Hitachi has entered the flooring-fastening market with five new cleat nailers and staplers. Oil-free tools include the NT50YF manual nailer and the NT50AGF pneumatic nailer. The manual nailer has a multiple-blow mechanism that raises the striking head only after the nail is fully driven. Oil-lubed tools include the NT50AF nailer, the N5009AF stapler, and the small N2503F stapler for thin laminate flooring, which has a novel front and rear dual-trigger design.
¦ Price: $269 to $699. 800-829-4752. www.hitachipowertools.com.
Porter-Cable's new oil-free 15-gauge angled (DA250C) and 16-gauge straight (FN250C) finish nailers are made of lightweight die-cast aluminum and feature tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment with detents for proper setting of nail heads, as well as adjustable exhaust, tool-free jam release, a sequential-style trigger with a lock-off switch, and a rear-load magazine that holds 100 nails.
¦ Price: $159 to $179. 888-848-5175. www.deltaportercable.com.
Hose-free nailers can add a great degree of freedom to your work, especially during trim-out. Ridgid's new R250AF18 cordless 15-gauge finish nailer runs on a compact 18-volt lithium-ion battery pack and weighs 2 pounds less than the competition, according to the company. The tool shoots nails of up to 2-1/2; inches, has two firing modes, and sports dual-LED headlights.
¦ Price: $299 (one-battery kit). 866-539-1710. www.ridgid.com.
Hidden deck-fastening hardware makes for a neater-looking installation of composite deck boards but takes more time than face-installed screws. To speed up the process, Tiger Claw developed a new way to attach its clips in an instant with a modified nailer. The Tiger Claw Semi-Automatic Hidden Deck Fastener Installation Gun shoots a combination screw/nail through the deck clip after the user slides it onto the nose of the nailer for fastening.
¦ Price: $279. 800-928-4437. www.deckfastener.com.
Makita's BST221 is a cordless 3/8-inch crown stapler designed to drive common flat-wire staples from 1/4 to 7/8 inch in length, including Arrow T50-type staples. Made with a machined aluminum magazine, it weighs 5.1 pounds and measures 9-7/8 inches long, and its spring-loaded drive mechanism allows for a more compact tool with less weight, says Makita. The stapler comes with two 18-volt LXT lithium-ion batteries, a 30-minute charger, a toolbelt clip, a bag, and safety glasses.
¦ Price: $479. 714-522-8088. www.makita.com.
NEW NAILER LINE
Bosch introduced a line of pneumatic nailers with an air-chamber design called Full Force Technology that enables these tools – unlike typical nailers – to use 100 percent of the air in the cylinder for driving fasteners by using a second burst of air to retract the driver. The line includes a roofing nailer (RN175), two framing nailers – round-head (SN350-20F) and clipped-head (SN350-34C) – 15-gauge (FNA250-15) and 16-gauge (FNS250-16) finish nailers, and an 18-gauge brad nailer (BNS200-18) and stapler (STN150-18).
¦ Price: $125 to $330. 877-267-2499. www.boschtools.com.
Bostitch has added new features to its latest line of nailers, including an oil-free design, dry-fire lockout, a swivel air fitting for greater maneuverability, an integrated filter, a selectable trigger system that converts from sequential to contact mode with the flip of a switch, and a reversible belt hook. The 16-gauge FN1664K finish nailer, 18-gauge BT1855K brad nailer, and SX1838K finish stapler all feature Dial-A-Depth technology, which allows users to set nails to precise depths without having to change the compressor settings.
¦ Price: $99 to $169. 800-556-6696. www.bostitch.com.
DeWalt redesigned the D51855 coil framing nailer's contact tip for a more aggressive bite. And to make field repairs easier, the tool has access to all wear components through the top of the head. The gun weighs 8.4 pounds, includes a trigger lock-off, and can hold between 200 and 300 15-degree wire collated nails.
¦ Price: $299. 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com.
