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Tools make our lives easier, but in the vast majority of cases, the motor is turning to work an accessory. The tip of the spear – or blade – is where the work actually happens. And like we’ve all seen before, a poor accessory can leave a sub par result no matter how great a tool it’s on. Having the best accessories are a must for any Pro. This group pushes the envelope when it comes to speed, life, or just simply doing what others in its class can’t. Here are the 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards Accessories division winners.

Winner – Band Saw Blades

Lenox Armor VP Coated Carbide Band Saw Blade

What they said: 2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards Accessories Band Saw Blades LENOX Armor VP

The new LENOX ARMOR VP is a coated, carbide tipped band saw blade that is designed for extreme cutting rates in a wide range of materials. The blade features an ARMOR-like AlTiN coating that protects the teeth from heat build-up to enable faster cutting and increased productivity. When compared to non-coated carbide blades, ARMOR VP’s coating increases surface hardness and overall toughness to slow tooth wear and drastically extend blade life. In addition to the state of the art coating, ARMOR VP features an advanced tooth design to easily cut through a range of carbon steels, alloys, tool steels, stainless, and even titanium alloys. The proprietary grade of carbide teeth is precisely ground into a multi-chip design for the optimal combination of blade life, versatility, and superior finish at high cutting speeds. ARMOR VP will launch late in 2017 and will complement ARMOR CT BLACK, another AlTiN coated carbide band saw blade from LENOX that is well known for extreme cutting. The two blades will help any metal cutting organization significantly boost cutting rates, helping to increase production, alleviate bottlenecks that slow output, and fill customer orders on time.

What we say: 

Carbide changes the game on saw blades to make them last much longer than bi-metal designs. But what happens when you combine long-lasting carbide teeth with an aluminum/titanium coating for a band saw blade?

You get the Lenox VP Coated Carbide Band Saw Blade that slows tooth wear even more and extends the life of the blade even more. When you’re looking at production level band saws, how often you have to replace the blade is a significant concern, so innovation like this makes you more productive and profitable.

Price: Varies

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Winner – Circular Saw Blades

Diablo 7-1/4″ X 24 Tooth Demo Demon Ultimate Framing/Demolition Saw Blade

Diablo DO724DWhat they said: 

Next Generation Demo Demon Amped, the Ultimate Framing and Demolition saw blade for up to 10 times cutting performance in intense applications. This 7-1/4” 24-Tooth blade includes a new industry-first tooth grind sequence, Tracking Point Amped that is specifically designed to provide extreme durability and effortless cuts; even when cutting abrasive materials such as shingles, bolts or nail-embedded wood. So whether you’re removing exterior siding or subfloors, cutting into a roof, or framing new construction, you can depend on the new Demo Demon Amped blade to provide the ultimate cutting performance.

What we say: 

When it’s time for serious demo work with a circular saw, you need Diablo’s Demo Demon with Tracking Point Amped. It takes the standard ATB (alternate tooth bevel) from just left/right grinds and adds a middle Tracking Point that stabilizes the cut and improves efficiency. With so many cordless saws on the jobsite, that’s a big deal in keeping you productive. Diablo’s in-house blend of carbide ensures that you can cut through just about anything you’ll find in that demo cocktail.

Price: $14.97

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Winner – Metal/Chop Saw Blades

Diablo 14″ X 90 Tooth Steel Demon Thin Metal Cutting Saw Blade

Diablo D1490CFWhat they said: 

The new 14″ 90 Tooth Steel Demon Cermet blade cuts both thin metal and stainless steel while providing 5x the cutting performance versus standard metal cutting blades. By delivering the ultimate metal cutting performance and unmatched value story, this blade will be a game changer for metal cutting! This blade is specially formulated with Cermet teeth with a Triple Chip Grind Tooth Design, Laser cut blade bodies, Anti-vibration technology, and Perma-Shield Non-Stick Coating to deliver precise cuts with no sparks and cool, burr-free edges.

Ideal For: Studs & Tubing (Wall thickness 1/16″ (16 gauge) min 1/4″ max); Plates & Bars (Thickness 1/8″ (11 gauge) min 1/2″ max); RODS (Diameter 1/4″ min 1-1/2″ max)-Studs/Channels, Angle Iron, Plates/Bars, Pipes/Tubes, EMT Conduit, Threaded Rod

Tool Use: Low RPM Metal Saw

What we say: 

High-speed abrasive chop saws get the job done, but a cold cut saw provides a much better experience. In order to get that “cuts like a hot knife through butter” feeling in metal applications, you turn to Diablo. Carbide is great in these applications, but the metal-on-metal cutting takes its toll. Diablo steps up their game with Cermet teeth – a combination of CERamic and METal carbide that extends blade life up to 5 times longer than standard carbide tooth blades without sacrificing the cutting performance you expect on cold cut saws.

