The Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association staged its 36th annual trade show this past November in Orlando. Open to STAFDA members only, the bustling event makes it easy for manufacturers to show a wealth of construction (and deconstruction) tools and related hardware to distributors and retailers. As usual, JLC pounded the exhibit-hall pavement for the allotted 12 hours to see what will be available over the coming year. And as usual, we weren’t bored. Here’s a sampler of the noteworthy things we saw, including something useful for just about any builder or remodeler.

Panasonic introduced a 1/2-inch drill/driver, an impact driver, an impact wrench, and a recip saw that can be powered by the company’s existing 14.4-volt or 18-volt lithium-ion batteries or by its new 4.2 amp-hour ones for exceptional runtime. Like the other tools in Panasonic’s Tough IP line, the dual-voltage tools have an IP56 rating, which...

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