Ethan Bickford

Ethan Bickford has a long history with carpentry. His father worked as a contractor for many years and taught him the ins and outs of home repair and remodeling from a very young age. He now works as a carpenter in the Boston area. Ethan loves teaching and advising on tools and techniques and is a big fan of quality workmanship. His motto is: “Do it right the first time!”

All posts by Ethan

Makita Cordless Brushless Lawnmower XML08PT1

Makita LXT X2 Cordless Lawnmower XML08PT1 Makita has made a big push into the outpower equipment/lawn and garden department lately. While the XML08PT1 is a mower that is geared towards the professional landscaper it is worth a look for anyone who wants a very solidly built cordless battery-powered lawnmower, especially if they’re on the Makita […]

Continue reading »

Festool TID 18 1/4″ hex Impact Driver Review

Festool TID 18 1/4″ hex Impact Driver Review Festool has a reputation for high end, long lasting, and yes, expensive tools. But they’re making a push to make their tools more competitively priced, and putting focus on cordless options for their tools. The backbone of any cordless power tool system is the drill driver, and […]

Continue reading »

Makita LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 7‑1/4” Circular Saw XSH08 Review

18V X2 (36V) LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 7‑1/4” Circular Saw With Guide Rail Compatible Base XSH08 Cordless saws have come a long way in the last 10 years. We keep on saying it but the advances in battery and electric motor technology have allowed most users to go almost completely cordless in applications that were […]

Continue reading »

Makita LXT X2 String Trimmer XRU15 Review

Makita LXT X2 String Trimmer XRU15 Review Makita’s LXT X2 line of tools is expanding rapidly. Taking on tasks that just a few years ago were solidly the domain of corded or gas powered tools. In that vein the XRU15 is Makita’s latest offering in string trimmers. When I was growing up I would take […]

Continue reading »

BOSCH HEPA VAC DUST EXTRACTOR GAS20-17AH Review

Bosch Dust Extractor GAS20-17AH Review Full disclosure, I am a big fan of my Bosch dust extractor. Bosch wanted to provide users with a bigger more commercially viable option for bigger tools and heavy-duty needs, enter the Bosch 17 gallon dust extractor GAS20-17AH. This dust extractor/vac is a BEAST! Rated at 300 CFM (double the CFM […]

Continue reading »

Metabo HPT MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw Review

Metabo HPT CR36DAQ4 MultiVolt Reciprocating Saw Reciprocating saws have become a staple for demolition and framing work. And until recently anything but a corded saw was just not heavy duty enough for heavier framing and carpentry tasks. But with the introduction of lithium ion batteries and brushless motors cordless reciprocating saws are everywhere. But sometimes […]

Continue reading »

Metabo HPT C3610DRAM 36V MultiVolt Brushless 10″ Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

  Metabo HPT MultiVolt Miter Saw Tool manufacturers are pushing the limits of cordless tools further and further every day. Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) is going big into their new dual voltage 36 volt cordless/corded platform. We’ve tested a couple of these tools including the 36V MultiVolt 1/2-in Hammer Drill. One standout addition […]

Continue reading »

Bosch GWS18V-45PSC 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder

NEW Bosch Brushless 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder With Electronic Interface The Bosch GWS18V-45PSC 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder has a  brushless motor provides better power, runtime, and an advanced user interface. Bosch User Interface On-tool HMI (human/machine interface) screen combines with expanded app capability to provide a complete look at grinder performance and working status   This […]

Continue reading »

M18 2120-20 ROCKET Waterproof Tower Light Review

The Milwaukee M18 Rocket Dual Pack waterproof light. LEDs have drastically changed the way we bring light into homes. Both in terms of light fixtures and in terms of job site lights. LEDs are far superior to their halogen and florescent counterparts. They use less power to generate more light with less heat or risk […]

Continue reading »

Bosch PS42-02 12V Max EC Brushless Impact Driver Kit

Bosch PS42-02 Impact river Review The new Bosch Bosch PS42 12 volt impact driver has some kick. Brushless motors have made 12 volt drill drivers and impacts much more powerful and efficient. To illustrate this let’s talk about what I use on the jobsite. My typical setup is a 12 volt brushless impact driver and drill along […]

Continue reading »