Craftsman has just announced a new series of Bolt-On modular power tools that aims to save DIYers time, storage space, and money. The Bolt-On system consists of a 20V Max lithium ion battery pack and 9 interchangeable tool heads.
Although similar in design to the Black & Decker Matrix modular tool system, Craftsman’s Bolt-On line features several upgrades and exclusive attachments, shown and described below.
Bolt-On Attachments and Accessories
- Exclusive drill/driver
- Exclusive 2-speed hammer drill
- Exclusive QuickBoost charger
- Exclusive air inflator
- Circular trim saw
- Impact Driver
- Oscillating tool
Craftsman Bolt-On Drill Driver Kit 16496
The standard drill/driver, included with the starter kit, features a 2-sleeve all-metal chuck, 0-700 RPM motor, and 11 clutch settings.
Starter Kit (via Sears)
20V DieHard Battery and QuickBoost Charger
Craftsman has designed the 20V charger around their QuickBoost technology. Similar to Craftsman’s upgraded 12V Nextec charger, the new QuickBoost charger can quickly charge 20V Max batteries to 30% capacity in 10 minutes at the push of a button. Full charge is reached in 30 minutes.
Although it seems gimmicky at first, QuickBoost chargers do come in handy when we need *just a little more juice* for a project. Sure we could also yank partially charged batteries from their chargers, but doing so isn’t exactly good for the battery packs.
The starter kit (16496) comes with the QuickBoost charger and single 20V Li-ion battery pack.
Craftsman Bolt-On 2-Speed Hammer Drill Driver 34975
The 2-speed hammer drill attachment is one of several that are exclusive to Craftsman’s Bolt-On line.
- 0-450/0-1450 RPM
- 0-7500/0-24750 BPM
- 4A motor
Hammer Drill Attachment (via Sears)
High Pressure Inflator
The inflator attachment, another Sears/Craftsman exclusive, can inflate bike tires and sports equipment up to 80PSI. It features a 14-inch hose, 120PSI peak max pressure, and comes with one needle nozzle and a beach ball nozzle.
Inflator Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman Bolt-On Circular Trim Saw 34979
The 3-3/8″ trim saw is designed for cutting plywood, paneling, and small boards. It can probably handle plastic sheets as well, possibly with a different blade.
Trim Saw Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman Bolt-On Jigsaw 34974
While not the most comfortable-looking jigsaw we’ve seen, the attachment looks compact for use in tight areas.
- 1/2″ stroke length
- 0-2500 SPM
- Tool-free blade change
- Includes 1 T-shank wood-cutting blade
Jig Saw Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman Bolt-On Impact Driver 34973
- Up to 1300 in-lbs of torque
- 0-2700 RPM
- 0-5400 BPM
Normally we like to use super-compact impact drivers, but DIYers will appreciate how the Bolt-On attachment is a fraction of the price of a standalone driver.
Impact Driver Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman Bolt-On Sander 34978
Triangular sanders are excellent for light sanding or detail work, and we expect this oscillating one to be no different. It spins at 0-7500 oscillations per minute and comes with 2x 60-grit, 2x 120-grit, 2x 240-grit sheets.
Sander Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman Bolt-On Oscillating Multi-Tool 34980
The oscillating tool attachment features a tool-free blade change and includes enough accessories to get you started: 1 plunge cutting blade, 1 sanding base, 1x 60-grit sanding sheet, and 1x 240-grit sanding sheet.
- 0-17000 OPM
- 2.8° oscillation angle
- 1.65A power draw
Oscillating Tool Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman Bolt-On Wood Router 34977
- Cutting depth of up to 1″
- Plunge depth of 16mm (slightly over 1/2″)
- 0-9000 RPM
- 10.7-18.5A power draw
- 1/4″ chuck
The compact cordless router should work well for small trimming and edging tasks.
Router Attachment (via Sears)
Craftsman’s Bolt-On modular system is not designed for advanced DIYers who already have a full selection of power tools. The various attachments can handle most light to medium duty tasks budget-conscious DIYers may come across.
The starter set is priced at $120, and tool attachment add-ons will be priced at $40 each. Holiday sales or special combo kits might make the tools even more affordable.
Some of the tools look less than ergonomic, but there seems to be very good value built into the Bolt-On platform. We’re actually quite eager and excited to see what the new modular platform is capable of, and anticipate that many DIYers will share this enthusiasm.
You can preorder the starter kit now, via Craftsman, or wait until mid-October 2012 for the products to become available in stores.