About Tools in Action

Tools in Action started in 2005 under the name Professional Power Tool Guide.  Our original goal was to create helpful guides and information for professionals and homeowners.  While we still hold true to our original intentions, we have grown to include so much more. Tools in Action is an online publication that is dedicated to the world of power tools and outdoor power equipment (OPE). Our goal is to provide both the professional and homeowner more information about power tools and OPE products before they make their purchase.We communicate and inform buyers through our website, power tool forum and social media channels. If you would like to learn more, please contact us.

Eric – Eric is a huge Cubs fans and no, he is not related to Chevy Chase.  He is 70% introvert and 60% extravert and is awesome at math. He lives vicariously through himself. He was born at a very young age and he is a papercut survivor. While his hobbies are breakfast, lunch, and dinner, his passion is spending time with his wife and two children.

Dan – Dan was born in the UK and came to the USA when he was 7 years old.  When he isn’t out boating, he is spending time doing projects around the house or sleeping.

John – John has been woodworking, building his shop, and collecting tools since 2000. His passion is spending time with his wife and two kids. He especially enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball teams which takes up nearly all summer. He is a lifelong fan of the Michigan State University Spartans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When he is not spending time with his family, John is either in his workshop or working on some home improvement.

Garrett – Garrett “Red” Sanders is a career Firefighter/Paramedic and has been a tinkerer all of his life; from taking apart most of his toys as a child, to building Model A racers, woodworking, turning wrenches, or construction – it all interests him. If he does not know how to do something, he will learn and buy the tools to do the job. Red’s background includes education in Industrial Technology, consisting of ergonomics, materials production, and machine design.

In his spare time, Red enjoys working on vehicles, and his house. Red also likes bringing ideas to life from his fiancée’s “Honey-Do” list. When he is not working on the house or in the garage, you can find him researching new tools and projects.

Jim – Jim is a huge tech nerd and habitual tinkerer. When he’s not on an airplane or sitting in front of a computer, he loves to spend time in his shop, or hang out with his fiance’, two sons, and dog.

Andy – Andy was born and raised in Fargo, ND. Growing up he loved the outdoors and hunting. His grandpa was a huge influence on his interests at a young age. He was a master carpenter and home builder and when Andy would visit him at his home shop, they would build birdhouses or other small projects. This is where the passion for woodworking and building things was born. Andy bought his first set of tools off Craigslist when he was a freshman and the addiction to high-quality tools began.

Andy learned the craft organically with no formal education or training. From bookcases to cabinets, he has built a wide variety of projects from varying materials. He recently fell in love with CNC technology and has brought a large 5’ x 8’ Industrial CNC Router into his shop to increase production in cabinets and closet systems.

Andy has spent his last 4 years building his family with his wife Devon and his two little boys, Cooper and Own. If he isn’t spending time with his family, he is taking care of his immaculate yard or building the next project in the workshop.

Andy has developed a high degree of respect for quality tools and having the right tool for the job. He can’t wait to share his experience within woodworking and the tools he uses every day to help educate and inspire the Tools In Action readers to get out there and build something.

Adam – Adam is a commercial and industrial electrician in the central Iowa area, where he has lived all of his life. While being in the electrical trade since 2001 he developed a love for all things power tools and any specialty or hand tool that made his job easier. In his search for those tools and materials, he developed an extreme appreciation for cordless power tools as well. He became interested in not only the portability and convenience but also the labor savings they bring to the jobsite.

He not only works full time as an electrician but is constantly on a quest to keep his hands busy away from work as well. When he’s not working, he’s usually in his shop at home making furniture for friends and family, or spending time with his fantastic wife and four growing children.

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