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October  2004

Toolin' Around


SAWS
DeWalt Introduces New Variable Speed Band Saw
Baltimore-based DeWalt has introduced its new heavy-duty, deep-cut band saw, D28770. The variable speed, 15-pound saw features an ergonomic soft-grip handle and a 6.0 amp motor. The saw was designed with a large cutting capacity, allowing users to cut any material up to 4 ¾ inches thick in either a circular or rectangular stock. The D28770 band saw provides a material stop thickness of 0.18. 

The saw has eight ball bearings for durability and aluminum castings protected by a rubber bumper. An integrated hang hook as well as a site light is included for easy storage. 

Blade Armor Designed to Protect Stanley Saws
Stanley Works of New Britain, Conn., has introduced the FatMax saw with Blade Armor, which features a composite coating that protects the blade from abrasion and rust. 

The saw also features a SharpTooth design, induction hardened teeth and a thicker blade designed to reduce binding. 

According to company information, the saw is suitable for cutting wet and immature wood, plasterboard, large timbers and other composite materials that can be abrasive. The saw is available in both a 15- and 20-inch size. 

Bosch Offers 5-Piece Cordless Combo Kit
The Bosch Tool Corp. of Mt. Prospect, Ill., now has available an 18-volt, five-piece cordless combo kit that includes the company’s cordless hammer/drill driver, circular saw, reciprocating saw, flashlight, bonus jig saw, 18-volt batteries and a one-hour charger.

The 18-volt hammer drill/driver features a steel-reinforced collar, DuraShield housing and a two-speed gearbox optimized for two modes of operation. The circular saw’s rear depth adjustment quickly matches depth of stock for accurate cuts. The reciprocating saw uses 1 ¼-inch stroke for fast, aggressive cuts and ¾-inch stroke for plunge and precise cuts. The bonus jigsaw utilizes patented blade retention, variable speed trigger and a large, die-cast aluminum foot for stable guidance and control.

Colonial Saw Introduces Evolution and Control Saws
Colonial Saw Inc., based in Kingston, Mass., has introduced Striebig’s Evolution manual saw and Control automatic saw. Both new saws have 7.5HP motors in addition to many added automatic features. Some procedures can now be done with the push of a button, including the push-button lock and release of the saw beam, the setting of the horizontal cutting height, plunging and swiveling the motor and locking the support rollers during sawing. Digital measuring comes standard, although optional accessories, such as a scoring saw unit, an electronic positioning system and an angle-cutting unit, are available. 

Porter-Cable Has New Options for Routers and Saws 
Porter-Cable Corp., of Jackson, Tenn., offers a new series for routers and saws. 

The new 890 series routers allow users to make height adjustments above the table. The series also features a soft-starting, 12-amp motor with full-time electronic feedback and an auto-engaging spindle lock with through-the-base collet extension for single hand bit changes. Other options include a fixed base, plunge base and GRIPVAC handle for single hand gripping. 

The company also offers the 9750 TigerClaw reciprocating saw, which features a 180-degree joint adjustment and 360-degree blade rotation. A Quik-Change front shoe can be extended to utilize more of the blade’s teeth in the cutting action, while Quik-Change blade clamps allow for keyless blade changes.

LEVELS
Great Neck Adds to its Line of Levels
Great Neck Saw Manufacturers Inc. of Mineola, N.Y., has added to its line of levels with the new Mayes torpedo laser level. The new level includes a tripod that can be locked in almost any position and a beam splitter that allows the user to project straight lines at any angle. According to company information, the highly visible laser beam projects a reference mark over both short and long distances and on both smooth and rough surface types. In addition, the torpedo level can be attached to most laser level bases and camera tripods. 

Leica Geosystems Introduces Hand-Held Laser Sensor
Leica Geosystems, headquartered in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, has available a new hand-held laser sensor for general construction applications. The Rod-Eye Classic features an LCD on both the front and rear and has a working diameter of 2,500 feet. It is designed to work with any rotating laser in harsh construction environments.


DeWalt Introduces New Self-Leveling Plumb Bob
The Baltimore-based DeWalt has introduced a new self-leveling plumb bob. The toolmaker says the DW082K laser plumb features one-button operation and accuracy of 1/8-inch per 50 feet. 

According to a company press release, the product levels itself and finds plumb in seconds with no vials or knobs to adjust. The laser produces a bright dot with a faint cross-hair pattern. In addition, the beam is focused to keep the dot small, even over long distances. An impact-resistant, over-molded housing protects the laser, helping it to stay calibrated under tough conditions.



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