialists say that smaller arms provide less vibration. So, it’s just a personal preference.

  • Raising Top Arm

Before buying a saw, you need to consider projects you’re going to perform. A top lifting arm can really help if you do fret work (from the top of the working area down).

  • Table Tilt

Some scroll saws have a right tilt, others have left tilt, and the most expensive models have both right and left tilt. You should check if the tilt has an accurate angle. The best way to find this out is to get a construction square and test it out. The ease of adjustment is also important.

  • Blade Storage

As you get used to your new tool, you will have many different blades. And you need a place where you will store all those blades. Finding a scroll saw that stores them is a nice bonus when choosing the best model.

  • Work Lights

This is not a must-have, but something you may find convenient. A good lighting is important, but if you work in a room where lighting is up, you should be ok with a saw that doesn’t have any lighting.

  • Tool stand

Many scroll saws have their own stands. Or you can buy a stand with adjustable legs. You need to make sure you can work at a height that is comfortable to you.

And the winner is…

best scroll sawsThe DEWALT Scroll Saw is by far the best scroll saw for the money on the market, and the best in terms of quality and features. It is targeted mainly to semi-professionals and hobbyist; this is a model on which you can work every day without wear and tear and use it for moderate and precise cutting.

 

Best clamps for woodworking reviews

Clamps seem simple at first glance, but when you start shopping for them, you find a variety of different types of clamps that work for certain situations. Most often, people need clamps when they want to glue two pieces of wood together. But many times, you can use them to hold parts together while you work, hold a stop to a machine, or hold parts to a fixture. In other words, clamps can come handy as a temporary means of attachment.

Different types of clamps work better in some situations than in others. Here, we start with basics and work our way up to specialized clamps for complicated projects.

Best clamps for woodworking list

Clamps for woodworkingTypesMax CapacityThroat DepthPrice
Bessey LM2.004 LM
General Purpose Clamp
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IRWINQUICK-GRIPOne-
Handed Mini Bar Clamp
Bar clamps6 in.2-7/16 in.Check
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TEKTON 39180 Mini 6
Ratchet Bar Clamp
Bar clamps6 in.1-1/2 in.Check
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Neewer Heavy Duty Muslin
Spring Clamps Clips
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Kreg KHC-PREMIUM
Face Clamp
Face clamps3 in.3 in.Check
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Basic Clamps For Starters

  • Spring Clamps

Spring clamps are often used for temporarily holding parts together or for gluing small parts. They don’t have much holding power but are really easy to use and work like a binder clip, which can be useful in many projects. They come in four sizes, and each size shows the maximum opening. For beginners, we can recommend sizes 2 inches and 3 inches. The smaller one is limited in what items it can hold but is easy to open with bare hands. The larger one is harder to open but have a larger capacity. You can get a pair of each and decide which one is better for your needs.

  • F-style

Most woodworking projects require F-style clamps. 4 inches and 6 inches are the most popular and used for attaching jigs, grouping parts together, holding parts, and attaching hold-downs. Then, there are larger F-style clamps. If you need to assemble drawers and panels, choose sizes between 12 inches and 24 inches. Heavier clamps will distort smaller assemblies.

There is also a variation of the F-style clamps that is called a Kliklamp, which tightens with a convenient ratcheting level (instead of a traditional handle). These are quick to use and you can control the amount of pressure you want to generate. However, they are pretty new and it can be hard to find them.

The longer clamps, such as 30 inches and larger, aren’t so popular for DIY woodworking projects since they can throw parts out of alignment. And then there are also “quick-grip” clamps that should be faster to use. In fact, it is often really hard to properly tighten them. If you’re choosing between F-style and quick-grip clamp, choose the first ones. F-style clamps let you adjust them with one hand by pushing with your thumb. If you’re just starting working with wood, stick to these basic ones – others will only slow you down.

Types Of Clamps For Experienced Woodworkers

These clamps will meet all your requirements for all woodworking projects; these are nice to have if you’ve already done some simple things and want to move on. The first are c-clamps.

  • C-Clamp

A few C-clamps are a necessary tool for many projects. Start by getting eight of them of medium length. Once you have stocked C-clamps, F-style clamps and spring clamps, you can move up to specialty types. If you need a clamp that is handy for both gluing and clamping, get these.

Sometimes, you can see cheap aluminum clamps on the market, and if you find a good deal, take advantage on it. Cheap clamps are perfect when you don’t need to generate a lot of pressure. Use them for small projects.

  • Pipe Clamp Fixtures

If you need to secure large parts or apply extreme pressure, you can make clamps from pipe fixtures. Take standard or galvanized iron pipes and thread the headstock fixture onto the end of your pipe. Then take the adjustable tailstock fixture and slide it onto the pipe’s end. You can choose the capacity of your DIY Pipe Clamps by choosing pipes of different lengths. You can also join different pipes for a total control of the clamping capacity.

The best thing about these clamps is that you can make clamps of any length by joining the pipes (and for the price of a few couplings!). Just remember to make sure that the threaded part of the pipe clamp should be in line with what you’re gluing. For example, when you’re putting tabletops together, you can keep the clamps in line by ripping strips to rest of the wood parts. You can also adjust clamps top and bottom to keep everything glued in line.

  • Deep Throat Bar Clamps

If you DIY Pipe Clamp Fixtures, you may not need F-style and spring clamps. However, you will still need deep throat bar clamps. These clamps have outstanding stretching capacity combined with deep reaching capacity, easily making them the most versatile. They come in many sizes and are irreplaceable by other types of clamps.

  • Hand Screw Clamps

These clamps are often excluded from the list of must-have clamps because you can do simple home repairs using other tools. But, if you like DIY projects and love tools that look cool, the hand screw clamps are for you. They have sturdy metallic handles and jaws made of maple that help you exert a lot of pressure. You can also adjust them, making it useful for both big and small projects.

Best Clamps For Big Projects

Moving on to larger projects, if you’re going to assemble furniture and glue wide parts, you need large clamps. And the best are parallel-jaw clamps. They are user-friendly and the jaws will be parallel as you tighten the clamps. However, they are very heavy and quite expensive; the price depends on depth. If it’s ok for you, get these and complete huge projects with ease.

Bessey LM2.004 LM General Purpose Clamp

If you need clamps with good pressure but not too cumbersome, these fit the bill. They are lightweight, small, with a good force and built quality suitable for most projects, and they’re not expensive. These are quality clamps that professionals and amateurs can use with ease and they are made in Germany (most cheap clamps are made in China).

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One thing that you should be aware of before buying these is the barcode stickers on handles. If you remove them, they leave a sticky residue that you have to clean off somehow (probably with alcohol). Not a big deal, of course, and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes of your time but these stickers could be placed on jaws.

Things We Like

    • Very sturdy
    • Hold parts as long as you want
    • Allows to adjust tightness
    • Last through many projects

Things We Don’t Like

The bar doesn’t catch the jaw

IRWINQUICK-GRIPOne-Handed Mini Bar Clamp

These clamps are great for lightweight holding and gluing projects; they can handle up to 70kg of pressure. If you need a tool to work in tight areas, this is your best bet. Non-marking pads are a nice bonus. Use these clamps for general woodworking projects and they will last you for a good while.

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The clamping cauls are made of metal to ensure advanced grip capacity. Another advantage is their small size, because you can take it with you. We can’t say these are the best for hardcore woodworkers, but if you’re anything else, this would be perfect clamps for all your projects.

Things We Like

    • Clamping pressure
    • Steel bar
    • Quick-release trigger
    • Fast positioning

Things We Don’t Like

Con-side covers can come loose with time

TEKTON 39180 Mini 6 Ratchet Bar Clamp

These clamps are essential for all types of woodworking; they are perfect for holding small and medium-size parts together. Constructed with a strong nylon jaw, they allow you to apply precise force and position the clamps in the desired place. They also have a convenient quick release button. Ratcheting action is silent and smooth. Jaws don’t leave marks or scratches in surfaces.

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These clamps are backed with a lifetime warranty. Once set, jaws will not creep. When you are done with your project, press the release button to let clamps go of workpiece.

Things We Like

    • Useful in tight spaces
    • Durable
    • Securely holds small and medium-size parts together

Things We Don’t Like

Not suitable for big projects

Neewer Heavy Duty Muslin Spring Clamps Clips

These clamps have a 2 inches jaw opening, which is perfect for small projects and operation in tight places. You can use these every time you need quality spring clamps. They have a sturdy grip with convenient, gentle pads that allow you to adjust to the grip surface. Small teeth on the diameter ensure small objects are secured. Flat pads hold wood parts together while the glue dries.

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The 2 inches jaws are sufficient to fit most objects. The inclusion of 6 clamps is more than enough to ensure the most stable placement of the items. Overall, these clamps are great for your crafting needs. You can use them conventionally, for many projects. The only downside that we’ve mentioned is their stiffness when compared to other clamps, which makes opening a bit difficult.

Thins We Like

    • Rounded handles
    • Comfortable grips
    • Reinforced nylon construction
    • Steel pivot for better durability

Things We Don’t Like

More stiff than other clamps

Kreg KHC-PREMIUM Face Clamp

These are classic face clamps with amazing reach and capacity. They are specifically designed for small projects, with a deep throat that enables you to clamp directly over the line, ensuring a flush seam. With these clamps, you will forget about misalignment.

