I wanted to do a full roundup of all of 2015’s new tools that we covered, but the list is huge. You could probably spend a couple of hours checking out all of the new tools we wrote about these 12 months.
Hmm, so how about the top 5? After 15 minutes, I was stuck with a long list of tools that I couldn’t narrow down. There were a lot of great new tools announced and released this year.
So how about the top 10 most talked about tools? That sounds like an objective way to sum up the year.
Here are the 10 most talked about tools, based on the number of reader comments. What’s not very surprising is that all but one of these are cordless power tools or accessories.
Ah, finally! Dewalt finally announced a Dewalt 20V Max Li-ion battery that lets you use their latest and greatest slide-pack batteries with your 18V XRP power tools!
Oh, but it’s not out yet. The current ETA is January 2016.
And there are some battery and tool compatibility issues that readers have heard from Dewalt reps and dealers. We’re still waiting to hear back from Dewalt about this.
Nonetheless, a lot of Dewalt users are excited about this adapter, and we totally get it.
Milwaukee’s One-Key tools are packed with a Bluetooth radio and smarts that allow them to do things other cordless power tools can only dream of.
Do you want to work with a desired speed range? Torque ceiling? Application-specific speed and torque profile? Milwaukee One-Key can potentially make your tool your own, customized to your work, needs, and wants, in almost any way you can imagine.
But do a lot of users need or want a customized tool? Or would you be just fine with the one-size-fits-most programming you get with current power tools?
Also check out all of our other Milwaukee 2015 new tool coverage, there’s plenty!
Ah, the Leatherman Tread, a wearable multi-tool.
Leatherman sent me one for testing and review, and I did hammer out an initial review of the stainless steel Leatherman Tread. I intended to follow up with a more detailed review, but the truth is that I barely wore it after that.
The tread is a fine multi-tool, but it’s not an everyday wearable multi-tool, at least not for me. I barely wear a watch anymore, with the Tread being larger and heavier than my largest and heaviest metal-banded watch.
I was very optimistic about the Tread.
But, and I can’t see my opinion swaying very much, I think that the consensus is right – it’s more jewelry than anything else.
It IS useful as a multi-tool, but I just don’t like wearing it.
Dewalt’s showed off lots of new tools at their brief media event this past June, with their new cordless offerings grabbing your attention (and mine) the most.
My favorite of the batch? The Dewalt brushless impact wrench. I’ll start testing of the new cordless nailer after the New Year.
Was there any doubt that Milwaukee’s first M12 circular saw would be a Fuel brushless model?
It takes a 5-3/8″ blade and has ample power and application speed for most trim needs. It can cut boards and sheet goods up to 1-5/8″ thick.
Dewalt’s new 20V Max cordless miter saw was another much-anticipated release.
I’ve been delayed in pushing out the review, but based on my limited experience with it, I think it deserves a solid definitely buy this recommendation.
No, it’s not brushless, but it also doesn’t need to be.
Ryobi came out with a couple of new tools at the beginning of the year, and then even more new tools for the 2015 holiday season. There are some other new tools coming in 2016.
While Ryobi serves DIYers and homeowners, there are plenty of professional users who own, use, and like Ryobi power tools.
Ridgid launched a new generation of 18V cordless power tools at the beginning of the year, and expanded it since then with a brushless drill and impact driver combo, Stealth Force impulse driver, brushless circular saw, and other new tools.
And although I don’t think they share Ridgid’s Gen5X branding, there’s also a pair of new Ridgid air-like brushless nailers.
This was a big year for Ridgid, and 2016 will likely hold its fair share of announcements and releases as well.
Makita is coming out with a beefy new brushless impact wrench, model XWT08, and while it won’t be officially released in the USA until maybe the first quarter of 2016, there’s already plenty of hype among Makita 18V users and fans.
Dewalt came out with a new line of 40V Max cordless lawn & garden power tools this year.
Is it proper to call this a line of tools? It’s certainly a new outdoor power tool platform, but the initial release only included a brushless blower, brushless string trimmer, and hedge trimmer.
Then again, that’s plenty. Maybe a cordless mower will help pull everything together into a complete line.
Update: Oh yea, there’s also the Dewalt 40V Max brushless chainsaw that’s coming out soon. 4 distinct tools, plus 2 battery sizes? I think that does make this a line or lineup. I wonder what’ll come next. (C’mon, how about a snow blower?)
User reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.