Makita 18V Brushless 5-7/8” Metal Saw XSC02

Makita metal saw brushless

We recently put one of the new Makita 18V 5-7/8” Metal Circular Saw XSC02Z ($199, bare) into the hands of Evan, one of our tool testers who used it to put up new metal siding on a barn. This unit was the first brushless metal cutting circular saw to hit the market which not only adds power but also significantly boosts run-time. Another big difference with this unit is an increased capacity from 5-3/8” which was the standard for this type of saw to the 5-7/8” after finding some limits on common 2” applications, the XSC02 has a full 2-1/4” capacity.

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Bosch 18V Brushless 1” Bulldog Rotary SDS-Plus GBH18V-26K

18V Bosch Bulldog

Available Shorty, a new addition to the Bosch 18V Rotary Hammer lineup a true 1” SDS-Plus Bulldog GBH18V-26 ($349, bare). The new EC Brushless motor will put out a very impressive 1.9 ft-lbs of energy. At the end of last year we did a full Cordless SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Head to Head and according to the numbers this new Bosch would be more powerful than the Hilti, Dewalt, Metabo, 18v Makita and Milwaukee (2712-20). Still slightly less impact force than the 36V Makita or Milwaukee (2715-20) but very close. Certainly power isn’t everything and at on 7.7lbs the new Bosch looks be the top power-to-weight in the class.

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Stanley Buy Newell’s Irwin & Lenox for $1.95 Billion

Stanley Aquires Lenox Irwin

The giant conglomerate that is Newell manages a ton of different brands which include Irwin, Lenox and Hilmor under their tool division but also Graco Car Seats and Yankee Candles and many many more. We are guessing it is hard to effectively cover so much ground and at nearly $2 billion this is not chump change. Stanley, Black & Decker obviously does well in the tool space so this is a smart acquisition for them picking up a good portion of saw blade market with Lenox and a good chunk of the hand tool market with Irwin. Investor reports are saying cost savings (combining management and manufacturing) could be up to $90 million in the next 3 years. Continue reading

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Jobsite LED Lighting Is Now a Cheaper Option

LED Jobsite Lighting

Temporary jobsite lighting for tasks and larger areas has always had problems. In such a tough environment we have become extremely dependent on light sources that the lightest little bump will leave you in the dark. LED seems like the obvious solution but until now have just been far more expensive. LED lighting has now become much brighter and finally gotten to similar upfront costs of other lighting solutions. If you factor in the durability, bulb life, electrical usage, replacement frequency and lost time trying to get them working again we would argue LED is now the cheapest lighting option for the jobsite.

String Lights LED

Light strings are now available as LED 100’ 08-01188LED ($159) which includes 10 LED Bulbs (850 lumens each) for a total of 8500 Lumens. Compare that to other 100’ light strings $120ish without any bulbs and you are in the ballpark. Factor in cost of how often incandescent (even CFLs) bulbs get damaged/need replaced and that time savings knowing they will be ready to go for the next job. The LEDs are only using 1/4 electricity so save money and can be connected together for longer light runs. Add all these pieces together and it start to add up to real savings! Continue reading

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Cordless Miter Saws – Dewalt FlexVolt vs Milwaukee M18 FUEL

Milwaukee Vs Dewalt Miter saw

First let’s start by clearly stating we understand this is not apples to apples comparison looking at a 12” vs 10” miter saw with very different traits and characteristics. That being said the overwhelming feedback we are getting from those actually in the market for a larger capacity cordless miter saw and willing to spend $600 or more they are looking very closely at these 2 options. We had a project to build a workbench our of scrap wood (post/video on that to follow) and choose a design to notch out 4x4s to flush in the 2x4s to add rigidity but really just to give us an excuse to make 500+ cuts with these miter saws. Here is what we’ve found.

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Milwaukee M18 SURGE Hydraulic Impact Driver 2760-22

M18 SURGE Impact

There has been a lot of hype around the SURGE impact driver 2760-22 ($329) from Milwaukee that will be launching this month so what is so revolutionary about it? What you hear is quieter, smoother, less vibration but then you’ll see the specs of only 450 in lbs, and very much like we thought, who is going to give up 2/3 rds of the torque for a quieter impact, no thank you. But then we gave it a change and had a chat with the product team at Milwaukee only to realize the story that they should be telling about these tools is faster driving on 90% of your fastener applications.

