Top 15 New Tools for contractors in 2016

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Contractors are very passionate about the tools they use and the brands they buy. After all, every installation and repair needs one. 

Plumbing Perspective reached out to contractors, wholesalers, and tool manufacturers to find out what the top new power and hand tools are for contractors and plumbers. We’ve listed each one of them for your benefit.


1. Milwaukee: The Cheater™


The Cheater™ Pipe Wrench is the first adaptable pipe wrench in the industry. Through its new-to-world, 3-length adaptable design, the Cheater™ gives users ultimate versatility on jobs that previously required multiple sizes of traditional pipe wrenches. The Cheater™ is joined by a full line-up of entirely new steel and aluminum pipe wrenches.


2. DeWalt: Press Tool DCE200


Capable of pressing pipe fittings from 1/2″ to 4″ in copper and stainless steel pipe. The Press Tool is capable of completing the full range of presses listed above and is compatible with a wide range of crimping heads and attachments for different materials and applications. The head of the tool pivots 320° to maneuver in tight spaces and the crimping jaws are protected from corrosion with a black galvanized coating. This tool also features the Crimp Connect™ System, a bright LED work light that helps to illuminate the workspace and an LED panel which powers on or off the tool, indicates battery state of charge, cycle completion, and if recalibration or service of the tool is needed. It also includes a shoulder strap for convenience when transporting around the jobsite.


3. Rothenberger: ROCAM 4 WiFi with Touch screen


Compact, self-contained pipe and drain camera inspection system ideally suited for plumbing and pipe work contractors, drainage technicians and emergency maintenance companies.

The ROCAM 4 is suitable for pipework 40-300 mm diameter and supplied with the 30 m x 7mm pushrod as standard which can be extended by 8m with the addition of the optional mini module. 30mm diameter self-levelling, waterproof with 25 LEDs, which all capture both video and still images which can be viewed on the 10.4 removable touchscreen monitor.

The system is housed in a tough ABD body and is powered by a Li-on 18v 3Ah rechargeable battery and an optional 230v, 50-60Hz mains pack is also available.

Key Features:

  • Direct recording both still and video images with in-built editing options
  • On-screen keyboard and menus for making, naming and highlighting damage
  • Wi-Fi transmission of both picture and video to external devices such as Tablet/Phone
  • Mini-USB connection and SD Card for data storage
  • Self levelling camera head
  • Transmitter frequency 33HZ for use with the ROLOC PLUS locator or other receivers


4. Bosch: HMD200 Daredevil™ Hole Saw


Bosch’s premium carbide teeth mean greater speed, time savings and a better result on the job. This results in fast, clean holes in multiple materials: wood, drywall, tile, brick, block, cement block and aluminum. The new Daredevil hole saw offers up to 10x greater speed, longer life than a Bi-Metal hole saw. The cup is 50 percent deeper than standard hole saw to accommodate more applications. Plus, the multipurpose pilot bit is optimized to material so the right bit always fits the right application.


5. Milwaukee: M12™ Drain Snake Kit


The ultimate service plumbing solution for tough jobs through 2-1/2” drain lines; and weighing only 10 lbs., it’s the lightest professional drain cleaner on the market.  It’s unique, hybrid design provides the benefits of both handheld and floor based drain cleaners in one machine.  The tool’s fixed drum shield with flat base protects users and fixtures while providing maximum tool support for easy cable feed. Powered by REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack which delivers more work per charge and more work over pack life.




This Pipe Handle simplifies the installation and maintenance of large diameter plastic pipe by helping
users securely grip the pipe and apply force in all directions.

The Pipe Handle grips plastic pipe 3 to 8 inches in diameter, features rapid size adjustment to quickly move between pipe sizes and has a specialized strap that provides maximum grip while minimizing marring. Its fixed handle position helps align and hold joints in place while glue sets.

It is ideal for wet and cold environments where getting a grip on pipe can be difficult, gives maximum leverage in tight quarters and has an innovative locking design for quick applications. The handle can also be used in pairs to aid in complex installations.


7. ROTHENBERGER: ROBEND® 4000 Bending Tool


This new tool comes with all of the same features and benefits of its predecessor, the ROBEND® 3000, this new tool offers precise cold powered bending on pipes with a larger diameter (up to 1 3/8 inch).

The ROBEND 4000 makes easy work of production bending, eliminates the purchase and storage of unnecessary fittings, and increases work safety with few joints. ROTHENBERGER’s patented ROLUB system has less friction and creates smooth, precise bends each time.

Other features include:

  • Production of repeated alternate angled bends
  • Automatically shuts off when desired angle is obtained
  • Strong enough for bending stainless steel


8. DeWalt: Threaded Rod Cutter DCS350


Capable of quickly and cleanly cutting a range of threaded rod sizes including 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ mild steel rods and ¼”and 3/8” stainless steel rods. The four sided rotatable cutting die allows the user to cut each of the three different sizes of threaded rod with the same tool just by rotating the cutting dies to the size needed. The unit does not create chips or sparks while cutting, providing a burr-free cut that can easily be threaded onto fasteners. The Threaded Rod Cutter is part of the DEWALT Perform & Protect™ line of power tools which is designed to provide a high level of one or more of the following: control, dust containment, or low vibration, without sacrificing performance. The Threaded Rod Cutter eliminates fast moving cutting blades or wheels which can bind up when cutting or trimming threaded rod.


