Shown here is a sneak peek photo of Ingersoll Rand’s new IQV12 series of compact cordless power tools. These new tools are designed for auto technicians and mechanics, and are said to be the smallest in their class, which should allow for easier access in narrow spaces.
The new lineup will include 3 impact tools, 2 ratchets, a drill/driver, a screwdriver, and an LED worklight.
These tools will be powered by a long-lasting 12V 2.0Ah lithium-ion battery packs, which feature a positive-lock that *clicks* to let users know when the battery is properly secured.
The new IR IQV12 tools will be introduced at the 2013 SEMA show in about two weeks.
These tools all look a little large and bulky, which has me wondering why users would consider buying into IR’s new cordless tool platform when brands like Milwaukee offer time-tested performance and more mature 12V tool designs.
It is hard to be excited over a new line of cordless power tools when one of IR’s main selling points is how the batteries have a positive battery lock that emits an audible click. Every single 12V Max li-ion cordless power tool that I can think of offer this “feature.”
C’mon IR, tell us about the maximum torque ratings, build quality, performance, durability – something! But no, the product announcement talks about how the newly designed battery emits a click when attached to a tool.
But, I suppose this was only a sneak peek, so details are bound to be scarce.
On a positive note, I like how the impact tools and ratchet appear to have metal gear housings. Even if this does not make the tools any more durable than today’s many plastic-bodied tools in practice, the designs mirror the look of pro-grade impact wrenches. This helps the tools fit in better in automotive shop settings, compared to 12V tools designed for construction settings. Maybe this helps the tools clean up better as well.