2018 Cordless Power Tools Awards

Every year, cordless tools take up a ton of space in the annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards program. Clearly, innovation runs deep when it comes to battery-powered tools. As battery technology continues to evolve and grow, manufacturers seek new and exciting ways to maximize both power and runtime. Cordless tools are replacing more and more corded tools than ever before. Needless to say, we have a truly impressive list of PTIA 2021 Cordless Tools Awards winners this year.

Winner – Lithium-Ion Batteries

EGO POWER+ 10.0 AMP HOUR BATTERY BA5600T

What they said: 

The EGO POWER+ 56-Volt 7.5Ah battery uses industry-leading ARC Lithium technology to deliver Power Beyond Belief and is compatible with all EGO outdoor power equipment. Keep-Cool battery technology keeps each cell cool for long life and works in the most extreme conditions.

Key Features:

  • Power management system protects the battery pack from the most harmful elements a battery can face from overheating to over-discharging
  • Upgraded fuel gauge to show how much run time is remaining
  • Fast Charge time: 60 minutes with EGO Power+ Rapid Charger, 145 minutes with EGO Power+ Standard Charger
  • Compatible with all EGO POWER+ outdoor power equipment and chargers
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • ARC lithium: industry’s most advanced battery technology

What we say: 

One of the barriers to more powerful, longer-running battery-powered tools is battery capacity. EGO made a huge step forward with the introduction of their 10.0Ah battery alongside the release of the Z6 zero turn mower. While understandably heavier, this allows for products such as the Nexus Power Station and the Z6 to have longer runtime while maintaining the benefits of a modular battery system. EGO takes it to another level with cooling technology that allows the battery to deliver more power without overheating and start charging immediately when you place it on a charger.

Price: $449

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Finalist

DEWALT DCB615 15Ah FLEXVOLT Battery


Winner – Battery Chargers

RYOBI 40V 3-Port Quick Charger OP407AVNM

What they said: 

Sequential charging allows you to have a battery ready when you need one, while the other batteries are still charging. With 2X faster charging you can spend less time charging batteries and more time getting yard work done. The indicator lights provide the battery charging status and even lets you know if the battery is too hot or too cold to charge. For easy transport, this charger has a handle and removable power cord. You can place the charger on a workbench or mount it on a wall vertically or horizontally to give you extra space.

What we say: 

Ryobi is delivering a dedicated multi-port battery charger to their 40V customers and making their lawn care lineup that much more convenient. Not only is it a big deal that you can set 3 batteries on for charging, but it gets you back in the game much faster by charging a 4.0Ah battery in an hour. The detachable power cord and handle are nice touches, letting you easily take your batteries to where the work is.

Price: $99.00

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Winner – Battery Power Supplies

DEWALT 20V MAX Power Delivery Device DCB094K

What they said: 

The DEWALT 20V MAX Power Delivery Device is the world’s first device to use USB-C to charge a power tool battery and to deliver power to any USB-C device, such as phones, tablets, and laptops.

What we say: 

DeWalt is setting a new standard for converting your power tool battery into a power supply. For starters, the DCB094K is capable of charging up to 5 amps—that’s super-fast! Sweetening the deal, you get both a USB and a USB-C port on the back, opening up even more charging possibilities.

Price: $89.00

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Winner – Battery Accessories

48 Tools Milwaukee 12-Volt Battery Storage Attachment BH-12V-MIL-01

What they said: 

The 48 Tools Milwaukee 12-volt attachment is a way of storing your Milwaukee 12 volt batteries alongside your 18-volt batteries on our existing Milwaukee 18 volt battery storage platform. This is the first item on the market that gives you the ability to remove an 18v battery from a battery holder and then insert a 12-volt holder battery in its place. As these are an insert this gives you the ability to replace and add 12-volt and 18-volt batteries to your storage as needed.

