Best New Tools For 2023 and 2024


Whether it’s the latest announcements from your favorite tool brands or the year’s Pro Tool Innovation Award winners and finalists, we’re staying on top of the best new tools, so you have one place to check each month to see the latest and greatest. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back to see what’s new!


Top 10 Best New Tools Quick Hits

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Milwaukee M18 Brushless Telescoping Pruning Shears

After releasing the M12 Pruning Shears, Milwaukee announced a telescoping version for the M18 battery platform. With a length of 10 feet when fully telescoped, this tool gives you a reach of around 12 feet to tackle high-up pruning jobs. It can cut branches up to 1 3/4 inches in diameter while reducing muscle fatigue by up to 80% compared to manual pruning solutions. Plus, with the kitted XC6.0 battery, you can complete a whopping 2,000 cuts per charge in 1-inch branches.

  • Model: Milwaukee 3008-21
  • Cut capacity: 1 3/4 inches
  • Collapsed length: 7 feet
  • Telescoped length: 10 feet
  • Weight: 12 pounds bare; 14.3 pounds with 6.0Ah battery

Price: $499 bare, $699 kit with CX6.0 battery and charger

Echo X Series Battery-Powered OPE Expansion

Echo is adding nine new battery-powered tools to the X Series lineup designed for landscape professionals. These new tools were designed to deliver top performance, using Maxout technology to deliver maximum power output regardless of your battery’s charge level.

The new equipment expansion includes the following tools:

  • DHC-2200 X Series Battery 22-inch Hedge Trimmer
  • DHC-2800 X Series Battery 28-inch Hedge Trimmer
  • DHCS-2800 X Series Battery 28-inch Single-Sided Hedge Trimmer
  • DHCS-3400 X Series Battery 34-inch Single-Sided Hedge Trimmer
  • DHCA-2600 X Series Battery Articulating Shafted Hedge Trimmer
  • DCS-2500TN X Series Battery Top Handle Chainsaw
  • DPPT-2600H X Series Battery Power Pruner
  • DPAS-2600 X Series Battery Pro Attachment SeriesTM Power Head
  • DPE-2600 X Series Battery Edger

Prices vary by tool.

Greenworks 60V 42-inch Cordless Crossover-Z Zero-Turn Mower

The Greenworks 60V 42-inch Crossover-Z Zero-Turn Mower is one of five newcomers to the brand’s 60V battery platform this month. It boasts the ability to cut up to 2.5 acres on a single charge using the kitted six 8.0Ah batteries. This mower features dual action blades that spin at 17,000 FPM, and SmartCut technology automatically adapts to your grass conditions for a quality cut. If you need to haul equipment while you mow, it also has an integrated rear storage bin that lets you carry up to 200 pounds of cargo.

  • Model: Greenworks 7409302
  • Cuts up to 2.5 acres per charge with (6) 8.0Ah batteries
  • Max speed: 8 MPH
  • Gas equivalency: 24 HP
  • 7-position cutting height adjustment
  • Cutting heights: 1.5 – 4.5 inches
  • 42-inch stamped steel deck

Price: $4,997 with (6) 8.0Ah batteries and 3 dual-port turbo chargers

Ryobi 18V One+ HP SwiftClean Wet/Dry Stick Vacuum

Most people with kids and/or pets keep their vacuum and mop on stand-by for any accidents and messes, but what if you could combine both tools into one cleaning solution? Enter the Ryobi 18V One+ HP SwiftClean Wet/Dry Stick Vacuum, which delivers 2-in-1 cleaning power for both wet and dry messes. This is Ryobi’s first stick vacuum with SwiftClean technology, featuring dual tanks to keep your clean and dirty water separated. Plus, a self-cleaning mode lets you flush your vacuum with clean water to take the dirty work out of maintenance.

