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Latest and Greatest Tools and Gear From Winter 2019
Every month we introduce you to the best new tools and products. Here is a roundup our favorites from the Winter of 2019.
Klein Tool’s now has a handy Velcro wristband with built-in rare earth magnets. The magnets allow small metal parts, screws, and nails to be kept nearby at all times, saving time and effort. The wristband is made from breathable mesh so that it won’t be uncomfortable when worn on a wrist and has adjustable hook and loop closures. It’s also designed to attach to tool bags or belts. Klein’s Tradesman Pro Magnetic Wristband is available online and in stores now for $20.31.
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Makita Rebar Tying Tool
Okay, we know that a rebar tying tool may not have broad appeal, but ya gotta admit, it’s pretty cool. Makita’s new LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Rebar Tying Tool has a tying capacity of up to 5,300 ties (of #3 by #3 diameter rebar) on just one charge of Makita’s 5.0Ah battery. That’s a lot of ties. This tool also works with #4 and #5 diameter rebar, and Makita claims that it can tie multiple bars in under one second. The tying strength can also be digitally adjusted if different tension strengths are required. Plus, the wire reel is easy to reload and delivers up to 120 ties of #3 by #3 rebar per reel. Makita’s 18v LXT Cordless Rebar Tying Tool (XRT01ZK) is available now online and in stores for $2,385.21.
Wet/Dry Dust Extractor
The new Wet/Dry Dust Extractor from Bosch is the latest in a line of products designed to help construction pros comply with OSHA’s new dust regulations. The extractor provides industrial grade power, filtering fine dust, coarse dirt, and liquids. There’s not a lot that’s going to slow this beast down, with a 17-gallon capacity and a 17.5-amp motor. This power and the extractor’s 300 CFM (cubic feet per minute) capacity make it ideal for concrete pros looking to control dust when grinding or cutting through concrete. Bosch’s 17-Gallon 300-CFM Dust Extractor can be purchased online for $1,499.99.
DEWALT’s new line of hammers
A good hammer is an essential weapon in every pro’s arsenal. DEWALT’s new line of hammers includes 14 hammer in total and six new “Extended Performance” designs, all built to provide durability and to lessen the amount of vibration users experience. Each of the Extended Performance hammers features DEWALT’s innovative grip technology that dampens vibration, reducing sting by 35%. DEWALT’s new hammer line contains hammers designed for framing, finishing, demo and more, and features the 22 oz. 1 pc. Steel Hammer, winner of a 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Award. DEWALT’s first line of hammers were very popular, and they assured us that if you liked the first generation, you’re going to love this second generation. For more information on the entire line of DEWALT hammers check out DEWALT’s website.
ImpactGard from JELD-WEN
If you live or build in an area that is frequently hit by dangerously powerful storms, consider ImpactGard windows from JELD-WEN. ImpactGard windows are made from laminated glass that JELD-WEN says can withstand a strike from a 9-lb. piece of lumber flying at speeds up to 34 mph. The glass may crack after a heavy impact, but the chards will adhere to a special interlayer that hold it all together within the frame. This is both a safety and security feature. Glass shards won’t get everywhere if the window breaks, and potential thieves won’t be able to climb in through a busted window. On top of all of that, ImpactGard windows are designed to block out more sound and up to 95% of harmful UV rays. For more information and to find out where you can buy ImpactGard windows, click here.
M12 Rocket Tower Light
The M12 ROCKET Dual Power Tower Light is the first stand light to be part of Milwaukee Tool’s M12 system. Built specifically with construction pros in mind, the ROCKET light is light-weight and portable so it can be set up in tight spaces. To make up for its light weight, this tower light has a low center of gravity and an impact resistant base so that it doesn’t topple over easily. The light can either be plugged into an extension cord, or it can run for up to 10 hours on a single charge of the M12 Redlithium XC6.0 battery. The M12 ROCKET Dual Power Tower Light can be purchased (tool only) online and in stores for $169.00.