What we say: 

We’ve been digging 48 Tools’ battery holders since we first got them in and one of our big desires was for a way to store our M12 batteries. Now we have that option. The Milwaukee M12 holders fit onto the M18 holders (so you’ll need both) and insert connection side in so they’re able to accommodate any M12 battery form factor.

Price: $8.0 each, $20.00 4-pack

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Winner – Cordless Combo Kits

RIDGID R9225 18V BRUSHLESS 4-Tool Combo Kit

What they said: 

The RIDGID 18V Brushless 4-Tool Combo Kit features powerful brushless motor technology that delivers maximum performance and longer runtime.

The RIDGID 18V Brushless 1/2 in. Hammer Drill delivers up to 800 in./lbs. of torque for maximum power.

The RIDGID 18V Brushless 3-Speed 1/4 in. Impact Driver delivers 20% faster driving compared to the previous model (R86039) and delivers a powerful 2,300 in./lbs. of torque.

The RIDGID 18V Brushless Reciprocating Saw offers 20% faster cutting compared to the previous model (R8643) and features a premium orbital action switch for fast wood cutting.

The powerful brushless motor in this 18V oscillating multi-tool gives users the ability to make fast, precise cuts through a variety of jobsite materials.

The 18V Brushless 4-Tool Combo Kit also includes (2) MAX Output batteries which provide more power and more runtime. As always, this RIDGID 18V Brushless 4-Tool Combo Kit is 100% compatible with all RIDGID 18V batteries. Best of all, this combo kit is backed by the Industry’s Only Lifetime Service Agreement, simply register within 90 days of purchase for FREE Parts, Free Service, For LIFE. 

What we say: 

Ridgid’s new 18V tools are more compact and lighter than their previous generation and still offer excellent performance. With the introduction of Max Output batteries, Ridgid also moves into a more intelligent cordless tool class with advanced electronics that get more from the batteries than ever before. All that, and the whole thing is still covered under Ridgid’s Lifetime Service Agreement.

Price: $399.00

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Winner – Cordless Drills/Drivers

FLEX ½” 2-Speed Drill Driver with Turbo Mode FX1171T-2B

What they said: 

The FLEX 24V Brushless ½” 2-Speed Drill Driver with Turbo Mode dominates drilling applications with industry-leading torque (1,400 in-lbs). Durable tool construction further ensures you’re equipped for the long haul. Built-in LED lighting adds visibility in dark spaces. Anti-kickback protection detects tool jams letting you work confidently. This driver also delivers the FLEX Advantage of unmatched battery power, runtime, and faster charging. All backed by a 5-year end-to-end warranty.

What we say: 

Flex entered the cordless power tool scene in a big way with their 24V Drill Driver with Turbo Mode. It has the performance to get the job done alongside any Pro brand. Then it gets even better—when you kick it into Turbo mode, you get 2500 RPM in high speed and 1400 in-lbs of torque in low gear. It’s the most impressive first-generation tool we’ve seen in a long time!

Price: $249.99

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Winner – Cordless Multi-Head Drill/Drivers

Milwaukee Tool M12 FUEL Installation Drill/Driver

What they said: 

Milwaukee Tool continues to drive jobsite productivity to new heights with the introduction of the M12 FUEL Installation Drill/Driver, developed specifically for the installation phase of construction and for MEP service contractors. The versatile new tool features 4 dedicated solutions (3/8” Chuck, 1/4″ Hex, Offset, and Right-Angle) that can attach in 16 different positions to reach uniquely challenging locations. This 4-in-1 functionality, combined with the tool’s compact size and ability to deliver up to 300 in-lbs of max torque, provides users with unrivaled access and control, and maximum productivity.

