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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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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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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