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Handy Tool Adviser
Your Adviser on Hand & Power Tools!
At Handy Tool Adviser, we try to provide valuable information on power tools and hand tools for people who build stuff. We try to connect with the type of people who feel like a kid in a candy shop when they are in a hardware store because that is just like us.
Guides & Info
How to Test Outlet with Multimeter (or Clamp Meter) – 10 Steps
We explain how to test outlet with multimeter (or clamp meter) in 10 simple steps elaborated with pictures.
Explaining the Difference Between Milling and Welding
We explain the difference between Milling and Welding – two manufacturing processes used for making stuff.
Welding Skid Guide + Ideas for Pickup & Flatbed Truck
Intro to welding skid with examples of custom made welding skids for pickup trucks & flatbeds. We also give important design considerations.
How do I choose an oscillating tool? – Complete Guide
We discuss the most important factors in selection of oscillating tool and answer some FAQs along the way.
What should I look for when buying an electric chainsaw?
We discuss the factors you should consider when choosing an electric chainsaw as well as answering some FAQs along the way.
A Guide on Choosing the right Impact Driver
We discuss in detail the most important factors to consider when choosing an impact driver. Some Impact Driver FAQs are also discussed.
How do I choose a Brad Nailer? – The Complete Guide
We discuss the important factors you must consider before making the final choice of buying a brad nailer.
How to Strip Wires with Wire Strippers? – A Brief Guide
We explain how to use wire strippers to strip normal as well as 3 core flex wires. We also discuss if pliers can be used for the same job.
How to Choose the right Cordless Circular Saw? – Step by Step Guide
We explain the factors that play the most important role in selection of the right cordless circular saw for your requirement.
What to look for in a Reciprocating Saw & Its Blades? | Buying Guide
We discuss the important factors you should consider and understand when selecting a reciprocating saw or its blades.
Best Power Tool Brand | Ranking 18 Famous Brands
We rank 18 manufacturers on history, innovation, popularity, product versatility & cost effectiveness to find the best power tool brand.
History of Power Tools – A Timeline of Innovation
We look into the history of power tools industry to trace when the top brands were born and when important power tools were invented.
Brushless Motor Technology in Power Tools | Gimmick or Worth it?
A detailed look into the use of brushless motor technology in power tools and comparison of tangible vs. theoretical advantages.
Torque Wrench Calibration | Why, When & How – Complete Guide
We bring a complete guide on torque wrench calibration from the basic concept of calibration to calibration certificates, we explain it all.
Remove Rust from Tools – from Ketchup & Coke to Ultrasonic Wave
From home remedies like soaking in vinegar to industrial techniques like ultrasonic cleaning, we explain how to remove rust from tools & metallic parts.
What is Inherent Availability in Maintenance & Reliability? – Clarifying Misconceptions & Addressing Knowledge Gaps
We explain the concept of Inherent Reliability – A metric used in industrial maintenance and reliability management.
What is Achieved Availability in Maintenance & Reliability? – Intuitive Explanation with Example Calculation
Intuitive explanation of Achieved Availability – Metric used in Industrial Maintenance & Reliability Management.
Layman Explanation of MTTR (Mean Time To Repair or Replace)
Explaining in simple English the term Mean Time To Repair or Replace (MTTR) used in maintenance management.
MTBF & MTTF – Simple English Explanation
We explain the terms Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) and Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) in simple and practical language.
Example Calculation of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – How to Calculate OEE? – Explained with Storytelling
We give a detailed example of calculating Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) for HVAC equipment (in a story telling style).
The 8 Wastes of Lean Maintenance Management – Applying Lean Manufacturing (or Lean Production) Philosophy to Maintenance
Explaining the 8 wastes of lean manufacturing (or lean production) philosophy that are applicable on maintenance management.
Total Effective Equipment Performance (TEEP) vs. Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – The Difference Decoded
Intuitive explanation of the difference between Total Effective Equipment Performance (TEEP) & Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
Layman Explanation of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
We explain in layman terms what is Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – a metric maintenance teams aim to maximize in industry.
How Much Maintenance Manpower Does an Efficient Plant Need? – Ratio of RAV to Craft-wage Headcount: A Useful Metric to Understand
We explain a useful metric that is used by maintenance managers to determine efficiency of their maintenance workforce.
