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Woodworking news — June 28, 2022

Manufacturers announce new products from PantoRouter, Festool, Mirka, Milwaukee, and Woodpeckers

Jun 28, 2022

PantoRouter announces new tenon-cutting accessory

The new Swing-Stop for the PantoRouter™ joinery machine makes cutting perfect tenons faster and more accurate than any other method. Watch the short video to see how this simple yet effective accessory works and how it can vastly speed up your next project.

Makita adds two cordless heat guns to expanding LXT system

Makita U.S.A., Inc., manufacturer of high-quality professional tools and accessories, has added two cordless heat guns to the expanding LXT® system with the new 18V LXT® Heat Gun (XGH01) and the 18V LXT® Variable Temperature Heat Gun (XGH02). Both tools provide users solutions in a wide range of applications and professions.


The XGH01 provides a maximum temperature of 1,022°F and maximum airflow of 7 Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM), with up to 21 minutes of continuous run time with 18V LXT® 6.0Ah Battery (BL1860B, sold separately). It has a compact and ergonomic design at only 6-5/8 in. long, while only weighing 2.9 lb. with a battery installed for reduced operator fatigue. Convenience features include a trigger switch with lock-on and lock-off functions, an L.E.D. light to illuminate the work area, and a rubberized soft grip provides increased comfort on the job.

The XGH02 features two airflow settings at 4.2 and 7.1 cfm. The maximum temperature is 1,022°F but there is a wheel on the rear of the tool that allows for six levels of adjustment to either increase or decrease the temperature. It has a compact and ergonomic design at only 6-13/16 in. long, while only weighing 2.9 lb. with a battery installed for reduced operator fatigue. Convenience features include a trigger switch with lock-on and lock-off functions, an L.E.D. light to illuminate the work area, and a rubberized soft grip that provides increased comfort on the job.

For more information: https://www.makitatools.com/company/press-releases/2022/makita-adds-two-cordless-heat-guns-to-expanding-lxt-system

Festool announces three new products

Festool's Ratchet Set SYS3 M 112 RA

The limited edition Ratchet Systainer ensures you have what you need to efficiently tackle any project. The comprehensive kit consists of ratchets, sockets, and bits in different sizes to ensure a wide range of possible applications when fastening parts. Housed in a compact form in the blue Systainer³, it offers maximum flexibility not only in the workshop but also on the construction site – and is now available as a limited special edition: Only at participating dealers, while supplies last.

Festool's PHC 18 Phone charger

No more empty smartphone batteries: The PHC 18 phone charger acts as a clever adapter that transforms every Festool 18 V battery pack into a power bank (with the exception of 3.1 Ah Ergo battery packs). No more searching for an open socket or worrying about whether your smartphone battery will last until the end of the day: This means that your mobile phone is always ready to use. In addition, despite its compact design, it can supply up to three smartphones with power at the same time – both via users’ own charging cables and inductive charging.


Get started with a wide mix of 6 inch abrasive grits in an organized manner.

For more information: https://www.festoolusa.com/campaigns/landing-page/summer2022

Meet the NEW 3×4 DEOS Sander from Mirka

Mirka's new 3x4 DEOS Sander

Mirka DEOS, an electric orbital sander, integrates all the innovative features that have made the Mirka DEROS so popular, and more. Its high-efficiency brushless motor exerts plenty of power so the sander completes jobs quickly. At only 4 in. high, the tool’s compact and very low profile makes it easy to maneuver and helps deliver a precise and efficient sanding performance.

For more information: https://www.mirka.com/en-US/mirka-deos-usa/

Woodpeckers introduces Setup Block Sets to the everyday lineup

Northeast Ohio tool manufacturer Woodpeckers announced their Setup Blocks have been converted from a OneTIME Tool to an always available permanent product. Woodpeckers Setup Blocks take the tiny lines on rules and tapes out of your life and replace them with a precise physical reference of fractional inch measurements. They’re a great way to set the height of sawblades and router bits and the depth of cut on your drill press. You can also use them to gauge the dimension of dadoes, grooves, and rabbets.

Blocks can be used individually or stacked in combination to hit a specific dimension. The generous 4-in. length is a big benefit at the tablesaw, simplifying the location of top dead center on sawblades.

The blocks are all machined to a tolerance of no more than ±.002″ on state-of-the-art CNC mills. In typical Woodpecker fashion, each block is anodized in their familiar bright red finish with the size of each block clearly laser engraved on the face.

Woodpeckers offers the Setup Blocks in several different sets, including a 10-piece metric set. You can build a complete set over time, or get them all at once. All sets come conveniently packaged and the full-boat 42-piece set can be purchased in a stackable Systainer.

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