New Tools from the Builders'
7 1/4-inch Cordless Circ
Also new to the Hitachi 24-volt lineup is the C7D
7 1/4-inch Circular Saw, providing the depth of cut you'd get
from an AC saw with the convenience of cordless operation.
Designed similarly to the well-received C6D 18-volt 6 1/2-inch
saw, you even get the built-in miniature work light, which is
pretty handy at times. The average street price is $380.
Dust is a concern on many job sites, especially
where fiber-cement products are involved. With the introduction
of the Hitachi C7YA Dust-Reducing Circular Saw, or the C7YAH
(for fiber-cement), you now have another option for almost
dust-free cutting. I haven't tried this tool out yet, but the
manufacturer claims over 90% collection efficiency for the saw,
which can be used with a vacuum, a dust bag, or a "flow
deflector." An adjustable plastic guard can be positioned to
maximize dust collection efficiency or provide a better view of
the cut line. Both models feature a spindle lock and a shroud
configuration designed for fast, easy blade changes like a
regular circular saw. The average street price is $250
Improved Compound Miter
Heading up the DeWalt pack were a couple of miter
saws that boast features any user will appreciate. Designed for
greater cutting capacity and versatility, the DW703 10-inch
Compound Miter Saw and the DW706 12-inch Double-Bevel Compound
Miter Saw both cut 50-degree left or right miter angles, have
48-degree bevel stops, and 11 positive miter stops. Suggested
retail for the DW703 is $239; $449 for the DW706.
Cordless Drywall Driver
The high-torque 2,300 rpm DS200 14-volt Dura-Spin
cordless screwdriver, introduced last year by Senco, has a new
cousin designed specifically for drywall. The 4,000 rpm
DS162-14v is said to drive nearly 1,000 1 1/4-inch drywall
screws on a single charge. The new tool handles collated screws
from 1 to 1 5/8 inches for fastening drywall to wood or steel
studs. It features a clutch and depth-of-drive adjustment, and
comes with two batteries, a charger, a belt hook, two spare
bits, and a case. Expect to pay about $200 for the DS200-14v
and $229 for the DS162-14v. Phillips and square-drive collated
screws are available in tubs of 1,000 with a variety of point
Electric Drill with Clutch
Craftsman came out unexpectedly strong at the
show, underscoring its recent decision to develop a credible
presence in the professional-duty power tool market. A unique
introduction, the new Model 27994 3/8-inch Drill/Driver comes
with an adjustable clutch.
The two-speed (0-400/0-1400 rpm) 5.5-amp AC drill also
features a single-sleeve keyless chuck, an advertised torque
range of 150 to 700 inch-pounds, and a 10-foot cord. I don't
know why it took this long to put a clutch on a corded drill,
but at $100, this looks like a winning idea.
New Right-Angle Drill
of a new line of Hitachi drills, the D10YV 3/8-inch Right-Angle
Drill features 3 1/4-inch head clearance, a 4.6-amp motor, and
a no-load speed of 500 to 2,300 rpm for a drilling capacity of
up to 3/8 inch in metal or 7/8 inch in wood. The average street
price is $165.