The Best Tools

  • Bluedriver OBDII scanner
    The Best OBD2 Scanner

    Lemur - Bluedriver

    After consulting with an expert technician and running a month of tests on engines, emissions components, braking and airbag systems with 13 products, we found the best OBD2 scanner to be the Lemur - Bluedriver.

  • The Best String Trimmer

    Black+Decker - LST136W

    After two months of edging lawns, trimming grass and relentless weed destruction on a ten-acre orchard we found the Black+Decker - LST136W to be the best string trimmer for the average sized lawn.

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    The Best Leaf Blower

    Toro - 51621

    We spent two months of blowing, sweeping and shredding the endless piles of autumn leaves on a ten-acre orchard to discover the Toro - 51621 is the best leaf blower for most homeowners.

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    The Best Metal Detector

    Garrett - Ace 250

    We put seven metal detectors through tests for a month with 30+ hours of hands-on time to find the Garrett - Ace 250 was the best metal detector overall.

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    The Best Lawn Mower

    Honda - 21" HRR216K9VKA

    After a season of mowing a 4,300 sq. ft. lawn with self-propelled gas, electric and manual lawn mowers, we found the best lawn mower for most folks to be a Honda gas-powered model.

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    The Best Air Compressor

    CA Air Tools - 5510SE

    We spent over 40 hours researching and testing air compressors in a busy wood shop to find the CA Air Tools - 5510SE to be the best air compressor in terms of noise and portability.

  • The Best Rechargeable Flashlight

    Fenix - PD35

    Over three weeks, we tested ten of the best rechargeable flashlights under $100. We included tactical flashlights, emergency lights, and spotlights to find three stand-out picks.

  • The Best Key Finder

    Tile Mate

    We spent 30 hours testing six key finders: and lost a key or two, in order to make our pick for the best overall product from Tile.