Price: $145

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Finalist

 


Winner – Multi-Tool Blades

Labor Saving Systems Qbit Square Saw

Labor Saving Systems Qbit Square SawWhat they said: 

The Qbit square saw is a revolutionary new product that cuts a hole perfect for retrofit boxes in a matter of seconds. It attaches to nearly all major brand multi tools and uses its patented osciflex technology to cut the clean rectangular hole. There is nothing else like this product on the market currently. Before the release of this product contractors and installers were still cutting these holes with the handsaw and after measuring and cutting this can take close to a minute per hole. With the Qbit the blade is already measured to be the exact size for the retrofit boxes and can cut the whole in around 5 seconds. Saving them time and the possibility of ruining the sheet rock. The blade also produces minimal dust and keeps it in all the same area instead of getting it everywhere like when using the hand saw. The Qbit comes in both a single gang and double gang option.

What we say: 

Try cutting a rectangle in one clean motion. What tool and blade combination will you reach for? Until now, there just wasn’t an option. The oscillating multi-tool has the kind of motion, at least in theory. Labor Saving Systems bring the theory to reality with their Qbit Square Saw. It’s specifically designed to tackle several sizes of gang box, making life easier on electricians working on existing structures.

Price: $49.99

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Winner – Metal Reciprocating Saw Blades

DeWalt Breakaway Reciprocating Saw Blades (DWABK491418)

DeWalt Breakaway Reciprocating Saw Blades (DWABK491418)What they said: 

With the innovative 2 blades in 1 design, users are able to break the used section of the blade, and then reinsert the unused blade section back into the saw. The BREAKAWAY feature allows for maximum blade use, without compromising performance. BREAKAWAY Reciprocating Saw Blades come in two lengths, 6” (DWABK461418) and 9” (DWABK491418). The 6” blades break into 4” blades and are ideal for cutting materials up to 1” in diameter. The 9” blades break into 6” blades and are ideal for cutting materials up to 2” in diameter. At .042” thickness, DEWALT BREAKAWAY Reciprocating Saw Blades have been designed with a thick kerf for durability. The blades are engineered with a 14/18 TPI (teeth per inch) variable tooth pattern for optimized cuts in a variety of metal cutting applications.

What we say: 

When we first saw DeWalt Breakaway Blades, we couldn’t help but wonder if they would break apart accidentally during use. But sure enough, DeWalt found a way to give you the breakaway design without being too tough to break or too brittle to stay together. For users that don’t have an adjustable shoe on their reciprocating saw, this gives you options to quit throwing away partially good blades. Even saws with an adjustable shoe will be able to get more from the blades. than before.

Price: $16.99

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Winner – Wood Reciprocating Saw Blades

Diablo Demo Demon Carbide General Purpose Recip Blades

Diablo Demo Demon Carbide General Purpose Recip BladesWhat they said: 

Diablo’s new Demo Demon carbide general purpose reciprocating blades are the first on the market specifically designed for both wood and metal. These blades include exclusive features that deliver unmatched 50 times longer life in both wood and metal cutting applications. With an oversized blade body, Variable tooth design, and Perma-Shield non-stick coating, this blade is ideal for cutting nail-embedded wood and demolition thick metal applications with a 3/32 in.-1/4 in. thickness

What we say: 

We all know carbide changes the game when it comes to cutting accessories, but tossing a wood blade design out there and calling it good for both wood and metal demo? That’s the kind of thinking that gets our attention. Aside from getting up to 50 times more cutting life than standard bi-metal blades, not having to change blades to get the job done in a variety of demo applications is the kind of innovation that allows Pros to spend more time cutting and less time changing blades.

Price: $$8.97-$15.97

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Finalist

 


Winner – Metal Drill Bits

Bosch Daredevil MultiPurpose Drill Bits

Bosch Daredevil Multipurpose BitsWhat they said: 

Bosch Daredevil Multipurpose Drill Bits feature a multi-grind carbide head and hex shank for maximum drilling versatility in a variety of materials. An upgraded drill bit head delivers up to 85% faster drilling in metal versus standard bits.

Bosch Daredevil multipurpose bits get the job done in a variety of materials, including masonry, brick, block, tile, metal, wood and plastic. Thanks to a carbide multi-grind head (tip is ground on four surfaces) that delivers faster drilling in metal versus competitive multi-material bits, these bits are ready for any drilling task in almost any material. They could be the only bits you’ll ever need.