18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 10″ Top Handle Chain Saw
It’s a race to fill out the product lineups of cordless alternatives to gas-powered landscaping equipment, and Makita remains among the leaders. Their latest competitor is a fully-cordless top handle chainsaw with a brushless motor and a 10-in. blade. Top handle saws (also called arborist saws) are much more maneuverable. They work great for trimming trees and are a must for those arborists dancing amongst the tree tops. The chainsaw’s features include:
- Weighs 7.2 lbs.
- Torque boost mode for cutting through dense material
- Variable speed trigger
- Adjustable, automatic chain lubrication
The Makita 18V LXT Lithium Ion Brushless Cordless 10” Top Handle Chain Saw is available now.
Hanes Tec COMFORTGEAR
Sure, most clothing brands have an apparel line that caters to athletes. But Hanes has a new collection of high performance clothing for folks who work every day, not just for play. The collection includes a tank top, tights, sleeves, and socks designed to control odor, protect from the sun, block moisture, and provide compression. All of these features work together to keep pros comfortable and cool on the jobsite. The price of each item is in the chart below. For more information, click here.
|Active Comfort Tank||$22.99|
|Active Comfort Tight||$17.99|
|Active Comfort Sleeve||$11.99 (per pair)|
|Active Comfort Sock||$11.99 (per pair)|
Klein USB Testers
Klein Tool’s recently released three USB Meters and Testers that are designed to measure and monitor the power delivered by their USB ports. These testers are used not only to trouble shoot the output on USB ports, but they can also detect faulty cords. There are three different models (ET900, ET910, and ET920); each is built with durable cables and an industrial design, so they can survive the harshest jobsite conditions. The ET900 and ET910 are designed to work with the traditional USB-A ports, and ET920 works with the newer USB-C ports. The ET900 costs $16.99, the ET910 costs $39.99, and the ET920 costs $29.99. All three models are available online and in stores now.
High Visibility Heated Jacket
For pros who work in dark and cold condition, staying warm and visible are top priorities. Makita’s latest Heated Jacket is a solution for both problems. The jacket has a bright, fluorescent color and silver reflective accents that provide maximum visibility, and a power source that heats the jacket in five “core heat zones”: left chest, right chest, back and both pockets. The jacket is made with a polyester shell for water and wind resistance and five pockets for storing tools, gear and maybe even a snack or two. Don’t worry about things getting too hot, either; the jacket’s heat source has three heat settings (high, medium and low) so temperatures can be quickly adjusted based on the work environment or personal preference. The Makita 18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Cordless High Visibility Heated Jacket can be bought online for $199.00 (jacket only, battery is required)
RIDGID Butane 18V Heat Gun
RIDGID is heating things up this winter with the release of their new Butane 18V Heat Gun, which combines the benefits of natural gas with the convenience of a cordless tool. It’s built for the most demanding jobs, able to hold a temperature over 1200-deg. for up to 25 minutes. Plus it has a completely adjustable temperature output, as well as a cool-down mode that prevents wear on the motor and allows for the tool to be put away and stored quicker. The RIDGID Butane 18V Heat Gun can reach temperatures up to 1400-deg. F and will be available soon for $99.00.
Big-Ass Light Bar
The idea for the Big Ass Light Bar was born when a Big Ass employee, a former auto-mechanic tired of work lights that just didn’t get the job done, wanted to create something better. Two years later and the Big Ass Light Bar is now available for purchase. With six brightness levels and a 5,000 lumen maximum light output, the Big Ass Light Bar is the brightest battery-powered LED work light ever made. On a full charge, the rechargeable battery provides up to 48 hours of runtime and is housed in a shock-absorbing construction. Clearly, this was a tool built by pros, for pros. The Big Ass Work Light is available now for $399, and you can add a second battery for just $75 more.
