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Power Tool Gift Guide

All gifts are special, but nothing puts a bigger smile on your face than that perfect shiny new power tool on Christmas morning. With so many tools out there, it is hard to know which one is just right, which one fits your budget and which one is over-rated. We want to help you eliminate the guest work so we’ve compiled a list of the hottest power tools on the market for this years holiday season.

 

Makita XT252MB

Makita XT252MB 18V LXT Premium Brushless Hammerdrill & Impact Driver Combo Kit w/4.0 Ah Batteries

Our Price: $399.00 - Limited Time Offer: Get a FREE BL1840B 18V 4.0 Ah Battery with the purchase of this kit!

Makita is the innovation leader in brushless motor technology, and the XT252MB Combo Kit gives you two BL™ Brushless Motor solutions that deliver longer run time, increased power and speed, and longer tool life -- as well as the industry-leading 18V Hammer Driver-Drill with a full 1,090 in.lbs. of torque, the most in the category. The combo kit includes a BL™ Brushless Motor Impact Driver and Hammer Driver-Drill with category-leading torque, so it's everything you'll need for drilling, driving and fastening applications. The 18V LXT® 4.0Ah battery provides 35% more run time per charge than the 3.0Ah battery (BL1830), yet it charges in only 40 minutes – the fastest charge-time in the category – for less downtime and increased productivity. For increased convenience, the batteries include an on-board L.E.D. charge level indicator.

 

Festool 564514

Festool 564514 TXS Set 10.8V Drill Set with Right Angle Chuck

Our Price: $285.00

The Festool TXS Compact Cordless Drill is Festool's most ergonomic and comfortable drill in the Lithium Ion family. Featuring the Festool FastFix chuck system, the TXS can be used with a Centrotec chuck, keyless chuck or an optional right angle attachment that allows you to access even the tightest of spaces. Weighing less than two pounds with a frame that fits in the palm of your hands, the TXS is as capable as it's larger counterparts at a fraction of the weight, size and price. Coupled with two batteries capable of charging within 30 minutes, this drill is a must have around the house or in the professional cabinet shop.

 

DeWalt DCK283D2

DeWalt DCK283D2 20V MAX Compact Brushless Drill & Impact Driver Combo Kit

Our Price: $259.00

DeWalt's development of their new 20 Volt MAX lineup of tools shows why they continue to lead the pack in professional cordless tool design. With smart ergonomics, innovative features, and performance that blows away the competition, DeWalt proves that their research and development of new products in the professional tool arena is second to none.

DeWalt DCK283D2 20V MAX Compact Brushless Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit provides two of Dewalts most useful tools together in one combo kit. Included in the kit is the DCD791B 20V MAX* XR Li-Ion Compact Brushless Drill/Driver, which is lightweight and compact for working in tight spaces for long periods of time. High-speed transmission delivers 2 speed variations allowing users to choose the level of performance needed for various applications. Comfort grip adds balance and control. The DeWalt DCF887B Impact Driver is ideal for most fastening applications. This driver features a DeWalt built brushless motor that deliver more run time and capacity over standard units. And what better way to round out this kit then with two 20V MAX XR Lithium Ion Batteries (2.0AH), two belt hooks, and a contractor bag to house it all together.

 

Makita CX200RB

Makita CX200RB 18V LXT Sub-Compact Brushless 2-Piece Combo Kit

Our Price: $249.00

The Makita 18-Volt LXT® Lithium-Ion Sub-Compact Brushless Cordless 2-piece Combo Kit (CX200RB) lets you do more with less, with two ultra-compact cordless solutions for drilling, driving and fastening in a more compact size with significantly less weight. The 18-Volt Sub-Compact Driver-Drill and Impact Driver are a new class of compact, with the size and weight of lower voltage tools but with the performance, power and compatibility of 18-Volt.

The expansive breadth-of-line of the Makita 18-Volt LXT® Series means an 18-Volt battery from any LXT® tool will power the 18-Volt sub-compact driver-drill and impact driver included in the CX200RB. The kit includes an ultra-compact 2-speed brushless driver-drill with two speed settings that weighs only 2.8 lbs., and a variable speed brushless impact driver with two speed settings that weighs only 2.6 lbs. For more efficient fastening, the impact driver features Assist Mode (A-mode) which helps eliminate “screw cam-out” and "cross threading" by driving at low speed until tightening begins.

 

Festool 498568

Festool 498568 SysLite Cordless LED Worklamp/Light

Our Price: $175.00

Festool's new SysLite LED Worklamp provides even, balanced light with a rugged shock-resistant exterior. Containing six high-efficiency LED bulbs, this work light will provide consistent light for up to four hours on a single charge, letting you get your work done in dimly lit areas without eye strain. The SysLite contains a long-lasting internal rechargeable battery. When paired with a Festool cordless lithium-ion battery, the light will last even longer. The SysLite can also be plugged in for uninterrupted lighting. Festool...built for the toughest demands.

