Top 5 Tool Upgrades That Need To Happen This Year
There are incremental changes that happen every year. The cordless sector, in particular, has seen huge innovation and growth because of it. While there are some really smart people behind tool technology, I have to admit that I think they’ve overlooked a few areas. Here are my top 5 tool upgrades that need to happen this year.
Top 5 Tool Upgrades that Need to Happen This Year
1 – Nailers That Can Shoot From Distance… With a Laser Sight.
This one’s a no-brainer. How much more fun would framing be if every day was a shooting competition?
Seriously, line ’em up, put the laser on target, and fire. Not only would we have more fun, you could post your statistics on Facebook for your friends to see. We could also create a social media network for Pro framers, trim carpenters, and roofers. The higher your accuracy, the more you get paid. It would take Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master to a whole new level!
2 – Concealed Carry Holster on Your Tool Belt
If you choose to have a concealed carry permit in a state that allows it, why should your tool rig prevent you from carrying comfortably?
Simply take one of the inside pouches and rig a holster behind it. It’s concealed and secure. Smaller tool rigs for compact carriers and more comprehensive rigs for guys that carry a Glock 19 or 1911. This is so simple, I fail to see why this hasn’t already been addressed.
3 – Solar Powered Drills and Impact Drivers
Come on, we can drive screws all day with the battery technology that’s currently on the market, there’s no reason why we can’t slap a solar panel housing on there instead. It’s still cordless, the weight drops, and your runtime is as long as the sun is shining.
Working inside or after dark?
Simply use the buddy system and have a coworker point a flashlight at it. Or if you’re working alone, use a really bright work light. Problem solved!
4 – One Saw That Can Make Crosscuts, Miter Cuts, and Rip Cuts.
Seriously, how hard can it be to create a handheld saw that has enough power to do both cross cuts and rip cuts without burning up?
Surely someone is smart enough to figure out some sort of track system to make an accurate miter cut.
Wait, Festool already did that?
4 (Take Two) – GPS Tracking Systems For Tools
Raise your hand if you’re tired of people stealing your tools and not being able to track them down?
I REALLY want a GPS tracking system so I can see where my tools are at any given time. Then I can call the cops and have my drone in place to capture the action when they surround the building and take those rotten thieves down. I’ll be YouTube famous for the videos and get my tools back. What’s not to love about that?
5 – Lithium-Ion Backpack Battery
We have yet to see the limits of lithium-ion power. I’d love to see someone come up with a backpack battery like Husqvarna has for their OPE for use with power tools. Suddenly, there’s enough battery capacity to run current power-hungry cordless tools much longer or jump into new classes altogether.
Imagine the first cordless demo hammer or power cutter! Actually, I think I’d just head to the hardware store for a steel shaft, grab a Minn Kota prop from Bass Pro Shops, and make a trolling motor for my kayak. Weekend fishing excursion anyone?
Do you think I’m on par with my top 5 tool upgrades that need to happen this year? What would you do instead?