Every year at this time, JLC editors sort through piles of press releases and swarms of e-mails to round up a batch of building products — tools, materials, fixtures, fasteners — that we think will help you work faster and better. This year, we’re doing something a little different: focusing on products we discovered while walking the floor at JLC Live in Providence, R.I., in March. The sluggish economy notwithstanding, the exhibition hall was full, with manufacturers and suppliers of all stripes seizing the opportunity to reach the JLC audience. Here’s a small sampling of what we found.

The sight of Bosch framing nailers must have turned a few heads at this year’s show. According to the toolmaker, the line of pneumatic nailers has been in development for several years, with thousands of hours spent field-testing and gathering feedback from users across the country. Bosch has introduced two framing guns — the SN350-20F full-head...

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