 

What we say: 

If you’re like most Pros, you don’t use the same drill bits in wood, metal, and concrete. Bits for tougher applications are more expensive, so we save them for only those times that we really need them. Bosch challenges that concept with their new MultiPurpose Drill Bits that cover all those common materials. Taking things a step further, they also put a 1/4″ hex shank on them so you can get to work whether it’s a drill or the impact driver currently on your belt.

Price: $19.97

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Winner – Wood Drill Bits

Milwaukee 13/16″ x 18″ SHOCKWAVE Lineman’s Impact Auger Bit

Milwaukee SHOCKWAVE Lineman's Impact Auger BitWhat they said: 

Linemen need to drill holes into utility poles to fasten lines and hardware to existing poles, or to frame new poles for change-outs and the constructions of new lines. While completing these applications, they could be on the ground, up in a utility bucket or even climbing on the pole. Due to the variety of environments and orientations in which they drill, it is key that they are able to drill clean, fast holes in order to easily slip the hardware into the hole with little effort.

The new SHOCKWAVE Lineman’s Impact Auger Bits are engineered to deliver Cleaner, Faster Holes in wooden utility poles. A traditional ship auger is designed to cut through dimensional lumber and be robust enough to survive nail impacts. This type of design leads to slow, rough cuts in dense, treated utility poles, creating a lot of user frustration. We have designed the new Shockwave Lineman’s Impact Auger Bits with key features to optimize them for swift, easy drilling in dense utility poles.

• Single Spur Design-the single spur scores the edge of the hole creating a cleaner finish allowing bolts to be able to slide through without resistance
• Reinforced Anti-Friction PTFE Coating-makes for overall smoother drilling and easier removal of the bit
• Optimized Wide Flute Geometry-our optimized wide flute geometry allows for faster chip ejection, clearing the hole and reducing clogs leading to overall faster drilling speeds
• Aggressive Feed Screw & Cutting Edge-the aggressive feed screw pulls the bit through the material faster while the cutting edge cuts away the material and quickly ejects it through the flutes

What we say: 

Milwaukee tackles several key areas in making their Shockwave Lineman’s Impact Auger Bit a better fit for the utility sector than standard auger bits. There’s a single spur on the cutting edge that scores the wood, leaving a cleaner finish. A PTFE coating makes the drilling smoother in treated wood while the wide flute geometry allows chips to eject more efficiently. You’ll notice that the feed screw and cutting edge are more aggressive to bore quickly to keep your crew more productive. The result is an auger bit that lineman will reach for before ones with just dimensional lumber at the heart of the design.

Price: $36.99

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Winner – Impact‐Rated Driver Bits

DeWalt Max Impact Screw Driving Bits DWAMI34

What they said: 

DEWALT MAX IMPACT screw driving bits are engineered to last longer than standard bits. The Dual Torsion Zone transfers optimal torque for Impact Driver use, while the Optimized tip geometry provides maximum fit, helping to reduce wear, stripping and cam-out. 2.5 in. bits and longer are compatible with the 10X Magnetic Bit Sleeve, providing users with precise placement and screw retention. Insert (1 in. bits) achieve optimized fastener magnetism with the DEWALT MAX IMPACT Bit Tip Holder. Longer life versus standard screw driving bit in hard joint application. Designed for use in an impact driver. 3/8 in. drive size with 1/4 in. to 3/8 in. adapter included dual torsion zone transfers optimal torque for impact driver use. Optimized tip geometry provides maximum fit, helping to reduce wear, cam-out and stripping of fasteners. MAX IMPACT screw driving bits compatible with 10X magnetic sleeve for secure screw retention. Includes 34 pieces.

What we say: 

Most of the major brands have impact-rated bits now and the race is about smaller changes to heat treatment, tip machining, and torsion zone optimization. But then DeWalt comes out and decides to see if two torsion zones are better than one. From what they’re telling us, it makes a difference – enough of one to bring a new line of DeWalt Max Impact from theory and engineering samples to the mainstream market.

Price: $19.99

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Finalist


Winner – Driver Bit Holders/Extenders

Milwaukee SHOCKWAVE 12″ Impact Locking Bit

Milwaukee SHOCKWAVE Impact Locking Bit HolderWhat they said: 

When searching for a way to hold a bit securely in place during fastening applications, many users turn to a c-ring bit holder with an internal clip that holds the bit. Unfortunately, c-ring designs don’t create as secure a lock as needed in certain applications. For years manufacturers have tried to solve that problem through an array of locking bit holder designs, but each came with trade-offs. Some sacrificed size for more magnetism, while others have created compact designs with a good amount of magnetic transfer but with less durability.

