A Listmania! list by E. Bickford(Boston, MA United States)
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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 $$$"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"