At nearly five pounds, the best-in-class Milwaukee is a big tool and has the power to match, with a brushless motor churning out 725 in./lbs of sawdust-spewing torque. "It got through concrete, cinder, and brick almost as easily as wood," says Grundy. Bonuses include a side handle for more control on serious surfaces and a torque collar that prevents you from stripping screws. It's tough, too, shrugging off multiple drops. [$280; milwaukeetool.com]
Credit: Photograph by Travis Rathbone
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