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Tapplock one+ fingerprint lock
Jobsite security is always a concern- no one wants their tools stolen. Tapplock has created a high-tech solution in the form of a smart padlock, the Tapplcok one+. The Tapplock one+ fingerprint lock can hold up to 500 unique employee fingerprints- all they have to do is scan a fingerprint to unlock equipment. The lock comes with a management platform that allows employers to grant and revoke access, set specific days and time when locks can be accessed, and track who is accessing which tools. For more information on how the Tapplock one+ Fingerprint Lock can improve jobsite security, click here.
Dump Cart from Grabber
Demolition is can be back-breaking work, so any product that makes things a little easier on the body is a product we here at CPT will gladly take a look at. Grabber’s new pro-grade Dump Cart is a seamless container made of durable, rugged materials so it can withstand the demands of demolition. The cart can hold up to ¾ yard of debris, and with the (optional) hinged lid that capacity goes up to a full yard. The big draw to this dump cart is its design, which combines back wheels on stainless steel bearings that can spin a full 360-degrees and large front wheels for easy dumping. The Grabber Dumper Cart’s patented handle makes it (relatively) easy for just one worker to empty the bin. More information will be made available soon.
SENCO Construction Staplers
SENCO’s new construction staplers feature technology that they claim will virtually eliminate misfires and jams. The SENCO NS20XP and NS20BXP N-Wire Construction Staplers are 15 and 20 percent more powerful than competitive models, respectively. Both staplers feature an EZ-Clear latch that has an aggressive locking feature to eliminate skipping, jams or misfires. They are also both fairly light, weighing in at 5.1 and 5.8 pounds. These staplers drive both 16 and 17 gauge 7/16″ crown staples and can be converted to vinyl siding staplers. The NS20XP ($219) is available now and the NS20BXP ($289) will be available online and in stores soon.
Whether you’re a forestry pro, landscaper or have a bunch of land to maintain, the Husqvarna 572XP should be more than enough to get the job done. The 572XP boasts the best power-to-weight ratio of any comparable Husqvarna saw, with a weight of just 14.5 lbs. and a powerful 5.8 HP engine. Husqvarna has also added a new filtration system to this saw which they say will provide more efficient filtration, leading to a healthier engine and better overall tool performance. For more information on the Husqvarna 572 XP, check out this interactive website.
It’s safe to say that the construction industry has never been the home of high fashion. But that doesn’t mean that pros can’t wear things that keep them protected, safe, and productive while also looking good. Reebok’s new Astroride Work shoe line combines a sleek, stylish silhouette with features built in for pros working in the field. Ghillie laces and a special heal design allow the shoe to be taken on and off easily, and the sole is made from slip-resistant rubber to help keep pros on their feet. Shoes in the Astroride Work line are lightweight, have MemoryTech insoles that adapt to feet, and are made with protective steel toes that meet or exceed industry safety standards. Work shoes from the Astrostride Work line are available now, with prices ranging from $97 to $105 depending on features.
DEWALT In-Line Stud and Joist Drill
DEWALT’s new In-Line Stud and Joist Drill is a high-torque right angle drill capable of powerful drilling and a long runtime. The drill has two unique features:
- DEWALT’s E-Clutch System, which uses sensors to monitor tool motion and will cut the motor of binding is detected.
- DEWALT’s 2-speed Quick Shift, which lets users switch between two set speeds automatically without having to feather the trigger.
The In-Line Stud and Joist Drill also includes an LED light, a two-position handle, and a shallow nose so it can reach into tight spaces. The 60V Max* In-Line Stud and Joist Drill can be purchased online and in home centers now starting at $249.00 (Bare Tool).
Makita Brushless Cordless Metal Cutting Saw
With a 2-1/4” cutting depth and a powerful brushless motor, the new 18V Cordless 5-7/8” Metal Cutting Saw from Makita is built to slice through a variety of metals, including:
- Thread Rod
Makita’s Automatic Speed Change technology changes cutting speed and torque mid-cut for optimized performance. This saw has a chip collector box that collects metal debris created during the cutting process. One cool design aspect of this tool is that the collector box is transparent so that users can easily monitor how full it is and when it needs to be emptied.The 18V LXT Cordless 5-7/8” Metal Cutting Saw (XSC04Z) is available now for $199 (bare tool).
