Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – DeWalt’s Handheld, 18V, Contractor Grade

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The 18V 1/2 Gallon Portable DeWalt Vacuum Cleaner.

Lucky you found your way to this page. You must be looking for an easier way to quickly clean up kind of bigger messes or maybe an easier way to vacuum your car? Without having to drag out the huge wet dry vac? Believe me, I know. I have to run at least two, usually three, extension cords to power up my shop vac.

Not now though. Get a beefy cordless wet dry vacuum with a HEPA filter and portable capabilities. I was going to write a review of this cordless vacuum cleaner actually skewering it, ha ha. For real.

Everyone got one at my work a few months ago, the pics in this post are of mine. I kind of thought it was worthless. Really. You think I’m really going to bother cleaning up a mess with this mini cordless shop vac? Turns out, eventually yes. This handheld cordless vacuum turns out, is quite handy and rugged. Wish I would have used it more sooner. Damn you stubbornness!

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AR Blue Clean AR383 Pressure Washer Review

AR Blue Clean AR383 Pressure Washer It’s Saturday morning and nice outside. You step out on the porch with your coffee, look around, what do you see? If your house is more than 4 days old, like mine, you probably have a stained driveway, a dirty fence, or a deck that needs cleaning. Or, maybe you have all 3 and more.

This model is the best selling pressure washer on Amazon right now, it dwarfs second place. How does it stack up though? What do people like or dislike about it?

In this AR Blue Clean AR383 pressure washer review, we are going to try and provide you with some answers and information so that you can make an informed decision. The AR383 may not be the one for you so make sure you check everything.

With that, let’s get to it.

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Makita 18V Cordless Drill – Best New Drill of 2014?

Tired of Your Drill Dying Mid Screw?

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Please don’t die…

Seems to happen every time doesn’t it? Maybe it’s that last piece of sheetrock, or only halfway through putting the screws back in. It’s gonna happen right? And if you’re like me at all, this happens at the worst possible times lol. Not anymore people. Guess what? Someone has made a better tool for people like us! Finally.

How are you? You must be a do it yourself type of person, or project person. Otherwise you wouldn’t be trying to find your best cordless drill option, especially for 2014, and as 2015 nears.

Cordless drills have been around now for what, 30 years? The first one I saw was a Makita, my Dad had it. By today’s standards, it would be clunky and bulky. As I got older and into doing everything, I have gone through my share of cordless drills. Maybe 5? Tell me if you have ever had this problem when you are working on something?

There you are holding something in place like a piece of plywood, over your flipping head. Or holding two pieces of wood together, just exactly right, if you get the screw in there right now to make a perfectly lined up joint, and then your cordless drill dies…

Talk about aggravating.

I just got flippin’ tired of always running out of battery juice. It wasn’t just the running out part that was bad either. I had a virtual graveyard of cordless drill batteries on my workbench. Seriously. Two from one brand, three from another. Sitting there taking up space.

At most, the best cordless drill battery would last maybe 15 minutes. And this one wasn’t even sentenced into the graveyard, this was a “good” one. They took forever to charge, and would barely even hold one then. You can’t tell me you haven’t experienced this? And ha ha, usually I do a lot of work on Sunday’s, football is on, trying to finish a project. Argh. Maybe this battery will work for 5 minutes while I charge the other… Been there, done that.

And then by chance, it all changed! Too dramatic? Yeah. But really it did.

I guess I was too stubborn to realize it, but I had been hung up on the old style of 18v cordless drills. These were no longer necessarily the best cordless drills anymore, there is a new standard and these are it.

Best drill I have ever owned.

This is hands down, all around the best drill I have ever used. I usually use DeWalt but after using my father-in-law’s Makita I bought this. Great for light to medium/heavyish projects. It charges fast, has 2 speeds and a responsive trigger. Has a led light to illuminate where you are working and has a super sweet ‘holster’ attachment that I now wonder how I ever got along without it.

I highly recommend this, great quality and an amazing price.

A real powerhouse of a drill!

Fast charge! Well balanced weight wise, and lightweight. Small and comfortable to handle. The real key is that this is a POWERHOUSE of a drill! Long battery life from each charge as well. Fantastic item and lightning fast shipper.

Here is the Makita 18V Cordless Drill

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The new 18V compact Makita.

