Veto Pro Pac now offers its upright-storage-style tool bags in three designs. The original Model XL holds more than 100 hand tools of various sizes; Model XXL-F (shown) has space for more than 80 tools, with 55 pockets and two long, open storage areas for holding longer, larger tools; and Model LC, a smaller version of the XL, is a job-specific bag with 57 pockets and space for 75 hand tools. The bags have a fixed center panel that keeps tools upright for better organization, the maker says. They are made with 1800 denier fabric and a 3-mm polypropylene base and include an overmolded ergonomic grip and shoulder strap. Cost: $100–$150. 877-847-1443. www.vetopropac.com.
Duluth Trading Co.'s Master Series Tool Backpack allows tools to be transported hands-free. The bag is made with 1200 denier fabric and has a padded back with airflow channels that reduce moisture buildup and keep the upper back cooler. It has 38 interior pockets for various hand tools, an exterior pocket for keys and wallet, an exterior pocket for a water bottle, and a detachable cell phone holster. Cost: $55. 800-505-8888. www.duluthtrading.com.
Designed to handle the abuse of jobsites, the Stanley 4x4 ShockMaster toolbox has four Sofprene feet that provide shock absorption to protect the box and its contents, along with slip resistance to keep it secure on uneven surfaces, the maker says. The box's high-impact-resin construction offers strength, durability, and a light weight; the box is also weather resistant. It includes two transparent organizers in the lid for small-parts storage, a 24-inch–level holder inside the lid, two aluminum latches, extra-wide handle, and grip recesses on each side. Cost: $20. 800-782-6539. www.stanleyworks.com.
Lista International's Mobile MRO mini workstation/high-density storage cabinet on wheels allows users to bring parts, tools, equipment, and supplies directly to the project site. The workstations feature built-in shelf storage behind a lockable door; drawers with customizable dividers, 100 percent extension, and individual latches; and a choice of work surfaces, including butcher block or galvanized steel over wood. The unit includes a locking system, handles, two rigid and two swivel heavy-duty ball-bearing casters with wheel locks, and the PrevenTip interlock safety system that prevents tipping. A range of heights, widths, depths, and configurations is available. Cost: $3,500–$4,250. 800-722-3020. www.listaintl.com.
Custom Leather Craft's #1538 27-pocket 10-inch triple-zippered tool carrier features 18 multi-use exterior pockets and nine interior pockets. Large, zippered side pockets have loops for holding large-handle tools. The bag is made with 600 Denier fabric and has padded, reinforced-web handles. Cost: $39. 800-325-0455. www.clccustomleathercraft.com.
Rolling Tool Cabinet
Snap-On Tools' Classic 78 roll cab (model KRA2411) measures 54 inches wide by 24 inches deep and offers 23,000 cubic inches of storage space. Heavy-duty interchangeable drawers and detachable slides allow for customization; seven drawers can handle up to 250 pounds of tools. The unit features the Lock 'n Roll system to prevent unwanted drawer opening; a heavy-duty lock; and stronger steel, extra welds, and thicker corner supports for durability and sturdiness. The advanced power-coat finish, available in four colors, is chemical- and scratch-resistant. Cost: $3,495. 877-762-7662. www.snap-on.com.
Designed for entry-level electrical contractors, the Journeyman Electrician's Tote from Ideal Industries is a rugged, lightweight tote that can be carried by hand, over the shoulder, or around the waist. The tote comes with a collection of tools: a Reflex T-Stripper; New England, long-nose, and tongue-and-groove pliers; a screwdriver set; torpedo level; hawkbill knife; 25-foot measuring tape; and fuse puller. Cost: $55–$60. 800-435-0705. www.idealindustries.com.
Irwin has introduced a line of storage products: the Pro 22-inch soft-side tool organizer, the Pro soft tray tool organizer, the Pro job tote tool organizer, and the Pro nail pouch. The Pro soft tray tool organizer, shown here, features multiple pockets and end clips for organizing tools; a long capacity for holding a hack saw, 14-inch pipe wrench, or hammers; and a handle that releases for easy access. The bag is made of steel-reinforced 600D polyester. Cost: Unavailable. 800-464-7946. www.irwin.com.
The Weather Guard 7747 21-inch tool bag from Knaack Mfg. is made of heavy-duty ballistic nylon and features a reinforced bottom and side panels, double stitching and steel rivets for maximum durability, and heavy-duty handles and shoulder strap. The bag has two zippered compartments with 35 pockets and provides 1.5 cubic feet of storage. Cost: Around $70. 800-456-7865. www.weatherguard.com.
