Panasonic’s Power Tool division is increasing the flexibility of its cordless tools with Dual Voltage Technology, an industry-first offering that allows users to switch between 18- and 14.4.-volt lithium-ion batteries on the same tool.
“Panasonic developed a circuit that allows you to get similar performance no matter which battery you use,” says industrial sales manager John Olson. “It makes them more versatile and makes them last longer … and it’s more convenient for the end user.”
Tool users can change batteries to achieve the desired voltage for a variety of tasks—18 volt for jobs requiring a longer runtime between charges and more power or 14.4 volt for jobs requiring less runtime or lighter weight. For example, when working overhead for long periods of time, contractors can switch to a 14.4-volt battery—rather than a whole new tool—to help reduce fatigue.
Designed from the ground up, the Dual Voltage tools can be purchased in kits or as tools only. Available models include a ½-inch drill/driver kit, a ¼-inch hex Quick Connect cordless impact driver kit, a cordless ½-inch square drive impact wrench, and a recip saw.
Part of Panasonic’s Tough IP line, the tools carry an IP56 rating, which means they have withstood demanding tests in extremely dusty environments and the effects of water spray by powerful jets. The result is super-durable tools that can stand up to the rigors of the jobsite.
Several features also help the company’s lithium-ion batteries last longer: a battery overheat sensor to protect against excess internal heat buildup and Solid Solution Technology, which consists of dissolved and hardened components and a heat-resistant coating that separate cells to prevent heat buildup.
Notes Olson: “Our goal is to build the most durable, longest running, longest lasting tools on the market.”
Imagine demolishing an old foundation, a concrete stoop, or even backyard bedrock and boulders without the noise and dust of jackhammering and without explosives. EcoBust, a new product from Canada, makes it possible.
EcoBust is a non-toxic powdered compound that, when mixed with water, expands to four times its original size, thereby exerting extreme pressure on rock or concrete and causing it to break.
It can be used for small and large projects following three steps: drill holes in the rock or concrete, mix the compound, and pour into the holes. Cover the holes with a tarp and, within about 24 hours, the material will fracture and split into manageable chunks for removal and disposal.
Along with eliminating the physical stress and dust of jack-hammer demolition, or the permits and special skills required for explosives, EcoBust is ideal for situations where access is difficult or noise is restricted.
For more information, check out this video and visit www.ecobust.ca.
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