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Product Focus: Power Tools
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: New-Generation Power Tools Offer Productivity, Safety and ComfortPt. 2: Power Tool Specification Goes Beyond Speed, PowerPt. 3: Choosing Best Cordless Power Tools Requires Savvy SpecificationPt. 4: This Page
The M18 Fuel Surge ¼-inch tool uses a fluid-drive hydraulic power train that results in quieter operation with less vibration and increased sustained torque time. The tool is designed to work an eight-hour day when performing common applications, and it features a brushless motor, RedLithium XC 5.0 battery pack, and RedLink Plus intelligent hardware and software.
Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
The GOP55-36 StarlockMax is the latest addition to the multi-tool series. The industrial-grade tool features a 5.5-amp motor, a 3.6-degree oscillating arc, reinforced metal gearing, constant response circuitry, and variable speed settings. It weighs 3½ pounds and includes a snap-in, toolless accessory attachment and no-touch blade change with auto-ejection.
The cordless X2 LXT is powered by two 18-volt lithium-ion batteries, which are positioned for improved balance and ergonomics. The saw cuts at a noise level of 89 decibels and features a motor that cuts at 1,650 feet per minute. The saw’s top-handle design of 24 5⁄8 inches long with a weight of 11.2 pounds with batteries improves comfort.
The cordless TE 4-A18 is powered by an 18-volt battery and features a dust-removal system attachment that collects up to 97.8 percent of the dust from drilling. The tool comes standard with a high-efficiency motor and electropneumatic hammering for higher drilling performance and longer performance.
The 60 V Max 4½-6-inch tool features a brushless motor that maximizes runtime for demanding applications. The tool can make 126 cuts of ½-inch rebar on one charge using a FlexVolt battery and 6-inch FlexVolt cutting wheel. The grinder includes a kickback brake that shuts down automatically and slows the wheel to a stop when a wheel pinch is detected. It has power equivalent to 13 amperes.