Hand Tools Showcase: December 2022
Get more work done with this lineup of handtools made for rental.
The quick stapler
The new M18 Fuel is the latest fencing stapler from Milwaukee Tool. The fencing stapler gives users increased productivity, easier stapling, and all-day run-time on one battery. The M18 is designed to allow linemen and fence installers to staple up to six-times faster than when compared to installing with a hammer. The stapler simplifies the two-handed hammer stapling operation into a one-handed battery-powered task with increased maneuverability and less strain from repetitive hammering. When paired with Milwaukee’s battery, the stapler can drive up to 600 staples per charge, cutting down the time spent hammering. It also includes a secondary, manual trigger lock to prevent misfires and a lanyard loop to secure the stapler when working at elevated heights. It features Milwaukee’s nitrogen spring mechanism, which gives optimum power for driving staples into the toughest utility pole and fence posts. Weighing in at 9.8 pounds, the stapler has an LED work light, reversible belt clip and magazine capacity of 45. The stapler pairs with Milwaukee’s new nine-gauge staples, that are only compatible with the M18 and come in sizes ranging from one-and-a-half inches to two inches. The staples have barbed and coated divergent staple legs and a diamond-crown design for larger wire sizes and crown moldings. The staples include zinc-aluminum hot-dipped galvanization for increased corrosion resistance.
The new XGT 14-inch power cutter is the latest brushless and cordless 80-volt max power cutter from Makita. It has the power to cut through masonry and metal material with single-pass cuts up to five inches. The benefits of a cordless power cutter over gas are many, including no oil or mixing, lower noise, less maintenance, zero emissions, and no pull starts. This means instant starts, cost savings, and the ability to use the power cutter indoors. The power cutter features an advanced Makita-built brushless motor that runs cool and efficiently for a long product life while delivering up to 5,300 RPM. The 14-inch power cutter uses two 40-volt XGT batteries to cut just as well as similar gas-powered models. The new power cutter is offered as a kit that includes four 40-volt, five amp-hour, batteries and an efficient 40-volt, dual-port rapid charger. Makita designed the cordless power cutter with an integrated water supply kit and quick-release hose fittings so users can easily attach a water source. It also comes with a belt-drive design for smooth operation with lower vibration.
Straight lines ahead
The new chalk reel is the latest from Dewalt’s extended Atomic compact series line of tools. The chalk reel features a convenient and compact design that makes it easy to store in a tool bag or tool box. It’s designed with a sealed gear system to protect the gears from contamination and debris on the worksite and withstand tough applications. The reel has a three-to-one gear ratio that lets users smoothly and quickly retract the line when chalk is marked. The built-in clutch system also reduces line jams. Dewalt designed the chalk reel to be 40 percent more compact than similar products so users can conveniently store the chalk and reel in tool bags, boxes and belts. The chalk reel is ideal for tradespeople in framing, roofing, deck building, parking lot layout, drywall, flooring installation and bricklaying and is available now. The product is part of Dewalt’s extended Atomic compact series line of hand tools. The series has several new design features with compact, highly portable measuring and layout tools to help improve jobsite efficiency. The first lineup of hand tools from the line include tape measures, a chalk reel and a pocket laser measurer.
The AGC 18 is the latest cordless angle grinder from Festool. The new grinder is highly durable and built for professional remodelers who need reliable, versatile performance. It comes with an enclosed brushless motor, protected electronics and variable speeds so it’s built to last and perform in a broad variety of applications. The grinder comes with a keyless arbor and guard change and a unique battery position for cut-off operation that makes it easy to use. The speed can be easily adjusted between 4,500 to 8,500 RPM. The grinder is ergonomically designed to fit in the user’s hand, run smoothly and generate only a few vibrations. It’s also compatible with the battery packs and chargers in the Festool 18-volt system and comes with Festool’s Ec-Tec motor that’s enclosed to protect the electronics from dust. The grinder features a soft start-up, electronic overload protection, motor brake and restart protection. It is also designed with a lockable spindle and quick-action clamping nut for fast disc changes without the need for tools.
The NXT Backpack Vac is the latest portable vacuum from Ridgid. It’s a lightweight, versatile backpack vacuum cleaner with a six-quart capacity to tackle dry messes, providing a pristine finish at pre- and post-construction jobs. The vacuum has 360 mobility and portability, so users can maximize their cleanup time for a faster and more efficient way to handle dry pickups.
It was designed for large projects so the vacuum performs with optimal power, suction and lift, and it easily distributes weight with the adjustable harness for a comfortable fit. Ridgid also offers a fleet of specialized accessories including two extension wands that extend reach for overhead spaces or out-of-reach places. The crevice tool gets into tight, awkward spots and the dusting brush loosens stubborn dirt. The vacuum includes a cloth filter and two dry paper filters to help contain dust and debris for easy disposal.
The TE 6-A22 is the latest rotary hammer from Hilti. It features a cordless design with a wide drilling range, chipping function and quick-change check. The hammer was designed to easily drill through concrete and for fast masonry work. Weighing in at 6.3 pounds, the cordless hammer helps reduce fatigue with a light design. It has better tool balance and contoured grips so you can drill, chip or drive more comfortably in any position. The hammer also has multiple safety features like active torque control to protect masons from uncontrolled spinning if the bit sticks and active vibration reduction for increased shielding from vibration. The hammer is powered by the Neuron battery platform with long-lasting batteries and high-performance drill bits. It comes with an on-board dust removal system and easily connects to the TE vacuum cleaner to remove dust. Its light-duty chiseling makes it easy to scrape tiles, clean channels or correct surfaces. Users can quickly attach accessories to drill in wood and steel and. The hammer also features a depth gauge, a removable chuck, reverse mode and torque clutch.
The CSG15 from Bosch Tools is a five-inch surfacing grinder for concrete. The grinder comes with a dedicated dust-collection shroud and auxiliary handle for easy handling. It has a powerful motor with 12.5 amps and up to 9,300 RPM. The guard/shroud system has an exclusive guard-opening system for flush grinding and the constant response circuitry gives users a soft start, maintains constant speed under load and gives overload protection. The tool was built to have a long life with its double-sealed ball bearings and two lip-sealing rings. With a weight of 5.95 pounds, the grinder is light enough to finish the job without tiring users out.
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