“Since the introduction of the M12™ System in 2008, our goal has always remained the same: to deliver compact and durable solutions that can access the tightest, hardest-to-reach spaces, replacing hand tools and challenging manual applications. However, despite the incredible compact size of these tools, there were still certain, confined spaces even our leading solutions couldn’t easily access – especially during installation jobs and applications that MEP service contractors commonly encounter,” said Cole Conrad, VP of Product Management. “It was clear we needed to develop a solution that pushed the boundaries of versatility to provide this unrivaled access on our M12™ System – and it needed to have the performance and control necessary to accomplish these applications productively. Thus, the M12 FUEL™ Installation Drill/Driver was borne!”

The tool is purposely designed from the ground up to make users’ jobs easier and more productive. An inline grip at the back positions the users’ hand higher on the tool, providing better access and control in tighter spaces. In addition, the top of the tool is flat, allowing it to be placed flush against surfaces for additional access when needed. These unique features combine with the tool’s compact size and weight allowing users to maneuver for best access in hard-to-reach places. The front of the tool is also equipped with a magnetic bit holder that securely holds multiple bits, as well as a removable belt clip, enhancing jobsite productivity.

What we say: 

Multi-head drills are becoming more popular thanks to their ability to fasten and drill in spaces that are really tough to get to with a traditional design. What caught our voters’ attention is Milwaukee’s physical design of the M12 Installation Drill/Driver. With a grip section directly in line with the main housing, you’re able to more comfortably get the right grip for the way you’re drilling and its flat top lets you work right up against material more easily. Plus, the front handguard gives you some protection against scraping up your knuckles in those tight places.

Price: $229.00

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Winner – Cordless Right Angle Drills/Drivers

RIDGID R87701B 18V SubCompact Brushless Right Angle Drill

What they said: 

The RIDGID 18V SubCompact Brushless Right Angle Drill features a powerful brushless motor delivering up to 375 in.-lbs. of torque. Featuring superior ergonomics and a lightweight subcompact design this is the most compact right angle drill solution on the market. The 2-speed gearbox allows for more flexibility during a wide range of applications achieving up to 1,900 RPMs. Best of all, this tool is eligible for the Industry’s Only Lifetime Service Agreement, simply register within 90 days of purchase for FREE Parts, FREE Service, For LIFE.

What we say: 

Ridgid is expanding their SubComact lineup and adding a brushless right angle drill to the mix. With 375 in-lbs of torque and 1900 RPM, it’s both strong and fast for this class of tool. The main handle angles back to give the battery more relief toward the front. There’s also a multi-position trigger and overmold on the head to give you a variety of grip positions.

Price: $119

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Winner – Cordless Screwdrivers

MAC 52pc 4V Cordless Screwdriver Set SBD4V52S

What they said: 

The Mac 4V Cordless Screwdriver challenges the fact that powered screwdrivers haven’t traditionally looked like manual screwdrivers. Its compact design mirrors that of a traditional multi-bit screwdriver, with a 300RPM motor that drives screws up to 4x faster, maximizing speed while helping to minimize strain. Coupled with a balanced degree of torque at 0.9Nm, this tool is perfect for free-run applications whether working in-dash, screwing in switch plates, or trimming out new construction.

The IP54 rating and durable handle material ensure the right level of job-site protection against water, dust, and various solvents, while an internal locking mechanism stabilizes and protects gearing when manual torquing is required. The 5-bulb LED illumination enhances work surface visibility, while the 3-stage charge indicator updates status with every push of the button to ensure users and their work aren’t caught off guard by a dead battery.

Simple push-button functionality makes driving and reversing screws easy and intuitive, with a quick-change collet for no-hassle bit swap-out and secure hold. The Mac 4V cordless screwdriver utilizes USB-C integral battery technology delivering a full recharge in 70 minutes with a long-lasting 1.5Ah battery for up to 1300 screws per charge. The 52 pc set includes a variety of 1” premium steel bits to cater to a variety of fastener types, secured within a convenient and durable hard storage case.

