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Drywall Screw Guns: Cut The Cord with the Makita XSF03Z Brushless Cordless Drywall Screwdriver

Aug 21, 2015

Putting up sheets of drywall has always been a corded tool application, until recently. Makita released the new XSF03Z LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Drywall Screwdriver. The Makita XSF03Z is powered by the Makita BL Motor that delivers 0-4,000 RPM that will allow you to tackle a variety of drywall and framing applications on the job. The BL motor is a brushless motor that eliminates the use of carbon brushes in the motor providing you with more efficient energy at a cooler operating temperature.

XSF03Z LXT® Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Drywall Screwdriver

The XSF03Z features Push Drive Technology.

The greatest thing about the new Makita XSF03Z is what Makita refers to as “Push Drive Technology”. In lock-on mode the motor starts only when the fastener is engaged with a surface which gives you quieter work environment while optimizing battery life. Worried about it weighing too much? Not an issue. The Makita XSF03Z is only 9-7/8” long and weighs just 3.8 lbs with battery (battery not included with the XSF03Z bare tool model).

Looking for something that offers an auto-feed screw gun function instead? Makita has the Makita LXRF01Z 18VT LXT Lithium-ion Cordless Autofeed Screwdriver. At 5.2lbs, this auto-feed screw gun option is both lightweight and effective and is great for decking/sub-floor applications. This unit allows you to collated screws that range from 1-3/4” to 2-15/16”.

Interested in other Makita cordless tools? Check out a full list of Makita Tools and Accessories that we carry at our Tools Plus website.

Makita XSF03Z

Milwaukee 2704 M18 FUEL ½” Hammer Drill/Driver Raises the Bar on Max Torque

Aug 14, 2015

Milwaukee 2704-22 1/2" Milwaukee Hammer Drill/Driver

The competition for most torque in a cordless hammer drill/driver is ON! Last year Makita released their XPH07Z 18V LXT ½” Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver and it was the leader of its pack by a stretch. It delivered a gut-busting 1,090 in-lbs of torque. The only ½” Brushless Hammer Drill/Driver to come close was the Milwaukee 2604 that provided just 725 in-lbs.

Well Milwaukee just recently announced the next series of their M18 FUEL line-up and on the list is the new Milwaukee 2704 M18 FUEL ½” Hammer Drill/Driver. What’s so special about it? Powered by the POWERSTATE Brushless motor it delivers 1,200 in-lbs of peak torque and up to 2,000 RPM for faster drilling speeds.

Torque, torque and more torque. What’s so great about torque anyways, you might ask? Let’s say you’ve got a spade bit in your chuck or a large wood boring bit. Perhaps you’re looking to bore through a thick piece of reclaimed or hardwood with this bit. Given that you have the right bit for the application. The more torque you have, the less likely you are to getting the bit stuck mid-hole because the hammer drill/driver bound up or “torqued out”.

Delays are fine if you’re doing a weekend project on your house and don’t have a deadline but if this is your job, then the common phrase “time is money” applies. Interested in picking up one of these new Milwaukee Hammer Drill/Drivers? These will be available for purchase at Tools Plus soon.

In the meantime, check out some other great Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brushless Tools on the market at our Tools Plus Milwaukee section.

 

Makita XPH07M Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill Delivers Best-in-Class Jaw-Dropping Torque

Jun 6, 2015

How many of you have a cordless drill? How about cordless hammer drill? Probably most of you have one or the other. It’s probably one of the most popular cordless tools to own because of its ability to be used by the homeowner, DIY, contractor or tradesman in various projects. The cordless tool market is an ever expanding market and has recently seen the emergence of the brushless motor in the last few years.

Makita_XPH07 Hammer Driver Drill In ActionMakita has been at the forefront with this Brushless technology and was the first to utilize it in a consumer handheld power tool. Makita continues to expand their line-up of brushless tools. Just recently, Makita shattered the market with the addition of the Makita XPH07M Brushless Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill.

Nothing brings more high-impact torque than this new Makita brushless power tool. The Makita XPH07M has the most jaw dropping inch-pounds of torque in its class and is able to tackle the roughest of jobs with a stiff upper lip. So just how much more torque does it have versus its competition? In comparison, the Milwaukee 2604-22 packs only 725 in lbs of torque and the Dewalt DCD995M2 has just 708 in lbs of torque whereas the Makita XPH07 boasts a whopping 1,090 in lbs of torque. That’s over 300 in-lbs of torque more than the closest competition.

Want more? The Makita XPH07Z when included in the XT252M or XT257M kit includes their BL1840 4.0Ah batteries which only take 40 minutes to charge vs. the hour or more the competition takes. This gives the ability to stay up and running for longer with less downtime between charges.

Makita has the world’s LARGEST 18V lithium-ion line-up amongst its closest competitors with over 100 tools powered by one style of battery (that now come in 3 different Ah). Looking to invest your money into a growing lithium-ion power tool system and a brand that is innovative? Check out Makita tools and consider buying the Makita XT252M 2-Piece Combo Kit or Makita XT257M 2-Piece Combo Kit which includes the jaw-dropping juggernaut Makita XPH07M Brushless Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill.

