October 12, 2007

Milwaukee Hatchet Reciprocating Saw

milwaukee_hatchet.jpgMilwaukee apparently isn't content to coast on their reputation of making the biggest, baddest reciprocating saws. Nope, they've got to keep innovating and coming up with new features for the mother of all destruction tools. This time they've tinkered around with the handle design and the resulting tool is called The Hatchet.

They've removed the standard D-handle that has been a consistent part of every reciprocating saw ever made and replaced it with a pivoting pistol grip. When the handle is at full pivot, the tool is only 13-1/2" long, which means the tool can get itself into some tight locations such as joist bays and that mess of copper pipes behind your water heater.

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Black & Decker VPX Website is Live

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UPDATE: It really is live now. Details here.
Looks like Black & Decker is finally catching up to the buzz that's starting to emerge around their new VPX line of tools. Sometime yesterday, they put up a website just for that set of tools. At the moment, it's just a placeholder with a swirling battery, but if you're into staring at that for a while, the page is at www.vpxsystem.com.

Earlier postings on the VPS System here and here.

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October 11, 2007

Black & Decker VPX Starter Set

black_decker_vpx.jpgLast week, we told you about Black & Decker's VPX Lithium-Ion Tools, their new line of affordable cordless tools. Now, we're going be highlighting the individual tools in the series to give you a closer look at what's available.

Because a lot of the tools in the line are available in tool only-format (no battery included), once you have a few batteries, you'll be able to pick and choose your tools in a relatively inexpensive manner. But, you have to get the batteries somewhere, so why not start collecting the line where Black & Decker advises, their VPX Starter Set.

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October 5, 2007

Black & Decker VPX Lithium-IonTools

BD_vpx.jpgUPDATE: More info on the VPX starter Set here.

UPDATE II: The VPX website is live. Info here.

UPDATE III: More info on the VPX Inverter here.

UPDATE IV: This time, the website is really live. Details Black & Decker is getting in on the big lithium-ion frenzy. They've decided to call their battery system the VPX and they have a new and interesting twist on the whole cordless tool idea.

The deal is that each VPX battery is 7-volts and they work in just about all of the tools, but some tools are capable of taking two batteries to up their juice to 14.4-Volts. It's a neat idea to standardize the batteries for different voltages. As far as marketing goes, it's similar to the Ryobi One+ system, where you're encouraged to buy a starter kit with a battery and charger and then from that point on, you only need to buy the stand alone tools which don't come with batteries, and are thus much more inexpensive.

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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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October 3, 2007

Husky 84-Watt Portable Tripod Fluorescent Work Light - Review

light_compact.jpgHusky has just released a new tripod work light and they were nice enough to let us try out. It's an interesting design, and one we've never seen before.

The light comes folded up, looking sort of like a camera tripod with a very large central shaft. At the end of the shaft is a small light. Once the legs of the tripod are set up, the shaft stands upright with the light on top. When you plug in the light (which is made easy by a nice 12' cord), the light on the top lights up (it's blue). Now, here's where it gets interesting. At this point, you find a little locking tab that you press and once that's done, you can now grab the little blue light and pull the main light out of the central shaft, where it's been nicely protected. Once the light slides up to as high as it will go, it locks into place and automatically turns on. This, we weren't ready for.

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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 27, 2007

Ridgid R4330 13" Thickness Planer with 3 Blade Cutterhead

ridgid_planer.jpgRidgid has recently released a new 13" Thickness Planer and it looks like it's got all the right standard features, as well as a few new ones.

The planer has a 15 amp motor, nice fold down infeed/outfeed platforms, a chip diverter, as well as a place to plug your ShopVac – either 2-1/2" or 4" - to minimize dust (and there will be a lot of dust). Also included are some tools to help you change out the blades, or rather, flip them over, as Ridgid is thankfully using two sided blades. And don't worry about trying to index them, that's taken care of too.

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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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