The new SHOCKWAVE Locking Bit Holders are the most durable and strongest locking bit holders-without the trade-offs.
Each Bit Holder’s auto locking design allows it to fit all inserts and ¼” hex bits. These new Bit Holders feature 2 magnets to maximize magnetic transfer and holding power to the fastener versus the typical single magnet most locking bit holders on the market are designed with. Their smaller profile and a Quick Release Collar also provide for easy one-handed bit changes. And just like all SHOCKWAVE impact duty accessories, each feature an optimized Shockzone geometry to provide up to 30x longer life and absorb 3x more torque to prevent from breakage.

What we say: 

There’s nothing like driving a screw in an awkwardly tight location only to pull the extension out and realize you left the bit behind. Milwaukee’s Shockwave Locking Bit Holders deal with the frustration using a combination of stronger magnetic hold and a 1/4″ quick release collar. Since fastening duties fall to the responsibility of impact driver most of the time, Milwaukee made this part of their Shockwave line, taking advantage of a shock absorbing Shockzone. It’s time to stop wasting money on lost bits.

Price: $13.97

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Winner – Concrete/Masonry Bits

Milwaukee Self-Sharpening Chisels

Milwaukee Self-Sharpening ChiselsWhat they said: 

The new Self-Sharpening Chisels feature an optimized tip that provides up to 2X longer life than standard chisels and up to 30% longer life than other self-sharpening chisels on the market. The self-sharpening tip geometry maintains the head shape over the life of the bit, helping them to sharpen evenly and eliminating the downtime associated with re-sharpening. This increased sharpness throughout the life of the chisel breaks up concrete more efficiently for extreme productivity.

What we say: 

If only all our accessories were self-sharpening! The benefit here is pretty obvious. You don’t want to throw away a perfectly good chisel that just needs to be sharpened, but you don’t want to stop and sharpen it, either. Thanks to Milwaukee, you just keep on working and let the chisel take care of itself. This isn’t the only self-sharpening model available, but Milwaukee has engineered it to last up to 30% longer than the other guys.

Price: $14.97

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Winner – Router Bits

Freud Three Piece Fine Detail CNC Router Bit Set

Freud 3-piece router bit set 87-408What they said: 

The new 87-308 Three Piece Fine Detail CNC Set, 1/4″ Shank is ideal for intricate 2D & 3D carving, relief carving, rough carving and finish work on fine detail projects in wood, wood composites, plastics (hard & soft), and aluminum. The set includes 1/16″ Tapered Ball Tip Solid Carbide Bit (Item #72-400), 1/32″ Tapered Ball Tip Solid Carbide Bit (Item #72-300), and 1-1/8″ Up Cut Spiral Ball Nose Solid Carbide Bit (Item #72-202). Use 1/8″ or 1/16″ bits for roughing the carving and the 1/32″ bit for finish. This set delivers 21% savings versus purchasing the bits individually

The new 87-408 Three Piece Lettering/Signmaking CNC Set, 1/4″ Shank is ideal for 2D & 3D carving, pocketing, dish carving, and lettering, in wood, wood composites, plastics, and aluminum. This set includes 3/16″ Radius Round Nose Router Bit (Item #18-106), 1/8″ Radius Dish Carving Router Bit (Item #19-102), and Engraving V-Groove Router Bit (Item #70-103). This set delivers 26% savings versus purchasing the bits individually.

What we say: 

Freud is the other side of Diablo’s business, focusing more on fine finish work, and the same kind of quality and technology advancements you find in Diablo blades are also with Freud. Freud goes with a design specifically suited to CNC routing and combines it with their in-house carbide blend to give you bits that last longer and offer the kind of finish Pros demand. And like you’d expect, you save when you buy multi-bit packs over single bits.

Price: $54.97 -$99.97

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Winner – Grinder Cutting Wheel

Lenox MetalMax Diamond Abrasive Wheel

What they said:  2017 Pro Tool Innovation Awards - MetalMax Diamond Cut-Off Wheel - Accessories - Cut-Off Wheels

METALMAX is a new, metal cutting alternative to thin, bonded abrasives that offers significantly longer life and increased durability. METALMAX eliminates the well-known frustrations associated with thin cutoff wheels. Made with diamonds bonded to the wheel’s steel body, METALMAX easily endures the high cutting speeds and temperatures associated with metal cutting. The solid steel body reduces the risk of breakage and its diamond cutting edge does not wear away, allowing it to hold its original wheel diameter until the very last cut. METALMAX diamond abrasives deliver 1,000 or more cuts with no need for wheel changes, providing 30 times longer life than thinner abrasive cut-off wheels. Since the wheel does not wear out, the tradesman enjoys longer life, a lower cost per cut, and experiences less downtime by eliminating frequent wheel changes. There is also a substantial reduction in odor, sparks, airborne particles, and dust residue in the workspace. LENOX METALMAXTM is extremely versatile, working in a number of metal cutting applications. Using the same power tools as bonded abrasives, the new diamond wheel has the ability to cut steel, sheet metal, stainless, cast iron, rebar, aluminum and non-ferrous metals.

