There are a lot of things that I want to share with you today, and some of the topics aren’t quite deserving of their own separate posts. So, I lumped everything together in a sort of big what’s new kind of post.
I really don’t like writing multi-topic posts, as I know it can be slow and maybe even frustrating to have to wade through parts you’re not interested in. But if you like this style of post, please let me know. It seems like a good format for sharing quick news tidbits and advance review recommendations.
And as a reminder, have you entered our Klein non-contact voltage tester with flashlight giveaway? If yes, thumbs up. If not, what are you waiting for? Don’t forget to enter our KC Tool “pick your prize” giveaway as well!
Reader Question: Must-Have Specialty Hand Tools and Accessories?
Adam also asked for some tool recommendations:
I do mostly plumbing (and a little bit of electrical). Are there any specialty hand tools or power tool accessories that you just can’t live without? I’ve got a pretty good assortment of the basic stuff (pliers, etc.), but there always seem to be cool and useful things out there that I’ve never heard of.
Hmm… Cool and useful tools? Check out my Ultimate Tool Gift Guide, which has lots of great upgrade ideas. Off the top of my head, that’s where you’ll find a lot of offbeat hand tools. The other solution: take a couple of hours and check out our archive of hand tool posts.
Deal: Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill XC Kit
Adam wrote in about a Milwaukee M18 Fuel drill/driver deal:
Not sure if this even worth bothering with, since it’s such a small discount, but HD has the Milwaukee 2603-22 kit on sale for $254.00 through June 21st, 2015. It’s only about a 9% discount, but better than no discount at all.
Also, thanks for posting my USA drill bit question. The information from both you and the comments was very helpful, as always.
Hmm…. 9% isn’t much, but it’s also a 9% discount on a cordless drill kit that’s very rarely discounted.
If I were planning to get that Fuel drill, the savings might be enough to accelerate my purchase. But other than that, it doesn’t scream out “WOW what a great deal” to me.
According to Milwaukee, it comes with (2) 4.0Ah XC battery packs. Here’s a quick discussion about this model.
And remember, the 2603 is the top choice in our Best Cordless Drills recommendations.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
20% Off AND Free UPS Shipping at Enco
Use coupon codes SAVE20 and UPS20. The promo expires at 11pm ET today (6/10/2015).
Enco is an industrial supplier with decent but smaller selection than their parent/sister company, MSC. You’ll want to check out their Hot Deals sales flyer (Big PDF) – I’ve scored some great deals from there in the past.
Shop Now(via Enco)
Deal: Dewalt 20V Max Hammer Drill and Impact Driver Combo
The folks over at ToolNut are offering a great price on this Dewalt DCK290L2 20V Max premium hammer drill/driver and impact driver kit. Once you add the kit to your cart, you’d see that the ToolNut price is $20 less than elsewhere. $20 isn’t a lot, but it’s still $20.
This combo comes with Dewalt’s brushed motor 3-speed hammer drill and their brushed impact driver, and (2) 3.0Ah batteries.
Stepping up to the DCK296M2 combo, which comes with Dewalt’s latest brushless 3-speed hammer drill and brushless impact driver, as well as (2) XR 4.0Ah Li-ion battery packs, will cost you an extra $70 via Amazon and elsewhere, or an extra $90 if you consider ToolNut’s special pricing on the DCK290L2 kit.
Both kits come with a Dewalt 20V/12V Max charger and a canvas carrying case.
It’s uncertain as to when the deal ends.
Deal: Milwaukee Corded Sawzall Reciprocating Saw
Another Adam sent in a deal tip about this Milwaukee 6519-31 corded Sawzall:
I had to run down to Home Depot on my way to work and I saw that there were some things on sale for Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Ryobi. They had only finished putting up the Milwaukee display so I didn’t see what was on sale for the other brands.
-Sawzall Reciprocating Saw
-There was also a combo kit that had M12 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/4 in. Hex Screwdriver and Impact Driver for $99. I tried to find the combo on their website, but it doesn’t look like it’s on there.
I’m sure all the regular readers of ToolGuyd know about this sale, but there’s been so many times when things are on sale and I didn’t know about it until I looked here at ToolGuyd.
PS-I love when you post the sales that are on Amazon. It’s either too hard to find all the sales on there or too tedious for me too look through all of them.
It is uncertain as to when the deal ends. Maybe when supplies run out? There are a bunch of these saws in stock at my local Home Depot, so the deal might be valid until or thru Father’s Day.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
Oh, and here’s the link to that M12 screwdriver and impact driver combo deal.
Deal: Milwaukee M18 Drill and Impact Driver Combo Sale Price and Free Battery
I don’t known how good a deal this is but the local HomeDepot has the milwaukee 18v (2697-22) combo kit on clearance.
I don’t like clearance deals, as they can be very difficult to take advantage of, but I noticed that Home Depot has the same combo with a free bonus battery pack, for $279. The deal is valid thru 6/30/2015.
It comes with what look to be Milwaukee’s last-generation hammer drill and impact driver, and (3) 3.0Ah battery packs, including the free bonus pack. It also comes with an M12/M18 multi-voltage charger and canvas carrying bag.
Buy Now(via Home Depot)
Deal: Wiha Tools at Carbide Processors
Our friends at Carbide Processors sent me a heads-up about some specials they’re running on Wiha hand tools and sets.
