Ryobi 18V One+ PBLHM101 Hammer Drill Vs Dewalt 20V Max XR DCD805 Hammer Drill

Ryobi PBLHM101 Angle 5

Ryobi PBLHM101

Quick take

The Dewalt 20V Max XR DCD805 Hammer Drill is better than the Ryobi 18V One+ DCD805 Hammer Drill, though the Dewalt model is more expensive. The Dewalt DCD805 is exceptionally powerful and fast under load, turning in some of the fastest times in our testing. It also has a more versatile work light and longer warranty. The primary advantages of the Ryobi PBLHM101 are its price and that it includes an auxiliary arm in the box, which the Dewalt DCD805 should include since it’s far more powerful.

Brand Ryobi
Platform 18V One+
Motor Brushed
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs 515.0
BPM 28,000.0
Clutch settings 22
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as N/A
Brand Dewalt
Platform 20V Max XR
Motor Brushless
Speeds 2
Torque in-lbs Not advertised
BPM 34,000.0
Clutch settings 15
Chuck size 1/2"
Same as DCD805B

Editorial opinion

Rating

3.74 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Solid drilling performance for the price
  • Includes a hammer drill
  • Brushless motor

Cons

  • Underpowered for demanding driving tasks
  • Moderately large footprint
  • Short battery warranty

Rating

4.25 / 5 ⭐️’s

Methodology used: Heavy duty

Pros

  • Impressive drilling and driving speed
  • Solid build quality
  • Versatile and configurable worklight
  • Includes a hammer drill mode
  • Brushless motor
  • Long warranty

Cons

  • Heavy and bulky
  • Loud noise output
  • No auxiliary arm included
  • No kickback control technology

Global rankings

18 models tested

TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)14.67
Driving speed (sec.)26.716
Torque (in-lbs)515.07
RPM1,930.08
Bare weight (lbs)2.9812
Drilling Noise (dBA)92.114
TestResultRank
Drilling speed (sec.)10.12
Driving speed (sec.)7.12
Torque (in-lbs)Not advertisedNot ranked
RPM2,038.04
Bare weight (lbs)3.0013
Drilling Noise (dBA)96.117

Kit and bare tool options

PBLHM101K2

Includes (2) One+ 18V HP 2Ah battery

PBLHM101K

Includes (1) One+ 18V HP 4Ah battery

Lab results

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): Yes
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: No
Lanyard compatible: Yes

The PBLHM101 has a slight forward handle lean that orients the head properly when preparing to drill and when exerting pressure. Some drills also have an upward-sloping head, allowing for a more aggressive positioning of the drill when rolling your wrist forward for more power.

While a belt hook is mountable on either side of the base, one isn’t included in the box, unlike most other drills. There is also no onboard bit holder or magnet to hold fasteners, which is typical for most drills, but unlike the onboard design some Ryobi impact drivers include.

Design & ergonomics

Stands upright (no battery): Yes
Stands upright (w/ battery): Yes
Grip material: Rubber overgrip
Magnetic holder: No
Bit holder: No
Belt hook: Yes
Lanyard compatible: Yes

The DCD805 has a familiar forward-leaning handle to orient the drill on the appropriate flat plane when drilling. However, the head angle uniquely slopes down minimally. Most drills either have a flat or upward-sloping head angle. In practice, the DCD805’s downward head angle means the drill isn’t held flat when rolling your wrist forward, which some users do when drilling aggressively.

Nearly all Dewalt drills include the same rubber overmold grip design, including the DCD805. The rubberized grip provides necessary shock absorption and grip under load.

There are two accessory slots on the base of the DCD805. These slots accept the all-metal belt hook in the box, or you can add third-party features, such as a bit holder.

Weight

Ryobi PBLHM101 On Scale

Bare weight (lbs): 2.98
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.94
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): 4.56
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): Not tested

The PBLHM101 is heavy for a drill, though reasonably light compared to other hammer drills. We frequently experienced hand fatigue when using the PBLHM101 in repetitive tasks.

We tested different battery configurations since the working weight can differ meaningfully from the bare tool weight. We recommend combining the PBLHM101 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 2Ah battery for a good balance of drilling performance and weight in a lightweight setup.

Pair the PBLHM101 with Ryobi’s 18V One+ 5Ah battery for a longer run time and improved drilling performance if weight is less of a concern.

