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    Hisco Mud Shovel

    No, it's not a pasta strainer. The Hisco Mud Shovel has a unique perforated design that allows liquids to drain, so you're shoveling less slop and more dirt.

     
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    Festool T-18+3 Drill

    Festool's new T-18+3 drill combines 18-volt lithium-ion power with a number of innovative features.

     
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    Tool Pak ToolVest

    When you work near the road, you need to wear some kind of high-visibility clothing.

     
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    KP Industries Ultra Flex III kneepads

    Sure, the jointed Ultra Flex III kneepads may make you look like the tin man – but they'll also keep your knees safe from harm, says the maker.

     
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    Bosch Stop Bits

    The most common way to set a depth on a masonry bit is to wrap a piece of tape around the shaft of the bit.

     
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    Knaack Field Station

    Think of the new Knaack Field Station as a mobile command center, with everything you need for a job-site office, including adjustable shelves, a plan table, and places to mount bins and a work light.

     
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    Wilton BASH Sledgehammer

    Above all, a sledgehammer should be indestructible. Wilton claims its new BASH (Bad Ass Sledge Hammer) fits the bill.

     
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    ReCoiler Hose-Storage System

    All it takes is one twisting, curling air hose to create a tripping hazard and completely clutter the work area.

     
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    Max Brad Gun

    Max has just come out with a new standard-pressure 18-gauge brad gun (NF255F) that uses the same driver and bumper technology as the company's 400-psi tools.

     
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    Sola Focus Vial Level

    Sola's new Focus Vial Level is designed with a strong emphasis on readability.

     
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    Makita Lithium-Ion Planer

    Makita's new lithium-ion powered planer, the first of its kind, can do everything its corded brother can do.

     
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    ARE Truck Cap

    ARE's RT series truck cap is extra tall, providing plenty of room for lumber, tools, and materials.

     
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    Senco Metal Connector Nailer

    If you're looking for a small metal-connector nailer, Senco just might have the ticket. The Joist Pro 150 is all about size. Weighing barely over 4-1/2 pounds, with a nose-to-rear length of 12 inches, this gun is designed for use in tight spaces.

     
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    Trambed Truck Storage Solution

    A truck cap keeps tools dry but can make it harder to get at them. The TramBed provides complete access to the cargo space in your pickup.

     
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    Warn Cordless Lifting Tool

    The Cordless Warn PulzAll is a battery-powered pulling and lifting tool that can help you move heavy items like LVLs and I-beams.

     
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    Milwaukee Linesman Pliers

    Milwaukee's new 6-in-1 Linesman Pliers are designed specifically for the electrician.

     
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    Mr. Heater Cordless Propane Heater

    The Mr. Heater Hero is a cordless propane heater, which means it's both portable and hassle-free. I

     
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    Self-Cleaning Vacuum

    Imagine how convenient it would be if your HEPA construction vacuum could clean its own filters and didn't require the use of collection bags.

     
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    Pulse-Bac Vacuum

    Imagine how convenient it would be if your HEPA construction vacuum could clean its own filters and didn't require the use of collection bags.

     
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    Truck-Bed LED lights

    Blindly rummaging around in the back of your truck on a dark winter morning is a lousy way to start the day.

     
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    Benchmark Cut Table

    Two sawhorses and a sheet of plywood make for a very basic worktable. The new Benchmark Table offers a little more versatility.

     
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    Amana Carbide-Tipped Countersinks

    Amana recently released the first carbide-tipped countersinks. Because they're made with such a durable material, they keep a nice sharp edge and are tough enough to drill into hardwoods.

     
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    Caulk Warmer

    Trying to squeeze cold construction adhesive out of a caulking tube can be like trying to push a cinder block through a keyhole.

     
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    Weather Guard Hi-Side Boxes

    Weather Guard's new Hi-Side boxes are both weather-resistant and tamperproof: An innovative built-in gutter system helps them shed water, and all locks are drill-resistant.

     
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    Hydro Handle Wet Drilling Accessory

    The Hydro Handle is an attachment that lets you wet-drill and polish stone, glass, and tile with any 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch cordless drill. It fits into the end of the drill and holds a coring bit or a diamond polishing pad.

     
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    Stanley Fubar Demolition Tool

    When demolition goes beyond prying (and when doesn't it?), there's the new Stanley Fubar Demolition Tool.

     
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    Swift Hitch BackUp Camera

    If you're one of those people who can't hitch up a trailer to save your life, you should consider the Swift Hitch.

     
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    Tools Up Close: Milwaukee M12 Cordless Jigsaw

    When it comes to jigsaws, I'm an avowed barrel-grip guy, so even though many of my other tools are cordless, I've been stuck using a corded jigsaw. But with Milwaukee's recent introduction of the model 2445 saw (which takes M12 batteries), I've been able to add a cordless model to my tool kit.

     
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    Tools Up Close: Erecta-Rack Drying Rack

    Erecta-Rack consists of 40-inch steel cross bars that snap into plastic support blocks, which stack and snap together like Lego blocks. As the rack goes up, the individual sections begin to resemble ladders, with towers of blocks for the sides and cross bars for the rungs. It's designed to be...

