Tools & Materials
2017 Cool New Power Tools and Accessories
Here are some of the cool new power tools from the summer of 2017 that we thought were worth a mention.
DEWALT FLEXVOLT Track Saw
When a cut has to be on-the-money, only a table saw or track saw will do. DEWALT’s new cordless Track Saw cuts a razor sharp edge thanks to its variable speed motor and high-end 42-tooth blade. And of course the FLEXVOLT battery provides buku power. To protect you and your hands the motor has a built-in anti-kickback function. The track itself is dual-edged to allow for faster setup and has an adjustable rail that allows for accurate fine-tuning. DEWALT’s FLEXVOLT Track Saw (DCS520B) is available online and in stores starting at $379.
Demo Demon from Diablo
When it comes to demolition jobs, you don’t want to make the work any harder than it has to be. With that in mind Diablo has released a new 7-1/4”, 24 -tooth saw blade that they’re calling the Demo Demon. It has a 3-tooth grind sequence which Diablo claims will chew through all sorts of nastiness like, nail-embedded wood, shingles and even bolts. Diablo also boasts that this blade will last up to ten times longer than a regular blade- That’s impressive! The Demo Demon has a Perma-Shield Non-stick coating so that it doesn’t corrode, get too hot during cuts, or get gummed up. These blades are designed to run on cordless saws as well. Demo Demon blades from Diablo are available online and in home centers for $14.97.
Milwaukee Mobile Work Station
The new 52-in. Mobile Work Station from Milwaukee Tool is a truly portable work center. The Work Station has nine drawers with a total weight capacity of 1800 lbs., giving you plenty of organization and storage options. The station’s work surface is raised, making it easy for material to be clamped down, and there are two pull-out trays right under the work surface for speedy access to your most commonly used tools. This versatile work-bench-on-wheels also features a built in power center with USB ports to charge your phone or other devices. This beefy Mobile Work Station is built with a reinforced angle iron frame designed to withstand years of abuse. The 52-in. Mobile Work Station (48-22-8552) is available in home centers and online and sells for $599. Click here more innovations from Milwaukee.
A New Way to Look At Your Cut
New from SKILSAW, the SOUTHPAW is the only All-Magnesium Left Blade Sidewinder Circular Saw. With the blade located on the left side, the saw finally allows both right and left-handed users great visibility of the blade and cut-line. This saw lets you get a new angle or view while making a cut, allowing for more control and a straighter finish. The All-Magnesium frame makes the saw light and rugged and features 56-degree beveling capacity, making this an ideal tool for a wide variety of jobs.The SOUTHPAW from SKILSAW (SPT67M8-01) is available now online and in home centers for $129.99.
Compact Cordless Chainsaw
DEWALT is now introducing a new 20v Compact Cordless Chainsaw to their line of 20 volt cordless tools. With power approaching that of a traditional gas-powered model and the convenience of cordless, this versatile and powerful tool can be used an a range of jobs, from house demolition to chopping down trees.
DEWALT tested the saw by cutting through 4X4 blocks of pressure treated pine wood. They found that it achieved and ample 90 cuts on a single charge of their 20V MAX* 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion battery. The fact that this machine runs on 20v batteries is great, because that means you don’t have to buy separate, larger 40 or 60 volt batteries just so you can run one tool.
The new 20V MAX* Compact Cordless Chainsaw is coming to stores in September 2017. The bare unit will cost $149 and will come with a battery for $229.
One Bit to Drill them All
You need tough tools for tough work. Bosch has built in toughness to their new Daredevil bits. Daredevil MultiPurpose Drill Bits have a carbide multi-grind head that Bosch claims gets the job done 85 percent faster than other multi-material bits. The bits are built to drill easily through most materials, whether you’re driving into bricks, blocks, steel or even tile. These heavy-duty bits are also built with an impact-rated hex shank that holds up to wear and tear even when used in a hammer drill or impact driver. Diameters range from 1/8-in. to ½-in.. Daredevil Multipurpose Drill Bits can be found online starting at $4.99 each.