What we say: 

There are a lot of cordless screwdrivers on the market and a lot of them look and feel pretty much the same. Mac actually makes some smart moves with their design. Pairing 300 RPM with 0.9Nm of torque, you can quickly run screws without fear of damaging the fastener or material. Even better, IP54 protection means this is a screwdriver that can handle less friendly environments without crapping out on you.

Price: $189.99

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Winner – Cordless Stud and Joist Drills

DEWALT 20V MAX 7/16 in. Quick Change Stud and Joist Drill with FLEXVOLT ADVANTAGE DCD445B

What they said: 

Stay productive on the jobsite with the 20V MAX 7/16 in. Quick Change Stud and Joist Drill with FLEXVOLT ADVANTAGE. The 7/16 in. hex Quick Change chuck allows you to conveniently swap bits. Built with the user in mind, the E-Clutch System promotes safe use by detecting the motion of the tool and shutting it down instantly in bind-up situations. The red indicator LED illuminates when the E-Clutch System is engaged so you’ll know as soon as it has been activated. Spend less time recharging and more time working as you drill up to 495 7/8 in. holes per charge when used with a 20/60V MAX FLEXVOLT 9Ah battery. This drill is compatible with DEWALT FLEXVOLT battery packs that enhance your tool’s performance.

What we say: 

DeWalt is bringing a more compact inline stud and joist drill to a rough near you. Fitted with a 7/16″ quick connect collet, this model fits into tighter spaces than its FlexVolt counterpart. You can also save some weight by using any DeWalt 20V Max battery. But when you need more power, grab a 60V Max battery and let the FlexVolt Advantage take over. DeWalt’s smart tech senses when you have the larger battery on the tool and delivers more power to the brushless motor for those larger hole saws and self-feed bits. Compact, smart, and powerful—it’s the full package.

Price: $279.00

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Finalist


Winner – Cordless Impact Drivers

DEWALT 20V MAX ATOMIC 1/4 3-Speed Impact Driver DCF850

What they said: 

Our shortest high torque impact driver ever–at only 3.97″ in length. The compact size makes it easier to use and provides access to tighter applications like cabinetry and framing. While the DCF850 is our smallest impact driver, it doesn’t give up any performance, driving screws at 1825 in. lbs of torque and 3250 RPM.

What we say: 

Holy mother of compact! DeWalt sets a new standard for how compact an impact driver can be with their sub-4” 20V Max Atomic model. It doesn’t skimp on power, either. With 1825 in-lbs of torque available, it’s perfectly comfortable in the same applications we use the DCF887 for. If you want the best of both the size and performance worlds, DeWalt brings them together with the DCF850.

Price: $149 Bare
$199 5Ah Kit
$279 (2) 5Ah Kit

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Finalist


Winner – Cordless 12V Impact Drivers

Milwaukee Tool M12 FUEL SURGE 1/4″ Hex Hydraulic Driver Bare Tool

What they said: 

Milwaukee Tool continues to revolutionize the tool industry with the introduction of the M12 FUEL SURGE ¼” Hex Hydraulic Driver. As the first 12V subcompact hydraulic driver in the market, the SURGE uses a technology called FLUID-DRIVE Hydraulic Powertrain* which delivers 2X less noise and vibration and maintains peak torque longer than standard impact drivers.

The new M12 FUEL SURGE operates up to 2X quieter than standard impacts, which not only makes it an excellent option for quieter work environments such as maintenance in an occupied building or service work, but it also provides inherent hearing benefits.

Being the only subcompact hydraulic driver in the market, the compact design offers users a new solution for working in tight spaces. Its smaller size allows for it to be easily transported on a tool belt or in a backpack and allows the best access in confined workspaces.

With up to 2X less vibration, the smoother performance of SURGE provides more control and creates less fatigue and strain on the user. The exclusive FLUID-DRIVE Hydraulic Powertrain design essentially replaces the traditional hammer and anvil mechanism found in standard impacts with a hydraulic mechanism that generates the power necessary to create torque. Because there’s no metal-on-metal contact, the net result is smoother performance, with a decrease in noise and vibration, as well as longer sustained torque.

