Reviews

  • Makita 18v LXT Lithium Ion Cordless Brushless Angle Grinder Review

    In this video Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero demonstrates and features and benefits of the new Makita Cordless Angle Grinder (XAG17ZU) This cordless and brushless grinder fits 4-1/2" and 5" blades, grinding cups, and polishing pads. It also features the Makita AWS communication system that uses bluetooth technology to communicate on/off with the Makita AWS dust collector. It has auto speed change to adjust speed and torque during operation for optimum performance, and a soft start feature that suppresses start-up reaction for smooth start-ups and longer gear life. The Makita cordless Brushless Angle Grinder is a major improvement in workplace technology and makes onsite cutting, grinding, and polishing a breeze.

  • Bridge Saw vs Sliding Table Saw

    In this video Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero compares an Imer Bridge Saw to a Dewalt Tile Saw with a sliding table. These are two different approaches to the same result of getting the cleanest and straightest cut on the tiles you are cutting. Each saw has it's advantages and disadvantages. Starting with the Imer, this is a large and some what heavier tile cutting saw, but it's advantage comes in when you need to cut larger tiles. This is because it does not have an arm mounting the motor and tile saw blade to the saw base that can get in the way when cutting across longer tiles. It can produce miter cuts at any angle from 0 to 45 degrees, and is more stable making precise cuts with ease.
    Next we have the Dewalt Wet Tile Saw. This saw is lighter, easier to maneuver around the worksite, and less expensive but has it's drawbacks as well. For cutting large format tiles the bridge saw is going to have the most available cutting angles, giving it better versatility. The Dewalt will do miter cuts at 22.5 degrees and 45 degrees only. Both of these tile cutting saws are very well made and each has it's place in the tile setter's arsenal. It just depends what exactly you are looking for in a tile saw.

  • Resin Glass Blade Shootout

    In this video Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero tests four Diamond Glass Cutting Blades to see which one comes out on top on multiple glass surfaces. We test the MK Diamond MK 315GL Glass Cutting Blade, The Pearl P5 Resin Bond Diamond Glass Cutting Blade, the Montolit Premium Diamond Glass Cutting Blade, and the Alpha Vetro Premium Glass Blade. These blades are tested on mosaic glass sheets, a plate glass shelving piece, and a piece of glass with a painted or coated back.

  • MK Diamond MK TX 4 Demonstration

    Master Wholesale President Blake Adsero puts the MK Diamond MK TX 4 Tile Saw to task and highlights some of the new innovative features of this new tile saw.

     

     

  • Laser Level Shootout Video

    In this video Blake, compares the Johnson 40-6166, Dewalt DW0811. Bosch GCL25 and the Johnson 40-6602 laser levels.

  • Ceramic Tile Cutter Shootout - Ishii, Superior and Sigma

    In this video, Blake compares the performance of three popular tile cutters: the Ishii Big Clinker, the Sigma 3C2 and the Superior Piano Board cutter.

  • Dry Polishing Pads Comparison

    Dry stone polishing pads have diamonds and other abrasives embedded in a heat-resistant resin, allowing them to be used without water. Running them against abrasive surfaces such as granite and concrete slowly remove pad material which exposes fresh diamonds.  The diamond content and makeup of the resin matrix is what determines speed, longevity and quality of the polish that the pad can produce. Dry polishing pads perform best on granite and harder stones; for marble and softer stones you will see resin smear (pad leaving color on stone) above about 800 grit. You can drop the RPM  on your polisher to help with this, but I recommend silica carbide sand paper for polishing soft stones.

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    Alpha Ceramica Dry Polishing Pads

    The pads we tested where all run at about 2800 rpm;  the speed I find seems to be best for most applications. We tested the Alpha Ceramica Dry pads, Diamax Cyclone Dryflex and Dryflex II pads, along with the MWI RockMaster Dry Pads and RockMaster E-Pads.  Hands down Alpha pads work the best and last the longest.  The Alpha Ceramica pads have the thickest resin layer.  They use a unique blend of diamond and resin to create better quality results and a longer life than typical dry resin pads. Honestly, many others (including us, frankly) have tried to produce a pad that performs as well, and lasts as long as the Alpha Ceramica pads and it they just haven’t quite hit the mark.

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    Diamax Dryflex Dry Polishing Pads

    Cyclone DryFlex, a high end professional pad, are my next best pad, after the Alpha Ceramica.  The RockMaster was close contender but I found that DryFlex polished a little faster.  RockMaster E-pads and DryFlex II are comparable in speed and polish, but the DryFlex II seem to have little longer life.

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    RockMaster Dry Polishing Pads

    The Alpha and Dryflex pads are quite a bit more expensive than all the other pads.  Our RockMaster pads perform very well against the top of the line Alpha and Diamax products, and are probably the best bang for the buck.  Our pads are professional quality, significantly better performance than the cheap pads sold on Amazon (according to our customers, we confess we’ve never tried them).

