Product Briefs

  • Crescent X6 Pass-Thru Adjustable Wrench Set

    This combination tool is an all-in-one adjustable wrench, pipe wrench, and socket set.

  • Gearwrench Universal Spline Ratcheting Wrenches

    Gearwrench 120XP Ratcheting Wrenches have the tightest ratcheting arc available, according to the manufacturer.

  • Knipex Pliers Wrench XL 16

    The Knipex Pliers Wrench XL 16-inch combines the clamping power of pliers with the smooth, aligned jaws of a wrench.

  • Hilti SF 10W-A18 Drill Driver

    A cordless tool powerful enough to replace the big corded drill you carry “just in case”.

  • Ridgid Gen5X Combo Kit

    This new 5-piece 18-volt kit includes upgraded tools and 4.0 Ah batteries.

  • A New Line of DeWalt Air Tools

    Designed with automotive and industrial users in mind, these tools are said to have good ergonomics and the speed and power to get the job done.

  • Klein Switch Drive Handle System

    These impact rated bits can be used in the supplied handle or in a drill or impact driver.

  • Bosch Mortar Knife

    This rotary hammer bit is designed to quickly remove mortar from vertical joints without damaging masonry.

  • Crescent Connect Modular Clamp System

    This clamp system offers a lot of versatility. Each clamp has 500 pounds of holding power, 60% more than similar clamps, according to the manufacturer.

  • Klein All-Purpose Pliers

    A cross between needle-nose pliers and wire strippers, this new tool allows the electrician to carry one less thing in his pouch.

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    Klein Power Conduit Reamer

    This hex-drive reamer fits in drill and impact drivers.

  • Digital Impact Gun

    With the introduction of its new 18-volt impact driver, Hitachi is the latest company to enter the realm of brushless tools.

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    More New 20 Volt Max Tools

    In addition to a brushless impact driver, DeWalt recently announced several new tools in their 20 Volt Max (18-volt tools) product line.

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    Launch Time 2011: Milwaukee 18-Volt Rotary Hammer

    Milwaukee's M18 Cordless 7/8-inch SDS Plus Rotary Hammer should find its strongest market among mechanical contractors who work on commercial jobs, but it will be of interest to any tradesperson who drills a lot of small holes in concrete.

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    Fall 2010 Hot Finds

    Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw / Palm Nailer / Rotary Hammer / Impact Driver

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    Product Watch: Bosch 18-Volt Impact Drill/Driver

    Bosch's 26618-01 18-volt impact drill/driver is 7 inches long and has a two-speed motor (0 to 750/2,800 rpm) with an impact mode of 1,500 inch-pounds of torque.

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    Hot Find: Rockwell Cordless Impact Driver

    A 12-volt cordless 3-in-1 Impact Driver (model RK2515K2) that operates in power drill/driver, screwdriver, and impact-driver modes has been added to Rockwell's LithiumTech line of rechargeable lithium-ion tools.

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    Launch Time 2010: Metabo Compact Cordless 18V Impact Wrench

    A new compact cordless 18V Impact Wrench (SSW18) has been added to the PowerMaster series of 18-volt lithium-ion tools.

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    Ridgid R92234 JobMax Combo Kit

    Ridgid's R92234 combo kit comes with a subcompact drill/driver and a new multi-attachment tool called the JobMax.

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    New 18-Volt Impact Drivers

    About a year ago I tested nine 18-volt impact drivers. Since then, a few new models — Bosch's 25618-02, Makita's BTD 144, and Milwaukee's 2650-20 — have come on the market.

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