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101 Best New Products: Construction Equipment & Tools
Metabo Reciprocating Saw
Metabo Corp. now offers the ASE18 LTX 18V cordless reciprocating saw with the tool-less blade change system for safe and easy tool-free blade changes. The ASE18 LTX, part of Metabo’s 18 V PowerMasterSeries cordless tool line, has an ergonomically designed handle with rubber coating that reduces operator fatigue, as well as a two-finger power switch that increases user comfort for longer operation. The new reciprocating saw features a tool-less adjustable shoe that allows the operator to use the entire length of the blade evenly, extending blade life.
New Bedford Tool & Gauge Co. introduces “Jobsite Automation” with SawGear, a portable, precise, and rugged automated length measuring system for chop saws. This tool helps framers and finish carpenters spend up to 25 percent more of their time in the productivity zone rather than correcting inaccuracies both in cut pieces and overall assemblies. The product was chosen as one of the top tools by attendees at the 2010 Remodeling Show.
Paslode Fuel-Powered Cordless Roofing Nailer
Paslode has introduced the world’s first fuel-powered, cordless roofing nailer — the Model CR175C. The nailer drives two nails per second and holds 120 nails per coil. Like other fuel-powered cordless tools, the Paslode roofing nailer drives nails sequentially by pushing the tool down and then pulling the trigger. It is faster than hand nailing and is perfect for a wide range of roof-related jobs, including roofing dormers and small additions, installing skylights, or working on garages and storage buildings.
12 Volt MAX Lithium ION line
Dewalt’s latest product line, the 12 Volt MAX Lithium ION, includes a complete set of cordless tools, including a ¼-inch screwdriver and impact driver, 3/8-inch impact wrench, LED work light, inspection camera, and infrared thermometer — all powered with its 12 Volt MAX Lithium Ion battery that changes in just 40 minutes. Each tool incorporates novel design improvements, such as three LED lights on the drivers and wrench for increased visibility and a wireless, removable screen on the camera for inspecting those hard to reach spaces.
Designed for cutting material like metal, PVC, and copper pipe in tight spaces too small for full-sized corded or cordless reciprocating saws, the ClampSaw 12-volt compact lithium saw from Porter-Cable features a three-position adjustable handle for maximum versatility for cutting applications in confined spaces. When the handle is set at 90 degrees, the tool’s footprint is just 3½ inches. The saw also includes a clamping shoe that holds small-diameter objects in place for fast, accurate cuts.
Ridgid 5” Fiber Cement Saw
The Ridgid 5” Fiber Cement Circular Saw features an on-board active dust collection system that captures up to 90 percent of silica dust that can be harmful to users’ lungs. Designed for cutting fiber-cement board, pressure-treated lumber, and sheetrock, the saw is the fastest in its class (9,250 RPM) and includes tool-less depth adjustment for quick changes.
Quik Drive BGP300
The Quik Drive BGP300 auto-feed screw driving system by Simpson Strong-Tie is designed for fastening metal roofing and siding with hex-head screws and washers. Ideal for post-frame buildings and residential roofing projects, the BGP300 quickly installs collated fasteners, eliminating dropped loose screws that can scratch or dimple panels. Profile guides allow users to quickly position the fastener in the ideal location, while the locking depth control ensures a proper fastener seal.