How many people know what the thenar eminence is?
No need to ever visit a chiropractor after this
bone-vibrating experience. This 20 Volt MAX saw tore right through the metal
rod. Photos credit: Mike Miazga/Plumbing & Mechanical
What about the definition of the
Put me in the
category of having no clue on either. These were two of the many bits of
information disseminated during the final day of the DeWALT
media event held at Stanley Black & Decker University
To end the
suspense, the thenar eminence
is the group of muscles on the palm of the human
hand at the base of the thumb.
According to one
of those online dictionaries, a carabineer
is a metal loop with a sprung or
screwed gate used to quickly and reversibly connect components in
The thumb deal
is important to DeWALT. With the rollout of its new 20 Volt MAX lithium ion
cordless power tool line, contractors will find completely redesigned handles -
great news for the thenar eminence. Thanks to a change in battery construction,
a slimmer handle design and an adjustment to the product footprint and weight
allocation has produced more balance and a lighter feel. The 3.0 amp-hour 20
Volt battery is 38 percent lighter than the existing 18 Volt DeWALT battery.
A big question
at this event was what is going to happen to the 18 Volt and 12 Volt DeWALT
lines of cordless tools? The answer is nothing. They are both still alive and
well and will continue to be.
DeWALT's new 20 Volt MAX line of cordless power tools will
be available in September.
This new 20 Volt MAX line will
include a compact drill/driver, a premium drill/driver, two impact drivers, a
compact hammer drill, a premium hammer drill, a recip saw, a circular saw, a
SDS rotary hammer, a right-angle drill and a work light. These tools stress
comfort, high-performance and endurance - all buzz words for busy contractors.
The aforementioned carabineer can
be found attached to one of DeWALT’s new tape rules, allowing a contractor to
fasten to his belt or to a nail on a jobsite wall.
The tape rules
were part of a mountain of new products introduced by DeWALT during the two-day
event. There is simply not enough space to list all of the hammers, drills,
chalk lines, impact drivers, saw blades, etc. that will be hitting contractors’
hands either right now or later this year.
how strong the tape rules are, an air-hockey-type table was set up in the
demonstration area. The object of the game was to extend the tape rule and use
it as a hook to grab the washer-like spheres on the table and drop them in the
goal. An intense game between two media members drew quite a crowd of
But it’s simple
things such as contouring a handle on a drill to meet the comfort needs of
contractors or adding a gizmo to a tool that allows it to be hung on a jobsite
wall and not thrown on the ground, placed in a pocket or back in a toolbox that
are the driving force behind DeWALT’s thinking when developing new tools.
“I’m not a big
fella, so these new side grips and decreasing the size of the handle makes the
tool much more usable,” noted Dan Martin
a Maryland-area general contractor who was part of a product development panel
during the second day of the event.
The 20 VOLT MAX line of cordless
power tools are slated to be available in September. A number of combo kits in
that line also will be available. There is good news on the battery front.
DeWALT is developing battery chargers that will charge different voltage batteries
at the same time (so you could charge 12 VOLT and 20 VOLT tool batteries at the
same time) - very cool stuff.
senior executive joked the company’s tool development process is like “CSI for
tools.” That thoroughness and taking into account the thoughts and opinions of
the actual end users ends up being a win-win for not only DeWALT, but for the
contractors using their many different tools and accessories.
If you missed Mike’s first day at the DeWALT 2-day
media event, check it out.
Tape rule hockey anybody?