 

Bosch 18V Wireless Battery Charger: The Future of Jobsite Convenience

Jan 19, 2015

 

If you own a cordless power tool than you are very familiar with taking the battery off the tool when it dies and plugging it into the wall charger. It’s a requirement or it at least it WAS a requirement.

Bosch Power Tools has introduced a new technology that becomes an industry first and changes the way you charge your power tool battery. This technology allows you to keep your battery on your Bosch tool while it charges on the jobsite.

Bosch calls this their Power Ready Wireless Charging System.

Bosch introduces the Power Ready Wireless Charging System for Bosch 18V Power Tools

The Bosch Power Ready Wireless Charger creates an electromagnetic field that tops of or maxes out your batteries charge. Bosch designed this system to minimize the time wasted on jobsite from having to recharge a dead battery. Now you can simply place your drill/driver down on the charger and pick it up when you need it again. This will give you the ability to replenish it in between periods of use.

The reason that Bosch refers to this new wireless technology as a system is because they come out with accessories that allow you to customize the way you use your wireless charger. So far they’ve released a charging frame and mobile holster.

The charging frame is for a basic setup.  The charging frame will mount to any surface. Once it’s been mounted, you simply slide the wireless charger into it and plug into a wall.

Bosch DDS182-102 locks into the Mobile Holster

The mobile holster is pretty cool accessory. The mobile holster has a custom tool lock-in feature for Bosch 18V drill driver, hammer drill/driver and impact driver models including: DH182, IWBH182, DDS/HDS182, DDS/HDS182 and DDH/HDH18.

Mobile holster mounts to any shelf or sidewall vertically or horizontally for quick and convenient access. Have Sortimo shelving? This holster is compatible with easy tool-free mounting capabilities.

Interested in investing in wireless power tool battery technology?

We carry kits that include the new wireless charger as well as the individual wireless accessories. See a list of links below.

Tool Kits:

Bosch CLPK233WC-02 18V Wireless Charging Combo Kit

Bosch DDS182WC-102 18 V Brushless Drill Driver w/ Wireless Charger

Bosch WC18CHF-102DDS 18V Drill Driver Wireless Charging Kit

Bosch IDH182WC-102 1/2 In. Socket Ready 1/4 In. Hex Impact Driver Wireless Kit

Accessories:

Bosch WC18C 18V Wireless Charger

Bosch WC18F 18V Wireless Charger Frame

Bosch WC18H

18V Wireless Mobile Holster

Bosch WCBAT612 18V 2.0 Ah Wireless Charging Lithium-Ion SlimPack Battery

Bosch WC18CF 18V Wireless Charger and Frame

Bosch WC18CF-102 18V Wireless Charging Starter Kit with 2.0Ah Battery and Frame

Bosch WC18CH 18V Wireless Charger and Mobile Holster

Bosch WC18CHF-102

18V Wireless Charging Starter Kit with 2.0Ah Battery, Mobile Holster and Frame

 

Fight the Cold with the Bosch PSJ120 12V Heated Jacket

Jan 10, 2015

It’s time to go to the jobsite. It’s 7:30am on a Monday morning. You step out of your front door and you’re met with 12 degree winter air. The wind chill whips your face and it feels like 10 below. You’re going to be up on a ladder all day or maybe servicing someone’s standby generator. You’ve prepared but nothing you wear can prevent that piercing wind and now the falling sleet.

We’ve all been there and it’s just part of the job, but it doesn’t have to be something you just deal with. Bosch has listened to their customers. They came out with something that will assist you with your day-to-day work, the Bosch PSJ120 12V Max Heated Jacket.

Bosch PSJ120 Heated Jacket Full Kit

Powered by the same battery used in their popular 12V power tool battery system, the PSJ120 heated jacket gives you what you need to fight the elements. The Bosch heated jacket is both wind and water resistant. It provides you with up to 8 hours of warmth on a single battery charge and is controlled by one button (with three color coded heat settings). The battery itself sits in its own pocket at the bottom front of your jacket and feels like nothing more than a cell phone (In my opinion).

BHB120 Battery Holster charges USB devices and is powered by a Bosch 12V Battery

Speaking of cell phones, the battery holster that holds the battery also allows you to plug in and charge your phone via USB. There is a small button on the holster that lets you toggle that ability on or off. Need somewhere to keep your phone? The Bosch PSJ120 Heated Jacket has a chest pocket that can store your phone while its charging or just for safe keeping.

The jacket side pockets on these are nice and deep. The Bosch heated jacket also has document holding netted pocket on the inner right side too to keep you totally equipped.

Probably one of the best features of this jacket is its SLEEK. Some of the competitor jackets don’t give you that professional jacket. This jacket can be worn to a business meeting or even to a holiday party with your family at a nice restaurant.

Netted pocket for holding important documents on the jobsite. Located on the inner right side.

Along the seams of the front and back of the arms is reflective material that reflects light for maximum awareness in the early morning or late evening hours.

I’m not just throwing you talking points from a Bosch flyer, I own one of these jackets myself and have a lot of firsthand experience with it.

If you are looking for something that will help you fight the cold every day, then the Bosch PSJ120 12V Heated Jacket is it. You can purchase your heated jacket at Tools Plus from Bosch Heated Jacket page.