Milwaukee’s M12 cordless heated jackets (2330 & 2331) are now available via Amazon and a number of other retailers. These soft-shell jackets are water and wind resistant, have 3 heat zones for evenly distributed warmth, a 6-hour runtime, and 3 heat settings plus a warm-up feature. The jackets are powered by Milwaukee’s new RedLithium souped-up M12 […]
Bosch just released a new video showing their new Power Box 360 enduring some pretty heavy abuse. Not as much abuse as in Ridgid recent jobsite radio torture test, but it’s still pretty serious. We’re talking concrete stadium steps and an aluminum bat. We reviewed the new Power Box 360 a few months ago – and loved […]
The first tool of Dewalt’s new 12V Max compact cordless tool lineup that we’ll be reviewing is the 3/8″ drill/driver DCD710S2. We already reviewed the handle and common features of the 12V Max lineup, so you may want to check that out before or after this one. As expected, the drill was a pleasure to use, and […]
Dewalt has finally launched their new lineup of cordless 12V Max lithium ion power tools. When I first previewed these new compact tools, it was love at first touch. We currently have the full range of tools in-hand for review, and will start off the series by discussing the tools’ common handle and battery design.
Over at HomeDepot.com, you can now find new Ridgid JobMax starter kits that include the tools you want for less money. Previously, getting the tool you wanted to start with meant having to buy the power handle & multi-tool starter kit for $100 and a separate tool head for $50 more. These new kits offer the […]
Makita recently announced a new addition to their 12V max lithium ion cordless tool lineup, a 3-3/8″ compact circular saw. The saw (SH01W) features a 1400RPM Makita-built motor, 3-3/8″ blade with adjustable cutting depth, 1″ at 90° and 5/8″ at 45° cutting capacity, and a tilting base for bevel cuts.
A few people have been asking questions about the Porter Cable 12V Max ClampSaw that we recently reviewed, so we threw together this quick features overview and usage video. Enjoy!
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We talked a bit about Milwaukee’s new M12 cordless palm nailer last month, but its performance expectations have just been made available. Milwaukee claims that the palm nailer can drive a 16D 3-1/2” nail in under 2 seconds, and up to 100 nails per battery charge. That sounds pretty darn impressive – let’s hope that it can […]
Porter Cable’s new ClampSaw is part of their introductory 12V Max Li-Ion cordless tool lineup. The ClampSaw, a compact reciprocating saw, looks pretty handy with its pivoting handle, but how well does it perform? We received a review sample and tested the saw on a number of different materials to find out. (Check price via Amazon)
Dewalt’s new 12V Max cordless tool lineup is finally available. We mentioned these tools a few times thus far, and will be reviewing quite a few of them in upcoming weeks as well. From what we’ve seen already, they’re downright amazing.
Last fall we reviewed Milwaukee’s M12 cordless right angle drill, and found it to be a darn decent tool. It performed well, provided enough torque for RA applications, and had great ergonomics. It looks like a new M18 18-volt version is due to be released soon, so we compared the specs for the two tools.
An older model Ryobi cordless drill has just been recalled. Sold at Home Depot from January 2001 to July 2003, drill model HP 1802M is being recalled due to a flawed switch that can potantially overheat causing a fire and burn hazard. If you have a drill that looks like the one shown above with […]
The other day a buddy asked me to recommend a reasonably priced cordless drill kit. My personal choice would be to wait for a new Bosch combo to go on sale, but he wanted a kit for ~$200 right now. I ended up recommending Milwaukee’s M18 kit. This combo includes a fairly powerful drill and impact driver and two […]
I spotted this Nascar-themed Dremel over at Amazon and thought it was pretty cool. It seems that this is a remnant of a long-ago special edition promotion, resulting in an outlandish cost that’s double what it should be. Still, it’s a cool concept. I would definitely pay extra (maybe $5) for a skinned Dremel. Nascar […]
The above-pictured Milwaukee drill/driver looks similar to their first generation 3/8″ drill/driver, but there is a huge difference between the two tools. This one is a hammer drill. That’s right, Milwaukee managed to cram the necessary hammer/vibratory mechanisms into their compact M12 cordless form factor!
Porter Cable is introducing their new compact ClampSaw as part of their new 12V Max cordless tool lineup. The ClampSaw (PCL120CRC-2) is a compact saw designed for applications that don’t quite require the power or size of ordinary reciprocating saws.
We recently reported that Craftsman has added a new right angle impact driver to their 12V cordless Nextec lineup. The new RAID is designed for close-quarters work but should provide enough power for general purpose fastening tasks as well. Eager to see what it can do, we put Craftsman’s Nextec RAID to the test. In this hands-on […]
Dremel updated their cordless pumpkin carving rotary tool since last year. I’m not quite sure what has been changed since the tool is still powered by 4 AA batteries and has two operating speeds – 6000 and 12000 RPM. At $20, the new version is a little cheaper than its predecessor was. Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit […]
Milwaukee has released their new M12 cordless palm nailer. This is the first tool of its kind, and one of Milwaukee’s first to include a new backwards-compatible RedLithium battery. The nailer is designed to take the place of traditional palm nailers, which require air compressors and hoses for power. I’m hoping that Milwaukee’s new cordless hammer […]
Porter Cable’s first cordless jobsite radio is scheduled to join their 18V cordless tool lineup sometime next month. The radio is said to be very durable and user-friendly, and can be powered through a 120V power outlet, or cordlessly using a Porter Cable 18 volt NiCad or Li-ion battery.
A reader, Brian, sent in a great question the other day asking for our take about whether a 12V or 18V cordless power tool combo would be best for his planned projects. 12V lithium-ion cordless tools are becoming more powerful, ergonomic and feature-rich which each redesign as brands compete for market share. This makes it necessary to […]
Duo-Fast has just introduced the world’s first fuel-powered cordless roofing nailer system (DFCR175C). With the new nailer, Duo-Fast intends to offer an unparalleled combination of convenience and efficiency, not to mention power and performance, in a lightweight and compact tool. Users of the new nailer system can look forward to increased productivity, reduced jobsite clutter, […]
Just a quick reminder – you have two days left to enter our Craftsman cordless mechanics tool combo giveaway! Entries must be made via twitter, and a winner will be randomly chosen tomorrow night. Giveaway Details
By now, you probably know that we love random tool sightings, especially those in movies. About two weeks ago we went to see Inception. At one point in the movie, a main character uses a Dremel Stylus to carve away at her “totem.” There were a few other tools on the table, including what looked […]