With faster driving speeds than standard impacts in certain applications, and 450 in/lbs of sustained torque, the new tool delivers unmatched performance.

What we say: 

There are a handful of cordless impact drivers and we keep reaching for over and over again is the M12 Fuel Surge. Quiet and quick with less violent operation than a traditional impact driver, it’s a compact tool that keeps up with the 18V models. Even if you don’t have any other M12 tools, this is one you should add to your tool box.

Price: $149.00

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Winner – Cordless Fans

RYOBI 18V ONE+ 4″ CLAMP FAN PCF02

What they said: 

Delivering over 180 CFM with over 40 hours of runtime, this fan has unmatched airflow for its size. The 2-speed settings and multi-directional rotating head are ideal for a variety of applications and deliver ultimate user control. The cordless convenience and portable size allow you to keep cool virtually anywhere. This versatile fan has the ability to clamp to 1-1/2’’ thick materials including pipe and 2-by lumber.

What we say: 

From the side of your desk to the dash of your tractor, there are a ton of places you can put Ryobi’s clamp fan to keep your cool when things heat up. Less than $20 as a bare tool, it’s about as no-brainer as it gets for Ryobi’s 18V One+ users.

Price: $19.97

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Winner – Cordless Glue Gun

RYOBI 18V ONE+ Dual Temperature Glue Gun P307

What they said: 

The RYOBI 18V ONE+ Dual Temperature Glue Gun features a dual temperature setting allowing you to choose your heat settings depending on your application. Heat up to 320°F on high for adhesives like construction glue and up to 248°F on low for heat-sensitive materials. The included interchangeable tips are ideal for a variety of applications. This tool is compatible with all 1/2″ full-size glue sticks and includes 10 so you can get a jump start on your current project. Keep the workspace clean by utilizing the  Fold-Out Drip Tray. The onboard LED indicator light will change color to let you know when the tool is ready for use and can be ready to go in as little as two minutes.

What we say: 

Between the house and the shop, we use our cordless glue guns frequently, but none of them have given us the option of dual temperature settings until now. By adding the feature, you now have the option to drop the temp and work with material that might otherwise melt or damage at higher temps. We also like the interchangeable tips and the fold-out drip tray is handy for keeping our work area a bit cleaner.

Price: $49.97

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Winner – Cordless Grease Guns

RIDGID 18V Grease Gun R860445B

What they said: 

Unleash maximum power and versatility with a powerful 10,000 PSI max operating pressure which provides enough power to push out old, built-up grease. The 2-speed design allows users to prioritize maximum flow rate or maximum pressure for versatility on the job site. Complete jobs faster with a maximum flow rate of 9 oz/minute. Designed with the end-user in mind this grease gun features a pre-set dosage dial for increased efficiency with the ability to dispense precise amounts of grease. The 39″ flexible hose and right-angle coupler are ideal for accessing those hard-to-reach areas. The grease gun delivers impressive runtime with up to 23 grease cartridges per charge on a single 18V 4.0 Ah battery. Best of all, this tool is eligible for the Industry’s Only Lifetime Service Agreement, simply register within 90 days of purchase for FREE Parts, FREE Service, For LIFE.

What we say: 

Ridgid takes things up a notch from other cordless grease guns with 2-speed operation and a stroke counter. We like using low speed for topping trailer hubs and other general maintenance while high speed is great when you need to fill a larger reservoir. The piston counter is an interesting feature that counts the number of piston strokes before stopping automatically. Once you get used to your preferred grease, it makes quick maintenance top-offs that much easier.

Price: $179.00

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Winner – Cordless Rotary Tools

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Rotary Tool CMCE030B

What they said: 

With the Craftsman V20 cordless rotary tool, you can take the tool to your workpiece instead of the other way around-making this much more flexible than corded products. The CM V20 cordless rotary tool comes with 33 accessories for a variety of uses. Its variable speed of up to 33,000 RPM with noise and vibration control makes it a joy to use in any hobby application.