STEEL AND CONCRETE FASTENER
The Pneu-Tools GT150TT hoseless nailer is designed to attach steel track to concrete and masonry. It's powered by a gas canister and drives standard breakaway-style pins from 1/2 inch to 1-1/2 inches. It weighs 8.3 pounds and features a high-voltage ignition, two-step rear loading, and a quick-clear nose, and is sold with two 6-volt niMH batteries, a charger, a carrying case, and a belt hook.
¦ Price: $449. 888-689-2529. www.pneutoolsinc.net.
Powered by a gas canister, Duo-Fast's model 903000 hoseless 20-degree framing nailer weighs 7.6 pounds and has a sequential operation that will drive two to three nails per second, up to 1,200 nails per fuel can, and up to 4,000 nails before the battery needs recharging. Features include a utility hook, tool-free depth-of-drive, and dry-fire lockout. The framer drives 2- to 3-1/4-inch fasteners and includes a carrying case and a 6-volt rechargeable battery with a two-hour charger.
¦ Price: $389. 888-631-2020. www.duo-fastconstruction.com.
Bosch now has compressors. The 3-gallon CET3-10 and the 4-gallon CET4-20 and CET4-20W feature two "hot dog" style tanks positioned at a steep angle for good balance and better tank draining. They incorporate Bosch's patented EZ Drain system, with both tanks connected to one drain at the front. The 8-gallon electric (CET8-15W) and gas (CGT8-65W) wheelbarrow units have round handles to make them easier to slide into a truck.
¦ Price: $339 to $1,199. 877-267-2499. www.boschtools.com.
Hilti's new cordless SFH 18-A hammer drill/driver and SF 18-A drill/driver are powered by the company's 18-volt Cordless Power Care (CPC) 2.6 amp-hour lithium-ion batteries. The tools have a maximum torque of 750 inch-pounds and a PTI-standard torque rating of 464 inch-pounds. With three speeds up to 2,140 rpm, both tools have keyless chucks and are sold in a molded case with two batteries, a charger, and a side handle. The hammer drill/driver weighs 5.7 pounds, and the drill/driver weighs 5.5 pounds.
¦ Price: $399 and $389. 800-879-8000. www.us.hilti.com.
Metabo's SXE450 TurboTec random-orbit sander is the first in the industry to offer two orbit settings of 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch, to adjust from fine finishing to fast stock removal with the touch of a button. The tool weighs 5.8 pounds, measures 11-1/2 inches long, and features a 3.4-amp variable-speed motor with TurboBoost, a voltage-control override for heavier sanding. It has a dust collector with a washable Intec filter, or it can be attached to a vacuum.
¦ Price: $259. 800-638-2264. www.metabousa.com.
CORDLESS METAL CUTTER
The Greenlee ETS12 9.6-volt cordless cutter cuts soft steel up to 1/2 inch in diameter in 4 to 5 seconds. Suited for cutting bolts, cable, thick wire, and threaded rod, the tool has a 350-degree rotating head, measures 14-3/8 inches long, and weighs 4 pounds. Fitting it into tight spaces and making multiple cuts is easier than with a manual bolt cutter, says the manufacturer. It makes up to 100 cuts per battery charge and comes with two batteries, a one-hour charger, and a molded case.
¦ Price: $1,284. 800-435-0786. www.greenlee.com.
Two-stroke engines can be tricky to adjust, but they must be kept in tune to maintain high performance. Husqvarna's newest professional chain saw, the high-tech 576 XP Autotune, has a sensor that monitors the engine's combustion 20 times per second and adjusts the fuel-air mixture as needed to accommodate different gasoline octane ratings or blends, a clogged air filter, or changes in altitude or temperature. Husqvarna is so confident of this system that the carburetor doesn't even come with high and low jet-adjustment screws. The result of this design is a 73.5-cc 5.7-hp chain saw with reliable high performance and very low emissions, according to the manufacturer.
¦ Price: $890. 800-487-5951. www.husqvarna.com.