October 14, 2010

MasterForce 18-Volt Bandsaw - Review


We've used bandsaws on a variety of job sites, but its always been on metal, so we sort of mentally anchored the tool to that material. Now, after having the MasterForce cordless bandsaw just kicking around the shop for about two months, we can say that the bandsaw is a far more versatile tool than we gave it credit for. In fact, it's sort of our new best friend.

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October 6, 2010

Duo-Fast Cordless Roofer Video

It's apparently video day today. If you still have any patience left after listening to the dude who did the Bosch voice over, you should check out the video on the new Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing gun. We had a lot to say about the gun when it was announced a month ago but we hadn't yet had a chance to see it in action. Well here it is...

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September 29, 2010

DeWalt DC012 Heavy-Duty Worksite Charger/Radio - Review


DeWalt, masters of the job site radio (and thus the people directly responsible for us having to listen to miles and miles of evil sports radio) have just released an upgrade to their enduring, 'on-every-site' stereo to the DC012. They were also nice enough to send us one so we could check it out. We did, and in the process we saw a million faces and we rocked them all.

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September 24, 2010

Bosch PS41-2A 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Impact Driver - Review

Are you sick of us talking about Bosch's 12-volt drill/drivers yet? Well, if you're not, then you'll be happy to know that they sent us one of their new 12-volt impact driver to review. We've previously covered both the driver and the drill/driver in this second generation of li-ion madness and found them both to be exceptionally powerful. And the verdict on the impact driver is....

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September 21, 2010

Paslode Cordless Roofing Nailer


Last week at The Remodeling Show, Paslode released their version of the Cordless Roofing Nailer that Duo-Fast announced earlier in the month. Other than the paint color, it's the same tool, so if you prefer orange over blue, boy is this your lucky day!

Check out what we had to say about Duo-Fast's nailer here.

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September 15, 2010

DeWalt 12-Volt Max Cordless Screwdriver - Review

dewalt_screwdriver.jpgA few months ago, we packed up and headed out to DeWalt HQ (they call it Black & Decker University), and got a first look at their new 12-volt line (our post on the subject is here). While there, we got to get a little time with the tools, but we were anxious to get them out in the real world.

So thankfully, DeWalt recently sent us a sample of their new 12-volt cordless screwdriver and we've had a chance to introduce it to some jobsite tasks (as well as some non-jobsite tasks that we designed only to push the tool to the edge), and here is how it fared...

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September 10, 2010

Duo-Fast DFCR175C Cordless Roofing Nailer


It's been a busy time for nail guns. First, Bosch hit the scene with their Full-Force Technology, a big advancement in air-powered guns, then, a few months ago, Senco introduced the Fusion cordless nailer, which combined pneumatic strength with a cordless single fuel source. And now, here's Duo-Fast with another first: a battery/gas powered coil roofing nailer.

Last night, we were lucky enough to sit in on a conference call with Duo-Fast as they introduced this fella to the world and afterward we had a cup of tea with an imaginary friend and had a nice little Q&A about the tool.

So this is the first cordless coil nailer?

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September 8, 2010

Craftsman NEXTEC 12-volt Right Angle Impact Driver

craftsman_right_angle_impact.jpgWe've used two 12-volt right-angle impact drivers (the Hitachi and the Ridgid JobMax) and we're big fans of the category. They're great for a lot of things and the Hitachi in particular can get into spots that are unimaginably tight.

So we see it as generally good news that Craftsman is in the process of releasing a 12-volt right angle impact driver. Overall, we've been impressed with their 12-volt line (finding their oscillating tool particularly attractive), and at first glance, this new one looks like a nice tool at a slightly-higher-than-you-would-expect price.

By the numbers the Craftsman (700 in/lbs torque) tops out both the Hitachi (235) and the Ridgid (650), so it's certainly powerful enough (we compared the Ridgid directly to the Hitachi here).

Other than that, there's not a whole lot to say. The handle is similar to the AutoHammer and we can vouch for the comfort there. The weight is 2.2 lbs, the same as the Hitachi.

The Craftsman will go for just under $100, including a case, a charger, and one battery. It's the one battery thing that sticks us on the price. It just seems expensive seeing as Bosch and Milwaukee both have 2 battery drivers in the $100-$120 range (granted, they're not right angle drivers, but still....).

At Sears

The press release is after the jump...

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September 2, 2010

Milwaukee Red Lithium

Milwaukee_logo.jpgRemember that whole thing about us going to Milwaukee earlier in the year and the part about, 'there are things we saw that we legally can't talk about until Milwaukee tells us we can?" Well, we just got word that the embargo has been lifted and that we can finally spill the beans about their new Red Lithium battery.

Q. So what does the battery offer?
A. More.
Q. More what?
A. More.
Q. More?
A. More.

More everything. More run time (up to 40% more according to Milwaukee). More speed (20%). More torque (20%). More charges (50%). And more durability in extreme conditions (operable at 0F).

We saw this battery in action and it's no joke. Particularly impressive to us was when they started pulling tools out of the freezer to show off its cold-weather abilities. Living in the northern part of the country, we run into the lithium-ion vs. winter problem a lot, and this new battery was a clear winner in this department.

Red Lithium is ready to go for the M12 and M18 platforms so in the next few months Milwaukee will be releasing 8 new tools which will come with the Red Lithium battery (the ones we saw at the Symposium) and from that point on all of their tools will transition to the upgrade. We recall being told that the new battery will not effect the price point of the tools. Also the battery will be available as a stand-alone so you can upgrade your existing Milwaukee tools.

We really like the theory behind this move. Why bother tinker around with individual tools making them better, when you can just improve the fuel system and thus upgrade your entire line in one sword swipe? Pretty crafty and a definite bonus to your end user.

Milwaukee tools at Amazon.com

Press release with more information on the battery is after the jump...

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August 20, 2010

Porter-Cable 12-Volt Max Clamp Saw


Just yesterday, Porter-Cable dropped the news of their new 12-volt line. Of the three new tools, the drill/driver and the impact driver look like pretty standard operators at a nice price ($140 for the combo set) but it's the third and final tool of this initial release that cause our ears to prick up a bit.

The 12-volt Clamp Saw carries with it the micro-recip vibe that is already establishing itself on the market, but this one appears to have a few characteristics that make it stand out from both the Milwaukee Hackzall and the Hitachi mini-recip.

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First, the body has a hinge, giving the tool a close relationship to the Milwaukee Hatchet. This hinge should make for easier maneuvering in crawl spaces and other tight spots. We're generally in favor of handles that allow for 'between-the-joists' options.

And what will you be doing with the Clamp Saw in those cramped spots? Probably cutting out the broken 1/2" copper line that you let freeze, which leads us nicely into our next feature. The shoe of the tool is not only adjustable, but it can clamp small diameter items against the tool, holding them stable for the cut. Anyone who has had to cut an unsupported piece of pipe can see the benefit of this. If it works, it should remove all the clangity-clang and rattle-rattle-rattle associated with cutting small little objects.

The Clamp Saw will be available in October and will retail for about $130 for the tool, a bag, a charger, and two batteries.

The press release on all three tools is after the jump.

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