Best Tools of 2019 (According To Pros)
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Our favorite pros let you in on their secret, go-to tools for electrical, plumbing, painting and any other jobs you’re doing.
We asked professional woodworker Marty Dyck what was his favorite of all the tools he’s purchased in the last year. For Marty, the answer was “an easy one”: he loves his new DeWalt 1/4-in. Impact Driver, which he figures he uses hundreds of times daily. The tool’s durability is impressive, and Marty finds it easy on the wrist with a great range for hard or soft wood.
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“I picked up the use of a lino knife from working alongside a seasoned jack-of-all-trades flooring installer,” said Dean.
An Extra Helping Hand
Like most woodworkers, Dave Munkittrick relies on sharp chisels and planes for his livelihood. He has a large collection of sharpening tools, but his favorite sharpening device is the WorkSharp system, which sharpens chisels and plane blades quickly with no mess. The best part is that you don’t need any practice to get a razor-sharp edge.
“I used to put off sharpening because it was such a hassle. With this machine, sharpening is a quick task, not a project,” said Dave.
Would you spend 75 bucks on a screwdriver? Some professionals do, and they can’t stop raving about this one. The Snap-On Ratcheting Screwdriver features a three-position ratchet adjustment, silky smooth action and a contoured handle that fits comfortably in the hand. Behind the bit is one of the strongest magnets you’ll find in a screwdriver, so you’ll waste less time searching for dropped screws. It comes with an assortment of bits that can be stored in the handle. When even the best screwdriver can’t budge a stuck bolt or screw, see these tips for loosening stubborn fasteners.
“This little tool has gotten me out of some bad jams,” said Costas.
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A Saw for the Ages
The DeWalt 60-volt MAX circular saw (model DCS575T2) is a cordless worm-drive circular saw with a lot to love. Like all worm-drive saws, the left-side blade position makes it easy to see your cutting line. It’s a workhorse: The 60-volt battery coupled with DeWalt’s thin-kerf FLEXVOLT blade (specifically designed for cordless saws) creates a saw that’s fast and powerful. It can churn through materials up to 2-1/2 in. thick, cut bevels up to 53 degrees, and the safety button is easy to access.
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At about $1,800, a SawStop Contractor Saw will cost you more than a typical table saw. But then again, how much are your fingers worth? SawStop’s patented safety system brings the blade to a complete stop within five milliseconds of sensing contact with human skin. That’s a tenth of the time it takes a car’s airbag to deploy. Instead of a potentially debilitating injury, the operator walks away with a minor cut. Priceless. Until you can afford this splurge, see these tips on how to safely rip a board using any table saw.