Author: Eric Jopp

Hitachi Battery and Charger Review

This review is for the Hitachi Lithium Ion batteries and charger.  These came in the Hitachi combo kit model number KC18DCL.  You can also buy these separately.  The model number for the batteries is EBM1830 and the charger model number is UC 18YRL. Overall, we like the Lithium batteries.  The Hitachi batteries are backwards compatible.  Hitachi puts a recharge life for these batteries at around 1,300 to 1,500 charges.  This kit comes with the 3 amp batteries. The Hitachi charger is also a great charger.  Hitachi includes a universal charger that will allow a user to charge 7.2V – 18V Lithium batteries, and the same for NiCd and NiHM.  Hitachi also has a built in cooling fan which helps lower the over all temperature of the batteries and allows them to cool down and charge faster. We like the Hitachi batteries and universal charger.  As you can see, there is not much to batteries and chargers, but after seeing some of the other batteries and chargers put out by manufacturers, we always like to take a look at the ones in the kits we review....

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Hitachi Contractor Bag Review

  This is the Hitachi tool bag that came in the kit KC18DCL.  This tool bag is made from a heavy duty Nylon with two handles to carry the bag.  On the outside there are a couple small pockets to hold hand tools you might access often.  Once you zip open the bag, there are two pockets.  One designed for the charger and the other is a small nylon mesh with a zipper.  This bag will hold all the tools in this kit with room left over for other tools. As you can see from our other tool bag reviews, we like to test the weight this bag can handle.  Since this is a light kit, weighing under 20lbs., we figured we would put 50lbs. in this bag to test it.  As you can see from the video, we put 50lbs of weight in the bag, lifted it up and gave it a couple good tugs.  The bag held up and nothing tore.  We feel very comfortable over loading this bag and knowing it will hold up.     Over we like the bag.  Good storage and built just right for this kit.  As you can see this bag has some great strength....

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Hitachi 18V Review – Kit KC18DCL

This review is for the Hitachi 18V lithium Ion combo kit model number KC18DCL.  After we did our shopping we found prices starting at $289 and up.  Amazon was selling this kit for $420. The Hitachi kit  comes with a hammer drill, impact driver, two batteries (3.oAh), charger, and a tool bag.  One item to note is Hitachi sells two different kits that are identical, except for the batteries.  One kit comes with a 1.5 amp and another is a 3 amp.  This review is for the 3 amp battery.  You can also buy the power tools individually.  The hammer drill is model number DV18Dl, and the impact driver is WH18DL. When ever we pick up a tool, one feature we always want is balance.  We want our tools to have good balance so our arms and hands do not tire out while working.  Another item we noticed was how light both tools are.  The hammer drill is only 4.9lbs. while the impact driver weighs in at 3.5lbs. The Hitachi hammer drill seems like a very nice drill.  As we said, it is very light, has a nice feel, and good balance.  What’s amazing is this drill puts out a whopping 570lbs. of torque.  Another nice feature is the command you have over this drill.  While most drills have a high and low, the Hitachi has a high, plus another switch for power and save.  The trigger...

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Milwaukee V28 Circular Saw Review

This tool review is for the Milwaukee V28 Circular saw.  This circular saw came in the Milwaukee combo kit 0928-29, but you can also buy this power tool separately.  The model number for this saw is 0790-20. The Milwaukee circular saw is a 6 1/2″ saw and provides a 4200 RPM.  This saw has an electric brake that will stop in under two seconds after taking your finger off the trigger.  This saw is extremely light, weighing only 7.1lbs.  The weight reduction is due to the fact they use high strength aircraft aluminum. Putting a circular saw through tough tests is a fairly enduring process. Unlike the Sawzall, which is designed to cut through different material under different conditions,  a circular saw is designed to cut through wood for the most part.  Because a circular saw can only cut so deep, we can not really stack a lot of materials on top of one another to see if we can bog down the saw.  So for this review we really wanted to cover how the saw handled and operated. Once you pick this saw up, you can feel how light it is, but not to light.  You don’t want a circular saw that is very light because you need some weight to the saw, so the blade stays down in the material you are working with.  When making our first cut, it cut through 1″ plywood...

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7 Tools Needed for a Demo Job

Last week we went to a small demo job and were talking at lunch about certain tools.  During this conversation we came out with a must have list for any demolition job.  The tools listed below will be able to tear, bust, destroy just about anything that stands in your way. One of the simplest tools around – a Crow Bar.  Lets the user get good leverage while maintaing control over the item you are working with. A wrecking bar is a must.  This is a lot smaller than a pry bar, but works perfectly for smaller spots, prying something when you don’t need all the leverage of a crow bar. Ahh, the good old dependable hammer.  Need to pull some nails or bang something, the hammer is perfect. Wire cutters are a must.  You will definitely get into a spot where you can not rip the wires out with anything, and you will just have to give in and use the wire cutters.  As much as we want to use bigger tools to destroy, sometimes we have to rely on the wire cutters. All tools are fun, but a sledge is one rare tool where its man against structure, brute force.  Yes, there is technique for swinging a sledge so you don’t get worn down and get the most impact per swing, but when it comes down to it, its you...

