Ask any tradesperson to name the lamest thing about a hole saw and he'll say, "Getting the plug out." Lenox solved this problem by putting stepped slots in the sides of its new Speed Slot Hole Saw; they serve as leverage points for prying the plug out with a screwdriver, making removal much faster. Also, this hole saw is deeper than earlier models, so there's enough space to get under a 2-by plug and pry. And since the walls are thinner than is typical, they cut faster, too; it's like using a thin-kerf blade. The saw comes in sizes from 9/16 inch to 6 inches in diameter.
¦ Price: $7 to $110. 800-628-3030. www.lenoxtools.com.