Did You Know? 6 Facts About DeWALT

Did You Know? — 6 Facts About DeWALT

If you’re a builder, crafter or weekend DIY warrior, chances are you’ve heard of DeWALT. Even if none of the above pertain to you, you probably still know the brand. DeWALT is one of America’s best-selling power tool brands. When it comes to the best power tools, few brands rival DeWALT’s ability to conjure images of strong, efficient tools that help fix and create. Take a peek into DeWALT’s history to find out how the company revolutionized the power tool industry and rose to the top.

Founder Raymond E. DeWalt was a patented inventor before starting the business.

Before DeWALT, Raymond E. DeWalt invented the radial arm saw; an innovative alternative to the traditional table and hand saw. It used a circular saw with a sliding horizontal arm to cut wood allowing woodwork to be done easier than before. With this experience, he left his former business and started DeWALT where he would go on to create even more exceptional tools for everyday craftsmen.

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DeWALT created the revolutionary “Wonder-Worker” in just two years.

In 1924, DeWALT introduced the “Wonder-Worker” to the world. DeWALT created the universal electric woodworking machine that drastically reduced work time for construction and woodworking. Products were now made incredibly more precise and produced with unprecedented efficiency.

 In 1960, DeWALT went international.

In 1960, when the company saw a need for exceptional craftsmen products in the Canadian market they acquired the American and Canadian patents for the Two-Way Panel Saw. DeWALT then teamed up with a US manufacturing company to release the Two-Way Panel Saw internationally. 1960 was also the year that DeWALT began to be a household name in almost all of North America.

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DeWALT introduced the metal cutting machine in 1971.

Cutting metal was one of the most laborious tasks for many construction projects. That’s why the introduction of metal cutting machines truly changed the power tool world. It made slicing ferrous and nonferrous metals as easy as cutting butter. DeWALT brought metal cutting machines to the forefront of power tools and again revolutionized the industry.

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DeWALT released its first line of portable electric tools in 1992.

The goal of DeWALT’s first line of portable electric tools was to make the lives of remodelers, contractors, and professional woodworkers significantly easier. The portable devices allowed professionals to move around without the unnecessary bulk of heavier devices. DeWALT’s power tools and accessories are still popular today.

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Two years later, DeWALT introduces over 30 new cordless tools.

DeWALT launched the revolutionary system of 30+ cordless tools in 1994, including the most powerful cordless tool at the time: the 14.4 volt cordless drill/driver. This system included classic toolbox staples like flashlights, screwdrivers, impact drivers but improved them by cutting the cord. It also introduced new products like the first combination drill/driver/hammerdrill. With these tools, contractors and home improvement workers were freed from cords and could better focus on the project at hand.

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Today, the DeWALT Power Tools line has over 250 corded power tools, over 200 cordless power tools and over 800 accessories – all created to make building and fixing easier for craftsmen everywhere.

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Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

Common Gardening Tools and Their Uses

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping! Spring has sprung and it’s time to get those flower beds cleared out and the garden ready to plant! When it comes to gardening, every tool has a purpose. The amount of actual tools associated with gardening activities can be overwhelming, especially for beginner-level gardeners who are just getting started. Determining which tools are most essential for your personal garden and lawn will ensure that your plants and vegetation are well-maintained and are as healthy as can be. Get the scoop on which tools can make your gardening life easier!

Maintaining & Fertilizing Soil

Because the soil is the foundation of each and every one of your plants, it is single-handedly one of the most important tasks in gardening to ensure that your soil is tilled, nourished, and properly prepared for planting. While the specific fertilizer mixture is up to you, it is crucial to tend to your soil, no matter the mixture. Even if you don’t have a garden, these tools are still essential for getting the job done efficiently:

  • Gloves: Essential for most, if not all, gardening tasks; protect skin on hands from drawbacks such as blisters, calluses, cuts, and sun damage; keeps pre-existing wounds from becoming contaminated or infected
  • Garden Hoe: Great for moving and digging soil as well as uprooting unwanted weeds
  • Digging Fork: Useful for loosening up soil and mixing soil amendments
  • Ground Rake: Helps smooth new and existing soil surfaces and removes clumps
  • Rotary Blender: Highly useful for blending fertilizer mixtures
  • Sprayer: Applies liquid fertilizer easily and effectively in smaller areas such as residences


Interested in expanding the range of your garden with some new plants or vegetation? Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some of the best tools for planting new fruits, vegetables and flowers:

  • Garden Hoe: Great for hilling and drilling soil in preparation for planting
  • Hose: Essential for the watering of plants; also useful for cleaning, has numerous mounts, nozzles, lengths, and adapters pertinent to your specific needs
  • Watering Can: Useful for the watering of plants on a smaller scale
  • Trowel: Facilitates the digging of holes; useful for transplanting plants and vegetables whose roots are still intact
  • Spade: Essential for digging and moving soil for planting


Weeds have a tendency to take over everything if not managed properly. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional do-it-yourself weeding, there are a number of tools that can make your task easier and complete it more efficiently. Try these tools for your arduous weeding tasks:

  • Garden Hoe: Removes weeds by first agitating then grooming the surface of gardening soil
  • Scuffle Hoe: Cuts the roots of shallow weeds closer to the soil’s surface
  • Weeder: Removes weeds from lawns while preventing grass damage; effective for use in small places
  • Hand Cultivator: Removes weed roots that are in tight areas and close to the surface of soil without disturbing nearby plant roots


To maximize plant growth, it is incredibly important to tend to your plants frequently and prune them. It’s also vital to trim stems, leaves, or branches that are either dead or overgrown. Not doing so will impact your plants in a negative way and stunt their continued growth. Prevent your plants from overgrowth with tools like:

  • Pruning Knife: Useful for delicate pruning based on various blade shapes and sizes, i.e. cutting flower stems and trimming small branches
  • Pruning Shears: Cut thin branches from small trees, bushes, and small plants
  • Loppers: Extend to cut thicker, higher branches on trees
  • Pruning Saw: Uses power and larger teeth on its blade to cut small branches

Maintaining Garden & Lawn

  • Shredder: Recycles gardening waste; helps to make waste easily containable; provides useful material from accumulated waste, such as compost
  • Round Point Shovel: One of many types that digs large holes; transports heavier materials like rocks
  • Leaf Rake: Removes light debris from lawns and gardens, such as leaves and sticks
  • Pressure Washer: Cleans objects and surfaces by adding power to the flow of water; removes layers of undesired buildup
  • Lawn Mower: Cuts grass to even lengths
  • Leaf Blower: Blows light debris, like leaves and dirt, from lawns and walkways

In short, your choice of gardening tools can make or break your plants’ growth! Therefore, it is very important that you choose the right vendor for your gardening necessities. Discover some essential tools you need to add to your gardening collection? Still have some questions about gardening dos and don’ts?  Head over to your nearest Big R location to ask one of our garden experts or view more gardening tips here.