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Router

Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router

Makita XTR01Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Router Review

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Specs:

  • Cordless
  • Brushless Motor
  • Soft Start
  • Electronic Speed Control 10,000 – 30,000 RPM
  • Aluminum Housing and Base

The XTR01Z delivers excellent power and visibility. The design is tall on this router, and it feels very top heavy. It does have plenty of power though and works well with other bases. We found it easy to maneuver. Very stable tool and easy to adjust, it allows for movements in small increments. Makita delivers good value for the price. It has a high-quality aluminum base. Depth adjustments are quick and precise. You really can’t go wrong with this cordless Makita router. In terms of weight, its lightweight and its easy to handle.

Adjusting the depth bar on the plunge is easy. Plunging action is smooth, and the handle has a great ergonomic design. Going cordless is great, and no issues with the battery life either. In addition, it has a brushless motor, which is great for the overall life of the tool, and brushless tools also give better efficiency than brushed ones. The LED lights are great while working. Using the lights + fan increases visibility substantially while working. Very solid product coming from Makita.

If you’re looking for more wood router reviews, check out our article on the best wood router 2019.

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Air Compressor

Bostitch BTFP02021 6 Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Air Compressor

Below you’ll find our review of the Bostitch BTFP02012 6 Gallon 150 PSI Oil-Free Air Compressor

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The controls are easy to understand and simple to use. It features a flexible hybrid polymer design. This air compressor is perfect for nail guns, power nailers, impact guns, spray guns, impact wrenches, paint guns, blowing up tires and pretty much anything home use related. The 6 gallon capacity is plenty for home use. The gauges for this oil-free compressor are precise and easy to read. This Bostitch air compressor features a powerful motor. It’s easy to use, and it has a precise regulator. However, we found the pressure adjustment knob to be slow. Pancake compressors are becoming more and more powerful, and this Bostitch air compressor is the cream of the crop. The build quality is impressive. The compressor is quiet and performs great. It’s lighter than other versions we compared it to. The pressure is good, and the 6-gallon tank is safe. It’s a compact 150 psi oil-free unit which is highly portable.

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The product manual is short, simple, and to the point. The compressor doesn’t require much work to, and it works perfectly. It’s a high-pressure air compressor with a practical design. Overall, its a reliable, quiet, compact air compressor. I’ve never had to use the customer service for this particular company, however, reports indicate excellent customer service and warranty.

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Air Compressor

DeWALT DWFP55125 6-Gallon Air Compressor

DeWALT DWFP55125 6-Gallon Air Compressor Review

This 6.0 gallon 165 PSI pancake air compressor from DeWALT features a high-efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather, and a high flow regulator with couplers to maximize air tool performance. The compressor is good, and the tank pressure is adequate. It’s easy to use, and the compressor motor runs quietly. There were reports that this air compressor regulator varies quite a bit, however, we found it to be one of the most stable. The regulator is accurate, and pressure regulation is excellent. This is one of the best air compressors. The only bad thing was that the handle was loose, but we were able to fix that in a few seconds. It’s quiet, and the 6 gallon tank is plenty.

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The manual and instructions are straight forward and simple to follow. DeWALT tools overall have been very dependable in our experience. This air compressor is worth the money, and it’s a pretty decent little air compressor. It’s cheap, and the sound is minimal. It’s easy to use and the 6 gallon 2.6 CFM is enough. Overall, the compressor is an excellent product and very reliable. The only issue was the loose screw, but that was easily fixable.

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Air Compressor

California Air Tools 8010 Air Compressor

Below you’ll find our review on the California Air Tools 8010 Air Compressor

The first thing we noticed is how quiet this thing is. You can easily have a conversation in a normal voice standing next to it. The handle is a bit short, and that makes it less portable compared to other air compressors, however, the price was reasonable, and the build quality seems good. The output pressure regulator is simple to use, and our first impressions of this air compressor are good. It’s a small air compressor with a 1hp motor which allows for quiet usage. The motor got hot after some usage, but other than that, it’s great.

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It has a small compact size, which makes it easy to store. The noise is minimal, and it fills fast. It has a very durable design, and you can’t go wrong with this air compressor from California Air Tools. The compact size is perfect, and all of the pieces seem high quality.

