Tools & Materials
Latest and Greatest: April 2018
Milwaukee bolt cutter
Normally, when your bolt cutter lacks the leveraged to cut the mustard (so to speak), you either have to switch to a larger bolt cutter, or contort your body so you can use your hands feet and backside all at the same time. Now there’s a third option: Create your own larger bolt cutter. These new Milwaukee Bolt Cutters are equipped with POWERMOVE Extendable Arms. They have up to 30% more cutting power at full length. The 14-in. and 24-in. Adaptable Bolt Cutter with POWERMOVE Extendable Arms will be available in July 2018 wherever Milwaukee tools are sold.
DeWalt lawn mowers
DEWALT has upped its lawn care game with the release of two new Lawn Mowers. The great thing about these mowers is that they run off of existing DEWALT battery platforms. The mowers use either DEWALT 20v or 40v MAX batteries, so you can use the same batteries you use to power your tools and other lawn care products to power these heavy-duty mowers all summer long. These mowers have a 20-in. metal deck, and can mulch, bag, or rear discharge grass clippings. The handle folds for easy storage, and with no oil or gas to worry about, you could store them upside down if you wanted. The 2x20V MAX* Brushless Mower (DCMW220) and 40V MAX* Brushless Mower (DCMW290) can be purchased online starting at $435.99.
Without accuracy and precision, a leveling laser is pretty much useless. Bosch’s new family of Three-Plane Leveling and Alignment Lasers has accuracy in spades. These lasers are accurate within 3/32 of an inch over 30ft, which is even better than Bosch’s typical 1/8 of an inch. The system comes in both a red light and a green light version. The green laser does go through batteries a little faster, but it’s 4x brighter, perfect for using on a sunny day. Both the red beam (GLL3-330C) and green beam (GLL3-330CG) are Bluetooth compatible so you can connect the lasers to an app on your phone. The Bosch Leveling Remote app tells you battery level, lets you control the lasers and gives you an alert if the laser is out of level. The green beam lasere costs $499 and the red beam lasers costs $399; both will be available for purchase soon online and in hardware stores and home centers.
Cable grabs are pretty standard tools designed to help electricians pull long zip lines up off the ground. So what makes this one special? Well, for years there wasn’t a cable grab that could grip HDPE cable, or “tree wire”, without damaging the coating. Klein Tools changed that last year when they released the first ever Jaw Grip for HDPE-Coated Cable. It is specially engineered with a high-traction surface so that it can handle tree wire with no impact on the outer jacket. Now Klein Tools has announced a version of this pulling tool that is three pounds lighter than their first model. The lightweight Parallel Jaw Grip also has a wider cable diameter range (0.625” – 1.362”) than its predecessor and can be operated with just one hand. The Parallel Jaw Grip will be available soon.
Are you worried about your assets coming loose in the back of your truck or on your trailer? Check out ShockStrap. ShockStrap’s Ratchet Straps use a urethane-based shock to keep tension on the strap at all times. Other ties loosen when road conditions force the payload to shift and settle. The ShockStrap prevents unsafe loosening by absorbing shock and contracting with the load, perfect for hauling equipment or toys with any kind of suspension, like snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides. The Urethane formula is incredibly durable and resistant to wear and tear typically caused by sunlight, saltwater and chemicals. On top of all that, all the hooks and buckles on a ShockStrap are coated in yellow zinc so they will last much longer than powder-coated metal. The ShockStrap Ratchet Strap come in a variety of widths and lengths and can be purchased online starting at $35.99.
SKILSAW just announced the largest saw that they have ever produced, and they’ve given it an appropriate name: the Super Sawsquatch. SKILSAW turned heads last year when they released the Sawsquatch, which featured a 10-1/4 in.-blade. That blade is now dwarfed by the Super Sawsquatch, which boasts a massive 16-5/16-inch 32-tooth blade, a 15 Amp Dual Field Motor and worm drive gearing. What could you possibly need a saw that big for? Well, the Super Sawsquatch is perfect for ripping through 6x, beams and engineered lumber, which SKILSAW says the Super Sawsquatch can handle in just one pass. Plus it’s only 27 lbs., a full five lbs. lighter than comparable beam saws on the market. The Super Sawsquatch will be available for $699 in March 2018. To learn more visit https://www.skilsaw.com/.
