DEWALT to discontinue 18V NiCad battery

Users Encouraged To Upgrade to the DEWALT 20V MAX* System

DEWALT 18V NiCad Battery System To Be Phased-Out; Supply Estimated to Run Through March 2022

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO (September 14, 2021) – DEWALT is encouraging current 18V NiCad battery platform users to make the switch to its 20V MAX* system as remaining 18V NiCad batteries will begin to be phased out of the DEWALT portfolio. Supply of DEWALT 18V NiCad batteries (DC9096 and DC9096S) are estimated to run through March 2022. Supply is subject to customer demands and subject to change. The 18V XRP™ Lithium Ion Battery (DC9180) and all other compatible battery models for 18V XRP™ have been discontinued.

Users may implement the DEWALT 18V To 20V Adapter (DCA1820) allowing use of 20V MAX* Lithium Ion batteries in most 18V DEWALT tools. The adapter is not compatible with FLEXVOLT® Batteries or 20V MAX* 6.0Ah, 8.0Ah, or 10.0 Ah XR® Batteries (DCB206, DCB208, DCB210) and should not be used with DEWALT batteries in DC970 or DC759 tools. In addition, 18V chargers may not be used to charge 20V MAX* Batteries via the adapter.

Time to trade up into 20V? DEWALT makes it easy to upgrade with our Factory Service Trade Up Program. Trade in an existing 18V tool in any condition, and receive a discount on a new equivalent DEWALT 20V product. Some conditions apply, please visit for the nearest DEWALT Factory Service Center. This offer available at our 8 Canadian factory owned locations

Those opting to switch to the 20V MAX* platform will benefit from a wide selection of more than 250 tools in the system, as well as products engineered specifically for trades including electricians, plumbers, mechanics, and many more. The 20V MAX* Battery platform supports a wide range of tools including ATOMIC Compact Series™ lightweight tools that are designed for user comfort and tight space applications, as well as DEWALT FLEXVOLT ADVANTAGE™ and POWER DETECT™ tools, for added runtime in more demanding applications.

DEWALT 20V MAX* batteries and tools within the 20V MAX* system are available where DEWALT products are sold. For more information on the DEWALT 20V MAX* platform visit

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

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Valspar announces trend-worthy & progressive 2022 colours of the year

Livable colours inspired by global lifestyle trends

Toronto , Sept. 13, 2021 — Today, paint and coatings brand Valspar, announces its 2022 Colours of the Year with 12 trend-worthy and forward-thinking natural shades that evoke warmth, calm and comfort. With this palette, Valspar seeks to empower consumers to think positively about the future while creating spaces in their homes that provide solace and a comfortable feeling in the present.

When forecasting the 2022 Colours of the Year, the colour experts at Valspar observed global lifestyle trends that encompass culture, media, fashion, design, food, and technology. A home’s appearance can directly impact a person’s mindset and this year’s colours have been selected to bring a sense of soothing tranquility to the walls, ultimately blending the safety of the home with the calmness a beautiful shade of paint can bring.

“Colours can power moods, energizing us with confidence, strength, and curiosity – allowing us to express ourselves with colour anywhere – whether it be a full room, an accent wall, trim or furniture,” said Sue Kim, Valspar Colour Marketing Manager. “Valspar’s 2022 Colours of the Year provide consumers a wide range of naturally based warm colours that will not only help calm the nerves and boost the mood but also provide a confidence in what the future may hold.”

Valspar’s 2022 Colours of The Year help take the guesswork out of colour selection, so that consumers can easily navigate DIY projects and take charge of their physical spaces, to help foster their best mental space. No need to completely redesign a room when a fresh coat of paint can make it feel like a new space and improve the mindfulness of those who use it.

Each of the 12 Colours of the Year cultivate a sense of calm and comfort that creates the ideal backdrop for an optimistic outlook on what’s to come. Valspar has curated these 12 trending hues to include a range of shades that provide flexibility and can be incorporated into existing design elements of the home.