The DW331K 6.5-amp corded jigsaw from DeWalt features a flush-cutting blade that allows the teeth to cut at the front of the shoe, keyless blade change, and four-position orbital action that allows you to set the aggression of the cut along with cut speed by changing the angle the blade goes through the material. It includes rubber grips on the top and front, a counterbalance mechanism for vibration dampening, a dust blower, and a non-marring shoe cover. The tool delivers variable speed from 500 to 3,100 spm, has a +/- 2-degree cut accuracy, and weighs 7.5 pounds. Cost: $159. 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com.
Hitachi has redesigned its line of drywall screwguns. Models W6V4 VSR, W6VA4 VSR, W6VB3 VSR (shown), and W6VM feature 6.6-amp motors with 750 watts of input power. Depending on model, the tools deliver no-load speeds of 0 to between 2,600 and 6,000 rpm and maximum torque from 69.4 to 139.6 inch-pounds. Other features include aluminum gear cases and inner covers for durability, "turn of the nose cone" depth adjustment, a detachable nose piece, a 24.6-foot power cord, an outward-angled handle for comfort, a belt hook, and a large two-finger trigger. The tools weigh 3.1 to 3.3 pounds. Cost: $79–$95. 800-829-4752. www.hitachipowertools.com.
Narrow Crown Stapler
The SureShot 1820 18-gauge narrow crown stapler from Duo-Fast is compact at 5-3/4 inches tall and weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. The tool features a bottom-load magazine and a clean nose for easy fastener placement. It accommodates 1800 Series 1/4-inch crown staples with leg lengths from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch. Cost: $155. 888-386-3278. www.duo-fast.com.
Part of Metabo's new line of benchtop woodworking tools, the KGS 305 12-inch dual bevel sliding compound miter saw has the industry's largest cross-cut capacity, the maker says, able to cross-cut materials 12-1/2 inches wide and 4-3/4 inches high. The tool's unique dust collection system removes dust from the base of the saw, and the tool is the first of its kind to indicate roof pitch angles on the miter scale, says the firm. Other features include a 15-amp, 2,000-watt motor with a no-load speed of 3,800 rpm, an integrated saw-blade lock and tool for easy blade changes, flip-stop depth function for constant cutting depth, multi-positioning clamp, a wide footprint for stability, and integrated table extensions for expansion up to 41 inches. Cost: $599–$649. 800-638-2264. www.metabousa.com.
The ProFlex reinforced polyurethane air hose is up to 50 percent lighter than comparable rubber hoses and remains flexible even in subzero temperatures, according to Senco. The hose has a temperature range of -40 degrees F to 150 degrees F, will not scuff walls, is resistant to oils and fuels, and has reusable fittings. It comes in two diameters and two lengths. Cost: $36–$90. 800-543-4596. www.senco.com.
Designed for rugged conditions, the Nextel/Motorola i325 IS handset is approved for use around flammable gases and vapors, and it meets military specifications for resistance to blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, high/low temperatures and pressure, solar radiation, humidity, and salt fog. The phone has Direct Talk, which allows users outside of Nextel coverage area to manually transfer to two-way radio-to-radio communication with up to a 6-mile range. The phone also is equipped with a color display, Java technology, and GPS. Cost: $400 (with two-year service agreement). 800-639-8359. www.nextel.com.
Part of Ergodyne's WorkSmart line, the GB5155 Hi-Vis low-profile hydration pack keeps workers hydrated and visible. The pack has a 2-liter water capacity and features closed-cell insulation to keep water cool, an insulated bite valve to help prevent contamination, and padded, adjustable shoulder and chest straps. The pack's high-visibility lime nylon provides daytime visibility and reflective glass bead tape provides nighttime visibility. Cost: $47. 800-225-8238. www.ergodyne.com.
Designed for midsize and full-size pickup trucks, the Pickup Pack locking storage unit from Highway Products is a pre-assembled single unit that includes a cab guard, gull wing saddle box, two lockable low side boxes, center hatch, and removable ladder rack; space beneath the tool area can be used for plywood and other cargo. When the hatch is closed it also locks the tailgate for security of the whole bed. The aluminum unit can be customized and is shipped ready to be installed. Cost: $2,995–$3,195. 800-866-5269. www.800toolbox.com.
Aerotech II service bodies from Reading Truck Body now include Spacemaker compartments–top-opening compartments that provide 15 percent more additional storage on the top of the service body sides. Spacemaker compartments are activated by a single latch, opening automatically and held in place by pneumatic props; adjustable dividers allow for customization of the interior. Manufactured with two-sided A60 galvannealed steel with acrylic e-coat primer, Aerotech II bodies offer contemporary truck styling with advanced locking and latching, the maker says, and feature softer seals for door closing with less resistance and heavy-duty automotive-style rotary locking. Cost: Unavailable. 800-458-2226. www.readingbody.com.