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Weight

Dewalt DCD805 Angle 7

Bare weight (lbs): 3.00
Weight w/ 2Ah battery (lbs): 3.80
Weight w/ 4Ah battery (lbs): Not tested
Weight w/ 5Ah battery (lbs): 4.42

The DCD805 is a heavy hammer drill, weighing 3.00 lbs in its bare form. You can comfortably hang it from a sturdy work belt by the belt hook. But it’s not light enough to comfortably drop in your jeans pocket for portability.

Many professionals will use this drill with a high Ah-capacity battery. When kitting it out with a 20V Max XR 5Ah battery, the setup weighs 4.42 lbs. We ran into several instances throughout testing where hand fatigue set in, which is expected in this brute force class.

To get sufficient performance in as lightweight a setup as possible, we recommend combining the DCD805 with Dewalt’s 20V Powerstack 1.7Ah battery, which weighs less, has a smaller footprint, and runs longer than Dewalt’s 20V Max 2Ah battery, a solid alternative for a svelte setup.

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Footprint

Ryobi PBLHM101 Footprint1
Ryobi PBLHM101 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 9.125
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 7.500
Base length (in.): 5.375
Base width (in.): 3.125

No hammer drill is compact, and the PBLHM101 is moderately large. Notably, the tip-to-tail length is long, it’s tall in the bare form and with a battery, and the head is bulky. The footprint does limit the tight areas it can fit into, as demonstrated by our clearance tests below.

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Footprint

Dewalt DCD805 Footprint1
Dewalt DCD805 Footprint2

Max height (in.): 9.375
Max width (in.): 3.125
Chuck to back length (in.): 7.000
Base length (in.): 4.500
Base width (in.): 3.125

The DCD805 is moderately large when measured in many of its dimensions. To fit the hammering mechanism, the head is wider and longer than its non-hammer drill sister, the Dewalt 20V Max XR DCD800. The increased head size also adds length from tip to tail, though it’s not an overly tall hammer drill.

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Motor & BPM

Ryobi PBLHM101 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushed
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 28,000.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.375

One standout feature at this price point is that Ryobi included a brushless motor, which is more durable than dated brushed motors standard in cheap power tools.

Two action modes disengage the clutch for unfettered torque output. The drill mode is ideal for drilling versatility and driving big fasteners. The hammer mode improves speed when drilling masonry and thick lumber.

28,000.0 blows per minute isn’t a high hammering rate, but the hammer mode effectively improves speed in demanding tasks. In the drilling speed section, we discuss the hammer modes speed improvement.

There is no kickback control technology like some of the best Milwaukee drills include. Including this advanced feature would reduce the risk of wrist injuries when binding up.

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Motor & BPM

Dewalt DCD805 Drill Modes

Motor type: Brushless
Action modes: Drill, hammer
Advertised blows per min. (speed 2): 34,000.0
Advertised blows per min. (speed 1): Not advertised
Variable speed trigger: Yes
Kickback control technology: No
Trigger draw length (in.): 0.250

There are two drilling action modes. The drill mode disengages the chuck for the highest torque output, which is ideal for boring big holes and driving lag bolts and structural fasteners.

The hammer drill mode operates in the same manner but adds in a hammer that impacts at a rate of 34,000.00 blows per minute, which is among the highest in our test fleet. We tested the hammer’s effectiveness in our drilling speed test below to understand the speed improvements offered.

One area for improvement is including some kickback control technology to enhance safety when since an auxiliary arm isn’t included. The Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill includes kickback control technology.

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Clutch & speed settings

Ryobi PBLHM101 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 22

A two-speed gearbox runs the drill in a low or high-speed setting in both the action modes and all clutch settings.

22 clutch options are comparably high, allowing you to precisely fine-tune the torque profile to the driving task at hand. Admittedly, 22 settings are more than most people will use in practice.

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Clutch & speed settings

Dewalt DCD805 Clutch & Speed

Speed settings: 2
Clutch settings: 15

There is a standard two-speed gearbox and 15 clutch settings. The high and low settings can be run in any action mode and clutch setting. The DCD805 generates the maximum torque output in either of the drill modes in the low setting.