Makita Split Shaft
Makita’s new Couple Shaft Power Heads are a great way to save space and reduce repairs and maintenance. These Power Heads come in two power options: Cordless or 4-stroke. Makita makes nine different attachment options for the power heads, giving you all the versatility you need. The interchangeable attachments use a lock system that makes it easy to switch from, say, a hedge trimmer to a pole saw. The Cordless Power Head is fully compatible with Makita’s 36V/18V battery system. Both the Cordless and 4-stroke Engine version of Makita’s Couple Shaft Power Heads are available online and in stores for $229.00 and $332.71, respectively. (Note: price for Cordless option is bare tool only, no batteries included.)
ToughTested’s Pro-Comm Neckband Headsets are headphones built for the jobsite. What makes them so great is that they work both as headphones and as a speaker that rests around your neck, all wirelessly through Bluetooth. “Speaker mode” is especially nice if you’re the type of person that can’t stand having ear buds in for long periods of time. And they are all-importantly very durable, featuring rubberized surfaces and Kevlar reinforced cabling with braided nylon covering to prevent wear-and-tear and tangling. Pro-Comm headsets are even IP54 rated for water, sweat and dust resistance and last up to 15 hours on a single charge. Pro-Comm Neckband Headsets cost $79.99 and are sold online and at select retailers.
For more on the Cut-Out Saw, check out our video here.
Makita Cutout Tool
Makita is now offering the world’s first (as far as we know) Cordless Cut-Out Saw, designed specifically to cut through layers of drywall without cutting too deep. Whether you’re remodeling or installing outlets, this is incredibly helpful. The saw just barely cuts through drywall so you don’t run the risk of accidentally nicking any pipes or wires that might lie on the other side. It also includes dual L.E.D. lights so you can always see where you’re cutting and an adjustable blade depth with a max depth of 1-3/16-in. The Makita Cordless Cut-Out Saw can be found online and in home centers for $187.36.
For more on the Cut-Out Saw, check out our video here.
Pro Klein Magnetizer
No, it’s not a floatie for your boat keys. It’s a Magnetizer/Demagnetizer from Klein Tools! The Magnetizer uses powerful rare-earth magnets to immediately give screwdrivers or drill bits magnetic properties. All you have to do is insert the driver or drill bit into the magnetizing slot and slowly pull it back out…like magic, it’s magnetic. You can then remove the magnetic properties from the tool by inserting it into the demagnetizing slot and, again, removing it slowly. The Klein Magnetizer/Demagnetizer attaches easily to tool bag, pouches and backpacks so you can always keep it handy. Buy one online or in stores for $9.97.
For more on the Klein Magnetizer, check out our video here.
Milwaukee Circ Blades
Milwaukee’s newest line of circular saw blades are the on the cutting edge of technology. Get it? The cutting edge? Every blade in this new line of circ blades is engineered with anti-friction coating and laser-cut from 100 percent sheet steal. The coating keeps your blade cooler while cutting, which prevents corrosion and gumming, and the laser-cut blade ensures a stable, more accurate cut. These new saws will come in over 30 different blade options ranging from 5-3/8-in. to 12-in. diameters. Look for this entire line to launch in April, 2018.
NEW DAP Products
Exterior sealants need to be tough. All year long they must hold up against rain, snow and heat without cracking or fading. DAP’s new Dynaflex Ultra Advanced Exterior Sealant is made to beat the weather, featuring what DAP calls “Weather Max” technology. Weather Max keeps Dynaflex from losing color, yellowing and prevents damage from harsh conditions. It’s also water and dirt resistant and is ready to paint just ONE HOUR after application! DAP guarantees that Dynaflex Ultra will stay mold, mildew and algae resistant for the life of the sealant, which is especially great if you are using it in low-light, damp areas. Dynaflex Ultra Advanced Exterior Sealants come in many different shades and are available now in select home stores and online for $6.47 per tube.