Product Briefs

  • 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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    Launch Time 2009: Hitachi Cordless Impact Driver

    Hitachi's new 14.4-volt cordless impact driver (WH14DBL) has a brushless motor that provides up to 30 percent longer runtime per charge and extends battery life, says the company.

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    Launch Time 2009: Makita Three-Speed Cordless Impact Driver

    Makita's first brushless-motor 18-volt cordless impact driver (BTD144) has a three-speed power-selection switch.

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    Launch Time 2009: DeWalt 18-Volt Cordless Tools

    DeWalt's all-new line of compact 18-volt cordless tools includes a right-angle drill (DCD690KL), a drill/driver (DCD760KL), an impact driver (DCF826KL),and a hammer drill/driver (DCD775KL).

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    Makita BTD144 Impact Driver

    Makita's new impact driver, the BTD144, has several useful features inspired by the company's extensive line of industrial drivers.

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    Milwaukee 2451-22 Cordless Impact Wrench

    Most cordless impact wrenches have 1/2-inch anvils for large sockets and deliver bolt-snapping torque that can overwhelm smaller tasks.

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    Dimension Tools Bullet Mole

    Boring a utility access hole under a sidewalk or driveway is hard work and often requires hiring a sub.

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