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    I’m an Avid Camper, and the REI Kingdom Cot Provides a Luxurious Sleep Situation

    The REI Kingdom Cot is the plushest, roomiest camp cot I've slept on. It's not a keeper for me, but it might be for you—here's why.

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    Zero-Turn vs. Riding Lawn Mowers

    What's the difference between traditional and zero-turn riding mowers? We break down the distinctions to help determine which option is...

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    How To Check and Change the Oil Filter in a Lawn Mower

    Have a lawn mower you're looking forward to using? Don't forget to inspect the oil filter first. Here's how.

    The 10 Best Dust Collector Machines for Woodworking

    Dust collection is an important part of a clean and safe shop. We found the best dust collector systems on...

    6 Quiet and Efficient Inverter Generators to Provide Electricity for Your Home

    Whether your home blacks out from a storm or you're going camping, stay powered up with an inverter generator.

    We Tried the Hedgehog Featherboard for Straight (and Safe) Cuts on the Table Saw

    Get the precision and control you need to saw through your next woodworking project with ease!

    20 Best Harbor Freight Tools for DIYers

    If you're a DIYer, you'll find the best Harbor Freight tools to get the job done without wiping out your...

    Our Turf Expert Put a John Deere Lawn Tractor to the Test

    I'm a turf professional, and I've sold a lot of heavy-duty commercial turf equipment over the years—so I know a...

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    Woodturning Basics: Tips for Beginners

    Here are 10 tips for beginners who want to get off on the right foot with woodturning.

    We Tried the North Face Base Camp Gear Box – Your Ideal Adventure Partner

    This versatile gear box is collapsible, stackable, water-resistant and durable—what more could you ask for?

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    Grampa’s Weeder: The Ultimate Tool for Effortless Weed Removal

    While gardening is a form of therapy for me, the weeds are discouraging and overwhelming. But after trying...

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    How To Sharpen a Chainsaw The Easy Way

    Chainsaws make cutting wood a cinch, but you'll soon be stuck if you don't know how to sharpen the chain....

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    These 10 Best Cordless Brad Nailers Are Worthy Additions to Your Shop in 2024

    Have cordless brad nailers finally improved enough to replace our trusty pneumatic tools? We put the top models to the...

    We Tried the Craftsman Electric Lawn Mower, a Riding Mower for Tight Spaces

    Ready to take the plunge and go battery-powered? We tested the Craftsman electric lawn mower–here’s what we thought.

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    Why You Should Own More Than One Battery System for Tools

    You bought a cordless tool system years ago, but now you have your eye on a tool from a different...

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    Can You Remove Snow From the Driveway Without a Shovel?

    Here are 15 alternatives — some rather resourceful — to the grind of shoveling your driveway.

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    How Often To Change Synthetic Oil

    Synthetic oils contain chemically modified compounds and high-quality base oils. That means synthetics can go longer between oil changes.

    Kolbalt Electric Mower Review: Here’s Why You Should Upgrade to this Self-Propelled Push Mower

    Is the Kobalt electric mower powerful enough to tackle an overgrown yard? This homeowner put it to the test.

    Toro Zero-Turn Mower Review: We Tried Toro’s First Electric Riding Mower and It Was Well Worth...

    I got my hands on the all-new 60V MAX TimeCutter–the first Toro electric zero-turn mower. Check out my electric Toro...

    Husqvarna Combi Switch 330iK Review: It’s Official, I’m Breaking Up With My String Trimmer and...

    I tested the convenient Husqvarna Combi Switch 330iK pole saw and edger and it's safe to say...

    Skil Miter Saw Review: I Tried a SKIL Miter Saw and It’s Worth the Hype

    My miter saw has always been the workhorse of my garage shop. Will the Skil miter saw be a reliable...

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    Why Isn’t My Car AC Blowing Cold Air?

    You're stuck in traffic on a hot day and warm air is coming from the vents. Not good. Here's why...

    How To Sharpen Scissors Effectively

    Wondering how to sharpen scissors quickly and effectively? Use these tips to restore an old pair of scissors to their...

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    6 Tips for Making Perfect Cuts With Circular and Miter Saws

    Cut cleaner and safer with your miter saw and circular saw. Take the worry out of making...

    Why You Should Use a Random Orbital Sander for Sanding Cabinets

    If you're looking for a smooth finish to your cabinets, reach for your trusty random orbital sander, not a finishing...

    7 Best Small Dehumidifiers to Fight Dampness, Tested and Reviewed

    We put the best small dehumidifiers to the test in the humid U.S. South. Here's which ones provided the most...

    9 Clamp Storage Ideas to Declutter Your Workshop

    Find the right clamp when you need it! Here's a great collection of tips for storing all the different clamps...

    Best Corded and Battery-Powered Snow Shovels for Effortless Digging

    The best electric snow shovel should be easy on your back, simple to use and have you out of the...