Your drill is probably:

Too Heavy

  • This compact drill from Makita allows you to work overhead longer if needed, or even just carry it around.

This feature is probably what helps maybe make this the best cordless drill of 2014 – the weight. It only checks in at 3 lbs. Compare that to the 5 and 6 lbs for some of its competitors.

Too Weak

  • Never again will you not have enough juice to drive a ton of screws at your desired torque setting.

This 1/2″ compact cordless 18V Makita can produce 480 in-lbs of torque. This is a lot for such a light drill. More power is never a bad thing. For comparison, another classic cordless 18V drill produces only 450 in-lbs of torque (30 in-lbs less) and weighs almost TWICE as much (3.3 lbs to 5.5 lbs.)

Won’t Hold a Charge

  • The lithium ion batteries charge in 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right. No more waiting for a charge.

These batteries charge 4x faster than NiCad. The 2 lithium ion batteries that come with this 18V Makita kit are lighter, charge faster, and hold their charge longer. The 2 included batteries are 65% lighter and more compact than nickel cadmium also. And it doesn’t make sense to buy another $70 battery for an old drill.

Poorly Lit?

  • It’s got a trigger sensitive work light that stays lit while you work and then for another 5-10 seconds after you release the trigger.

Pretty slick but becoming a tool standard. My old drill(s) didn’t have them so it is a nice feature. Working in the attic, or underneath the car maybe removing oil pan screws, the trigger light is helpful.

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Size

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Comparing the two 18V batteries…

The 18V Makita cordless drill is perfectly sized. And as you can see from the torque, it doesn’t lack in power despite being a legit compact drill. It only weighs 3.3 lbs. Frickin’ light. Most drills run around 5 lbs or more. It’s only 8″ across the top. Smaller than the width of a piece of paper.

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Quick Charge

Like I wrote above, these lithium ion batteries charge 4 times more quickly than the old ones. You can be working, easily swap one out, and put the other in the charger.

The charger looks basically like a computer and that might take me a while to figure out. It’s got indicating lights, sounds, warnings. All I know is that I took the two new batteries out of the case and both were fully charged and ready for action in under 30 minutes.

The charger automatically optimizes battery charge time and battery life using like a memory chip and charger interaction. The Makita charger can sense how to best charge your batteries to maximize their life and output.

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Warranty

No shockers here, Makita backs their 18V cordless drill with a 3 year warranty on the tool itself. The batteries and charger come with a one year warranty. That is a pretty good safety net in case something does go wrong as it does with anything. Just be sure to register it after you get it. I’m a stickler for warranties lol. The free ones anyways. And you should be too.

More Makita 18V Cordless Drill Features

Dual Speed

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Highlights of the drill from the packaging.

Kind of standard on most cordless drills now, this Makita is no different. It’s got slow (1) and fast (2) speed settings. Make sure the drill is stopped before changing speeds and that you have picked the right speed for the material you’re going to be drilling in. The first setting rotates at 0-400 rpm, the second setting goes from 0-1500 rpm.


Makita has made good, solid, reliable tools. Perhaps the best cordless 18V drill of 2014 is no exception. It has an all metal two speed transmission for reliability and changing up the speed. This multiplies the amount of stuff you can do, or the number of projects you can tackle with the same drill.

Motor & Bearings

The motor is a powerful, 4-pole design and has dual steel ball bearings for longer, more reliable service.


Makita improved the ergonomic design of their cordless drills. They added a new rubberized soft grip for increased comfort. This really reduces the amount of fatigue you feel while using the drill. Then you factor in the way less weight of the drill…

Makita 18V Cordless Drill Kit:
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Unboxing the Makita.

This specific 1/2″ Makita 18V compact lithium ion driver-drill kit, comes with:

  • 18V Drill
  • Charger
  • 2 Lithium Ion Batteries
  • Belt Clip (handy if you are moving)
  • Classic Makita Hard Case
  • Double Ended Bit (phillips & straight head)

There are other options also, more below. Keep in mind that for all of the options, the drill is the same. Only the battery options change which then impacts the cost. The kit here is the most expensive one, but you can easily lower your cost by getting one battery, or even none. I wanted a back-up.

Good quality

Bought this for my husband and he loves it and has had no problems with it. Good quality and good price.

