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May 6, 2024

Best New Tools For 2023 and 2024

Whether it’s the latest announcements from your favorite tool brands or the year’s Pro Tool Innovation Award winners and finalists, we’re staying on top of the best new tools, so you have one place to check each month to see the latest and greatest. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back to see what’s new!

Top 10 Best New Tools Quick Hits

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Greenworks 60V Razor Cut Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

Greenworks has been knocking it out of the park with its 60V lineup, and the 21-inch Self-Propelled Razor Cut lawn mower is no exception. One big update that Greenworks added to this mower is their stacked Razor Cut dual-blade system, which offers improved mulching, bagging, and cut quality compared to single-blade configuration mowers. The blades on this model spin at an impressive 3200 RPM and you can expect up to 80 minutes of runtime using the two 5.0Ah batteries that come in the kit.

  • Model: Greenworks 2546202
  • Blade Speed: 2800-3200 RPMs
  • Runtime: 80 min.
  • Blade Type: Dual stacked
  • Drive Type: Self-propelled RWD
  • Deck Material: Steel

Price: $648 kit with two 5.0Ah batteries and a rapid charger

Milwaukee M18 Fuel 6 1/2-Inch Circular Saw

Designed with the Pros in mind, the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 6-1/2 inch circular saw (2833) is built to tackle a broad range of applications on the jobsite. Its brushless motor delivers a top speed of 6,000 RPMs and a max cutting depth of 2-1/4 inches at 90°. Its versatile design allows you to perform rip, cross, miter, and bevel cuts through dimensional lumber, sheet goods, and engineered lumber. For improved productivity, this saw has positive bevel detents, as well as a brand-new depth detent, making adjustments easier than ever.

  • Model: Milwaukee 2833
  • Top speed: 6000 RPM
  • Max cutting depth: 2 1/4 inches
  • Positive bevel detents
  • Depth detent

Price: $299 bare

Ryobi 80V 1000-Watt Power Source

Ryobi’s status as a do-it-all brand is reinforced with the release of the 80V power source. It runs directly off of one of the brand’s 80V suitcase-style batteries to provide portable power wherever you need it. As the name suggests, it generates a running output of 1000W to power and charge your devices and appliances. It also uses pure sine wave technology that won’t harm the batteries of your sensitive devices. To top it off, you can hook it up to a Ryobi 80V lawn tractor to utilize multiple batteries for all-day runtime.

  • Model: Ryobi RY80BG02
  • Start-up wattage: 1800
  • Running wattage: 1000
  • Connects directly to 80V Ryobi battery
  • Outlets
    • (2) 120V
    • (2) USB-A
    • (1) USB-C

Price: $279 bare

Flex Angle Grinder Wheels and Accessories

Flex has released several new cutting and abrasive wheels to complement their 24V tools. We got our hands on several of these accessories in our hands-on review, and each one has its own specs and applications. The Flex Sightmax segmented flap discs are particularly innovative, improving efficiency by providing a transparent line of sight to your work surface to remove the guesswork.

The Flex lineup of wheels and discs are as follows (note that there are several grit and size variations for each model):

  • 4 1/2-inch and 5-inch Sightmax Flap Discs
  • 4 1/2-inch and 5-inch Razor Slice Cut-Off Discs
  • 4 1/2-inch Cut-off Wheel Type 1
  • 4 1/2-inch Combo Cut/Grind Wheel
  • 4 1/2-inch Hub Grinding Disc
  • 5-inch Grinding Disc
  • 4 1/2-inch Blending/Grinding Disc

Price: $3.69 – $15.99 (single disc prices)

Echo eForce DPB-5800T Battery-Powered Backpack Blower

When it comes to backpack blowers, Echo’s lineup has thus far been limited to gas models, that is, until now. The Echo DPB-5800T Battery-Powered Backpack Blower offers up to 795 CFM of airflow and airspeeds up to 195 MPH, all without the need for gas. In our tests, it ran continuously for right around 50 minutes in normal mode and 26 minutes in Turbo mode using three 5.0Ah batteries. This is impressive in itself, but coupled with the comparatively light weight (28.4 pounds with three batteries), this is truly an impressive feat for battery power.

  • Model: Echo DPB-5800T
  • Weight: 28.4 lbs (with three 5.0Ah batteries)
  • Max air speed: 195 MPH
  • Max airflow volume: 795 CFM / 25 N

Price: $349.99 bare; $699.99 kit with two 5.0Ah batteries and a charger

Hilti Nuron Cordless Drill Driver SBT 6-22

A drill’s a drill, right? Well, maybe if you only need to use one a few times per year for home maintenance. However, in Hilti’s case, the SBT 6-22 has quite the trick up its sleeve. This drill has a BT “drilling assist” mode for use with Hilti’s TS-BT drill bits for installing specialized S-BT threaded studs. Of course, it has a standard drilling mode, too, producing a max speed of 2000 RPM and torque levels of up to 752 in-lbs. Plus, 15 clutch settings let you dial in your torque when you’re working with smaller fasteners or delicate materials.

