When I first heard about the features Milwaukee was planning on incorporating into their One-Key system I could not help but feel like a little kid waiting for that hot new toy of the year to come out. After getting samples of the Milwaukee One-Key Drill (2705-20) and the One-Key Impact (2757-20), and after the new-tool-high started to wear off, I got down to business, trying to find out if the One-Key system is a useful feature or just something fancy that I can show to the co-workers but would rarely use. Is was time for me to find out if Milwaukee One-Key is a useful feature or useless gimmick.
DeWalt has come out with a revolutionary new FlexVolt battery that can automatically change its voltage from 20V to 60V to match the voltage required by the tool. Two FlexVolt batteries can also be combined to deliver 120V Max to tools that require even more power. Best of all, the new DeWalt FlexVolt battery pack is backward compatible with existing DeWalt 20V Max cordless tools.
If you have been reading Tool-Rank for any period of time you might be aware that I am a fan of keeping a flashlight in my tool bag with my tools. Working on a jobsite, I never know when I am going to need to light up a room or dark corner. After using the Nitecore MT06 Penlight for a bit, I decided to apply that same logic to my everyday life. Let me tell you why the Nitecore MT06 has become my first EDC flashlight.
For those of you looking for a phone that won't break at first glance of a construction site, Samsung is bringing a more rugged version of the Galaxy S7 to AT&T. The Galaxy S7 Active has all the premium internals of the regular S7, like a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 12MP rear camera, a fingerprint sensor, a MicroSD card slot, NFC, wireless charging, and a 5.1-inch quad HD screen, but it gets some major changes to its externals that allow it to handle a more active environment.
Rockwell is proving once again that they are a major player in the oscillation tool market, this time by coming out with a new feature that no other oscillation tool has. Improving on the already great Rockwell F50 Sonicrafter (read the review), the new F80 adds the game-changing new Duotech feature.
When it comes to cleaning dirt, grime, and grease off of your hands after a long day of hard work, a certain orange hand cleaner might come to mind; but they are not the only hand cleaner in town. There is a new hand cleaner from a company called Muck Daddy, that wants to prove to the world that they have the best hand cleaner around, to prove that "green is the new orange".
For the nine-to-fiver, a pot of coffee can almost always be found in the nearby break room—if not a full pot, at least a re-warmed stale thick cup's worth. But for the construction worker, the nearest over rewarmed stale cup of brew might be miles away, held up in traffic somewhere aboard the daily roach coach. Sure, there might be a jobsite trailer with a primitive coffee maker atop a makeshift table, but that pot of joe is reserved for the collared type, not tradesman joe whose hard hat isn't just for show. So let the office crowd have their bitter brew, and the gold hard hats guard their stained carafe, because now we, the ones who get the job done, have the Oxx Coffeeboxx.
Why do I climb a ladder? Well, It's not because it's there. But if my task at hand is above my head I'm going to be looking for a ladder to climb. All ladders are designed, one way or the other, to elevate your reach, but can't a ladder also make your reach a little easier? So I climbed atop the Gorilla Ladders Fiberglass Hybrid ladder to see if its design is worth the climb.
How can you improve the shim, a tool that has been used for centuries to make our world flat, square, and level? Well, one way to do it is to make it more adjustable; another way is to make it faster or easier to use. The Winbag promises to do all three by using only the power of air inflation, but can the Winbag really replace the standard wooden shim?