By NZHJ March 15, 2021 Hand & Power Tools

FLEXVOLT upgrades from DeWalt

The DeWalt XR FLEXVOLT range is SBD’s flagship 54V cordless battery platform with the ability to match or exceed the power output of most mains-powered tools.

The 54V batteries can automatically switch to an 18V output to also work with all DeWalt 18V tools so users have the best of both worlds with the power and run time of a 54V tool as well as the compatibility and convenience to run an 18V system side by side.

Upgrades to the brushless motor and battery technology, plus enhanced software and controls, now enable new Ultra High Power 54V XR FLEXVOLT cordless tools to deliver up to 47% more power than previous models.

First in the new line-up is a 184mm Circular Saw with a 64mm depth of cut at 90°, featuring an AirLock dust port, electronic safety brake and rapid, tool-free adjustment. A new 125mm Angle Grinder and Reciprocating Saw similarly deliver superior cordless performance for demanding applications.

HiKOKI makes headway with Multivolt

Four years after its global rebranding, HiKOKI is rapidly expanding its range of premium power tools, says Andrew Way at Accent Tools, with the continued expansion of the Multivolt system with a hybrid 18V and 36V battery.

For example, launched last month is a full-size, high-powered HiKOKI cordless router (see photo) and next in the pipeline will be a series of high-powered drills, grinders and mixers, along with more cordless outdoor power products including chainsaws and line trimmers, as well as accessories like radios and fans.

New & improved Paslode Framemaster

Impulse gas technology delivers best-in-class weight, power, balance, and performance in the Paslode Framemaster nailgun.

The new model, launched this month, features a new by-pass follower for faster and smoother nail loading and a longer runtime for improved cooling when rapid firing.

The nail lip has been redesigned for easier nail loading and a new rubberised grip gives improved handling and feel. Even the battery notch has been revised for ease of inserting and ejecting the battery.

The height of tool safety

Fox & Gunn has recently added the ERGODYNE Safety range that includes a number of safety-related accessories for tools and power tools when working at heights.

Lanyards and tethering devices enable builders and DIYers attach these safety devices to a variety of tools so that in the situation where a tool is dropped, the tethering device helps prevent the tool from falling to the ground below, potentially causing an injury.

New XGT cordless Mitre Saw from Makita

Makita’s 40V Cordless 216 mm Slide Compound Mitre Saw is equipped with a Makita-built brushless motor that delivers 4800rpm of cutting speed.

Constant speed control adjusts that cutting speed along with torque under load for optimum performance. And it promises high-precision bevel cutting that Makita says has been improved by optimising the rigidity of every relevant part.

The new XGT Mitre Saw also achieves more efficient dust extraction thanks to improved dual dust collection ports, and a redesigned blade case reduces the volume of sawdust flying towards the operator.

An Auto-start Wireless System (AWS) also connects to compatible vacuum cleaners via Bluetooth.


See also our in-depth feature on Power Tools & Accessories in the latest Digital Edition!

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