After homeowners choose the finishes and fixtures they want for their updated homes, it's up to remodelers to make the vision a reality. Having a set of professional fastening tools is essential. And, of course, we can't overlook the importance of saws in the construction equation. From slicing to splicing, these new tools bring all the pieces together.
Ridgid. Cut tiles and labor time with the 10-inch Wet Tile/Stone Saw, model WTS2000L. Designed to stand up to constant job-site use, the saw is powered by a 1.5-hp, 15-amp motor and has a no-load speed of 4,200 rpm. Cut ting capacities are 24 inches for rip cuts, 18 inches for diagonal cuts, and depths up to 3¾; inches for plunge cuts. Featuring an oversized, padded D-handle for comfort, the tilting motor housing has positive stops for bevel cuts at 0, 22.5, and 45 degrees. A laser guideline and LED worklights help users maintain accuracy in cutting. 800.474.3443. www.ridgid.com.
DeWalt. The DC608K cordless 18 gauge XRP brad nailer serves as a compact, lightweight nailer without the inconveniences of compressors and hoses, the maker says. Powered by an XRP 18-volt battery pack, a mechanical flywheel system can accommodate the nailing rates of any user, and creates the power needed to drive up to 2-inch nails into hardwoods. A box-style magazine adds durability by reducing the intrusion of sawdust and debris. A reduced overhang of 1½ inches improves the user's line of sight, and a work surface headlight automatically turns on when the trigger is pressed. 800.435.0786. www.dewalt.com.
Hilti. With the GX 120 gas-driven fastening system, you can forget about charging batteries. Electronically controlled gas injection keeps the tool productive on a wide range of repetitive fastening jobs, including those involving tough materials, such as fastening drywall tracks or waterproofing membrane and expansion joints to concrete. The GX 120 accepts nails from ½ inch to 1 5/8 inches, and can drive 750 nails using a single gas can. 800.879.6000. www.us.hilti.com.
Irwin. The Marathon with WeldTec circular saw blade is now available after more than two years of development. Rather than using brazing material to attach the blade's teeth, the carbide teeth are welded directly to the blade. According to the maker, this construction offers 30% more blade strength, and the sub-micro-grain carbide teeth are 70% stronger than standard carbide teeth. EOT grind technology means every other tooth is ground slightly thinner for faster cutting. 800.464.7946. www.irwin.com.
Milwaukee. For power in a small package, try the professional-grade 12-volt Sub-Compact Driver. The tool weighs just 2 pounds, yet delivers 100 inch-pounds of torque, and is powerful enough to drive 130 3-inch screws in a single battery charge. A built-in gauge monitors the remaining run-time of the driver's lithium-ion battery. When working in tight spaces or at awkward angles, an LED light and variable speed trigger provide increased visibility and control. 800.729.3878. www.milwaukeetool.com.
Lenox. Add convenience to soldering jobs with the Mobile Torch System, a compact, easy-to-carry system that offers portability and accessibility in tight work areas. The self-contained system can store two MAPP or propane gas cylinders, as well as necessities such as solder, flux, brushes, abrasives, tubing cutters, and extra tips. Included in the system is a 12½-foot hose with metal strain relief to prevent kinking, a self-igniting tip with a replaceable burn tip, tip handle, and all-brass regulator. 413.525.3961. www.lenoxsaw.com.
Greenlee. The maker's recently launched line of professional hand tools includes a variety of screw and nut drivers. Precision-machined black phosphate tips and heavy-duty construction give the drivers a long life, while a slip-resistant cushion grip addresses comfort and torque. All handle ends are marked for easy identification of driver size, type, and length. Five- and seven-piece standard sets are available, as well as a six-in-one multi-tool and specialty drivers. 800.435.0786. www.greenlee.com.
Creative Sales. Make working from ladders safer and more convenient with the PLUS Professional Ladder Utility System. The system's Master Kit contains a ladder mount, tool bucket with carrying handle, and a universal tool holder. The ladder mount features a safety latch, safety strap, and leveling adjustment block to keep the tool bucket secure at working height. The tool holder (not shown) accommodates tools that don't fit in the bucket. 866.869.8115. www.proladdersystem.com. For more product information, visit ebuild.com, Hanley Wood's interactive product catalog.