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Air Compressor

Senco PC1010 1HP 1 Gallon Air Compressor

Senco PC1010 1HP 1 Gallon Air Compressor Review

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This is a very compact and quiet air compressor from Senco. It’s easy to carry because of its lightweight design. Compared to other air compressors we tested, it’s extremely quiet. It’s a very sturdy and reliable tool, plus it’s small so its nice and easy to store.

We found the tank a bit too small for the tires on our truck, but it’ll work great for trim nailers. Best suited for small trim, cabinet jobs and other home improvement tasks, but not the best choice for car tires and production framing nailers due to the small tank size. It’s a mini air compressor and it’s really quiet. Compared to the Porter Cable it’s about half as loud, similar to California Air Tools.

It has a high quality feel to it. It’s fast on the recharge and the handle makes it easy to move around. If you don’t need a huge air compressor then this is a really good air compressor for the money. The price to performance ratio is good, giving it excellent overall value. If you want a mini air compressor that is lightweight and easy to carry, then you can’t go wrong with this compact air compressor.

It’s an excellent choice for DIY due to it’s lightweight, quiet, and easy to use design. Inexpensive and yet high-quality. This is a mini air tank though so it’s a best for smaller jobs. Overall, it’s a very well built air compressor. It’s quiet, high-quality, lightweight, and the price is unbeatable.

Further Reading

Best Air Compressor

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Air Compressor

Porter Cable C2002 Oil Free Pancake Compressor

This is an easy to use and portable pancake air compressor from Porter Cable. The six gallon pancake compressor delivers excellent performance and the two hose connection points are handy. The price is good, and the overall build quality is satisfactory. The knobs on this air compressor feel kind of cheap. It can be used for filling tires, nail guns, and other household air compressor tasks. This is not a quiet unit, though. It has a long hose, and the included accessory kit was handy, but the hose felt kind of cheap and low quality.

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The compressor worked great for inflating tires, and the included accessory kit was handy. It comes with an extended high pressure hose, and the compressor is well built overall. The hose feels a bit cheap, but it has a quiet operation, and the accessories that come with it are great. Very nice quiet overall build design.

It worked fantastically to pump up some tires quickly, but it’s a bit heavy and not as portable as Porter Cable claims it is. Obviously smaller than a full sized air compressor and quieter too. Plus it has an oil-free design. One of the worst things though is the short cable of 3 feet, so you’re going to need an extension cord. Other than that it is a very well built air compressor and the regulator is accurate, and overall it’s easy to use.

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Air Compressor

Makita MAC700 Big Bore Compressor Review

Makita MAC700 Big Bore Compressor Review

The MAC700 is a remarkable compressor with unstoppable power. This is a heavy-duty large automotive style industrial air compressor with an air filter for increased air intake and greater efficiency. It features a cast iron pump with big bore cylinder and piston, combined with greater bore and stroke, delivers maximum performance.

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It’s quite a bit noisier than the air compressors we reviewed, but the difference in power is quite remarkable. The pressure gauge is nice, and it’s easy to read. It’s also heavier than the ones we reviewed above. It’s a very durable and sturdy tool. The setup was easy and straightforward to install. Fast recovery time and the build quality is excellent.

Installation was smooth, and maintenance seems basic. This is a very well made tool, but again, it is heavy. The design is good, and it comes with excellent documentation. Very efficient, and the controls are easy. Very good quality and the pressure gauge is accurate. It’s a real beast, and our experience with this air compressor was good. The instructions are basic, and the construction quality is high. Overall fit is good, and this compressor works great. It’s not the quietest, but it’s powerful and delivers excellent value for the money.

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Right Angle Drill

Ryobi Right Angle Drill

Ryobi P241 One+ 18 Volt Lithium Ion Right Angle Drill

Overview

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Compact design
  • Compatible with all 18V Ryobi drill batteries

Features & Benefits

The Ryobi P241 right angle drill is a good 90 degree drill at a lower price. The long neck design of this drill is great for getting into awkward hard to reach places. Primarily it’s used for where a regular cordless drill wont go. It’s a great choice for plumbing and HVAC installation.

The Ryobi right angle drill comes with an onboard magnetic tray for quick easy access of fasteners and drill bits. This allows one to keep both hands open to use the tool. Another great feature is the LED work light while lights up when depressing the trigger. The work light allows one to work with improved accuracy and precision.