Considerable Cordless Collection
DEWALT is making even more additions to its 20v MAX* System, producing four new cordless nailers designed for framing, finishing, and even flooring. The new nailers include a Brad Nailer (DCN680B), a Narrow Crown Stapler (DCN681B), and an Angled Finish Nailer (DCN650B). The Flooring Stapler (DCN682 B) can nail down up to 1500 staples per charge! That’s a sizable chunk of compressor-free work. DEWALT 20v MAX System Cordless Nailers are available now online and in stores starting at $249.
Bosch Cordless Rotary Hammer
I know, being able to lift heavy things is a point of pride in the construction industry, but a few hours on a rotary hammer is enough to make even a tough-guy’s arms feel like rubber. Bosch’s new SDS Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer can lighten your burden. At less than 6 pounds this hammer still packs quite the punch, providing a powerful 5,850 BPM; that’s the same BPM as Bosch’s BULLDOG Rotary Hammer, which weighs 11 pounds! This lightweight rotary hammer offers all the features as others in it’s class, like variable speed performance, three different modes and an LED light so you can get jobs done in low-light areas. The SDS Plus Cordless Rotary Hammer from Bosch will be available online soon.
DeWALT Cordless Grinder
We first saw DeWALT’s grinders at the company’s “Tough in the South” media event back in August. What really stood out to us about these new grinders were the impressive brakes, which were capable of completely stopping the spinning wheel in less than three seconds.
DeWALT just announced that they’re taking all of those great features and bringing them to a new line of cordless grinders. The line is made up of an Angle Grinder (DCG413R2), a Flathead Grinder (DCG413FR2) and a Die Grinder (DCG426M2). All come loaded with great features and run off of DEWALT’s 20v Max battery. These grinders are available online and in home centers starting at $349.
Greenworks Pole Saw
In the market for a new pole saw? Check out this new model from Greenworks Commercial. It’s cordless and can reach up to 12 feet. The battery provides up to 240 cuts per charge. Greenworks boasts that it vibrates 5 times less than a traditional gas powered version and produces 50% less noise. The Brushless Pole Saw (GS110) is available on the Greenworks Commercial website for $239.
Milwaukee Hackzall One Handed Recip Saw
Milwaukee, the company who started it all, continues to make advances in the world of reciprocating saws. They recently introduced the Hackzall One-Handed Reciprocating Saw, a heavy-duty cordless recip saw. Unlike their 12Volt version, this saw runs on the M18 platform, which most pros are running at the jobsite. It’s smaller profile makes it perfect for getting into tight spaces, plus Milwaukee claims that the Hackzall delivers up to 3 times faster cutting than other one-handed recip saws and four times lower vibration. The Hackzall One-Handed Reciprocating Saw is available online and in stores for $149 for the bare tool.
M12 Compact Charger and Power Source
Cordless tools are a necessity, which means battery chargers are also a necessity, and battery chargers are clunky and take up a lot of space. The M12 battery charger is the exception. Instead of a cumbersome ac cord, this charger runs on a Micro-USB cable, Once powered up, the Compact Charger can also be used to charge any other device that uses Micro-USB. Cordless tools are always getting lighter and more compact; it’s about time that someone brought those some things to a charger.
The M12 Compact Charger and Power Source is available online and in stores for $49.97
Cordless Compact Sander
Some jobs require the long-lasting power of a corded tool, while others benefit from the efficient maneuverability of a cordless tool. So how do you decide which version to buy? Most guys end up with both.
Well, with Festool’s new Cordless Compact Sanders, you don’t have to choose. All three of these new sander models can be used cordlessly or plugged in, giving you all the versatility in the world. Cordles/corded tools are undoubtedly the wave of the future. These new sanders (the RTSC, the DTSC and the ETSC) will be available October 2nd starting at $195.
SKILSAW Table Saw: The Second Generation
SKILSAW is back with another worm drive table saw. An upgrade to the table saw they introduced in 2015, SKILSAW’s 10-inch Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw is heavy-duty and powerful. It has a 30-1/2 inch rip capacity and a 3-5/8 inch depth of cut so you can rip through sheet goods and 4x. The Dual-Field Motor is a patented design that runs cool, which SKILSAW claims will help it last longer. The 10-Inch Heavy Duty Worm Drive Table Saw is available now for $579. (Note: The saw comes in two models, one with a SKILSAW blade and the other with a Diablo blade.)