Product Reviews

Product reviews written by Scott Burt for print publication.

Graco Ultra Handheld Airless Sprayer

Written by on May 3, 2017 in Product Reviews, Sprayers with 7 Comments

2017: Year of the Comeback for Handheld Sprayers? There is a new line of Graco Ultra handheld airless sprayers for 2017. If you have used handheld sprayers in the past, keep reading because the technology has changed considerably. The new offerings from Graco are no longer called “ProShots”. And they have very little in common […]

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Which Festool Sander?

Written by on March 5, 2017 in Power Sanders with 8 Comments
Which Festool Sander?

Choosing the best tools for tasks is one way great craftspeople break away from the pack. Festool is well known for being the unmatched surface prep solution for efficiency and the most convenient customer experience. No one wants 80 labor hours of dirty prep in the kitchen when it could be done clean in 12. […]

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Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

Written by on February 4, 2017 in Handheld/Cordless, Sprayers with 4 Comments
Preview: Graco Ultra Handheld Sprayers

[Publisher Update: Graco Ultra Handheld Full Review now available] Graco’s 2017 lineup includes a total remodel of the handheld sprayer, now to be referred to as Graco Ultra (or Ultimate) Handheld Sprayers. We all recall the ProShots and TrueCoats from over the years. They’ve had their ups and downs. We’ve been working with handhelds for […]

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New: Fine Finish Low Pressure Tips by Graco

Written by on January 29, 2017 in Product Reviews with 15 Comments
New: Fine Finish Low Pressure Tips by Graco

If you have been following TCR for very long, you have probably noticed a constant focus on spraying at lower pressures. The new series of Graco RAC X Fine Finish Low Pressure tips are a compelling and EASY step in that direction. Controlling airborne mist and overspray does two things for us. First, it makes […]

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Festool Sys Duo Case Study

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Lighting, Product Reviews with 8 Comments

Job site Lighting: Festool Sys Duo ROI Case Study With interior season here, it is time once again to dust off the work lights, check the bulbs and clean the lenses. Sound familiar? If you are still in that cycle, then you probably haven’t upgraded to LED job site lighting yet, and it might be […]

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Armed Workwear Pants Update

Written by on October 29, 2016 in Product Reviews, Workwear with 0 Comments

The Armed Workwear Pants update is: these guys are still around! Armed Workwear first hit our radar back in 2010 when we tried their pants and reviewed them. You can read that review here. Since then, for us and many of our readers, Armed became (quite literally) a moving target. Company founder Josh Banks moved […]

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Graco GX 19 Compact Fine Finish Sprayer

Written by on October 22, 2016 in Product Reviews, Sprayers with 9 Comments

Graco GX 19: A New Fine Finish Spraying Technology One of the fun aspects about being product and tool testers is that we get to see and figure out what manufacturers are trying to accomplish with new product launches. We have tested and reviewed a few new tools this year that were introduced to fill […]

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Festool CT-SYS Dust Extractor: Change for the Different

The Festool CT-SYS dust extractor reminds us that being daily tool users is like being parents. Just when we have gained an understanding of the current age/behavior/patterns of our children, a new stage of development unfolds in front of us. Evolution in tools happens the same way…sometimes for the better, when technologies are improved. On […]

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Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Written by on October 2, 2016 in Lighting, Products of Interest with 0 Comments
Festool Syslite Duo LED Work Light Preview

Last month, Festool rolled out a new work light that improves their existing line of work lighting. A short list of media outlets received the Syslite Duo for an early look before its release, and TCR was fortunate to spend several weeks with the tool. Our full review will appear in an upcoming issue of American […]

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Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Written by on September 19, 2015 in Clear Finishes, Interior Products, Product Reviews with 3 Comments
Sherwin Williams Wood Classics Satin

Why “Never Fails” Isn’t Good Enough In the product world, we are never the source that will scream from the rooftops when a product hits a home run once. It has to hit many home runs in many ballparks before getting star treatment from us. Sure, we might tweet it out to colleagues that we […]

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