Archive for the ‘Drills’ category

Rumor: Festool’s New CXS 12V Drill / Driver

August 10th, 2010

Although not yet officially announced, pictures have started popping up of Festool’s new CXS 12v cordless drill / driver.  It looks to combine the light-weight and easy to use features of most other brands 12v li-ion tools, with Festool’s typical array of goodies.  These include a great ergonomic design, excellent durability, as well as the multiple interchangeable chucks.  Festool includes with the CXS a quick-change hex chuck, a 3-jaw drill chuck, and a right angle chuck for getting in tight places.  The CXS also has a LED light, and a belt clip that are quickly becoming standard on cordless drills.  No word on availability, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.  Pricing should be typical Festool, we’d guess in the $200-$300 range.

Update 8/30/2010:  We have a new post up with a bit more information and a short video here

New Snap-On 1/2″ Air Drill

July 15th, 2010

Snap-On has a  new air powered drill from their Blue-Point line.  The AT5000  has a 1/2″ keyed chuck, and puts out 120 in-lbs of torque.   That amount of torque is able to be put out thanks to its .45 hp air motor.  Snap-On claims that the new gear design increases durability, and balance.  They’ve also tried to decrease vibration and noise, although like all air tools its still quite loud at 82 db.    The drill runs at 490 RPM, and sucks down 3.8 CFM of air.  It of course isn’t cheap, at $269, but for production use that’s quite reasonable.

Source: Snap-on (Warning PDF Link)

Milwaukee’s New Twist-Release Arbor

July 12th, 2010

Milwaukee’s got a new quick release arbor for hole saws.  The Twist-Release (that’s a trademark btw) arbor is a great new design, allowing for tool free changing of hole saws.  You just hold the bottom and twist the top, and the hole saw pops free.  Its supposed to be a universal design so it should work with your favorite brand of hole saw.  It comes in two sizes for saws bigger or smaller than 1-3/16″ diameter.  It also has a Thunderbolt (that’s copyrighted) drill bit in the arbor, so you can pretend you’re Zeus as you drill your holes.  The small arbor is part number 49-56-7210, and is available for about $20, the large should be available in the fall.   As a bonus, Milwaukee has a special offer if you buy 10 Ice-Hardened (you better believe that’s trademarked) hole saws, you can get a free Twist-Release arbor by mail.

Source: Milwaukee

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Dewalt’s New 12V MAX Li-Ion Drill/Driver

July 6th, 2010

The wraps have been pulled off of Dewalt’s new 12V line, and the new DCD710S2 3/8″ drill will undoubtedly become the most popular of that line.  Weighing in at a hair under 2.5lbs, the new drill is about half the weight of Dewalt’s old 12V 3/8″ drill.  It is slightly less powerful however, at just 180 watts vs the old 12V’s 230W.  This is also less than half what a big 18V drill puts out (although an 18V drill weighs in at over 6 lbs).   Still, for folks who don’t need the big power of a full size drill, this little guy will be alot easier to handle, and should still put out plenty of torque for drill reasonable size holes, and tighten screws.  It’s expected to hit the market in the fall, and it will come in a kit that includes two batteries and a charger for $159.

Delta’s New 18″ Laser Drill Press

July 2nd, 2010

Delta just introduced a new 18″ Laser Drill Press.  Sadly this doesn’t mean it uses lasers for drilling, just that it has a pair of lasers that throw an X down on the work surface where the bit will land.  The drill press has a 3/4 hp motor, and a 6″ quill stroke (the distance the chuck will move down).  It features a nice large 20″ x14″ table, that can tilt forward, and left to right.  In addition a pair of T-slots allow the use of fixtures, and a removable center insert.  It has a three pulley system that allows for 16 speeds from 170 to 3000RPM.  The pulleys auto-tension, so changing speeds is fairly painless.  Although I like to bolt down a drill press as they are inherently top-heavy, the large cast iron base should make this more stable.  The retail price is $829, and it should be showing up in stores soon.

Source: Delta

New Skil 1780 Rotary Hammer

June 28th, 2010

Skil just released a new rotary hammer in their Masters product line.  The Skil 1780 has an 8.5 amp motor which allows it to drill, chisel or hammer drill in masonry and cement.  It features a variable speed drive, easily adjustable via the side knob.  Skil is so confident in the durability of this tool they’ve equipped it with auto-stop brushes that will prevent damage from occurring to the motor when the brushes wear out, implying that you will be using this enough that the brushes will actually wear out before anything else does.  The 1780 also features a keyed chuck as well as a SDS-plus adapter, allowing the use of masonary chisels and drill bits, as well as regular HSS bits as well.  No word on US avalibility, however it should be avalible in Europe this month, for €170 not including VAT.

Dewalt Announces 12V Li-Ion Line

June 24th, 2010

Dewalt announced today the introduction of a new battery line.  Details are currently scarce, however, the lineup appears to include some compact drills and drivers, as well as an impact wrench, a bore scope, and a infrared-thermometer.  Its great to see new lighter weight tools coming out that take advantage of the benefits of lighter batteries, however care needs to be taken that the tools retain a good balance and don’t just lop weight off the bottom making them difficult to handle.  Once we get our hands on one of Dewalt’s new tools we’ll let you know how they did.

Source: Dewalt

Irwin’s new SpeedHammer Power Masonry Drill Bit

June 24th, 2010

Irwin’s has updated their masonry bit line with the new SpeedHammer Power Masonry Bit.  The new bit features a carbide tip to go through concrete and re-bar with easy.  A new flute design allows for faster chip clearing.  They claim to have doubled the carbide in the tip, and that therefore the lifetime of the bit will also double.   Not sure I believe that there is a direct relationship between the amount of carbide and the life, however more is generally better.  The bits are available in a range of sizes from 3/16″ to 3/4″ and from 6″ to 12″ long.  They should start showing up in stores soon.

Source: Irwin