New Woodworking Tools and New Woodworking Products

Automatic Vacuum Switch

Friday, 26 June 2009 19:48

AUTOMATIC VACUUM SWITCH from Lee Valley runs a shop vacuum only when it is needed — in unison with a power tool. The switch is plugged into a regular 110-volt outlet, and the tool and vacuum are then plugged into the switch. When the circuitry senses the tool drawing power, the vacuum automatically turns on. The vacuum operates until six seconds after the tool is turned off to clear the hose. The unit comes with two 110-volt, 15-amp input cords — one 6' long, the other 18" long. The Lee Valley vacuum switch sells for $39.50. Contact: Lee Valley Tools Ltd., P.O. Box 1780, Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780. Tel: 800-871-8158.


Friday, 26 June 2009 19:43

LIGNO-SCANNERS from Lignomat USA are pinless wood moisture meters for cabinetmakers, hardwood floor installers and anyone measuring lumber in thicknesses up to 3/4". The meters have 71 settings for different wood species. The user simply needs to punch in the specific gravity of the species or use the wood group card that comes with the meter for accurate calibrations of exotic and domestic woods. The pinless meter is for scanning a large number of boards to detect higher moisture levels and water pockets. The meters are also capable of measuring stacks of veneer. The Ligno-Scanner S measures wood up to 1/4" thick and the model D measures wood up to 3/4". Both are priced at $199. The SD model measures wood 1/4" and 3/4" deep and sells for $275. Contact: Lignomat, P.O. Box 30145, Portland, OR 97294. Tel: 503-257-8957.

Rockler Pack Rack Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution

Friday, 26 June 2009 19:42

ROCKLER PACK RACK ULTIMATE MOBILE STORAGE SOLUTION is a full-service mobile work station, letting users keep tools and equipment organized anywhere in the workshop. From clamps to interior shelving, the tool storage system allows users to keep tools and equipment organized and on hand anywhere in the workshop. The Pack Rack is designed for use in both large and small shops. In large shops, the storage facility saves time by holding clamps, glue, fasteners, assembly tools and other items in one mobile unit. In small shops, the work station provides its space-maximizing benefits with a small footprint. The Rockler Pack Rack Tool Storage System retails for $149.99. Contact: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. Tel: 877-762-5537.

Professional-grade 18-volt power tools

Monday, 01 June 2009 19:17

PROFESSIONAL-GRADE 18-VOLT POWER TOOLS from Porter-Cable include 10 new offerings — six tools, two lithium-ion combination kits and two lithium-ion batteries. The 18-volt tools are available without batteries or chargers and consist of a 6-1/2" impact driver ($69.97), jigsaw ($49.97), rotary saw ($39.97), hand vac ($29.97), detail sander ($29.97) and work light ($29.97). An 18-volt, lithium-ion three-tool combo kit includes a drill/driver, impact driver, flashlight, two battery packs, fast charger and carrying case, and sells for $229. A four-tool combo kit is priced at $299 and includes a drill/driver, 6-1/2" circular saw, reciprocating saw, flashlight, one LX and one EX lithium-ion battery pack, fast charger, and carrying case. The LX and EX lithium-ion battery packs cost $69.97 and $89.97, respectively. Contact: Porter-Cable.

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.

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