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8. Making History

I've read in the online forums that Jenny compressors, which are made in Pennsylvania, are related to the vintage Emglo compressors that still command respect in the construction industry. At the Jenny booth, national sales manager Ken Jones told me that Jenny had indeed supplied compressor components to Emglo for more than 30 years and now makes the same components for its own compressors. Jenny offers a variety of models, from industrial stationary compressors to hand-carry and wheeled portables, like the wheeled 8-gallon twin-tank model K15A-8P shown here. That compressor lists for $1,046. Jenny, 888.425.3669, jennyproductsinc.com

9. Pneumatic Trowel

ESI has introduced what it believes to be the first pneumatic walk-behind trowels. Unlike gas-powered trowels, the tools don't emit hazardous fumes in enclosed spaces, nor are they subject to the line loss suffered by electric trowels fed by long power cords. The padded handles are adjustable to reduce fatigue, and they house a safety switch that shuts off the tool if you lose control. The blade pitch adjusts quickly to move from floating to finishing. According to ESI, the machines need between 80 and 100 SCFM of air flow at around 110 psi to operate properly and are typically powered by towable gas-powered compressors. The 36-inch model EWT90A costs about $3,600, and the 48-inch model EWT120A is about $4,300. ESI is also rolling out related pneumatic tools, including rammers and vibratory plates. ESI, 866.648.7101, theesichoice.com

10. Bucket Boss Reboot

The original canvas Bucket Boss tool organizer, which fits over a 5-gallon bucket, hit the market in the late 1980s, and for the next several years, the company greatly expanded its product offerings. During the past decade, though, the brand has been mired in buyouts and consolidations. Pull'R Holding Co. is now relaunching it by reviving many of the original products, as well as introducing the new Bucket Boss Professional line of tool bags, toolbelts, and knee pads. Three of my favorites are the Contractor's Portfolio briefcase (#62200, $24, not shown), which accommodates an iPad; the Pro Drop-Bottom 18 tool bag (#68018, $100), which has a divided drop-bottom compartment for organizing accessories; and the Ballistic Suspension Rig (#57100, $140), which has roomy pockets and stretch suspenders. Pull'R Holding Co., 888.797.7855,bucketboss.com

11. Cordless Impact Driver/Wrench

The distinctive Socket Ready chuck on Bosch's new model IDH182 18-volt brushless impact driver accepts not only 1/4-inch hex bits but also 1/2-inch square-drive impact-ready sockets. That eliminates the need to use a socket adapter with your impact driver and addresses most of the jobsite applications that would normally require a separate impact wrench. The tool offers three speed/torque settings and delivers up to 1,650 inch-pounds of torque. According to Bosch, when used as an impact wrench, the tool has enough power to sink 3/8?x?6-inch lag screws into hardwood or to drive the lag screws required for fastening deck ledgers to rim joists. Three LED lights help illuminate the work. The model IDH182-01L includes a pair of 4-amp-hour batteries, a charger, and an L-Boxx-2 case and costs $330. The IDH182-02L includes two 2 amp-hour batteries with the charger and case and costs $280. A third model, the IDH182BL bare tool, includes the case only and costs $200. Bosch, 877.267.2499, boschtools.com

12. Powerful Pliers

Thanks to the innovative pivoting action that multiplies their leverage, Crescent's new Pivot Pro 8-inch diagonal, 8-inch long-nose, and 9-inch linesman pliers cut materials with 40% less effort than usual, according to the manufacturer. That's a blessing for doing any repetitive cutting, and it can make the difference between one- and two-handed cutting with some materials, such as heavy electrical cable. The tools are scheduled to launch at The Home Depot in April. The diagonal and long-nose pliers will each cost about $18, and the linesman version will cost about $20. Crescent, 800.688.8949, apexhandtools.com

13. Strong, Sleek Coil Framing Nailer

Stick-style framing nailers outsell coil-style models in the U.S., but coil framing nailers are more popular in some parts of the country and globally. They're significantly heavier than stick nailers when fully loaded, but they can fire far more nails between reloads. MAX recently replaced its model CN890II SuperFramer coil nailer with the CN890F SuperFramer, shaving about an inch off the height for improved accessibility and a few ounces off the weight, while boosting the power by 7.2%. The magazine was also redesigned for easier reloading. The tool drives 15° wire-collated nails from 2 to 3 1/2 inches long. It costs about $350, about 15% less than its predecessor. Max USA, 800.223.4293, maxusacorp.com

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