Dust Deputy 2.5 DIY Cyclone Separator
The latest Dust Deputy dust-collection system is perfect for the serious DIY woodworker. The Dust Deputy 2.5 model uses your existing shop vacuum to provide the suction power that keeps dust out of the air and clear of the work site. It features an improved, high-airflow cyclone design that stops over 99% of fine dust and bulk debris from clogging your vacuum's filter.
The HIR staff has been using the original Dust Deputy as a wall-mounted unit, and we’ve had no problem with its airflow, but the new model offers even greater capacity in case you ever need it. Use the Dust Deputy to upgrade any make/model shop vacuum with 2.5" hose fittings. It mounts to any size and type of reinforced, airtight container. Simply run one hose from your power tool to the Dust Deputy, and run a second hose from the Dust Deputy to your vacuum.
The Deluxe kit we tested came with a hose and a wheeled collection bin. Although the wall-mounted option keeps the Dust Deputy from cluttering the floor of my workshop, I also like the flexibility of the wheeled base, because on sunny days I like to roll my tools outside and set up a workbench. This new setup will help keep the outdoors just as tidy as the wall-mounted version keeps the indoors. Smartly designed and affordably priced, the Dust Deputy collection tool is a smart investment for any DIY woodworker or even for a pro who is new to the business. Visit www.oneida-air.com. – Matt Weber
Metabo HPT 36V Multivolt Cordless Impact Wrench
Major muscle in a small package, the 36V MultiVolt Cordless 1/2” Mid-Torque Impact Wrench (model WR36DE) is water- and dust-resistant with an IP56 rating to handle harsh conditions. With Brushless motor technology, this impact wrench has plenty of power for all mid-torque applications. It delivers 568 ft-lbs. of tightening torque and 774 ft-lbs. of nut-busting torque with up to 2,400 RPM and 3,400 BPM. At only 4.2 lbs, it’s easy to use in overhead applications or for all-day use. It has a a 4-stage speed selection panel and a variable speed trigger, plus an AutoStop System that prevents bolts from breaking in the case of overtightening. Like all the 36V MultiVolt cordless tools from Metabo HPT, the impact wrench has the ability to be converted to corded use with the AC adapter (model ET36A, sold separately). Use the mid-torque impact wrench cordless; however, if the battery needs to be recharged and you have no spares ready, plug in with the AC adapter and keep going. Visit https://www.metabo-hpt.com/
DeWalt DW735X 13'' 2-Speed Planer
This new DeWalt planer has become indispensable for the HIR crew. We use it to plane boards for all manner of wood projects, including table tops, window shutters, barn doors and more. With a powerful 15-amp, 20,000-rpm motor (10,000-rpm cutterhead speed) the DeWalt DW735X Planer can easily handle large cuts in wide material. The planer features a three-knife cutter designed to deliver 30% longer life and make blade changes faster and easier. The two-speed gear box allows users to change the feed speed to optimize cuts per inch at 96 or 179 CPI, for dimensioning boards or for smooth finishing. A fan-assisted chip-ejection system vacuums chips off of the cutter-head and exhausts them through an outlet port, which you can connect to a dust collector. Plus, the 19-3/4" cast aluminum base is twice as rigid as a standard 10" base and folding tables. The DeWalt DW735X includes infeed and outfeed tables and an extra set of knives. Highly recommended for woodworkers. Visit https://www.dewalt.com
Dremel Electric Scissors
Dremel released its new Electric Scissors to help DIY’ers tackle a range of cutting needs around the house and for crafting too. The HIR team got our hands on a test sample, and the scissors are an ideal tool for making short work of pesky clamshell packages and more. The scissors are powered by a 4V MAX rechargeable lithium-ion battery and have ultra-sharp blades to cut easily through materials from cardboard to fabrics and hard plastics. With a slim tool body design, the electric scissors can be carried in a toolbox or pocket. The tool set comes with a USB charger to power up in only 90 minutes, and includes an extra-set of replaceable shears. The Dremel Electric Scissor kit is now available on Amazon.com and in-store and online at The Home Depot and Lowe’s.