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    RockMaster E-Pad Dry Polishing Pads

    If you are professional using the pads every day, the Alpha or Dryflex might be worth the investment.  If you are contractor who only uses pads 6 or 7 time a year RockMaster pads are a great value.   If your or DIY or one time job Rockmaster E-Pads will get the job done.

    Keep in mind you must have variable speed grinder running around 2800 RPM.  Especially with dry polishing pads, you should wear a dust mask, along with eye and ear protection.

  • Oscillating Tool Shootout - Fein, DeWalt and Makita

    Fein started it all with the MultiMaster; an oscillating hand tool that allows you to quickly cut, strip, scrape, sand, and just about anything else in areas that would be impossible to reach with standard tools.  These tools are really indispensable, and once you’ve owned one, you will always have one in your toolbox because they save so much time.  There are now a wide variety of brands available.   We are going to review 3 that we carry here at Master Wholesale, and that we use, or have used regularly.

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    The original oscillating tool, you can tell when you pick it up it is the real deal.  It’s relatively heavy, but in a reassuring way.  I have personally used this particular tool for many years, on many projects, and it hasn’t had a single issue.  Everything about it is robust, including the 16 ½’,  power cord which is both flexible and durable.  There is no discernible flexing of the dense matte plastic housing during heavy use.  Despite oscillating at between 10,000 and almost 20,000 RPM, it doesn’t create excessive hand fatigue.  The weight of the tool, coupled with it’s precise balance and anti-vibration system, makes the MultiMaster surprisingly comfortable to use.  The blade change mechanism is top notch as well.  This tool has plenty of power, and you’ll find that when pushed, the material is going to be the thing smoking, and not the Fein.

    The Fein also has the largest selection, and highest quality blades, scrapers and sanding accessories available.  Overall, their status at the top is unchallenged, and they are priced accordingly.

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    Dewalt’s DWE315K

    After the Fein, the Dewalt’s DWE315K would be my second choice.  Like the Fein, it really feels solid in your hand.  Weight is similar, and it just feels very substantial.  It performs similarly to the Fein, but I prefer the Fein blades and accessories.  The wider speed range of the Dewalt does make a difference for detail sanding.  Lower motor speeds will heat the tool up as well, limiting lifespan.  This is probably why the Fein starts at 10,000, which does work pretty well for sanding.  The Dewalt adds some features that some may like, such as the LED, which does make working with the tool in dark recesses a bit nicer.  The variable speed trigger isn’t as useful as you would think.  I find it a bit more difficult to use because of that.  I prefer to set and go, regarding the speed.  The 10’ power cord is adequate.  The blade change mechanism is solid and very easy to use.  Overall, this is a nice tool, and at about $50 cheaper than the Fein, reasonably priced for what you get.

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    Makita TM3010CX1

    The Makita TM3010CX1 is another quality oscillating tool that gets the job done, but it lives in the Fein shadow as well.  It has plenty of power, but it not quite as well balanced as the Fein, which means a little more vibration and hand fatigue.  Overall, this tool is solid though.  The weak link is the accessories.  Like the Dewalt, you can use Fein attachments on the Makita, and I highly recommend doing just that.  The motor operates in a similar but larger range than the Fein, from 6,000 to 20,000 RPM.  Overall, the feature set of this tool is more spartan than the Dewalt.  No LED, no variable speed trigger.  The tool-less clamp system is simple and rugged.  Overall, this is a fine quality tool, performing close to the Fein and about on par with the Dewalt.  All three tools are professional grade, and will perform well for you, especially when used with the Fein attachments, which all 3 do.

  • The Best Knee Pads

    When shopping for knee pads, the most important thing is comfort.  We carry a broad assortment of knee pads, both hard and soft shell version.  Today I’m going to give you my take on my favorites from our catalog of soft shelled knee pads: Troxell USA Super soft, Troxell USA Leather Head, Barwalt Super Soft, and Master Wholesale Gel single strap. I’ve worked in all these knee pads and this is not only my experience but also feedback from our customers.

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    Although it’s not cheap, my favorite knee pad is the Troxell USA Leather Head XL. These have a an extra large pad made of neoprene, covered with a sturdy leather on the working side.  The have a single strap, which really is quite comfortable, being soft and pliable neoprene. Long life memory foam padding makes these feel like knee pillows! A top notch product.

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    I also like the Troxell Regular Super Soft knee pads, almost as comfortable as the leather heads, but they are smaller, little less padding, not as long of a service life. They are about about half the price of the Leather Heads.

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    Third place goes to Master Wholesale Black Gel knee pads.  These use a high quality gel foam pad with a single velcro strap, with secondary strap to keep Velcro strap from coming loose.  These pads have a plastic face on them.  These are pretty comfortable pads, and priced well.

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    Of the four, I’d say the Barwalt Super Soft knee pads would be my fourth choice, despite being quite comfortable.   These would probably be my second choice if padding memory was better and straps where more durable.

    You really can't go wrong with any of these knee pads, as they are all quite durable and comfortable. If your pro and on your knees all day, you know to it’s worth the extra money go with the best knee pads you can get, so I’d suggest the Troxell Leather Heads.  For the rest of us, any of these will do just fine.

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