  • Model: PBLSV747
  • 2-in-1 wet/dry cleaning
  • Ideal for sealed hard floors, such as tile, LVP, LVT, stone, and more
  • Self-cleaning mode
  • 10-inch cleaning width
  • Compatible with all Ryobi 18V batteries
  • Kit includes cleaning formula, two roller bars, two filters, and self-cleaning stand

Price: $329 bare, $379 kit with a 4.0Ah battery and charger

Flex 12-inch 24V Miter Saw

During our testing, the Flex 24V 12-inch miter saw impressed us due to its smooth and powerful cutting performance. You can power it with either a Flex 24V battery or an AC adapter if you’re after all-day runtime. The FX7141A features no-load speeds of up to 4000 RPM, even keeping up with corded models in terms of speed under load thanks to its brushless motor. Its performance, easy blade change lever, and adjustable design make this saw easy to recommend for anyone curious about cordless miter saws.


  • Model: Flex FX7141A
  • Power source: Flex 24V battery or AC adapter
  • Blade diameter: 12 inches
  • No-load speed: 4000 RPM
  • Miter range: 60° rigiht, 52° left
  • Bevel range: 48° left, 48° right
  • Weight: 63.9 pounds

Price: $599 bare, $799 kit with a 10.0Ah Stacked Lithium battery and charger

EGO 22-inch Select Cut Self-Propelled Lawn Mower

We tested the EGO LM2200SP 22-inch mower in a neighbor’s overgrown lawn to see how its 11.1-ft-lb torque estimates fared in real-world conditions. Its 22-inch stacked blades spin at up to 3350 RPM no-load, impressively plowing through the overgrowth without stalling. As for deck design, EGO took a detour, opting to go with cast aluminum instead of the usual Poly material. The result is a sturdy construction that should last a lifetime— a claim that’s backed by EGO’s lifetime warranty on the deck.

  • Model: EGO LM2200SP
  • Blade speed: 3350 RPM
  • Drive speed: 0.9 – 3.1 MPH
  • Cutting height: 1 – 4 inches
  • Deck width: 22 inches
  • Aluminum deck

Price: $899 bare, $1199 kit with a 10.0Ah battery and charger

Hilti Cordless Band Saw SB 6-22

The Hilti SB 6-22 band saw makes quick work of PVC, cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, and more. This saw has a top speed of 492 FPM for incredible jobsite versatility. Its 5-position variable speed dial and on/off trigger also enable a simple operation. For design, Hilti opted for a dual-trigger design to prevent accidental activation on the job or during transport. The large cut capacity and comfortable ergonomics give this cordless band saw a premium feel, making it a great option for metal-cutting tasks across the trades.

  • Model: Hilti SB 6-22
  • No-load speed: 492 FPM
  • Cut capacity: 5 inches
  • Weight: 14.1 lbs bare
  • Blade length: 44-7/8 in.

Price: $399 bare

Ridgid 18V Brushless 4-mode 3/4-inch High Torque Impact Wrench

The Ridgid R86312B is the brand’s first high-torque model in the 18V impact wrench lineup. It delivers up to 1300 ft-pounds of breakaway torque and 900 ft-lbs of fastening torque with a 3/4-inch anvil for heavy-duty applications. With three speed modes, you can set your speed to the task at hand. Plus, Auto-Tightening mode prevents over-tightening in fastening applications and stops the bolt when it becomes loose when in reverse.

  • Model: Ridgid R86312B
  • Breakaway torque: 1300 ft-lbs
  • Fastening torque: 900 ft-lbs
  • 3 speed modes
  • 3/4-inch friction ring anvil
  • Auto-tightening mode

Price: $279 bare

CMT Orange Tool Zero Gravity Framing Blades

CMT Orange Tools introduced its 007 License to Cut Xtreme demo blades and they quickly cemented themselves as a standout option. They even took home a PTIA award in the circular saw blade category. Now, the brand’s Zero Gravity blades are designed specifically for framing and they keep many of the same aspects as their aforementioned demolition counterparts. For starters, they feature a low-mass plate design, unique tooth geometry, and large gullets for chip ejection. Oh, and then there’s their orange coating, which doubles as a friction-reducing PTFE layer to prevent overheating while you cut.

