New Woodworking Tools and New Woodworking Products

Makita 10.8-volt ultra-compact drill/driver

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:16

MAKITA 10.8-VOLT ULTRA-COMPACT DRILL/DRIVER, model DF330DW, with 3/8" keyless chuck features two speeds and is powered by the company’s ultra-compact lithium-ion battery. The drill/driver has a Makita-built motor which delivers 200 in. lbs. of torque with two speed settings (0-350/0-1,300 rpm), variable speed and 18 clutch stages, according to the company. The unit includes an LED light to illuminate the drilling and weighs only 2.2 lbs. Makita is also offering its first cordless LED flashlight, model ML100W, as part of its 10.8-volt lithium-ion line. The flashlight offers 540 minutes of continuous light on one charge and weighs only .55 lbs. The drill/driver, two 10.8-volt lithium-ion batteries, charger, and hard case sell as a kit for $159.99. The flashlight (battery and charger sold separately) costs $19.99. Contact: Makita U.S.A., 14930 Northern St., La Mirada, CA 90638. Tel: 714-522-8088.

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.



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