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Craftsman® Debuts Revolutionary QuickBoost™ Charger at 2011 International Builders' Show

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2011)

Charges NEXTEC 12-volt Lithium-ion Batteries to Get Users Back to Work in Three Minutes Flat


NEXTEC

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2011)
The Craftsman brand debuts a one-of-a-kind, time-saving technology for its cordless line of 12-volt lithium-ion NEXTEC™ power tools this week at the 2011 International Builders" Show (IBS), Jan. 12-15, 2011, in Orlando. With its new QuickBoost™ Charger, Craftsman does something that no other major brand can—bring a completely dead battery back up to a 25 percent charge in three minutes, providing the extra "boost" needed to finish up the job at hand. The new charger hits store shelves this spring.

When does a three minute charge matter? It comes down to productivity. When a battery charge runs out, the Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost™ Charger supplies the power needed to get back to work quickly. In the time it takes to get a cup of coffee, the user will have enough power to hang that last curtain rod or drive in those remaining screws.

"The new Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost™ Charger is the first product of its kind and was developed in response to our customers" desire for innovative time-saving solutions," said Kris Malkoski, vice president and general manager of the Craftsman brand. "When a battery runs out of power, it can be frustrating to have to wait 30 minutes or more for a charge when the project is almost complete. Now the user only has to wait three minutes and can get back to work right away."

The intelligent circuit board reacts to user commands, and at the push of a button, the charger harnesses all its energy for a three minute quick boost charge or can complete a full charge in about 30 minutes. While in use, the charger"s on board diagnostics clearly monitor the battery"s progress, indicating the battery"s status in the process including "charged", "charging", "complete" and "over temperature" using red, yellow and green LED lights.

The QuickBoost™ Charger works with all of the products in the Craftsman NEXTEC product line, including the innovative Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer, Multi-Tool, Circular Saw, TrueFinish ™ Sander, Drill/Driver, LED Light and the newest addition to the NEXTEC line, the Right Angle Impact Driver. The Right Angle Impact Driver provides access to tight spaces where an ordinary drill or screwdriver cannot fit, thanks to its unique 90 degree head shape. A three minute quick boost charge of the Right Angle Impact Driver will allow the user to drive an additional 70 1.25 inch screws.

Specifications:
  • Volts: 12.0
  • Charge time: three minute quick charge; 30 minute full charge
  • Max watts: 43

The Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost™ Charger will hit shelves in May 2011. It will be sold separately and as part of selected NEXTEC kits that include the tool, battery and charger.

Click to see QuickBoost™ in action

Other stars of the show?
In addition to the Craftsman NEXTEC QuickBoost™ Charger, the brand will showcase other innovations to launch in 2011 at the International Builders" Show, including:

New additions to the NEXTEC 12-volt product line, including a 3-in-1 garden tool, string trimmer, hedge trimmer, vacuum, digital inflator, work light and second generation Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer
Turn Tight™ tractor technology for Craftsman"s yard and garden tractors, offering the tightest turning radius available on non-zero turning tractors at just eight inches
The Craftsman Smart Rider™ Rear Engine Rider, a compact, easy-to-ride mower that is great for smaller lawns where a standard tractor is not needed


Craftsman® Introduces Additions to the Nextec 12-Volt Lithium-Ion Product Line

New Innovations Include a Multi-Purpose Work Light, Inflator, Vacuum and Second Generation Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer


ORLANDO, Fla. (International BuildersShow)
The Craftsman brand unveils four new products to the Craftsman NEXTEC line of tools for 2011, powered by the same interchangeable, compact and lightweight 12-volt DieHard® lithium-ion battery. Each tool allows the user to perform various tasks around the home and in the garage.

Craftsman NEXTEC G2 Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer: The second generation of the well-known Craftsman Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer, which was introduced in 2009. New for 2011, the G2 Hammerhead™ now has an articulating head that allows the user to access right angles (90 degrees) as well as awkward angles (45 degrees) and straight above the head (zero degrees) with ease. This innovative, automatic hammering action operates at a high speed, driving nails quickly and with minimal effort in finished wood and lumber. The G2 Hammerhead™ provides 3,600 impacts per minute and hammers common and finishing nails up to 3.5 inches in length. The new LED light directly illuminates the work area and rotates with the head. The enhanced design has all new venting and over-mold grip. A powerful magnetic sleeve sets the nail in place to ensure the proper position and an electric brake quickly stops the hammering action upon trigger release to give control. A fuel gauge utilizes yellow, green or red lights to indicate the amount of charge remaining in the tool.

Craftsman NEXTEC Inflator: This digital inflator utilizes powerful, adjustable air pressure that quickly inflates objects from 0.5 PSI to 200 PSI, allowing users to inflate a variety of objects such as vehicle tires, pool toys, sports equipment and more. To operate, simply use the up/down arrows to set the desired PSI on the digital screen. Once the preferred PSI is met, the inflator will automatically shut off to prevent overinflating. The digital screen illuminates and accurately displays the amount of pressure being delivered to +/- five pounds. The fuel gauge utilizes yellow, green or red lights to indicate the amount of charge remaining. A 16 inch durable hose comes with the inflator and has a quick release valve stem which accepts both Schrader and Pesta valves. The NEXTEC Inflator boasts onboard accessory storage to neatly organize the valves, hose and accessories.

Craftsman NEXTEC Multi-Purpose Work Light: This florescent work light has a clear polycarbonate lens to direct and focus light, eliminating shadows or blinds spots on the workspace. The unique lens contour throws light forward and outward to provide a full range of 331 degrees of light. The work light has a long-lasting, 13-Watt, 300, lumen ENERGY STAR-rated fluorescent bulb that lasts 12 hours on a single charge. The telescoping rubber coated hook is easy-to-use and can conveniently extend up to six inches and rotate 360 degrees. Use the integrated magnets to easily attach the work light to any metal surface under the hood, in the home or on the job.>

Craftsman NEXTEC Vacuum: This dual-stage vacuum cleaner uses a Gore filter that is reusable, dishwasher safe and filters 99.5 percent of dust particles. Powerful vortex suction quickly and easily removes dirt and debris from automobiles, the workbench or common household items such as blinds, draperies and furniture. It has a universal 1.25-inch adaptor that can connect a system of interchangeable tools and uniquely work in conjunction with the vacuum to "clean as you go." The hose extends up to four foot, five inches and conveniently wraps around the vacuum for easy storage and accessibility, and a quick-release, removable debris reservoir allows for easy emptying/cleaning. The vacuum comes with a caddy that can be easily mounted to the wall in a shop or closet.

The inflator, work light and vacuum come with the tool, a carrying case, 30-minute charger and 12-volt lithium-ion battery. The NEXTEC G2 Hammerhead™ Auto Hammer will be available with the tool, carrying case and new Quick Boost™ Charger. The Quick Boost™ Charger provides a dead battery with a 25 percent charge in three minutes, or a complete charge in 30 minutes. Each of these new products will be available at Craftsman.com and Sears stores nationwide in spring 2011.


For more than 80 years, Craftsman has developed innovative products. Craftsman was ranked as the most trusted Hand Tool brand and Lawn Mower brand in the 2010 Popular Mechanics Readers" Choice Awards. For more information, log on to www.craftsman.com or www.facebook.com/craftsman.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, consumer electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Sears Holdings is the 2010 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered by Sears and Kmart. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at www.searsholdings.com.



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