  • Low-mass plate design
  • Bend- and warp-resistant
  • Cuts through 5x more nail-embedded wood than competitors
  • Orange PTFE coating
  • 6 1/2-inch and 7 1/4-inch sizes

Price: $9.97 each

Festool Planex LHS 2-M Drywall Sander

The Festool Planex LHS 2-M Drywall Sander makes quick work of sanding jobs. Its ergonomic design allows it to maintain its own weight on walls and ceilings for less user fatigue. Equipped with a random orbital motion, the LHS 2-M sander brings a smooth, uniform finish to your working surface. With a length of 55 inches and a T-shaped handle, this sander also makes it easy and comfortable to handle in rooms of standard height. Plus, Festool designed it to be ready to use straight out of the carrying bag for minimal setup.

  • Model: Festool LHS 2-M
  • Adjustable suction power
  • Weight: 8.8 pounds
  • Length: 55-inches
  • T-shaped handle
  • Virtually dust-free when used with the CT 36 AC HEPA Dust Extractor (sold separately)

Price: $999

The 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Award winners and finalists have been announced! With 233 products across 15 distinct categories, they represent the best new tools coming over the next year (some are already available). Head over to the PTIA website to see the entire list for yourself or click on the headings below to look at the individual category pages.

As for us, we’ve selected some of the most intriguing new tools—one from each category. There are so many more than just the ones listed here, though, so be sure to check out the pages to see the most innovative products on the docket for the next year!

CMT Orange Tools ITK Extreme Demolition 007 “License to Cut” Circular Saw Blade

Best New Tools: Accessories and Fasteners
CMT Orange Tools ITK Extreme Demolition 007 "License to Cut" Circular Saw BladeBest New Tools: Accessories and Fasteners
CMT Orange Tools ITK Extreme Demolition 007 "License to Cut" Circular Saw Blade

Take one look at CMT Orange Tools’ 007 demo blade, and it’s immediately clear this blade is different. Large cutouts around the blade reduce overall mass, leading to faster acceleration and less overall energy use, helping you manage the battery on cordless saws. They also help reduce heat buildup during cutting.

A closer look reveals a tooth design that handles nail strikes more effectively by avoiding a full-on nail hit against a single tooth and brazing deeper into the plate. At the same time, a 5° ATB configuration offers stable, fast cuts in clean and nail-embedded wood.

Price: $13.97

Milwaukee M12 Fuel Insider Extended Reach Box Ratchet

Best New Tools: Automotive and Metalworking
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Insider Extended Reach Box RatchetBest New Tools: Automotive and Metalworking
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Insider Extended Reach Box Ratchet

While you’re applying Neosporin to your busted knuckles, Milwaukee’s automotive team has been working on a way to keep them from getting that way in the first place. By inserting the socket into the ratchet head instead of onto it, the M12 Fuel Insider drops another 3/4 of an inch and significantly improves your ability to access tight areas. That by itself is enough to make it a winner in our eyes, but Milwaukee’s product team took it further. The ratchet is compatible with all three standard drive sizes, 1/4″ hex bits, is pass-through capable up to 15mm, has an extended reach, and a high speed drive of 350 RPM. We’re guessing it’s going to be a while before anyone can top that!

Price: $299

Hilti Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor

Best New Tools: Concrete and Masonry
Hilti Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor SystemBest New Tools: Concrete and Masonry
Hilti Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor System

If your work involves setting adhesive anchors, you’re going to love Hilti’s Kwik-X Dual Action Anchor System. To put it simply, the Kwik-X system can be stated as “drill, drop, drive, done.” No joke.

Just like you would with any other anchor, you start by drilling the appropriate-sized hole for it. But instead of reaching for your vac or hole blower, you skip the cleanout step completely. The way you get around it is by using Hilti’s SafeSet procedure, which includes using a hollow bit and vac to remove dust while you’re drilling.