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They also have the vise-grip action so you can easily engage and disengage the clamps with one hand. They work great for most home and shop projects that require clamping without marring. They ensure even distribution of force and hold pieces in place during assembly.

Things We Like

    • Deep throat clamps that stiles easily
    • Soft-grip handles
    • Convenient operation
    • Adjustment knob dials

Things We Don’t Like

Some may want a bit longer depth of the arms

What To Consider Before Buying Clamps

The main criteria you should consider is the type of projects you are going to do. For example, if you need to clamp several boards, you can use bar clamps but F-style clamps will do it much easier. And bar clamps are better to clamp at the edges. In short, the right clamp for the right project makes everything much easier.

Materials

Unlike hammers and chisels, there is not as much to look for in terms of materials. Most of the clamps are made of quality plastic that can last for years. However, try to avoid hard brittle plastic because it cracks easily, so look for softer materials.

Metal parts aren’t that important in clamps, so they don’t have the same hardness as chisels but make sure to look for cracks and damages. Speaking of wooden parts, for example, hands of clamps, they should be made of hardwood. Oak or maple is what you want to look for. If you can’t say whether the quality of the wood is good, try to scratch it with a finger nail. Quality wood doesn’t scratch easily and will serve you longer.

The winner

best-clamps-for-woodworkingWhile searching for the best multitask clamps for your woodworking projects, we strongly recommend you to take the Kreg KHC-PREMIUM Face Clamp into consideration. They are great for clamping wood to the bench to hold while carving, gluing or sanding.

They are also great for router tables to work benches and allow your hands to handle the work piece and not the clamp. They are easy to engage and disengage with one hand. Its 3.5 inches depth makes it a deep throat clamp, which can handle most projects with ease. These are very versatile clamps and are perfect for all types of projects.

Best Axe for Splitting Wood: Tips and Reviews

The cold winter is coming and you would like to have a natural fire burning inside your fireplace? Or you can’t wait for the cool summer evenings to fire up your outdoor hearth and enjoy a good read by the fire? Or perhaps you just want to save a little on your energy bills? In any case, you need natural wood and a way to split it.

Splitting wood is not an easy job, especially for newbies. That’s why finding the right tool is imperative. The best splitting axe for wood should be easy to handle, durable enough to last a lifetime, and suit your budget. Let’s take a closer look.

Best Axes for Splitting Wood list

Axe for Splitting WoodLengthWeightPrice
Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe27 in.5.7 poundsCheck
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Helko Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter36 in.6.7 poundsCheck
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Fiskars 375841-100136 in.6.3 poundsCheck
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Estwing E3-FF4 “Fireside Friend”14.2 in.4 poundsCheck
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Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch23.5 in.3.45 poundsCheck
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Husqvarna 19″ Wooden Splitting Axe19 in.2.2 poundsCheck
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Choosing the Best Axe For Splitting Wood In a Flash

The axe might look nice, have a great price and be available to buy right now. But what else should you consider before actually making the purchase?

Can You Lift It Easily?

Even the most durable and on-budget axe in the world won’t help you split wood if you are having trouble lifting it. If you are buying an axe at a brick-and-mortar store, spend at least 5 minutes swinging it around. Can you do it easily? Then the axe is a good choice.

Meanwhile, if you are about to make a purchase online, check out the weight parameters. You can find something at home that has a similar weight and try to swing it for several minutes. While it might seem as a ridiculous action at the moment, it can help you make the right choice.

How Long is the Shaft?

The length of the shaft allows you to control your actions and gives you a more powerful strike. A shorter shaft is easier to control while a longer one can give you better results in one swing. Again, all depends on how easily you can handle the axe. If you don’t have any experience with wood splitting, it’s better to go for a shorter shaft.

Is the Axe Durable?

It’s hard to tell how long the axe will last just by looking at it. However, there are a few tricks to consider. A solid piece axe is a more durable option. Meanwhile, it can be harder to sharpen. If you can test the axe before buying it, look at how well the head is attached to the handle. If the pieces are moving even a little, the axe is not worth your while.

What Job Do You Need it For?

If you already know that you’ll be splitting smaller pieces of wood, then you don’t have to opt for a large and hard-to-wield axe. Go for a small model or vice versa, in case you have a big job ahead of you.

6 Best axes for splitting wood

After doing extensive research, we came up with six options that can help you find the best wood splitting axe for your needs.

Gransfors Bruks Large Splitting Axe

Are you a beginner wood splitter, who is under 6 feet tall? Then this axe is a wonderful choice for you. The product is lightweight with a short 27” handle.

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It’s a nice fit for small wood splitting for your fireplace or hearth. As a bonus, the axe comes with a nice leather sheath to protect the blade when not in use.

The head is crafted out of durable steel while the handle is made out of hickory. It’s a classic splitting axe for your household needs.

The small size of the axe doesn’t make it any less durable or functional. It’s very well sharpened and makes cutting a pleasure rather than a tough task.

The axe comes with a metal collar guard to protect the product from mishits and hard/knotty wood. Depending on how often you use the axe, the blade can stay sharp for a very long time.

Things We Like

    • Lightweight (only 3.5 lbs.)
    • High durability
    • Impressive edge sharpness
    • Suitable for small and medium tasks
    • Comes with a leather sheath

Things We Don’t Like

    • High price
    • Not suitable for tall users

Helko Vario 2000 Heavy Log Splitter

If you are looking for a heavy-duty splitting axe, you’ve found it. This product can become an integral part of your toolbox without any second thoughts.

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The axe head is made in Germany using high-quality carbon steel. The Swiss handle is manufactured out of certified hickory.

Once you pick this axe up, you realize that you have a truly worthy tool for your wood splitting needs. The axe weighs 8.5 pounds.

In the box, you get a leather (made in USA) sheath and 1-oz bottle of axe guard to keep your tool sharp longer.

The length of the handle is 36 inches. It might be a hard-to-wield tool for the beginners, who are not used to flexing their muscles. However, this is exactly what makes this axe a wonderful choice for heavy-duty splitting.

It’s a good option for people, who work with hard-to-split knotty wood that most of the lightweight and easy-to-handle axes can’t deal with. It can do a good job with oversized logs while exquisitely splitting the smaller pieces of wood.

The axe is durable and well balanced. You won’t feel any vibration when working even on the toughest and largest pieces of wood. It stays sharp for a long time.

Things We Like

    • Impressive durability
    • Can deal with knotty and gnarled wood
    • Works for large pieces
    • Comes with a sheath and an axe guard
    • High-quality steel

Things We Don’t Like

    • High price
    • Large and heavy

Fiskars 375841-1001

This long yet moderately lightweight splitting axe can be a smart choice for taller users. The long handle and small head design make the axe more durable.

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This tool is made for super efficiency. The special design allows you to increase the swing speed and get better wood splitting results with less effort.

The axe can be a good option for tall people planning to work with medium to large sized wood. The tool can be used on smaller pieces of wood as well but with less efficiency.

This can be a good choice of axe for beginners or people who don’t have extensive muscle strength. The axe is designed to make each next swing more effective and powerful.

The handle is lightweight yet rather stout. The tool is well balanced and doesn’t vibrate when splitting even the toughest logs.

The blade is made out of hardened forged steel, which allows it to stay razor-sharp longer. The sharpening process is simple.

The axe comes with a lifetime warranty, which is a big bonus for those looking for high-quality product. Such warranty speaks for itself.

The head has a unique shape, which improves wood splitting to help you create nice and even splits for your fireplace.

Things We Like

    • Impressive durability
    • Smart design for easier handling
    • Suitable for tall users
    • Easy to handle

Things We Don’t Like

    • Might need extra sharpening before first use
    • Requires good aim

Estwing E3-FF4 “Fireside Friend”

This solid piece axe is a great choice for all types of wood splitting, especially when you are on the go. It’s a small tool that you can take camping.

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The nylon vinyl coating of the handle provides a shock-reduction grip. This nice feature can allow you to split wood longer.

The axe is made out of strong construction steel. It’s easy to handle, clean, and store.

The item weighs only 4 pounds. Such light weight can be a great advantage for smaller jobs but can’t help you with large pieces of wood.

The tools is versatile. It has a sharpened blade on one side and a maul on the other. So you basically get a 2 in 1 deal.

The axe has a short handle, which is perfect for beginner wood splitters. However, more experienced woodworkers might want it to be a little longer to get a better swing.

So if you are looking for an easy-to-handle, lightweight, and moderately priced tool, which is suitable for a small wood splitting job, this axe can be a perfect choice.

Even if you need to split knotty and hardwood, this small axe can do the job. You just need to be ready for some struggle.

The tool comes with a nice sheath to protect the blade.

Things We Like

    • Small and lightweight
    • Easy–to-grip handle
    • Moderate price tag
    • Suitable for small wood

Things We Don’t Like

    • Not suitable for large wood splitting jobs
    • Might be unsuitable for tall users

Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch

This lightweight small axe is great for a variety of wood splitting jobs. If you are planning to use it at home to get pieces of wood for your fireplaces, it can be a perfect choice.