Maintenance Work Order System (or Work Management System) Explained [FOR NOOBS]
We explain the maintenance work order system (or work management system) used by maintenance departments in simple words.
Unutilized Talent in Maintenance Organizations – A Waste in Lean Manufacturing Philosophy
We discuss how unutilized talent of maintenance personnel is a waste to be avoided in maintenance management.
Vision vs. Mission Statement – Anatomy & Key Differences [Emphasis on Engineering & Manufacturing Businesses]
We explain the anatomy and the differences in vision vs. mission statement of manufacturing and engineering businesses.
Power Tools Reviews
The Best Spotlight for Long Distance – Top 12 Rankings
To find the best spotlight for long distance, we rank 12 popular models while giving application-wise recommendations along the way.
WEN 6550 vs 6552 Benchtop Thickness Planer | Handy Tool Adviser
We present WEN 6550 vs 6552 benchtop thickness planer comparison to find where each model has edge over the other.
Makita MAC5200 Review – Portable Air Compressor
We present Makita MAC5200 Review to highlight pros and cons of this great value portable air compressor from Makita.
Hitachi C10FCG Review – Compound Miter Saw for Homeowners & DIYers
We present Hitachi C10FCG review highlighting the pros and cons to ascertain if this compound miter saw is worth the money.
Dewalt DWE7491RS vs Bosch 4100-09 Jobsite Table Saw
We compare Dewalt DWE7491RS vs Bosch 4100-09 jobsite table saw to find pros and cons of each tool and ascertain the better option.
Best Oscillating Tool – Reviewing 15 Popular Models
From Fein to Makita, we compare 15 popular models for finding the best oscillating tool based on common applications.
Best 20 Gallon Air Compressor – 10 Electric & 01 Gas Powered
From Husky quiet portable air compressor to Dewalt DXCMPA198205420, we find the best 20 gallon air compressor.
The Best Chop Saw for Metal | Top 7 Rankings
Are you looking for the best chop saw for the money? In this post, we compare 7 popular models to find the best chop saw for metal.
Best Band Saw: Top 5 Benchtop + Top 5 Portable Models
We give our top recommendations for the best band saw for woodworking and metal cutting covering both benchtop and portable handheld models.
Best Track Saw | Top 08 Picks by Handy Tool Adviser
From Festool, Makita and Dewalt to Shop Fox and WEN, we find the best track saw for carpentry including cabinet making, jointing & much more.
Best Electric Chainsaw | Ranking 18 Popular Models
We review 18 popular models to find the best electric chainsaw – corded & cordless for uses from cutting firewood to overlanding and more.
Best Dremel Tool – Top 6 Picks + 4 Best Dremel Alternatives
Dremel 8220 to Dremel 4300, we find the best dremel tool for your application from as well as the best rotary tool alternative to Dremel.
Best Impact Driver (1/4″) – Top 9 Rankings
We research the market to bring you the best impact driver for mechanics, woodworking, construction, HVAC and DIY applications.
Best Angle Grinder 4.5″ Size | Top 5 Corded & Cordless Models
In a hunt for the best angle grinder, we give our top 5 picks for corded as well as cordless models for varied applications.
Best Miter Saw Stand – Top 8 Picks + 1 Notable Mention
Our top picks for the best miter saw stand for each of professional, DIY, heavy duty and light applications from Bosch and Dewalt to Toughbuilt and Bora.
Hand Tools Reviews
Best Tap and Die Set – Top Picks for Mechanics, Machinists, Technicians and Home Use
From Irwin to Gearwrench, we review popular packages to find the best tap and die set overall as well as the best budget and pro picks.
Best Torque Wrench for the Money | Top 3 in 1/4″ & 3/8″ | Top 5 in 1/2″ Drive Size
We find the best torque wrench for different applications as cost effective alternatives to the premium Matco & Snap on torque wrench.
Top 10 Best Wire Strippers | Handy Tool Adviser
Our recommendations on the best wire strippers for electricians, electronics technicians, HVAC technicians, auto electricians, DIYers & homeowners.
Best Screw Extractor Sets | Application Based Top Picks
We give you the top 2 picks for best screw and broken bolt extractor sets for occasional use and top 2 picks for professional use.