Next, you take the adhesive packet and drop the entire thing into the hole, package and all. You don’t need to squeeze it out, and you don’t need to use an applicator.

Finally, use your impact wrench to drive the fastener in place. As it turns, it breaks the packet open and displaces the adhesive to fill the gaps. That’s it, you’re done. It’s a huge time-saver and makes getting new crew members up to speed easier while reducing the risk of errors along the way.

Price: $59.20

Flex 4-Port Simultaneous Rapid Charger

Best New Tools: Cordless Tools
Flex 4-Port Simultaneous Rapid ChargerBest New Tools: Cordless Tools
Flex 4-Port Simultaneous Rapid Charger

You’d think battery chargers would be a fairly boring category, but this year’s vote was tight thanks to several outstanding options. Flex came away with the win for their 4-Port Simultaneous Charger. Each of the four ports can charge at a rate of 280 watts, and can run at that pace simultaneously. That’s better than any 4-port charger we’ve seen so far, and keeping your power tools operating without interruption for charging is the number one concern our team has for its charging needs.

Price: $289.99

Malco Adjustable Siding Gauge

Best New Tools: Hand Tools
Malco Adjustable Siding GaugeBest New Tools: Hand Tools
Malco Adjustable Siding Gauge

We’ve seen some impressive ways to make siding installation easier over the years, but Malco’s Adjustable Siding Gauge is the best. By setting the pair to the same detent and clamping them onto the already installed siding, it’s your second and third set of hands to hold pieces up to 16 feet in length and exactly the right height, leaving you with both hands to fasten them properly. Best of all, it makes a 2 – 3-man job one that you can do by yourself, and it’ll cost you less than you’d pay your helper for the day.

Price: $75

Ridgid RP 115 Mini Press Tool

Ridgid RP 115 Mini Press ToolRidgid RP 115 Mini Press Tool

For common 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch press fittings, you’ve got to see what Ridgid’s team has come up with. The RP 115 is less than 15 inches long and is 2.5 inches wide, giving you easier access to tight connection spaces better than other models. It’s also just 5.5 pounds, including the battery press jaws, making it the lightest cordless option you have available as well. This lightweight, compact press tool is a fatigue-busting solution for press connections from a name you can trust.

Price: $1805

HOVER App

HOVER AppHOVER App

Visualizing what the final results will be is a challenge for every home contractor and client relationship. HOVER can help bridge that gap with its design functions, and give your clients more confidence that they’re getting the home of their dreams before the groundwork even starts. When it’s time to crunch numbers, HOVER can help you build your estimates more quickly and even order materials once the contract is signed. There are even applications for homeowners, such as help with insurance claims and brainstorming future upgrades. When it comes to exterior design, HOVER is a high-tech solution in a high-tech world.

Price: $25 – $199 per design (membership program also available)

Ryobi 40V HP Brushless Log Splitter

Ryobi Log SplitterRyobi Log Splitter

2023 marks the year log splitters make the jump to battery power from mainstream brands. Ryobi’s 40V HP Brushless Log Splitter uses a kinetic drive to split logs with 12 tons of splitting force. With a capacity for logs up to 10 inches in diameter and 20 inches long, it’s capable of splitting up to 150 times on a 4.0Ah battery and has a cycle time of just 2 seconds. With a frame designed for easy transport to and from your log pile, getting ready for fireplace season has never been easier or more convenient.

Price: $999

SST MegaFlow 3-Stage Air Filter and Regulator

SST MegaFlow 3-Stage Air Filter and RegulatorSST MegaFlow 3-Stage Air Filter and Regulator

The SST MegaFlow 3 Stage Air Filter and Regulator is a classic example of “see a problem, solve a problem” engineering. If you’ve used compressors or air tools for any length of time, you know that contaminants cause problems eventually. By incorporating a 3-stage filter on the intake end, the SST MegaFlow ensures you’re getting more time between maintenance and longer service life. Plus, the visible cartridges make it easy to see when filter changes are due, and the high-quality construction ensures it will be around for a long time. It’s a fantastic solution to a common problem.