What we say: 

How much time do you think it takes to swap out 30 abrasive cut-off discs? What if you could cut the same amount of material with just one and pay less for it than you would 30 discs? That’s what Lenox offers with their MetalMax Diamond Abrasive Wheels. Rather than wearing down until it’s unusable, diamond chips allow you to cut without losing disc diameter and make 1000 or more cuts before it’s time for a replacement. Save money and increase productivity? That’s meaningful innovation.

Price: $20 – $159

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Finalist


Winner – Grinder Flap Discs

Diablo 4-1/2″ Steel Demon Grinding and Polishing Flap Disc

Diablo Hub Flap DiscWhat they said: 

Diablo’s 4-1/2 in. Steel Demon Grinding and Polishing Flap Disc with new speed hub design, grinds and polishes simultaneously to deliver 10X faster material removal in both metal and stainless steel surfaces. Featuring a new Speed HUB design, this flap disc can be changed quickly, without the use of tools. A conical shape and Zirconium grain composition combine for 10X faster material removal, leaving behind a shiny surface that gives your work piece a revitalized appearance and/or operational resurgence.

  • New speed hub design for quick, tool free disc changes
  • Unique flap disc design delivers 10X faster material removal over a standard grinding wheel
  • Combines 2 steps into one by simultaneously grinding and polishing. Eliminating the need for a Fiber Disc, reducing time and spending

What we say: 

There’s a reason Diablo is a leader in cutting and grinding accessories. While some people look at the flap disc and try to figure out some way to make it better, Diablo finds three.  With the Steel Demon Grinding and Polishing Flap Disc, the really big deal is that it grinds and polishes in just one step and eliminates the need for a second accessory. You also get faster material removal and tool-free disc changes. So what are you waiting for? Give your current flap discs to your apprentice and start saving time and money.

Price: $14.97-$29.97

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Winner – Wood Hole Saws

Milwaukee Big Hawg Hole Saws

What they said: 

The first and only hole saw on the market that provides extreme life and durability in both nail-embedded wood and abrasive material applications. The large carbide teeth outlast and outperform other competitive solutions giving end users 50X life and the ability to cut through 1000 more nails. With the addition of a uniquely engineered Carbide-Tipped Multi-Material pilot bit and optimized slot design, the new BIG HAWG with Carbide Teeth is designed for easy plug removal and 5X faster cuts, allowing users to get more holes done. Big Hawg with Carbide Teeth’s extreme life and durability paired with the increased material versatility makes this the best solution on the market.

What we say: 

When we first saw Milwaukee’s new Big Hawg Hole Saws, they looked like most any other carbide-tipped hole saw made for wood cutting. Closer examination reveals much larger carbide teeth that stand up to not only nails but also roofing and masonry. Even the pilot bit is optimized for drilling through multiple materials. The design may look like a wood hole saw, but the Big Hawg makes holes where other can’t.

Price: $29.97

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Winner – Metal Hole Saws

LENOX Bi-Metal Speed Slot Hole Saw With T3 Technology

LENOX Bi-Metal Speed Slot Hole Saw With T3 TechnologyWhat they said: 

The LENOX Hole Saw is designed to give you 50% Longer Life and 2X the Durability of the previous generation hole saw in metal cutting applications. To deliver this improved life the next generation SPEED SLOT Hole Saw employs an innovative patent pending tooth design for improved cutting performance. This design incorporates larger, sharper teeth that can penetrate the toughest metals such as black pipe and stainless steel with ease. Black pipe, in particular, is where failures of a bi-metal hole saw often occur. These types of cuts are known as “interrupted’ cuts as the teeth are moving in and out of the material putting extra strain on the teeth each time they move in and out of the pipe. In addition to the improved toothforms, the Next Generation SPEED SLOT Hole Saw with T3 Technology utilizes a 10% thicker wall to increase the overall strength and durability in these demanding applications. Additionally, knowing that versatility is key for any hole saw LENOX did not forget about wood cutting applications where the teeth have also been optimized to cut more efficiently, removing more wood with each rotation to cut both longer and faster, whether you’re cutting soft wood, plywood, or engineered lumber like OSB.

