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  • A Dual-Battery Cordless Chainsaw

    Makita’s HCU02ZX2 has a feature no other chainsaw has—the ability to be run from two 18-volt tool batteries.

     
  • Warn Cordless PullzAll

    This portable winch can pull or hoist up to 1,000 pounds.

     
  • 4 New "Everyman" Shop Machines from JET

    These reasonably priced tools offer more than mere functionality.

     
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    DeWalt Gyroscopic Stick Driver

    The DCR680 was designed for the kind of light-duty assembly and fastening work an electrician, service tech, or installer might do.

     
  • CNC Routing Comes to the Jobsite

    The star of the Camp ShopBot show was the Handibot, a robot-like device that is the world’s first portable CNC machine.

     
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    Festool Hybrid Driver

    The Ti 15 brushless impact driver is also a drill/driver.

     
  • A Trip to the Plier Factory

    This summer I visited the Channellock factory in Meadville, Pennsylvania and got a close up look at good old fashioned American tool manufacturing. They allowed me take photos so I'm sharing them here...

     
  • High-Voltage Cordless Chain Saws

    When lithium-ion tools first hit the market, a number of manufacturers introduced 28- and 36-volt models.

     
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    ForceLogic Press Tools

    Milwaukee has been busy keeping up with the needs of plumbers – specifically, their need for new kinds of installation tools. A few years back they introduced M12 and M18 cordless PEX installation tools. Now they are launching...

     
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    New Cordless Electrical Tool

    Milwaukee has added an interesting new cutter to its M12 cordless tool line...

     
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    New Cordless Concrete Tools

    Among the standouts at the recent Milwaukee media event were two M12 products, the pint-size model 2412 rotary hammer and a universal dust extractor called the Hammervac...

     
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    Milwaukee Tools: The Future is Brushless

    This summer I visited Milwaukee's headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin for a preview of upcoming attractions – chief among them a number of new brushless tools that will come out later this year.

     
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    Surprising Facts About Bits and Blades

    Accessories have a higher profit margin than power tools and are consumable – so it's no wonder that tool companies are keen to sell us bits and blades.

     
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    Bosch's Newest Power Tools

    Last fall I went to Switzerland to visit the plants where Bosch produces jigsaws, sanders, and a host of accessories. Some of the tools I saw there have yet to be released so this will be your first opportunity to see them.

     
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    New Tools from Hitachi, Stiletto, Kobalt, and More

    Earlier this year I – and 50,000 others - went to the International Builders' Show (IBS) in search of new tools and building products. I enjoy going to trade shows because there's nothing like seeing new tools early on and in person. This year's show did not disappoint...

     
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    New DeWalt Saws

    DeWalt recently introduced three new saws, a compact corded recip saw, a corded circular saw, and a mini cordless recip saw with a folding handle...

     
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    More New 20 Volt Max Tools

    In addition to a brushless impact driver, DeWalt recently announced several new tools in their 20 Volt Max (18-volt tools) product line.

     
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    History In Hand

    Peter Liebhold must have a million tools. As the curator of the Division of Work and Industry at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., he weaves them into stories that illuminate our growth as a country.

     
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    First Test: DeWalt's New Framing Saw

    Wormdrive saws are known for being plenty strong – and plenty heavy too. And as it turned out, where power is concerned, the DWS535 ranks right up there with the best of them.

     
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    First Test: Milwaukee Compact Band Saws

    Finding a new tool that fits the work is a real pleasure for the pro. A full-size portable band saw used to be the tool of choice for cutting angle iron, Unistrut, and threaded rod on the job – even though its nearly 5-inch capacity is overkill for most chores – but now our plumber's crew grabs one...

     
 
 
 
 
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