Happy New Year and happy new tools! This fine addition of News Nirvana rings in the New Year with some fantastic tools from some of our favorite tool manufacturers. Ryobi shows off its new crown stapler, Bosch delivers their new rotary hammers, Black & Decker expands its 20V tool lineup, Rigid warms it up with heated jackets and Makita showcases their 18V caulk gun. So get your confetti, a glass of champagne and start counting down to the new year of – five, four, three, two, one – it’s the first News Nirvana of 2014!
Ryobi Cordless 18 Gauge Crown Stapler
Nobody likes to hear a loud compressor or smell nasty gas cartridges all day, just to put in a few staples. That’s where the Ryobi 18 Volt, 18 Gauge cordless narrow crown stapler comes in handy. It features Ryobi’s AirStrike Technology, allowing users to drive up to 1,000 staples per charge. An adjustable air pressure regulator, tool-free driver adjustment and dry fire lock out features keep the staples coming smooth and consistently without damaging the tool in the process. The Ryobi 18V cordless crown stapler comes with a three year warranty, costs around $139 and is available at a tool supplier near you this new year or visit them online at ryobitools.com for more information.
Bosch Rotary Hammers
Whether you’re drilling a hole through it or smashing it into bits, concrete can be some really tough stuff! But it’s no match for the new Bosch rotary hammers. Both the RH540M SDS-max and the RH540S spline rotary hammer bring a hard hitting 6.1 foot pounds of impact energy so concrete doesn’t stand a chance. In fact, according to the European Power Tool Association measurement guidelines, these are the hardest hitting and fastest drilling rotary hammer in their class. And with a locking mechanism that allows chisels to be rotated to 12 different positions, you’ll be able to chisel away in just about any position. Both the RH540M and RH540S retail for $419 and will be available in February at a retailer near you. Stop on by boschtool.com for more information on these two powerful new rotary hammers.
Black & Decker 20V Cordless Expansion
Black & Decker is celebrating the New Year with four new cordless tools to add to their growing collection of 20 volt cordless tools. These four newbies are powered by the extended runtime 20V MAX lithium ion battery packs, and include a new 1/2-inch drill/driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw and circular saw. Their new 1/2-inch drill comes with two batteries and a storage bag for just $99, while the new impact driver, circular saw and reciprocating saw all sell bare bones (no battery pack or charger) for $59.99 each. Combo kits range in price from $99 up to $179 and can be found at a retailer near you or visit blackanddecker.com for more details.
Makita 18V Caulking Guns
Whether you’ve got to seal a bunch of windows, lay down some plywood flooring or do some other job that requires a whole lot of adhesives, your hands are going to be worn out from squeezing that hand powered caulking gun all day. That’s where a good cordless caulking gun comes in handy and thanks to the two new 18V caulking guns from Makita, you can squirt out all the caulk you need without wearing yourself out in the process. The new tools are part of Makita’s ever expanding 18V LXT cordless tool lineup and are perfect for window glazers, framers, siding installers, automotive techs – just about any trade that uses too much adhesive for their own good. The LXGC011 uses a 10 oz. caulk or adhesive tube, while the LXGC011B fits a 20 oz. barrel style tube of adhesive. Both tools have a variable speed trigger for controlling flow, an LED light to brighten up your work area and a 360 degree cartridge holder for speedy adhesive tube change outs. Find out more about these cool caulking guns and all of their great tools here at makitatools.com.
Ridgid Heated Jackets
Following the long line of power tool companies with heated clothing, Ridgid decided to jump into the heated jacket game with their new line of battery powered heated jackets. Using Ridgid’s 4.0 Ah Hyper lithium ion battery packs, these new heated jackets have three core heat zones to keep you warm in the new year and beyond. It’s also got a nifty little USB port in the pocket so you can charge you devices while you’re warm and toasty on the go. They’re available in black and camouflage colors, with only the black version available at a Home Depot near you or homedepot.com with prices starting at $149. Happy heated New Year from News Nirvana!