New Woodworking Tools and New Woodworking Products

Craftsman 20-volt impact driver and reciprocating saw

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:14

CRAFTSMAN’S 20-VOLT IMPACT DRIVER AND RECIPROCATING SAW, powered by the company’s Diehard lithium-ion technology. The impact driver weighs 2.6 lbs and delivers 1,200 in. lbs., according to Craftsman, while the tool’s lithium-ion battery packs are good for more than 2,000 recharges. The reciprocating saw has a 1-3/16" blade stroke and features one mode for aggressive cutting and another for straight reciprocating action. The 20-volt impact driver, model 28128, and reciprocating saw, model 26314, are each priced at $69.99. Craftsman also sells its lithium-ion cordless charging system for $40 and an extra battery pack for $90. Contact: Sears Craftsman.

DeWalt XRP Line

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:13

DEWALT XRP LINE has been redesigned and features an assortment of 18-, 14.4- and 12-volt hammer drill/drill/drivers and drill/drivers powered by NiCad batteries. The new line also includes an 18-volt lithium-ion hammer drill/drill/driver, model DCD970KL. The lithium-ion battery is compatible with more than 40 tools in the DeWalt 18-volt system, and the company has developed a 14.4-volt XRP lithium-ion backward battery that is compatible with any existing DeWalt 14.4-volt tool. Each XRP tool includes a self-tightening chuck, frameless motor and patented three-speed transmission that provides 30 percent more run time than previous XRP drills, according to the company. The DeWalt XRP cordless tools are priced from $179 to $349, and 15 combination kits are available. Contact: DeWalt. 800-433-9258.

Leg-up table-saw panel lifter

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:40

LEG-UP TABLE-SAW PANEL LIFTER, available from Lee Valley, helps manipulate sheet stock safely onto a table saw when working alone. A sturdy lever clamps to the table edge or fence rail and a J-shaped hook end captures the panel at the other end. Tension on the lifter’s guide-arm is adjustable to ensure a controlled swing once the panel is released. An adhesive-backed bumper adheres to the table edge to prevent marring the workpiece, according to the distributor. The 1/8"-thick epoxy-coated steel lifter measures 28" and works with sheet stock up to 1-1/4" thick. The table-saw lifter sells for $49.50. Contact: Lee Valley & Veritas, P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158.



Micro Zip sander

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:38

MICRO ZIP SANDER, from Ali Industries, measures 3-1/2" x 1". It has a wide variety of uses, especially in tight spots, such as removing paint, smoothing drywall and refinishing furniture, according to the manufacturer. The Micro Zip Sander includes 30 sheets of hook-and-loop sandpaper — 10 each in 80, 120 and 220 grit. The Micro Zip retails for $9.99. Contact: Ali Industries. Tel: 800-255-4748.



Skil 18-volt lithium ion power tools

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:37

SKIL 18-VOLT LITHIUM ION POWER TOOLS consist of several tools and kits designed to provide contractors and DIYers professional-grade features at an attractive price point, according to the manufacturer. The 18-volt lithium-ion collection includes a 1/2" two-speed drill/driver ($109; $149 with two batteries); two-piece drill/driver and 5-3/8" Skilsaw combination kit ($199); two-piece drill/driver and reciprocating saw combination kit ($199); and a four piece combination kit containing the 1/2" two-speed drill/driver, 5-3/8" Skilsaw, orbital reciprocating saw and pivoting-head flashlight ($259). The Skil 18-volt lithium-ion batteries can be purchased individually for $69 and the battery and charger kit sells for $99. The new lithium-ion battery kit can also be used with most existing Skil 18-volt Ni-Cad tools. Contact: Skil Power Tools. Tel: 877-754-5999.



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