For the third year in a row, the 12 Valspar Colours of the Year were photographed in people’s homes, giving the colours and images an aesthetic that represents the lifestyles of today’s paint buyer.

The 2022 Colours of the Year

All 12 colours are available at Lowe’s stores and See below for the full list of colours and how they breathe life into spaces.

Blanched Thyme 6001-4A – Calming and nourishing – this natural shade encourages a calm balance within yourself and your home.
Design tip: Natural greens remain an important colour to bring into the home as consumers continue to focus on their physical and mental well-being.

Gilded Linen 6002-1A – Soft and cozy – this minimalist white gives you space to breathe and declutter your mind.
Design tip: This colour helps create coziness and helps a space feel more serene with added softness.

Delightful Moon 3004-6A – A colour that radiates warmth – this shade has a new take on sophistication, expanding the natural tones we bring into the home.
Design tip: Warm shades of yellow, reminiscent of honeycomb, accomplish an uplifting feel in a sophisticated way.

Lilac Lane 1002-4B – A fresh shade with beautiful versatility – soothing and restorative, it brings a new softness into the home.
Design tip: Shades from the purple colour family are associated with spirituality and creativity, crafting a space that promotes good mental health.

Mountain River 4005-6C – A natural hue with depth – feels like an indulgent escape within the home.
Design tip: Deep and dark blues have duality. Used in small doses, they feel indulgent and luxurious. Used as an all over colour, they create a safe space that allows you to escape.

Orchid Ash 4003-3B – Pure and clean – the simple quality of the shade creates a mindset for a hopeful future.
Design tip: Light and pure, cool shades shift feelings to the purity of the arctic.

Grey Suit 4004-2A – Dependable and reliable – this warm grey works well in any setting, in any home.
Design tip: In a time of uncertainty, we are looking for dependability. The slight red undertone of this shade embraces the shift in temperature of colours being brought into the home.

Subtle Peach 2003-8C – A simple pastel that brings us back to basics – its natural quality gives a lived-in attribute that feels clean and modern.
Design tip: There is a beauty in simple colours that feel slightly lived-in, embracing natural pastel shades for their uplifting and calming qualities.

Rustic Oak 2007-7B – A warm shade reminiscent of copper – creating a space for us to feel protected and comforted.
Design tip: Evocative of shades from the 70’s and 90’s, this colour is rooted in nostalgia, comforting to younger generations in uncertain times.

Sunset Curtains 1007-10B – We have embraced warm neutrals back into the home for comfort – a familiar hue that is reassuring.
Design tip: Tinted neutrals have comforting and tranquil qualities. The nostalgic feel of this shade is reassuring without being too overwhelming.

Country Charm 3007-10B – Create a space to relax and unwind – with warm, comforting charm.
Design tip: Neutral shades that feel slightly muddy provide a space to create our personal sanctuary. This shade feels relaxing but with a nostalgic charm.

Fired Earth 6011-1 – A classic shade with warm depth – this shade evokes a feeling of stability and comfort.
Design tip: Dark hues with a dose of warmth bring a newfound coziness, making us feel protected and comforted.

Free colour tools available from Valspar

For small changes to your home that can make a big impact, Valspar offers several colour tools to help you feel confident in your decisions. These tools, such as colour matching and colour expert advice, allow you to find your perfect colour faster. DIYers can also save a trip to the store by having paint chips sent straight to their home for free.

For more information on Valspar colour trends and tools, please visit:

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CLC Work Gear launches FlexGrip Series 363 work gloves

September 9, 2021, South Gate, CA – Custom LeatherCraft (CLC Work Gear) adds to their selection of proven high dexterity work gloves, releasing their new FlexGrip Series 363 to the North American market. This new line of work gloves is made with extra functionality, improved comfort, and are designed with a new modernized look. This Series 363 launch brings a variety of eight glove choices; Utility, Utility Pro, Utility Grip, Impact, Heavy-Duty, Desert Camo, Camo Impact and Cut A5 Hi-Viz Utility Gloves, to help protect trades professionals on the job.

