Ridgid's R8823 Max Select dual-voltage impact driver delivers 1,490 inch-pounds of torque and features an LED light, variable-speed switch, and die-cast gear box. The tool can be used with the company's existing 18-volt nicad batteries or the company's new 24-volt lithium-ion batteries. Price: $119. 800-474-3443. www.ridgid.com.
Designed for intense drilling in concrete and masonry or for light chiseling, the TE 7-A 36-volt cordless rotary hammerdrill offers the performance of a corded tool in a lightweight, ergonomic design with low vibration and easy handling, says Hilti. The tool's lithium-ion battery charges to 50 percent capacity in 18 minutes and 100 percent capacity in 36 minutes; an LED state-of-charge indicator shows remaining power. The tool has an optimum drilling range of 5/16- to 3/4-inch diameter. A TE DRS-M dust-removal system is available as an option. Price: $949–$1,239 (kits). 800-879-8000. www.us.hilti.com.
Part of Hitachi's new line of 14.4-volt lithium-ion cordless tools, the DS14DL drill/driver has a two-piece rare earth magnet motor that delivers 450 inch-pounds of torque. The tool features a two-step speed switch that controls four speed settings, an externally accessible carbon brush, replaceable armature, and five-position belt hook with built-in LED work light. The 4.4-pound drill/driver comes with two HXP 3.0-amp-hour lithium-ion batteries that offer three times the life and half the weight of nicad and NiMH batteries, says the company. The HXP batteries also can be used with the company's DMR and DVF3 tools. Price: $239. 800-829-4752. www.hitachipowertools.com
Part of Makita's LXT lithium-ion line, the 18-volt BCS550 5-3/8-inch cordless metal-cutting saw weighs just 6.4 pounds but puts out 3,400 rpm and will cut conduit pipe, sheet metal, steel, square tubing, and more. The saw features an ergonomic shape, a built-in LED light, and a maximum 90-degree cutting depth of 2 inches. The lithium-ion batteries produce 280 percent more work with two to three times more cycles than traditional nicad batteries, the firm says. The kit comes with a carbide-tipped blade, two batteries, the Rapid Optimum 25-minute charger, and case. Price: $489. 800-462-5482. www.makita.com.
Metabo now offers its BSZ 18 cordless drill/driver with a lithium-ion battery, allowing for longer runtimes, 40 percent higher performance, and 40 percent less weight than traditional batteries, according to the company. The tool, which weighs 4.9 pounds, delivers up to 549 inch-pounds of torque and no-load speeds up to 1,450 rpm. It features 20 torque settings and a drill setting, a 1/2-inch keyless chuck with one-handed bit changing, three-level planetary gears, a built-in fan, and a rubber-coated T-handle. The air-cooled battery charger maintains optimum charging temperature for 30 percent faster charging and increased service life. Price: $359. 800-638-2264. www.metabousa.com.
The Patriot PATCUT245CUAL-18V 18-volt battery-actuated hydraulic cutter from FCI Burndy can cut up to 2.45-inch cable. It offers one-handed operation, a latch-style cutting head for interference-free closure for mid-span cuts, and 180-degree rotation for tight spaces. The tool comes with a charger, tool-retention lanyard, case, and two NiMH batteries. Price: Unavailable. 800-346-4175. www.fciconnect.com.
Rockwell's 18-volt hammerdrill features a 1/2-inch keyless chuck, 24 torque positions, two gears, bubble levels, an auxiliary handle, and a battery gauge. It comes with two batteries and a one-hour charger, as well as the company's "Batteries for Life" program, which provides a free replacement battery if a battery will no longer charge. Price: $180. 866-514-7625. www.rockwelltools.com.
Ingersoll Rand has introduced the IQV line of cordless tools for pros, comprised of the W040 7.2-volt 1/4-inch Quick-Change impact wrench, the W150 14.4-volt 3/8-inch impact wrench, the W360 19.2-volt 1/2-inch impact wrench, the D550 14.4-volt drill/driver, and the D650 19.2-volt drill/driver. According to the maker, the tools tools have up to 110 percent better power-to-weight ratios and provide up to 40 percent better maximum reverse torque compared to competing brands. The tools can be used with nicad or lithium-ion batteries, and the IQV cordless power system allows for one charger for all voltages and chemistries. The tools feature composite housings for maximum strength with minimum weight. Price: $150–$300 (tool only). 800-376-8665. www.irtools.com.
The 21618 18-volt nicad 1/2-inch high-torque impact wrench offers the highest torque in its class, 350 foot-pounds, according to Bosch. It delivers 1,900 rpm and 2,100 bpm for a range of applications, including lag bolts, Tapcons, structural bolts, and hex bolts. The tool weighs 7.5 pounds. It comes with two BlueCore batteries, which provide 50 percent more cycle life than previous-generation batteries, the firm says. It also includes a 30-minute charger and a case. Price: $359. 877-267-2499. www.boschtools.com.
Designed for high-speed fastening in small spaces, the V4 cordless screwdriver kit from Milwaukee features a two-position handle and weighs only 1.1 pounds. The tool's 3.0-amp-hour lithium-ion battery provides fade-free power and has a Quik-Lok twist-tight connection. Other features include a 21-position clutch with auto shut-off, drill mode for drilling pilot holes, one-handed bit changing, and a battery fuel gauge. Price: $110. 800-729-3878. www.milwaukeetool.com.
Work light/Battery Charger
DeWalt's DC022 cordless/corded fluorescent compact worklight/charger combines an area light, a dual-port battery charger, and three power outlets. The unit's 38-watt bulb runs on the manufacturer's 12- to 18-volt batteries or on AC power. The one-hour charger charges two 7.2- to 18-volt DeWalt batteries while the three GFCI-protected outlets provide additional power solutions. Price: $149. 800-433-9258. www.dewalt.com.