VOTE NOW! Toolstop Power Tool of the Year 2012

2012 has been a vintage year for power tool innovation.

From the launch of 4.0Ah lithium ion batteries powering professional tools like planers, circular saws and impact drivers, all the way through to improvements in dust extraction and cutting capacity on our corded friends, all of the major manufacturers have been pushing the innovation envelope.

The team here at Toolstop like to give you guys the chance to reward one manufacturer each year. And you get to do this by voting for your power tool of the year and you can vote below!

The winning manufacturer receives the highly coveted (no joke) Toolstop Oscar.

Last year we saw the Dewalt win the prize and the year before Bosch won.

Will someone else walk away with the loot this time around? It's up to you, get voting now, closing date is the 18th December 2012

Who are the Toolstop Power Tool of the Year Nominees?

Nominee #1 - Dewalt DCF895M2 18V Cordless Brushless Impact Driver

Power, power and more power. Oh, and plenty of runtime, too.

DeWalt were quick onto the market with it's new range of 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries and clearly couldn't wait to use the longer runtimes offered to develop new power tools that can take advantage.

The DCF895 M2 is one such tool.

It's small, compact, offers 3 speeds and features an embedded hex design so that you can use it in confined spaces.

Over and above that, functionality is key with this impact driver from DeWalt.

3 LED "Halo" job light, ergonomic handle and rubber overmolding combined with 170Nm of torque means that this impact drive gives you power, comfort and features in one small package.

So, if you're a fan of DeWalt - and we know there are lots of you judging by the votes on last year's Power Tool Oscars - vote for the DCF895M2 as your power tool of the year below.

Nominee #2 - Hitachi DV18DSDL 18V Cordless Combi Drill

Hitachi DV18DSDL
Another power tool packing plenty of lithium-ion juice, the Hitachi DV18 DSDL is an 18v combi drill benefiting from Hitachi's venture into the 4.0Ah market.

If you want to know more about combi drills, we recommend you head on over to our Drill Buying Guide.

However, it's worth pointing out that this combi drill from Hitachi is a belter, offering 92Nm of torque, a maximum impact rate of 27000 ipm on speed 2, with the ability of drill holes of up to 65mm into wood while the 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries only take 60 minutes to charge.

A great all-rounder, this is the tool to vote for below if you're a fan of Hitachi power tools! Vote below.

Nominee #3 - Makita BHR242RFE 18V Cordless Brushless Rotary Hammer

While the BHR242 RFE may not pack a 4.0Ah lithium-ion battery, that's not a problem.

Remember, the Ah element of the battery denotes the amount of charge it'll hold (read more here). But for a beast like this rotary hammer you need power, and that's measured by the voltage of the battery.

This year Makita slapped a huge 36v battery onto the BHR242RFE and we've now got an ergonomically designed power tool that delivers big performance.

4,700 blows per minute and 950rpm means that this will drill up to 13mm in steel and 24mm in concrete, while keeping vibration to within safety guidelines.

Battery run time is kept at optimum levels thanks to the brushless motor (read more about brushless technology here), with recharge times of only 22 minutes.

If you're a Makita power tool fan and if you like your tools beefy and powerful, then vote for the Makita BHR242RFE below.

Nominee #4 - Bosch GOF1600CE Professional Router

Bosch has packed a powerful 1600W motor into their latest professional router and as a result you'll be handling a tool capable of 25,000rpm while only outputting vibration emission values of 5.5 m/s.

Functionality is there too, as are features including LED job light, the ability to make very fast router bit changes thanks to the spindle lock and flat housing cover, and Bosch's patented fine adjustment settings when making fixed plunges. Click here to read our blog report on the GOF1600CE

All of the Bosch toys are fitted to the GOF1600CE including dust extraction and Constant Electronics and Soft-Start on the motor.

Definitely one to consider by anyone who has to make plunge cuts day in, day out, and if you're a fan of Bosch professional power tools you'll want to vote for it below.

Nominee #5 - Metabo W2000-230 Angle Grinder

Metabo W2000-230 9
This year Metabo has built on the popular and successful W21-230 grinder and added a smaller motor, auto-stop carbon brushes, a twist-proof wheel guard and dead-mans safety paddle switch.

Spec is as high as you'd expect from a Metabo grinder, including 2000 Watts from the motor which will spin the wheel at up to 6600rpm offering 13Nm of torque.

Vibration control is excellent. So while the W2000-230 offers all that power and grinding/cutting capability, the tri-axis vibration reading is a lowly 7m/s which is in accordance with EN60745-2-3.

If you're a lover of Metabo, then they need you to vote for the W2000-230 grinder. You can do so right now by clicking the button below.

Nominee #6 - Ridgid CA-300 Inspection Camera

For a company perhaps best known for wrenches, Ridgid are fairly taking the inspection camera market by storm. 2012 has been another peak year for the company with the launch of the CA-300.

For a guide to the sort of inspection cameras the Ridgid CA-300 is up against, click through to our Buying Guide.

The CA-300 is packed to the gunnels with functional features, including 3.5" TFT display running a resolution of 320x240 pixels. And you can see it in action on Toolstop TV, click here.

The inspection end of the device is illuminated by4 adjustable LEDs and the cable has a reach of just over 3 feet, extendable to 30 feet with the optional extra extension, and the device is protected against dust and water to IP65 rating.

It'll capture not just still images but also video which can be saved onto an SD card and its powered by a 3.7v lithium-ion battery.

If you want to see Ridgid win the auspicious Toolstop Power Tool of the Year 2012 award, you need to vote for the CA-300 Inspection Camera below.

From everyone at Toolstop we want to wish all of the power tool manufacturers who are nominated this year the very best of luck!

Voting closes 12pm (GMT) 17th December. so get your votes in now! And click here to share the voting page with your friends.

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