Features November 2007 Issue

Ocean Tested: A Professional Carpenter and Cruiser Tells Practical Sailor What’s in His Power-tool Box

With decades of experience as a sailor and craftsman, John Spier knows which cordless tools are worthy of a place onboard a cruising boat.

In the last decade, tool manufacturers have drastically improved their standard products. Today, all of the major manufacturers offer professional-grade power tools at reasonable prices. My personal choices are based on a wealth of experience with literally hundreds of tools owned by myself, my employees, and subcontractors. It boils down to reliable and versatile tools. The must-haves include: Hitachi angle grinder, Porter Cable Orbital Sander, Fein Multi-master, Dremel, Makita 14.4-volt drill driver, Makita 9.6-volt angle drill, and an 18-volt Milwaukee reciprocating saw.

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