Many enhancements are featured in this new range. The Series 363 Work Gloves offer high dexterity with 3 touch screen fingertips and knitted synthetic leather palms. Their breathable birdeye mesh fabric back, elastic cuff with textured TPR wrist strap and medical grade hook and loop closure allow for adjustable flexibility for everyday comfort. Each of the eight new options from CLC have unique benefits depending upon jobsite requirements or personal preference.

“Based on customer feedback, our Series 363 work gloves were designed with the end user in mind who demand a more comfortable fit and multi-use functionality with enhanced features to help keep working crews protected on the job,” said Harry Karapetian, Vice President of Sales for CLC Work Gear. “We’ve already received positive reviews from tradespeople who have tried them, and we’re looking forward to seeing these results grow in the marketplace.”

It is easy to identify this new collection, visible with the CLC Series 363 logo imprint on the back of the hand. The Impact, Heavy-Duty and Camo Impact styles are made with extra Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) to help protect fists and knuckles. The Utility Glove is offered in a selection of three types; the basic Utility for technician work, Utility Pro for jobs that require more protection, and the Utility Grip with a silicone palm print for a better grasp on smooth surfaces. The collection also includes an ANSI Cut A5 Hi-Viz Utility glove for heavy-duty jobs that require cut protection and the Desert Camo option where hard work collides with outdoor activities.

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Metabo USA 50th anniversary

Sept 7, 2021 – West Chester, PA. Metabo Corporation, a leading German international manufacturer of professional-grade cordless and corded hand-held power tools and accessories in the US, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

Metabo 50th anniversary

Metabo USA’s parent company was started in Germany in 1923 with their first hand-held drill developed by Albrecht Schnitzler while working in his parent’s bakery. Julius Closs joined Metabo in 1924 as one of the founders, and the company name was established, originating from the German term for metal rotary drills – “metallbohrer”. In 1927, Walter Rauch joined the company as head of domestic and foreign sales.

In the years following, Metabo’s first electric hand drill was developed in 1934, followed by their first impact drill in 1957. The first one-handed angle grinder with Metabo’s exclusive S-automatic safety slip clutch was introduced in 1966, followed by electronics that added to the productivity and safety of the tools. Metabo USA was founded in 1971 in Long Island City, New York. They moved to their current location in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1981.

As the range of cordless tools increased, Metabo led the pack in battery technology. They created 22 patents around cell architecture and cell safety in the charging and discharge cycles. Metabo introduced longer running lithium-ion battery packs: 4.0Ah, then 5.2Ah, for use when more power from the battery is required. In addition, they pioneered the use of Lithium High Density (LiHD) with the introduction of 20-700 cells in 2015 and 21-700 cells in 2018.

This September 2021, Metabo is excited to celebrate its rich history of development and innovation with 50 years in the USA by introducing a Limited Edition all black version of their top selling 4-1/2”/5” angle grinder, the WP 11-125 Quick (603624950). They are kicking off their anniversary with a company celebration during their National Sales Meeting in September at their US headquarters in West Chester, PA.

September through December, Metabo will offer special promotions, weekly contests on social media, and dealer/end-user open house specials. There are 50 chances to win Metabo products instantly by purchasing the following 50th-Anniversary labeled abrasives: the 4-1/2” Original Slicer ™ (655331000), 6” Original Slicer™ (655339000) and 4-1/2” Original Grinding Wheel (US616726000).

There will be additional chances to win Metabo products. You can enter by buying any 50th-Anniversary Combo Kit, like the SSD 18 LTX BL 200 impact driver paired with the SB 18 LT BL ½” hammer drill/driver or the SSD 18 LTX BL 200 impact driver paired with either the WPB 18 LTX BL 4-1/2” – 6” 18V angle grinder or the SSE 18 LTX BL reciprocating saw.

These Combo Kits will be introduced throughout the promotional period.

For this special anniversary, Metabo has also created a Limited Edition 50th Anniversary 4-1/2″/5″ pro series angle grinder (603624950) and grinder kit (US60362450K) featuring an all-black body with unique labeling that will be sold at special promotional pricing.

