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March 22, 2016

Ridgid 12V Palm Impact Screwdriver Kit

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What do you get when you cross an impact driver, a palm nailer, and a right angle drill? Now remove the trigger and add a 12-volt battery and you've got Ridgid's new 12-Volt Palm Impact Screwdriver. It's a funny little hybrid, but it looks like it could be a successful one.

For something that's about the size of a Nintendo controller, this little guy has a whole lot going for it. it's got an LED (activated by a small button), and on-board battery life indicator, and a 1/4-inch hex chuck (standard on impacts). The forward/reverse toggle is up at the top of the tool and it has a third "locked" setting.

Now why would you need this lock setting, you ask? Well, because there's no activation trigger on the thing. It appears that once a bit is in the chuck and it gets pressed against a screw head the tool kicks on, just like a palm nailer. This is nice for repetitive work as well as "I'm spending the day in this nasty crawl space and everything I do seems to be at full arm's reach" work.

And as with most Ridgid tools, it looks like they've done nice work on the ergonomics. The back of the tool, where the palm is going to rest is covered in their grey rubbery grippy texture that they commonly use for their handles.

It costs $100 and comes with one battery and a charger. This sounds about right to me. A solid little periphery tool for a solid little periphery tool price.

at Home Depot

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January 19, 2016

Ridgid STEALTH FORCE Brushless Cordless Pulse Driver

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Recently Ridgid busted out of the gate with a new kind of impact driver, which, they tell us, is twice as fast as half as quiet as the impact that you already shelled out $200 for. As someone who spent years on construction sites, during the emergence of the impact driver, I can attest to the fact that "quiet" is good. The incessant rat-tat-tat-tat of five impacts simultaneously is enough to drive anyone bonkers. And that's not even talking about the damage that you're doing to your poor little eardrums (you really should be wearing ear protection, you know that, right?)

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November 4, 2015

Paslode Cordless CF325XP Framing Nailer - Review

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Paslode is in the process of upping their cordless framing gun with the new CF325XP Framing Nailer. Honestly, I really like their original CF325 and didn't even think it needed updating, but that's probably why I'm not in R&D for a leading tool company. But in looking at what they've done to the new version, it does make sense.

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June 22, 2015

Milwaukee Tools 2015 New Product Symposium

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Last week I was able to head off to Milwaukee Tools for their annual Product Symposium where they unleashed all of their latest and greatest tools and gear. There is a lot coming too. To get a sense of what I'm trying to get at, picture a giant red tidal wave with white lightning bolts shooting out of it (a toolnami, if you will). Hearing about each and every one of these new tools over the course of a single day was like being attacked by a grizzly bear made entirely of information. Honestly, towards the end, my mind was beaten down to the point where I felt like Brad Pitt from 12 Monkeys. Now here I am a few days later, trying to decipher my scribbled notes and jumbled memories.

Here's what I've got for you...

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February 13, 2014

Craftsman SpeedShot 19.2-Volt Cordless Brad Nailer

craftsman_speedshot.jpgWell, this is interesting. While researching for another article, I just ran across this little fella at the Craftsman website. It's a cordless brad nailer and it looks like it carries a lot of the same mojo as the Ryobi AirStrike which was released last year (our review is here).

Both tools can handle 18-gauge brads from 5/8 to 2-inch. They both have LEDs and two firing modes. Belt hooks, you name it...they're pretty similar.

I'm a big fan of the AirStrike and think that it really opens up nail guns to the non-pro crowd. Compressors are a hassle and not everyone wants to deal with them, and the cordless nail guns that are already on the market are priced waaaay too high for the casual user. So here comes Ryobi, and now Craftsman, both well established brands with solid battery platforms offering a relatively inexpensive ($130 for the Ryobi, $140 for the Craftsman) nailing options.

So as far as which one to get, it probably comes down to a couple questions:

1. Do you already have any 18-volt Craftsman or Ryobi tools?

If none, proceed to question #2.

2. Which is closer: Home Depot or Sears?

Speedshot at Sears ($219 with Charger and one battery) and bare tool at Craftsman.com

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January 16, 2014

Bostitch BTC400LB 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver

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Update: Bostitch just informed us that the pricing on the drill should be $150 and not the $80 that Amazon is selling it for. Who knows what's going on over at Amazon, but they just bumped the price down another $10 and added "only one left in stock," so go on and get while the Gettins good.

