Throughout the year at Tools of the Trade, we see hundreds of products cross our desk. But fall has a special feel for us, as it's the season when many manufacturers are ramping up their new introductions in time for the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association (STAFDA) show and even winter's International Builders' Show. And this means more cool stuff for us to pass along to you. On the following pages is a preview of 38 new tools, accessories, and equipment products that will be showcased during this year's STAFDA show. And don't worry–this show may be members-only, frequented mainly by manufacturers and distributors, but we'll be on hand to bring you even more great introductions straight from the show floor. Stay tuned.
The 369CRFT lineman's plier features a 12 AWG wire stripper and 12 AWG recess to create wire loops quickly, a crimper/crusher for insulated and non-insulated wires, laser heat-treated knife/anvil cutters, and a joint path that guides fish tape without kinking or breaking, the company says. Other details include a non-binding neck joint, cross-hatched teeth for maximum gripping, and an electro-coated finish to prevent rusting. Price: $28?$30. 800-724-3018. www.channellock.com.
The BDF452HW 18-volt lithium-ion 1/2-inch cordless drill/driver kit provides the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, the company says, delivering 450 inch-pounds of torque but in a compact size that weighs only 3.5 pounds. The tool's battery charger charges in only 15 minutes. Other features include an ergonomic shape, a 1/2-inch single-sleeve metal chuck, no-load speeds of 0?450 and 0?1,500 rpm, an all-metal gear box, a four-pole motor, and an LED light. Price: $229. 800-462-5482. www.makita.com.
Premier Fusion General Purpose saw blades feature a unique tooth geometry that combines a double grind design to produce glass-smooth side finishes and a Hi-ATB design for chip-free top and bottom surfaces in ripping and crosscutting applications, the company says. The blades also include an anti-vibration design that eliminates vibration while the blade is under load, says the manufacturer, and a non-stick Perma-Shield coating for protection against corrosion, gumming, and buildup. Price: $100. 800-472-7307. www.freudtools.com.
The D55168 workshop compressor features EHP technology, which combines an efficient hybrid motor with a high-pressure, high-flow pump, allowing for a large volume of air in a small tank, says the company. The unit offers a high level of performance with 200-psi maximum pressure, 5.4 scfm at 90 psi, and a 15-gallon tank, ensuring longer air tool runtimes with quicker recovery, the firm says; in testing, the unit had longer runtimes than competing models of 26 to 30 gallons. It features a high-flow regulator and quick connect to further maximize runtime, a metal console panel, a roll cage, and an oil-free pump. Price: $359. 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com.
The HFN1 oil-free flooring cleat nailer kit features a tool-free, adjustable, steel-reinforced handle with rubber grip, a tool-free adjustable shoe that sets the flooring thickness between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch easily, a pre-finished adapter to protect flooring during installation, and an oil-free engine to avoid stains. The tool's compact design allows it to fit closer to the wall to lay an additional course. The tool, which weighs 11.5 pounds, has an operating pressure of 80 to 120 psi and accommodates 16-gauge flooring cleats from 1-1/2 inches to 2 inches. Price: $529. 800-556-6696. www.bostitch.com.