What we say: 

We love the simplicity of Craftsman’s design for the V20 rotary tool. Just slip a battery on and the connection plate acts as a storage tray for multiple accessories and has a holder for the pen-style tool. It’s so compact that it hardly takes up any room on your workbench and easy to take with you when you need a mobile solution. With 33,000 RPM on the top end, it has plenty of speed to tackle all your rotary tool projects.

Price: $49.99

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Finalist


Winner – Cordless Circular Saws

FLEX 6½” Circular Saw FX2131A-1C

What they said: 

First of its kind, this in-line saw design provides total balance and improved visibility with a clear view on both sides of every cut. The FLEX 24V Brushless 6-½” In-Line Circular Saw rips through 3X in one pass. The built-in LED illuminates the workpiece for superior precision and accuracy. This advanced saw also features the FLEX Advantage: unmatched FLEX 24V battery power, extended runtime, and fast-charging. Protected by a 5-year warranty.

SPECS

  • LED Light: Illuminates dark work areas
  • Saw Blade: 6-1/2 in, 165 mm
  • No-Load Speed: 5,500 RPM
  • Bevel Capacity: 0-47°
  • Arbor: 5/8 in, 16 mm
  • Cut Capacity at 90°: 2-9/16 in, 65 mm
  • Cut Capacity at 45°: 1-9/16 in, 40 mm
  • Tool Weight (without battery): 7.1 lbs, 3.2 kg

What we say: 

Flex’s inline circular saw design features a belt drive instead of a direct drive and that opens up its ability to cut to the same depth as most 7-1/4” circular saws while using a smaller 6-1/2” blade. It’s also more visible from both sides than most models, making it the closest thing we’ve seen to meeting the needs of both blade-left and blade-right preferences.

Price: $249.99

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Finalist


Winner – CORDLESS CUT-OFF TOOLS/MULTI-MATERIAL CUTTERS

Dremel Ultra-Saw Compact Multi-Saw US20V

What they said: 

Unlike compact circular saws that use a toothed blade, the Dremel US20V Ultra-Saw uses abrasive wheels for smooth, finished cuts. Abrasive wheels permit the user to make plunge cuts easily, then cut in either a forward or backward motion. This type of cut should never be attempted with a regular compact circ saw due to the kickback that is bound to occur. Thus, the US20V is safer to use than a compact circ saw.

The US20V goes beyond cutting functions with surface preparation applications including rust, paint and thinset removal. Plus, it still does what advanced users want from their multi-saw, cutting — straight, plunge — and flush cutting with incredible efficiency.

With a powerful 20-volt max motor, 4-inch abrasive wheels, and metal guard, the cordless Ultra-Saw takes on difficult cuts with precision and ease through tough materials like metal, tile, plastic, masonry, and wood.

The US20V Ultra-Saw compact multi-saw is versatile, easy to use, cordless and delivers a powerful solution to cutting without the hassle of a cord. Compared to circular saws, the sleek design of the US20V provides comfort, control, and a clear line of sight for clean, precise cuts.

1: Cutting: Multiple cutting wheel options ensure ultra-versatility for cutting wood, tile, laminate flooring, PVC and plastic.

2: Two wheel positions provide versatility for straight and flush cuts, plus surface preparation applications

  • Power and performance from a 20-volt max motor and 4-inch abrasive wheels
  • Added durability due to metal foot and guard, which also improves stability and control during difficult applications and lengthy cuts
  • Adjustable ¾-inch depth for cutting a variety of material thicknesses
  • Auxiliary handle for additional control and comfort during surface prep applications
  • Dust extraction port to maintain a clean workplace
  • Paddle switch with “Lock-OFF” enables control over the tool

What we say: 

Dremel’s 20V Ultra-Saw takes multi-material cutting up a notch from the cordless models we’ve seen in recent years. Its 4” wheel capacity offers cutting up to 3/4” and it includes a dust port so you can hook up your vacuum to control the mess. We also like the stability that the vertically mounted handle adds to the cut. When you’re working with materials on the edge of tool’s capability or you want to make a pull cut, having a second hand on the saw give you much more control and accuracy.

