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MAKITA'S 18-volt LXT Compact Lithium-Ion Cordless Impact Driver Kit, model BTD142HW, features a driver that weighs only 2.8 lbs. with the battery installed. The short tool, which has an overall length of 5-3/4", delivers over 1,200 in. lbs. of torque and 2,300 rpm, according to the company, which rates the tool's impacts per minute at 3,200. The driver also features a built-in LED light that illuminates the work surface and also indicates switch failure or when the carbon brushes need to be replaced. Makita says the brushes are externally accessible for easy replacement. The kit includes two 18-volt LXT lithium-ion batteries, a 15-minute charger and carrying case. It has a suggested retail price of $219. Contact: Makita USA. Tel: 800-462-5482.



DIA-SHARP STEEL WATERSTONE is a bench "stone" from Diamond Machining Technology. It features millions of diamond cutting edges and offers sharpening performance comparable to an 8,000-mesh traditional waterstone, according to the manufacturer. The company also says the Dia-Sharp will remain flat forever, will not break, and does not need to be submersed in water. The Dia-Sharp sells for $89.95. Contact: Diamond Machining Technology, 85 Hayes Memorial Dr., Marlborough, MA 01752. Tel: 800-666-4368.

JOBOX PIANO LID BOXES, from Delta Consolidated Industries, feature a new Site-Vault security system and EZ-Loader skid bolsters. The bolsters allow fork-lift access from all sides. The product line includes a 60"- and 74"-wide model, each with a drop-down door and ramp for loading heavy objects. The line also includes a 90-cu-ft. high-capacity model that stands nearly 5' tall and has six built-in wall storage bins and three 500-lb. capacity full-width rear shelves. The Site-Vault security system uses a single padlock, set inside a fully welded housing that can't be knocked or pried out, according to the manufacturer. Suggested retail prices are: $1,250 for the 60" model 1-683990; $1,400 for the 74" model 1-684990, and $1,300 for the high-capacity model 1-685990. Contact: Delta Consolidated Industries Inc., 14600 York Road, Sparks, MD 21152. Tel: 800-643-0084.


BIMETAL HOLE SAW KIT, from The M.K. Morse Co., includes a broad range of popular diameters used by professional tradesmen for maintenance, plumbing and electrical hole-cutting requirements for pipe and conduit through 4-1/2". The kit, model AV23M, consists of 20 hole saws from 3/4" through 4-3/4", two arbors and a 12" extension. The kit sells for about $150. Contact: The M.K. Morse Co., P.O. Box 8677, Canton, OH 44711. Tel: 330-453-8187.

ADAMS WOOD PRODUCTS INC. offers 16 styles of stock turnings for kitchen and bath projects. All styles are available in maple, cherry, oak, alder and paint grade. Select styles are available in hickory and eastern knotty white pine. Split, quartered and corner turnings are also available, while Adams will also produce custom turnings. Contact: Adams Wood Products Inc., P. O. Box 728, Morristown, TN 37815-0728. Tel: 423-587-2942.


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