M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum
The M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum is an ideal tool for quickly cleaning up the jobsite after a long day’s work. It’s light, just over 15-lbs., quiet, and according to Milwaukee provides up to two times the suction power of traditional jobsite vacuums. It’s also completely cordless, running off of Milwaukee’s M18 battery platform. The debris collector can hold up to 1-gallon of dirt and debris and the flexible hose and telescoping extension wand make it much easier to clean hard-to-reach areas. This vacuum doesn’t have to be worn, either; the harness is fully removable so it can be stood up just like a regular shop vac*. The Milwaukee 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum is available now for $299.
*Note: this is a dry vacuum only, not a wet/dry vac
Dremel 3D Printer
3D printing is being used to create small machine parts, complex prototypes, and even bridges and housing. Dremel is releasing the affordable 3D40 Flex 3D printer in order to get this quickly evolving and dynamic technology into the hands of more builders and makers. The 3D40 Flex is designed to make 3D printing simpler and more accessible. In draft mode, it prints at speeds 30 percent faster than previous models. The 3D40 Flex also includes a flexible build plate that makes removing parts after printing much easier and more efficient. Plus, its higher resolution means that the printed pieces can be even more intricate than before, with features like arches, engravings, and other small details. The 3D40 Flex can be purchased $1,299 compare that to other models. More information can be found on the Dremel Website.
Husqvarna released their first saw 60 years ago. They recently released a complete redesign of the 50cc chainsaw line, with an emphasis placed on cutting capacity, maneuverability and endurance. Essentially, Husqvarna optimized these chainsaws to make them perfect for harvest and urban forestry. An increase in cooling capacity (up 13% from previous generations) coupled with a new air filter design give these saws the highest endurance. The balance of the saw was also improved during on this new generation of saws, providing more maneuverability and better handling. There are two saws in this new line, the 545 Mark II ($539.95) and the 550 XP Mark II ($599.95). For more information on each and to see when these saws will be available for purchase, click here.
DEWALT Powder Actuated Tool
DEWALT’s new Powder-Actuated tool is all about brute force and speed. The tool is fully automatic and compatible with the standard .27 caliber load safety strips. The speed of the fully-automatic fastening makes this powder-actuated tool ideal for high-capacity commercial and residential construction jobs. When used with the optional Accessory Magazine (DFD2703) the tool can also be used to fasten collated pins. DEWALT’s new Fully-Automatic .27 Caliber Powder Actuated Tool can be purchased in a Single Shot Kit ($749) and a Magazine & Single Shot Kit ($849) starting in Summer 2019.
For those looking to upgrade or replace their trusty cold-weather gear, check out Milwaukee Tool’s new line of heavy-duty construction clothing and outerwear. The line is built to keep pros layered and comfortable, including sweat-wicking performance shirts, reinforced overalls, and coats and jackets designed specifically for the trades. The overalls and jackets are made with Milwaukee’s NO DAYS OFF Weather Protection, which provides wind and water resistance along with a warm, insulated interior. For more information on everything in Milwaukee’s line of non-heated gear.
Rocker Clamp–It Clips
Building a box is often a woodworker’s first project, and most learn right away that holding all the pieces in place square and true while fastening them together can be a challenge. Miter clamps work great, except when making large boxes. Clamping just one side of the assembly is not enough to hold things steady. But now Rockler has solved that problem. Their new Clamp-it Clips are designed to keep the non-clamped side of the parts in place and at perfect right angles. They could also be used by themselves on smaller boxes. Clamp-It Clips come in two sizes, ½-in. and ¾-in. They can be purchased in packs of four for $9.99 here.