Price: $349.99

Fluke Advanced Pro Wire Tracer

Fluke Advanced Pro Wire TracerFluke Advanced Pro Wire Tracer

Fluke’s 2062 Advanced Pro Wire Tracer gives you a big advantage when you’re tracing wires. With the ability to trace energized or de-energized wires, you can avoid disrupting other work that’s going on in an occupied space. Multiple modes allow you to work in residential, commercial, and industrial structures without having to switch tools. Plus, the 2062 has a 3.5″ color screen that helps you visualize where the wire is running and avoids losing track of the run. It has everything you need to trace wires, find breaks, detect shorts, and identify breakers, all with the protection of a CAT IV 600V rating.

Price: $2899.99

Craftsman V-Series Rolling Tool Cabinet

Craftsman V-Series Rolling Tool CabinetCraftsman V-Series Rolling Tool Cabinet

Craftsman is stepping up its storage game in a big way with the Pro-focused V-Series. It’s all about the build. I-Frame construction and heavier gauge steel set it apart from less expensive homeowner models. That gives it a much higher 3000-pound total capacity, and it has suspension-loaded casters to ensure it’s able to handle the load and still roll effectively. Best of all, these professional toolboxes are still well under the price you’ll pay from the tool truck guys while maintaining the quality Pros demand.

Price: $999-$1799

Graco Ultra QuickShot Cordless Paint Sprayer

Graco Ultra QuickShot Cordless Paint SprayerGraco Ultra QuickShot Cordless Paint Sprayer

Graco is continuing to expand its line of impressive cordless paint sprayers, this time with a solution designed to make small jobs quicker and easier. The Ultra QuickShot features an easy-filling 32-ounce cup and connects to a 6-foot hose that only contains an ounce of paint when loaded. In a brilliant move, the pump sits on a holster you wear, leaving only the weight of the gun in your hands, giving you outstanding control in tight or awkward spaces and making it ladder-friendly when you have to climb. Rather than manufacturing a proprietary battery, Graco goes with the popular DeWalt 20V Max battery as a power source, making spare and replacement batteries easy to get hold of.

Price: $1399

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Barrel Grip Jigsaw

Ridgid 18V SubCompact Barrel Grip JigsawRidgid 18V SubCompact Barrel Grip Jigsaw

Ridgid combines the control of a barrel grip style, the ease of a compact design, and the convenience of a cordless power source with the 18V SubCompact R86346. It’s packed with just about every feature you’d hope to find on a jigsaw: adjustable speed, orbital action, lever action blade release, a dust port, dust blower, and tool-free bevel adjustments. Combined with a brushless motor and a fast 3200 SPM stroke rate, it’s a fantastically well-rounded jigsaw.

Price: $179

Truewerk XP WerkPant

Truewerk XP WerkPantTruewerk XP WerkPant

If you’re a fan of the T1 WerkPant (who isn’t?), then you’ll love the Truewerk XP WerkPant for those days that your knees are in contact with the ground or against equipment you’re working on. With built-in knee pads that retain the movement and flexibility Truewerk is known for, it’s an excellent upgrade to keep the T1’s primary characteristics while saying goodbye and good riddance to your strap-on knee pads.

Price: $99

Greenworks Commuter E-Bike

Greenworks Commuter E-BikeGreenworks Commuter E-Bike

E-commuting is becoming more popular and today’s brushless motor and battery technology is making it a legitimate option for many people. Greenworks is entering the space with a commuter E-bike that has an excellent 20 MPH top speed and a competitive 25-mile range. Considering it only takes 40 minutes to charge, you can make longer commutes to work without a problem. What really caught our attention was the price. Just under $1900, Greenworks is offering a quality, full-feature E-commuter for about half of what you’d pay from name brands like Trek.

Price: $1899.99


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