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8 New Tools for the Jobsite

A range of new tools for the jobsite, including some cordless options

By Nigel F. Maynard, Editor-in-Chief, Products December 1, 2020
Skilsaw cordless, worm-drive saw with TrueHVL high-voltage lithium-ion battery
Skilsaw's cordless, worm-drive saw features a TrueHVL high-voltage lithium-ion battery. Scroll down to read more.
This article first appeared in the November/December 2020 issue of Pro Builder.


Craftsman Brushless Angle Grinder

Craftsman has expanded its line of brushless tools with the addition of a new 4 1/2-inch small angle grinder (model CMCG450B) that achieves a no-load speed of up to 8,500 rpm and provides up to 65% more power compared with the company’s larger 5 1/2-inch, 20-volt cordless unit. It features a paddle switch, a tool-free guard, and a three-position side handle for versatility, comfort, and ease of use, the manufacturer says.

 Craftsman brushless angle grinder CMCG450B


New Line of Moisture Meters From General Tools & Instruments

The moisture meters in General Tools & Instruments’ new line are loaded with features but cost less than $50, the brand says. Each moisture meter measures the absolute or relative moisture content of wood or a building material, such as drywall, and can be used to further determine whether a surface is dry enough to be painted or joined, as well as detecting hidden leaks behind wood, plaster, and carpet. Offered as a basic pin-type moisture meter (MM7, shown); a digital pinless moisture meter (MM8); and a pin/pinless moisture meter (MM9). 

General Tools' moisture meter MM7



Metabo HPT Duplex Nailer

According to Metabo HPT, its MultiVolt battery-only 3 1/2 inch, 21-degree Cordless Duplex Nailer (model NR3675DD) is the only product of its kind on the market, and hand-driving duplex nails will quickly become a thing of the past. Using an air spring drive system and 36-volt battery, the cordless Duplex Nailer produces high output energy that can drive two nails per second with a pneumatic-like feel. It features a brushless motor for longer runtime, increased power, and extended durability with little maintenance, Metabo says. 

Metabo Duplex Nailer NR3675DD



Electronic Stud Sensor From Zircon

Hand-tool maker Zircon has introduced a series of next-gen stud sensors with its proprietary Target Control technology, which the company says virtually eliminates false-positive wood stud indications. According to Zircon, typical stud sensors are inconsistent and often give false-positive stud indications, especially with metal, plastic, and wiring, but the SuperScan Kx family of advanced stud finders analyze complex data streams from multiple sensors and simultaneously control the result. The series progresses in size and detection capabilities from K1 to K4, offering more features with each model. (K3, shown.)

Zircon stud sensor K3



Worm-Drive Saw From Skilsaw

Skilsaw’s cordless, worm-drive saw introduces the TrueHVL high-voltage lithium-ion battery, a brushless motor, and a blade that runs at 5,800 rpm. All-magnesium construction makes the tool lightweight, while the brushless motor responds to challenging applications by boosting power and torque, the company says. The saw comes with an integrated dust extraction system and an electric brake that quickly stops the blade rotation when the trigger is released.

Skilsaw worm drive saw with TrueHVL



National Nail Cap Nailer

Designed for roofing underlayment installation, National Nail’s Stinger cap nailer (model CN100B) weighs 4.9 pounds and offers easy loading, upgraded tool life, and utilizes full, 1-inch collated plastic caps, the manufacturer says. The tool can fire 200 caps and 200 nails before reloading, uses electro-galvanized ring shank round-head nails measuring 1 inch, and features a belt hook, trigger with bump fire, and sequential firing.

National Nail's Stinger cap nailer CN100B



Ridgid Cordless Wet/Dry Vac 

Ridgid says the 9-gallon cordless wet/dry vacuum (model HD0918) is the latest innovation in its NXT line of wet/dry vac products. Designed for fast cleanup and jobsite convenience, the unit’s two 18-volt batteries, with a battery balancing circuit to optimize dual battery use, give users up to double the runtime of other cordless wet/dry vacs, the company says, with pickup power similar to corded vacs of the same size.


Ridgid wet dry vac HD0918



Coil Nailer From Makita

Makita has released a new 2 1/2-inch, 15-degree Siding Coil Nailer to replace its AN611 model. Weighing 5.1 pounds and offering an improved ergonomic design, the AN613’s trigger and head mechanism are designed to reduce air leaks and recoil. The nailer has a built-in air duster to clear work materials and tools and an exhaust port that rotates 360 degrees to direct exhaust air, as well as a toolless depth adjustment and reversible belt hook.

Makita's 15-degree Siding Coil Nailer AN613


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