Hydraulic Impact Rating

This is not an apples to apple comparison with the M18 FUEL 2753-22 ($299) or M18 FUEL ONE-KEY 2757-22 ($349) both with 1,800 in lbs peak torque rating. The hydraulic impact has a much lower peak rating but actually maintains that force much longer in the driving process. We verified this ourselves when driving small and medium size fasteners into wood or metal the speed is about the same or slightly faster with the SURGE. A 3-1/2” lag into a pressure treated 4×4 for instance is actually noticeably faster with the SURGE impact. The only difference is since you don’t have that really high peak torque you cannot do some of the very high torque applications like using an adaptor to take lug nuts or a truck. This picture illustrates the power much better than we can describe it. Our friends at Tools in Action did a great video with the Milwaukee Product Manager on this tool which helps explain some more about the SURGE technology.

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Milwaukee M12 M-Spector Flex Camera PivotView 2317-21

M12 M-Spector FLEX Camera

Several of the power tool companies have launched inspection cameras with varying degree of success. With Milwaukee Tool’s focus so much on the Plumbing and Mechanical trades the need to offer a great inspection camera on the M12 Battery Platform is pretty critical. The redesigned M-Spector, now known as the M-Spector Flex is offered in 3 configurations with basic 3’ head 2315-21 ($479), 9” head 2316-21 ($499) and finally the long awaited PivotView Head 2317-21 ($699). Of course the heads are interchangeable so if you start with the base model you can always get the Pivot Head later.

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Ridgid StrapLock, Grip Plastic Pipe up to 8”

Ridgid Straplock Grips

Chalk this one up in the “why didn’t I think of that” category. The new Ridgid Straplock 42478 ($25) is an ideal tool for handling 3” – 8” PVC pipe and fittings. Super easy to adjust for different size pipe in seconds, just pull the slack. Ideal for aligning pipe, check out the video to see extended setup time, makes a lot of sense.

Check out all the Ridgid Plumbing tools and if you have any questions give the pros at Ohio Power Tool 800-242-4424 a call and they would be more than happy to help you find the right tool for the job.

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MAKITA and DOLMAR are Merging into One

Dolmar Makita Chain Saws

The Dolmar Outdoor Equipment brand has been owned by Makita for many years now (since 1991), which is why Makita does so well with gas blowers, gas concrete cutters and gas chain saws. Leading the way with the MM4 4-stroke technology but also continuing to innovative on the 2-stroke side with MM2.

Moving forward the Makita and Dolmar brands will become one under Makita Power Equipment, by integrating the two there will actually be a rather large expansion of the professional chain saw options for forestry and farm as well as occasional use. The deeper line-up of power equipment makes sense on both sides and will tie in nicely with all the 18V and 18Vx2 (36V) Lithium-Ion cordless chain saws, blowers, trimmers, etc. Below is a brushless 36v chain saw model currently selling in Japan, we hope will hit US market soon. Longer run-time, longer bar, better balance and more power!  

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Future of Cordless Power Tools, 10.0Ah and Beyond

Future is Here

A couple of years ago we went on a rant Future of Cordless Power Tools, 5.0Ah and Beyond where we predicted a bunch of cordless power tools we’d hope to see in the next couple years and whamo they almost all came true. Cordless SDS-Max hammer, cordless table saw, cordless trim router, cordless miter saws (full size), cordless HEPA vacs, battery to AC power inverters and more are all available at your local tool store today (or very very soon). Clearly we’re not psychic it’s pretty systematic as battery technology improves it’s logical all the next most popular, higher voltage tools will go cordless. So what might be coming next?

We just did a post about some of the new battery cell technology (18650 vs 20700) and how that plays into power tools with LiHD vs FlexVolt vs M18 and others, it got us think again. It seems like if we look 2, 3, 4 more years ahead, assuming the Tesla Giga-Factory continues to comes on line we should expect even bigger leaps forward and lower priced battery packs. We should expect cell improvements to continue on the 20700 standard, the typical 18v battery pack (10 cells) will hopefully be at least 8.0Ah capacity, larger packs 12.0Ah (15 cells), stack multiple packs and you’re talking serious juice, the possibilities are wide open. Continue reading

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