Framing Tool Reviews & Buying Guides

Framer use a lot of tools. You’ve got compressors and nailers, but you also have hammers, squares, miter saws, and tables saws. Then there’s the complement of other hand tools like tape measures, pencils, and chalk reels. Framers are our go-to guys of general construction tool reviews. They’ve touched it all. This crew loves jumping into a tape measure comparison or the discovering the best tool belt rig. And of course they helped us find the best framing hammer (hint: that award might land on the Stiletto 12oz titanium remodeler). Framing Tool Reviews at the Jobsite Many of our framing tool reviews take place on the jobsite. We can’t think of a better place to test tools. These are the guys who get to discover the best cordless reciprocating saw. They play with tools like the DeWalt DWF83PT framing nailer and the cordless equivalent, the DeWalt 20V Max framing nailer. If it involves cutting or fastening lumber, this section should have you covered.

Hammers laid out

Best Framing Hammer for Pros

Arguably one of the oldest tools known to humanity is the hammer. The irony is that we’re still trying to come up with new ways to improve it! While it might be a prehistoric tool, it’s unlikely to go extinct any time soon since most homes (at least in the USA) are still constructed out […]

Swanson Aluminum Speed Square Review

Swanson Aluminum Speed Square Review

The Swanson Aluminum Speed Square is one of our top 10 go-to tools in the framing and construction business. It is simply one of the tools you will invariably keep in your tool belt. You’ll find yourself using it for cutting simple lumber. You can also make complex angle calculations and measurements on roofing trusses. […]

Best Cordless Circular Saw Reviews 2022

Best Cordless Circular Saw Reviews for 2022

Cordless has come a long way since the early days of lithium-ion power. Where circular saws were initially struggling for adequate performance (and even a 7 1/4-inch blade), they now exceed the performance of 15-amp corded models. We decided to test the waters and pulled our expert team together to discover who makes the best […]

DeWalt FlexVolt Framing Saw Vs Makita Rear-Handle Saw

DeWalt FlexVolt Worm Drive Style Saw vs Makita Rear-Handle Saw

I’m not sure you could have teed up a grudge match any better than 2017 did with the DeWalt FlexVolt Worm Drive Style Saw vs Makita Rear-Handle Saw. These two kings of the cordless circular saw world make for one of the most requested head to heads we’ve received from our audience. So let’s dive […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Framing Nailer

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Framing Nailer Review

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless framing nailers (2744-21 and 2745-21) hit store shelves back in June 2020. They put out both 21-degree and 30-degree models that work identically save for the nails used. We only wish it would have been here in time for our best framing nailer shootout. Pros Zero delay, even in bump […]

Best 12-inch Miter Saw Reviews 2021

Deckbuilding and miters saws are a perfect match-up of a tool to a project. When I was approached about doing a comparative best 12-inch compound miter saw review I couldn’t think of better timing. Finding the best 12-inch miter saw requires testing many different tools at once. My comparison review coincided with a renovation of […]

Bosch CM12SD with T4B Miter Saw Stand

Bosch Gravity-Rise Wheeled Miter Saw Stand T4B

The Bosch Gravity-Rise T4B miter saw stand is smart, durable, and simple to use. With it, professionals set up easily from the back of a work truck, van, or trailer. And forget about ever carrying your miter saw again. The T4B features the same Bosch Gravity-Rise system as the former TS2000. Editor’s Note: Check out […]

Review9.1(out of 10)
DeWalt FlexVolt Circular Saw

DeWalt FlexVolt 60V Max Circular Saw Review

Second-Generation DeWalt FlexVolt Circular Saw Packs Higher Performance The DeWalt FlexVolt 60V max circular saw (model DCS578) was one of the first tools to launch with the FlexVolt line and it was a good design with plenty of power. DeWalt’s product team wasn’t content to let it be and we tested the updated DCS578 against […]

Senco JoistPro 150MXP and 250MXP Metal Connector Nailers

New Senco JoistPro Nailers Increase Productivity with Extended Magazines Senco has just added two pneumatic nail guns to the JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The 150MXP and 250MXP, designed primarily for use in hanging joists, hurricane straps, and rafter ties, both feature several design innovations to ramp up productivity on the job site. The […]

Review8.8(out of 10)

Skilsaw Worm Drive Miter Saw SPT88-01 Review

Skilsaw used STAFDA 2018 as a launchpad for its new Skilsaw Worm Drive Miter Saw. Yep, they put a worm drive on a miter saw. Many of us in the office wanted to get our hands on this new first-of-its-kind product. We also don’t see a lot of hubbub over corded power tools these days. […]