What we say: 

When was the last time you heard a manufacturer talk about their hole saw’s ability to cut through black pipe? I bet it was in reference to a higher-priced carbide hole saw. Lenox believes that bi-metal still has a place in the industry and considering how tooth design can keep these lower-priced designs relevant. In addition to effective metal cutting, this design also tackles wood better than other bi-metal hole saws. For users that aren’t ready to make the move to carbide, Lenox Bi-Metal Speed Slot Hole Saws with T3 Technology are a silver lining.

Price: $12.08 – $86.64

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Winner – Sanding

Diablo 5″ 80 Grit Sandnet Discs With Connection Pad

Diablo DND050080H10IWhat they said: 

Diablo’s new SandNet discs are the most advanced sanding technology on the market with 10x longer life versus standard sanding discs. Each SandNet disc features a clog-reducing net design coated in premium aluminum oxide grit for fast material removal while reducing material build-up. The SandNet design is easy to clean and reuse multiple times by simply shaking, vacuuming, or rinsing the disc to remove any build up. The 10 pack of SandNet discs includes a free connection pad (a $5 value) for easy attachment to the tool. Ideal for sanding wood, metal, plastic and solid surfaces.

What we say: 

We use typical sanding pads until they wear down enough to be ineffective, rip it off the sander, and put a new one on. Diablo’s SandNet discs take a different approach with a more mesh-like design that attaches to a connection pad. This makes the pad reusable several times over by just shaking, vacuuming, or rinsing the disc off before getting back to work. Since you’re getting as much as 10 times the life out of each disc, you end up spending less on consumables over the long haul.

Price: $14.97

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Winner – Onboard Dust Extractors

DeWalt Dust Extraction Filter Assembly DWH302DH

What they said: 

The DWH302DH, Dust Extraction Filter Assembly is an efficient filter cleaning dust box. The DWH302DH features a HEPA Filter and Filter Cleaning Mechanism. These features help it achieve OSHA Table 1 Compliance, when fitted to the DWH303DH, D25303DH and the new DWH304DH. The DWH302DH is a 100% retrofit for the current D25303DH.

What we say: 

Onboard dust collection isn’t a brand new concept, but it’s a pretty recent development. OSHA threw a wrench into this group of accessories with their Table 1 compliance regulations. The big deal between this and other options out there is that DeWalt’s DWH302DH has a filter cleaning mechanism – meaning it’s Table 1 ready.

Price: $99.00

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Winner – Construction Adhesives

DAP DynaGrip Heavy Duty Max

DAP DynaGrip Heavy Duty MaxWhat they said: 

DYNAGRIP HEAVY DUTY MAX is a premium hybrid adhesive that delivers 5X faster bond strength than competitive polyurethane-based heavy duty adhesives for heavier applications where bond strength and speed are critical. This easy-to-gun, moisture-curing adhesive can be applied in a wide range of temperatures for heavier interior or exterior jobs. Offering exceptional adhesion to porous & non-porous building materials, DynaGrip Heavy Duty MAX is a versatile high-performance adhesive ideal for application on wet surfaces, PVC, glass, marble, and metal.

UP TO 5X FASTER BOND STRENGTH—greatly reduces clamping and bracing required to complete heavier jobs, faster
EXCEPTIONAL ADHESION TO ALL MATERIALS
EASY TO GUN—prevents dripping and damage to finished surfaces

What we say: 

When DAP launched the DynaGrip line earlier this year, we knew they made some serious improvements on the adhesive side of the industry. Their Heavy Duty Max is a hybrid adhesive blend that offers much faster bonding rates than other adhesives in this strength class. In an industry where time is money, you don’t have time to wait around for an adhesive to cure before you can move on to the next step. DynaGrip Heavy Duty Max keeps you more productive and therefore, more profitable.

Price: $2.98- $6.99

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Winner – Caulk/Sealants

DAP ALEX Flex Spackling

Dap ALEX Plus and ALEX Flex SpacklingWhat they said: 

Alex Flex Premium Flexible Spackling is the first ever flexible & sandable repair product that is a perfect solution for eliminating reoccurring cracks in drywall. While other competitive flexible products are difficult to apply and not sandable leaving an unsightly repair and using traditional spackling compounds won’t provide a long-term solution for reoccurring cracks, Alex Flex is easy to use and sandable allowing you to achieve those professional results you’re looking for. Not only that but it’s shrink and crack resistant with maximum flexibility that allows for typical movement of your home.

• Formulated with maximum flexibility in mind to move with the repaired surface as problem areas expand and contract with changes in weather and humidity.

• Combines a flexible solution with the ability to be sanded to a smooth finish and painted for a seamless repair-perfect for eliminating those stubborn reoccurring cracks in drywall.

