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post-workbenchaward.jpgWorkbench Magazine presented their “2006 Top 10 Innovative Tool Awards” in the February issue, and the article’s now online for everyone on their website.  So, who made the list?

  • Powermatic PM2000 Cabinet Saw w/Integral Castors
  • Craftsman Powder Coater
  • Hitachi C12LSH Zero-Clearance Sliding Miter Saw
  • Panasonic EY7202 Impact Driver w/Digital Clutch
  • Festool C12 Brushless-Motor Cordless Drill
  • Makita JR3070CT Anti-Vibration Reciprocating Saw
  • Rikon 20-110 Jointer w/Micro-Adjusting Fence
  • Jet JJ-6CSDX Jointer w/Auto-Indexing Knives
  • Bosch BlueCore Batteries
  • Milwaukee v28 Lithium Ion

It looks like cordless technology is definitely taking front stage as four of the ten were battery systems or cordless tools.  Workbench lauded both Bosh’s BlueCore and Milwaukee’s V28 systems for their attempts at reducing battery heat.  The Festool C12 cordless drill made the list for its use of a brushless motor.

We were a bit surprised with the inclusion of the Craftsman powder coater, though.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it; it just seems less than innovative to us since the Eastwood Co. Hot Coat system has been available for some time.

2006 Top 10 Innovative Tool Awards [Workbench Magazine]


One Response to Workbench Magazine’s 2006 Top 10 Innovative Tool Awards

  1. Frank A. Ballentine, Jr. says:

    I can speak for the Craftsman powder coat gun. Yes it work though the cup lock on my broke the first time around (super glue to the rescue). I’m an intern for a manufacturer of power distribution gear. Sometimes we need to push product out fast and don’t have time to send it to our normal powder coater. I showed the gun to the head of engineering and a week later it was at my desk. This is perfect for anyone who needs to do a few small parts. We can cut down turn-around time and cost of one offs (seeing as the lot charge and time of sending one offs to regular coater would pay for the gun and powder after 4 times).

    Everything you need comes in the case except for the oven of course. And that’s one of the problems, once you do small pieces, you want to move up to bigger pieces at which point the shop toaster oven won’t do.

    The nice thing about it not using shop air or some other external air source is you can take just about anywhere.

    The downside is Craftsman powder is expensive and comes in small amounts. The Hot Coat powder that MSC sells works just as well and comes in larger amounts for decent price ($12 gets you 8 oz, not including shipping).

    I wouldn’t suggest for major productions use, get a used pro system for that, but for small runs for home or the one-offs in the shop, this gun is just fine

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