Toolstop's Power Tool of the Year 2016
Posted by Mark Hunter - November 08, 2016
Once again it's that time for you to place your vote for your favourite power tool of the year, 2016. This is our 7th annual Power Tool of the Year and as you can see from the list below, DeWALT has cleaned up over the years.
2010 WINNER: Bosch GOP 10.8V0Li
2011 WINNER: DeWALT DCD985L2
2012 WINNER: Ridgid CA-300 Inspection Camera
2013 WINNER: DeWALT DCN690M2 18V Li-ion Brushless Framing Nailer
2014 WINNER: DeWALT DCS355 18V li-ion Cordless Brushless Oscillating Multi-Tool
2015 WINNER: DeWALT DCN660 Brushless 2nd Fix Nailer
Will 2016 be the year where Makita matches Leonardo Di Caprio and finally picks up the PTOTY? Only you can decide.
As with previous years we'll list our nominees below. Your job is to decide which manufacturer deserves the nod based on both the tool we've chosen and their endeavours to innovate. It's your chance to place a vote of confidence next to your favourite tool or manufacturer, a chance to tell the world which brand deserves to receive the highly coveted PTOTY (or Potty as we're referring to it in the office).
Power Tool of the Year 2016 - The Nominees
Remember, it isn't just the tool that's getting the coveted Potty, it's the manufacturer of the tool. As we said above, we know that these guys take this annual award very seriously, so it's a huge vote of confidence for them.
That means that even if the tool itself wasn't your personal favourite in 2016, select the manufacturer of the tools that have floated your boat. Use our survey at the bottom of the page to register your vote (one vote per email address, per day - this means you can vote more than once, just not on the same day).
Representing both Makita and the company's new 10.8v battery platform, the HPP331 is a deceptively powerful but diminutive combi drill. Offering you up to 6,750 blows per minute while the bit spins at up to 1,700rpm, it's perfect for kitchen fitting, giving you the flexibility of a compact footprint for when you're fitting cupboard doors, all the way through to drilling for fixings.
The chuck is keyless, the motor has an electric brake and it's all powered by the 2016 battery platform that saw Makita upgrade and improve it's 10.8V cordless offering.
The new batteries benefit from higher capacity, individual cell monitoring, circuit protection, multi-contact slide-on design, and a fuel gauge. Learn more about CXT batteries here and watch our video of the HP331 here.
If Makita and the new CXT platform, used by the HP331, is your pick for PTY, click here!
Featuring a combination of a horizontal and vertical laser, coupled with top and bottom plumbpoints, the GCL 2-15 comes with a host of extras. These include the RM-1 Professional Multi-function Mount. The unit simply slides onto the RM-1 and you then have a compact tripod with 360º rotation.
Of course, the laser can be mounted onto either a standard 1/4" tripod (such as the supplied BT 150 Professional Tripod, which is also in the box) or a tripod with the larger 5/8" fitting.
In operation, the GCL 2-15 has a working range of 15m, which is improved via the supplied target plate. It's rated IP54 against water and dust, and is accurate to ± 0.3 mm/m.
Watch our exclusive demo here.
If Bosch are your pick to win their second PTY, then click here!
As part of Dewalt's new battery platform, the DCS777 promises corded performance without the power cord. From its ultra-compact footprint, its massive 216mm diameter blade, and ability to bevel to 48º, all of which are what you'd expect to find on a CORDED saw, not a battery powered one.
However, that's part of the allure of the new XR FlexVolt batteries (read our report here) and compatible tools. They offer you the performance you'd expect from a corded tool, but you're free to work anywhere thanks to the battery!
On top of that, you have the XPS shadow line for accurate cuts, even in bright sunshine, internal rails to keep the footprint small, and cutting capacities of 270mm width by 62mm deep at 90º.
Read our report on the DCS777 here and watch our demo video here.
If you think DeWALT deserve to pick up a FIFTH Power Tool of the Year for this saw, and the XR FlexVolt evolution, then click here!
With a head length of just 135mm and bundled with two 2Ah batteries, this 10.8v drill driver is the perfect companion for anyone's tool kit. Metabo hasn't skimped on the technology of these, their smallest, batteries.
The fabled Ultra-M technology is in place, which includes intelligent charging, optimum draw from the motor and a guaranteed long life. Yes, that's Metabo's famous 3 year warranty on the tool and the batteries.
The PowerMaxx BS gives you up to 34Nm of hard torque and 1,400rpm which are controlled via the trigger and the gear selector. And the massive benefit of this drill driver over others in the 10.8v class is the chuck.
Switch between a standard chuck and the hexagonal spindle depending on the applications you're undertaking.
Admittedly, this isn't a power tool. But because more of us are relying on a jobsite radio to keep us entertained during the day, it makes sense that Hitachi's awesome UR 18DSDL is on our list of nominees.
From its IPX4 rating against water and dust, it's futuristic, durable frame, and the combination of DAB+ and Bluetooth options, this is a belter of a radio. It has a tough, weather-sealed charging port for your phone or mp3 player, an auxiliary-in port, and can charge your USB device while you listen to your tunes.
It draws power from either the mains or Hitachi's 18v batteries, and it features a "high sensitivity low-noise radio frequency amplifier and digital signal processing/receiving system" which basically means the sound is crystal clear.
For many, having DABandBluetooth in a radio is a deal maker, so for these reasons and more, the UR 18DSDL is on our list of PTY nominees this year.
Watch our demo video here.
If you think Hitachi should walk away with the Power Tool Oscar this year, then click here to vote!
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