November 7, 2011

As founder of the home channel’s leading Internet retailer of power tools, Don Cohen of has as good a perspective as any on the trends shaping the power tools market.

His observation: “Faster, smaller, cheaper, better — that’s where products are going,” Cohen said. “There are more technology-enhanced products that are better looking, and better working, than ever before.”

August 29, 2011

Most hardware stores and home centers along the Eastern Seaboard ran out of D-Cell batteries early on Friday as residents prepared for the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene. Typically not a fast-turning item, the big round batteries are essential for full-sized flashlights and portable radios. 

June 9, 2011

The latest addition to Makita's LXT Series of lithium-ion-powered tools is the new cordless die grinder.

“With 25,000 RPM and 18 volts of lithium-ion power, it is another trade solution for pros working in plumbing, automotive, service and maintenance," said Ethan Haughawout, Makita product manager, cordless tools.

May 23, 2011

Canadian distributor and retailer RONA introduced an alkaline-battery charger that works for regular disposable batteries. This new product, available under the RONA ECO brand, has been analyzed by the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at École Polytechnique de Montréal.

The device can recharge four AA or AAA batteries at a time. The recharge time only takes 90 minutes, and the charger can recharge the same battery up to 200 times, raising the average life expectancy of a battery from eight hours to 1,600 hours, according to RONA. 

March 31, 2011

Advancements in battery technology, more efficient tool engineering and ergonomic design have transformed the power tools segment in recent years. But this golden age of development and innovation hasn’t translated into sales growth, because all the major categories are in retreat, according to consumer data from The NPD Group. 

January 17, 2011

Craftsman is bringing to market a charger called the QuickBoost that brings dead batteries up to 25% power in three minutes. 

The QuickBoost Charger represents a time saving technology for the Craftsman brand's cordless line of 12-volt lithium-ion NexTec power tools.

October 4, 2010

Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s announced today it has installed recycling centers in 1,700 stores in the continental United States.

The new centers offer a free and convenient way for customers to recycle rechargeable batteries, cell phones, CFLs and plastic shopping bags in an easy-to-use bin near the store entrance the company said.

October 3, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Black & Decker, announced the voluntary...

September 8, 2010

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled Black & Decker Random Orbit Sanders and...

November 2, 2008

The market for cordless power tools may be feeling the effects of a soft economy,...

September 3, 2008

There have been three reports of fires and one report of a consumer suffering burns...

August 5, 2008

Consumers in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico can now drop off rechargeable batteries and cell...

January 13, 2008

New products are the lifeblood of home improvement retailing. To mark the new year, our...

October 21, 2007

The industry’s manufacturers are offering retailers the opportunity to build their power tool assortments around...