Makita reviews

MAKITA Cordless 6-1/2” Track Saw

MAKITA 18V X2 (36V) LXT CORDLESS 6-1/2” PLUNGE SAW XPS01 Review Seems like everyone wants a track saw these days. Why wouldn’t you, it allows you to cut and manage sheet goods like a mill shop, minus the panel saw. A track saw is much more than a circular saw with a rip guide, its designed […]

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Makita 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 14″ Chain Saw

Makita 18V X2 (36V) LXT Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 14″ Chain Saw Review Chainsaws offer a unique capabilities for clearing trees and large brush. It is essentially the go to tool for this task and is synomous with tree removal, cutting logs, and pruning. The Chainsaw is also adept at cutting both unprocessed lumber, efficiently cutting […]

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MAKITA 18V LXT Cordless Compact Router XTR01Z

MAKITA 18 V 1-1/4 H.P. Cordless Router Review If you’ve been a carpenter for at least 20 years you know that MAKITA’s lineage is with the carpenter and woodworker. To prove this just think back to your first miter saw, table saw or slide pack drill and I’d bet it was a MAKITA for most […]

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Makita ImpactX Fastening Accessories

Makita ImpactX The Makita ImpactX fastening accessory line is their newest line up of impact accessories designed to endure the force of high-volume screw driving applications with high torque impact drivers, they include: Insert bits Power bits Magnetic bit holders Magnetic nut holders Socket adapters Makita’s Research on Fastening According to job site research, professional […]

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Impact Driver Head to Head

Impact Driver Head to Head Evaluation There’s no doubt that Impact Drivers have completely changed the construction industry and drastically improved both productivity and quality. Impact drivers allow users to more quickly install threaded fasteners while avoiding damage to the fasteners. In our latest head to head testing we’ve selected ten full size impact drivers […]

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Makita 18V Cut‑Out Saw XDS01Z

Makita 18V LXT Cordless Cut‑Out Saw XDS01Z Review As a general contractor and professional remodeler I often find myself gutting plaster walls or making precision cuts into drywall to access framing. Depending on the situation and the type of wall surface, the method of cut can vary. Normally in a gut situation, the procedure requires […]

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Makita 7-1/4” circular saw 18Volt XSR01

The Makita 7-1/4” circular saw 18Volt XSR01 One of the most argued tool topics in modern construction is the sidewinder vs the worm drive circular saw. The truth is that one saw isn’t better than the other, it just depends on how you prefer to work. Like many of you I have one of each. […]

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Home Depot PROspective Event Highlights

Home Depot PROspective Event Highlights A couple weeks ago, we attended the first all tools media event put on by The Home Depot. Whenever we go to one of these events we feverishly post to our various social media feeds so that you all can follow in near realtime. If you were unable to follow, […]

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Makita 18V LXT Sub-Compact Drill and Impact Driver

Makita 18V Sub-Compact Brushless Drill XFD11ZB and Impact Driver XDT15ZB Tool Review As a carpenter I’ve had to install truss loks on LVLs one day and hardware on custom cabinets the next day. I ran an 18V system for framing and general tasks, but used a compact 12V drill and driver for punch list work and cabinet […]

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Gas/Cordless Framing Nailer Head to Head

Gas & Cordless Framing Nailers Comparison Introduction The Tool Box Buzz crew assembled in Concord, MA to assess four gas powered nailers and one cordless framing nailer. Ambient temperatures during testing were roughly 20F and equipment was left out overnight to simulate standard field conditions. Framing equipment is often stored overnight in unconditioned spaces, or […]

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