Panasonic has moved beyond the standard selection of drills, drivers, and saws by including a cordless rotary hammer (EY7840LN2S) in its new 14.4-volt lithium ion line. At less than 5 pounds, this compact tool offers up to 4,000 blows per minute. It has an SDS chuck and an LED light and can be operated in rotary or standard drilling mode. Like all of the tools in this line, the rotary hammer has undergone independent durability testing and scored high ratings in both dust protection and water resistance, says the maker. Overload protection shuts off the motor when it's in danger of overheating. (In other words, this is a tool you can feel free to beat on.)
¦ Price: $425. 800-405-0652.