The latest addition to Panasonic's Tough IP line is the EY7950LR2S 18V Cordless Hammer Drill & Drill Driver Kit. This light, compact tool – 5 pounds and 91/4 inches long – packs better-than-average lithium-ion batteries. Whereas competing 18-volt models have 3.0 Ah battery packs (at best), this one has 3.3 Ah packs. The tool delivers up to 29,700 blows per minute (for brick and block) in high speed and up to 7,740 blows per minute (for more delicate materials) in low speed. It has a multistep clutch for driving; convenience features include a belt hook and an LED work light.
¦ Price: $376 for a kit containing tool, charger, molded case, and two batteries. www.panasonic.com.