LA CROSSE, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--It’s time for a new set of power tools and you’re in luck because there are lots to choose from. In general, the new breed of power tools are compact, lighter weight and loaded with power. When it’s time to buy, consider the combos, which typically feature a cordless drill/driver, circular saw and a work light. Combination pricing is a better value and even if you don’t need that third or fourth tool today, it may come in handy in the future.
The optimum power source is lithium-ion. First introduced in 1991, lithium-ion batteries are widely used in laptops, digital cameras, cordless lawn and garden equipment, PDA’s, pacemakers, watches and more.
Prior to lithium-ion technology, cordless power tools were powered by NiCad or nickel metal hydride batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are at a premium. Experts say the cost difference between lithium-ion and NiCad is 30 percent. That figure will change as demand increases. However, lithium-ion batteries are lighter weight, have no memory effect due to charging, provide 30 to 40 percent more recharges and last four times longer than NiCad batteries before replacement.
Home centers, such as Menards® typically feature both platforms. The MasterForce® power tool line with FlexPower™ technology allows one to choose any combination of battery power and performance. Lithium-ion or NiCad, these cordless power tools are designed to work off either platform. The 18V quick charger handles both battery types. All too often, homeowners opt for two battery packs to keep tools and projects going all day. While one battery is working, the other cradles the charger so it’s ready when needed.
Pay attention to a battery’s amp hour rating. The larger the number, the longer the run time. For example, in MasterForce lithium-ion batteries, users have a choice of selecting 1.5 Ah or 3 Ah batteries. The cost differential is minimal, so selecting the larger amp hour battery pays dividends.
Remodeling projects, such as installing kitchen or utility cabinets, applying drywall, garage storage, custom closet shelving, installing mini-blinds hardware or framing a basement – the MasterForce line of 18 volt lithium-ion power tools help provide all the encouragement needed to tackle projects throughout the house or jobsite.
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