MULTI-TOOL ONE-UPSMANSHIP

LEATHERMAN CUTS WEIGHT, GETS STRONGER

LEATHERMAN says its new Charge Ti surpasses its best-selling full-size multi-tool, the Wave. The tool features all locking implements, two one-hand-opening knife blades, titanium handles, interchangeable driver bits, a saw blade and a diamond-coated file. Titanium handles offer enhanced durability, corrosion resistance and reduced weight. New bronze bushings reduce friction on the knife blades, so opening is smoother.

Suggested retail price: $124. Contact Leatherman Tool Group, Dept. FIN, Box 20595, Portland, OR 97294, 800/ 847- 8665, visit www.leatherman.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 198.

MOWER WITH MUSCLE

NEW JOHN DEERE Z-TRAK PROVIDES DIESEL POWER, TORQUE

JOHN DEERE'S new 997 Diesel Z-Trak Mower features a powerful 3-cyl., 31-hp Yanmar engine with plenty of torque. To reduce engine noise, a fully enclosed compartment houses the liquid-cooled engine. The mower's 7-Iron deck is available with 60- or 72-in. side-discharge or 60-in. rear-discharge full floating decks. Cutting height can be adjusted in .25-in. increments from 1.5 to 5 in. A hydraulically adjustable deck lift is optional.

The mower has a standard heavy-duty canister air filtration system, a shaft-driven mower deck, a hydraulic PTO clutch and a 12-gal. fuel tank. Transport speed is up to 11.5 mph. Safety features include a seat belt and a high-clearance, folding two-post ROPS.

Contact John Deere Inquiry Department, Dept. FIN, Box 13603, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 800/537-8233, visit www.johndeere.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 199.

PLUNGING CORDLESS

PLUNGE DRILL IMPROVES DRILLING ACCURACY

HANDLING THAT dicey in-field repair could get easier with the Triton 18v cordless plunge drill. The drill's plunge mechanism, which telescopes from the drill body, helps guide the drill squarely into the material. An adjustable depth stop controls the hole depth, and a fence aids with centering the bit over round stock and on outside corners. The plunge mechanism self-stores by locking into the drill body. The drill also has a 24-position clutch, a ½-in. chuck, a hammer function and a high-intensity LED light.

Suggested retail price: $289. The drill comes with two batteries and a charger. Contact Triton Workshop Systems USA, Dept. FIN, Box 794, Rooseveltown NY 13683, 888/874-8661, visit www.tritonwoodworking.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 197.

BRIGHT LIGHTS

CORDLESS LED FLASHLIGHT SHINES ANYWHERE

THE NEW VERSA Volt Cordless LED Flashlight (CTLED918) from Snap-on Tools will shed plenty of light on nearly any working environment. The flashlight works like a lighthouse beacon with three LEDs grouped together to multiply the light output. The LED bulbs last up to 10,000 working hours. An optional 18v battery (CTB3185) will keep the flashlight operating for more than 8 hrs. An interchangeable base lets users remove and recharge batteries and then put on a spare battery for uninterrupted use.

Suggested retail price: $89.95. Contact your local Snap-on Tools representative or call 877/762-7662, visit www.snapon.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin, or circle 196.