Bosch has just announced the PS21-2A, an upgraded short-nose Pocket Driver in their lineup of 12V Max compact cordless power tools. Compared to the popular PS20 Pocket Driver, the PS21-2A is smaller, faster, and can output twice the maximum torque. Bosch’s new and improved Pocket Driver is described as the most compact and powerful screwdriver in its class! Skeptical […]
Is 12V Enough Power for Most Cordless Tools?
In recent years new compact 12V cordless tools – impact drivers, drills, saws, multi-tools, and so forth, have been flooding the market, and the selection of new tools keeps growing and growing. While they’re not suitable for all tasks, we have accepted that these compact tools are capable of handling many low to medium duty applications. There […]
Ridgid JobMax Teaser Advertisement
Reader and frequent commenter uthscsaedu sent us this photo of an advertisement board he spotted at his local Home Depot. The board is promoting pre-order sales of Ridgid’s new JobMax combo kit, which are supposed to be released this month. Has anyone seen the tools in-store yet, and if so, what did you think about them? […]
Updates & Video of Ridgid JobMax Multi-Head Tools
Since we first posted about Ridgid’s new JobMax multi-head cordless tool system, we’ve learned a number of things. First, there will only be two cordless combo sets available at launch, one that that includes the three most popular and commonly used tools, and another right-angle set with tools intended for use in close quarters. We talked about […]
Ridgid JobMax Right Angle Drill, Impact Driver, Ratchet!
UPDATE: Here’s our review of Ridgid’s new JobMax tools. The page you’re reading now has info on the right angle drill, ratchet, and impact driver, while this page here talks about the autohammer and oscillating multitool. Yesterday, we posted a bit about Ridgid’s new 12V JobMax cordless tool system, and the first combo set that includes an auto hammer head and an […]
Craftsman Cordless Nextec Kit with Saw & Palm Sander
This Old House broke the news yesterday about an upcoming Craftsman Nextec cordless tool kit which will include two brand new tools – a palm sander, and a cordless circular trim saw. Craftsman’s Nextec series is their line of compact lithium ion powered tools which includes conventional tool designs such as a 3/8″ drill and an […]
Ridgid JobMax 12V Auto Hammer & Multi-Tool Kit + Drill
UPDATE: Here’s our review of Ridgid’s new JobMax tools. The page you’re reading now has info on the oscillating multi-tool and autohammer tools, while this page here talks all about the right angle drill, ratchet, and impact driver. Ridgid has just released an innovative line of JobMax cordless power tools which feature interchangeable tool heads. The heart of this […]
Ryobi Auto Hammer Hands-on Review
Ryobi’s cordless Auto Hammer is designed to drive nails up to 3-1/2″ long, operate in tight spaces, and eliminate manual hammering entirely. In fact, Ryobi claims that with their new Auto Hammer, hammering has never been easier. With claims like these, we just had to put the tool to the test! For a detailed overview of […]
Ryobi Tek4 Snips & Screwdriver Set – a Closer Look
As previously mentioned, the Ryobi Tek4 5-piece kit features two new additions to the Tek4 lineup – a cordless screwdriver, and power snips. We gave these new Tek4 tools some more thought, and were able to briefly give them a try in-store. All in all, we are pretty optimistic about these new tools, and the […]
Ryobi Tek4 5pc Combo Kit With Screwdriver & Snips
Ryobi has just released a brand new 5pc combo kit as part of their Tek4 power tool system. Included in the combo are two new and three familiar tools – a cordless screwdriver, power snips, smart noise-suppression protective headphones, an LED flashlight, and a mobile device charger.
Dewalt & Milwaukee’s Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuums
While cordless handheld vacuums such as Makita’s new model and the ubiquitous dustbuster are suitable for light duty cleaning or small messes, there may be times when you may need something a bit more robust. For medium duty cleaning tasks, what you’ll want to whip out is a cordless wet/dry vac. Although a traditional corded vacuum would typically be better suited for most […]
Bosch 18V Triple-Mode Impact Drill Driver
The newest tool on the block is Bosch’s 26618-01 3-mode multi-function cordless impact drill/driver. Bosch stepped things up a notch with this Impactor by incorporating two conventional speed settings as well as a selectable impact mode.
Why Makita May Lose a Circular Saw Sale
Okay, so I am searching for a new cordless circular saw. I’m not committed to any one brand, and am considering Porter Cable, Hitachi, Dewalt, Makita, and Milwaukee’s product offerings. Up until last night I was very strongly considering Makita, but that has since changed.
Milwaukee M12 Right Angle Drill Hands-on Review
Here’s our original review of Milwaukee’s M12 cordless right angle drill/driver.
Ryobi Cordless Auto Hammer
Update: Since writing this post, we have published a hands-on review of Ryobi’s Auto Hammer – click here to check it out. Ryobi is kicking things up a notch by releasing their own 12V Lithium-ion powered auto hammer. Ryobi claims that their hammer can drive up to 3 1/2″ common and finish nails as it […]
Bosch PS70-2A 12V Metal Shear
Bosch has recently added yet another tool, the PS70-2A metal shear, to its 12V Max line of lithium-ion powered compact cordless tools. With a mere 10″ length, 2.3″ height, and 3lb weight, this cordless shear is fairly compact and lightweight, and should be comfortable to use over-head. This tool is capable of cutting metal up […]
Porter Cable Combo Cordless Tool Kits Price Drop
It looks like Lowes may be trying to jump-start the holiday shopping season by dropping the prices on two popular Porter Cable combo cordless tool kits. Porter Cable’s 2-piece 18V tool kit (model PC218C-2) includes a PC1800D drill/driver, a PC186CS 6-1/2″ circular saw, and two batteries plus a charger. The kit has dropped in price […]
Bosch PS10 I-Driver Reconditioned $60
CPO Bosch over on Amazon is offering a reconditioned Bosch PS10 I-Driver kit for $60. This driver design is particularly well suited for driving fasteners in cramped workspaces. The product description is not very detailed, but we assume that the kit includes the charger and one or two batteries with the tool. If you prefer a […]