Power Tool Accessories
By Matt Weber
Get more from your power tools by using the right accessories. Tools are crucial for the professional craftsman or the serious DIY’er, but what if you could optimize those tools for more versatility, making a good tool even better? With a wide variety of available accessories you can optimize, organize, power, or alter your tool applications. The following are a few highlights the EHT staff thought you might find interesting.
DeWalt Power Solutions
Use your corded tools where there’s no power outlet. DeWalt has added the 1800 Watt Portable Power Station (DCB1800) to the company’s wide range of battery and charging solutions. The new 1800 Watt Portable Power Station allows for AC power in remote locations. Able to run most corded tools, it provides 1800 watts (15 amps) continuous power and 3600 watts peak power. The DCB1800 runs on four DeWalt 20V MAX batteries. (For high-power applications, four 20V MAX 3.0Ah batteries or higher amp-hour are recommended to provide the best results.) Not only can the station power a corded tool remotely, but it also becomes a multi-port parallel charger for up to four batteries when plugged into a wall outlet via extension cord (sold separately). Visit www.dewalt.com
Milescraft Drill90 Attachments
The newly engineered design of the Drive90PLUS has metal head construction and improved gears for enhanced durability and longer life. With a reach of 1-1/2 inches, the Drive90PLUS is an ideal right-angle tool for close quarters. The 1/4-in. magnetic hex socket accepts most standard hex accessories and can be used in conjunction with Milescraft StubbyBits for those really tight spots.
Milescraft’s new 1304 Drill90PLUS is a new heavy-duty version of the original Milescraft Drill90. This design has an ergonomic body design with removable, dual position handle and an enhanced, all-metal drive with bearings providing longer life and durability. It comes with a 3/8-in. keyless chuck and is compatible with most drill accessories including spade bits and hole saws.
For professionals, The heavyweight 1305 Drill90PRO has all metal construction with industrial gears for longer life expectancy and a smoother drilling experience. Featuring an all metal drive with four ball bearings, it’s built tough for heavy duty usage and has a 360-deg. removable, adjustable comfort grip handle that allows for complete control no matter what angle you are drilling. Visit www.milescraft.com
Hitachi EC99S Twin Stack Air Compressor
Power your pneumatic tools with Hitachi Power Tools’ newest addition to the air compressor market, the EC99S. This 4-Gallon twin stack compressor weighs less than 53 lbs. and is easy to transport around any jobsite thanks to its ergonomic handle. The EC99S features a powerful 15-amp direct drive induction motor for efficient and reliable performance compared to universal motor products. The motor also incorporates thermal overload protection that stops the unit in a possible overheating situation. The twin stack delivers a cast iron, oil-lubricated pump for cooler operation during tough applications. It produces 3.1 cfm at 90 psi and 3.05 cfm at 100 psi. The locking regulator and 105 on/135 off pressure switch means no worries about pressure wander or pressure starved tools on the job. The industrial air-pressure gauges are encased in steel for higher durability. Additional features include an easy-to-use ball valve drain cock for quick and easy tank draining, a protected pressure switch, shock-absorbing feet, and a factory-installed universal quick coupler ready for plug-and-go functionality.