With the National Hardware Show's gradual transition from pro-duty power and hand tools to DIY and consumer goods, the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association's annual convention and trade show has emerged as the best place to see new tools designed for pro users. The 2006 show was held in November at the Las Vegas Convention Center and featured hundreds of exhibitors.

The big news at this year's show? Lithium ion. By now, every major power-tool manufacturer has rolled out at least a couple of lithium ion cordless tools, and one company was exhibiting more than 30 at the show.

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