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The unit comes with a lifetime warranty, which is a great advantage for wood splitting axes. If manufacturers are ready to offer you such warranty, it means that they are sure the tool won’t break.

This chopping axe can do a great wood chopping or splitting job for your household needs. The hardened steel blade allows the tool to make precise and deep cuts.

The insert-molded design keeps the blade securely locked inside the handle to avoid any accidents that might happen with multiple-pieced axes.

This tool can be a great choice for people who enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping. It’s easy to transport thanks to a special plastic sheath with a handle.

The hard limbs might not be something you want to use this axe on due to its size. But small pieces of wood can be chopped and split easily.

This axe is suitable for all users, regardless of their experience or muscle strength. So it can be a great household item for backyard wood-related chores.

Things We Like

    • Perfect choice for camping and outdoor activities
    • Suitable for all users (beginners and experienced)
    • Lightweight and easy to transport
    • Moderate price tag

Things We Don’t Like

    • Doesn’t cut through hardwood
    • Too small for big jobs

Husqvarna 19″ Wooden Splitting Axe

This wood splitting axe is small and lightweight. In fact, it’s so small, you only need one hand to work with it.

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Even though it’s not too large, this axe does a good job splitting medium-sized pieces of wood and easily goes through knotted logs.

The axe head is made out of durable Swedish steel. It stays sharp for a long time while appearing very stout.

The axe comes with a sheath, which makes it easy to store and transport. Meanwhile, the sheath keeps the axe sharp longer.

The hickory handle is short enough to be used with just one hand but long enough to be wielded with both hands, depending on the type of the job or personal preferences.

This is a suitable axe for splitting fireplace wood. It can be a good choice for camping and other outdoor activities due to its small size. Meanwhile, it can easily be used for your gardening needs.

You can also use this axe to chop small branches off the trees. So the tool is rather versatile.

The axe head is securely attached to the handle so there is not vibration during the splitting. The overall design of the axe is durable as well.

Things We Like

    • Small and lightweight
    • Can be used for splitting and chopping
    • Durable built
    • Suitable for one- and two-hand operation

Things We Don’t Like

Not suitable for splitting large wood

And the winner is

While choosing the best axe for splitting wood depends on many factors, we believe that the absolute winner on the market is Husqvarna 19″ Wooden Splitting Axe.

It’s suitable for a variety of splitting and chopping jobs, offers impressive durability and can accommodate people of all skill levels.

This axe is a good choice for household wood-related chores and can offer you a hand during camping and other outdoor activities.

The Best Hybrid Table Saw

A table saw is the foundation of the woodworking shop. Whether you’re a hobbyist woodworker, a do-it-yourselfer or even a professional carpenter, your table saw is possibly the most important tool you’ll ever own. Before purchasing your first saw, you should know your options. For most people, with the exception of full-time woodworkers, a hybrid table saw is the best choice. Let’s take a look at what constitutes a hybrid table saw, what you should look for in a good one, and then we’ll examine five of the best saws currently on the market.

What Exactly is a Hybrid Table Saw?

A hybrid table saw is essentially a cross between a contractor-style saw, which is normally portable and built to be transported from jobsite to jobsite, and a stationary cabinet saw you’d find in a professional woodworking shop. It combines the compact size and horsepower of the contractor saw with the weight and quality of a cabinet saw.

Contractor-style saws have open stands or sit on mobile bases. They usually have motors somewhere around 1-½ horsepower, which is perfect for cutting framing lumber and other materials involved in rough construction. Because this type of saw is meant for portability, it’s not the ideal tool for precision woodworking. Sure, you can use it for furniture-making and similar projects, but when you find yourself needing more power and accuracy, it’s time for an upgrade.

The next step up from a contractor saw used to be a cabinet saw. This type of machine is heavy, powerful and usually expensive. But recently, manufacturers have started to offer a middle-of-the-road option between contractor and cabinet saws: the hybrid table saw. Hybrid saws provide a little more power and professional features without the cost associated with a cabinet saw. It’s possible to get a good hybrid table saw that works perfectly for precision woodworking for only slightly more than a good contractor saw.

The best Hybrid table saw list

Hybrid table sawHorse Power Rip Capacity Dust collection portWeightPrice
Jet 708492K JPS-10TS
Hybrid table saw
1.75 HP30/50 inches
Yes
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Shop Fox W1824
Hybrid table saw
2 HP30 inches
Yes
380 lbsCheck
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Laguna Fusion
Hybrid table saw
4 HP36 inches
Yes
266 lbsCheck
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Powermatic PM1000
Hybrid table saw
1.75 HP30 inches
Yes
418 lbsCheck
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SawStop
Hybrid table saw
1.75 HP36 inches
Yes
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What to Look for in a Hybrid Table Saw

Horsepower

The first feature you should look at when trying to decide on a hybrid table saw is horsepower. 1-¾ horsepower is standard for this kind of tool, so don’t settle for anything less. Some models even come with 2 hp motors, which should be able to handle almost any cutting job. Hybrid table saw motors are usually wired for 110v power, but can sometimes be configured for 220v.

Fence

An accurate and secure fence is essential for all table saw work. There are dozens of table saw fence designs, but the best fences are made with steel rails mounted perpendicular to the blade and a locking cam lever. Professional woodworkers refer to this kind of fence as the Biesemeyer after the company that made it popular, but you’ll also see it described as a “t-style” fence.  A hybrid table saw fence should be easy to move from one position to another and should lock securely. Stay away from aluminum fences. With some exceptions, they tend to be too flimsy for precision work.

Riving Knife

Table saws are potentially dangerous machines, so it’s a good idea to get one that’s equipped with as many built-in safety features as possible. A riving knife is one of the simplest and most effective devices for preventing table saw kickback, which is the most common cause of table saw accidents. The riving knife mounts behind the outfeed side of the blade and keeps the wood from binding during a cut. Unlike contractor saws, a good hybrid saw should come from the manufacturer with a riving knife.

Large, Easy to Reach On/Off Switch

Your table saw’s on/off switch is another important safety feature. It should be big and easy to reach, even when you’re in the middle of making a cut. Mistakes happen, and sometimes it’s necessary to shut off the saw before cutting all the way through a piece of material. If you can’t reach the power switch while operating your saw, you could find yourself in serious trouble some day.

Wide Rip Capacity

If you plan to cut plywood, MDF, particleboard or other sheet goods on your new hybrid table saw, you’ll want something that can cut wide materials with ease. Most saws have about 30” of rip capacity on the right side of the blade, and you can find saws with up to 52”. A wider rip capacity also means you’ll need a bigger fence, so plan to spend more money if you want to cut big boards.

Dust Collection

Sawdust is unavoidable in a woodshop, but you can minimize the amount that gets in the air and into your lungs by getting a saw with good dust collection integration. Ideally, your saw should have a 4” dust port that can be connected to standard dust collector hoses. Some woodworkers attach shop vacuums to their saws, but the small diameter of the hoses on these vacuums provides poor suction, which means more dust in the air.

Flesh-Detection Technology

In the past decade, table saw safety has reached new heights with the advent of flesh-detection technology. Two table saw manufacturers currently offer saws with built in sensors and brakes that stop a spinning blade on contact with flesh, a feature that could save your fingers in case of an accident. The brakes ruin the blade when activated, but they can be replaced for a relatively low cost. No woodworking project is more important than your fingers, so don’t underestimate the value of this feature.

Best Hybrid Table Saw Reviews

Jet 708492K JPS-10TS

If you’re looking for an entry-level hybrid table saw on a budget, take a look at the Jet 708492K. It has the power you need to cut hardwoods, plus a smooth and secure fence, large on/off switch, riving knife and plastic blade guard. The fence is available in two different lengths.

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What We Like

Fairly low price means you can upgrade from your contractor saw without spending a small fortune. The on/off switch is easy to reach, even in the middle of a cut.

What We Don’t Like

Not quite as heavy as most other hybrid saw, which can mean more vibration. Steel wing isn’t as rigid and flat as cast iron.

Shop Fox W1824 Hybrid Table Saw with Extension Table

Here’s a hybrid table saw with a precision-ground cast iron table, t-style fence and 2HP motor. This saw has all of the features of a good tool, including riving knife, handy safety switch and a large extension table.

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What We Like

– The 2HP motor provides power for heavy-duty cutting.
– Powder-coated body prevents rust.
– Priced about the same as the Jet, but this saw has a better fence and enclosed body.

What We Don’t Like

– Miter gauge feels flimsier than more expensive models.
– Can be difficult to set up prior to first use.

Laguna Fusion Tablesaw

Laguna tools are popular with serious hobbyists, mostly for their sliding table saws and their line of bandsaws. Laguna’s hybrid table saw is a relatively new product, but with their reputation for quality, it’s likely that this tool will be a good choice for most hobbyist woodworkers.

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The company boasts that this saw is quieter than most and the precision-ground table allows for smooth cuts. If you’re used to a contractor table saw, you’ll love cutting with this tool.

What We Like

– Fence glides smoothly along rails
– Quiet, low vibration operation
– Cast iron wings

What We Don’t Like

Aluminum fence instead of steel

Powermatic PM1000

Walk into just about any professional woodworking shop and you’re likely to find at least one Powermatic tool. This name has been around for decades and has proven to be among the most reliable in the industry.