9. Milwaukee: M18 FUEL™ SAWZALL® w/ ONE-KEY™


Cutting faster than corded, the M18 FUEL™ SAWZALL® w/ ONE-KEY™ delivers over 40% more run time and 5X longer tool life – making it the most powerful 18V cordless reciprocating saw on the market. Compatible with ONE-KEY™, users will be able to customize the tool’s performance for unrivaled productivity, as well as track and manage the tool through the app.


10. Bosch: PS42 12V Max EC Brushless 1/4″ Hex Impact Driver


The Bosch PS42 is the first 12V EC brushless impact driver from Bosch, and the smallest in its class. The Bosch PS42 delivers a maximum torque rating of 975 In.-Lbs. and weighs just under two pounds (and that’s with a 2.0 Ah battery). The EC brushless motor provides improved motor efficiency, which results in longer runtime, a more compact size, and lighter weight. In addition, the EC brushless motor provides 2x the life of the previous generation due to less heat generation and fewer components that can wear down. The PS42 also sports the Bosch Performance Control System, which allows users more control by adjusting the maximum speed and torque. An included belt clip provides quick and easy storage, while the three-ring LED light illuminates even the darkest work spaces.


11. DeWalt: 20V MAX* XR® System


The Drill/Driver and Hammer drill, each feature a powerful brushless motor that supplies 820 Units Watts Out (UWO) for a faster application speed. DEWALT’s proprietary 3-speed transmission delivers maximum power and speed for the tough applications, including 2-9/16” self-feed bits. At just 8.4 inches long and 4.7 pounds, DEWALT’s Premium 3-Speed Hammer drill (DCD996) features up to 2.8X faster application speed at 0-38,250 BPM and 2,250 RPM, is up to 82% more powerful, and provides up to 2.8X more runtime. An ultra-bright 60-Lumen LED light at the base of each unit has three settings, including a spotlight mode with 20-minute delay optimal for dimly lit areas on jobsites. Featuring durable nitro-carburized metal ratcheting chucks and comfortable handle grips, these tools are GUARANTEED TOUGH® for durability on the jobsite and include coated and sealed switches that help to resist moisture and dust contamination.


12. HILTI: TE 4-A18Cordless rotary hammer


The TE 4-A18 is a hand-held, 18-volt cordless rotary hammer for drilling in concrete, masonry, steel and wood and for driving and removing screws. It has a specially designed hammering mechanism for superior drilling performance up to 1/2″. Features include single impact energy: 1.5 ft-lbs, reduced hammering frequency: 5200 impacts/minute, and rotation speed gear 1 under no load: 1090 rpm.

It even includes an electronic overload protection system. The TE 4-A18 switches off automatically in the event of overloading. When the control switch is released and then pressed again, the power tool immediately regains full power. In addition, the temperature of the power tool’s electronics is monitored to ensure extra-long life. In the event of the electronics overheating, the drive spindle will not rotate even when the control switch is pressed fully. The power tool can be used again as soon as the temperature is within the permissible range.


13. RIDGID: MR-10 Magnetic Locator


This Magnetic Locator is designed to make finding buried iron and steel objects faster and easier. The MR-10 provides more precise readings than metal detectors, isolating only ferrous objects (iron-containing), and ignoring non-magnetic metals such as aluminum and copper.

The MR-10 quickly finds buried property-marking pins, paved-over manhole covers, turf covered valve boxes, septic tanks, cast iron pipe and drainage grates, as well as hidden pipes and studs in buildings. It accurately locates objects at great depths.

Its sleek form and ergonomic design make it easy to handle for use in general plumbing and public works. The sensitivity level can be adjusted to identify the precise location of ferrous metal objects at depths of up to 10 feet, depending on the iron content.


14. Bosch: GCL 2-160 Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser with Plumb Points


The Bosch GCL 2-160 self-leveling cross-line laser with plumb points delivers all-in-one versatility for the pro who only has room for one cross-line laser tool in his toolbox. The highly visible lines and points can be turned on independently or together for horizontal level, vertical level and plumb transfer applications. This laser has a visible range of 65 ft., and the receiver mode allows it to work with a Bosch line laser receiver for a working range of up to 165 ft. The GCL 2-160 features VisiMax™ technology, which monitors power consumption to maximize line visibility and extend battery life. The smart pendulum system self-levels the tool, and it indicates out-of-level condition. The manual mode locks lines for use at any angle by just switching the tool on in locked mode. Plus, it features a robust construction – IP54 ensures splash water/dust protection for years of dependable operation. It comes with the RM 1 magnetic rotating mount that rotates 360° and includes a ceiling grid clip for use in ceiling-grid applications.


15. Milwaukee: M18 Radius™ LED Compact Site Light


Aptly named for its ability to fill an entire workspace with 360 degrees of light, this new high-output area light provides maximum coverage for task, area, or overhead applications. For the most complete control over light positioning, the Site Light’s 360 degree light can be directed through the use of Bay Switches. It also has the versatility to hang upside down or horizontally through the use of integrated hanging features.


Each of these new tools offer capabilities that can help contractors save time during installation, improved quality, increased durability, and raise profits by being able to service more jobs every day. We look forward to the advancements made next year and show the top tools of 2017.


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