  • Model: Hilti SBT 6-22
  • No-load speed: 0-490, 2000 RPM
  • Max torque: 752.3 in-lbs
  • Brushless motor
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds (with B 22-85 battery)
  • Length: 7.9 inches

Price: $460.72 bare

EGO 56V 20-inch Farm and Ranch Chainsaw

We’ve seen great improvement from EGO with their blossoming 56V lineup, and this farm and ranch chainsaw is a prime example. The CS2005 has a 20-inch bar and gas equivalence of 55cc. The chain moves at an impressive 25 m/s, which is right in line with what we expect from a farm and ranch chainsaw. Its excellent cutting power, multi-speed cutting, and zero ramp-up time make this chainsaw a strong contender if you’re looking to make the switch to battery power.

  • Model: EGO CS2005
  • Weight: 19.4 lbs. (with 6.0Ah battery).
  • Bar length: 20 inches
  • 55cc gas equivalence
  • Chain speed: 25 m/s
  • Chain pitch: 3/8 in.

Price: $299 bare, $499 kit with a 6.0Ah battery and charger

DeWalt Dual Trigger Bandsaw DCS379

DeWalt’s DCS379 band saw improves upon precision, control, and safety to offer the performance Pros need to make demanding cuts. Its brushless motor delivers speeds up to 570 SFPM. It has a cut capacity of just over 3 inches and you can expect around 120 cuts on a single charge using the kitted 5.0Ah battery. What really sets it apart is the tool’s dual-trigger design, which ensures better control and safety by requiring both hands to be in contact with the tool while in use.

  • Model: Dewalt DCS379
  • Battery: 20V (5.0Ah)
  • Brushless motor
  • Blade: 18 TPI 35-3/8 in
  • Cuts per charge: ~ 120
  • Weight: 8.4 lbs

Price: $379 bare; $529 kit with a 5.0Ah battery and charger

Skil USB-C Charging Batteries

A battery that charges via a USB-C cable may not sound like it’s a big deal, but after looking at it closely we found some interesting implications. For starters, it can charge from 0% to full in under an hour without the need for a slide charger. That means if your Skil charger is already being used by another Skil battery, or if your charger stops working for some reason, you can plug in a USB-C cable and you’re good to go. As an added benefit, you can also charge your devices (like a phone or tablet) right from the battery via a USB-C cable.

  • Model: Skil CB5100B-11
  • Capacity: 2.0Ah
  • USB-C inward and outward charging
  • 0% to 100% charge in under 1 hour

Price: $59.99 bare; $99.99 with power block and cable

Ridgid Max Output EXP Tabless Batteries

The latest development on the battery front is tabless cell technology, and we’re seeing several brands start to offer it in their lineups. Ridgid has announced that it’s coming out with the 4.0Ah Max Output EXP Battery, which utilizes tabless cell technology to deliver more power in a compact package. The brand promises these batteries to be a major upgrade from their normal 18V batteries by utilizing 21700 cells and tabless connections within the battery. While these batteries were announced this month, you’ll have to wait until September to start seeing them roll out!

Price: TBA

The 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Award winners and finalists have been announced! With 233 products across 15 distinct categories, they represent the best new tools coming over the next year (some are already available). Head over to the PTIA website to see the entire list for yourself or click on the headings below to look at the individual category pages.

As for us, we’ve selected some of the most intriguing new tools—one from each category. There are so many more than just the ones listed here, though, so be sure to check out the pages to see the most innovative products on the docket for the next year!

CMT Orange Tools ITK Extreme Demolition 007 “License to Cut” Circular Saw Blade

Best New Tools: Accessories and Fasteners
CMT Orange Tools ITK Extreme Demolition 007 "License to Cut" Circular Saw BladeBest New Tools: Accessories and Fasteners
CMT Orange Tools ITK Extreme Demolition 007 "License to Cut" Circular Saw Blade

Take one look at CMT Orange Tools’ 007 demo blade, and it’s immediately clear this blade is different. Large cutouts around the blade reduce overall mass, leading to faster acceleration and less overall energy use, helping you manage the battery on cordless saws. They also help reduce heat buildup during cutting.