Over the last few years, several tool companies have released outdoor power equipment platforms that are essentially a power head and a shaft that can be fitted with multiple attachments, including pole saws, hedge trimmers, and string trimmers, etc. Milwaukee just announce that they’re throwing their hat into this ring as well with the release of the QUIK-LOK system, a “multi-head solution” running on the 18Fuel Milwaukee battery platform. Like other multi-head platforms the QUIK-LOK system is a cost-saving, maintenance-reducing, space-saver. This is especially good news for those of you who are already running other Milwaukee M18 tools. The QUIK-LOK system will be sold in two different tool kits:
- M18 FUEL™ String Trimmer Kit w/ QUIK-LOK™ (2825-21ST) – $329 (February 2019)
- M18 FUEL™ 10” Pole Saw Kit w/ QUIK-LOK™ (2825-21PS) – $399 (April 2019)
Both of these kits come with an M18™ REDLITHIUM™ High Demand 9.0 Battery Pack and a Multi-Voltage Rapid Charger. A QUIK-LOK Edger Attachment ($109) and a QUIK-LOK Articulating Hedge Trimmer Attachment ($164) will be available soon.
Bosch X Lock
Bosch’s X-Lock Interface for angle grinders makes switching out grinder wheels much more efficient. The X-Lock system makes it possible to change grinder accessories without a special tool. Wheels can be ejected with just the pull of a lever and connected just as easily. Bosch claims that this system is up to 3x faster than using a spanner wrench, and that’s assuming you can find the darn wrench in the first place. Eliminating the need for a spanner wrench to remove grinder accessories is a game changer. We can’t wait to try out the X-Lock Interface, which will soon be available on new Bosch grinders. Find out more here.
MPOWER Tools has been making products for woodworkers for a long time. One of their most popular tools is the easy-to-use FASTTRACK chisel and plane blade sharpener, which incorporates a unique diamond stone system. Now MPOWER Tools has created a kitchen knife sharpener using the same technology. What makes this knife sharpener shine over others is the larger guide-surface designed to keep the blade at a consistent angle to the abrasive stone. So, when both sides are ground, the edge is perfectly centered down the whole length of the blade. Also, the back of the sharpener is fitted with a leather honing strop which works great at removing any tiny burrs or wires that were left behind. The MPOWER FASTTRACK Kitchen Knife Sharpener costs $39.95 and comes with one 220# diamond stone. The knife sharpener uses the same stones as the chisel and plane blade sharpener. Find out more here.
Milwaukee Chalk Reel
Milwaukee’s latest chalk reels are made for pros who are serious about their layouts. These Extra Bold Large Capacity Chalk Reels come in lengths of 100 and 150 ft. While that’s definitely a lot of line, these chalk reel’s three-gear system and retraction ratio of 4:1 make retracting the whole length fast and easy. The 100 and 150 ft. models can hold up to 18 and 24oz. of chalk at a time, respectively, meaning fewer messy refills. Milwaukee’s 150ft Extra Bold Large Capacity Reel ($34.99) and 100ft Extra Bold Large Capacity Reel ($24.99) are both available now exclusively at Home Depot.
Andersen Easy Connect Joining System
Andersen Window’s Easy Connect Joining System simplifies large window installation by making it possible to break large window into smaller individual units. This makes moving and installing much easier and safer. Andersen says that most contractors surveyed said they could reduce the number of installers by 50% using the Andersen Easy Connect Joining System. This system could also go a long way to reduce lifting injuries. The separate windows are easily re-assembled right in the rough opening, nothing could be simpler. For more information on Easy Connect, click here. \
Dull drill bits can be a major pain. They make your work harder and your jobs last longer. The Drill Doctor 750x is designed to save pros from this headache, not to mention wasting time on trips to the home center or hardware store. This top-of-the-line Drill Doctor sharpens a wide variety of drill bit sizes, from 3/32” to 3/4”. It can also set point angles anywhere from 115 to 140 degrees. For pros who prefer sharp drill bits and working smarter, not harder, the Drill Doctor 750x is definitely worth a close look. Buy one here or check out our video for more information.
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