Archive for the ‘Drivers’ category

Milwaukee M18 2763 Impact Wrench Torque Test

July 1st, 2017

Checking if Milwaukee’s claim of 1100ft-lbs of torque is accurate or just marketing hubris!

Festool CXS Confirmed, plus a short video!

August 30th, 2010

A few weeks ago we wrote about the new compact drill-driver rumored to be coming from Festool.  Well we have confirmation that it will be coming soon, launching in Europe in September.  Spec wise it’ll be in the 12V class (actually 10.8 V which is the same as everyone else’s), and have a max RPM of 1200.   Another nice tidbit is that the two slots on the front are meant to hold hex bits, and look to be able to hold about 6 of them.  This is a fantastic addition as it would allow you to hold a few different sizes, in Phillips, torx and square drive all at once.  That’s something that other little drivers such as the Bosch we recently reviewed are sorely lacking. There is also a video that gives a better understanding of the drivers size available at the German MyFestool site, which requires registration, or you can go straight to the video here as well.

Bosch PS40-2A Impactor 12V Impact Driver Review

July 13th, 2010

Impact drivers are a new class of tool that showed up a few years ago and has been steadily gaining in popularity.  Anyone who’s ever used one swears by it, but folks who haven’t don’t really understand them.  On the face of it they’re just a drill that doesn’t have a chuck, and can only drive fasteners.  However, all though they can only do one thing, they do that one thing very well.  Today we are reviewing the light yet powerful Bosch PS40-2A Impactor 12V Li-Ion driver.  It features 800 in-lbs of torque and a no load speed of 1,800 RPM.  Not the most impressive specs, but it weighs just 2.2 lbs.  It has a street price of about $120.  Hit the jump to read the full review.

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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

Popular Mechanics 18V Impact Driver Round-up

June 22nd, 2010

Popular Mechanics has posted a round-up of 18V Impact Drivers.  These extremely versatile tools can be used for anything from installing a garage door opener to building a deck.  Although many folks don’t see the point and will continue to use a regular cordless drill, once you use one of these guys you’ll never go back.  The prices in the Popular Mechanics round-up ranged from the $395 Bosch 26618-01, to the $170 Ridgid Fuego R86030.  The Makita BTD144 proved to be the winner, earning 4.5 stars, but at $350 its not cheap.  The best buy is the Ridgid  earning 4 stars and only costing $170.  The Porter Cable PC18ID also deserves a mention, only costing $20 more than the Ridgid, but having a battery that lasts almost twice as long.  Sadly the article lacks significant detail beyond the specific likes and dislikes, but its worth checking out if you’re in the market.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Two New Dewalt Drywall Screwguns

June 11th, 2010

Dewalt launched two new variable speed drywall screw-guns (or Scruguns as they like to call them).  The new guns are variable from 0-4,500 RPM, and feature and adjustable depth stop.  This is a must have tool for anyone hanging drywall, and works great on either wooden or metal studs.  The drill is reversible, although this feature is of questionable benefit, as once the screw is sunk, the depth clutch will prevent the bit from engaging.    These guns are a vast improvement over the various attachments that are sold of a regular drill/driver, and at just 2.9lbs they’re also significantly lighter than any cordless.  The DW253 has a 12′ cord, while the DW253WT has a 50′ with a twist-lock plug.  They retail for $99, and $119 respectively, so even if you’ve only got a single room to do, it could still be worth getting.

Source: Dewalt