power tool reviews

What's the Best Circular Saw?

The top five corded saws in a no-holds-barred lumber-cutting showdown. Which circular saw will prevail?

The Very Best Budget-Friendly Miter Saws
Few woodworking machines match the versatility, portability, or cost…
The Best Cordless Drills
Our li-ion drill tests yielded some surprises. A pro model took top …
Know Your Power Sanders, And How to Use Them
A tedious chore can be done well, and quickly, with the right tools …
How to Know Which Power Drill You Need
Cordless drills are popular and versatile, but impact drivers can drive screws at astonishing speeds. We'll help you decide which is th…
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What Is the Best Impact Driver?

Incredible power-to-weight ratios make repetitive driving of things like sheet metal and wood screws fast. Even a little fun.

This Is How You Use a Bench Grinder
Use this do-it-all tool the right away and your DIY life will get a lot easier.
Tool Test: 12-Volt Impact Drivers
The 12-volt impact driver is a versatile mighty mite. To put nine of the best to the test, we drove lag screws into a 4 x 4 until the b…
6 Tough Power Planes, Tested
With a power plane, you can quickly fit a door thats too wide for its opening, smooth a freshly sawn surface, or straighten cooked lumb…
When Good Tools Die Young
I fell in love with my grandfather's metal chop saw. Then I backed over it with my truck.
The Top 20-Volt Drill/Drivers, Tested

We've seen the future, and it's cordless. That's our verdict after testing these powerhouse drills.

An Ode to the Circular Saw

"The saw that build America" is now made in China. But in one family, the classic power tool soldiers on.

How to Get the Most From Your Table Saw
We love laying with power tools. But buying a tool isn't the end of the story. To get the most out of your table saw and to keep it in …
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What You'll Need For Your Wire-Feed Welder
We love playing with power tools. But buying a tool isn't the end of the story. To get the most out of the tool and to keep it in worki…
Get the Most From Your Recip Saw
We love playing with power tools. But buying a tool isn't the end of the storyto get the most out of the tool and to keep it in working…
What Else You Need For Your Cordless Drill
We love playing with power tools. But buying a tool isn't the end of the story. To get the most out of the tool and to keep it in worki…
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The First Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printer
At a California event this weekend, Stratasys revealed its newest and greatest 3D printer.
6 Tips to Get the Most From Your Jigsaw
The jigsaw can be used to make both straight and curved cuts in a wide variety of materials, including wood, particleboard, plywood, pl…
5 Reciprocating Saw Accessories You Should Own
5 Reciprocating Saw Accessories You Should Own
Your reciprocating saw can do so much more than cutting. Use these attachments and you'll be scouring, scraping, and rasping faster tha…
Our Test to Find the Best Drill Press
A drill press provides power and accuracy you can't get drilling by hand. We tested five full-size bench-top machines, each with a mini…
5 Backpack Leaf Blowers to Dominate the Backyard
A mid-duty backpack leaf blower fills the gap between handheld machines and large commercial-duty equipment used by landscapers. They'r…
Can Anyone Top the Dremel? 6 Rotary Tools Tested

Can any challenger could unseat the iconic slate-gray Dremel?

8 Right-Angle Drills to Help You Work in Tight Spaces
A cordless right-angle drill helps you do work that would cause you considerable grief if you didnt own the tool. It easily reaches int…
We Test the 10 Best Cordless Oscillating Tools
The cordless oscillating tool does the seemingly impossible. It cuts, grinds, sands, scrapes, and it can do all these jobs in nearly in…
5 Cordless Stick Drivers, Tested
The cordless stick driver is the perfect tool for assembling knock-down furniture, installing light switches, or boring holes in drywal…
The Best Bench Grinders Are Put to the Test
Bench grinders are nothing more than a horizontal motor with a spindle at each end. They can sharpen a woodworking chisel, or remove ru…
6 Top Shop Vacuums, Tested
When it comes to heavy-duty cleanup, the trusty shop vacuum is the go-to tool. We put six to work, letting them compete head-to-head in…
Tool Test: 13 Corded Power Drills
The corded 3/8-inch drill is an indispensible power tool for heavy-duty hole making and doing work like driving a wire brush wheel to r…
7 Tough Right-Angle Grinders, Tested
The light but powerful 4 ½-inch angle grinder is the go-to tool for stripping rust and cutting, polishing, and deburring metal. We test…