Bosch IDH182 18V Brushless Socket Ready Impact Driver

Just arrived!

We’ll be testing this Bosch 18V Brushless Socket Ready Impact Driver on a deck build, tiny house remodel, concrete anchors, and even on lug nuts!

More in a bit!

For more info:

Available here: Bosch IDH182-01L 18-volt Brushless Socket Ready Impact Driver with 4.0Ah Batteries, Charger and L-Boxx-2

Knipex Pliers Wrench

Before I share my impressions of the Knipex Pliers Wrench, let’s talk about adjustable wrenches.

I think wrenches are very useful, as long as you have the skills to use them. Whether you are using an inexpensive or an expensive wrench, you need to know how to wiggle the wrench in place, while you’re turning the spiral wheel. These tasks seem very simple, but they’re not. How many times have you seen rounded nuts? In addition to these prerequisites, you’ll need to keep your thumb on the spiral wheel, at least for the inexpensive wrenches, perhaps evening tightening the spiral wheel, as you tighten the nut. You usually don’t have this problem with the better made wrenches, but you need to wiggle the wrench, as you’re loosening the spiral wheel, to get it off of the nut. See where I’m going with this? You need advanced skills or some serious training to use an adjustable wrench.

Unlike adjustable wrenches, the Knipex Pliers Wrench does not require any specialized training to operate. You simply adjust the jaws to the approximate size, then squeeze. That’s it! The Knipex Pliers Wrench is also fundamentally different in that it can apply dynamic pressure to the nut or the object being grasped, as opposed to adjustable wrenches that are static and neutral on the better wrenches, and even negative on the cheaper ones.

If you’re in the market for an adjustable wrench or not, get yourself a pair of the Knipex Pliers Wrench. They’re easier, faster, safer, and super comfy!

For more info:

To buy: Knipex 8605250 10-Inch Pliers Wrench – Comfort Grip (amazon)

Pelican 3765PL

Pelican 3765PL Tools of the TradiesReview in progress!

For more info:

Available here: Pelican Right Angle 3765 LED Rechargeable

KNIPEX workshop: Pliers Wrench Range

We’ll have a hands-on review for you soon! In the meantime, enjoy the video above by Knipex.

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Klein Tools CL2300 600A TRMS AC/DC Clamp Meter with Temperature

January 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Electrical, Manufacturing, Mechanic Tools, Safety 

This meter started out as a review, but now it’s become my main meter. I like it a lot!

Review coming soon.

More info:

To purchase: Klein Tools CL2300 (amazon)

Preview: Crescent CFW2 2 Piece Folding Flip and Grip Ratcheting Wrench

November 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Demo, Mechanic Tools, Recycling, Storage, Transport 


  • Versatile – Adjustable jaw fits over 50 fasteners
  • Speed – Spring-loaded, ratcheting jaw turns fasteners quickly
  • Access – Locking pivot helps reach around obstacles in tight spaces
  • Portable – Folding wrench head for convenient storage and transport

More info here:

To purchase:

Bosch Power Tools – The next big thing is coming… 11/11/13

Bosch will be introducing new tools on 11/11/13. Expect at least one or more of the tools to be brushless.

 For more info:

Bosch 18V Impact Driver (Bosch IDS181)

  • Most compact impactor design with a head length of 5.4-Inch, allowing the tool to be used in tight and hard to reach places with increased comfort
  • Optimized Impact Performance: Provides the best runtime and control for small to medium duty fastening jobs
  • Integrated 3-LED Ring: Provides shadow free illumination for the best visibility in low lighting applications
  • Superior Ergonomics: Slim, soft grip provides maximum comfort and control during fastening applications
  • Electronic Cell Protection (ECP) – Increases battery lifetime by preventing damage caused by misuse

To be a 100% honest, when Bosch introduced an impact driver with less power, and not more, I thought they had lost their marbles. However, after using it for a few minutes, I understand why.

Very few tradies drive large lag screws or concrete screws on a regular basis. If you do, you should be using an impact wrench. By dialing down the power, Bosch reduced the size, weight, and sound of the IDS181. The smaller size equals more access. The lighter weight permits more control. The reduced power equals less noise. To give you an idea of what the IDS181 sounds like, imagine using your impact driver with ear plugs (listen to this youtube video).

If your need is to drive 3 or 4 inch wood screws on a regular basis, then you’ll be rewarded with a tool that is competent, compact, and quiet.  The IDS181 also has a smaller grip, so it would be great for people that have smaller hands. 

Youtube: Bosch IDS181 driving a Tapcon screw into wood and concrete

For more info about this tool or any other Bosch tool, please contact Bosch Tools.

To purchase:

Rolair JC10

Every once in a while, I get to review a product that truly makes my life better. The Rolair JC10 is one such tool.

I will assume that the main reason for reading this post is to find out if the Rolair JC10 is truly quiet as the videos you’ve seen of it on the internet. Well, I have no hesitation in saying that it’s much quieter. Those videos on the internet truly do no justice in explaining how quiet this compressor is.

How quiet is the Rolair JC10?

The JC10 sounds like a small air conditioner.

I remodel homes and buildings for a living, so I need a compressor that can drive finish, palm, and framing nailers, and drive those nailers without annoying the heck out of the neighbors.

I won’t cover how the JC10 drives finish nails, as I do not know any finish carpenter that can nail fast enough for the Rolair JC10 to run out of air. So, if you use finish, brad, or pinners on a daily basis, stop reading, and get yourself a Rolair JC10. You’ll love it — I promise.

If you build decks, remodel, or make additions, then the Rolair JC10 is the perfect compressor for you. It is strong enough to drive framing nails for a room addition, drive nails for joist hangers with a palm nailer, and, yes, even do sheathing.

For more info about this or other Rolair compressors, click here.

To purchase, please click here.

Have a good weekend, folks!

Bosch 18V Impact Wrench (HTH181)

September 25, 2013 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: concrete, Demo, Drill/Driver, Manufacturing, Mechanic Tools, Plumbing 



  • 500 ft lbs of max torque – Fast tightening/removing of HD fastners (lag screws, concrete anchors, lug nuts)
  • 6.7 lbs and 10″ in Length – Most lightweight design with short head length for least amount of user fatigue.
  • Spring-Loaded Hammer and Anvil – High Amounts of torque with little torque reaction
  • 1,900 RPM with 2,100 IMP – Optimized mechanism creates added efficiency
  • FPS and ECP – Works with Slimpacks, or Fatpacks, monitors battery to reach maximum life.

Review by Sean Ahn

For this review, I drove a large lag screw into a 4×6, a large concrete screw into a 5500 PSI concrete pad, and removed a lug nut from a truck with rusted bolts.

The lag screw portion was about what I suspected. It takes a a lot of oomph to drive a large lag screw, and the Bosch HTH181 has plenty of it.

The Bosch zipped the concrete screw right into the concrete pad. In the video, you need to pay attention as soon it starts, as it doesn’t take more than a couple of seconds to drive the large concrete screw. I was shocked!

The third part was a lug nut from a rusted bolt. It effortlessly spun it off in about a second. It wasn’t part of this review, but I have a used another impact wrench (corded) that is rated at 350 lbs., and that one took about 2.5 seconds to remove the lug nut from the same truck.

If you’re in the market for an impact wrench, the Bosch HTH181 deserves your consideration.

For more info:

To purchase:

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