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Powermatic isn’t known for hobbyist tools, but with their new hybrid table saw, home woodworkers and do-it-yourselfers now have access to a world-class machine.

What We Like

– Top-notch fence is square and accurate.
– Hands-free power switch is easy to press in case of emergency.
– Good dust collection keeps the saw clean.

What We Don’t Like

– Pricier than the Laguna.
– No flesh-detection technology yet.

SawStop

For the ultimate combination of fit, finish, features and power, SawStop’s PCS175 hybrid table saw is unbeatable. This manufacturer is known for its patented flesh-detection technology, but the quality of their tools is as good or better than just about anything on the market.

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Any SawStop saw is a great machine, but their hybrid saw is ideal for hobbyists or professionals on a tighter budget or without access to 220v power. There are several fence options, as well as a variety of helpful accessories like a mobile base, overhead dust collection and large extension table.

What We Like

– Patented flesh-detection technology that senses contact with flesh and stops the blade.
– Exceptional fit and finish.
– Professional fence system.

What We Don’t Like

– A bit more expensive than most hybrid table saws.
– Replacement cartridges for the brake system are expensive.


Conclusion: Our Pick

There’s no question: the SawStop PCS175 is the best hybrid table saw money can buy. You get outstanding quality, plus the peace of mind that only comes from having a saw equipped with a safety device designed to keep your fingers out of harm’s way no matter what.

Bosch Router Table

The circular saw or the power drill might be your more heavily used items in a home workshop, but most woodworkers would probably agree that the router, especially used with a router table, is the most versatile tool one can have a garage. The reason is perhaps its simplicity.

A router is a compact, easily customizable power tool, and when used with a router table, allows the operator to use both hands on the material, coming at the wood at different angles and depths. A router table can be used for cuts, slots, grooves, signs, and the list goes on. This little guide will give you some basics about router tables and what you should consider when purchasing, and give some info on a highly popular home router table produced by industry favorite Bosch.

Why a router table?

More basic than even a saw blade, a router uses a cylindrical pin or spindle, usually a quarter to a three-quarters of an inch in diameter, extending vertically and rotating at high speed. When the the-best-router-tablematerial, typically wood—but also great for plastics and various veneers—is run against the spindle it carves the material to the profile of the bit. Bit sizes vary, so the router can be used for all sorts of shaping and detailed edge work, or the straight cylinder can create raised panels and slots.

Most routers are handheld, either with a fixed base or one that plunges down into the material. For many people, this is sufficient, but it does mean that the worker’s hands are monopolized with the tool. As a solution, some people will rig up a table saw to accommodate a router. But to get the full mobility and versatility of a router, a dedicated router table is a must have for any serious woodworker. This inverts the router, with the bit fixed and extending up from a gap in the table. The user has full control over the material and guides allow perfect geometric cuts.

Some of the more common uses of a router include:

  • Making decorative edges such as moldings.
  • Other detailed designs such as sign carving.
  • Use as a joiner, making dozens of joints such as rabbets, dovetails and mortises.
  • Working with small or narrow pieces of wood.
  • Edge trimming or template and pattern work.
  • Stopped cuts that don’t continue the entire length of the piece.
  • Creating raised panel doors.

When it comes to purchasing a good router table, the main thing you want to look for is sturdiness. A flat, true and durable tabletop is probably the most important feature, preferably cast metal like iron or aluminum. You also want to make sure there’s an accurate, sturdy and easy to adjust fence. The fence is the guide that runs parallel to the direction of the cut, and is used to guide the material. Finally, a solid base plate, the piece embedded in the table where the router attaches, is crucial to make sure the router stays absolutely fixed and level.

Bosch Router Tables

Bosch is one of the most reliable and respected makers of parts, tools and other car and household components in the world. The company was founded in Germany in 1886, and since then has grown to become the world’s largest supplier of automotive components. But it’s also well established in power tools, with the kind of precision and reliability German manufacturers have become known for. The company designed one of the first plastic-cased power tools back in the 1950s and has won multiple engineering awards for its tools. Bosch has two models of router table.

The Bosch RA1181

This is the most popular of the two models of home router tables. In fact, the RA1181 is one of the most popular router tables on the market, ranked as the highest-selling on Amazon and receiving overwhelmingly positive ratings. It’s a benchtop router table, meaning it’s meant to stand or mount on any standard workbench, which also means it has a pretty small footprint of its own. It’s a rectangular surface, 27 inches by 18 inches. At about 35 pounds, it’s a nice weight such that it’s not going to move around on you and it feels stable, but it’s also pretty easily portable.

The table surface itself is made of cast aluminum, and the router mounting plate is also a strong, cast aluminum, drilled with a number of holes for fitting different routers. The fence is also aluminum, with adjustable faces made of MDF (a strong wood composite). The table also features two dust-collection ports that fit standard 2-1/2” shop vacuum hoses to keep the workplace clean. It’s priced at Home Depot at $183. It’s also backed by a one-year limited warranty, 30-day money back guarantee and a one-year service protection plan.

Reviews are generally positive, especially for the aluminum tabletop that should last for a long time. For the price, it’s considered a good quality router table, versatile enough but also not a huge use of space. Note that some have said the assembly is a bit complex, requiring around a half hour to put together.

Read the complete review here.

The Bosch RA1171

The 1171 is just a bit smaller than its big brother, a bit less expensive, and a bit lower rated, but all in all a solid router table. There are a couple of main differences. First, the tabletop surface is laminate instead of cast aluminum. Second, the workspace is about a couple of inches smaller in each dimension. Finally, it’s cabinet style, so there’s storage space underneath, where the 1181 has plastic legs. But the mounting plate is the same sturdy aluminum people are quite fond of. And the fence and feather boards appear to be the same material and quality. The 1171 runs a bit cheaper and enjoys the same warranty and guarantee from the manufacturer.

Read the complete review here.

Bench Dog Pro Max 40-102 Router Table Review

If you have plans of expanding the versatility of your table’s saw, purchasing Bench Dog Pro Max Cast Iron Router Table Extension will add some value to your workshop. Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table offers you a variety of space-friendly specs such as a miter gauge that is adjustable for a non-slip fit, a cast-iron table top, 28-inch Pro-Fence from Bench Dog and more making it the best choice for limited space. Bench Dog works best with almost all table saws having 1-1/2-inch thick and 27-inch deep cast iron table.

According to many users, it is easy to set up, and the best part fits either side of your table saw you are used to mounting. But not only that. Bench Dog offers you a variety of amazing features you won’t find with any other router table on the market, offers you a variety of amazing features and most importantly, operates smoothly. Check out these features.

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Key features

  • Accepts plates that measure 8-1/4″ by 11-3/4.”
  • A 28-inch Pro-Fence that dismounts quickly when you are using your table saw
  • Fits almost all 27-inch deep table saws that are contractor-grade and cabinet grade
  • Weighs 60 pounds and measures 32.2 by 21.7 by 5.1 inches

Why choose Bench Dog Pro-Max?

The last thing you need torturing your brain when working on tough projects is limited space. With Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table, you don’t need to worry about limited space. In addition to its adjustable miter gauge, Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table features a dual-fence slot configuration that allows you to turn the fence to your preferred direction maximizing your workspace. Also included is a third miter slot making it easier for you to work on crosscut sleds. Check out the reasons you might want to give it a try.

Why Buy Bench Dog Pro-Max Cast Iron Router Table Extension

  • Compatible with almost all table saws

Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table Extension is designed to fit almost all right-tilt cabinet grade and contractor-grade tables having 27-inch deep and 1-1/2-inch thick cast-table.

  • Space-friendly

If your working space is limited, don’t worry. Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table Extension offers you a variety of space-friendly specs that include, a dual slot configuration, a 28-inch Pro-Fence, an adjustable miter gauge and more.
Handle crosscut sleds without a sweat Bench Dog Cast Iron Router Table Extension features a third miter slot that make handling crosscut sleds easier than before.

  • Convenience

You don’t have to worry about where you place your accessories when working on projects that are so demanding. Bench Top Cast Iron Router extension features a 0.25-inch T-slot that allows you to mount useful accessories such as Feather-Loc feather boards.

  • Durable

In addition to its amazing specs, Bench Dog router extension is one of the sturdily built router extensions you will ever come across with a nicely finished cast iron top.

What you might not like

Time-consuming installation – As mentioned earlier, Bench Dog Cast Iron Router extensions is easy to install. Unfortunately, not all users agree. A few users don’t like the idea of drilling several holes to set it up. You might have trouble installing it if you don’t have the right drilling tools.

Summary of customer reviews and ratings

At a rating of 4.5 stars after 94 reviews on Amazon, Bench Dog Pro-Max Cast Iron Router extension is the top rated router extension compared to its closest rivals. Many users appreciate the fact that it is space friendly, compatible with almost all table saw whether right-tilt cabinet grade or contractor-grade and last but most importantly, ability to handle crosscut sleds with much ease.

