Power Tool Week In Review Ep126 | Hilti Launch, Lenox Blades, Pro Tool Innovation Awards, New & Reviews

This week was jam-packed with Hilti’s 2018 Innovation event, we take a trip to Lenox for a look at new blades and the Pro Tool Innovation Award winners have been announced. View this and more on YOUR Power Tool Week In Review, Episode 126. Continue reading

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Makita 18Vx2 Brushless 7-1/4” Circular Saw XSH06

XSH01 vs XSH06

Several years ago now Makita built a revolutionary 36V circ saw XSH01 that ran off 18V batteries. The traditional 28V and 36V platforms are all but extinct at this point because they required such massive batteries which made them annoyingly heavy for the more common tools such as drills and impacts. It was a great run but we are finally seeing a brushless upgrade for the 18Vx2 with the same 7-1/4” capacity, the XSH06PT kit and XSH06Z bare tool. So we put the saw in the hands of some professionals on the jobsite and actually took them apart to see what sort of improvements have been made.

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Power Tool Week In Review Ep125 | New Tools from EGO, Jet, Ryobi + Battery Updates & Head-2-Heads

Wow, it’s our 25th episode! Ryobi and Milwaukee offer-up battery powered heat just in time for Fall and new batteries continue to roll into the market. We’re giving away a Grey Pneumatic 59 Piece 3/8″ Drive SAE & METRIC 6 Point Standard & Deep Duo Socket Set! View this and more on YOUR Power Tool Week In Review, Episode 125. Continue reading

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Grey Pneumatic Duo Socket Sets for Impacts & Ratchets

Many of us have multiple socket sets, perhaps even full drawers of them, SAE or Metric, 6 point or 12 point, standard of deep, chrome or impacts, all with various drive sizes ¼”, 3/8”, ½”, etc. Over the years we’ve seen lots of All-in-One solutions for sockets but we would not consider many of them for professionals. The Grey Pneumatic Duo Sockets would be one exception there, impact rated sockets with thin wall design that allow them to perform exceptionally well as a hand ratchet set. Could you really have just one sockets set? Continue reading

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Milwaukee M12 Rocket 2132-20 OR M18 Rocket 2131-20 Work Light?

You’re working in the dark and some light would be greatly appreciated. Milwaukee recently introduced a new member to the lighting family, the M12 Rocket Dual Power Tower Light (2132-20). Is it worth skipping the new and approved M18 Rocket (2131-20)? Let’s shine some light on the differences of the two models to determine our decision.  Continue reading

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Power Tool Week In Review Ep124 | New Milwaukee Battery, Dewalt Reviews, Klein News, Hikoki Launches & More

Dewalt enters the cooler market as Hilti heats up their new gas-powered 12” saw. Hitachi… Or HiKOKI has a multi-volt battery platform, and we give away a new Bosch Bluetooth speaker. View this and more on YOUR Power Tool Week In Review, Episode 124. Continue reading

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Inside Look | Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ Circular Saws GEN 1 #2731 vs GEN 2 #2732

The new Milwaukee GEN 2 is here, complete with a number of upgrades. What upgrades? We’re going to show you! We take an Inside Look with the help of 3 pros, Foreman AJ Delancey, Design Builder Steve Gohring, and Tool Expert Kris Cousins. All three get hands-on with both the Gen 1 ($489, two 9Ah HD batteries 2731-22HD) AND Gen 2 ($399, one 12Ah HD battery 2732-21HD) models and provide feedback.  Continue reading

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Klein Tool Acquires Ergodyne Work Gear

Klein Tools Ergodyne

The commitment to a Safer Work Place is a shared goal for many companies and tool brands, Ergodyne has been a leader at the forefront of this push with one of the most extensive collection of tool tethering and storage solutions for working at heights. Klein Tools is the brand most trusted by electricians, many working at heights so this is a very logical partnership. Ergodyne has tons of tool storage solutions, FR clothing and other safety items that just make a lot of sense to work with existing Klein tools and help in new product development for both brands.

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Hitachi becomes Metabo HPT and HiKOKI

The brand Hitachi is a huge corporate conglomerate with power plants, trains, computers and tools was only a small part of the overall company. Now that that’s been sold off the tool division had a limited time to change the name. With the new owners also owning Metabo Tool there seemed to be some good reasons to bring the two together build off each other’s strengths and have one tool brand that made the best grinders, hammer drills, nail guns and much more. However easier said than done when one company is in Japan and another in German, both with strong presence all over the globe. So what’s the result, HiKOKI becomes the name in Europe, Asia and other markets while the same tools get the name Metabo HPT in North America… Huh?

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Power Tool Week In Review Ep123 | New Tools from Dewalt, Snap-On, Ryobi, Stihl, Milwaukee, Hitachi & More

Dewalt announces new 20V Max tools, Hitachi gears up to launch a new High Torque Impact Wrench, Snap-on Tools goes NEON and Dirt Monkey may just be Batman! View this and more on YOUR Power Tool Week In Review, Episode 123. Continue reading

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