• The low-odor formula is resistant to shrinking and cracking and can be used for indoor and outdoor repairs.

What we say: 

DAP’s ALEX Flex Spackling solves a major problem when it comes to repairing drywall cracks thanks to the ability to sand and paint it. Since it also flexes with the movement of the building, you get a much longer-lasting fix that doesn’t leave behind the look of drywall that’s been repaired. Whether you’re a DIYer or Pro, this is a spackle you should never be without.

Price: Varies

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Winner – Tool Tracking & Security

DeWalt Tool Connect 20V Max Connector

DeWalt Tool Connect 20V Max ConnectorWhat they said: 

For DEWALT tools that aren’t already connected, the 20V MAX Connector permanently attaches directly between the battery and tool. In addition to its permanent connection, the Connector can disable itself when it’s out of range, providing a layer of security and peace-of-mind. At only 4.1oz, the Connector features a rechargeable internal coin cell battery that charges when a 20V MAX battery is inserted. Similar to the Tag, the Connector also features an easily accessible pair button as well as blue LEDs that light up to indicate that it is paired or identified.

What we say: 

DeWalt took the basics of their original Tool Connect batteries and took them to a new level this year on multiple fronts. One of the most innovative is the Tool Connect 20V Max Adapter. This essentially takes your non-Tool Connect batteries and gives them the benefits of tracking and security that Tool Connect batteries have. Since it permanently attaches to the tool and has an internal rechargeable battery, you’ll be able to keep track of the tool even when a 20V Max battery isn’t installed.

Price: $39

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Finalist


Winner – Straps and Ties

Southwire Heavy Duty Cable TiesSouthwire CT50 heavy duty cable tie

What they said: 

These cable ties are releasable and reusable, allowing for the addition of cable to a bundle that is already tied off without the need to cut off the old cable tie. A regular cable tie would need to be cut off, risking cutting the cables themselves; with this tie, simply release, add your cable, and re-tighten. They are UL 62275 AH-2 rated for use in plenum spaces and are UV resistant for use both indoors and outdoors. The patented preformed mounting positions allow for easy mounting of the cable tie without the risk of splitting the tie. These releasable cable ties are rated for 50 pounds of tensile strength and are available in lengths of 8″, 11″ and 14″.

What we say: 

The holes positioned all along the Southwire Heavy Duty Cable Ties make them easy to secure in any location. Perfect for electrical, plumbing, or just about any use—these cable ties are easy to cinch and adjust. Every Pro would benefit from picking up a few packs and having them had on job sites. They can even save you money over similar metal clamping solutions.

Price: $8.95+

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Winner – Hidden Fastening Systems

Simpson Strong-Tie EB-TY Hidden Deck Fasteners

Simpson Strong-Tie EB-TY Hidden Deck FastenersWhat they said: 

EB-TY Premium is the ideal fastening solution for ensuring structural durability without detracting from the beauty of a deck’s finished appearance, especially when working with high-end decking materials such as exotic hardwood, cedar and redwood. The biscuit-shaped fastener installs inside a slot cut in the narrow side of the deck boards, and is reinforced with a stainless-steel plate for enhanced holding power. The steel plate also prevents over-driving of the screw, and has angled screw holes that guarantee a direct connection of the decking to the joist. Along with this added strength, the fasteners also maintain the necessary flexibility to accommodate seasonal contraction and expansion of the deck boards. Combining this innovative design with the EB-GUIDE predrilling guide creates a system that not only has hidden strength, but is also precise and easy to install. EB-GUIDE allows for an easier, more consistently precise installation by providing a tool that predetermines the correct angle for driving the EB-TY Premium’s stainless steel trim-head screw. More consistent EB-TY Premium biscuit installation leads to an easier deck board installation!

What we say: 

You can make or break the professional look of high-end decking with your fastener choices. When the best result possible is demanded, hidden deck fastening systems are the way to go. Simpson Strong-Tie makes the process just about as fool-proof as you can expect. Pros can work more efficiently with a lower risk of error and DIYers finally have a system that can give them confidence in a professional result. From start to finish, you’ll be more efficient and have less waste material from mistakes.

Price: $110

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Winner – Screws

Simpson Strong-Tie Deck-Drive DWP WOOD SS Screw

Strong-Tie Deck-Drive DWP WOOD SS ScrewWhat they said: 

Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, now offers new load-rated sizes of the Deck-Drive DWP Wood SS stainless steel screw. The fastener is designed for use in decks, docks, and boardwalks which require exceptional corrosion resistance and higher loads. The DWP Wood SS screw is an ideal solution for almost any exterior wood-to-wood fastening application, and now with larger, load-rated sizes, the fastener is the perfect for structural connections, as well.

