If you are tired of having to watch your charger to know when it is time to put in the next battery, Makita has a new charger for you. Over the long holiday weekend Makita announced their new 18V Lithium-ion Rapid Optimum 4-Port charger. The new model DC18SF also happens to be Energy Star rated for efficiency.
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One thing that we can always count on with upcoming holidays, is that there are always sales to go along with them. CPO, not letting a holiday go to waste, is offering up a 15% off coupon code that is eligible on some of the most popular name-brands. All you have to do is spend $75 or more on the eligible brands and use coupon code: freedom15 to get in on the savings. The offer is only good on new tools, and some items are excluded, so be sure to read the fine print.
Back in May, when writing about the introduction of the Makita 36-volt cordless chainsaw, I commented that I would personally like to see a cordless string trimmer. Well, guess what turned up on Makita's website of Friday? The Makita LXRU02Z 18-volt cordless string trimmer.
Why is a Lee Valley free shipping promotion a big deal? Because, despite their nice selection of woodworking tools and small gadgets & gizmos, nobody wants to have to pay for shipping. Usually when I am buying from Lee Valley, it is not something I need right away, so I wait until their free shipping promotion and save.
Over the past few years a video of an amazing water repellent called NeverWet has been circulating around the internet gathering millions of view. Not only could a NeverWet treated shirt keep the rain out, but even chocolate syrup was no match against treated white canvas sneakers. Everyone who watched the video instantly wanted the product. Years later, the consumer version is finally available.
If you have ever had to move sheets of plywood or drywall, you know it is not the easiest thing to do. Manly men might say they can do it by themselves, but what happens when they need to go through a doorway? Too tall to fit, huh? JHandles thinks their product offers a better way to move sheet goods—but are you manly enough to give it a try?
We all need to use bit tips on the jobsite, and probably more than one type. To make sure you are covered, DeWALT has come out with three new 31-piece bit sets that meet the needs of three different trade types. They also housed them in a new smaller Tough Case so you know they will stay organized even if they spend their days riding around in the back of a pickup.
It is not always easy fitting your full sized drill/driver into tight spaces or in awkward positions, and that's what led Joel Townsan to invent a new compact driver that offers a total of 168 configurations—so you are sure find one that suits your task. After 9-years of R&D he has turned to Kickstarter to get his baby into production.
We first saw the Bosch 18V Multi-X pop up on the German website back in March, and then Bosch confirmed that it would be coming to the US when it made an appearance on their US Facebook page in May. We have been anticipating the 18V Multi-X for a while now, and finally Bosch has given us a release date and a price to go with it.