Price: $179.99

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Winner – Cordless Flooring Saws

RYOBI 18V ONE+ Flooring Saw PGC21B

What they said: 

Expand your RYOBI 18V ONE+ System with the 18V 5-1/2″ Flooring Saw. This Flooring Saw is capable of making miter, rip, and crosscuts on Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP), laminates, and hardwood flooring. This saw allows for extended periods of continuous work by cutting up to 240 linear feet when paired with a 9Ah battery. It offers on-board storage for user convenience, while the integrated carry handle provides lightweight, cordless portability. The lightweight and compact design allow you to take the tool to the job to use where you need it when you need it. 

What we say: 

Ryobi’s 18V One+ cordless flooring saw immediately caught our attention when we first saw it. Combining features from both a table saw and miter saw, this flooring-specific saw is able to cross cut, miter, and rip with one tool. It’s also more compact, lighter, and easier to carry than most saws, making your next flooring project less of a headache.

Price: $169.00

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Winner – Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tools

Milwaukee Tool M12 FUEL Oscillating Multi-Tool

What they said: 

By harnessing the portable productivity, performance, and run-time of M12 FUEL technology, Milwaukee Tool is proud to introduce the M12 FUEL Oscillating Multi-Tool. The new multi-tool provides the best oscillating multi-tool performance for users on the M12 system, generating the fastest 12V cut speed, lowest full-tool vibration, and delivers tool-free blade changes for less downtime.

The M12 FUEL Oscillating Multi-Tool both feature three Milwaukee-exclusive innovations — the POWERSTATE Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS Intelligence Hardware and Software.

The POWERSTATE Brushless motor pairs with an aggressive oscillation angle of 3.9 degrees and 10,000 – 20,000 OPM to deliver the fastest cut speed on a 12V platform to complete tasks such as plunge and rip cuts, nail and grout removal, and cutting through bolts with ease. Additionally, the tool is designed with vibration dampening technology that minimizes vibration throughout the entire tool, and not just in the handle.

The REDLINK PLUS Intelligence enables full-circle communication between the tool and battery, allowing for unmatched levels of performance, protection, and productivity. When equipped with an M12 REDLITHIUM™ XC4.0 Battery, this tool can get through more work than other 12V tools; including up to (54) 1” x 2” cuts in oak and (65) 1” x 2” cuts in pine.

Additional features include the ability for users to make tool-free blade changes (something not found on many other 12V multi-tools), a 12-Setting Dial so users can adjust the speed to the application, and an integrated LED light for maximum visibility.

What we say: 

 Milwaukee made huge improvements to their cordless oscillating tools and even though the M18 Fuel offers higher performance, it’s the M12 Fuel oscillating multi-tool we keep reaching for. It has surprisingly fast cutting speeds for a 12V tool with ridiculously low vibration. Combined with the smaller profile and overall lighter weight of the M12 battery system, it’s a much more convenient tool to use than most of the other cordless models out there.

Price: 2526-20: $149.99

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Finalist


Winner – Cordless Reciprocating Saws

Milwaukee Tool M18 FUEL SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw w/ONE-KEY 2822-20

What they said: 

This tool is the second generation of the M18 FUEL SAWZALL Recip Saw. It has upgrades in performance, durability, and ergonomics which lead to it being the Fastest cutting Cordless Non-Orbital Recip Saw available. In addition, it is the Most Durable Sawzall Recip saw with the addition of a wear-resistant blade change, an anti-corrosion clamp, and Metal Reinforced battery rails. It is also 0.5lbs lighter than the previous version, leading to less fatigue after prolonged use. The ONE-KEY version of this SAWZALL will incorporate a CUT-BRAKE which will stop the blade from reciprocating after a cut is completed in most cutting applications and can help avoid cutting sensitive materials after the cut.