Just wanted to let you and all your fans know that we are currently running a HUGE Wiha sale, up to 55%. The savings include all Wiha Hand Tools and Wiha Sets! Maybe a Father’s Day gift or just save lots of money on really cool tools 🙂
No coupon code required, and as always FREE shipping on orders of $150 or more.
It looks like there are some nice stuff on sale for anyone in the market for multi-bit precision screwdrivers, or high voltage screwdrivers and pliers.
I also saw that their recent newsletter mentions you can get a free SOG mini multi-tool on orders $75+. To do so, enter “SOG” in the comments section when you place your order. And don’t forget about your free registration gift (I picked a Bondhus mini ball hex set), which can also be added to any order.
Just a Couple More Tool Deals
- Ridgid Micro Inspection Camera for $99 at Amazon (We discussed this deal before)
- Ryobi 18V One+ (2) pack of 4.0Ah batteries for $99 at Home Depot
- Dewalt 12V Max cordless screwdriver kit for $99 at Home Depot
- Milwaukee M12 2407-22 drill/driver kit for $99 at Home Depot (mention in our Best Cordless Drills guide and several other times before that)
- Bosch 12V hammer drill (bare tool) for $85 at Amazon (bring the order above $200 with eligible Bosch tools to save an extra $50)
Round Table Tool Talk
After Dewalt’s morning media event and factory tour (did you check out my Dewalt’s “Built in the USA” post yet?), I breezed through the 3+ hour wait with Dan and Eric from Tools in Action and John from Workshop Addict.
So what did we do? A Round Table Tool Talk about some of the stuff we just saw. Since we were at the airport, Dan’s iPhone was the best we could do, but he mixed in some nice footage that they captured at the event.
We’re all going to get together again soon, and hopefully the next video won’t be in an airport food court.
Bosch Logo Spotted at the Dewalt Factory
I found it amusing that Dewalt is using some kind of Bosch anti-static fixturing support at their factory, somewhere in the motor production line. There’s no shame in that, I just found it amusing, kind of like finding an easter egg.
Gear Envy: Dewalt’s Using the Latest Air Filter and Regulator Units
I also noticed that Dewalt’s using the latest SMC air filter/regulator/lubricator system at many workstations. I have the old models in my workspace, and never thought I’d have gear envy over something so mundane.
You can tell this is the new series by the “urban white” color scheme, and how the air filter has a clear bowl guard. Mine has a metal bowl guard and a small squarish gauge on the regulator, as pictured in my recent 5 Unavoidable Nuisances of Compressed Air Systems post. It’s good to see that the regulator knob has been enlarged in the new series.
New Dewalt Tools!!
I saved the best for last! Please try to act surprised when you see these same photos in upcoming posts.
This is a brief teaser of what’s coming. I’ll have new tool posts up as soon as I can, but for some of these products all I have right now are my photos since the official specs and details aren’t available yet.
Yep, there’s going to be an App that notifies you when your batteries are done charging, and when they’re low on charge. You can even disable the battery if it is taken too far out of range. Want to know more? It can tell you its temperature too. These batteries will cost $20 more than Dewalt’s regular Li-ion packs.
Bluetooth Tough System Radio and Speaker System!
I think this could be the coolest cordless radio I’ve seen so far. It’s one seriously sweet boombox-shaped radio, and it has very nice subtle touches too, such as the rubberized control panel. Pricing is going to be a little over $200, which lines it up with Milwaukee’s premium Bluetooth radio.
Industrial Ball Bearing Tool Storage
I like what I saw in Dewalt’s latest ball bearing tool storage combo. Seems solidly built, and they said it’s aimed at industrial markets.
You can’t see it in this image, but in coming days I’ll talk about how Dewalt is expanding their open stock mechanics tool selection. In other words, individual sockets and wrenches are coming! And I’m told the tools have been completely redesigned, presumably for better strength and performance.
There are some nice hex-shanked screwdrivers coming out. One thing I liked is that the slotted drivers are hollow ground.
One-Piece Steel Hammers
At first swing, these new one-piece steel hammers seem pretty decent.
Small 20V Max Blower
One Dewalt rep said this is ideal for blowing the dust out of masonry holes, and not really for general jobsite cleanup, but someone else said the opposite and that it’s suited for general jobsite cleanup. Either way, a new small-sized blower is on the way!
20V Max Threaded Rod Cutter
A Dewalt product manager said that they’re also looking for ways to expand the usefulness of this tool beyond cutting threaded rods. The rotating jaws can be removed and user-replaced, so maybe there will be an attachment for cutting small pipes or something like that.
More Ridgid Gen5X Tools Now Available
You can see the growing listing here, which now includes a combo kit, this sander, a gooseneck LED worklight, and a hybrid fan.
Deal: Milwaukee Savings at CPO
In the comments, Nathan mentioned that CPO’s got some great deals on Milwaukee tools. I took a look, and yup – there are some decent deals there. Actually, there are a lot of deals there that are worth mentioning.
All of the deals are listed on one landing page:
Shop CPO (Link to their Deal Zone)
There’s a $25 off discount that’s applied to nearly 2 dozen different M18 Fuel cordless tool kits, a “create your own combo kit” promo, a free battery promo, and a couple of freebie tool promos.
One of the freebie offers is an Milwaukee M12 Bluetooth speaker with the purchase of an M12 hammer drill/driver kit. It’s a random offer, but you won’t see me complaining!