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A Listmania! list by E. Bickford (Boston, MA United States)
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The list author says: "Here's a list of the tools I've bought to do jobs from frame to finish. I research my tools pretty exhaustively. While I can't always afford the really fancy stuff (Fein, Festool) I try to get a very good balance between durability, reliability, accuracy, and cost. Here are some of my tools."
Makita LXT211 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit
1.  Makita LXT211 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit by Makita
The list author says:
  "I own the 14.4 volt drill/driver, impact driver kit, it's been great but they don't make it anymore. If I was going to buy today this is what I'd get. The ergonomics are excellent, and there is a plethora of bare tools available in this line."
$249.98   Used & New from: $199.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

PORTER-CABLE 560 QUIKJIG Pocket-Hole Joinery System
2.  PORTER-CABLE 560 QUIKJIG Pocket-Hole Joinery System by PORTER-CABLE
The list author says:
  "The quick jig is awesomely easy to use without a lot of fiddling around trying to get everything set right. I've used it a LOT more than I thought I would. Fantastic."
$186.65
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner Kit
3.  PORTER-CABLE 557 7 Amp Plate Joiner Kit by PORTER-CABLE
The list author says:
  "Great joiner, key for edge joining. I will sometimes use in conjunction with pocket hole screws. Biscuits align the face of the stock and screws clamp tight."
$199.00   Used & New from: $134.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

Fasco F23C A64-50PB 23-Gauge Headless Pinner
4.  Fasco F23C A64-50PB 23-Gauge Headless Pinner by Fasco
The list author says:
  "An excellent alternative to the more expensive Cadex or Grex pinners. All the features of the Grex and the ability to fire slight head brads. Only missing the built in blower of the Cadex. Been VERY pleased."
$232.29   Used & New from: $219.49
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

BOSTITCH BT1855K 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
5.  BOSTITCH BT1855K 18-Gauge Brad Nailer by BOSTITCH
The list author says:
  "A lot of bells and whistles but also reliable so far. Only issue have been jams when driving 2" fasteners into strand bamboo (VERY hard stuff) but this doesn't come as much surprise 1-1/4" drives fine."
$72.10   Used & New from: $35.99
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Factory-Reconditioned RIDGID ZRR150FSA 1-1/2 inch 18 Gauge Finish Stapler with Magnesium Housing
6.  Factory-Reconditioned RIDGID ZRR150FSA 1-1/2 inch 18 Gauge Finish Stapler with Magnesium Housing by Ridgid
The list author says:
  "I find that overall it's a great tool. But overdrives staples in softer materials at min pressure and min depth of drive."
Used & New from: $74.95
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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MAX SN883RH2 SuperFramer 20-Degree Strip Framing Nailer
7.  MAX SN883RH2 SuperFramer 20-Degree Strip Framing Nailer by MAX
The list author says:
  "Just purchased this framing nailer. Why? Remodeling work requires tight tolerances. Nose to back of body this nailer is just under 12" good for sistering 16" OC rafters (@13" clearance with sistered rafter in place). Bostitch recently released similar tool."
$216.16   Used & New from: $174.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Legacy Manufacturing HFZ3825YW2 Flexzilla 3/8" x 25' Zillagreen Air Hose with 1/4" MNPT Ends and Bend Restrictors
8.  Legacy Manufacturing HFZ3825YW2 Flexzilla 3/8" x 25' Zillagreen Air Hose with 1/4" MNPT Ends and Bend Restrictors by Legacy
The list author says:
  "Best air hoses around in terms of flexibility, and laying flat. Color is hard to miss too (bright freaking neon green). Not sure about longevity."
$23.92   Used & New from: $17.20
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Makita MAC2400 Big Bore 2.5 HP Air Compressor
9.  Makita MAC2400 Big Bore 2.5 HP Air Compressor by Makita
The list author says:
  "Solid compressor I've had no problems with this one at all. Reasonably quiet as far as compressors go."
$328.00   Used & New from: $259.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)

PORTER-CABLE 390K 5-Inch Low Profile Random Orbit Sander Kit with Hook & Loop Pad and Dust Collection
10.  PORTER-CABLE 390K 5-Inch Low Profile Random Orbit Sander Kit with Hook & Loop Pad and Dust Collection by PORTER-CABLE
The list author says:
  "I'd generally recommended this for those with larger hands due to the large grip area. The dust collection is excellent especially with a vacuum. Issue? Pad stops spinning with moderate pressure. Press harder, it starts up again!"
Out of stock
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
11.  Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag by Makita
The list author says:
  "A brute of a belt sander, but that's the idea. Tracking is easy to set, removes stock quickly. Not the flattest platten around but there are replacements and upgrades for that. Dust collection works fairly well for a belt sander."
$227.50
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

Fein FMM 250Q Top Plus MultiMaster Oscillating Detail Sander Tool Kit
12.  Fein FMM 250Q Top Plus MultiMaster Oscillating Detail Sander Tool Kit by Fein
The list author says:
  "This is not a cheap tool, so why pay more? The attachments are top notch, the quick release blade mechanism and dust collection are fantastic and this tool is built to stand the test of time."
$349.00   Used & New from: $169.98
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Bosch 1590EVSK 6.4 Amp Top Handle Jigsaw
13.  Bosch 1590EVSK 6.4 Amp Top Handle Jigsaw by Bosch
The list author says:
  "Smooth and solid. Settings allow you to select the right speed and aggressiveness for all kinds of materials. Get a range of blades, the right blade also makes a huge difference in the quality of cut. Newer version has LED lights and improved blade tracking."
Out of stock
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

