Best New Home Products 2010: Tools
A complete cheat sheet to this year's freshest tool ideas for your home
Wallboarder's Buddy Drywall Trimmer by Wallboarder's Buddy Tool Co.
Only a professional builder could've invented this, but we're pretty sure that all DIYers can rejoice. A T-square fitted with a dual-sided, spring-loaded utility knife replaces the measuring, squaring, and chalking of each cut. Just set the knife to your width and pull the square along the factory edge, reverse, then repeat on the opposite face.
About $60; wallboardersbuddy.com
Dual Angle Block Plane by Bridge City Tool Works
Instead of switching planes, you can flip the lever and easily flop the blade on this eminently deserving design. One side gives you a 47-degree general-purpose plane to shave with the grain, the other a shallower, 42-degree plane for stubborn end-grain work. Equally sharp? The body, milled from a single billet of stainless steel.
About $859; bridgecitytools.com
58-500 NailSet by Bostitch
It's hard to rethink a tool that's been around for centuries, and that's why this one's a big winner. Bostitch paired a 1/32-inch and a 2/32-inch bit in one dual-sided tip that locks into a quick-change hex sleeve like those on drill/drivers—a combo that covers most common-size nails.
About $10; bostitch.com
Bladerunner Table Jigsaw by Rockwell
This pick is a slam dunk because it gives you the versatility of a jigsaw in the stable platform of a table saw. The inverted jigsaw blade lets you cut and scroll wood, metal, PVC, or tile with both hands firmly on the material while a shroud covers the blade to keep your digits intact.
About $160; rockwellbladerunner.com
12-Volt Max Compact Lithium Clampsaw Reciprocal Saw by Porter Cable
We love that an adjustable clamp secures pipes for one-handed cutting—a first—while a variable-speed trigger controls the ⅝-inch blade stroke. It also articulates, letting you get in there and demolish tight spots previously protected from your creative handiwork.
About $130; deltaportercable.com