Today we'll share one last update from the 2013 Stanley Black & Decker
(SBD) New Product Media Event that took place for two days in New York
City. There were far too many tools introduced to
include in one post, so we broke them up by manufacturer. We started
with the tools presented by Stanley, new tools from DeWalt and Bostitch. Next up, the latest from Porter-Cable.
Porter-Cable added six new cordless power tools to its 20V Max Linked System. These tools are designed for “tradesmen,” as opposed to contractors. I’m not exactly sure the difference, but these tools are being marketed as affordable alternatives to pros that don’t want to pay premium prices for industrial-grade tools (i.e. DeWalt). The new line-up includes the following tools.
drill/driver ($150) with ½-in. metal chuck, LED worklight, fuel gauge, belt
clip, magnetic bit storage and two 20V 1.5 Ah li-ion batteries.
Watch an episode of the HANDY Minute that features this 20V Max drill/driver.
Compact impact driver ($150) with 1,495 in. lbs. of torque and two li-ion batteries.
Available this fall:
Reciprocating saw ($60) with 3,000-rpm motor and 1-in. stroke. We liked the compact size.
6½-in. circular saw ($60) with 2 1/8 in. depth of cut and 50° bevel capacity, $60.
Oscillating multi-tool ($70) with variable-speed motor (10,000 to 18,000 opm).
Cut-off tool/angle grinder ($50) that has two guards, one for cutting, one for grinding.
2,500-spm jigsaw ($60)that features tool-free blade changes, beveling shoe and sawdust blower.
Pivoting LED flashlight ($25)that delivers 120 lumens of light.
NOTE: You may be surprised by the very affordable prices of these tools (we were). The
reason the prices are so low is because all of these additional (besides the drill and impact driver) 20V Max
tools are being sold as "Bare" tools, meaning the Li-ion batteries and
chargers are not included. Porter-Cable is assuming that most buyers of
these tools will already own the drill/driver or impact driver. Batteries and chargers are also sold separately.
Porter-Cable 4-Gallon Stacked Tank Compressor ($200) is a compact unit with 1.1-max. hp motor that delivers 135 max. PSI. Has oil-lube pump, cast-iron cylinder, rubber feet and ball drain valve. Designed for trim carpenters.