Sooo...Bostitch is into power tools now. At the moment, they've got a basic line-up; Standard carpenter gear, nothing too fancy. Jigsaws, recips, circ saws type things. No routers or anything specialized. We were curious about the line-up and the quality level, so Bostitch was nice enough to send us one of the 18-volt drills to check out (the flagship tool of just about every product line).

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November 5, 2013

Senco DS212 18-Volt Li-Ion Auto-Feed Screwdriver - Review

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A little while back Senco updated their line of cordless auto-feed screwdrivers. The new versions are not only powered by a li-ion battery, but they also have a space age look to them, giving it the appearance of something that Ripley from Aliens would use. Senco was nice enough to send us one of their DS212 18s to check out and here's what we thought.

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September 30, 2013

Ryobi AirStrike 18-Volt 18 Gauge 2-inch Brad Nailer - Review

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So it's no secret that we're on board with the cordless Paslode for all of our finish nailing needs. If we can take the compressor out of our routine, we're going to do it. But what about a cordless brad gun? Ryobi was kind enough to get one of their new 18-volt AirStrike Brad Nailers in our hands and we've been playing around with it for a little while. Here's what we think:

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September 5, 2013

Paslode Fuel + Nail Packs - Review

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This isn't a review as much as it's a high-five, fist-pound, belly-bump to Paslode for their Fuel + Nail packs. Since we got the li-ion version of the Paslode finish gun, we've hardly even picked up a pneumatic nailer. Why bother? The Paslode has all of the power with none of the compressor hassle. Gone are hoses, finding an outlet for the compressor, obnoxious filling noise, and just lugging the thing around. Goodbye.

So Paslode offers, these Fuel + Nail packs where you get 1000 galvy finish nails and a fuel pack. By a total coincidence, a fuel pack is good for approximately 1000 nails. They sent us one to check out and it all works like you'd expect it would. One really nice touch is that each pack includes an adapter nozzle so the gas canister can be used with the NiCd version of the tool. The connection in the Li-Ion gun is much better and not as fragile, but if you already own the older gun, these will work for you too.

Overall, they're really convenient and they eliminate that constant feeling we used to have where we were always worried about running out of fuel half way through a job.

The packs are around $20 and are available at Home Depot or online (or your local tool store).

At Amazon

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June 19, 2013

Flipout 7.2-Volt Cordless Screwdriver

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The first time I heard about Kickstarter was when someone told me that multi-bazillionaire Zach Braff was drumming up money to make some unwatchable art film. I think he got 3.1 million dollars or something. I thought the ridiculously high ticket prices were donation enough, but I guess I'm wrong.

But anyway, recently I've found some worthy projects at the site, including my old friend who just raised enough coin to start bottling her own whiskey (now, THAT is worth donating to). And then, this morning, I got an email directing me to another campaign, this one for the Flipout Electric Screwdriver.

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June 17, 2013

Milwaukee Tools: Annual Shindig 2013

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Last week I was lucky enough to get invited to the annual Milwaukee Tools Product Symposium. It's their yearly event where they showcase all of the new things they have coming down the pipeline. And lets just say that this time around, it was a seriously big pipeline.

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May 1, 2013

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hammer Drill/Driver - Review

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We've been holding on to this review for a while. We've had the new Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hammer Drill/Driver for months and months and we kept thinking we'd find its breaking point, but no such luck. We've tried hard to bust it up, wear it down, and simply burn it out. But we can't, it's a champ. A real heavyweight. Maybe the most powerful 18 volt drill we've used. There is no stopping it.

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January 2, 2013

Skil iXO Vivo Power Corkscrew - Review and Giveaway

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Skil has recently hit the scene with a drinking tool. The Skil power corkscrew has been available in Europe for a couple years now (see our original coverage here) and it's now available in the states. Bosch owns Skil and in Europe, green Bosch is their DIY brand (read: Skil), so in all likelihood, the two items are exactly the same. Skil sent us one to check out and we were pretty interested in it. If it has to do with wine drinking and it flew in Europe, it has to be good, right?

Right?

Turns out, maybe not so much.

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September 7, 2012

Paslode 16-Gauge Angled Li-Ion Finish Nailing System - Review

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Paslode has the reputation as the go to company for cordless nailing. Their guns have really become the standard of the category. We even hear the word "Paslode" used in a generic sense, like Kleenex and Sawzall. The company has to be aware of this dominance and they likely take great pride in their position. So along with that comes the overriding need to remain current and fresh. Enter: the new Paslode 16-Gauge Li-Ion Finish Nailer. They sent us one to review and here's what we thought...

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