 

Milwaukee 2606-21L

Milwaukee 2606-21L M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Compact Drill & LED Worklight Kit

Our Price: $119.00

The most compact drill driver in its class is more powerful than the competition. Built with a Milwaukee® 4-Pole frameless motor, the M18™ Compact 1/2" Drill Driver delivers 500 in-lbs of torque and up to 1,800 RPM. At only 7-1/4" length, this drill driver allows you access to the tightest work spaces. An all-metal gear case and 1/2" metal chuck provide maximum durability, even on the most challenging worksites.

The Milwaukee® M18™ Cordless LED Work Light lasts 600X longer than conventional incandescent bulbs. Powered by the M18™ REDLITHIUM™ battery, it runs up to 4X longer on a single charge. Its 135° rotating head allows you to easily direct the light beam at the desired work area, while its integrated hook enables hands-free use.

With a sealed aluminum head to provide impact and weather resistance, the cordless work light comes with a limited lifetime LED warranty.

 

Veto MC

Veto MC Small Closed Top Tool Bag

Our Price: $99.00

The MC is small, lightweight and perfect for troubleshooting, diagnostics and job specific setups and offers 20 interior and exterior pockets for handling tools, meters, and a compact cordless drill/driver compartment.

The MC allows technicians and contractors the ability to set up multiple job specific bags that can also feed out of our LC, XL or XXL-F size bags. The MC holds plenty of essential tools for different types of work and is convenient enough to carry everywhere and get into tight spaces. Specs: 12.5" H X 10" L X 8"W

 

Bucket Boss 62100

Bucket Boss 62100 Contractor's Briefcase

Our Price: $36.50

Do you need to keep your work papers from flying around on the job site? Bucket Boss has the Contractor’s Briefcase to do exactly what you need. There are pockets for files or magazines on the exterior and interior. Made of poly rip-stop/600D poly material, it includes 15 interior pockets for holding basic hand tools. The front compartment flap opens up to find a sleeve, which can hold an iPad. The main interior compartment can hold a laptop computer. Carrying the Contractor’s Briefcase is made easy with the carrying handles or use the adjustable, removable padded should strap.

 

The History of Burns Power Tools in Fall River and What They Saw There

America was a very different place in 1934 when John J. Burns opened his saw shop in Fall River, Massachusetts. Back then, the storefront was known then as Burns Saw and Machinery Company. It was a time of great uncertainty but Burns knew that the nation would always need builders and those builders would always need a central location to find the sharpest, most powerful tools for their jobs.

Nearby, Boston was booming with building contracts, families spent $11 per week on food and the average price of a house was around $6,000. In the entertainment world, a curly-headed five-year-old named Shirley Temple brightened the gloom with her rendition of "The Good Ship Lollipop." On the news front, the talk around kitchen tables centered on the repeal of Prohibition and the violent ends of gangsters like John Dillinger or Bonnie and Clyde.

Locally, Fall River had grown to be a thriving hub of textile mills but that was on the cusp of changing dramatically. In the bigger picture, the nation was just beginning to emerge from the Great Depression, there was a great deal of concern about immigration around the world and demand in the textile industry was dying out. In some ways, America wasn't all that different after all.

Over the eight decades that followed, Burns Power Tools carefully enlarged their operations and service offerings following a strategy that the business world is just rediscovering now: management consultants call it "customer-centricity." The original name for this concept was simply "loyalty." Being loyal to customers meant that the Burns family kindled an unyielding dedication to service and support. If it broke, Burns fixed it. Burns made advanced pickup and delivery options available for their busy customers from the very beginning. If the customer needed training or advice on how to better use their tools, they called Burns.

The result was no surprise. Burns saw customer loyalty grow along with them in the form of countless long-lasting mutual friendships in the woodworking and contracting community. As large discount tools warehouses opened up everywhere, Burns stayed the course and kept providing lasting value to contractors and woodworkers across industries. They sought new ways to give back to the community, such as operating a flexible wood shop maintenance program especially for high schools across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Highly skilled power tool experts from Burns worked alongside school staff and faculty to maintain the shop equipment and inspire young builders to dream bigger.

They moved to their current location on Mariano S. Bishop Boulevard in 1984 and have no plans to leave Fall River where it all began, no matter how much they grow in the years to come. By their Diamond (75th) Anniversary in 2009, Burns Power Tools proudly brought together four generations of the Burns family in managing the business. J. Marshall Burns, who inherited the business from his father, was still alive then and would appear occasionally to lend a hand behind the counter.

That was also the year that Marshall's son John M. "Spike" Burns was getting ready to retire, leaving the growing company to his brother Jeffrey and the next generation, represented by Zachary Burns. At the time, Spike Burns laid out why he felt so confident about letting go of the reins, despite all of the turbulence in the construction industry that year. He said, "The company is in excellent shape and Zach has everything under control. With that strong leadership, we will continue to gain in the marketplace."

