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DeWalt launches brushless-motor impact driver and other tools

Stressing its commitment to innovation and system expansion, DeWalt announced this week the launch of more than a dozen cordless and corded tools as well as some accessories. Topping the list is a new impact driver in the 20-Volt Max line, but this one sports DeWalt’s first brushless motor. It will be on the market in April, selling for $279 with 1.5-amp-hour battery packs and $349 for 3-Ah packs.

This new impact driver comes out less than a year after DeWalt debuted the 20V Max line—which included an impact driver and several drill/drivers—featuring standard carbon-brush motors. The brushless motor powers the tool more efficiently, creating less heat and friction, and resulting in a 57% increase in battery run time compared to the 20V Max driver with carbon-brush motor. With a brushless motor, energy is transferred from the armature to the drive train electronically, whereas with the other system that energy transfers through the brushes by rubbing directly on the armature. Read more

Bosch launches innovative new tools

Never a company to sit back and rest after launching a line of tools, Bosch instead keeps on finding ways to make their tools better. I spent two days this week at Bosch’s U.S. headquarters in Chicago getting a first-hand look at new cordless drills, random-orbit sanders, a benchtop tablesaw, measuring tools, and lots of other tools related to construction and concrete work.

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Vacation stop: Festool

Okay, so I’m a tool junkie, so sue me. Last week when I was back home in Indiana on vacation—yes, my wife and I sing “Back Home Again In Indiana” when we cross the border; our girls just roll their eyes—I couldn’t help but swing by the U.S. headquarters of the German-based Festool tool company. After originally setting up shop in southern California, Festool moved its offices to Lebanon, Indiana, about an hour northwest of Indianapolis. On a sidenote, Lebanon is famous for producing Rick Mount, one of the best high school and college basketball players (for Purdue) in history.

So on Friday I was welcomed by Rick Bush and Michael Williams, two guys who share my love of tools. Rick showed me around the warehouse where Festool stores and ships all its products as well as parts for all its tools. I was encouraged to see products flying off the shelves and onto trucks—a good sign for the sagging economy we’ve been mired in the past two years. A few points I found intriguing. Read more

TOOL NEWS: Ridgid, Ryobi launch new tools for second half of 2010

More cordless, more compact, more do-it-yourself home-repair tools. That’s the latest from the folks at the Ridgid and Ryobi brands of tools. Jason Swanson, spokesman for both brands, came to the WOOD Magazine shop today to show us dozens of new products, most of which will launch later this year at Home Depot stores.

Ridgid/Ryobi rep Jason Swanson shows off new tools from each company to the WOOD Magazine gang.

Ridgid/Ryobi rep Jason Swanson, second from right, shows new tools from each brand to the WOOD Magazine gang.

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Getting a first-hand look behind the scenes at DeWalt and Delta

I just wrapped up two days at the home headquarters of the Black & Decker family of tools—DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Delta, and B&D—in Towson, Maryland, a Baltimore suburb. While there I got a sneak peek at lots of new tools, some ready for launch this summer, others for later this fall, and still more even farther down the road. I even got to use several of the tools—my job is so COOL!

Most of what I saw for release this calendar year carries the DeWalt brand, but I did see a few from Delta and Porter-Cable. Before you get too worked up with excitement, let me disclose now that I can’t talk about most of these tools today. It was one of those spit-in-your-hand-and-shake-on-it kind of promises. You know the type: If I tell you about those tools now, there will be a team of mysterious yellow-and-black vans following me home tonight. Yeah, I know, too bad, but stay tuned—you’ll really like what’s coming. Some of it I’ll get to write about in August when the company officially launches those products at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. And you know WOOD Magazine will be all over that show!

WOOD Magazine Tools Editor Bob Hunter tries out the new 12-volt impact driver.

WOOD Magazine Tools Editor Bob Hunter tries out the new 12-volt impact driver.

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TOOL NEWS: Rockwell shows new cordless tools to WOOD Magazine

If you’re not familiar with the line of new Rockwell tools—sold at Menards home centers as well as online retailers such as Amazon.com—then let me bring you up to date. For decades, Rockwell was one of the standards in woodworking machinery, and later changed its name to Delta Machinery (after starting out as Delta back in the 1930s). Now another U.S.-based company is licensing the Rockwell name for its own brand of portable power tools.

Rockwell's Mike Mangan talks about the H3 Rotary Hammer

Rockwell's Mike Mangan talks about the H3 Rotary Hammer

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New Tools from Ridgid and Ryobi

Showing us new tablesaws, sanders, drills, and lots of helpful shop accessories, representatives from Ridgid and Ryobi came by the WOOD Magazine shop yesterday. Some of these were pre-production samples just to whet our appetite, but others are ready for store shelves now at The Home Depot. We’ll test these tools as soon as possible and provide reviews for you in WOOD Magazine.

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First up is Ridgid’s newest version of its jobsite 10-inch tablesaw, model R4510. Read more

 
 
 
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