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Cordless Essentials

Innovations abound in the latest cordless tool introductions. 

1. Dispenses preset amounts of grease
The Milwaukee M18 cordless grease gun generates up to 10,000 psi of operating pressure and features a first-in-the-industry preset grease counter that dispenses exact amounts of lubricant.

The gun offers two operating speeds (3¹∕2 or 10 ounces per minute) to tailor the use of the tool to different greasing situations.


Other unique features on the 2646-20 grease gun include an on-board LED light, a locked on/off trigger, and a plunger rod with markings to gauge how much grease is remaining in the barrel.

The 8¹∕2-pound tool’s stand-up design and shoulder strap combine with a 48-inch-long flexible hose to make greasing a breeze.

The 2646-20 gun carries a suggested retail price of $269. For more information,visit

2. Brushless motor runs longer
Employing brushless (electronically commutated)  technology in the construction of the motors of Craftsman C3 cordless drills eliminates brushes and commutator erosion, too. The result is a lithium-ion cordless drill that offers more torque per weight and watt, increased reliability, reduced noise, and a longer lifetime. 


The feature-rich 19.2-volt drill provides two speed selections, a ¹∕2-inch Jacobs-style metal ratcheting chuck (for one-person adjustment), and metal gearbox. Operating torque can be adjusted via a 22-position clutch located behind the chuck. 

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 38595 kit, which includes a drill, one lithium-ion battery, and a charger, is $179.99. The tool also carries a one-year warranty. For more information, visit

3. Designed for tight spots
A right-angle driver is one of those tools that isn’t used often, but when it’s needed – like when working in tight spaces such as engine cavities – a right-angle tool becomes indispensable. Not only is Ryobi’s 4-volt lithium-ion drill an angle operator, but also it’s cordless and very compact. The tool weighs 1¹∕3 pounds and measures 10¹∕2 inches long.

The HP64LK packs considerable oomph, turning out 50 inch-pounds of torque at speeds up to 220 rpm. 

Features include a keyless chuck, built-in three-bulb LED light, and a three-position switch that goes from forward to reverse to light-only mode. 

The suggested retail price on the HP64LK is $49.97, which includes a two-year warranty. For more, visit

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