When Zachary Burns took over as President of the firm, he brought Burns Power Tools online and introduced 21st-century technology to the traditional business. He also applied his experience with tighter targeting of investments and integrated financial controls. This innovative expansion strategy that carried them into the world of digital technology brought with it an expansion of their service area as well. The company evolved from a local in the New England region to a national provider of industrial-grade tools and services.

Tying together the company's past and future, Zachary Burns explained, "My great-grandfather, J.J. Burns, founded this company on his expertise in blade sharpening. He taught my grandfather the trade and created the SuperSharp™ premium blade service that continues to lead the industry today. With the addition of a robust retail machinery division, we knew it was time to magnify our presence and bring Burns' services to a larger market."

Now, more than 80 years after opening their doors of their small town saw shop, Burns Power Tools has become one of the World's Best Tool Stores according to Tools of the Trade magazine. One of the ways that Burns has adapted to the new world is expanding their training by putting videos on their YouTube channel and Facebook page. Now woodworkers all over the planet, both professional and amateur, can get the inside story on working with the most advanced tools on the market today. Burns Power Tools is bringing its specialization in industrial power tools, full-service sharpening and tool training to a new generation of power users in every corner of the country.

 

DeWalt's #WORLDSFIRST Announcement Draws Thousands of Live Viewers

DeWalt FlexVolt Cordless

DeWalt had built up a lot of excitement leading up to their live online announcement, and didn't disappoint! They announced a major development in cordless technology - the innovative DEWALT FLEXVOLT system. DeWalt's Flex Volt system is a major step toward a cordless jobsite, allowing the user to go cordless with their professional power tools and outdoor power equipment. It all starts with lithium ion battery that hold 15 cells, making it a 60 Volt battery...POWER! This battery will revolutionize the table saw, making it possible to 'cut the cord' and go cordless!  The DCS7485T1 cordless table saw has the ability to cut 300 linear feet of 3/4" OSB on one battery pack!

Some other major bullet-points:

  • Cut triple stack 3/4" OSB with the DCS575T2 7-1/4" cordless saw.
  • 3X the power of an 18V battery.
  • 60 volt max cordless grinder, the DCG414T2, will produce 1700 watts of power. Will include both a 4-1/2 and a 6" guard.
  • Using the Flex Volt Cordless Grinder, cut 125 pieces of 1/2" rebar on a single battery pack.
  • Add a 2nd Flex Volt Battery to a 12" Sliding Miter Saw (DHS790T2) for a 120 Volt Cordless Sliding Miter Saw! Enough run-time to cut 250 2X4's.
  • The 60 Volt Flex Volt pack battery (DCB606)  will run 20V MAX tools by automatically decreasing its power.
 

Introducing Jet's New 22" Scroll Saw

Jet 727200K JWSS-22 Scroll Saw

Jet has just announced the launch of a new 22" scroll saw. Jet obviously went to work on this one, and many of the features compare favorably to the General Excalibur Scroll Saw and DeWalt Scroll Saw. The Jet Scroll Saw combines best-in-class features with innovation and thoughtful design to create the saw that will get your creative scrolling juices flowing. The best part about this saw is the blade change process. Jet developed upper mechanism clamps that tension the blade in one step. In addition to the upper mechanism, the toolless lower blade holder is removable and the table features a slot for the blade. The features don't stop there: this saw offers twenty-two inches of throat capacity and an arm that tilts forty degrees left and forty five degrees right. This saw is designed to optimize your scrolling experience. From the variable speed range to a top lift, spring loaded arm it comes fully loaded with all the features you’d expect.

 

What's Up With the Festool Price Hike?

It's That Time of Year Again, Unfortunately

The Festool Annual Price Increase is About to Hit

Festools

Festool may be a bit more expensive than your "everyday" hardware brand, but that doesn't mean they're gouging. Festool brings the absolute highest quality in both build and design, creating products which can last for years (or even decades) in a home or professional environment while helping you work faster, easier, and smarter.  They're actually sold at a relatively low markup, specifically so that more people can purchase these amazing tools.

But this means that, as long as currency inflation is a global problem, they have to periodically hike their rates to keep up with inflation.  This year, it's happening on April 1, 2016.

The good news for Festool fans is that the price increase is quite small for most of their products, generally only around 1% - 5%.  The majority of their equipment is only going to be a few dollars more expensive, and even the most costly pieces of hardware are only going up by about $50.  It's a very moderate increase, given the superb quality of Festool products.  

None the less, a dollar saved is a dollar earned, and that price increase could matter if you're planning a significant investment into Festool equipment.

So, if you act now, you can still get in your order ahead of the increase.  But after April 1, we won't be able to guarantee the old prices.  They'll go up shortly afterwards as we clear out the last items currently in stock.  If you plan to buy, NOW is definitely the best time.

For more details on the price increase or to inquire about specific items, just contact us.

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