As mentioned recently and before, we’re currently in a paid partnership with Home Depot. They send us a selection of tools for review consideration every quarter, we test them out (at least as many as I can), and then pick a couple to review. This quarter’s project – the sponsored part – is delayed slightly, but more on that soon.
I must admit, I was a little surprised by the selection this quarter, as they mainly featured tools I’ve already tested and have good things to say about. Not that I’m complaining!
There were some other nice surprises, such as a Milwaukee penlight LED flashlight to test out even before Milwaukee sent me one, and some Husky multi-purpose gloves that I think I’m taking a liking to.
I haven’t parted with any of the tools yet. So if you’d like them tested in a certain way, or have any questions, please let me know!
Bosch Multi-Material Drill Bits
Shown above is a new 5-piece set of Bosch multi-purpose carbide masonry, wood, and metal drill bits, and they’re meant for use with an impact driver.
Here are the important take-aways:
It drills through anything. Well, almost anything. Brick, block, tile, masonry, metal, wood, and plastic.
It works with your hammer drill or impact driver. Seriously? Seriously.
I did NOT try these bits at all. I simply haven’t had the time to produce a proper setup to see how effective they are, and whether you lose any drilling efficiency when using an impact driver.
My experience with Bosch multi-purpose bits is that they work reasonably well. Certainly better than regular masonry-only bits. But they’re not ideal for fine drilling of metal, wood, or plastic materials. If you remember that they’re intended for construction tasks, you probably won’t be disappointed.
Being able to use an impact driver with these bits sounds like a big advantage. But honestly, that might be like using a butter to cut a steak. Sure, it’ll do it, but not as good as with a steak knife.
Still, it’s good to know that you can use an impact driver, if it comes to that.
Bosch’s masonry-drilling bits are excellent. I suppose I might prefer these if I needed to drill through a sandwich of multiple materials and didn’t want to have to use multiple bits.
When trying to compare prices, I learned that this set costs a few dollars more than Bosch’s Blue Granite hammer drill bits. Apparently there’s a hex-shank version of those drill bits too, and they’re also designed to withstand hammer drill AND impact driver use.
So the difference between these bits and those will be the multi-material design. Buy these if you need to cut through other construction materials besides masonry, and those if you don’t plan on it.
Price: $20 for the 5-piece set (5/32″ – 3/8″ x 6″ long)
I’ve heard of flying through your work, but this seems to take things literally. I found it in the image collection for the Blue Granite bits.
How would you caption it?
Dewalt 20V Max Brushless 18 GA Brad Nailer
There are only so many ways that I can say “I like this nailer.”
When it comes to cordless nailers these days, you have lots of options. Dewalt’s brad nailer? It has most of the same downsides as other cordless brad nailers, and most of the benefits.
If you’re looking for a cordless nailer, this is one of the best options out there. I haven’t had the stamina to attempt runtime testing. Power-wise, I haven’t seen any failings yet. It sinks nails flush. One of these days I’ll source the longest nails and densest woods I can find.
Until then, if I need a cordless brad nailer, this is the one I go hunting for first.
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Milwaukee M18 9.0Ah High Demand Battery Pack
Seriously? A Milwaukee M18 9.0Ah High Demand battery pack starter kit? OKAY, I’ll take it!
What can I even say about this?
More capacity = longer runtime + cooler running under high loads. It gives your tools some more juice, and certain tools might benefit from a little extra power.
I don’t know what Milwaukee has planned for their next generation battery packs, but I can tell you that this one will likely still be a part of everything.
Now, about the pricing… don’t just buy 1 battery. Home Depot has discounted bundle packs every now and then, and tool + battery bonus bundles too. But if you do need a 9.0Ah battery and fast, it’s good to know you can find these in stores.
Right now, there are 3 bonus bundles, where you can get a free M18 HD battery with your purchase of select Fuel miter saw, hammer drill and impact combo, and M18 Fuel combo kit SKUs.
According to Home Depot’s stock checkers, the 3 nearest locations have a combined total of 32 batteries in stock.
Price: $169 for 1, $300 for 2. $580 for 4, $700 for 5
The Dewalt DCS371B cordless band saw isn’t new – we first wrote about it nearly 4 years ago. Despite all that, it’s still a good performer.
What’s compact, relatively lightweight, and designed for use in any orientation, including overhead? A utility knife.
Sorry, not funny? That’s okay, this is still a good band saw.
Dewalt also has a brushless deep-cutting band saw. Contrary to our natural tendencies, sometimes a smaller tool is the better choice.
If you can get by with the 2-1/2″ cut capacity, this one’s competitive.
I tried to do my due diligence in making some cuts in metal extrusions and channel stock, just in case something’s changed with the band saw. Nope, it still cuts through like butter.
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Ridgid 18V Brushless Vacuum
Give this vac a new paint job, and maybe some greeble, and doesn’t it look like it could pass for a model of a futuristic space ship?
This is a challenging tool to talk about. Why? Because it’s almost a must-buy if you have already bought into Ridgid’s 18V cordless power tool platform.
It’s compact, it has a great one-piece design, and it comes with an extension and nozzles if you need more reach.
No, it’s not the best cordless vacuum ever. But if you’re invested in Ridgid’s platform, it’s a worthy offering that’ll only set you back $80.
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This new Ridgid folding panel light was the worst flashlight I’ve tested. I can’t wrap my hand around it, it doesn’t fit in my pocket, and it doesn’t fit in tight spaces.
But as a worklight? You can aim the light in any direction, and multiple directions. It’s bright, with an “up to 2500 lumens” rating. You can mount it to Ridgid’s collapsible tripod lighting stand, an optional accessory that works with some of their other lights too. It also has a traditional tripod mount, too.
There are keyholes on the bottom, for mounting it to a wall or other surface with screws, and hooks on the back, with the manual showing the light suspended off of fencing.
Oh, and it’s a hybrid worklight – you can power it with a Ridgid 18V battery pack or a standard extension cord.
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Thank you to Home Depot for providing the review samples unconditionally.