On the other hand, there are a few who aren’t fully satisfied with the setup process that involved drilling of some few holes in mounting the table saw. The good news is, even the dissatisfied users seem to be fully satisfied with its overall performance. Summing up all the reviews, Bench Top Cast Iron Router extension is one the highly rated router extension compared to products its type on the market.

How to Buy Bench Top Pro-Max Cast Iron Router extension

Pro-Max is undoubtedly one of the best on the market, but not when you buy a wrong one. And that is the reason you need to involve thorough research to reduce the risks of being exploited. Amazon offers you the most affordable way to access Pro-Max with limited risk. Check out why.

Benefits of buying from Amazon

Honest user reviews – You don’t want to be deceived with advertisements by manufacturers. Amazon offers you an opportunity to hear what past or existing users of Bench Top Router extension have to say for guidance when making the purchase.

Buy both used and new product – If you don’t have the money for a new one, don’t worry. Amazon offers you an option of purchasing a used product at a price much lower than the price tag of a new one. These used products are good as new. The only difference is that they are sold the second or the third time.

The final verdict

As you have seen, Pro-Max has almost everything woodworkers look for, but that alone doesn’t make it perfect for everyone. Just like other products on the market, it has its pros and cons. There are those users who fully satisfied as well as those who aren’t. The good news is, even users who aren’t fully satisfied, appreciate the fact that it is what manufacturers say it is. It features a lot to like, performs beyond expectations, durable and the best part, affordable. The 4.5 rating is enough to convince you, but that doesn’t mean you will be satisfied with it. The best way to find out what this high-end workshop machinery can offer is to give it a try.

Kreg PRS1045 Router Table Review

Are you looking for a router table with an ample working space, has a fantastic mounting plate and will perform despite the type of router you are having? If yes, you might want to consider Kreg PRS1045. According to many users, PRS1045 offers everything you need, easy to use and the best part, strong enough to handle any project. It is also among the top rated router tables you will ever come across. However, you should not base your judgment on what you hear. Check out these fantastic features and judge for yourself.

Accompaniments

  • the PRS3100 router table switch
  • the PRS3090 caster
  • the PRS3400 setup bars
  • the PRS3020 true flex
  • the PRS7850 Router table

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Kreg PRS1045 Specifications

  • MDF top measuring 1-1/16 thick for quite operation
  • A fence that squares itself and moves parallel to the miter slot
  • A steel stand you can adjust from 29-inch to 35-inch depending on your preference
  • A durable insert place that is low on friction
  • Up to 4 Precision insert plate levelers for smooth operation and precision
  • Shims you use to offset the fence faces by 1/32 inches or 1/16 inches for joints
  • A dust collection port to keep your woodshop clean
  • A mitre-accessory slot that allows a 3/8-inch by ¾-inch miter bars, feather boards, and other accessories.

Why buy Kreg PRS1045?

Buying a full package of Kreg PRS1045 means having all the accessories needed to make your work comfortable and enjoyable. But not only that. By just making a one-time payment, you also get the PRS3100 router table switch, the PRS3090 caster, the PRS3400 setup bars, the PRS3020 true flex and lastly, the PRS7850 Router table stop. Once you buy it, you will realize it has a T-square fence that maintains the parallelism of the fence to the miter slot needed for small adjustments as well as maximized miter slot performance.

The fence also comes with two faces that are independent plus a shim you need to joint 1/32-inch and 1/16-inch increments. Also, the manufacturers crafted its top using a noise resistance MDF having a high-pressure laminate skin as well as two steel struts that prevent the sagging and to reduce the noise when working on your projects.

What to like about Kreg PRS1045?

  • Sturdy table top

Kreg PRS1045 features a table top that is made from a noise-resistant MDF and vibration. The MDF features a skin that is crafted from a high-pressure laminate that allows workpieces to slide easily across the table top. It is also reinforced using two steel support struts that prevent it from bending even after extended use.

  • Accurate insert plate

Unlike what we see with insert plates of most router tables on the market, it features an insert plate measuring 9-1/4″ by 11-3/4″ by 3/8″ that mounts to any router without the need of any particular type of surface. Combined performance of the included template and its base plate, makes it possible to mount the insert plate to any router, offers you a perfect fit and eliminates the need for additional holes.

  • An independent fence

The table fence of PRS1045 gives you a T-square-like design that maintains the parallelism between the fence and miter slot permanent. This automatic squaring allows you to maximize the performance of your miter slot and is required for minor adjustments on the table’s fly. Also, the fence is crafted using sturdy aluminum extrusion that supports all kinds of work pieces whether small or large.

  • Drawbacks

Assembling might take some time – PRS1045 does not come pre-assembled due to its numerous accessories. You will have to spare some time to do the assembly and to completely set it up. The good news is, you only need to do this once. You also don’t have to worry about making a mistake simply because it comes with a detailed manual plus additional elements making the setup easy and smooth.

Quite expensive – If you are planning to buy your first table, you might find Kreg PRS1045 quite expensive. However, this is not one of the things that will completely discourage you from buying. One of the unique things about PRS1045 is a combination of a miter slot and a T-square, something you will not find with any other table. You also get a lot of useful accessories, meaning; you will not need to buy any additional items to make it work.

Summary of customer reviews and ratings

Summing up all the reviews on Amazon and other reliable sites, PRS1045 settles at a 4.7-star rating. That is quite a high rating compared to what we see with its closest competitors on the market. Among the things appreciated by many is, its extreme versatility and accuracy vital for any routing and woodworking applications. Despite its high price, a good number of users say, it offers useful features at an affordable price. In short, more than enough users find PRS1045 more helpful and worth buying.

On the other hand, there are those who think it is not entirely satisfying. A few users mention the assembly process as one of the major drawbacks since it is time-consuming. Contrary to what the majority are thinking, there are those who believe it is quite expensive for a first router.

I may conclude that many users like Kreg PRS1045

Where to buy

Kreg PRS1045 is without a doubt the best on the market for its category, but not when you buy it from a wrong dealer. To get the complete package at a price, you will appreciate, buy it from Amazon. Amazon offers you the most affordable and safe way of getting a genuine PRS1045. Also, they maintain every user review whether positive or negative to guide you to make a wise purchase.

Final thoughts

Looking at its closest competitors, PRS1045 is undoubtedly one of the best on the market right now. It offers you almost everything needed to make your work easier, sturdily built and the best part, affordable compared to its rivals on the market. At a 4.7-star rating and a few manageable issues such as assemblage, I may be right to say, every user likes it.

Dewalt vs Milwaukee tools

Both Dewalt and Milwaukee are known to produce some of the best tools on the market, but that doesn’t put them on the same level. They both have their pros and cons.

For example, Milwaukee boasts about its sturdy-built, rugged gadgets with a luring warranty while Dewalt is right to brag about their smooth-performing tools that also uses less energy.

This article will try and compare some of the top best Dewalt and Milwaukee tools currently on the market.

Dewalt DCD771C2 Max Versus Milwaukee’s 5363-21 Compact Rotary Hammer

Dewalt DCD771C2 Max

Dewalt-vs-MilwaukeeDCD771C2 Max offers you two speeds that put you in full control. It is also one of the best choices for projects that take longer hours due to its ergonomically designed handle.

It also comes with a long-lasting battery and a high performing 300-watt motor to ensure that you complete your projects without any interruption. Dewalt DCD771C2 is without a doubt the best answer for demanding projects.

However, there are a few users who think it isn’t one of the toughest in the market as claimed.

What not to like

There are those users who argue that it isn’t strong enough for a 20V drill. There are a few reported cases of the drill shaking and clicking while the tool is running.

Milwaukee’s 5363-21 Compact Rotary Hammer

Dewalt-vs-MilwaukeeCompact rotary hammer is one the Milwaukee’s smooth performing tools you’ll ever come across. 5363-21 compact rotary hammer is also one of the closest competitors of Dewalt’s DCD771C2 but priced a little bit higher.

It features an Anti-Vibration system that offers a 2.0 ft.-lbs impact power plus a 7 amp motor that runs at a 1400 to 5980 BPM needed to drill or break some of the hardest concrete or masonry materials.

It is also one the best choices for projects that take longer hours due to its anti-vibration system that makes it a little bit comfortable for your hands when working. If you are looking for a tool that won’t break in the middle of completing your project, then Milwaukee’s 5363-21 is undoubtedly one of your best choices. Unfortunately, not all users consider it the best due to several reasons.

What not to like

Contrary to what the majority of customers are saying, one customer mentioned that 5363-21 compact rotary hammer isn’t good enough to handle projects that are tougher than drilling such as breaking through concrete. He also mentioned that its price is quite high compared to how its closest competitors are priced.

The verdict

As you can see, both the Dewalt DCD771C2 Max and Milwaukee’s 5363-21 Compact Rotary Hammer offers almost the same performance.

They are both useful in drilling but are claimed to be weak for tough projects. However, we can give Dewalt DCD771C2 some credit for being priced a little bit lower despite offering the same performance.

Dewalt DCF899B 20V Max Versus Milwaukee 2604-22 M18 Fuel Harmer drill

Dewalt DCF899B 20V Max

Dewalt-vs-MilwaukeeIf you are looking for high-end performance, then you shouldn’t feel a pinch adding a few dollars to get DCF899B 20V Max.

