DeWalt recently introduced the DWS780 dual bevel sliding compound miter saw. It has 6-3/4 inches of vertical cut capacity and can handle 7-1/2-inch crown in the nested position. A unique sighting system shines a light from above the blade, creating a sharp-edged shadow line where the blade will hit the work; it's like using a laser, except the light never needs adjusting. At 56 pounds, this saw is lightweight for a machine of its capacity. It captures 75 percent of the dust when used with a bag, says the maker, and more when used with a vacuum.
¦ Price: $600. 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com.
Most carpenters scribe with a compass or a small block of wood. That works fine but requires a practiced hand to keep the pencil line parallel to the scribed surface. The M.Power Perfect Butt Profile Scriber makes the task easier. It's basically a pencil sheath with a freely moving wheel at the drawing end. Because the pencil point is at the center of the wheel, the drawn line will always be perfectly parallel to the scribed surface. The tool comes with four different sizes of wheels and can scribe distances ranging from 1-1/16 inch to 3-1/2 inches.
¦ Price: $25. 613-525-3328. www.m-powertools.com.
Safety railings need to be sturdy, but they also need to be easy to put together and take apart. The OSHA-compliant Safety Boot is a brace that anchors to the floor and supports a doubled-up 2x4 post. It has slots for removable toeboards and is designed to be freestanding, so it only needs to be fastened to the floor.
¦ Price: $27 per unit. 800-804-4741. www.safetyboot.com.
There isn't a client in the world who wants to see dirt tracked into his or her house, but it's a pain for you and your crew to have to take off your boots every time you need to run inside. And cloth boot covers – though fine when it's dry – are ineffective with muddy boots. Tidy Trax are made from molded foam, so they're not affected by moisture –in fact, you can clean them with a garden hose. Simple friction keeps them on over your boots, and you can step in and out of them without using your hands.
¦ Price: $40. 607-846-4520. www.tidy-trax.com.
Protecting your knees is critical, but kneepads can be uncomfortable. Duluth's new Roll Up Kneeling Pad may not be suited to the constant motion of running baseboard, but it could be pretty useful for a stationary tile job. Made of 1/2-inch closed-cell foam rubber, the pad is 12 by 84 inches, allowing for plenty of side-to-side movement. When it's time to go, the pad can be rolled up and secured with a Velcro strap.
¦ Price: $42. 800-505-8888. www.duluthtrading.com.