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Chuck

Ryobi PBLHM101 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 1/2″
Chuck sleeve material: Knurled metal

The PBLHM101’s all-metal chuck is one of the best designs and build quality across budget drills in our test fleet. The metal knurled chuck sleeve is particularly premium and helps lock in bits easily.

Critically, the chuck also doesn’t loosen throughout usage, which can’t be said for all drill chucks. The three jaws ratchet closed when tightening and locked down on bits.

Chuck

Dewalt DCD805 Chuck Closeup

Chuck size: 1/2″
Chuck sleeve material: Knurled metal

The DCD805 is a flagship hammer drill, so we expected it to have a premium chuck. It did not disappoint. The all-metal chuck locked onto bits and didn’t inadvertently loosen at any point throughout our lab tests. The metal knurling on the chuck sleeve also provides the right amount of friction when ratcheting the chuck by hand, which is helpful for quickly and confidently inserting drill bits.

Auxiliary arm

Ryobi PBLHM101 Auxiliary Arm

Auxiliary arm: Yes

The PBLHM101 includes an auxiliary handle to control recoil and enhance stability during heavy-duty drilling tasks, improving user safety. The handle is easy to attach and remove just behind the chuck and can be mounted on either the right or left side.

Auxiliary arm

Auxiliary arm: No

The DCD805 is a powerful drill that should include a detachable auxiliary arm in the box to improve user safety when the drill binds up. The Makita 18V LXT XPH14Z Hammer Drill and Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2904-20 Hammer Drill are powerful and include auxiliary arms.

Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 14.6
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 2.9
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 11.6
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 2.3
Hammer mode speed improvement: 20.5%

The PBLHM101 turned in impressive results compared to the budget competition in our drilling speed tests, which are designed to push each drill to its limits. It had enough speed under load to clear chips from the hole but didn’t launch chips out like high-end, more powerful drills, which completed our tests around 10.0 seconds.

The hammer mode is reasonably effective and improved drilling speeds by 20.5%. Other effective hammer modes improve speeds in the range of 20.0% to 33.0%

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Drilling speed

Drilling speed total time (drill mode, sec.): 10.1
Drilling speed average time (drill mode, sec.): 2.0
Drilling speed total time (hammer mode, sec.): 7.2
Drilling speed average time (hammer mode, sec.): 1.4
Hammer mode speed improvement: 28.7%

The DCD805 is an impressively fast drill that sustains high RPMs under demanding drilling loads. The DCD805 completed our drilling speed test blazingly fast in 10.1 seconds in the standard drill mode.

The results are even rosier in the hammer drill mode, which brought the time down to 7.2 seconds to bore five 1/2-inch holes. That’s a speed improvement of 28.7%, which is high compared to other hammer drills in our test fleet.

We further tested drilling wider and narrower gauge holes using a mix of forstner and spade bits. The DCD805 finished most of these tests without needing to downshift a gear for additional torque, which is rare for models we’ve tested.

While the power output is impressive and fun to experience, the DCD805 is arguably overpowered for most homeowners, who don’t push tools to their limits and may be more prone to wrist injuries when not using it appropriately. Consider the Dewalt 20V Atomic DCD799 Hammer Drill if you want a more user-friendly drill for around the home.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 26.7
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 5.3
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 25.8
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 5.2

The video above shows that the PBLHM101 isn’t geared to drive big structural screws quickly. It is incredibly underpowered in these tasks compared to most 18V drills. This drill is the only 18V model in our Summer 2023 test fleet where we had to drop to the low setting for added torque to complete the driving speed test.

It’ll finish the job finishing wider gauge lag bolts than we tested, but expect it to be slow and bog down frequently.

We further tested the PBLHM101 with various driving tests using #6, #8, and #10 screws to ensure it capably performs for more common driving tasks. It has no problems driving these screws into dense materials.

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Driving speed

GRK total driving time forward (sec.): 7.1
GRK average driving time forward (sec.): 1.4
GRK total driving time reverse (sec.): 6.1
GRK average driving time reverse (sec.): 1.2

Unsurprisingly, the DCD805 is also incredibly fast driving big fasteners. It delivered one of the swiftest results in our Summer 2023 drill test fleet, finishing five GRK RSS 5 1/8-inch fasteners in only 7.1 seconds, not counting down time between each screw.

