DeWalt’s new 20v Max lithium ion reciprocating saw (model DCS380L1) offers versatility and enhanced performance. The four-position, keyless blade clamp allows for easy blade changes. Its 1⅛-in. stroke length delivers 0 to 3,000 strokes per minute (SPM). The saw also boasts an adjustable, pivoting shoe that extends blade life and allows depth-of-cut control. Other features include a comfort grip and a double oil sealed shaft that provides durability. A 3.0-amp-hour (Ah) lithium ion battery provides up to 35% more run time compared to other leading 18v lithium ion tools, according to DeWalt.
Price: $249. Visit www.dewalt.com
Makita's new 18v LXT lithium-ion cordless ½-in. drill/driver (model LXFD01) is 7 9/16 in. long and weighs only 3.8 lbs. Its four-pole motor delivers 480 in.-lbs. of maximum torque and 290 in.-lbs. of PTI torque. The drill/driver has 16 clutch settings and a variable two-speed, all-metal transmission (0 to 400/0 to 1,500 rpm). It also has a built-in LED light.
Prices: $129 for the bare tool, and $329 for the kit with case, tool, charger and two batteries. Visit www.makita.com
Porter-Cable introduces an infrared thermometer (model PCC581B) that is compatible with 18v lithium ion or NiCd batteries. The thermometer has an easy-to-view indicator beam that changes color when it detects a difference in temperature. It has a working temperature range of -22° to 590°F, a temperature accuracy of ±1.8°, and a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio for accuracy. It also has 10 memory settings.
Price: approximately $60. Visit www.portercable.com
Milwaukee Electric Tool expands its M12 lithium ion system with the M12 cordless ¼- and 3/8-in. ratchets. The tools are compact at only 10 ¾ in. long and 1.9 lbs., and they deliver up to 35 ft.-lbs. of torque and 250 rpm. The compact, ¾-in., low-profile head design allows the ratchets to fit in tight spaces, maximizing productivity. Prices: $159 for the M12 cordless ¼-in. ratchet (2456-21) and $149 for the M12 cordless 3/8-in. ratchet (2457-21). Visit www.milwaukeetool.com
DeWalt announces the launch of a redesigned 7 ¼-in. circular saw. Weighing only 8.8 lbs. and measuring 7.2 in. in width, it’s one of the lightest circular saws in its class. Despite the compact size, the unit boasts exceptional power at 1,950 max watt out (MWO) and 5,100 rpm. It provides smooth cutting and a high level of performance with quality gears and an integrated dust blower that cleans the operator’s line of sight. The saw also features a 57-degree bevel capacity, with 22.5- and 45-degree detents, and a 2 9/16-in. depth of cut capacity. The DeWalt circular saw (DWE575) will retail for $129. The DeWalt circular saw with electric brake and kit bag (DWE575SB) will retail for $139. Contact DeWalt Industrial Tool Co., 800/433-9258, Visit www.dewalt.com
Makita adds a 12V max lithium-ion cordless recipro saw kit (RJ01W) to its line of cordless tools. With an overall length of 14 in. and a weight of 2.6 lbs. with battery, the versatile new saw combines power and ease of use in a compact size. The saw comes equipped with a dual-position trigger that allows the operator to decide between a paddle switch or trigger switch, depending on the application for maximum control during the cut. It also has a variable speed motor with 0 to 3,300 strokes per minute and ½-in.-length stroke. The Makita recipro saw kit (RJ01W) costs $139. Contact Makita at 800/462-5482, www.makitatools.com
Farm Industry News freelancer Katie Honnette recently worked with a group of Team FIN farmers to test these new power tools for the farm shop.
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