THE COM­PLETE CORD LESS AR­SE­NAL

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - DIY SPE­CIAL -

Drills you ex­pect. They’ve been cord­less for decades. But a planer? A drill press? A ta­ble saw? Along with im­proved lithium-ion tech­nol­ogy that lets ma­u­fac­tur­ers pack more volt­age into smaller bat­ter­ies, brush­less mo­tors are more ef­fi­cient in how they use that elec­tric­ity. Your favourite tools can now be used miles away from an out­let. Even some­where like here.

} MIL­WAU­KEE MITRE SAW

Equipped with a 250 mm blade and a 4 000 r/min mo­tor, this 18 volt saw can cross­cut a 50 x 300 plank, mitre a 50 x 200, or cross­cut a piece of 150 mm base­board stand­ing ver­ti­cally. It can also make you for­get you’re not plugged into the mains. About R23 000

MAKITA RAN­DOM- OR­BIT SAN­DER

Three speed set­tings means you can sand through al­most any­thing. You’ll wear out be­fore the bat­tery. R1199

BOSCH PLANER

Weigh­ing in at only 3 kg with a 14 000 r/min mo­tor and solid car­bide blade, this planer leaves a smooth fin­ish on any thing from con­struc­tion lum­ber to a cac­tus. R1 699

RIDGID BRUSH­LESS VAC­UUM

This 18 volt wet/dry hand vac­uum can be used as is or when you at­tach the noz­zle and floor tool as an up­right vac­uum for larger spa­ces.

STOUT BAND SSAW

Stout’s ex­cel­lent cord­less band saw has a throat ca­pac­ity of 60 mm and can now be at­tached to an ac­ces­sory stand to con­vert to a sta­tion­ary ma­chine. R1 495

STIHL TSA 230 CUT­OFF SAW

Even a re­cip­ro­cat­ing saw pales by com­par­i­son to Stihl’s cut­off ma­chine. The 5,4 kg saw is pow­ered by a brush­less 36 volt mo­tor and its 225 mm di­am­e­ter wheel cuts steel and cast iron. Or switch to a di­a­mond grit wheel and use the ac­ces­sory wa­ter tank to cut con­crete. R8 125. Ad­di­tional bat­tery and charger cost R3 650

RYOBI LAN­TERN

A 4 amp bat­tery gets you 330 lu­mens of light for 48 hours. Plus, it can charge your phone through a 1 amp USB port. R507

RYOBI BLUE­TOOTH STEREO

Ex­cel­lent sound qual­ity and a con­ve­nient 2 amp USB port that uses the stereo’s 18 volt bat­tery to charge your tablet or phone. R1 878

CRAFTS­MAN DRILL DRIVER

A two speed gear box, 12 mm chuck and 21-po­si­tion clutch to limit driv­ing torque. Plus, it comes with two 19,2 volt bat­ter­ies. R775

DE­WALT TA­BLE SAW

This 23 kg saw is pow­ered by a sin­gle 60 volt brick­like lithium-ion bat­tery. It’s a ca­pa­ble cut­ter, with a rack and pin­ion gear fence for im­pres­sive ac­cu­racy. The bat­tery is back­wards com­pat­i­ble with any of De­walt’s 20 volt tool line. R10 499

MIL­WAU­KEE DRILL PRESS

A mag­net in the base of this Mil­wau­kee drill gives you 907 kg of hold­ing force – enough to grip any mag­netic sur­face and be­come a drill press. The hole­mak­ing ca­pac­ity of 40 mm is plenty for most jobs. About R37 000

BOSCH JIG­SAW

This saw can make any curved or straight cut in wood or com­pos­ite, alu­minium, plas­tic or steel. When it’s time to change that smok­ing hot blade, just press the lever and out it pops. R1 550

MIL­WAU­KEE GRINDER

Cut and grind with a 115 mm wheel with a high-torque 28 volt DC mo­tor. Over­load pro­tec­tion and soft start also make this brute safer to use by de­creas­ing the like­li­hood of kick­back or stalling. R7 450

PHO­TO­GRAPH BY DWIGHT ES­CHLI­MAN

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