We further tested the DCD805 by driving several longer and wider gauge lag bolts into stacked 2x6s. We didn’t run into a scenario where we needed to drop to the low setting for added torque to finish the job, rare for most drills.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): 515.0
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): 42.9

The PBLHM101’s 515.0 in-lbs of advertised torque is a bit of a letdown when put up against other 18V hammer drills, which offer upwards of 1,000.0 in-lbs or torque output.

The limited torque profile was most noticeable in several of our heavy-duty tests that attempt to understand performance at the top of a drill’s range. The PBLHM101 shut down in several instances when boring wide holes, requiring us to drop a gear for added torque to finish the job. More powerful models also bind up, though less frequently, but still finished the job in the highest gear.

Note: We don’t currently test drill torque in-house, as we do for impact drivers using a torque meter. The torque commentary discussed here relies upon both advertised torque specifications provided by manufacturers and practical insights learned from performance in our various drilling and driving tests.

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Torque

Advertised max torque (in-lbs): Not advertised
Advertised max torque (ft-lbs): Not advertised

Dewalt no longer advertises the torque of its drills and we currently don’t test torque on a torque meter in-house, like we do for impact drivers.

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Battery lineup

Ryobi 18V One+ Battery Lineup

Ryobi offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 4Ah, 6Ah, 8Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 18V One+ lineup, and some versions come in a standard or High-Performance model. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend purchasing a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 2Ah and a Ryobi 18V One+ High Performance 4Ah battery for most 18V One+ drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

 

Battery lineup

Dewalt 20V Max Battery Lineup

Dewalt offers 1.5Ah, 2Ah, 3Ah, 4Ah, 5Ah, 8Ah, 10Ah, and 12Ah batteries in its 20V Max lineup. Upgrading to the higher Ah options increases battery run time and improves drilling performance, though we’ve not tested all of these batteries to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Buying at least two batteries is best so you don’t miss a beat when draining one battery. We recommend purchasing a Dewalt 20V Max 2Ah and a Dewalt 20V Max XR 5Ah battery for most Dewalt 20V drill setups for a good balance of performance, price, and size.

Dewalt’s 20V Powerstack batteries may be a smart buying choice for some users. Dewalt advertises improved drilling performance, longer battery run time, and more battery cycles out of its 20V Powerstack 1.7Ah and 5Ah batteries than its standard 20V Max batteries. We plan on testing the performance differences to understand the cost tradeoffs.

Charging time

Ryobi PBLHM101 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Ryobi 18V One+ (PCG002)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 49.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): 117.0
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time per Ah (min.): 26.9
Fuel gauge: On battery

The 18V charger included with most Ryobi kits (model PCG002) charges batteries modestly slower than other brands.

Our tests took 49.0 and 117.0 minutes to charge a Ryobi 18V One+ 2Ah and 4Ah battery, respectively. Several other brands we’ve tested take approximately 20 minutes per Ah, whereas the Ryobi charger takes at least 24.5 minutes per Ah.

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Charging time

Dewalt DCD805 Fuel Gauge

Charger tested: Dewalt 20V Max (DCB115)
Charging time 2Ah battery (min.): 59.0
Charging time 4Ah battery (min.): Not tested
Charging time 5Ah battery (min.): 139.0
Charging time per Ah (min.): 28.7
Fuel gauge: On battery

One letdown is that the standard charger included in most Dewalt kits (model DCB115) charges batteries slowly compared to other manufacturers. In our testing, the DCB115 charged at a rate of 28.7 minutes per Ah. Several other brands charge at a rate of 20 minutes per Ah or lower.

However, this charger charges 12V and 20V Max platform batteries in one, conveniently saving shelf space in your shop if you have several tools in the Dewalt ecosystem.

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RPM

Ryobi PBLHM101 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 1,930.0
Max RPM speed 1: 472.0

The PBLHM101 has a moderately low RPM output compared to most hammer drills in our test fleet. This theme holds in the low setting, explaining some of its underperformance in our driving speed tests.

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RPM

Dewalt DCD805 RPM Chart

Max RPM speed 2: 2,038.0
Max RPM speed 1: 649.0

The DCD805’s drilling and driving speed performance directly relates to the high RPM output. In all the action modes and transmission settings, we tested the RPM performance with a contact tachometer in a no-load scenario.

