Author: Eric Jopp

Ridgid 200 psi 4.5 Gallon Electric Compressor OF45200SS

Ridgid is at it again with a brand new air compressor, the OF45200SS.  If you look at what Ridgid is touting with the air compressor, you might not believe it.  I was also reading some of the online reviews and people did think some of these claims were off, so when we talk about this compressor I will go over those claims and information. First, let me tell you about this compressor.  The compressor is a 200 psi 4.5 gallon compressor.  200 psi is a lot for the size of this unit.  Also with 200 psi, you can do a...

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Ridgid Gen5X 18-Volt Brushless Vacuum R86090B

What can I say about Ridgid?  I like to call them the hidden gem of the tool world.  I think there are a lot of people in the world that overlook them.  All most every tool we have tried for them is high-quality tools.  In fact, when we have tool fights, Ridgid is always one of the top performers.  So with that said, today we are going to look at the Ridgid wet/dry handheld 18V vacuum. The Ridgid vacuum is a wet vacuum which means it can pick up water or other liquids.  As you can see, the canister...

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Milwaukee Blower 2728-21HD

Milwaukee just entered the OPE market with their new Milwaukee blower.  Yes, they had a compact blower on the market for a while, but that was really designed for small clean up jobs.  With this blower, it’s designed for full clean up either on the job site or lawns.  I believe Makita was the first to enter this market and we have had a chance to test their OPE products out and love them.  Then I believe Dewalt was next.  While we tested them out, I can say I have had a lot of use with them, so it’s...

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Milwaukee M18 String Trimmer 2725

As you know Milwaukee introduced three new OPE products, the string trimmer, the hedger and the blower.  So today, we are going to jump into the string trimmer.  Since we started TIA, i can’t say I have been to impressed by many battery operated string trimmers.  As of today the only ones I found that I really like are the Ego and the Makita.  So how does the Milwaukee stack up? For Milwaukee’s first shot at a string trimmer, i think they did a great job.  As you know with a tool like this, balance is extremely important to...

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Hilti Drill – The Solution for Tough Job Sites

A while back we showed the preview of three new drills from Hilti.  While the preview of the drill did show them off and give you a taste of the drills, it was more about the company behind the drills.  As a recap just in case you missed that awesome article, the two things I covered was their warranty and their fleet program.  While I won’t get into full depth like the other article, it is important to understand these two issues before you know about their drills.  First is the warranty.  Hilti offers a 20-2-1 warranty.  They offer...

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Bosch 5″ Corded Grinder GWS13-50

When it comes to grinders, Bosch is one of the top manufacturers.  When I was a labor back in 1992, we had a ton of grinders on the jobsite and beat the heck out of them.  The one thing I can say about Bosch, is rarely will you ever see a tool fail.  These tools are design to be abused under the heaviest conditions.  That’s why we are going to take this over to Bodes place and let him use it while he builds his next box truck for tree hauling.  So for today, I just wanted to let...

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Ridgid Hybrid Forced Air Heater – 18V R860424B

Here’s the deal.  If you have been walking around with your eyes closed to Ridgid power tools, well you better open them up and wake up.  I am not sure what is going on our at Ridgid, but they have been coming out with some very cool new tools.  New tools that break the mold.  Even some of the guys over on the power tool forum have been amazed at some of these releases.  They have a new cordless compressor, a cordless router and that’s just a couple of the cool new tool releases.  Now they have a cordless propane...

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Ridgid Hybrid Light Review – 18V Upright Area Light

Ridgid has been hitting the market hard with new lights and new solutions for the job site.  We all know what it’s light when you trying to work and you just don’t have enough light.  It’s enough to dry you crazy.  So far, the new Ridgid lights have been awesome.  They have been tough, very bright and we are seeing great run times with their 18V lights.  So today we are going to show off yet another light from Ridgid, the Ridgid 18V Hybrid Upright Area Light.  This light may remind you of another light out there, but we feel...

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ISO Tunes – Noise Isolating Earbuds

Over the years we have become wiser to understanding just how sensitive our ears are to noise.  We are starting to understand that we need to protect them from high decibels levels.  If we don’t take action now and protect them, we will be guaranteed to be using hearing aids when we get older.  Serious who wants to worry about using hearing aids when we will have to be worrying about if the tennis ball on our walkers is still attached or did we change our depends.  Why have one more thing to worry about when we get older?...

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Hilti SID 4-A22 Impact Driver

About four years ago we reviewed the Hilti SID 18-A Cordless Impact Driver.  Since then, this has been my go to driver, I love it.  So when Hilti said they have another impact driver in the 22V line, I knew it was something I wanted to try out.  Now I have to admit, I am a huge Hilti fan.  Not because they pay us, but it has been one of those tools that have never let me down.  I am not saying they don’t break or they don’t have defective tools, but I rarely every talk to someone who said...

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