May 5, 2007

Bosch PS10-2 10.8V I-Driver

Bosch_lion_driver.jpgBosch has recently released the PS10-2 10.8V I-Driver, a little battery-powered screw driver, and it looks like a pretty interesting tool. Unlike most of the other battery screwdrivers this one is hinged right up at the driver end, as opposed to the center of the tool. This, as well as the fact that the hinge is capable of a 90 degree swing, allows the driver to fit in places that the others wouldn't have a chance of fitting. The entire head length is a short 3-1/2".

According to the Bosch website, the 10.8V I-Driver is capable of driving 100 3-inch screws on a single battery charge. Not bad for something the size of a flashlight. The 10.8V Driver is powered by a Lithium-Ion battery, which means longer life, lighter weight and no more of the long slow battery fade.

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April 17, 2007

Black & Decker Grasshog 18-Volt Cordless String Trimmer

black_decker_grasshog.jpgIf you're locked in a bitter battle with your neighbor over who has the prettiest lawn, you probably want to check out Black & Decker's new Grasshog 18-Volt Cordless String Trimmer. From the looks of it, the Grasshog is a convenient alternative to both gas and electric powered trimmers; no more 100' extension cord and no more of that brutal, "did I remember to add the gas stabilizer" feeling.

Powered by an 18-volt battery, Black & Decker's trimmer comes with a telescoping shaft to adjust to your height and an automatic line feed system. At seven pounds, it shouldn't be a problem swinging it around for a couple hours every two weeks. And when you're done trimming around trees and stone walls, with the push of a button, the Grasshog converts into an edger. Not bad for a tool that costs around $100.

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March 16, 2007

Barbara K Power-Lite Cordless Drill

barbara_k_cordless_drill.jpgBarbara K, a tool company that designs products specifically for women, offers the Power-Lite Cordless Drill. The 12-volt drill has an ergonomic handle and a keyless chuck, but it's the innovative battery design that grabs our attention. To combat fatigue and greatly lessen the weight of the drill, the battery can be removed and worn in a hip pouch. A coiled cord (think of the telephone you had when you were little) connects the two and now you've got an extremely light drill that can fit just about anywhere.

The drill comes with a charger, one Ni-Cad battery, a carrying case, a few drill bits and a few driver bits.

At Amazon.com

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March 15, 2007

Makita 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Angle Grinder

makita_cordless_grinder.jpgIn the ongoing attempt to make a cordless version of every single tool in the world, Makita has recently released their 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Angle Grinder. The tool takes a 4-1/2 inch grinding wheel and whirls around at 10,000 RPM. This is impressive for a battery tool, considering that the corded Bosch and DeWalt grinders rotate at 11,000 RPM. The Makita weighs 5.6 lbs, which is heavier than the average corded grinder, and has a slide switch. The tool comes with two batteries and a 45 minute charger.

The 18 Volt Makita Cordless Grinder could definitely come in handy in a crawl space or some other spot where trailing a 20' extension cord is impractical, but at it's current price (over $375), it's quite an investment, particularly when most regular grinders can be obtained for a hundred dollars or less.

At Amazon.com

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March 13, 2007

Hitachi 3.6 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Screwdriver

hitachi_cordless_screwdriver.jpgHitachi has recently released a 3.6 Volt Cordless Screwdriver and it looks like a pretty versatile tool that could help out both the contractor and the homeowner. Weighing less than a pound and under a foot long, this little cordless fits in situations that would render the regular battery drill useless. The 3.6 Volt Lithium Ion battery should be enough to get most small to medium size tasks completed.

Two speeds, a built-in work light, and a quick 30 minute battery charge round out another nice looking tool from Hitachi.

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March 2, 2007

Panasonic 15.6-Volt NiMH Cordless Drill - Review

panasonic.jpgYup, Panasonic makes power tools. A lot of people don't know that, and it's really too bad. The tools that they make, and they only make a handful, are of such high quality that they should be as well known as DeWalt, Bosch, and Makita. The 15.6-Volt NiMH Cordless Drill is no exception. In fact, it may be the best drill we've ever used.

While there is a lot of good to say about this drill, it's the look and feel of it that really impresses us. Not only is it perfectly balanced and fits the hand like a glove, but it is nice and light so you can spend days on end using it and never feel any fatigue. It is also relatively short from chuck to tail; allowing it to get in places that the bulkier 18 Volt drills can't fit.

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