A closer look reveals a tooth design that handles nail strikes more effectively by avoiding a full-on nail hit against a single tooth and brazing deeper into the plate. At the same time, a 5° ATB configuration offers stable, fast cuts in clean and nail-embedded wood.

Price: $13.97

Milwaukee M12 Fuel Insider Extended Reach Box Ratchet

Best New Tools: Automotive and Metalworking
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Insider Extended Reach Box RatchetBest New Tools: Automotive and Metalworking
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Insider Extended Reach Box Ratchet

While you’re applying Neosporin to your busted knuckles, Milwaukee’s automotive team has been working on a way to keep them from getting that way in the first place. By inserting the socket into the ratchet head instead of onto it, the M12 Fuel Insider drops another 3/4 of an inch and significantly improves your ability to access tight areas. That by itself is enough to make it a winner in our eyes, but Milwaukee’s product team took it further. The ratchet is compatible with all three standard drive sizes, 1/4″ hex bits, is pass-through capable up to 15mm, has an extended reach, and a high speed drive of 350 RPM. We’re guessing it’s going to be a while before anyone can top that!

Price: $299

Hilti Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor

Best New Tools: Concrete and Masonry
Hilti Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor SystemBest New Tools: Concrete and Masonry
Hilti Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor System

If your work involves setting adhesive anchors, you’re going to love Hilti’s Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor System. To put it simply, the Kwik-X system can be stated as “drill, drop, drive, done.” No joke.

Just like you would with any other anchor, you start by drilling the appropriate-sized hole for it. But instead of reaching for your vac or hole blower, you skip the cleanout step completely. The way you get around it is by using Hilti’s SafeSet procedure, which includes using a hollow bit and vac to remove dust while you’re drilling.

Next, you take the adhesive packet and drop the entire thing into the hole, package and all. You don’t need to squeeze it out, and you don’t need to use an applicator.

Finally, use your impact wrench to drive the fastener in place. As it turns, it breaks the packet open and displaces the adhesive to fill the gaps. That’s it, you’re done. It’s a huge time-saver and makes getting new crew members up to speed easier while reducing the risk of errors along the way.

Price: $59.20

Flex 4-Port Simultaneous Rapid Charger

Best New Tools: Cordless Tools
Flex 4-Port Simultaneous Rapid ChargerBest New Tools: Cordless Tools
Flex 4-Port Simultaneous Rapid Charger

You’d think battery chargers would be a fairly boring category, but this year’s vote was tight thanks to several outstanding options. Flex came away with the win for their 4-Port Simultaneous Charger. Each of the four ports can charge at a rate of 280 watts, and can run at that pace simultaneously. That’s better than any 4-port charger we’ve seen so far, and keeping your power tools operating without interruption for charging is the number one concern our team has for its charging needs.

Price: $289.99

Malco Adjustable Siding Gauge

Best New Tools: Hand Tools
Malco Adjustable Siding GaugeBest New Tools: Hand Tools
Malco Adjustable Siding Gauge

We’ve seen some impressive ways to make siding installation easier over the years, but Malco’s Adjustable Siding Gauge is the best. By setting the pair to the same detent and clamping them onto the already installed siding, it’s your second and third set of hands to hold pieces up to 16 feet in length and exactly the right height, leaving you with both hands to fasten them properly. Best of all, it makes a 2 – 3-man job one that you can do by yourself, and it’ll cost you less than you’d pay your helper for the day.

Price: $75

Ridgid RP 115 Mini Press Tool

Ridgid RP 115 Mini Press ToolRidgid RP 115 Mini Press Tool

For common 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch press fittings, you’ve got to see what Ridgid’s team has come up with. The RP 115 is less than 15 inches long and is 2.5 inches wide, giving you easier access to tight connection spaces better than other models. It’s also just 5.5 pounds, including the battery press jaws, making it the lightest cordless option you have available as well. This lightweight, compact press tool is a fatigue-busting solution for press connections from a name you can trust.

Price: $1805



Visualizing what the final results will be is a challenge for every home contractor and client relationship. HOVER can help bridge that gap with its design functions, and give your clients more confidence that they’re getting the home of their dreams before the groundwork even starts. When it’s time to crunch numbers, HOVER can help you build your estimates more quickly and even order materials once the contract is signed. There are even applications for homeowners, such as help with insurance claims and brainstorming future upgrades. When it comes to exterior design, HOVER is a high-tech solution in a high-tech world.

Price: $25 – $199 per design (membership program also available)

Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Log Splitter

Ryobi Log SplitterRyobi Log Splitter

2023 marks the year log splitters make the jump to battery power from mainstream brands. Ryobi’s 40V HP Brushless Log Splitter uses a kinetic drive to split logs with 12 tons of splitting force. With a capacity for logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20 inches long, it’s capable of splitting up to 150 times on a 4.0Ah battery and has a cycle time of just 2 seconds. With a frame designed for easy transport to and from your log pile, getting ready for fireplace season has never been easier or more convenient.

