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    Magnum Precision Ultra-Lite WPi CT Boots

    Magnum's Precision Ultra-Lite WPi CT boots feature a plasma-based waterproofing treatment that the company says was originally developed for the military..

     
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    C.H. Hanson Precison Ball Level

    Inspired by the horizon- indicator instrument found on airplanes, C.H. Hanson's new Precision Ball Level uses a weighted floating ball to find level, plumb, and any angle or slope in between.

     
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    DeWalt DC020 Portable Work Light

    DeWalt's DC020 is a portable 38-watt fluorescent work light that runs on the company's 12- to 18-volt cordless tool batteries or line voltage.

     
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    Duluth Trading Fire Hose Canvas Pants

    Duluth Trading Co. says its Fire Hose canvas pants are tougher than most other work pants — but the dense weave can be a bit warm in the summer.

     
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    New Milwaukee Tools–The Very Latest

    I visited the Milwaukee Electric Tools headquarters in Brookfield, Wisconsin last week for a preview of upcoming products set to debut later this year. Milwaukee has 48 new products launching throughout 2009, and I think I saw and tried out most of them during my time with the product teams. With...

     
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    Stiletto Multifunctional Flat and Glazer's Bars

    Stiletto's six new titanium pry bars weigh 45 percent less than equivalent-sized steel bars, says the company.

     
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    Bucket Boss Bucket Seat Pro

    The Bucket Seat Pro from Bucket Boss protects your bucket's contents, provides a convenient place to sit, and — with its two removable dividers — serves as a four- or six-compartment parts organizer.

     
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    Master Lock Truck Bed U-Lock Anchors

    Leaving valuable tools and equipment in the back of your pickup — even for a quick run into the store — can be risky, but many truck beds don't have a place you can attach a lock to.

     
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    Milwaukee 2451-22 Cordless Impact Wrench

    Most cordless impact wrenches have 1/2-inch anvils for large sockets and deliver bolt-snapping torque that can overwhelm smaller tasks.

     
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    Jackson Professional Tools Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer

    Jackson's Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer is a sledgehammer with a difference: One of the striking faces tapers down to about 3/8 inch thick for rough prying — or for concentrating the striking force along a line to break concrete more easily.

     
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    PDY Systems Lift-n-Lock Organizer

    Small items can be difficult to keep isolated in a portable parts box.

     
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    Stanley Hand Planes

    Stanley has redesigned some of its most popular hand planes.

     
  • New Tool Report - May 2009

     
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    First Test: Nail Kicker Pneumatic Nail Remover

    For such an ingenious tool, the Nail Kicker is based on a very simple concept. What if you could use a nail gun instead of a hammer to pound a nail back through a board? All you would need is a nailer without a magazine, right? That's the idea behind the Nail Kicker.

     
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    Ridgid R250AF18 Finish Nailer

    Ridgid's new R250AF18 15-gauge finish nailer runs on a compact 18-volt lithium ion battery pack and weighs 2 pounds less than the competition, says Ridgid.

     
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    Knaack PowerCrew Power Supply

    Now you can keep battery chargers or a heater running overnight without pinching an extension cord under the lid of your crew box.

     
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    Rapid Pro Mfg. Twist-n-Seal Caulk Tube Plugs

    Tired of trying — and failing — to seal the ends of your half-used caulk tubes with tape or a nail?

     
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    Stanley-Bostitch CPACK300 Combination Kit

    Bostitch's CPACK300 combination kit packages three finish tools with a 6-gallon oil-free pancake compressor and a hose.

     
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    Hitachi Nailers and Staplers

    Hitachi has entered the floor-fastening market with five new nailers and staplers.

     
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    Tajima Tool Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF

    Tajima's Chalk-Rite Jam-Free CR301JF holds 3 1/2 ounces of chalk — enough to snap 689 feet of lines, says the maker.

     
 
 
 
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