WallQuest Wallcoverings with DuPont Tedlar Film Technology
WallQuest, will launch a new line of wallcoverings featuring DuPont Tedlar film, which provides surface protection from dirt, stains, scuffs, as well as prevents fading. The new wallcoverings will include a large range of new patterns for both residential and commercial applications and is expected to be available in early June under the WallQuest's Seabrook and Questex brands. Tedlar-coated wallcoverings are even resistant to the harshest chemical cleaners, including bleach and alcohol-based solvents, meaning even the toughest stains can be wiped off without any damage to the appearance of the wallcovering. To learn more about the Tedlar technology, visit http://tedlar.com.
Milwaukee M18 Orbital ¼" Sheet Sander
The new M18 Orbital ¼" Sheet Sander offers the lowest vibration and best dust collection in its class, while optimizing for performance on the jobsite. The M18 Orbital ¼" Sheet Sander is designed to replace corded sander performance with variable speeds ranging from 11,000 – 13,000 orbits per minute, creating a stain-grade orbital finish. The low vibration enhances comfort and control, while reducing fatigue. Its durable dust bag and universal hose adaptor decrease cleanup time, and its two-step clamp system allows for quick sandpaper changes. The M18 Orbital ¼" Sheet Sander is built for professional carpenters needing to leave the best finish while removing the least amount of material. Visit www.milwaukeetool.com.
Ryobi 3000 PSI 1.1 GPM Brushless Electric Pressure Washer
Ryobi introduces its most powerful electric pressure washer to date: The 3000 PSI 1.1 GPM Brushless Electric Pressure Washer can handle the toughest jobs without the hassle of gas, blasting through dirt, grime, oil, and other tough stains with up to 3,000 PSI and 1.1 GPM of force. The premium brushless motor with water-cooling technology provides increased tool performance. Quietly blasting away stains on driveways, sidewalks, siding, patio furniture and other surfaces, the new pressure washer eliminates the hassle of gas with a more environmentally friendly solution that provides as much power as gas-powered homeowner models. It comes comes equipped with a 5-in-1 Quick-Change Nozzle (15°, 25°, 40°, Fan Soap, and Jet Soap) for versatile cleaning and a Turbo Nozzle for up to 50% faster cleaning than a standard nozzle. Easily store the nozzles on the on-board accessory storage when the job is done. This Pressure Washer is available exclusively at TheHomeDepot.com
Delta Trinsic Wheel-handle Faucets
If you’re looking clients for an industrial touch in the bathroom, then check out the new wheel handle option to the popular Trinsic bath collection by Delta Faucet. Delta faucets with Diamond Seal Technology perform like new for life with a patented design which reduces leak points, is less hassle to install, and lasts twice as long as the industry standard. Visit https://www.deltafaucet.com/
Falmec Outdoor Ventilation Hoods
Falmec, an elite Italian appliance manufacturer, launched a collection of outdoor range hoods. Built with high-quality 304 stainless steel, the outdoor line is highly resistant to corrosion and suitable for the harshest of North American climates. With an initial launch of three contemporary models, the Outdoor Collection consists of the Zeus, Line, and Pyramid Outdoor units. Each model is designed for wall mount installation and is available in 36”, 42”, and 48” configurations. A streamlined design, Italian craftsmanship, and hand-polished seams and welds combine to create a visually pleasing collection of exterior ventilation solutions. Visit falmec.com.