What we say: 

We already hold the original Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall with One-Key in high regard thanks to its incredibly refined One-Key controls. Now it gets even better with higher performance and a blade brake—while dropping a 1/2-pound off the weight! Even if you’re not ready to jump on the One-Key train just yet, there’s a version without it that still gets the same performance boost, brake, and weight loss.

Price: $199.00

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Winner – Cordless Soldering Tool

CRAFTSMAN V20 Cordless Soldering Iron CMCE040B

What they said: 

Once again with the Craftsman V20 soldering iron you can take the tool to your workpiece instead of the workpiece to your tool-making this much more flexible than corded products.  Whether it’s automotive or electrical work, wood-burning or glass or metal work, the Craftsman V20 soldering iron’s variable temperature range from 400-900 degrees allows for a variety of uses.  This value-priced product includes a sponge holder and sponge for ease of use. 

What we say: 

We love the simplicity of Craftsman’s V20 cordless soldering iron—just slip the adapter onto your battery and go! It’s great for when you need to take your soldering iron to the work. Its compact design won’t get in your way and there’s no need to drag an extension cord anywhere. It even has a selectable temperature from 400° to 900° F to meet a variety of needs.

Price: $49.99

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Winner – Jobsite Speaker

RYOBI 18V ONE+ SPEAKER WITH BLUETOOTH WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY PAD02

What they said: 

This RYOBI 18V Speaker with Bluetooth Wireless Technology is a game-changing addition to your ONE+ collection. Designed with cutting-edge Smart Amplifier Technology, and Dual 3″ Speakers this speaker delivers powerful, crisp sound at any volume, with 8.5X more clarity than the previous model. Easily pair with your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices from up to 125′ away with the wireless Bluetooth technology. This speaker is the perfect partner to get you through any job delivering over 10 hours of runtime with an 18V ONE+ 4.0Ah Battery. The integrated handle allows you to bring bold sound with you, wherever you go. This speaker also comes with a 2.1 Amp USB charging port to charge your phone or tablet while you work. Voice prompts indicate power on/off and the Bluetooth connection makes operating this speaker easier than ever.

What we say: 

Value is the name of the game for Ryobi’s PAD02 Bluetooth speaker. For just $79, you get a really well-rounded feature set: 125’ Bluetooth range, 2.1-amp USB charging port, and enough runtime to get you through a full day plus overtime. Then there’s the actual sound. The two 3” speakers are enhances with Smart Amplifier Technology that has much greater audio clarity than the previous model.

Price: $79.00

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Winner – Compact Speaker

RYOBI 18V ONE+ Compact Speaker With Bluetooth Wireless Technology PAD01

What they said: 

The RYOBI 18V Compact Speaker with Bluetooth Wireless Technology combines innovative electronics with the industry’s most compact design. Our new Smart Amplifier Technology delivers clear, crisp sound at any volume. This speaker has unmatched capability for its size, with a 75’ Bluetooth range and over 20 hours of runtime on a RYOBI 18V ONE+ 2.0 Ah battery. Voice prompts indicate power on/off and Bluetooth connection to make pairing and operating this speaker easier than ever. 

What we say: 

Small-form compact speakers are a great way to easily bring sound wherever you go—the jobsite, camping, boating, or wherever the day takes you. Ryobi’s PAD01 compact speaker has crazy-long runtime along with a USB charging port to make sure neither your speaker nor your phone forces you into the doldrums of a music-free day while new Smart Amplifier Technology ensures the sound you’re listening to is actually enjoyable.

Price: $29.97

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