     
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    Tools Up Close: RotoZip ZipSaw

    About a year ago, Tools of the Trade sent me a ZipSaw, a grinder-based cutoff saw that takes 3-1/2- and 4-inch proprietary cutoff wheels.

     
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    Tool Test: Affordable Line Lasers

    For this article, my crew and I tested 11 self-leveling line lasers that can be purchased for $300 or less – an amount any tradesperson should be willing to spend for a tool that can pay for itself. Our pricing came from reputable online dealers; you may pay more or less based on when and where you...

     
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    Tool Test: Demo-Blade Showdown

    We pushed 18 recip-saw blades to their limits to determine their ability to cut quickly and resist wear.

     
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    Porter-Cable Quick-Change Oscillating Tool

    Porter-Cable's new oscillating tool is notable for its unique quick-change feature.

     
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    Swift Hitch BackUp Camera

    If you're one of those people who can't hitch up a trailer to save your life, you should consider the Swift Hitch.

     
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    Stanley Tools Maximum Demo Tool

    When demolition goes beyond prying (and when doesn't it?), there's the new Stanley Fubar Demolition Tool.

     
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    Hydro Handle Simple Wet-Drilling Attachment

    The Hydro Handle is an attachment that lets you wet-drill and polish stone, glass, and tile with any 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch cordless drill.

     
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    Smart Storage from Weather Guard

     
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    Caulk Warmer Bag

    Trying to squeeze cold construction adhesive out of a caulking tube can be like trying to push a cinder block through a keyhole.

     
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    Carbide-Tipped Countersinks from Amana

    Amana recently released the first carbide-tipped countersinks.

     
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    Versatile Cut Table

    Two sawhorses and a sheet of plywood make for a very basic worktable. The new Benchmark Table offers a little more versatility.

     
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    Truck-Bed LED lights

    Blindly rummaging around in the back of your truck on a dark winter morning is a lousy way to start the day.

     
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    Self-Cleaning Vacuum

    Imagine how convenient it would be if your HEPA construction vacuum could clean its own filters and didn't require the use of collection bags.

     
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    Portable Warmth from Mr. Heater

    The Mr. Heater Hero is a cordless propane heater, which means it's both portable and hassle-free.

     
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    Electrician's Pliers from Milwaukee

    Milwaukee's new 6-in-1 Linesman Pliers are designed specifically for the electrician.

     
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    Battery-Powered Hoist from Warn

    The Cordless Warn PulzAll is a battery-powered pulling and lifting tool that can help you move heavy items like LVLs and I-beams.

     
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    Truck Storage Solution from TramBed

    A truck cap keeps tools dry but can make it harder to get at them. The TramBed provides complete access to the cargo space in your pickup.

     
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    Hardware Nailers from Senco

    If you're looking for a small metal-connector nailer, Senco just might have the ticket.

     
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    Tall Truck Cap from ARE

    ARE's RT series truck cap is extra tall, providing plenty of room for lumber, tools, and materials.

     
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    Cordless Planer from Makita

    Makita's new lithium-ion powered planer, the first of its kind, can do everything its corded brother can do.

     
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    Easy-To-Read Spirit Level from Sola

    Sola's new Focus Vial Level is designed with a strong emphasis on readability.

     
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    Durable Brad Gun from Max

    Max has just come out with a new standard-pressure 18-gauge brad gun that uses the same driver and bumper technology as the company's 400-psi tools.

     
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    Portable Air Hose Reel from PneuPower

    All it takes is one twisting, curling air hose to create a tripping hazard and completely clutter the work area.

     
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    Tough Sledgehammers from Wilton

    Above all, a sledgehammer should be indestructible.

     
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    Secure Mobile Office from Knaack

    Think of the new Knaack Field Station as a mobile command center, with everything you need for a job-site office, including adjustable shelves, a plan table, and places to mount bins and a work light.

     
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    Carbide-tipped Stop Bits from Bosch

    The most common way to set a depth on a masonry bit is to wrap a piece of tape around the shaft of the bit.

     
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    Super Kneepads from KP Industries

    Sure, the jointed Ultra Flex III kneepads may make you look like the tin man – but they'll also keep your knees safe from harm, says the maker.

     
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    Safe Work Vest from Tool Pak

    When you work near the road, you need to wear some kind of high-visibility clothing.

     
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    Multitasking Drill from Festool

    Festool's new T-18+3 drill combines 18-volt lithium-ion power with a number of innovative features.

     
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    Mud Shovel from Hisco

    No, it's not a pasta strainer. The Hisco Mud Shovel has a unique perforated design that allows liquids to drain, so you're shoveling less slop and more dirt.

     
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    Porter-Cable Quick-Change Oscillating Tool

    Porter-Cable's new oscillating tool is notable for its unique quick-change feature. By squeezing a spring-loaded lever near the front of the tool, you can open the chuck and swap out accessories.