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Skil Power Tools: 877-SKIL 999 or www.skiltools.com

Skil Beefs Up its Home Shop Drills

Officials at Skil announced this summer they were improving the quality and durability of their tools, and these three drill/drivers are the first evidence of that effort. Skil has added several professional features to these cordless tools but kept the price reasonable. These 12-, 14.4- and 18-volt models sport both high and low speed ranges, a metal gear train and a variable-speed trigger with electronic brake. Each also offers a 16-position torque control clutch, soft-grip handles and each is included in a kit with a one-hour charger, two batteries and a carrying case. The 18-volt model 2892-04 ($159) delivers 300 inch-pounds of torque and has a 1/2", single-sleeve chuck and adjustable side handle. The 14.4-volt model 259204 ($129) offers 200 inch-pounds of torque with a 3/8" chuck, and the 12-volt model 2492-04 ($119) provides 175 inch-pounds of torque, also with a 3/s" chuck. While not designed for daily abuse, these drill/drivers are good for any home shop and let you save a few bucks to buy more tools.

For more information, circle #184 on the Resource Directory Coupon.



For the second time in less than a year,JET Equipment andTools expanded its presence in the woodworking machinery industry by purchasing Powermatic. Earlier in 1999,JET purchased Performax, which makes a line of sanding machinery. JET's purchase in October of Powermatic, which had been caught up in the bankruptcy proceedings of its parent company, DeVlieg-Bullard Inc., greatly expands JET's presence in the high-end market for woodworking ma-chines.JET's immediate plans for Powermatic were to "focus on meeting fall product requirements" and improve the company's line of imported machines,says David Loving, JET's vice president for sales and marketing. There are no plans to close Powermatic's McMinnville, Tenn., plant.

TAiwAn earthquake should not slow TOOL DELivERiEs

An earthquake registering 7.6 on the Richter scale hit Taiwan on Sept. 21, killing thousands and causing billions of dollars in damage.Though a number of woodworking tool manufacturers have factories in the affected area, none is anticipating significant delays in delivery of prod-Continued on page 32

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