Price: $999

SST MegaFlow 3-Stage Air Filter and Regulator

SST MegaFlow 3-Stage Air Filter and RegulatorSST MegaFlow 3-Stage Air Filter and Regulator

The SST MegaFlow 3 Stage Air Filter and Regulator is a classic example of “see a problem, solve a problem” engineering. If you’ve used compressors or air tools for any length of time, you know that contaminants cause problems eventually. By incorporating a 3-stage filter on the intake end, the SST MegaFlow ensures you’re getting more time between maintenance and longer service life. Plus, the visible cartridges make it easy to see when filter changes are due, and the high-quality construction ensures it will be around for a long time. It’s a fantastic solution to a common problem.

Price: $349.99

Fluke Advanced Pro Wire Tracer

Fluke Advanced Pro Wire TracerFluke Advanced Pro Wire Tracer

Fluke’s 2062 Advanced Pro Wire Tracer gives you a big advantage when you’re tracing wires. With the ability to trace energized or de-energized wires, you can avoid disrupting other work that’s going on in an occupied space. Multiple modes allow you to work in residential, commercial, and industrial structures without having to switch tools. Plus, the 2062 has a 3.5″ color screen that helps you visualize where the wire is running and avoids losing track of the run. It has everything you need to trace wires, find breaks, detect shorts, and identify breakers, all with the protection of a CAT IV 600V rating.

Price: $2899.99

Craftsman V-Series Rolling Tool Cabinet

Craftsman V-Series Rolling Tool CabinetCraftsman V-Series Rolling Tool Cabinet

Craftsman is stepping up its storage game in a big way with the Pro-focused V-Series. It’s all about the build. I-Frame construction and heavier gauge steel set it apart from less expensive homeowner models. That gives it a much higher 3000-pound total capacity, and it has suspension-loaded casters to ensure it’s able to handle the load and still roll effectively. Best of all, these professional toolboxes are still well under the price you’ll pay from the tool truck guys while maintaining the quality Pros demand.

Price: $999-$1799

Graco Ultra QuickShot Cordless Paint Sprayer

Graco Ultra QuickShot Cordless Paint SprayerGraco Ultra QuickShot Cordless Paint Sprayer

Graco is continuing to expand its line of impressive cordless paint sprayers, this time with a solution designed to make small jobs quicker and easier. The Ultra QuickShot features an easy-filling 32-ounce cup and connects to a 6-foot hose that only contains an ounce of paint when loaded. In a brilliant move, the pump sits on a holster you wear, leaving only the weight of the gun in your hands, giving you outstanding control in tight or awkward spaces and making it ladder-friendly when you have to climb. Rather than manufacturing a proprietary battery, Graco goes with the popular DeWalt 20V Max battery as a power source, making spare and replacement batteries easy to get hold of.

Price: $1399

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Barrel Grip Jigsaw

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Barrel Grip JigsawRidgid 18V SubCompact Barrel Grip Jigsaw

Ridgid combines the control of a barrel grip style, the ease of a compact design, and the convenience of a cordless power source with the 18V SubCompact R86346. It’s packed with just about every feature you’d hope to find on a jigsaw: adjustable speed, orbital action, lever action blade release, a dust port, dust blower, and tool-free bevel adjustments. Combined with a brushless motor and a fast 3200 SPM stroke rate, it’s a fantastically well-rounded jigsaw.

Price: $179

Truewerk XP WerkPant

Truewerk XP WerkPantTruewerk XP WerkPant

If you’re a fan of the T1 WerkPant (who isn’t?), then you’ll love the Truewerk XP WerkPant for those days that your knees are in contact with the ground or against equipment you’re working on. With built-in knee pads that retain the movement and flexibility Truewerk is known for, it’s an excellent upgrade to keep the T1’s primary characteristics while saying goodbye and good riddance to your strap-on knee pads.

Price: $99

Greenworks Commuter E-Bike

Greenworks Commuter E-BikeGreenworks Commuter E-Bike

E-commuting is becoming more popular and today’s brushless motor and battery technology is making it a legitimate option for many people. Greenworks is entering the space with a commuter E-bike that has an excellent 20 MPH top speed and a competitive 25-mile range. Considering it only takes 40 minutes to charge, you can make longer commutes to work without a problem. What really caught our attention was the price. Just under $1900, Greenworks is offering a quality, full-feature E-commuter for about half of what you’d pay from name brands like Trek.

Price: $1899.99

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