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Metalworking Tool Innovations

High-Power Recip Saw

As part of the expansion of its 60-volt battery tool line, DeWalt upgraded its cordless reciprocating saw to include the use of a brushless motor, which offers three times more power output than the 18-volt saw it replaces. Features include a pivoting shoe, LED work light, keyless lever-action blade clamp, and variable-speed trigger. 

The model DCS388 retails with one battery, charger, and more for $299, which includes a three-year warranty. 

Metal Dust-Collection Stand

Designed to accommodate all bench grinders, Jet’s Metal Dust Collector Stand employs a ½-hp. turbo fan that generates airflow up to 472 cubic feet per minute for sucking in metal chips and dust through two, 3-inch inlets. Metal is contained by high-temperature filters and collected in a removable metal drawer that’s easy to empty. 

The stand is also equipped with two removable water pots for cooling parts and tools. Built of 16-gauge steel, the model JDCS-505 retails for $999, which includes a two-year warranty. 

Metal-Cutting Recip Blade

Freud’s Diablo line of blades now includes a 12-inch reciprocating saw unit designed to cut metal with the capacity to cut metal piping up to 9 inches in diameter. The high-performance blades deliver 20 times longer cutting life than standard bimetal blades in thick metal-cutting applications of between 3∕16- and 1/2-inch-thick material. 

The 1-inch-wide carbide-tipped Steel Demon (model DS1208CF) features Perma-Shield nonstick coating and retails for $19.97. 

Versatile Welder

The all-in-one multipurpose welder from Miller can be used for MIG, flux-core, stick, and TIG welding. It has the capacity to weld mild steel up to 3/8 inch thick in one pass. Weighing just 38 pounds, the Multimatic 215 uses inverter technology to deliver up to 230 amps of power. Features include an LCD screen and Auto-Set Elite, a design that allows wire settings to be fine-tuned while in the welder’s Auto-Set mode. 

Capable of operating off of 120- or 240-volt power (no tools are required to change over), the Multimatic 215 retails for $1,449. 

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