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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Apparently, my table saw posed the biggest challenge

I started last week’s column by saying, “Moving is rarely fun.” That was definitely the case with my workshop move nearly a year ago. Heavy, dusty machinery, and seemingly no room for all of it, stopped me from realizing the positive side of the move. And once the move was complete, the immediate need for some serious organization started. I got most of the larger items positioned over the next day or two, but a few were moved around after another week or two, once I was able to start using the space.

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Day 0 – After moving everything into my shop, the area where my table saw was going to go was completely packed with a whole lot of everything. I really wasn’t sure everything was going to fit.

My table saw is central

My table saw gets used a fair bit. It’s my go-to machine for breaking down large pieces of material like long lengths of lumber and 4×8 sheets, in addition to all the joinery work I do on it. Breaking down large pieces of material with this saw meant that the area surrounding it needed to either be clear, or be easily and quickly cleared, when the need to slice into large materials came up. Sadly, having 8′ before and after the table saw blade wasn’t possible. I have a set of double doors just under 8′ from the saw on the infeed side, so I could open the doors if I need extra room. On the outfeed side of the saw a wall is about 7′ from the blade.

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Day 300 – Everything fits, but I certainly don’t have a lot of extra room. There’s loads of room on the infeed side of my table saw if I have the double doors open, but in the winter I don’t like to spend loads of time with the doors open.

Weighing the pros and cons

In one respect, it would have made more sense to leave 8′ on the outfeed side and just open the double doors when needed, but the challenge with that is two-fold: 1) I also needed somewhere to store and use my jointer, and the only place for that was on the infeed side of the table saw so I needed a bit of extra room there; and 2) moving the saw towards the door would cause problems when crosscutting material, as a partition would then be in the way.

I’ve found most of my table saw usage isn’t with full-sized sheets or long lumber, it’s ripping and crosscutting solid wood and, even more often, machining joinery. When I have to cut into larger material I have three options: 1) use a track saw, jigsaw or circular saw to make the first couple of cuts on the workpiece to break it down; 2) open the double doors and rip a piece of lumber part way before end-for-ending the piece of lumber and cutting through the other half; or 3) moving the saw temporarily so I can open the doors and cut a full 8′ long piece. The second option only works when ripping solid wood and the third option is only for when I have a lot of machining to do, and generally when it’s not too cold outside.

All of these options have their pros and cons. In the perfect shop I wouldn’t have to consider any of them, as I’d have loads of space around my table saw, but that’s life in a small shop — making adjustments on the fly depending on what the materials, tools or projects call for.

It’s been close to a year and I’ve yet to need to temporarily move my table saw, though I’m sure it will eventually happen. I do love my track saw for breaking down large pieces of material though!

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Saw Blade Storage – I keep most of my saw blades and table saw accessories close to my table saw in this blade holder. I wrote an article about how to make this blade holder in our June/July 2014 issue.

The other challenges were all the little things

Positioning the table saw took about 15 minutes. But all of the table saw accessories took a lot longer. Blades, featherboards, clamps, jigs, throat plates, push sticks, PPE, etc. all had to be located nearby so I could reach them easily when needed, but out of the way enough to not get in my way.

Luckily, I had already made a blade holder that houses about a dozen blades, so that got put in place quickly. Dado shims, a large wrench for changing blades and throat plates live in this blade holder, along with an assortment of blades. And most of my push sticks go on top of it. I mounted a small piece of particleboard near the on/off switch, and hung a few clamps, featherboards, etc there, all out of the way but still easy to grab. Jigs live on top of a shelf, just above head level, as most of them don’t get used too often. My miter jig and crosscut jig are the exceptions, as they get used often. They sit nearby, ready for action.

I also added a simple holder under my extension table to store my rip fence when it wasn’t in use. And attached to its underside is another cleat that holds my miter fence. Having an out-of-the-way place for these types of things proves handy when I’m not using them, as they otherwise are large and heavy and just get in the way. And if they were dropped or pushed off a surface, they would get damaged or maybe even hurt me.

Under the Surface – Near the on/off switch I have a few miscellaneous table saw accessories, and a bit farther away is where I keep my rip fence and miter gauge when not in use.

Every shop has a centerpiece

Apparently, there were many things to consider when it came to my table saw, and how to position and set it up in my new space. When I started this column I figured I’d be able to cover not only my table saw, but all my other tools and machines, as well as talk about how the layout worked and if, in hindsight, I’d do anything differently. I guess I underestimated how much thought went into setting up my shop workhorse.

I’m guessing most people have that one machine that’s central to the work they do in their shop. Maybe you’re a turner, and your lathe needs to be seriously considered. Or maybe you do a lot of hand-tool work, and your workbench needs to be positioned perfectly, with relation to natural lighting and nearby walls, yet also have all your hand tools stored nearby. I recommend you take the time to set up your area as best you can, but also don’t be afraid to re-consider the layout down the road. Things change, so always be on the lookout for improvements that can be made.

The bottom line is that everyone’s shop experience is different, but there are likely a lot of similarities in each of our situations. Room to move and work is key, as is having all the other bits and pieces that make that machine or operation efficient. The parts come together as a whole and are all critical to spending productive, enjoyable time in your shop.

Next week I’ll continue down the path of what’s in the rest of my shop. My clamps, workbench, router table and lumber breakout are all a big part of my workflow. But even little things like the cheap hammer I hung on the wall beside my tool chest and the scissors that hang, just waiting to be grabbed, are the little things that make a space more enjoyable to work in. I’ll go over these details, too.

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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