Sneak peek at new line of DeWalt hand toolscomments (6) April 5th, 2011 in Blogs
Now that DeWalt has found a new home as part of the larger Stanley Black & Decker family, which also houses the Bostitch brand, it shouldn't be a surprise that a new line of hand tools is set to be released in June. I first saw these tools back in November of 2010 and have been waiting and watching for the release for some time now. The wait is over, and I'm now allowed to talk about the new tools. Some are "me-too" tools, and won't likely be much different than their Stanley and Bostitch relatives, but there are a few gems in here. You can see the full lineup in the top picture, but here's a bit more on a few of the standouts:
Tape Measure - If you're familiar with the Fat Max Xtreme, you're going to notice some similarities here, particularly the oversize blade hook, wide tape, and 13 ft. of standout. In fact, the body of the tape measure appears to be the same shiny casing used on the Fat Max Xtreme. The price, $25, is also the same.
Utility Knife - This knife is a bit of a mystery to me, as I don't remember seeing t it back in November. DeWalt describes it as a "hybrid folding retractable utility knife", saying that it combines the "convenience and space savings of a folding knife with the cutting performance of a traditional utility knife to create an all-in-one solution." Interesting idea, but I'm not sure of the intended audience. A folded knife would fall to the bottom of my tool pouches where it would be hard to find when needed, and it looks to be a bit too fat to stick in my pocket, where my Milwaukee folding utility knife lives. I may be wrong, this one requires a closer look.
Hammer - This one, folks, is the real deal. Imagine all of the perks of a Stiletto hammer, but at just $60. Rather than using expensive titanium like the folks at Stiletto cranking out $260 hammers, DeWalt opted for MIG welded steel. I spent a good long time grilling the young buck who shepherded this tool from concept to completion, and I am truly impressed at how much science and engineering they threw at this tool. But not only are they under cutting Stilettos niche-market dominance, they are pointing out flaws in titanium as a hammer material, claiming that the manufacturing process used for that metal can leave pits and weakspots (hence the replaceable face on those hammers). Regardless, hopefully this 15 oz. hammer is just as easy on the arm as it is on the wallet, because that low price alone will make this a seriously popular item on a carpenters want-list.
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