PM Senior Editor Mike Miazga tests out DeWalt’s latest 12-Volt line of tools.
& Decker University in Towson,
When Jim Turnbaugh
first got his plumbing license, he was
dispatched to a local daycare center to fix a clogged toilet.
“I couldn’t get
whatever was down there out,” he says. “I had to take it outside and turn it on
its side. It turns out one of the children didn’t like their strawberries and
flushed whole ones down the toilet.”
Now take a guess
at what’s the most common foreign object that causes toilet clogs today? The
folks at DeWalt
revealed during their 12V MAX* Launch Event at Black & Decker
in suburban Baltimore that the winner was a Matchbox car
(I preferred to smash mine with a sledge hammer and bend off the doors).
Turnbaugh, owner of JE Turnbaugh
Plumbing & Heating in Westminster, Md., adds GI Joe action figures and
Transformer action figures rank right up there as well.
Jim Turnbaugh, owner of JE Turnbaugh
Plumbing & Heating
So it’s makes perfect sense Turnbaugh
was on hand at the 12-volt event to talk about the benefits of some of the
seven tool products in the new lithium ion cordless line. Turnbaugh was one of numerous
professionals that field-tested the new tools for DeWalt.
of the seven tools (there are also two combo kits), he uses the screwdriver
(with 3 LED lights) the most and is extremely
fond of the work light
(130 Lumen LED light), which features a magnet
(for hanging nearby the work area to free up an extra hand) and a belt clip.
The flashlight was also a major hit among trade media members.
I enjoyed IR Thermometer
the most (one of the lights measured over 250
degrees F in the BDU product shop when I pointed it at it). Did you know a
glass of ice-cold Diet Coke is about 37 degrees (or at least that’s what it
Seven new tools comprise the 12 Volt Max* lithium ion
DeWalt’s new inspection camera
(which includes a detachable monitor) is
something Turnbaugh wishes he had when he was tasked with removing those
strawberries back in the day.
Turnbaugh is also
impressed with the design of the tools in the line, many of which feature rubber
guards on the side so the tool can be laid down without scratching or damaging
“The last thing
a customer wants to see in a new $80,000 kitchen is tools being laid on the
counter top,” Turnbaugh states. “Keeping customers happy is what keeps me in
The reason I’m
writing about Turnbaugh is he represents what made a lasting impression on me
when I left BDU in the 99-degree Baltimore summer heat.
PM Senior Editor
Mike Miazga tries out one of the new DeWalt 12 Volt Max* tools (and later
touches the hot screw).
Not only did trade media members
get to learn about and test out these new tools (Tip from the king of
nonmechanical people: Never touch a screw right after it’s been driven in and
extracted back out at high velocities - it’s going to be quite hot), but we got
to learn about the process that went into creating the tools.
And the one
thing that impressed me the most was the massive amount of time and energy
DeWalt puts into reaching out to the actual users of their products to see what
they do and don’t like about a particular tool or what their jobsite needs
The end result
was an impressive new line of 12-volt tools
that will make the future removal of
whole strawberries from a toilet much easier.DeWalt’s new 12-volt line of tools will be
available in the fourth quarter 2010.