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tool tests

The Best Cordless Impact Wrenches

We chose our winner based on subjective measures: how it handled, balance, and grip.

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Tool Test: Entry-Level Belt Sanders
There are some dirty jobs in sanding: removing paint, sanding off bl…
<p>5 Stars</p><p><strong>Price</strong>: $200</p><p><strong>Air speed</strong>: 125 mph</p><p><strong>Volts:</strong> 56</p><p><strong>Weight: </strong>8 lb</p><p><strong>Hay: </strong>32 sec</p><p><strong>Brick?</strong> Yes, 15 in.</p><p><strong>Likes: </strong>Outstanding power-to-weight ratio combined with a highly productive airstream. We used the Worx to clean up what other blowers left behind.</p><p><strong>Dislikes: </strong>We prefer to control blower output with the trigger, rather than the separate adjuster the Worx uses, which sometimes needed to be switched off before the blower would turn on.</p>
The 7 Best Battery-Operated Leaf Blowers
A new generation of electric blowers can whoosh away just about anyt…
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The Best Angle Grinders, Tested
When you need to prep or blend welds, bevel plate, or cut off that o…
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The Best Stud Finders
Stud finders are invaluable for hanging heavy pictures, mirrors, and…
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The Best Budget-Friendly Miter Saws
Few woodworking machines match the versatility, portability, or cost effectiveness of today's 10-inch compound miter saw—use one …
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The 4 Best Hedge Trimmers You Can Buy

The newest cordless hedge trimmers will tame your yard.

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Electric String Trimmers: We Test 8 of the Best

Electric string trimmers, now have the the power and runtime needed to stack up favorably against their gas-powered counterparts.

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The Best 6-Foot Ladders For All Your Indoor Needs

So much safer than standing on a bucket.

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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.

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3 Small-But-Powerful Fastening Tools
Sometimes two hands are not enough. Dont worrythe tools here will help.
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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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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…
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Our Old Tools Get a New Home
What becomes of all those cordless drills and miter saws after PopMech is done with our tests?
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5 Warning Signs When Buying Used Tools
Great deals on used tools await online. But buyer beware.
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Can Anyone Top the Dremel? 6 Rotary Tools Tested

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

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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…