Strong and long lasting

Great drill, very strong. Had the clutch set to max drilling holes in oak tree stump. When I hit a hard spot, the drill almost spun out of my hands, but didn’t stall. Also been using it around the house drilling holes here and there for wife. Battery still going strong.

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If you’d like to check out the same 18V Makita drill with one battery – click here.

If you already have Makita lithium ion batteries and just want the bare tool – click here.

Portable Air Compressor Reviews

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The DeWalt Max Trim we reviewed – #5 on the list, out of 5.

This is nearly it, the second to last page to wrap up this little site experiment – a portable air compressors review page.

I own nothing on this portable air compressor reviews page.  Not a single one of them.


I do work with them daily both at work and at home.  I love building.  I know compressors and what they can do.

Mainly it comes down to 2 things:

  • what you need it to do &
  • what you want from an air compressor overall.

Of course you sort of know what you’d like it to do.  Off the top of your head though, do you:

  • Want it quiet above all else?  Look at the Senco.
  • Want a large tank capacity for portable?  Porter-Cable.

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DEWALT Max Trim Compressor Review – D55140, 1-Gallon, 135 PSI

DeWalt Max Trim Compressor reviewThe Dewalt D55140 is a dependable compressor that can be easily operated by one person, not that most air compressors can’t. It has a compact design, is very lightweight, operates very quietly and is an ideal tool for finishing. It can be used for remodelling jobs as well as pressure testing of plumbing lines.

And don’t let the little diamond decking fool you.  It says right on it – no step.  Lol.

This compressor is powered by a 2.6 Amp motor that can provide 0.75 SCFM at a rate of 90 PSI which can be stretched to a maximum of 135 PSI. It also equipped with a high-flow regulator. The pump is oil free which allows for maintenance free operation. This unit is built from heavy-duty cast-iron and the frame provides complete protection from routine wear and tear and a little bit of rough handling. Also, the key compressor components are further protected by a control panel which wraps around the frame. This compressor is only 9 inches wide and weighs only 24 lbs. Read more

Porter-Cable CMB15 Air Compressor Review – 1.5 Gallons, Shrouded

Porter-Cable CMB15 Air Compressor Review

Porter-Cable CMB15 air compressor reviewThe Porter-Cable CMB15 air compressor is maybe the most home friendly of the compressors I’m going to review.  For now anyways.

It’s 1.5 gallons, puts out 150 psi, it’s oil free thankfully, shrouded (which I don’t necessarily love,) pretty light, and has an outstanding delivery pressure and rate.

Need more pressure?  Turn the dial on the front.  This portable air compressor (handle anyone?) from Porter-Cable can easily fill tires, clean out some piping, operate some air tools.

And it comes with the accessory kit most Porter-Cable air compressors do, nothing fancy but it lets you get started right away.  Most compressors don’t.

The CMB15 compressor is the #3 best seller, has a high rating, and overall people seemed to love it.  Like I wrote above, me personally, I am not in love with this style of compressor.  I need something a bit more rugged, see the con section below.

I think the Porter-Cable CMB15 would be ideal for most people.  It can take care of most things that you’d need an air compressor to do.  It’s not expensive, you can store it or bring it with you easily, and it has the Porter-Cable toughness and warranty.

Porter-Cable makes tools that are well established in the construction world, there’s a reason – quality.  Read the review I have carefully crafted about this compressor below.  If you are undecided about buying a compressor, or don’t know if you even really need one, or simply have a question, use the comment form below and type away.  I’ll try to help as much as possible.

Hopefully this Porter-Cable CMB15 review will answer all of your questions.  Check it.

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Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor Review

Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor Review

Bostitch Oilfree Air Compressor ReviewI have to say, I kind of dig the way the 1.2 gallon Bostitch oil free air compressor looks.  However, we aren’t only interested in how it looks right?  We need to know some specs and features, will it handle what you need it to?

Bostitch has a pretty strong presence as far as air compressors and air/pneumatic tools go in the home improvement and construction trades.  They have a fairly big line of compressors to choose from as well as hand tools like nailers, staplers, etc.  The one tool from Bostitch I use the most would be my brad nailer.

If you follow the blog at all, you are aware that I have been re-doing my kitchen.  So far I have built 2 cabinets from the ground up and with all of the cabinet/cupboard work, I have been wearing out the brad nailer.  It is a very handy tool.  But you can’t run it without a compressor.

