Builders' Show: These cordless tools are no lightweights

Consumer Reports News: January 13, 2011 12:56 PM

Heavy-duty construction and a lighter lithium-ion battery are two reasons why contractor-grade cordless drills usually cost hundreds of dollars.  DeWalt’s new 12-volt Max drill offers both for about $159.
This 12-volt drill weighs just 2.4 pounds with its lithium-ion cell—the kind that typically delivers more power and run time for its size than NICAD cells in Consumer Reports’ drill tests. It can also save you some fumbles—and dropped tools—by standing securely on its own.
Along with beefier bearings and other professional-grade perks, it includes two batteries so you can use one while the other recharges. There’s also a Smart Charger that shuts off automatically and promises quick recharges in about 40 minutes.
DeWalt’s 12-volt Max line also includes five other lithium-ion cordless tools: A compact, two-pound impact driver with nearly 1,000-inch pounds of  torque; a screwdriver that accepts even small, one-inch bits without pulling out the chuck; an inspection camera that can snake nine feet behind walls and display hidden problems remotely on a wireless screen; a leak-finding thermo-meter that detects hot and cold spots in your home and a fully rotating LED flashlight.
All six cordless tools stand on their own when you put them down. And all six can share the same lithium-ion cells—something that can help extend run time even more for  contractor-size jobs.



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