While no-load RPM output doesn’t tell the whole story of how a drill performs under load, our speed testing results confirm that the DCD805 has the muscle to sustain RPMs at a higher rate than many hammer drills under load.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 9.000
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.375
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 7.250

The PBLHM101 is not the drill of choice if you frequently need to use a drill in restricted spaces. The tip-to-tail length is long, limiting the tight corners it can fit into and vertical boards it can sandwich itself between. No hammer drill shines our clearance tests, though the PBLHM101 finishes near the bottom of the fleet across all three tests.

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Drilling clearance

Min. interior width clearance (in.): 8.625
Min. top edge clearance (in.): 1.500
Min. interior 45-deg. clearance (in.): 6.875

The DCD805’s moderately large footprint didn’t help it shine in our clearance tests, designed to understand the obstructed spaces and tight areas each drill fits into. Notably, the moderately long tip-to-tail length and bulky head limit the spaces it fits into, including scenarios such as drilling under shelves and fitting into restricted corners.

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Noise

Ryobi PBLHM101 Noise Chart

Max no-load noise (dBA): 85.1
Max drilling noise (dBA): 92.1

The PBLHM101 is loud under loud. We measured the noise output when drilling under load in the hammer setting. The dBA output rivals the sound profile of an impact driver, which also generates enough noise to be harmful with prolonged exposure.

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Noise

Dewalt DCD805

Max no-load noise (dBA): 84.7
Max drilling noise (dBA): 96.1

The DCD805 is one of our test fleet’s loudest drills under load. While the high hammering rate vastly improves drilling speed, it is also incredibly loud, generating 96.1 dBA of noise. This result rivals the noise output of powerful impact drivers, which are also harmful with prolonged exposure.

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Light

Ryobi PBLHM101 Light Wall
Ryobi PBLHM101 Light Closeup

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 1
Customizable light settings: None
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 15.0

There is a single LED located in the base that shines upward. While the light is sufficient, we prefer light designs near the head and point straight forward. This alternative design more accurately illuminates the intended area in certain situations.

There are no advanced light features, such as a spotlight mode or the ability to turn off the light, as some of the best Dewalt drills offer.

Light

Dewalt DCD805 Light Wall
Dewalt DCD805 Light Closeup
Dewalt DCD805 Light Customization

Light: Yes
Light location: In base
Light positions: 3
Customizable light settings: Off, On, Spotlight
Light count: Single LED
Light active time (sec.): 20.0

We’re big fans of the DCD805’s worklight. The multi-position light does the essentials well and brightly illuminates the surface directly in front of the nose of the drill, whether using a short or long drill bit.

A switch behind the light can disable the light or enable Spotlight mode, which runs the light for 20 minutes and increases the brightness to an advertised 70 lumens.

App integration

App integration: No

There is no Bluetooth app integration to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

Dewalt’s ToolConnect-branded drills include an app integration, but you’ll only find the ToolConnect feature built natively into its flagship models. Milwaukee utilizes the same approach with its One Key lineup, which offers similar app features and is only available in flagship tools.

App integration

App integration: After-market add-on

There is no Bluetooth functionality built natively into the DCD805 to track drill usage and location, display tool diagnostics, and allow you to set custom profiles on your phone.

However, a slot in the base accepts Dewalt’s after-market ToolConnect chip, allowing you to add the same Bluetooth functionality without purchasing a specific ToolConnect version of a given tool.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 90 day
Battery warranty (years): 3

Ryobi offers an exceptionally long three-year warranty on its drills. However, Ryobi’s battery warranties don’t come close to matching the length provided by most other manufacturers. Ryobi has a 90-day battery warranty, whereas other manufacturers commonly offer two to three years of coverage.

Warranty

Tool warranty (years): 3
Battery warranty (years): 3

Dewalt stands behind the durability of its drills with exceptionally long warranties. The DCD805 has a three-year warranty. Dewalt’s 20V Max batteries include a three-year warranty.

Dewalt also offers free maintenance and replacement of worn parts for one year for the DCD805.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton
Nathan Hamilton is the founder of DIY Gear Reviews and a recognized expert in the home and DIY space. He has over 200 bylines covering topics such as power tools, hand tools, and woodworking. Nathan is the strategic director for DIY Gear Reviews, deciding everything from the content covered to designing the testing methodologies for lab-tested reviews. He can be emailed at nhamilton@diygearreviews.com.

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