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Milwaukee V28 Sawzall Review 0719-20

The Milwaukee Sawzall is one of the all time great power tools, and this review covers this amazing power tool.  This V28 Sawzall came in the Milwaukee combo kit.  The kit number is 0928-29.  You can also buy this Sawzall separately, the model number is 0719-20. The Milwaukee V28 Sawzall harnesses a lot of power and comes with some of the same features you are accustom to with their corded version.  Some quick specs are – 0-2000/0-3000 SPM, Keyless shoe adjustment and the famous Quik-Lok blade clamp.  The stroke lengh is 1-1/8″ and weighs only 7.1lbs.  Over all, when you pick up the V28 Sawzall, it doesn’t feel any different than the corded version.  The saw has a great balance and feels good in your hands. Since it has a lot of the same features as the corded version, we figured we would put it through a test and compare the Milwaukee V28 Sawzall to the corded Sawzall model number 6521-21, which is the 11 amp version.  For this test we just wanted to check the cutting action, vibration in hands and over all performance.  So we took two solid oak 2×4’s, we embedded some nails and put a metal stake in between the wood.  My intial thought was the corded version would perfom much better, but the power tool test would tell us the truth. We ran the test using the V28...

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Milwaukee V28 Work Light Review 49-24-0185

This review is for the Milwaukee V28 Work Light that came in the Milwaukee combo kit 0928-29 we  If you are looking for this light separately, the model number for the Milwaukee work light is 49-24-0185. All most all combo kits and manufacturers make a work light.  Everyone has their own opinion about the style of work light they like.  At professional power tool guide, we like this style of work light.  There is a solid base the light can stand up on. This makes it very easy to point the light where you need it the most. The Milwaukee work light can run around 5 hours on one battery before it needs to be charged.  There is also a non slip grip around the arm of the light.  Milwaukee has also integrated a Clip-Lok system, so you can hang it from your belt.  This is a nice feature, but makes you pretty bulky if it is hanging from your belt.  The inside of the light has a faceted reflector which helps create a more uniformed beam.  The head pivots 140 degrees which allows you to shine light in most places. One of the best features we like about this work light is the on/off switch.  While most work lights have push buttons, the Milwaukee has a recessed switch where you actually have to push up on the switch...

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Milwaukee V28 Lithium Ion Batteries Review

This power tool review is for the Milwaukee V28 Batteries.  These batteries are part of the Milwaukee combo kit 0928-29.  If you are looking for just the V28 battery, the model cat no is 48-11-2830. Milwaukee V28 is a Lithium Ion battery. These have the new battery technology that has been introduced in recent years for a variety of uses.  You can read more about the Lithium battery on our battery page.  Most people look at a battery and see a battery, but when you buy a cordless power tool kit, a battery is an important factor.  Besides just comparing one volt to another volt, even though that should be the major factor, you also want to look at the battery closer and that’s what we did with the Milwaukee V28 battery. The first item we noticed was the weight, very light as with all Lithium batteries.  The weight of this battery is 2.43lbs, compared to the Craftsman 19.2V, which weighted 2.01lbs.  So you are getting more power and a longer run time for only a little more added weight.  We expected this, so not surprising, but it is a big factor and plus for Lithium batteries. When looking at and using the Milwaukee V28 battery, there were three key items that caught our eye that made this a great battery.  Besides the run time, durability, and power, we...

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Milwaukee V28 Lithium Ion Charger Review

  This is the power tool review for the Milwaukee battery charger.  The charger came in the V28 Combo kit model number 0928-29.   The charger model number for just the charger is 48-59-2818.  The over all dimensions of this charger are 5.75″W x 7.75″ L x 3.25″ T.  We didn’t time the charger, but Milwaukee states this universal charger will charge Lithium batteries in less than an hour and NiCad in less than 40 minutes. We know it’s just a charger, but when Milwaukee built this charger they really did put thought and effort into this design and thought of everything we would want.  First and probably the most important is this charger will also work on your older tools.  While most manufacturers inlcude a charger designed only for the combo kit your bought, the Milwaukee charger will not only charge the V28 LIthium Batteries, but also their 18 Lithium line and their 18V Nicad line.  This will help free up some room on your work bench, which always helps.  Speaking of freeing up some room, Milwaukee also designed this charger so the batteries will lie in the charger on an angle instead of stright up and down.  This means you can hang this charger on the wall to make more room on your work bench.  Milwaukee even thought of this and on the back they have slots that...

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Saw Dust

  “Saw Dust.”  We all know the the smell, but are there practical uses for this dust?  Over the years we have heard a lot of different ideas with regards to saw dust, some we like and some are neat.  But we would probably never use it on the driveway during winter to get more tracktion.  Great idea, but it doesn’t really work.  Another use  we came across was putting it on top soil to help trap moisture. Good idea, but my wife would look at me like a weirdo if I walked up to her with a pile of saw dust and said sprinkly this fine dust all over your plants.  Lets get down to some serious uses for saw dust, because there are some good ones out there, well at least three I know of. If you are creating a nice piece of work such as furniture, I always have a container next to me to save the saw dust.  After I glue two pieces together, sometimes there is a gap, or you can see glue no matter how much you try to wipe it away.  Take a little saw dust from your project and spread it around the two joints you just glued together.  Once you have the saw dust on top, just press down with your fingers to work it in.  This way it will stick to any glue left over or cover up any small gaps.  This...

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