Priced above the DCD771C2 Max, Dewalt DCF899b 20V Max offers you a high torque for heavy-duty tasks making it a better choice for removing nuts, bolts as well as fasteners in either concrete or wood.

It also features three-speed selectors, a LED light plus a Battery fuel gauge putting you in control of everything you do. Despite the fact that is also one of the highly rated Dewalt tools at reliable sites such as Amazon, there are a few users who aren’t satisfied.

What not to like

One of the users it can’t handle every type of nut. The good news is, this is the opposite of what the 80% of the users are saying.

Milwaukee 2604-22 M18 Fuel Harmer drill

Dewalt-vs-MilwaukeeMilwaukee M18 FUEL is rated among the top best cordless tools offered by the industry. With an enhanced technology, it offers you an unmatched performance when working on some of the toughest projects that involve stubborn concrete surfaces as well as the simplest masonry workpieces.

Just like the DCF899B 20V Max by Dewalt, it offers you a sustained torque. It also features a motor p0lus a battery pack needed for projects that take longer hours to be completed. To enhance the performance of its batteries, the manufacturers included a multi-voltage charger, so that you can charge both the M12 and the M18 at the same time.
Another thing to like about it is its soft contoured handle that gives you maximum comfort for longer use. Although priced a little bit higher than DCF889B 20V Max by Dewalt, Milwaukee has almost everything you need to handle all sorts of projects from the simplest workpieces to toughest concrete drills.

What not to like

According to the manufacturers, one of the things to like about it was the battery package it comes with. Well, not all users agree with that. There are a few claims that it doesn’t come with 2xC batteries as specified by the manufacturers.
One customer also mentioned that the jaws were not as robust as claimed. Lastly, its price isn’t something that will lure any buyer simply because, many of its closest competitors are priced a little bit lower.

The final verdict

One of the reasons both Dewalt and Milwaukee remain at the top position is that they offer you a variety to choose from whether you are looking for tools, service or parts. In short, you don’t have to travel a long distance or order a shipment to access a Dewalt or Milwaukee tool you are looking for.

Another fascinating fact about both the companies is that that a good number of their tools are quite pleasing.

However, it is evident that they can differ in many ways including how they are priced, their performance, durability as well as additional features.

As you can see above, both Dewalt and Milwaukee’s tools that have almost the same price offers almost the same performance. What makes them different is the fact that Dewalt price offers are quite pleasing. In fact, you’ll find a Dewalt tool that performs much better than a Milwaukee tool with the same price.

However, there is no doubt that Milwaukee has the best offer on warranty compared to any company, and Dewalt is not an exception.

Cordless router – Apparent Advantages and Disadvantages

A cordless router, by layman’s definition, would mean routers that do not have a power cable. In other words, they are actuated by replaceable batteries. Once these batteries run out, you replace them with new ones of the same specifications or recharge the batteries if the version is rechargeable.

This article is intended to highlight the theoretical advantages and disadvantages one would discover when using a cordless router if it ever comes to reality. There’s no known functional cordless router(s) already in the market, and thus we would want to imagine a cordless router’s benefits and demerits, probably compared to corded routers that we use every day.

Why manufacture a cordless router? Do we need one?

There are many reasons why cordless routers are required, and we will highlight a few here.

Our first imagination resolves to the accessibility of power. There are instances when you are forced to operate in a house or workshop with no electricity outlets in it or even nearby. A cordless router thus becomes very convenient as the absence of power does not hinder you.

Cordless routers would solve the problem of having the cord (of a corded router) being cut accidentally when using some machines or even the router itself.

Occasionally, the cable may be stretched to it limits when working on a profile. In this case, a cordless router wins the selection.

Some workshop operators also argue that having cordless routers may potentially reduce the cost of workshop routers. That’s debatable, but it has a lot of logic. A cordless router would be imagined to be accompanied with a few other smaller tools in its packaging as well as one or two extra batteries at a relatively low price.

Why Haven’t We Seen Any Serious Cordless Routers Yet? My Guess

Well, no one can be pretty accurate on this, except for the manufacturers of routers. But we can as well guess why and explore the reasons in depth.

Routers’ Power Consumption Needs Vs Tasks/Loads

Most routers are very power hungry, and the tasks performed by routers vary from one router to another. It’s not likely to produce a cordless router that will do virtually the same functions as the corded routers. The main point here is the power needs. Some router tasks are very power draining and using a cordless router will be a challenge as it may not stock enough power for the whole process.

Having to recharge or change the batteries of a cordless router every so often in a single day or workshop duty cycle is tiresome and may be impossible in areas where wired electricity is missing. It also slows down the work cycle as you have to wait for it charge. Moreover, some applications of routers are best suited for corded routers.

Size/Weight: The Portability Factor

To stock enough power to last a day of non-stop work in the workshop, cordless router batteries will have to be large enough to match the capacities. That may bring challenges in size and weight. Once weight issues crop in, portability becomes a challenge. Manufacturers wouldn’t want that.

Cordless Tool Technology

Of course, this has to be one of the main reasons here. Technology is changing every day, but it has not yet provided us with enough capacity to create fully functional, reliable and efficient cordless routers. This could be attributed to the different aspects of a cordless router, particularly the power concerns.

Developing a super battery to hold enough capacity, have a small weight and size, and have it integrated into the cordless routers is the next big research exercise for most router manufacturers and we can only hope for the best. We need it for sure.

Skeptical Nature of the Market

This may not be a convincing reason for the lack of cordless routers but it definitely holds some water. Most people, reading from forums discussing routers, are very skeptical about cordless routers. Most of their defense is the power issue. Manufactures would have demonstrate beyond any reasonable doubt that their cordless routers are trustworthy with regards to power capacity.

Design Challenges

Let’s imagine a cordless trim router. It’s going to be a challenge to engineer a cordless trim router that is both compact and ergonomic, as one can only achieve one and not both (my thought is a cordless router can either be compact or ergonomic). Also, functionality and ergonomics of a cordless trim router will have to match those of a corded trim router, which may be a tall order to manufacturers. But they have to if they are going to create a cordless trim router.

What Would Be the Likely Advantages Of A Cordless Router?

If we had a cordless router what would be the possible benefits? Let’s examine a few likely ones.

  • Improved portability, as it’s not limited to availability of electricity connection.
  • Ideal in these situations. If you are going to patch floors in the field using routers, cordless would be the best bet.
  • Convenient in the fields- There may be times when you need to work in the field where wired electricity is missing.
  • We imagine cordless routers to be relatively cheaper compared to corded routers. In most cases, cordless tools are often packaged with extras like extra battery pack and smaller tools.
  • Cordless routers eliminate the risk of a router’s cord being cut while in session which can result in injury to the user.
  • May also eliminate the risk of having a profile being worked on a long board being damaged by a stretched cord.

Likely Demerits of a Cordless Router

Although we may be head-over-heels with the idea of a cordless router, they may come with a few limitations.

  • May not stock enough power for extensive usage or even for a power demanding task. The rechargeable batteries may not last long to see the completion of a task.
  • Recharging or replacing the batteries demands that you stop what you have been doing. This slows down work- even worse when you have to recharge the batteries.
  • Designing a cordless trim router that is both compact and ergonomic may prove a tall order. And it’s also expected that a cordless trim router will function as effective as a corded trim router and at the same time be as ergonomic as possible.
  • Costly to replace the rechargeable batteries with better battery packages. In most cases, battery packs with better performance as well as capacity may be expensive. Sometimes, the prices may be around the cost of the router.

The idea of a cordless router brings with it a lot of expectations with regards to performance and portability. We sure hope manufacturers will research further on this and come up with a workable design. To achieve this, they will need to address the limitations as power.

What do you think of cordless routers? Share your expectations and thoughts.

Hitachi router m12vc review

Hitachi offers you another new high-end yet affordable model, the Hitachi M12VC. With an electronic speed control and a powerful motor, M12VC is a perfect choice for smooth cuts and different kinds of materials. It operates quietly; you can choose a speed of your own liking and the best part allows you to make easy depth adjustments. To cut to the chase, M12VC is a perfect addition to your workshop. If you are a regular woodworker, then adding this to this new model to your workshop will do you some good. Check out why you might want to give it a top rating.

Key Specs

  • A two stage motor release clamp
  • A motor housing with Nickel plating
  • 11-Amp motor with a 2-1/4 peak horsepower
  • Quiet operation
  • Electronic speed control

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Why Choose Hitachi M12VC?

You’ll barely come across a fixed base router that has everything you need. The M12VC just made that misconception invalid. With an 11-Amp motor featuring a 2-1/4 horsepower, you’ll need to apply less effort to achieve accurate and controlled cuts. It offers you a two-stage quick motor release that allows you to make quick and precise depth adjustments as well as base changes.

It is also one of the fixed base routers whose motor will offer you an astounding performance for an extended period. Also included is an electronic speed control that will maintain constant RPMs when varying the loads. Long story short, Hitachi offers you an astounding performance at a price that won’t hurt your pocket. Check out some of the reasons it is rated at the top.

