October 4, 2007

Dremel Duo Arrives for Review

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Dremel has just released their first cordless screwdriver, and they were nice enough to send one over to us so that we can check it out. Like all Dremel tools, it's not only compact (about 5" in length), but it's also so ergonomically thought out that we think you could spend days using it and hardly even know that you had it in your hands. The tool can be purchased by itself or bundled with the cordless Dremel stylus in a package called the Dremel Duo. We've got the combo pack, so we'll be using both tools and letting you know how they are. Stay tuned.

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September 30, 2007

A Look at the New Ryobi Lithium-Ion Tools

We got our hands on some cool shots of the new Ryobi Lithium-Ion tools. For a larger picture, click on each image. Enjoy.

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September 28, 2007

Ryobi 12-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill

ryobi_lithium_12_volt_drill.jpgSo there's a lot of talk about Ryobi's new line of 18-volt lithium-ion tools, but did you know that around the same time, they're going to be releasing a little 12-volt drill as well? Unlike the 18-volt tools, it will be available as a stand alone (no word on when that will happen for the 18-volts). The new drill looks pretty cool and there's no doubt that it will be able to fit in some tight spots, and as with all of Ryobi's lithium tools, the price tag is very affordable.

It's very light, weighing in at only 1.8 lbs. That's 33% lighter than their current 12-volt battery. It's got a 3/8" keyless chuck and something called the MagTray, which is one of those magnets that's somewhere on the tool (we're not sure where), where you can stick a few screws while you work.

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September 26, 2007

New DeWalt Nano Tools

dewalt_18v_impact_driver.jpgThe guys over at Toologics have just uncovered DeWalt's plans for two new battery tools to coincide with the launch of their Nano Battery next month. The tools look nice (and expensive). They are...wait for it.....wait for it....

It looks like they will be available individually as well as in a kit. Also, if you're unfamiliar with the whole Nano thing, DeWalt has a nice new presentation of the technology on their website here.

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September 24, 2007

Milwaukee Compact 18-Volt Drill

milwaukee_18_compact.jpgIt must have been a busy few months in the R&D lab of Milwaukee Tools. Not only are they on the verge of releasing their new 12-Volt Sub Compact Driver, but they're also about to launch a new Compact 18-Volt Drill. The Drill's got a good selection of standard features and with Milwaukee's name on it, it should be a very durable item as well.

It comes equipped with a LED light, on-board bit storage, 22 position clutch, a belt hook, and a fuel indicator. Because of the lightweight lithium ion battery, the whole package comes in at about 4 lbs. The drill comes with 2 batteries and a 30-minute charger.

Like Ridgid's similar compact 18-volt drill, we're thinking this is going to be popular with a wide range of people. Because it's so lightweight, it won't be intimidating to those who don't use tools all the time and because of its power contractors should love it.

Like the Sub Compact Driver, this tool will be available in October.

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September 20, 2007

Ryobi Lithium Tools Available Now

UPDATE: Our review of Ryobi's 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Kit is here.

We had thought that the new 4-piece Ryobi Lithium Ion kit wouldn't be available for another week, but we were in a local Home Depot today and saw a bunch of them on display. So there you have it. Go out and check them out an let us know what you think. They looked pretty nice to us.

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September 19, 2007

Ryobi One + Lithium Ion Tools

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UPDATE III: Our review of Ryobi's 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Kit is here.


While we were off on vacation, Ryobi opened their mysterious green box and revealed a new line of lithium-ion tools set for a late September release. Ryobi says the tools have twice the performance, twice the run time, and are 20% lighter than the old fashioned 18-volt tools.

Ryobi is initially going to offer two kits (with no indication if the tools will be available individually):

  • 4-piece kit - Drill, work light, reciprocating saw, circular saw.
  • 2-piece Kit - Drill, work light

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July 10, 2007

Ridgid Lithium-Ion 18-Volt Compact Drill - Review

drill_top.jpgBecause Lithium Ion batteries are so much lighter and more powerful than standard batteries, tool companies have a lot more leeway as far as design is concerned. The problem is that most of them are still intoxicated by the technology, focusing on creating the "lightest ever" or the "most powerful ever" tools. The small little screwdriver-style drills are handy and the 36-volt tools are total overkill, but what about that middle range? What about having a nice, reliable, no-frills, 18 Volt drill? If you feel the same way, look no further than Ridgid's new 18-Volt Compact Li-Ion Drill.

The drill is very light, 4.5 lbs. to be exact. It's interesting, but when compared directly to the Makita 14.4, which is about 4.6 lbs, the Ridgid feels much lighter. We figure that this has something to do with the fact that two thirds of the weight is no longer in the battery and the balance is much more even. The Ridgid feels solid in the hands and once we put it to work, we were not let down at all.

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June 20, 2007

Ridgid's 18-Volt Compact Lithium-Ion Drill arrives for Review

ridgid_compact_drill.jpgThe guys at Ridgid just set us up with one of their new Compact Lithium-Ion drills so we can review it. We got it out of the box and gave it a quick heft and there's no doubt about the 'compact' part. In fact, it feels a whole lot lighter than our 14.4-Volt Makita, but it's got 18-Volt power. We've got a few projects going on this week and weekend so we're going to put the drill right to work and see how it does. Stay tuned.

Also, we're still trying to get our heads around C.H. Hanson's Pivot Square and we just got a sample of the new Ace Sensations paint, so you can look forward to those reviews as well.

Ridgid's Compact Drill is available at Home Depot

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May 24, 2007

Skil iXO2 Cordless Palm Sized Screwdriver

ixo2.jpgSkil's entry in the 'Smallest Tool in America' contest is the iXO2 Cordless Palm Sized Screwdriver. Although it's pretty tiny, it looks like it has the power to become the go-to screwdriver for around-the-house needs.

The iXO2 comes with a cradle charger and a 22 piece bit set (including one drill bit). The battery is a Li-Ion so the tool is light as can be, not even hitting the one pound mark. There's a built-in work light and a charge indicator on the tool as well. According to Skil, the iXO2 holds a battery charge for up to 18 months, so it should always be ready to go, even after you lose it in the kitchen junk drawer for a year.

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