Shop Tool Reviews is a natural evolution of the Pro Tool Reviews brand. While Pro Tool Reviews is a successful online magazine that has been publishing reviews and industry tool news since 2008, Shop Tool Reviews is a division of that organization that focuses on professional automotive, metalworking and woodworking tools. Shop Tool Reviews writers help mechanics, shop owners, joiners, cabinet makers, and furniture makers make successful tool choices for their businesses. When you’re spending thousands of dollars on tools designed to increase productivity and expand your business, a review site dedicated to sharing the low down on some of the hottest industrial and commercial tools is going to be a valuable resource!
Our reviews are written for the professionals and business owners who run small cabinet shops, metal shops, and automotive repair shops. That’s what Shop Tool Reviews is all about. When your tool purchases can make or break your business, we’re here to show you the tools that can get the job done and help you make the best possible choices.
Shop Tool Reviews is written by mechanics, shop owners, joiners, furniture makers, cabinet makers, woodworking professionals, and the very people who purchase these machines—and then use them on a daily basis to make their workflow more efficient… If you work in a auto body shop, service center, woodworking or metalworking shop, you’re going to relate to our writers (and you’ll want to read more and more). We’re making it for you, specifically. Feel free to reach out to them via our Contact page, or via the Comments section below any written review.
Shop Tool Reviews Staff Editors and Writers
Tim Johnson, Director, Shop Tool Reviews
Having a love of automobiles that stems from his father’s racing days, Tim has spent a lifetime around cars and trucks. From restoring and renovating them as well as fixing them when they break, Tim always has a tool handy. He currently resides in central Florida with his wife and 5 kids where he divides his time as mentor, devoted father, loving husband and jungle gym. Tim Johnson serves as the Director for Shop Tool Reviews, and his experience with automotive tools and shops gives him a uniquely honed perspective in this area.
Clint DeBoer, Editor-in-Chief, Pro Tool Reviews
When he’s not remodeling part of his house or playing with the latest power tool, Clint enjoys life as a husband, father and avid reader. He has a degree in recording engineering and has been involved in multimedia and/or online publishing in one form or another for over two decades. In 2008, Clint was one of the founders of the Pro Tool Reviews online magazine. In 2013 he started Tool Reporter, and in 2015 he started Shop Tool Reviews to help Pros understand the best value in automotive and shop-based metal and woodworking tools. He hopes his efforts will provide tradesmen, builders, contractors, and shop owners with reliable and engaging tool reviews to help them make better purchasing decisions.
Kenny Koehler, Managing Editor, Pro Tool Reviews
An avid endurance athlete, Kenny has competed in triathlons (he’s an Ironman) and various other fitness activities. Still, his passions lie with his faith, family, friends, and now—his growing love for well-designed power tools. You’ll often find Kenny chatting up engineers at media events to better understand the chemistry and physics behind tool technology. His chief responsibility is managing the massive amount of content that flows through our publications as well as publish our weekly newsletter. Kenny continues to keep in shape by being a loving father to two very active twins!
Adam Spafford, Pro Editor
A liberty-loving, sensible, God-fearing options trader by day, Adam Spafford is known for his quick wit, easygoing demeanor, and readiness to lend a hand when called upon. Adam manages our team of pro tradesmen and ensures we get the right tools into the right hands for a truly jobsite-focused approach to reviews. Adam also writes for The Lakelander, a local publication here in town that specializes in local businesses and trades. This also serves to make him very well-connected in the local community.
Raissa Logrono, Staff Writer
One of our “crack” news editors at both Pro Tool Reviews and Shop Tool Reviews, Raissa gathers all the latest power tool, hand tool, accessory, and product news and info available and delivers it in a way that’s fresh and easy to understand. She’s got her ears to the ground, so that we can focus on product reviews and tool shootouts. Raissa is a quick study and loves to learn new things—including information about new power tools, accessories, and technologies in the automotive, woodworking, and metalworking marketplaces.