The popular Deck-Drive screw has undergone rigorous testing per ICC-ES acceptance criteria AC233 for shear, pull-through and withdrawal resistance of various wood species (Douglas Fir/Larch, Southern Pine, Spruce/Pine/Fir, Hemlock/Fir) in a variety of thicknesses. (Please check www.strongtie.com for sizes, lengths and applicable loads.)

The new, load-rated Deck-Drive DWP Wood SS screws are available in flat head sizes #10, #12 & #14, and in lengths from 2 to 6 inches for types 316 and 305 Stainless Steel.

What we say: 

If you live near salt water or other corrosive environments, standard screws simply aren’t an option for exterior construction. Stainless steel is the way to go and Simpson Strong-Tie’s Deck-Drive DWP Wood SS screws go beyond simply using stainless steel as a material. Their box threading requires up to 35% less torque to drive, improving driving speed. You also get a Sharp Point tip for better hardwood penetration and a 6-lobe, deep recessed head to reduce the risk of cam-out and extend the life of your bits. You can grab other stainless steel screws, but why would you want to?

Price: Varies

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Winner – Sawhorses & Stands

Stoutson Self-Stabilizing Trestle and Work Platform

What they said: 

• The STOUTSON trestle has a unique self-stabilizing geometry. The STOUTSON will never wobble, even on extremely uneven terrain. No need to adjust legs; no fiddling with rotating feet. The work piece will never sway, slide, or rock.
• Although it looks rectangular, everything about the STOUTSON is triangular. The crossbeam is an inverted triangle and the legs are tetrahedrons.
• The optimization of the self-stabilization is a complex 3D mix of trigonometry, orientation angles, rotation angles, kinematic motion, friction forces, and gravitational forces.
• Heavy-duty work is done standing, not seated. The height of the STOUTSON is counter height (34 inches), not desk height (30 inches). This protects the lower back. Also, with elevated height, eyes are closer to the work piece
• The STOUTSON has a built-in clamping system keeps workpieces secure. Even round stock does not slip.
• Made of heavy gauge carbon steel with a tough powder coat. All hinges are made of stainless steel and have a double-shear construction.
• The combination of two STOUTSON trestles and the tool bridge creates work platform with a large footprint of 48×68 inches. This large footprint allows for a broader range of power tools than a typical tool stand.
• The STOUTSON setup, with its large foot print, creates a work platform that remains safe and stable if horizontal forces and reciprocal motion are applied, and therefore, a wide range of tools can be used. The work platform remains stable even if used on uneven terrain.

What we say: 

We all have a love/hate relationship with sawhorses – they provide a workspace where we normally don’t have one, but what stability they offer is tied to the ground you’re on. Stoutson’s Self-Stabilizing Trestle and Work Platform uses a complex series of triangular geometry to self-adjust and stabilize on just about any surface. Even though the price is higher than typical sawhorses by quite a bit, you won’t find another set with as much versatility and as high a build quality as Stoutson.

Price: $549-599

Look for more information in Spring 2018.


Winner – Mobile Bases

Affinity Portamate PM-1100 Universal Mobile Base

Afffinity PM-1100 Mobile BaseWhat they said: 

With the Portamate PM-1100 Universal Mobile Base, it’s never been easier to move equipment around a crowded shop. Installed on your machines it lets you keep stationary equipment out of the way until needed, freeing space for large projects and cleaning. This fully customizable plywood mobile base uses corner wheel pieces with pre-drilled holes to ensure the perfect fit for your machine. Move jointers, band saws, lathes, table saws, sanders, drill presses, planers, workbenches and much more.

You’ll be able to open up space for more effective productivity, better organization, and safety. And added convenience during cleanup. This wheel kit is sturdy and easy to assemble, plus there’s no size capacity limit fitting virtually any large woodworking machine. Three-inch diameter wheels at all four corners make it easy to maneuver. Roll one tool in; roll another tool out. The foot-operated levers lock machines to the floor, and the base also features a durable powder-coated finish. The PM-1100 has a maximum weight capacity of 400 pounds. All wheel & hardware parts are included, plywood sold separately.

What we say: 

Most shop tools don’t come with an option of a mobile stand and those that do are usually cost more than they really should. Portamate has an option that’s completely customizable for your needs. The PM-1100 is a hardware set that gives you everything you need to make your own locking mobile base for any shop tool up to 400 pounds. Just measure the size of the plywood you’ll need for the machine, cut a sheet to size, and attach the hardware. Now you can roll your tools out of the way when they’re not in use.

Price: $65

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