~ Holiday Gifts That Will Inspire Everyone~

In New Products, Uncategorized on December 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm

It’s that time of year again when you are trying to find that great new holiday gift to surprise the handyperson in your life. I found some interesting tools on the market that I think are worth checking out. I know my Christmas wish list just got a little bigger.

Skil Oscillating Multi-Tasker™
I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is a Multi-Tasker™ and why would I need or want one? It’s uncanny how I know how your mind works.

Now to answer that question: The Multi-Tasker™ is an oscillating, hand-held tool that easily (and I emphasize “easily”) cuts through wood, drywall, grout and most metals. The 2.0 amp motor is strong enough for just about any job or project you will undertake around your house.

Skil designed the Multi-Tasker with variable speeds, which I found perfect for total control, as well as when I used it for sanding. Yes, it has a sanding pad and comes with assorted sanding sheets.

Another feature I liked was the weight. It only weighs about 2.75 pounds. That makes it easy enough to hold but provides stability when using the tool.

You’ll also like the soft-grip design, which made it comfortable to hold and use. There are lots of other features you can check out at Lowes, Amazon.com or other retailers. You can also check out this $79.99 tool at Skil’s website www.skil.com.

Black and Decker’s Sure Grip™ All In One Laser Level

This new product sucks! Black and Decker’s Sure Grip™ All In One Laser Level will not only prove it, but will help you keep level. The Sure Grip™, at only $29.97 is an incredibly clever, next-generation laser level.

Why would you or the handy person on your gift list need or want the Sure Grip™? Two reasons. First, it works! Second, it works great and absolutely will not damage or scuff any wall. The only marks left on my wall were dirty hand prints pointed out to me by my dutiful wife.

The Sure Grip™ operates on two AAA batteries (included). It securely attaches by itself to a wall and can stay in place up to two hours.

It makes hanging mirrors, photos, paintings, shelving, etc. a lot easier and certainly more accurate. It is also perfect for painting or attaching graphics on walls. A couple of features I truly loved were the audio signal. It let me know when I was ‘on the mark’ even when I was working at the other end of the wall.

There is also no guessing or constant checking needed to see if the bubble is between the lines. When you are level, a color change bubble vial automatically changes from red to green. That shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re colorblind. In that case, it’s time to give up driving and spend some time looking at your four bare walls.

The Black and Decker Sure Grip™ All In One Laser Level is available at most hardware retailers.

Bora Multi-Angle™

Affinity Tool Works, LLC right here in Troy, Michigan has introduced the Bora Multi-Angle™ that would make a great stocking stuffer. It’s an adjustable square that helps you take the guesswork out of layouts of complex angles.

The precise pre-set locking positions allow for consistent measurements from project to project. It is constructed of durable materials with an extruded aluminum base and etched stainless steel ruler. It has eight locking positions, is easy to open and close and fits perfectly in a carpenter’s belt or anyone’s pocket.

I loved the Bora Multi Angle™ collapsible design, which allows for ease of use and multiple storage options. It has consistent measurements with eight pre-set positions and is engineered for everyday use by any professional contractor. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and can be purchased at Home Depot  (www.homedepot.com) and retails for approximately $45.00.

Blount Oregon® PowerNow™ 40-Volt Max Cordless Chainsaw

Another tool I’ve been hinting to my wife about is the Oregon® PowerNow™ 40-volt Max Cordless Chainsaw from Blount. Blount is no stranger since they are the world’s largest manufacturer of saw chain. I know with my treed lot, I sure could use this saw.

For the first time there’s a true alternative to noisy gas-powered chainsaws. With this saws 40V Max lithium ion battery pack there is instant start-ups with no pull cords, gas or warm-up times. It is equipped with a 14-inch bar and can power through logs as large as 10 to 12 inches. According to the manufacturer the PowerNow can cut up to 250, two to three inch branches on a single charge with the Endurance battery pack. The PowerNow™ is sold with either the Endurance or Standard battery pack (the Endurance battery pack doubles the runtime of the Standard battery pack.)

Obviously, this chainsaw is quieter than gas-powered chainsaws and is silent betweens cuts. At just under 11 pounds, the PowerNow is lightweight, easily portable and offers good ergonomic comfort.

Another feature I cannot wait to try out is the PowerSharp® built-in chain sharpening system so you’ll never cut with a dull chain again. When the chain dulls, simply pull the PowerSharp Lever for three to five seconds with the saw running and the chain will work like new.

The PowerNow™ 40V Chainsaw Kit with Standard Battery Pack comes with the chainsaw, 14-inch guide bar, Power Sharp® Chain, Standard Battery Pack and charger and sells for $399.00. The PowerNow™ 40V Max Chainsaw Kit with Endurance Pack comes with the chainsaw, 14-inch guide bar, Power Sharp® Chain, Endurance Battery Pack and charger for $499.00. You can learn more about their product by checking out their website at www.OregonPowerNowTools.com.

Craftsman™ Nextec 12-Volt Right Angle Impact Driver

Last, but definitely not least; professionals, craftsmen and anyone working on cars or equipment will absolutely want (if the don’t already have one) the Craftsman™ Nextec 12-Volt Right Angle Impact Driver.

Craftsman claims (and they are absolutely correct) that is great for working in tight spaces and the ingenious right angle design lets you handle those tough tasks that your everyday drill can’t reach or handle. It weighs just 2.2-pounds and is powered by a 12.0-volt Lithium-ion battery for enhanced performance and longer shelf life and delivers 700-pounds of torque in both forward and reverse. This powerful impact driver delivers more torque and works faster than “full sized” 18-volt drills.

The innovative impact mechanism absorbs the twisting action associated with most other drills and applies it to the work piece so your hand doesn’t twist with the tool.
The 30-minute “Quick Charger: with LED charge indicator, quickly charges the battery and shows you the status of the charge. There is also an LED Work Light that illuminates the work area for enhanced line of sight.

The kit includes the Right Angle Impact Driver, battery, charger, 4 drilling and driving accessories, storage case and comes with a 1 Year Limited Warranty. The retail price is $99.99.

When you pull out any of Craftsman Nextec tools, such as their impact driver, it’s going to bring a new meaning to “tool envy”.

Check out their website at www.craftsmantools.com.


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