For today’s post, we are going to write up a detailed review of the Bostitch 1.2 gallon oil free high output trim compressor.  What does high output mean?  Who knows, but let’s try and find out.  We’ll check Amazon, Lowe’s, the Bostitch site to try and uncover this mystery.

The description for this air compressor says it’s highly portable and built for performance, but just how portable is it?  It rates very highly among users, the highest rated compressor to get a review so far.  Hmmm, very interesting.

This 1.2 gallon, oil free Bostitch compressor ranks in the top 10 and is one of the few that you’ll see doing work both in the home or out in buildings.  There aren’t many that actually do pull double duty.  Sure some work around the house but don’t put out hard enough for bigger jobs.  This one can.

Again, check out the features or specifications below.  Find out if this compressor will meet your needs first, take out the guesswork.  It’s important to point out in this Bostitch oilfree air compressor review that I feel some of the pros are pretty positive.  Just keep on reading to find out.

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Senco PC1010 Air Compressor Review

Senco PC1010 Portable Air Compressor Review

Senco PC1010 Air Compressor
The Senco PC1010 air compressor is compact, lightweight, portable, and super quiet.  It has a 1 HP compressor motor that can easily handle light to medium duty jobs.  It is designed for finish and trim work but can handle other jobs just as well.

Maybe you haven’t heard of Senco before but they are semi well known on the construction side for making high quality pneumatic products.  I believe my own portable air compressor is a small industrial Senco, of course I’ve made some modifications.

They make reliable products so that both professionals and remodelers can perform in a wide variety of renovation, construction, and industry work.

According to their site, Senco builds their tools with superior quality and they are used in a variety of industries and trades like home construction and remodeling, cabinet, trim, and finish work, as well as manufactured housing and industrial packaging.

I won my Senco air compressor in a raffle at work, oh about 12 years ago, and it is still going strong.  I have used it for trim and cabinet work as well as bigger woodworking projects.  I also used it to throw up a gazillion fence boards no problem.

Find out if this portable, oil free air compressor from Senco will handle what you need it to and get your job done.

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Porter-Cable C2002-WK Oil-Free Air Compressor Review

Porter-Cable C2002-WK Air Compressor Review

Porter-Cable C2002-WK Oil-Free Air CompressorThe Porter-Cable C2002-WK air compressor not only can do a million jobs inside your house and garage but it can also put in work outside such as roofing or framing.

Put up a new fence in no time, or rotate your OWN tires without tweaking your back.

I’ve got a “portable” air compressor already.  Portable like a Toyota Prius that is.  Hold on let me get my back brace on, I have to move my compressor.  Hey why are you knuckles all bloody?  From trying to get my “portable” compressor off the roof, hey have you seen my tooth by chance?

The madness stops with this pancake style compressor from Porter-Cable.  Not only is it oil-free, it has a handle for easy carrying.  This air compressor is highly portable.  You can use it to fill tires or blow leaves out of your gutters.  Take it inside your house for baseboard or trim, up on your roof for repairs, or underneath your car for stubborn bolts.

Porter-Cable makes tools that are well established in the construction world,
there’s a reason – quality.  The C2002-WK compressor is the best selling compressor on Amazon for a reason.  If you are on the fence about buying a compressor, you should read the review I have put together below.  Hopefully this will answer all your questions so that you can decide if this one is right for YOU.

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Impact Driver Kit, DeWalt 18V Cordless – #1 for a reason

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DeWalt DCF826KL 1/4″ 18V Cordless Impact Driver Kit

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The 18V lithium-ion DeWalt impact driver kit.

Rating: ★★★★½

This impact driver from DeWalt is frickin’ awesome.  It’s probably top of the food chain when it comes to impact drivers.  It’s got the DeWalt brand and warranty, over 100 ft-lbs of torque, and just feels right in your hand.

Finally put all the screws back in that one thing that you took apart forever ago!

Start that deck project – this will make easy, quick work of the deck screws, I promise.

Pretend you work for NASCAR when you rotate your tires in the driveway!

Amazon gets DeWalt tools at crazy low prices.  This 18V impact driver kit from DeWalt is cut way down – around 50% off!  As of this writing they only had around 15 left (Feb. 2014.)  You get: Read more

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