Category Archives: Cordless Tools
The STAFDA (Specialty Tool and Fastener Distributor Association) is a great show for super tool junkies because more than other shows they really like to show off the products that are still several months away (because it’s aimed at distributors who need to pre-order them). Bosch had some very exciting new stuff in their booth on display which will be coming out later this year and early next.
Oscillating Multi-Tool MX25EVS
This was one of the most exciting tools we got to see for the whole STAFDA show. It is very close to the corded European Oscillating Tool GOP250CE Professional and will be headed to the US around spring time 2011 as the Bosch MX25EVS model with a very reasonable price tag. This is good news because Bosch has already built a great line of OIS accessories and it would be shame to not have both a cordless and corded tool option to take advantage. Another awesome thing we learned about was no matter what brand of oscillating tool you own, even a Fein, Rockwell, Craftsman or whatever, Bosch will send you their New OIS Adaptor and OSC312 Round Blade FREE ($25 value) just by registering on Joe the Pro. But you have to use our Coptool promo code: OISC10.
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In 2009 it was reported that the Dremel Multi-Max was the most popular power tool sold in the United States. So naturally it makes sense in 2010, right before the holiday gift season, a cordless Multi-Max 8300-01 ($138, Ohio Power Tool) might make its way into stores. In the oscillating tool world there is definitely a need for both cordless and corded versions of these tools although most of the time we would favor the corded tool.
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Several months ago we got the first look at the M12 Palm Nailer 2458-21 ($129, Ohio Power Tool) and it would be hard for me to express the level of skepticism we had before getting our hands on it. This is because we had tested out the Craftsman Auto-Hammer previously and seen a few other automatic hammers from Ryobi and Ridgid, all of which were significantly underpowered to be called “Palm Nailers”. In the defense of these other hammers they were not claiming to be palm nailers and for smaller nails do an ok job. These units could certainly not drive the 16D nails we think of when using a pneumatic palm nailer to perhaps frame a deck.
After about 5 seconds with the Milwaukee M12 Palm Nailer our whole view on cordless “Auto Hammers” had changed. Apparently it is possible to get all the power of a pneumatic palm nailer into a cordless unit. It is also much more effective because the main purpose of the palm nailer is to get into tight spaces, dragging a long air hose only makes that more difficult. Also in confined spaces it is often dark and hard to see the work space. The LED light built into the cordless M12 unit is very handy in these situations. The 2458-21 kit is one of the first tools to come with the new M12 Red Lithium batteries for added power and battery life. You can expect up to 100 nails per charge, which is very impressive for such a compact tool. For more info read the Milwaukee Press Release Below.
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A little while back we took a short online survey for Tools of the Trade along with 1,800 other individuals which was all about power tools. Some good questions in there about what defines “quality”, what features people look for, what they will pay for them, are tools getting better or worse, what country makes the best tools, etc. In addition to informative statistics on each question there are also lots of comments people made which you can view. See the Survey Results
David Frane, Tools of the Trade Editor, compiled all the results and wrote an article on his take which you can read here, SSSSSurvey Says! Overall we thought this was a very informative survey and useful whether you are the product manager designing a new 18v cordless laser cutting tool (please) or possibly in the market for a new cordless combo kit in the next 12 months, which apparently is about 33% of their audience according to this survey.
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Over the years we have seen lots of “programs” from various tool manufacturers working to promote different tools or accessories with varying success. One thing we can safely say is we have never seen a program with this much bit. The BSS program has a lot of elements all working together to provide Bosch customers the best possible experience with Bosch Tools through the lifetime of ownership. The program includes the setup of a fantastic looking Bosch section of the showroom, creating basically a store with a store (think Rockler within a woodworking store) but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
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From now until the end of the year you can get a free 7piece Milwaukee Hex Drill Bit Set 48-89-4431 ($18.75, Ohio Power Tool) when you purchase a 29pc Milwaukee Driver Bit Set 48-32-4401 ($19.94, Ohio Power Tool). That is almost double the value in free goods which is a very aggressive was to convert people over to the Shockwave accessories which are specifically designed for the impact tools. These bits perform significantly better under the high torque loads of an impact tool and will last much longer. There are currently some great deals on Milwaukee M18 impact kits including the Compact 2691-22 ($219, Ohio Power Tool) or the 2697-22 ($299, Ohio Power Tool).
The only downside of the promotion is that it is a Mail-In Rebate (see PDF here) which means you’ll have to wait several weeks for the Hex Drill Bits. Still well worth picking one up and taking 2 minutes mailing in the paper work.
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We recently mentioned Bosch is working to create a standardized Oscillating Interface System (OIS) for the Tool Accessories but didn’t mention anything about new tools to use the system. Currently the Multi-X PS50-2B ($197, Ohio Power Tool) is the only oscillating tool Bosch offers in the category. While a great tool, it is a 12V cordless with a battery runtime that seriously limits the performance. A professional corded tool that can compete with the Fein Multi-Master is really what it’s going to take to get any serious consideration from the pros who use these tools on a daily basis.
In Europe, Bosch is now introducing the GOP250CE Professional (see press release) Multi-Cutter tool which hopefully will be the answer many are looking for to compete with the Fein. The price is 139 euro which if such a tool would come to the state might mean $150-200 here, far less than the Fein Multi-Masters.
The bad news is however we have no idea if or when such a tool might find its way to this side of the pond. In some cases we do get tools rather quickly but in other cases it takes years.
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We talked about the new 12v Inspection Camera from DeWalt briefly back in June when we did the DeWalt 12v Max Rundown but we thought it might be a good opportunity to go a little deeper on this unit. As we mentioned before this may potentially be our favorite new 12v DeWalt tool in the lineup. At $299 the DCT410S1 (Amazon.com) is a pretty good deal, although it only comes with (1) 12V Max battery that is plenty to power the camera for a day’s worth of normal use.
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The biggest problem with multi-tools today is that hardly any of the oscillating accessories are interchangeable with one another. This can be a real problem because while we would love to believe all purchases can be made online, often when you get to that weekend project and realize your blades are so dull they couldn’t cut butter it’s off to the depot store. In many cases that means very limited selection on oscillating tool blades and sanding accessories and most likely ones that are not going to work with your tool.
Bosch is now establishing the universal system of Oscillating Interface System (OIS) which features 12 points of contact, the most of any system. The Bosch guys are hoping this will become as universal as the “SDS” system which they made popular and is now the standard. It is very positive to see Milwaukee adopt the OIS system for their new Milwaukee M12 Multi-Tool coming later this year. We never would have guessed Bosch and Milwaukee would be working together on anything. If other professional brands that still don’t have oscillating tools were to follow suit it is likely this will be the case. We will see where DeWalt, Makita, Metabo and others all fall when they inevitable come out with their own multi-tools.
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Several years ago we all lived in ignorance with NiCD batteries on our power tools. Then came Lithium Ion a new technology that promised better runtime and a more consistent power curve and the people rejoiced. But all was not well, on that first cold winter morning when you went to the truck and the new Lithium tools wouldn’t work because they were too cold.
In the northern part of the country this is obviously a bigger issue but we have contractors going back to NiCD tools in the winter time because NiCD currently performs better in the cold. We certainly aren’t the only ones who think this is completely ridiculous.
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