Earlier today, I was asked a simple question: what tools am I most excited about? It took a while, but I narrowed it down to a list of 5 answers.
Here are the tools I’m looking forward to at the moment:
I am extremely excited about a lot of the new Craftsman tools that are coming to market, and perhaps even more excited about what will follow.
Craftsman was my once-favorite tool brand, and at that time I couldn’t fathom buying anything else. They provided good tools at affordable pricing.
There are lots of little things that I’m excited about, such as the new lock-together power tool accessories cases.
I also can’t wait to get my hands on the new Craftsman brushless drill/driver. I’ve been excited about pre-Stanley Black & Decker Craftsman cordless power tools before, but not quite this excited.
I’m also really excited about the Craftsman hand tools coming out. That’s where all my past love for the Craftsman brand comes from – the hand tools – and I think that the new offerings will do that sentiment justice.
Dewalt Cordless Sander
I tell myself that I prefer using a corded sander together with a dust collector, but then a task will come around where I’ll need cordless freedom. With my Festool dust extractor now rocking a wireless remote, perhaps it’s time I took cordless sanders more seriously.
Dewalt’s sander is coming soon. Their new brushless jigsaw hit the market, and their barrel grip jigsaw and router are launching soon. I’m excited about all of the new offerings, but I forced myself to pick just one.
See Also: New Dewalt Cordless Woodworking Tools
Milwaukee Rover Magnetic Flood Light (2xAA)
Milwaukee has a new Rover magnetic LED flashlight coming out. It’s smaller than the RedLithium USB model, and the fact that it works with standard AA-sized batteries could increase its appeal with anyone who doesn’t want another rechargeable battery device in their tool bag.
I really like the RedLithium USB Rover pocket flood light, and I think I’ll feel the same about the new smaller AA version.
I requested a test sample from Milwaukee, but I am pretty convinced that I’ll be buying a couple of these. I might pair them with NiMH rechargeable batteries, or maybe (non-rechargeable) lithium AA batteries.
Bosch 1617 Router Kit
I have my Bosch-made Craftsman Pro router in my router table, and it can be a hassle if I need to remove it for a quick task. While not a new tool by any means, I’m eagerly waiting for holiday sales to snag a new Bosch 1617 router kit combo at good pricing.
Right now it’s $219 via Amazon. Years ago when I shopped for accessories for the Craftsman base, there were reported incompatibilities with Bosch accessories. So rather than risk having to buy a motor and then spend a lot more on Bosch bases, I’ll pick up the kit.
Makita Cordless Multi-Cutter
While Makita’s cordless multi-cutter isn’t a new release, it hit my radar again recently, when I was stuck cutting rubber sheeting by hand, and then a whole lot of large cardboard panels.
It’s only $62 for the bare tool…
Yep, this will likely be another item on my “be on the lookout for deals” radar.