Shop Tool Reviews Writers and Reviewers
Jonathan Bucklew, Reviewer
Chief designer & fabricator of Seventeen20, Jonathan is a professional musician turned furniture-maker. He’s spent the last two decades years twirling drumsticks for multiple bands including Copeland, States, and Anchor & Braille. His affinity for industrial modern design has been inspired in-part by his travels, though his current inspiration comes from his biggest project in recent years: the total rehab of a 1970s split-level suburban home in Central Florida. Jonathan not only tackles review for Pro Tool Reviews, he also spends quite a bit of time crafting ideas and articles for the Shop Tool Reviews website.
Michael Lucas, Reviewer
Michael has owned Michael’s Auto Detailing for more than 30 years. He’s been using all manner of tools to provide anything from body restoration to high speed buffing and polishing to make older cars look like new. Obviously, this gives Michael a lot of experience with both pneumatic—and now new cordless—tools and the accessories that go with them. We look forward to working with Michael to find out which products and accessories work the best and last the longest. Michael is married to the love of his life and has one son and one daughter. If he’s not polishing on a car, then he’s spending time with his family.
Tom Gaige, Reviewer
Tom is one of the original founders of Pro Tool Reviews. He has over twenty years of experience in residential and commercial construction. He’s been a project manager at a engineering firm, started his own architectural design company, and finally owned and operated a residential construction company as a licensed contractor in South Carolina. As one of our Shop Tool Reviews writers, it also helps that Tom’s been working on vehicles (his and others) for over two decades. Tom’s specialties are problem-solving and attention to detail—two traits which are apparent each time he tests and reviews power tools.
Robert Bellew, Reviewer
Robert has been restoring and painting cars since he could drive. He was taught early by his grandfather and further self-taught by countless hours of working with the best. Of course, possibly the most important tutor is trial and error—and he’s got tons of that under his belt! Robert has a love for Oldsmobile 442 muscle cars, and he can be found working on classics every day of the week. His hobby and passion has turned into his profession—a factor that’s kept him going for the past 15 years. His finished products speak for themselves.
Michael Springer, Reviewer
Craftsman and writer Michael Springer specializes in testing tools and covering the tool industry for construction and woodworking professionals. Based in Boulder County, Colorado, but going wherever the story takes him, Michael crisscrosses the country yearly to visit manufacturers and attend trade shows, and occasionally gets as far afield as Europe. When he’s not running the kilowatts through power tools, Michael enjoys drumming and rustic woodworking with chainsaw, axe, and adze.
David Delk, Reviewer
David has always enjoyed working with wood, ever since his teen years. Naturally, this landed him in the carpentry business. He has over 35 years experience that spans a couple decades of trimming out new construction to his more recent work of designing cabinetry and custom fabrication. Right now, David is partially retired and enjoys taking on select “old school” finish and trim carpentry work. We asked David about any pet peeves. The solitary answer: dull blades. As a Pro, David is invaluable when it comes to determining if a tool is truly useful at getting a job done more quickly or efficiently.
Matt Kent, Reviewer
The son of a journeyman carpenter, Matt Kent has taken to the carpentry trade himself, which has been somewhat of a homecoming. Spending the majority of his adult life as an accomplished photographer, Matt now owns and operates Kent Made, LLC with his father, Richard. Specializing in custom stair installations and fine trim carpentry, Matt spends most of his time either in front of a saw blade or behind a finish nail gun. And, oh how sweet it is. We appreciate Matt’s penchant for quickly getting to the point of whether or not a tool performs as needed, and whether new features are helpful…or just gimmicks.
Ernie Conover, Reviewer
A veteran woodworking author with nine books, Ernie Conover has many videos and hundreds of articles to his credit. Ernie is also a lathe designer, having developed his own lathe and worked on the designs of the Nova and the Powermatic 3520b. His work has received numerous awards and has been the subject of several one-man shows. He lectures widely for clubs, trade show groups and woodworking stores and is frequently called upon as a consultant and expert witness in the woodworking field. When not writing, lecturing or consulting, he is active in providing academic oversight and teaching at Conover Workshops—a craft school founded by the Conover family.