Dewalt just announced their new Impact Clutch (DWHJHLD) accessory holder that they say will help alleviate some of the frustrations encountered in heavy-duty impact driver applications. Common high-torque issues include bit tip breakage, fastener stripping and fastener breakage.
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 […]
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.
Bosch’s Speed-X rotary hammer bits were announced a few months ago and were described as the fastest concrete bits available and touted as being 18 % more durable than any other concrete bit. We’re told that they’re now available, so check with your local Bosch distributor to give them a try.
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 […]
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!
Now through the end of October, Woodcraft’s 170 piece TiN coated HSS twist and brad point drill bit sets are discounted by 50%. Each set includes 19 sizes from 1/16″ to 3/8″ with 5-10 bits of each size. The brad point drill bit set is $40 on sale, and the twist bit set is $45. […]
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 […]
Woodpeckers just announced a new taller fence to go along with their drill press table. Whereas the fence included with their drill press table package is 1/2″ tall, the new DP3 fence provides a full 3″ of support. The anodized fence is 3/8″ thick x 3″ x 3″ and 23-1/2″ long. It has a 2″ wide notch at […]
Craftsman just announced a new edition to their compact lithium-ion powered NEXTEC cordless tool line – a right angle impact driver (17562). This RA impact driver is designed to drive fasteners in tight spaces and close quarters where other tools just cannot fit. The impact driver’s svelte height also means that the tool is held closer to the fastener […]
By now you’ve probably heard all about Ridgid’s new modular JobMax cordless power tool system. Featuring a universal handle and interchangeable tool heads, the JobMax system is designed to be versatile and affordable. But how well do the tools actually function? We’ve been reviewing the JobMax system for some time now, and have come to a […]
Over at Amazon, this Delta 7 piece Forstner drill bit set (15-603) dropped in price overnight from $20 to $5. The set’s eligible for free super saver and prime shipping. Delta 7pc Forstner Drill Bit Set via Amazon
Over at Amazon, their “deal of the day” is Makita’s compact cordless tool combo kit. This kit includes a 10.8V 1/4″ hex driver and an impact driver, for $125 (normally $160 and up). The combo also includes a charger (of course), 2 batteries, and hard shell storage case. The drill/driver features 2-speed settings (0-350, 0-1300 rpm), […]
Porter Cable just announced a new lineup of compact 12V Max lithium ion cordless power tools. Hot on the heels of Dewalt’s own unveilings, the new line of tools are intended to offer durability and great performance in compact and lightweight packages. The tools are designed for contractors, trade professionals, woodworkers, and hobbyists.
Craftsman has offered us this sweet cordless mechanics power tool combo kit to give away! The prize includes a 1/2″ compact lithium-ion drill/driver and 1/2″ square drive impact wrench, complete with charger, a full-size Li-ion battery, a compact Li-ion battery, tool bag and accessories. Here’s how to win:
As we mentioned yesterday, Delta is introducing a brand new drill press designed to offer a complete package of features for woodworkers with ease of use, accuracy, and capacity in mind. It features a patent-pending auto-tensioning belt drive system, full 6-inch quill stroke, and an oversized table. The belt drive system is designed for easy […]
Delta recently introduced several new additions to its woodworking product lineup. New products include an 18-inch drill press (18-900L), 13-inch portable thickness planer (22-590), a low voltage Unisaw table saw (36-L552LVC), a 20-inch variable speed scroll saw (40-690), a 1-1/2 HP dust collector (50-786), and several premium full-kerf melamine woodworking saw blades. There’s a lot to […]
Thinking about the many compact cordless tools out there, I just realized that Mikwaukee’s M12 screwdriver is getting a bit long in the tooth. It’s still a highly successful tool that earned itself a very solid reputation, but spec-wise its age is starting to show.