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.”
Retro appliances, jobsite-ready fleece, a magnetic chalkboard door, and two other products that caught our eye this week.
Elmira Stove Works has added a French door refrigerator to its lineup of retro-style appliances. The refrigerator features frost-free operation, an interior filtered water dispenser and icemaker, glide-out freezer baskets and pantry drawer, and electronic controls. The Energy Star-rated units come in a 24.8-cubic-foot full-depth model or a 19.8-cubic-foot cabinet-depth model. Nine standard or custom colors are available.
Blaklader makes fleece tough enough for the jobsite. The company’s new Two Fisted Fleece jacket combines a 100% polyester shell with a wind- and water-resistant membrane and a breathable mesh lining, along with durable Cordura reinforcements at the shoulders, arms, and sides. Features include a zipped breast pocket and side front pockets, a telephone pocket, a key loop, a full-length zip-up collar, a rear document pocket, and a drawstring waist.
Ideal for the kitchen, office, or kid’s room, the Impression Magnetic Chalkboard door from Jeld-Wen features a large utility surface made with steel and pre-finished with chalk-ready paint. The opposite side of the door can be specified in any of the company’s 16 interior molded facings to match the other doors in the home.
Sigma’s Series 1900 bath faucet features a transitional design combining curves along the spout and handles with sculpted angles and smoothly polished flat surfaces. The solid brass unit includes a ceramic disc cartridge. More than 30 finishes are available, including polished nickel, shown here.
The Combi Steam/Convect oven from Viking Range offers four ovens in one: steam, to gently cook vegetables, fish, and seafood; steam convection to roast or broil foods while removing excess fats; convection that browns, bakes, broils, and crisps; and microwave, for fast and convenient cooking. The oven includes an interactive LCD with 43 automatic cooking settings, descaling functionality, and built-in cookbook with healthy recipes and cooking tips.
Winter work gear, reclaimed spruce, deck screws, and two other products that caught our eye.
Vessel sinks, 101 top products, colored solar panels, open-room acoustics, and other product news from the past week.
• 10 unique and beautiful vessel sinks, from basic brushed nickel to pricey solid bronze.
As America homeowners clamor to blur the line between interior and exterior spaces, window and door manufacturers have obliged with expansive multi-panel doors that slide or accordion out of the way to reveal wide, unobstructed views. Glass wall pioneer Nana Wall has been joined in recent years by a number of other manufacturers.
Kolbe currently offers two door models—Folding Doors and the TerraSpan Lift and Slide, which accommodates up to 10 panels. Now the company is expanding with Ultra Series Folding Windows, offered with up to eight panels on each side for a span of more than 50 feet. Read the rest of this entry »
A heated work jacket, Native American-inspired tiles, smoke-control sealant, and two other products that caught our eye this week.
The M12 High Visibility Heated Jacket features sewn-in carbon fiber heating zones on the chest and upper back to warm the body and stimulate blood flow. Read the rest of this entry »
The world’s tallest wood building, domestically grown bamboo, finds from PCBC, and other product news from around the web last week.
5 new products, including a curvaceous tub, a hassle-saving fastener, and long-lasting porch flooring.
Touchscreen-compatible work gloves, handmade tiles, a digital torpedo level, and two other products that caught our eye this week.
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.
From across the room at the grand opening of the Urbanata sustainable products showroom in South Seattle, the wall of Agrestal tiles looked like oxidized, riveted metal, accented with wood along the base. As I drew closer, the aesthetics remained quite convincing.