By TOOLS OF THE TRADE Editors
All 13 compact, impact-resistant, 14.4-volt lithium-ion cordless tools in the Tough IP line are IP56-certified, which classifies them as "dust-protected" and "protected against powerful water jets," according to the manufacturer. The top drill/driver model (EY7441LZ) delivers 390 inch-pounds of torque and has a 3.1-Ah battery with High Capacity Cobalt lithium chemistry for extended endurance, which provides 25 percent more runtime per charge than current Panasonic "N" type batteries, says the company. The line also includes hammer drills, impact wrenches and drivers, and a metal saw. Price: $319 (EY7441LZ). 800-338-0552. www.panasonic.com.