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  • Launch Time 2009

    With the economy poised for a comeback in 2010, toolmakers are just now rolling out their latest innovations to meet the anticipated demand. Every year at this time, the

  • First Test: High-Pressure Pneumatics

    Makita is bringing its high-pressure nailer line to the U.S., and we were the first framing crew in the country to get our hands on its framing and siding coil nailers and brand-new 400-psi compressor. High-pressure nailers are more common in Japan, where the affinity for efficiency and compactness...

  • Launch Time 2009: Makita Three-Speed Cordless Impact Driver

    Makita's first brushless-motor 18-volt cordless impact driver (BTD144) has a three-speed power-selection switch.

  • Makita BTD144 Impact Driver

    Makita's new impact driver, the BTD144, has several useful features inspired by the company's extensive line of industrial drivers.

  • Driving the Brand: Ken Hefley

    Whether he's working in his woodshop, renovating his house, or riding dirt bikes in the desert, Ken Hefley brings a high-octane blend of craft, passion, and competitiveness to everything he does. His job as Makita USA's senior VP of marketing is no exception. 'I've competed in sports all my life,'...

  • Torque Standards Stall

    Editor's note: On three separate occasions since July 2006, Tools of the Trade reported on the progress of an industry effort to create new universal power-tool measurement procedures. In January 2008, the Power Tool Institute announced the development and adoption of new voluntary procedures by...

  • Product Watch: Cordless & Pneumatic Fastening Systems

  • Cutting Edge: New Tool Update

    Since our last new tool report in fall 2008, companies have been busier than ever cranking out the latest and greatest. Why all the focus on new products now, with the building economy at a near standstill and the pool of buyers arguably diminished? Some of the projects coming to fruition started...

  • Hot Finds: Makita LS1016L Miter Saw

    Improved cutting ability and added features are highlighted on Makita's new LS1016L sliding compound miter saw.

  • Tool Test: 3+ Horsepower Plunge Routers

    The largest, most powerful routers you can buy are in the 3- to 3-1/4-hp class. If the motors were any larger, you couldn't run them on standard residential circuits. The most versatile of these machines are plunge routers. Their ability to plunge a bit into wood while the tool's base stays safely...