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The Zip Sand-Block sanding sponge offers the convenience and versatility of a sanding sponge with the performance of sandpaper. The Zip Sand-Block sanding sponge is made with a premium quality grit and backing for faster sanding than a regular sanding sponge, and a longer sponge life. Sanding sponges can be rinsed out when they load up, and can be thrown out when they-re used up. Suitable for dry or wet sanding and rough or find sanding on wood, metal, fiberglass, drywall, and paint. 800.255.4748. www.zipsander.com.
The new SkilSaw HD5687 circular saw offers a lightweight design with a high-power motor. With a 51-degree bevel capacity, the saw allows for a wider range of cutting angles, ideal for everything from roof framing to creating clean corner joints on baseboards. Other features include a professional 20-amp AC/DC switch, patented anti-snag lower guard, and rear view depth adjustment. The saw comes ready to use with a 24-tooth carbide tipped construction blade. 877.754.5999. www.skil.com.
Choose from 16 new Task by TommyCo kneepad products to match the needs of each user, from floor tilers, to carpet layers, to roofers. The contractor-grade kneepads have a variety of different features, including patented non-marking all-terrain caps that transfer pressure away from the knee and shin. New Injected Gel Kneepads deliver comfort and stability for all-day use. 800.663.0160. www.task-tools.com.
Two new lithium-ion cordless drill/drivers are available: Models T12+3 and T15+3. Both designs feature new brushless motors that are electronically-controlled with fewer wearing parts and less friction. Each drill set has five different chucks that utilize toolless FastFix and Centrotec interfaces. At just over 3 pounds, the T12+3 offers 10.8 volts, while the T15+3 offers 14.4 volts and. Both deliver up to 1,500 rpms. 888.337.8600. www.festool.com.
To reduce the chance of overdriving or stripping screws, try the Dimpler screw depth driver. The fitting offers an automatic clutch design and precise countersink depth for consistent, uniform results. When the screw reaches the pre-set depth, the clutch releases to eliminate over-driving. This preserves the face of the screwed materials, minimizes pop-ups, and protectes against drill motor burn-out. The Dimpler uses standard No. 2 driving bits that can be easily replaced. A simple reversible option allows for quick removal of screws. 800.742.3869. www.vermontamerican.com.
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