By TOOLS OF THE TRADE Editors
This cordless rebar-tying tool (RB397) makes code-approved wire ties in less than one second per tie with consistent strength. Its 14.4-volt 3.0-Ah lithium-ion battery ties approximately 2,000 ties per charge, up to five times more than nicad battery models, says the maker. The tool automatically triple-wraps #3 x #3 to #5 x #6 rebar with plain steel, electrogalvanized, or polyester-coated 21-gauge wire. It has a brushless electric motor, weighs just 5.2 pounds (for one-hand operation), and includes an auto-shutoff feature to extend battery life per charge. Price: $2,680. 800-223-4293. www.maxusacorp.com.