Power Tool of the Year 2013

Power Tool of teh Year contenders

It's been another exciting year in the world of power tools. We continue to see the manufacturers innovate and improve the tools that you buy and rely on each day at work.

From increased battery capacity, such as Metabo's 5.2Ah 18v batteries, to DeWALT engineering brushless motors into more and more of their drills, and Makita finally joining the 4Ah battery party, coupled with higher output from tools, it's an exciting time.

So, with the innovation envelop being pushed further and further, its been a challenge for Team Toolstop to select our nominees for Power Tool of the Year 2013.

However, after much debate and deliberation we're delighted to present with a list of tools from your favourite manufacturers that you'll now vote on to appoint Power Tool of the Year 2013.

While your personal favourite tool of 2013 might not be on the list, the manufacturer probably will be. Therefore, vote for the manufacturer, not the tool.

Alternatively, if your favourite tool is on the list, vote for it!

We know that the manufacturers take this very seriously and are genuinely thrilled to win! And its you guys that make that happen.

To recap the past few years, here's our previous winners:

  • 2010 - WINNER of the Power Tool Oscar: Bosch GOP 10.8V0Li
  • 2011 - WINNER of the Power Tool Oscar: DeWALT DCD985L2
  • 2012 - WINNER of the Power Tool Oscar: Ridgid CA-300 Inspection Camera 

So, rolling out the red carpet, it's our pleasure to present you with your nominees for Power Tool of the Year 2013. Who'll win the Oscar? You decide.


Nominee #1 - Makita DHP480RMJ 18V Cordless Li-ion Brushless Combi Drill

This represents Makita's first foray into the world of brushless combi-drills. The huge benefits of running a brushless motor in a drill such as this is obvious; fantastic runtimes, longer tool lifetime all packaged together in a combi-drill that's both robust and compact. Slap a new 4Ah battery on it and it'll run 1.4 times longer on a single charge that its predecessor.

The DHP480, while offering a powerful 370w output, has a headlength of only 185mm. The gearing is all metal, so it'll stand a knock, and Makita has engineered it with XPT to help protect the tool against dust and water ingress.

If you're a Makita fan - especially if you think the DHP480 is a cracker, vote for it as your Power Tool of the Year.


Nominee #2 - Dewalt DCN690M2 18V Li-ion Cordless Brushless 90mm Framing Nailer

DeWALT's new for 2013 framing nailer represented a huge breakthrough. Brushless motor powered by lithium-ion batteries. The first on the market.

This nailer is a belter, giving you up to 600 nails per fully charged 4Ah battery. Again, the efficiency of brushless comes to the fore, not just in runtime but also in what the nailer is capable of; fire in 90mm ring shank nails into C24 construction timber, no problem at all.

Plus, with a nailer like this you're saving cash; no more gas. Just slap in a battery and you're good to go.

If you're a DeWALT fan and if you want the DCN690M2 to win our Power Tool Oscar, then you need to vote for it!


Nominee #3 - Bosch GOP18VECNCG 18V Cordless Professional Multi-Tool

Bosch is a previous winner of the Power Tool Oscar for their 10.8V-Li GOP. The GOP is a popular tool, a real get out jail free card. Slap on the appropriate cutter, grinder or sanding disc and you can accomplish all sorts of jobs quickly and easily.

Bosch hasn't rested on its laurels, though, and this year saw them release their first GOP powered by, once again, a brushless motor.

Slap on one of their CoolPack 4Ah li-ion 18v batteries and you can power through your jobs. Bosch claims the GOP18VE will give you 30% longer runtime with a fully charged battery than you'd get from a traditional cordless DC motor.

And as for accessories, the GOP features Bosch's SDS for quick tool-free accessory changes, and the OIS fitting means you can use a wide range of accessories from other manufacturers.

Considering the above, and if you're a Bosch fan that wants the company to win the Power Tool Oscar, get voting now!


Nominee #4 - Metabo KGS 254 M Sliding Mitre Saw

Here we're deviating a little from what we'd normally put forward to win the Power Tool Oscar. The KGS254 isn't a new tool. But it's a very popular tool. We know a lot of you guys own one, so this is your chance to give it the recognition it probably deserves.

It's a great saw, either for professionals or serious enthusiasts, and Metabo's signature quality German manufacturing is all over the saw; precision bearings on the support rails, great ergonomics and a laser guide.

We reckon Metabo is worthy to be on our list of nominees due to the high standard of the KGS254, so if you agree, give them your vote!


Nominee #5 - Hitachi C7SB2 185mm Circular Saw

Another favourite rather than brand new, and another chance for you to give recognition to your favourite tool manufacturer.

Hitachi consistently produce quality tools at a great price, and the C7SB2 is no exception. It's a no-frills saw, but what you get on it guarantees you'll get the job done, from the soft grip handle to the heavy duty aluminium base plate.

The C7SB2 includes spindle lock so that you can quickly and easily change blades, and when you're cutting it allows you to set a true angle of 90 with absolute accuracy. Everything about it is easy to use.

Hitachi fans, this is your chance to recognise the manufacturer for producing power tools of quality. Get your vote in for the C7BS2!



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