Benefits of Buying Hitachi M12VC fixed base router

Make depth adjustments without a sweat

Hitachi M12VC offers you a two-stage motor release clamp that allows you to make quick and precise adjustments with limited risks. The clamp enables you to move from a fixed to a plunge base router easily. With a motor housing that is nickel plated, you never have to worry about unwanted stains and scratches on your tool.

A motor performance that will encourage you to continue

When dealing with hardwood material, you’ll need a heavy-duty motor that won’t break in the middle of completing your project. Hitachi M12Vc is one way to go. With an 11-Amp motor having a 2-1/4 peak horsepower, you can always be sure of perfect cuts even when working with the toughest hardwoods. It also features an electronic speed control that runs at 8,000 to 24,000 for maximum performance. This makes it easier to maintain a constant RPM when changing the load.

Quite operation

You’ll rarely find a router that is equipped with a powerful motor that operates quietly. With Hitachi, you’ll have to drop that thought. Even with one of the most powerful motors you’ll find with any router, you’ll always enjoy a quite operation. With a noise level of 79.5 dB, you’ll never have to worry about noise ruining your ear drum. This also allows you to be in control of your cuts.

Ergonomic design offers you comfort and full control

If you’ve worked with any other Hitachi tool, you might have realized that manufactures placed much effort in ensuring that it is comfortable to handle and control. Hitachi M12Vc isn’t an exception. It weighs only 7.3 pounds making it a perfect choice for freehand routing. Also, its handles are covered with an Elastomer compound that works best to reduce the vibration as well as prevent your hands from slipping while in use.

What you might not like

There are few complaints about the collet releasing bits. Some users claim that you have to involve much effort in ensuring that you don’t damage the collet jaws when releasing some bits. To be on the safe side, you must be cautious enough not to set the router bit fully.

If you experience the problem, you’ll have to tap the releasing bit lightly using a rubber mallet or anything similar before you remove it. The good news is, none of the issues affects its performance, meaning that you’ll just need to be a little bit careful when working with the tool.

Summary of customer reviews and ratings

If you are looking for a way to do away with disappointments, investing in Hitachi M12VC will undoubtedly meet your needs. Unfortunately, not all users agree with this. There are those who rank it at the top as well as those who wish the manufacturers had made some changes.

Going through the positive reviews, it is apparent that most users are satisfied with what it can do. There are more than enough claims about the motor performing beyond expectations.

The quietness of operation, easy depth adjustments, and comfortable handling are just some few things some happy customers can’t fail to mention. Another thing mentioned a lot in the positive comments include its electronic speed control that maintains the RPM at a constant level when varying the loads.

On the other hand, we can’t miss a few complaints here and there. There are those users who have a lot to complain about including the stiffness of the plunge base and more. There are also a few complaints about the ½’’ and ¼’’ collets.

Other users claim that the bit can be a little disappointment when working on complex projects. It gets loose, and if you are not careful enough, it can spoil your workpiece. So, you need to be careful.

Summing up all the user ratings on Amazon, Hitachi M12VC settles at a 4.1-star rating after 244 reviews. Over 81% consider it the best on the market, 15% have a few issues, and 4 percent feel it isn’t the best choice for a woodworker who hates disappointment. The good news is, even the complaining users, are happy with its performance.

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The Final Verdict

There is no doubt that you’ll come across a router that will impress you the moment you step into the market. What you must keep in mind is that not every router is designed to meet your needs. Hitachi M12VC has been tested by both the users and other reviewers on sights such as Walmart, Lowes, and Amazon. I must say, that it has a better rating than its closest rivals. Give it a try and realize the difference.

Bench dog router lift review

There are just some tools you can’t miss in your workshop. Bench Dog Prolift router lift is without a doubt one of them.  With an adjustment resolution of 0.001’’, you don’t need to invest in any costly digital readout to achieve the results of your liking. Bench Dog Prolift offers you a type of speed, accuracy, and range you’ll rarely find with any other tool its type. Check out these amazing features.

Key Specifications

  •  Bronze Preload nuts
  • Twin Ball bearings
  • Direct-drive lead screw
  • Cast iron plate that is ultra-flat
  • Works with a variety of routers
  • Weighs 25 pounds
  • Measures 14.4’’ by 13.6’’ by 9.9.”

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Why Buy Bench Dog Prolift?

ProLift is a router lift that will work best for tough regular projects. In fact, it is one of the best choices for the sturdiest porter cable 7518 routers. With the integral fins that keep the cool air flowing, it will work for hours without compromising the quality of outcome.

It features a direct drive mechanism that enables the chains, gears, and belts to run smoothly hence the high performance. ProLift offers you a chance to enjoy an unrivaled linear motion speed plus a variety of attractive features you won’t find with any other router lift.

It comes with a heavy duty bronze bushings that enable it to withstand regular use. It is also one router lift that will maintain its higher performance regardless of the Bench Dog router table you choose to use. With a plate measuring 8-1/4″ by 11-3/4″, a plastic insert ring having a 1-1/2-inch opening that works with large opening inserts, it is one of the fastest and strongest lifts you’ll ever come across.

Bench Dog ProLift is undoubtedly at the top of its performance and hasn’t found a perfect match yet. Prolift’s astounding performance. Its salient features and smooth operation put at the top of the best router lifts currently on the market. Here are some of the reasons you’ll want to buy it after your first encounter.

What to like about Bench Dog ProLift Router Lift

No need for making constant adjustments: If you are looking for a router lift that will give you an easy time, then ProLift is your answer. With a Bronze Preload lift nut, you don’t need to worry about back driving that might result from vibration eliminating the need of making adjustments all the time.

Won’t get sloppy with time: Unlike other lifts on the market, it comes with a direct-drive lead screw that acts faster and cleans itself removing all the dust that prevent it from clogging up and getting sloppy making it the most convenient router lifts for demanding projects.

Strong and stable for all router weights: Most lifts you’ll get on the market features cheap sleeves that make them a bad choice for heavy routers. Bench Dog ProLift comes with two twin ball bearings strong enough to support some of the heaviest routers on the market.

A cast iron plate that is ultra-flat for precision: ProLift features a cast iron that measures 1-1/4’’ by 11-3/4’’ and fits all the Bench Dog router tables on the market enabling you to achieve precision without a sweat.

What you might not like about it

Some users feel that the manufacturers didn’t focus on improving the inserts surrounding the smaller bits. These inserts are made out of a thin plastic that requires an installation of three small screws before use. If you don’t have screws nearby, it might be impossible to use the router lift.

What others say about it

As you can see, there are more than enough reasons to choose Bench Dog Prolift over other lifts on the market, but this doesn’t make it a perfect choice for every woodworker. The good news is, more than 85% of its users think it is the best on the market. Going through the reviews in Amazon, Rockler, and many other sites, it is quite clear that ProLift is offering most of its users the promise made to them by the manufacturers.

There are more than enough claims that it is one of the sturdiest built lifts on the market. There are also a few claims about its performance when it comes to speed, precision and more.  On the other hands, there are those who feel manufactures didn’t involve much effort in ensuring ProLift met every need of a regular woodworker.

A few users aren’t impressed with the type of insert the manufacturers incorporated. The main issue here is, the insert that is made of plastic must be attached with three screws before use, meaning that if you don’ have the screws anywhere near you when working, you might lose the motivation of completing your projects perfectly and in time.

Summing up all the reviews on Amazon, eBay, Rockler and many other similar sites, ProLift Bench Dog Router lift settles at a 4.5 rating after more than 50 reviews making it one of the most liked and highly rated routers lifts of its type on the market. With this kind of rating, it clear that most users are impressed. Why not you?

The Bottom Line

I might not say it is the best on the market, but what I must say is that it is one router lift that is designed to meet every need, handle any challenge and the best part, has all the features needed to make your work easier. Besides which router lift offers you a 0.001-inch resolution, unrivaled linear motion speed and desirable features at the same time?

The truth is, you’ll have to spend a little bit more to get anything close. ProLift was designed with a regular woodworker in mind. Manufacturers were aware of how devastating regular use can be, and that is why they included the heavy duty bronze bushings. In addition to its salient features, it is also one of the fastest and sturdily built lifts on the market. In short, ProLift is one router that has almost everything a pro woodworker looks for. The only way to find out is to give it a try.

Router Bit Profiles – The List

The router is one of the most popular tools in woodworking and can also be used as a hand tool or combined with a router table. Wood routers come in two predominantly designs: Fixed and plunge, which are created according to the type of work they produce and most importantly they can’t operate without bits.

Selecting the right router bit is crucial, therefore, here is an attempt to list and describe the multiple types of router bit profiles you would be using throughout your woodworking adventure.

Router bit profiles

4 flute corner round router bits

4 flute cornor round bit

This tool does exactly what its name suggests which is round off edges—according to its radius—around any of its four corners built into the rounding bit. The 4 flute corner round router bits also comes with different radius but the more popular sizes used for most woodworking jobs are the ¼, ½ and 3/8 inch radius.

ball end router bits

Ball End Router bits

The ball end router bit is designed for cutting circular channels on pipes or cables due to its ball-shaped cutting edge. This router bit is generally applied with a single pass or stroke in other to reduce stress on the bit. It also comes in multiple radiuses with the ¼ , 3/8 and 5/16 inches bits are the most commonly used ones.

beading router bits

Beading Router Bits

A bead is a quarter-round shape bounded by fillets and this is exactly what this router bit does. The widths of both fillets are set by the pilot bearing size and the depth of cut after its use. This router bit is used for finishing flat surfaces or edges on stairs and other wooden surfaces. It also comes in different radiuses according to the size you choose.

bowl & tray router bits

Bowl and Tray Router Bits

As the name suggests, the bowl & tray router bits are used for routing flat dishes, wooding trays, bowls and other flat surfaces in order to create a shallow space or bowl on these surfaces. On application, this bit cuts flat, smooth bottom surfaces, vertical walls and a transition radius when applied.