PORTER-CABLE 9750 Tiger Saw 11.5 Amp Reciprocating Saw with Variable Angle
14.  PORTER-CABLE 9750 Tiger Saw 11.5 Amp Reciprocating Saw with Variable Angle by PORTER-CABLE
The list author says:
  "Awesome tool. Versatile! This thing will get into places you simply can't get other recip saws with this kind of power. The trade off is that it vibrates, a lot. Big job with lots of cutting to do? Look at the Makita AVT saw."
Out of stock
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Makita JR3070CT 15-Amp Reciprocating Saw
15.  Makita JR3070CT 15-Amp Reciprocating Saw by Makita
The list author says:
  "A beast. 15 AMPs, orbital, variable speed, and vibration reduction. Got for tearing out subfloor/joists/hangers/doubled 5/8" drywall, for basement stair build. At one point I needed to break down materials to get them into a dumpster. Piled them up @ 10" thick and spent a minute or two cutting the whole stack... roar."
$199.00   Used & New from: $102.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Makita 5008MGA Magnesium 8-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake
16.  Makita 5008MGA Magnesium 8-1/4-Inch Circular Saw with Electric Brake by Makita
The list author says:
  "I own and older Makita 7 1/4" saw. If I had to do it again I'd go for an 8 1/4". why? When using a site-built saw guide to cut thick stock (1 1/2" wooden countertop) you need the depth of cut that an 8 1/4" saw will give you."
$201.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Festool TS 55 EQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw (set)
17.  Festool TS 55 EQ Plunge Cut Circular Saw (set) by Festool
The list author says:
  "Fantastic for cutting finish sheet goods in small spaces or for splinter free door cutoffs. Lay the track down, clamp it and go! Longer track is key for ripping 4'x8' sheets."
Out of stock
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand
18.  Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand by Bosch
The list author says:
  "Very solid, and accurate. The stand is amazing, very easy to set up, break down and move. Only downside? It's quite heavy (@100lbs), so if you need to move it in and out of a truck or van regularly make sure you've got help."
$569.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)

Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Digital Miter Angle Fine Adjust
19.  Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Digital Miter Angle Fine Adjust by Milwaukee
The list author says:
  "Huge capacity, wide range on the bevel and miter, great dust collection and accurate out of the box. 70 pounds but handles on either side with built-in rubber grips, so it's actually pretty easy to move around. New Bosch is sweet but $$$"
$693.50
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2-1/4-Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets
20.  Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2-1/4-Horsepower Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets by Bosch
The list author says:
  "Consistently top customer and editor pick in multiple articles. Smooth, solid, versatile and reasonably priced. Only issue slick fixed base handles. Scuff 'em up with sandpaper. New Bosch router promises to be even better!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)

Fein 921072K13 Step Adaptor
21.  Fein 921072K13 Step Adaptor by Fein
The list author says:
  "A lowly vacuum adapter? Yup. Fits small vac hoses and handheld tool vac fittings from Bosch, Fein, Porter Cable, and Makita. Rubber, relatively cheap, and easily cut to size. Get a few for different tools."
$5.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

BOSTITCH PN50 Mini Impact Nailer
22.  BOSTITCH PN50 Mini Impact Nailer by BOSTITCH
The list author says:
  "Need to nail something off in a really tight spot? This is the way to go!"
$34.99   Used & New from: $27.62
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

Milwaukee 49-22-8510 Right Angle Drill Attachment Kit
23.  Milwaukee 49-22-8510 Right Angle Drill Attachment Kit by Milwaukee
The list author says:
  "Need to get into a tight spot? This is solidly built and very adjustable (handle rotates 360 degrees and pivots over 90 degrees). Needs 1/4" hex drill bits, great for driving."
$50.43   Used & New from: $45.97
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

DEWALT DWX724 Compact Miter Saw Stand
24.  DEWALT DWX724 Compact Miter Saw Stand by DEWALT
The list author says:
  "All the features of the bigger stand in a more compact package. Great for 90% of what I do. Work supports can deal with the other 10% (16' long trim stock or longer framing lumber)."
$181.33   Used & New from: $179.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

Rolair JC10 1 HP Oil-Less Compressor with Overload Protection and Low RPM for Quiet Operation
25.  Rolair JC10 1 HP Oil-Less Compressor with Overload Protection and Low RPM for Quiet Operation by Rolair
The list author says:
  "Awesome little made in the US compressor for small and or trim jobs. Lightweight and QUIET. I can have a conversation in the same room as this thing when it's running and barely have to raise my voice. Only downside is gauges are at an awkward angle for viewing."
$239.00   Used & New from: $184.16
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

DEWALT DCK210S2 12-Volt Max Screwdriver/Impact Driver Combo Kit
26.  DEWALT DCK210S2 12-Volt Max Screwdriver/Impact Driver Combo Kit by DEWALT
The list author says:
  "I actually have the discontinued 3 tool kit w driver, impact, and drill. Awesome kit, great ergonomics surprising power for size. Impact drives 2-1/2" timberlok screws and 3" decking screws no problem. Additional batteries are actually affordable!"
$139.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

DEWALT DCL510 12-Volt Max LED Worklight
27.  DEWALT DCL510 12-Volt Max LED Worklight by DEWALT
The list author says:
  "Handy light to have w/ 12v dewalt kit."
$27.65
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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E. Bickford (Boston, MA United States)
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Qualifications: Full time remodeler/handyman/carpenter.
Last updated: 11/26/12
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