Hitachi's new 14.4-volt cordless impact driver (WH14DBL) has a brushless motor that provides up to 30 percent longer runtime per charge and extends battery life, says the company. The tool has four power/speed settings and a unique "burst" mode that stops the tool after a few blows. Maximum torque is 1,330 inch-pounds. The electronic trigger requires up to 50 percent less force, helping to reduce user fatigue, says the manufacturer. Price: $499. 800-706-7337. hitachipowertools.com.
The PressSnap cutting tool for no-hub and service-weight cast-iron pipe attaches to Ridgid's corded and cordless electro-hydraulic press tools (models CT-400, 320-E, RP 330-B, and RP 330-C). Like manual chain-type snap cutters, the attachment is adjustable to pipe sizes from 112 to 4 inches. Once the snap links are positioned on the pipe, the operator simply presses the tool's trigger, and the tool clamps down and cuts cleanly. Price: $450 (snap cutter attachment only). 800-769-7743. ridgid.com.
Makita's first brushless-motor 18-volt cordless impact driver (BTD144) has a three-speed power-selection switch that allows users to select soft-, medium-, or hard-impact power to fasten anything from woodworking hardware to drywall screws to lag bolts. Maximum torque for the hard-impact setting (zero to 3,400 ipm) is 1,420 inch-pounds. Price: $349.99 for kit with charger, two batteries, and case; $189 for tool only. 800-462-5482. makitatools.com.
DeWalt's all-new line of compact 18-volt cordless tools includes a right-angle drill (DCD690KL), a drill/driver (DCD760KL), an impact driver (DCF826KL), and a hammer drill/driver (DCD775KL). Power comes from a lightweight (one pound) compact lithium ion battery (DC9181), which charges in 30 minutes and is compatible with existing DeWalt 18-volt power tools. The right-angle drill has a variable-speed reversing switch for increased control. Price: $219 to $269. 800-433-9258. dewalt.com.
New RedLine handles have been added to 22 tools in the Malco hand-tool line. The handles maximize leverage while providing a more comfortable operating range, says the manufacturer. Ergonomic contours and finger stops – plus a soft overmolded nonslip handle insert – protect against recoil and enhance comfort and control. Ambidextrous latches permit one-hand operation. Price: $32 to $83. 800-328-3530. malcotools.com.