Bullnose router bits

Bullnose Router Bits

This router bit is built to cut a fillet in between two flat surfaces and is used to design stair threads, window seals, and counter edges. On application, it provides a fillet and a 180-degree ‘round over’ on the surface it is applied on. It also comes with different radial sizes including the ¼, ½ and 1/8 option.

Chamfer router bits

Chamfer Router Bits

Chamfer router bits are designed to provide a chamfered finish on wooden edges when applied and they are generally used on table tops, counter edges and other flat edges. The chamfer router bit comes in different radiuses which leave their crisp imprints at accurate angles to make 4, 6, 8 etc. boxes when applied to an edge. The sizes include ¼, ½, and 1/8.

Classical cove & bead router bits

Classical Cove & Bead Router Bits

The classical clove and bead router bits are bits used to create a bead and a corresponding fillet at the base of the bead. It also comes in different configurations were the bead and cove are reversed unlike the one in the picture below. It also comes in different radiuses including the popular ¼ radius size.

Classical cove router bits

Classical Cove Router Bits

The classical cove bit is popular due to its use as a filleting tool in period mouldings. On application, it produces a cove flanked by step fillets and can be applied on table edges, stools and window seals. Basically, it comes in two radiuses: the 5/16 and 3/16 sizes.

Classical molding router bits

Classical Molding Router Bits

The classical moulding router bits are also popular moulding tools used in woodworking to create multiple beads on flat edges. This router bit is mostly used on bed stands.

Core box router bits

Core Box Router Bits

These router bits are used as moulding tools to cut half-round grooves for fluted mouldings, columns and millwork. Note that on cutting with the core box router bit, it produces a semi-circular indent on the surface it is applied on. The tool also comes in different radiuses such as the ½ and ¼ sets.

Corner beading router bits

Cornor Beading Router Bits

The corner beading bits produces three different profiles which are an edge bead—with or without a fillet—and a full corner bead and this is achieved by changing the extension when in use. This tool is usually used to provide antique decorations to flat edges when needed. It also comes in different radiuses.

Corner round router bits

Cornor Round Router Bits

This is a quite popular router bit in woodworking due to its use as a rounding tool for edges according to the selected radius. The corner round router bit also known as a quarter round can also be used to ease sharp edges on furniture and it comes in diverse diameter bearings such as the ½ , ¼ ,and 3/16.

Corner round router bits w/ 1/4 Dia ball bearing

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This is a traditional quarter rounding tool which works with its ¼ diameter ball bearing to round narrow edges. The tool is also shouldered to cut a fillet and is basically used on sharp edged furniture or windows.

Corner round router bits w/ 3/8 Dia ball bearing

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Here is another version of the previous router bit with a different diameter which is 3/8 in this case.

Cove router bits

Cove Router Bits

This cove bit is a well-used tool in woodworking due to its ability to detail diverse edges such as case works, doors, drawers, columns and posts. It also is one-half of the rule joint used on drop-leaf tables. This tool basically comes in different radiuses which include the ¼, ½, and 1/8 bearings.

Drawing line router bits

Drawing line Router Bits

The drawing line router bit is used as a cutting tool which produces an edge bead without a quirk. The farther it cuts also determines the final shape it produces which is basically a fillet above the initial bead. It also comes in different sizes such as the ¼,and ½ radius.

Edge beading router bits
Edge Beading Router Bits

The edge beading router is similar to that of the corner bead discussed above but it also spots a radial quirk rather than a hard-edged quirk. The bit which possesses 2 flutes is used for designing table and stool edges as well as other flat edges. It usually comes with a radius of 5/32.

Edge fluting router bits

Edge Fluting Router Bits

The edge fluting router bit is designed to produce a fingernail flute instead of a 180 degree radius flute when applied. It is generally applied in the making of small-scale cornice-type mouldings on flat surfaces. It is a tool used in finishing or hollowing flat surfaces as the need may be. The edge flute comes in different sizes including the ½ , ¼ , and ¾ radius size.

Hand grip plunge router bits

Hand Grip Plunge Router Bits

As the name suggests, the hand grip plunger is designed for forming and edging internal hand-holds and cut-outs in a single pass. The bit is basically used to design holds on flat surfaces which can be seen on flat surfaces.

Handrail router bits

Handrail Router Bits

The handrail router bit is used to shape flat surfaces in such a way that it creates a knob or rail that can serve as a handle for human use. The device is usually employed on shaping desks and cupboards to provide handrails for use. Like most bits, it comes with multiple radiuses which make it a versatile tool type.

Insert cove router bits

In Tech Insert Cove Router Bits

This is an ideal tool for routing out hard or soft wood for as the user sees fit. On application, the tool provides a radial cut with two straight edges on either side. The In-tech insert cove router bit with the ½ inch radial bit is quite popular in woodworking.

Leaf-Edge beading router bit sets

Leaf Edge Beading Router Bit Sets

This is a design tool used in routing out leaf-like shapes on flat surfaces in order to provide beautiful designs on furniture surfaces. The leaf-edge beading router bit does this by creating a horizontal slice and two beads at each side of the slice. They come in different sets which produce varying leaf designs and flat surfaces and edges.

Louver router bits

Louver Router Bits

The louver router bits are used to cut shapes resembling a series of closed window louvers. The tool is basically a design tool which can be used to decorate chair and stool legs as well as other flat furniture surfaces. The bit also comes in different radiuses depending on the user’s needs.

Matched bead router bits

Matched Bead Router Bits

The matched bead router bit is a dual purpose bit designed to produce both matching mouldings and joints. It is generally used as an alternative to other flute and bead configurations when creating beads and joints for canoes and hot tubs. It comes in diverse radiuses which include a ¼, and 3/16 bit size.

Multi-edge beading router bits

Multi Edge Beading Router Bits

The multi-edge beading router bit is used to design multiple beading details on a straight edge as well as on mouldings. When applied, it produces a 180 degree bead and small beads according to the radius of the tool. It comes in different radiuses including the ¼ and ½ bit.

Nova system insert router bits

Nova System Insert Router Bits

The Nova system insert router bit sets is an interchangeable tool selector which serves as a variable cutting tool and can be used to design knife holders and kitchen boards for domestic use. The system provides insertion space for knives which are then used to cut or carve on flat surfaces as well as edges.

Ogee router bits

Ogee Router Bit

The Ogee bit is designed to have a convex curve coming off the bearing. The Ogee curve begins with a concave inning at the top and curves down into a convex curve. When applied, this router bit provides two straight edges and a bead and convex curve in the middle. The Ogee router bit comes with ¼, 5/32, and 3/8 radius amongst others.

Reed edge router bits

Reed Edge Router Bits

The reed edge bit is known for its elegant designs and is a design tool used to create patterns on wooden edges such as beds, chairs and stools. On applying the tool, it produces a thumbnail flanked by two full beads which forms an elegant edge profile. The tool also comes in different sizes according to your needs.

Table edge router bits

Table Edge Router Bits

The table edge router bit is also a design cutter built for finishing table edges, bed posts and chairs with a splendid design pattern. The table edge router bit produces a wide profile with an arc based on the ellipse instead of a circle. Once used, the design can serve both as an aesthetic piece or a handrail for users.

Tripple beading & fluting router bits

Triple Beading & Fluting Router Bits

The triple beading bit as its name suggests is a cutting tool that provides three symmetric beads on the edge. It serves as cutting tool for designing miniature handrails on beds and tables. The tool comes in different sizes and is universally used as an aesthetic tool.

Variable beading router bits

Variable Beading Router Bit

The variable beading router bit is quite similar to the triple bead tool due to the fact that when used, it produces three beads but unlike the symmetric pattern produced by the latter, the variable beading tool produces three asymmetric beads on edges. It can be used to design bed post, tables, chairs and stools.

Variable double chamfer assembly

Variable Double Chamfer Assembly

When in need of double chamfers on two wooden edges, the variable double chamfer bit should be your go-to tool. The chamfer can be switched from a 30 degree angle to a 45 to provide some variety when applied on edges. It consists of multiple chamfer cutters in three wings to get the job done.

Veining single flute router bits

Veining Single Flute Router Bits

The veining single flute router bit cuts a semi-circle flanked by two straight edges when applied on a flat surface. The depth of the cut when applied can be quite deep thereby giving it its name as a veining bit. The tool comes with varying bearing lengths which can be chosen according to the user’s needs.

Here we come to the end of our description on some of the most popular router bit profiles used in woodworking. There are other router bit out there and if you fill we have missed one that is regularly used by you, do not hesitate to add it in the comment space below.