Better Than a Broom
Construction projects create an abundance of all sorts of filth: sawdust, insulation fibers, drywall dust, shingle grit, dirt. It's everywhere. Sure, you'll always have to keep a broom and dustpan in your truck, but consider adding a blower to your cleaning arsenal. It's great for clearing floors during rough framing, blowing shingle grit or slippery sawdust off a roof, cleaning up that miter saw before packing up, blowing out the inside of your work truck...you could even use it to dust yourself off before heading home for the day.
If you're already running the Milwaukee's M18 battery platform, check out the new M18 Compact Blower. It has three speed settings, a max airflow of 100 cfm and air speeds up to 160 mph!
Pole Saw Attachment
Last year we bought a 40-volt Ryobi string trimmer. It worked so well that when our gas-powered pole saw died, we decided to ditch the gas and go cordless. We figured we'd stick with Ryobi but were disappointed when we didn't see a 40-volt model at The Home Depot. But then a pole saw attachment without a power head caught our eyes. It turns out that we had unknowingly bought a stringer trimmer that was part of the Expand-It line, which works with all sorts of different attachments, including a pole saw.
We bought the Ryobi Pole Saw Attachment and abused it all afternoon with excellent results. The best part was that it cost about half as much as one of similar quality that required a power head and battery?sometimes it's better to be lucky. Other Expand-It attachments include a hedge trimmer, brush cutter, edger and more.