Power and hand tools round-up

By Jess Brunette June 03, 2016 Hand & Power Tools

We check out some of the latest and greatest power and hand tools from around the channel. Jess Brunette reports.

To view a PDF of the complete feature as it appeared in NZ Hardware Journal magazine, click the download button at the bottom of this page.


Paslode ups its frame game

Paslode has just released its all-new Impulse FrameMaster-Li, which boasts 15% more power. An upgrade to the FrameMaster is the higher capacity Lithium-ion battery that will drive up to 9000 nails per charge.

Impulse FrameMaster-Li also features improved charging time that provides thousands of shots on even a small charge and a pinch grip depth setting for speed and ease of use. Suitable for pine framing, hardwood, laminated veneer lumber and many other challenging materials and comes with batteries, charger, safety glasses and a hard shell case.



New from Tusk Tools

Tusk TSP concrete drill bits have been designed for use with hammer drills and are set to become the professional standard for multiple hole drilling in concrete. Tusk’s SDS Plus crosshead design hammer drill bits feature four tungsten carbide cutting edges to rapidly penetrate the hardest of concrete materials with a smoother action and a prolonged life expectancy with high penetration rates, giving users outstanding performance. 

Additional design features include co-planer faceting and deep clearways to maximise spoil removal. Ideal when drilling holes for fixings and anchors, cables & wires, pipes, pilot holes for coring and property maintenance. Suitable for
concrete, masonry and brick.



Powerbuilt’s godsend socket set

If you have ever stripped a bolt while doing repairs, this may be an excellent solution. New to Powerbuilt is the 1/2” Dr 23pc Metric ZEON Socket Set, featuring a patented design that grips sockets tighter as they turn, making it ideal not only for standard bolts but also rusted, rounded or 85% damaged bolts.

This very clever and very handy set comprises 10-32mm Zeon Sockets, a Gear to Gear Ratchet (48T), 125mm and 255mm extensions, universal Joint and 3-Way Adaptor all packaged in a blow moulded case



IRWIN puts the power back in tradies’ hands

Irwin’s new Vise-Grip Curved-Jaw Locking Pliers feature a self-energising lower jaw that delivers three times more gripping power than traditional locking pliers, with no slipping or stripping. There’s no need for heavy input pressure as the jaws tighten for maximum grip as torque is applied to the tool. The Irwin Vise-Grip establishes multiple contact points with the work piece, for a significantly tighter grip with hardened teeth designed to grip from any angle.

Backed by the Irwin Vise-Grip lifetime guarantee, there are two core models: Fast Release, with a one-handed, trigger-less release and anti-pinch, non-slip ProTouch Grips; and the Original, with a classic trigger release. The Hex Key Adjusting Screw provides a controlled release or tightens to draw materials together.

Irwin Vise-Grip Fast Release locking pliers have a one-handed, trigger-less release, so they’re easy to open and speedily reset on the jobsite. In addition, the anti-pinch, non-slip ProTouch Grips feature moulded handles for comfort and leverage while reducing vibration and hand fatigue.



Bahco’s hard working sledgehammer

For those users who expect and appreciate hard working tools, Bahco has a treat in store with its new 10lb sledgehammer. This well-balanced and comfortable to use sledgehammer is forged from fine grain carbon steel that has been hardened and tempered with a polished head and features an exclusive strong fibreglass handle with rubber overstrike collar. 8lb and 12lb options are also available.



Energy saving stapling from Rapid

The new Rapid RT940 Tacker is now available in New Zealand. Based on the idea that using a staple gun shouldn’t be a workout, RT940 features new Powercurve technology, developed with a leading physiotherapist for up to 65% less effort. The patented 3-step force adjuster system lets the users decide for themselves how much power to deploy so they can save effort on jobs with short leg lengths but still turn up the power when required with a simple flip of the force adjuster.

Ideal for do-it-yourself work using for example insulation materials, carpets, cardboard as well as fine wood trim around the house. This 600g model features an ergonomic design with comfortable soft grip areas, strong and light aluminium exterior, and an all-steel dual full strip magazine produced in Sweden for best durability.



Who you gonna call? Smart’s MetalBuster

New to the Smart Tool Group is the MetalBuster multi-tool blade. Cutting metal with a multi-tool has long caused tradespeople grief but long life tungsten carbide teeth of MetalBuster blades will cut hardened screws, stainless, threaded rod, fibre cement product, nails and much more. MetalBuster is 35mm wide, will cut approximately 40mm deep and is now available with the “open back” design fitting, making it compatible with virtually all multi-tools on the market.



Hot dog Oxy Kit from Hot Devil

Hot Devil adds to its popular gas range of products with the Oxy Kit, now available through New Zealand Distributor Newfield Marketing. With a burn temperature of just under 3,000°C, the Kit is ideal for a multitude of jobs in the workshop or out onsite. With the ability to cut steel up to 3mm thick, solder copper pipes over 20mm diameter and weld and braze various metals, the Hot Devil Oxy Kit does it all with ease.

Expensive bottle rentals can be a drain on a business especially if you only use them occasionally. The Hot Devil Oxy Kit solves this problem, plus it’s lightweight and portable. The Kit includes a sturdy metal cylinder stand, a 1.4m hose complete with solid brass value fittings and a pin point burner tip. Also included are one oxygen and one Trade Map cylinder as well as a hand sparker.



Strong as an OX

Ox Tools adds to its roster of products with some high quality additions this month. A popular product with brickies, OX Rubber Line blocks are more durable than plastic alternatives and feature a Duragrip coating that makes them ideal for wet conditions.

The Ox Tools Pro Finishing Trowel features more rivets than other trowel brands, a comfortable Duragrip handle with thumb grip and a cross-ground tempered steel blade for quicker break-in time.

Ox Tools has also released what they call the “strongest level ever” and are backing that up with a money back guarantee. OX Pro Spirit Levels feature unique single view vertical/horizontal vials, two milled surfaces and air cushioned handles.


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