FrogTape High Bond Exterior Painter’s Tape
FrogTape brand introduces High Bond Exterior Painter’s Tape engineered to consistently adhere to difficult surfaces such as self-cleaning paints and rough textures, including stucco, brick and concrete. It is ideal for outdoor projects that require a strong, conformable tape that offers clean removal without shredding. High Bond Exterior Painter’s Tape offers very high adhesion for tough outdoor uses. Not only does it stick to difficult, uneven substrates, but it also adheres well to painted wood, aluminum, steel and vinyl. Plus, its crepe paper backing allows it to conform easily to bends and turns, making a quick task of masking around exterior doorways and windows. This unique, time-saving flexibility makes High Bond Exterior Painter’s Tape an ideal toolbox staple for painting contractors. Note that High Bond Exterior Painter’s Tape is recommended for outdoor use only, and due to its very high adhesion, users should always test the tape on a surface before application. And while this tape will provide clean paint lines, it does not contain FrogTape’s PaintBlock Technology. Visit frogtape.com/contractors
Kempas Flooring from Elemental Hardwoods
Elemental Hardwoods has added solid Kempas, a hard and durable orange-brown hardwood that carmelizes in color as it ages, to its premium line of exotic hardwood flooring products. Sometimes called Asian Cherry, Kempas (Koompassia malaccensis botanical name) is ideal for transforming ordinary flooring into long-lasting, beautiful and natural works of art. Elemental’s clean select-and-better grade Kempas is 100% solid heartwood, prefinished with a 15-20% low gloss finish and sourced under stringent Forest Management standards. Its 1710 Janka hardness rating is much harder than domestic oak, maple and walnut, while the medium color range of orange-reds to carmel-beiges age nicely to magnificently complement today’s style trends at a competitive price. Visit www.elementalhardwoods.com.
Diablo’s Demo Demon Spade Bits
Demo Demon Spade Bits provide one of the most durable, effortless, and longest lasting hole-drilling solutions on the market for nail-embedded wood. The DEMO-Edge dual cutting edges coupled with a self-feeding Dura-Tip power through nail hits for a smooth drilling experience and up to 60X longer life. A curved paddle design enhances the chip-evacuation process for more holes per charge. This product range is Impact Strong for increased shank stability and durability in cordless and corded impact and drill drivers. https://www.diablotools.com/
Schluter-KERDI-LINE Linear Drain Grates in Matte Black
Matte black for hardware, décor, and finishes continues to be on trend, with its bold, modern style. Bathroom design was quick to embrace this timeless look, with matte black faucets and shower heads. Schluter-Systems is expanding its family of matte black products by introducing two new grates that are available for its KERDI-LINE linear drain. The SOLID and SQUARE grates are now available in matte black, in a variety of sizes. Blend right in with a darker tile or create contrast by choosing a lighter tile. These new linear drain grates combine perfectly with the Schluter-SHELF and various Schluter profiles also available in matte black. Visit www.schluter.com.
Peerless Flute Kitchen and Bath Collections
The new Peerless Flute Kitchen and Bath Collections are inspired by the trend of clean minimalist design, featuring smooth curves perfect for a contemporary space. The Flute Kitchen Collection is available in Matte Black, Stainless Steel and Chrome It includes a Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet and Kitchen Soap Dispenser. It has a 3-function pull-down sprayer with POWERinse technology and offers a 1-hole sink application. The Flute Bathroom Collection is available in Matte Black, Brushed Nickel and Chrome, including a Single-Handle Lavatory Faucets and a Two-Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet. The Single-Handle Faucet comes in two spout heights and fits 1- or 3-hole sink applications. Visit Peerlessfaucet.com.
Trex Transcend Lineage
Trex Transcend Lineage is a new composite deck board that features “subtle, elegant graining that delivers an unmatched natural appearance.” Available in two new color options – Rainier, an airy mountain grey, and Biscayne, a light coastal brown – these new offerings are engineered with heat-mitigating technology in the shell to reflect the sun and keep boards cooler than other composite decking offerings of a similar color. Like all Trex decking, Lineage boards are made from recycled and reclaimed content and engineered with a proprietary, high-traffic formulation and ultra-durable integrated shell that resists stains, scratches and mold. They won’t rot, warp, crack or splinter, and upkeep is hassle-free. No sanding, staining or painting is ever needed, and spills wash off easily with just soap and water. Visit Lineage.Trex.com.