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The Best Stud Finders

Stud finders are invaluable for hanging heavy pictures, mirrors, and planters.

The Best Tape Measures Out There
A trusty tape measure is an invaluable tool for DIYers and contracto…
What's the Best Circular Saw?
The top five corded saws in a no-holds-barred lumber-cutting showdow…
The Very Best Budget-Friendly Miter Saws
Few woodworking machines match the versatility, portability, or cost…
The Best Gas Chainsaws You Can Buy
Gas powered chainsaws are unmatched for their raw power and performa…
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.

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The Best Trimmers for Shaping Your Topiary

We put these trimmers to the test. Here's what you need to know.

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…
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.

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Worth the Money: Uvex Safety Glasses
While doing tool tests, projects, and their own work, PopMech's DIY editors find themselves using all kinds of tools, gear, and accesso…
Worth the Money: M300 Shears
While doing tool tests, projects, and their own work, PopMech's DIY guys find themselves using all kinds of tools, gear, and accessorie…
Worth the Money: Carhartt Nail Apron
While doing tool tests, projects, and their own work, PopMech's DIY guys find themselves using all kinds of tools, gear, and accessorie…
Tool Test Drive: DeWalt Hammer Drill
Between our in-depth tool roundups, PopMech sometimes gets a few minutes to play around with new gear. Here, our first impressions of t…
Worth the Money: Stanley Tape Measure
While doing our many tool tests, PopMech's DIY guys find themselves using a lot of extra gear and add-ons. Our Worth the Money series w…
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Tool Test Drive: Electric Ego Mower
Between our in-depth tool roundups, PopMech sometimes gets a few minutes to play around with new gear. Here, our first impressions of t…
One Saw Blade to Cut Them All
We try out a saw blade from Freud that can just through just about any material you'd encounter in the course of remodeling.
4 Tough Axes, Field Tested
It's not often someone claims to have improved upon the design of the ax, which has been serving us fine for at least 35,000 years. So …
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Top 10 Tools From the Outdoor Power Equipment Show
The recent Green Industry and Equipment Expo in Louisville, Ky., was a sight to behold, with lawnmowers, leaf blowers, edgers, trimmers…
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…
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The 20 Tools You Need for Remodeling
Remodeling is more than carpentry. It often involves demolition, carpentry, plaster and drywall work, electrical, plumbing, tile, concr…
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…
For the DIYer Who Has Everything: The Palm Nailer
There's no feeling quite like putting a nail exactly where you want it with just the push of a button.
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…
We Take 6 Zero-Turn Mowers for a Spin
Zero-turn mowers are catching on among homeowners because of their uncanny ability to quickly cut long straight rows or pivot around ob…
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…