All posts by Adam Spafford

Southwire Compact Ratcheting Cable Cutter

Southwire recently introduced the Southwire Compact Ratcheting Cable Cutter for copper and aluminum cables up to 600 Kcmil. This cutter features a quick release lever that opens at any time during operation, a two-step ratcheting mechanism, molded grip, and replaceable, hardened steel blades. Our Take We’ve said it before and it bears repeating – if there’s an […]

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Makita 18V Trim Router? You’ll Have to Wait

Makita recently introduced its first cordless brushless Makita 18V Trim Router – the DRT50Z – in Australia. The router features the same style base form factor as the corded version RT0701C, which is available in the US, as well as a variable speed control dial and a lock/unlock button. The rest of the specs, well, […]

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Hitachi AC Brushless Angle Grinder G12VE

Hitachi Power Tools recently announced a new addition to its commercial product line with the launch of the 4-1/2-inch Hitachi AC Brushless Angle Grinder model G12VE. This 4.2-pound corded grinder features a 12-amp motor, 1,300 watts of input power, variable speeds between 2,800 and 10,000 RPMs, a soft start function, internal inverter circuitry to run […]

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Ryobi One+ 18V Trim Router P601

Using a router is a lot like painting a room – in a very short time with just a little effort, you can dramatically change the aesthetic. Run an ogee along a table surface, ease sharp corners, flush cut two pieces, create rabbets, dadoes, and even dovetails. You could haul out the big, corded plunge […]

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Milwaukee Dust Extractor and Accessories Ready for OSHA

Milwaukee Tool recently announced an expansion of its Dust Extraction System centered around the new 8-Gallon Milwaukee Dust Extractor. Featuring an automatic filter cleaning mechanism that allows sustained airflow at 148 CFM in dust-producing applications, the extractor’s dual filtration system with HEPA filter is designed to capture 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 microns. […]

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Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer

Hilti recently announced an expansion of its SDS-Max rotary hammer line with the Hilti TE 50-AVR SDS-Max Rotary Hammer. This one is appropriate for drilling in concrete, masonry, and stone as well as medium-duty chiseling in concrete and masonry. The 13.4-pound tool is the lightest of Hilti’s TE-Y class and features Active Vibration Reduction (AVR), a […]

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DeWalt Impact Sockets DWMT74739

There’s no tool combination more iconic of a garage than a ratchet/impact wrench and socket set. From small to large, they quite literally deal with the nuts and bolts of automotive and industrial applications. We may wonder if the world really needs another set with so many manufacturers in the market (answer: yes, of course!), […]

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New Crescent Fiberglass Rip Claw Hammers Headed to Stores

Crescent recently announced its new Crescent Fiberglass Rip Claw Hammers available in 16- and 20-ounce sizes. The hammers feature a non-slip flared foot handle, nylon-jacketed solid fiberglass core, Permabond construction between the handle and lacquered head, magnetic nail starter for one-handed nailing overhead and in tight spaces, and a forged finish with contrasting polished strike face, poll, cheek […]

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DeWalt Breakaway Reciprocating Saw Blades

DeWalt recently announced its new DeWalt BreakAway Reciprocating Saw Blades with a 2-blades-in-1 design that allows users to maximize blade use by breaking away the used section of the blade and reinserting the unused section into the saw. At 0.042-inches thick, the DeWalt BreakAway Reciprocating Saw Blades are engineered with a 14/18 TPI variable tooth pattern and […]

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Festool Airstream Battery Technology Announced

Festool recently announced its new Festool AirStream battery technology. The new design pulls cooled air through the air intakes of the battery pack and channels airflow through the cells and into the charger. On the other end, heat from both the battery and charger are exhausted to the side. Although the new system is designed […]

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