Best Tools The Pros Use: The Secret Weapons
Here are favorite tools of landscapers, electricians, tile setters, woodworkers and other pros that make their jobs faster, easier and better.
Dave Says, “I used to put off sharpening because it was such a hassle. With this machine, sharpening is a quick task, not a project.”
Costas says, “This little tool has gotten me out of some bad jams.”
The Asquare folding triangle is available online for about $60. Search for “asquare folding triangle.” One source is contractortools.com.
Do-everything electrical tester
The GT-95 costs about $80 online, but it’s the only tester you’re likely to need. And it’ll last a lifetime.
The secret to super-smooth finishes
Buy a strainer stand like this for $10.50 at mcfeelys.com.
Terry’s magic dirt drill
You can buy the tool online ($200 to $265) and see a video of the Borit in action at borit.com.
Kirk’s helping hand
If you can’t find Board Buddies at a local woodworking store, look for them online. One source is rockler.com. A set of two costs about $57; the optional aluminum mounting track is $25.
Les’s quick cutter
You can buy the Kopex tubing cutter shown here for $33 at Pace Machinery Group. You’ll find similar tubing cutters at some home centers and hardware stores. But keep in mind that you’ll have to buy a separate cutter for each size tubing. Les says, “I’ve tried other tubing cutters, but they just don’t last.”
Diamond hole saw
Dean’s do-everything tool
Dean says, “I picked up the use of a lino knife from working alongside a seasoned jack-of-all-trades flooring installer.”