Cordless Tools

Good vibrations

Tested: Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Tool

With more than a few chores piling up, we powered up the cordless Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Tool to see if the brand's new high-powered portable was worth the investment.

Changing the landscape of home lawn care

Tested: Kobalt 40V Max Outdoor Power Equipment

The Kobalt 40V Max Outdoor Power Equipment ($149-$399) lineup is Lowe's new family of cordless yard care products. With two lawnmowers, a string trimmer, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, pole saw and chainsaw available at launch at affordable price points, their comprehensive collection seems aimed at homeowners who are ready to wholeheartedly embrace the cordless revolution. With a full selection charged, ready and waiting just outside of Jacksonville, we ditched our parkas and went to work.

Portable, with Power to Spare

No Strings Attached: Best Cordless Power Tool Combo Kits

We tackled a variety of chores, from the simplest deck demolition to re-framing the interior of a house, to help you choose the right path for your cordless cash. Here are our picks for the cordless power tool kits -- including a drill/driver of some sort, a circular saw and a reciprocating saw -- that do it best, along with notes on each individual tool.

Righty-tighty

Tested: DeWalt 8V Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver

Though it was a “must-have” item when it hit the market decades ago, the cordless screwdriver's charms wound down faster than the AA batteries stacked in its tail. To maintain shelf space on impulse item peg-boards, tool manufacturers did what they do best: they added power, shed weight and extended run times. While noble in effort, their improvements just weren't reason enough for tradesmen to sacrifice space in their tool bags...until now. To see if the DeWalt 8V Max Gyroscopic Screwdriver ($89) delivers the right balance of intuitive tech and commonplace comfort, we took it out for an involved spin.

Change for less change

Black and Decker Matrix Modular Tool System

Filling a toolbox is no cheap venture. For the cash-strapped, the Black and Decker Matrix Modular Tool System provides a unique opportunity to build a quality fix-it arsenal with minimal bank roll trauma. Using B&D’s Quick Connect System, the tool’s included drill/driver head can be swapped out for up to six other options including an...

All Charged Up

Ryobi TEK 4 Cordless Electronic Tools

Ryobi hit the nail on the head with its well thought out TEK 4 line of battery-powered tools. Cordless tools are nothing new, what with all the saws and drills out there that get their juice from battery packs. However, the TEK 4 line-up addresses home improvement and job site needs with a new twist...

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit Giveaway!

We like to think of ourselves and yourselves as guys who get stuff done. Having the right tool for any given job is key to this effort. To that end, we’ve been big fans of Porter Cable’s full lineup of equipment, suitable of just about any worthwhile task you can think of. Even better, we’ve...

Don't Get Screwed by Using the Wrong Tool

Porter Cable 18V Lithium Drill Kit

There are certain tools that every man needs, regardless of his station. From the suburban DIY guru to the loft-dweller with nary a free cupboard, much less a full-out workshop, each one among us can benefit from the prowess of a solid cordless drill driver. If you can only own one tool, that’s the one...

Works Like A Broom, Without All That Unpleasant Sweeping

Black & Decker 18v Hard Surface Sweeper

Not too long ago, we brought you a feature on Black & Decker’s Cordless Chainsaw, a tool that impressed us with its general handiness. Well, the chainsaw was just one member of B&D’s 18v Yard Care System. Today we introduce you to another offering in that line, the 18v Hard Surface Sweeper. Relying on your...

Cut the cord. Just don't cut yourself.

Black & Decker 18v Cordless Chainsaw

UPDATE: Just for shiggles, we threw together a short video of Dusty taking on a small tree at Gear Patrol reader Tim F’s home. Yes, the shrub (er, tree) is larger than Black & Decker approves or recommends with this chainsaw, but why the hell not. Watch it after the jump. Yes, we know it’s...

FireStorm 24 Volt Cordless 4 Tool Combo Kit

A man should have a decent set of tools at his ready. It’s just an assumed prerequisite to growing up and though it’s not compulsory to have all his tools be powered, it doesn’t hurt to. That’s why we’ve gotten ourselves the 24 volt FireStorm set. Includes: 24 volt Drill with hammer action for drilling...