The drill allows for greater control using it’s rubberized overgrip. The grip allows one to hold the drill tightly in slippery conditions. It can provide for greater control when drilling fasteners and drilling holes.

One great thing about this right-angle drill is that it is compatible with other Ryobi 18v batteries. The Ryobi right angle drill is compatible with the following batteries:

  • P100
  • P102
  • P103
  • P104
  • P105
  • P107
  • P108

FAQ

How large is the chuck?

The chuck is a 3/8″ chuck which is sufficient for most drill and screw driving bits that are needed for standard DIY household projects.

How much torque does it have?

The Ryobi right angle drill max torque value is 130 in-lbs of torque.

How much does drill weigh?

The Ryobi P241 right angle drill weighs 2.12 pounds which makes it one of the lightest right angle drills in the market today.

What are the dimensions of the drill?

It features a compact design at 13″ x 3.2″ x 5.1″ which allows for greater access in tight hard to reach spots. The convenient design makes it the perfect choice for DIY.

Is the drill compatible with other 18V Ryobi batteries?

Yes, the Ryobi right angle drill is compatible with the following 18V batteries: P100, P102, P103, P104, P105, P107, and P108.

What is the RPM of the drill?

The drill can reach a max rotational speed of 1100 RPM.

Does it have a warranty?

Yes the right angle drill from Ryobi comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

Further Reading

Best Right Angle Drill 2019

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Drill

DeWalt DCD606 Battery Charger Compatibility

Which battery chargers work with DeWalt DCD606 battery?

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The DeWalt 20V/60V MAX* Flexvolt Ah Battery DCD606 is compatible with the following DeWalt chargers:

  • DCB101
  • DCB102
  • DCB103
  • DCB107
  • DCB112
  • DCB113
  • DCB114
  • DCB115
  • DCB118
  • DCB132

How long does it take to charge a DeWalt DCD606 Flexvolt battery?

It depends on the type of charger you’re using. Approximate charging times can be found in the table below.

Charge Time for the DeWalt DCD606-2 Battery

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Hammer Drill

DeWalt DCH133B Brushless Cordless Hammer Drill Review

DeWalt is among one of the most well known tool brands in the world, but how does the DeWalt DCH133B hold up to its expectations? We tested it and have the latest results and information you need to know about this cordless rotary Hammer Drill. Below you’ll find our review for the DeWalt DCH133B.

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Introduction

The DeWalt DCH133B is a brushless cordless rotary hammer drill that delivers, on average, more power than corded models. If you’re used to low powered cordless drills, then you’re in for a huge surprise. Not only is it powerful, it’s also lightweight and inexpensive compared to other hammer drills.

Features & Benefits

  • Optimized 2.6J mechanism provides faster than corded speed of application
  • DEWALT electronics allow the tool to maintain speed through the entire application without bogging down even with the largest bits.
  • Durable German Engineered mechanism for long service life, even in the hardest concrete.
  • Compact size allows access to space restricted areas.

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Performance

We were very satisfied with this drill overall. This isn’t your average hammer drill. The tool weighs only 5lbs but it does an excellent job of breaking up concrete, brick and stone.

Outstanding performance for a cordless model.

Battery Life

Here’s the deal, this drill is compatible with 20V max batteries you get with cordless drills and other DeWalt tools, but don’t expect to get very much power out of those 2 amp hour (aH) batteries.

Don get me wrong, it’s an excellent hammer drill in terms of power, but if you’re going to use some 2aH battery with this drill then forget using it at all.

You’re going to need at least a battery of 5aH or more, otherwise you’re just going to waste your time.

For longer jobs we definitely recommend going with the corded model instead of the cordless model. If you must cut the cord and still need a long battery life, then consider buying a DeWalt Flexvolt 12aH battery which will allow you to use the tool for 2-3 times longer.

Using a 5aH battery we got about an hour of intense work done. I’d say it could easily last a full day of light usage or at least 2-3 hours of moderate usage.

Now that you know how long the battery lasts, you can choose accordingly between the corded and cordless version.

Summary

Overall, its an excellent hammer drill for drilling into stone, concrete, masonry, brick, and other hard to drill through materials. In terms of power, it surpasses most corded models in the same price range. If you’re considering purchasing this hammer drill then, we recommend using a battery of at least 5aH. For longer jobs, consider purchasing the corded model or a bigger battery.