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Give the Gift of Tools in 2017
Plated with nickel to prevent corrosion, Wilton’s Tradesman XC vises are virtually indestructible featuring a 60,000-psi ductile iron body with a precision slide bar calibrated to .003 inch. Other features include an anvil that’s twice the size of average anvils, a 360° swivel base, and a lifetime warranty. Factory lubricated and permanently sealed with lifetime lubrication, the 6½–inch (mouth opening) model 1765XC retails for $649, and the 8-inch model 1780XC retails for $999. Go to wiltontools.com.
The WD-40 line of Industrial-Strength cleaners and degreasers provides a water-based formula that is safe to use on multiple surfaces, including sensitive metals like copper, aluminum, and chrome. Formulated with a unique bio-solvent technology, the biodegradable cleaner is offered in a variety of containers from a 24-ounce refillable trigger sprayer up to 55-gallon drums. The 24-ounce refillable spray bottle shown here retails for $5.99 to $6.65 at wdspecialist.com.
DeWalt Tape Measure
This 35-foot-long tape measure employs a 1¾-inch-wide blade that is constructed so it can be extended out up to 13 feet before the tape collapses. In addition, the tape measure’s impact-resistant case has been tested to take a 60-foot drop without falling apart. Features include Dual-Core Technology, a patented spring system that uses two springs to retract the tape every time. Plus, the first 9 inches of the tape measure features a heavy-duty thermoplastic coating for long life. The retail price of the XP Tape Measure is $39.99 at www.dewalt.com.
The new AI drill from WORX offers two drive modes for automatic operation. For example, when put in the SafeDrive mode, the drill delivers the amount of torque necessary to drive a fastener into almost any material, and then backs off once the screw head is flush to the surface. In the PulseAssist mode, the drill applies just enough bit rotation to drive the fastener snug to the surface without overtightening or stripping the fastener head. A third operating mode provides full tool torque. Also, with the drill’s unique BitLock feature, you load a drill or driver bit and the motorized jaws in the chuck not only tighten on the bit (with 30% more tightening torque than doing it by hand) but also center the bit automatically. The 3-pound tool runs off a 20-volt battery, which is included with a charger and a case for a retail price of $99 at www.worx.com.
IPA Brake Force Tester
The Electric Brake Force Meter from Innovative Products of America is designed for use on 7-spade equipped vehicles and automatically recognizes the electronic signature of both Integrated (ITBC) and aftermarket trailer brake controllers, simulates trailer load, and displays real-time, brake-controller output gain and application time. The meter can quickly troubleshoot truck-side tow circuits (taillights, turn signals, 12-volt positive reverse, and ground condition). It has a 25-foot-long cable for one-man, in-cab testing. The model 9107A retails for $168 at www.IPAtools.com.
GearWrench Socket Extender
GearWrench is offering Locking Impact Extensions in 18-, 24-, and 33-inch-long bars available to work with either ⅜- or ½-inch sockets. The extension features a pull collar locking mechanism that holds sockets tight in use. Made from an impact-grade chrome molybdenum alloy, the extensions have a pinhole and O-ring groove, so they can be used with a pin and O-ring retention system to securely lock the extension to the impact wrench. The 24-inch-long ½-inch model SKU 84652N retails for around $50 at www.gearwrench.com.
UltraView LED Torpedo Level
The UltraView LED Torpedo Level from Empire features dual ultraviolet LEDS, optical brightener, and high-contrast e-Band vials to provide high-definition viewing in all work conditions including low light situations. Fabricated with an all-metal I-beam frame, the levels feature rare earth magnets for super holding strength on metal surfaces. Features include a ruler groove on the side of the level that not only helps the level to easily fit on pipes but also holds a straight edge ruler for marking lines on metal. Sold with a lifetime guarantee, the UltraView LED Torpedo level retails for $29.97 to $40 at www.empirelevel.com.
M12 FUEL Ratchets
Milwaukee Tool’s M12 FUEL Ratchets are the first cordless alternative to air ratchets. Delivering up to 55 foot-pounds of torque, the recessed head profile of the ratchets can fit into tight spaces to remove or tighten fasteners. The 12-volt ratchet’s brushless motors provide twice the working life of brushed ratchets. Sold in ¼-, ⅜-, and ½-inch anvil sizes, a bare tool (without a battery or charger) retails for $149 at www.milwaukeetool.com.
Milwaukee M12 Soldering Iron
A green heat indicator light notifies users when the iron is ready to use. When the iron is shut off, a red indicator light notifies the user that the soldering tip is still hot. Feature a three-stop pivoting head that allows the iron to work in the user’s hand at 45° and 22° angles, the tool also offers a LED work light. The run time on the tool’s 12-volt battery is 45 minutes. Weighing less than 1 pound, the model 2488-21 (tool only) sells with a five-year warranty for $69 at www.milwaukeetools.com.
Porter-Cable 20 MAX Wet/Dry Vacuum
Porter-Cable’s 20 MAX Wet/Dry Vacuum offers a 2-gallon container and replaceable and washable cartridge filter. Delivering up to 35 cfm of suction through a 7½-foot-long hose, the vacuum runs off a rechargeable 20-volt lithum ion battery. Features include a side nozzle and crevice tools; it weighs 9 pounds. The retail price of the model PCC795B is $79.99. Includes a three-year warranty. Go to www.portercable.com.
The handyman – or woman – in your life will love to get these tools this holiday season!