To learn more about Metabo’s history or for more information on Metabo’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, see or catch up with Metabo on social media.

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Helly Hansen Manchester construction pants

Comfortable, durable, well priced work pants for shop or job site.

Trousers, joggers, jeans, and cargo pants aren’t designed for daily wear in the workshop or on a job site. Work-specific pants are. They’re typically made of thicker more durable material with double stitching (especially at the stress points), ample leg and crotch room that make it easy to kneel and bend, strong zippers made to last and reinforced pockets designed to hold heavy items witout tearing. Any carpenter worth their salt knows that work pants last a lot longer than non-work pants, which makes them a more economical investment. 

Manchester Construction pants from Helly Hansen have all the essential features you’d want in a top-quality work pants. They’re made of 8-ounce cotton, with some spandex added to prevent sagging and allow the material to retain its original length and shape. The crotch gusset is something you’ll really appreciate if you do a lot of crouching in the shop or on the job. I find these pants more comfortable to wear than the 11-1/2 ounce pants I normally wear in the shop.

A nice feature is that there is extra material at the leg cuff, which means you can lengthen the pant legs by up to 5cm/1.98″. Similarly, you can adjust the knee pad pockets. Unlike a lot of work pants the knee pad pockets are located on the inside of the pants. You can add extra knee protection if you need it, without taking away the good looks of the pants.

The articulated knees make it a lot more comfortable when you kneel or squat. They provide optimal freedom of movement compared to standard, straight design pant legs.

When you don’t need to tote a tool belt around, having a lot of pockets comes in super handy. And these pants have pockets galore – 7 large pockets and 10 smaller slot pockets. I find the hanging front pockets super useful. You get two deep pockets on each side plus three slot pockets, making it convenient to store a range of accessories – ruler, tape measure, pencils, markers, notepad, multitool, utility knife, pliers, and the like. The pockets are built to last and double stitched on the waist band so they won’t fall off.

Helly Hansen double stitching
Double stitching on all the stress points for enhanced durability.
Helly Hansen pockets
1 large pocket flap (about 6″ wide and 6-3/4″ deep) and 3 pocket slots on the right side hanging pocket.
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Under the right hanging pocket there is a side hip pocket plus two narrow pockets and and an ID card loop.
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Also on the left side is a hanging pocket flap – 1 large pocket (about 6″ wide and 6-3/4″ deep) and 3 pocket slots.
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Also on the left side is a hanging pocket flap – 1 large pocket (about 6″ wide and 6-3/4″ deep) and 3 pocket slots.
helly hansen pleated knee
Pleating at the knee prevents material from stretching when you’re kneeling and increases comfort.
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Knee pad pockets on the inside enable you to add extra knee comfort and protection without making you look too dorky.
helly hansen pant cuff
Remove the stitching if you need to lower the bottom leg cuff by 5cm/1.98″.
helly hansen crotch
A gusset in the crotch area allows greater freedom of movement.

After some 145 years of making work wear, Helly Hansen has learned a thing or two about work clothing, and it shows with these Manchester Construction pants. They deliver extra quality, excellent durability and all the functionality that you need in work pants, at a price that’s easy to live with. 

Manufacturer: Helly Hansen
Model: 77522
Price: $105.00
Source: Find a retailer
Key Features:

  • Material: 8-ounce, 98% cotton / 2% spandex canvas
  • Available lengths: 16 sizes 30″/30″ to 44″/32″
  • Available waist sizes: 30″ to 50″
  • Available colours: Black
  • Warranty: 90-day free return policy
  • Key features:
  • 2-way mechanical stretch fabric
  • Hanging pockets on each side with double lined bottom
  • Gusset in crotch for freedom of movement
  • 7 large pockets and 10 slot pockets
  • Articulated knees for optimal mobility
  • Knee Pad pockets accessible from the inside
  • Knee Pad position and leg length can be adjusted by 5cm/1.98″ for optimal mobility
  • Free shipping on orders over $50.
helly hansen work pants
Well-fitting, comfortable and durable work pants that you can wear in the shop or on a job site.