Tool of the Year Awards 2017


We are pleased to announce the Winners in our 2017 Tool of the Year Awards.

Canadian Woodworking Tool of the Year Award recognizes the best woodworking products released during the year. Winning products are selected by woodworkers from across Canada - crafts people and avid DIYers who use woodworking products on a regular basis, and insist on usable features, top quality, great performance, and outstanding value.

Congratulations to the winners, the runners-up, and to all those who voted.

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The 2017 Winners:

17-Hand Tool of the Year
Veritas Combination Plane
veritas combination plane

Designed from the ground up to eliminate problems that made the original Record and Stanley planes frustrating to use, the Veritas Combination plane is precisely machined, quick to adjust and holds settings securely, making it reliable in use. With straight cutters used in conjunction with the fence, it can tackle fundamental joinery such as rabbets, tongues and grooves, and with the addition of a shop-made batten, the plane can also be used to cut through-dadoes.
17-Hand Tool RU of the Year
Bessey I-BEAM Clamp


With up to 7,000 pounds of clamping pressure, these incredibly rigid clamps are the best high-pressure clamps money can buy.

Milwaukee Wide Blade Tape Measures

With 13ft. of stand out and a 5-point reinforced frame, they’re up to 10x more durable, whil a nylon-coated blade makes them abrasion resistant. 
17-Power Tool of the Year
Festool HK 55 Portable Track Saw

Making exact and repeated cuts quickly and accurately anywhere without taking materials to a miter saw or sacrificing accuracy with a standard circular saw, makes this the ultimate solution for all wood processing on the jobsite. Coupled with FSK Guide Rails that have integrated angle stops, HK saws bring a higher degree of efficiency, repeatability, accuracy, and quality of cut unlike any circular saw before. Also compatible with all existing FS Guide Rails.
17-Power Tool RU of the Year
Bosch Flexiclick 5-In-1 Drill/Driver

bosch flexiclick
Weighs 1.8 lbs and delivers 265 in-lbs of torque. Features a magnetic bit holder with four attachments – a locking bit holder, a keyless chuck, an offset angle and a right angle– each attach to the tool securely and easily with the One-Click interface.
Milwaukee M18 FUEL 1/4" Hex Impact Driver

Milwaukee 2753-22
Weighing only 3.1 lbs the brushless motor on the 2753-22 delivers 1,800 in-lbs of fastening torque. Its 4-mode DRIVE CONTROL delivers an ouput speed of 0 to 3,000 RPM with constant power. The REDLINK PLUS Intelligence electronic system prevents damage to the tool and battery caused by overloading or overheating.
17-Machinery of the Year
Supermax 16-32 Drum Sander

The newly patented Quick Adjustment Lever creates a faster way to change the drum height and allows it to move from 0 to 3 inches with one pull of a lever versus multiple revolutions of the hand wheel. A Fast Lever allows quick adjustments for wide and narrow stock for flawless sanding. Additional elements include the Turbo Vented Dust Port – created with a impeller-like design that improves dust collection by 15 percent, and a Built-In DRO to pair with SuperMax Tools’ INTELLISAND Technology.
17-Machinery RU of the Year

Oneida Dust Gorilla Pro Dust Collector


The 3HP collector features Oneida Air Systems' patented SMART Boost technology that monitors your system for any suction loss and automatically adjusts the fan motor's speed to compensate delivering maximum air volume where you need it the most.

Milwaukee Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw Kit

Milwaukee 2734-21HD
Featuring a brushless motor powered by a high demand 9.0 Ah battery, the 2734-21HD delivers up to 400 cuts per charge. Premium features include an adjustable stainless steel detent plate, cam locking miter system, easy access bevel adjustment lever and both a detent override lock and chop lock lever located on the front of the tool.
17-Accessory of the Year
Kreg Accu-Cut Circular Saw Guide

Mountable on almost any circular saw, with either a left or right blade, the Accu-Cut enables you to rip, cross cut, and make angled cuts up to 48" long in plywood, MDF, and panels, with super simple setup, precise accuracy, and amazing control. Simply align the Guide Track with your marks to make accurate cuts. Anti-slip guide strips hold the track in place without clamps, while anti-chip strips support material during the cut to prevent splintering. 
17-Accessory RU of the Year
Arbortech Ball-Gouge

The Ball Gouge is a spherically shaped grinder attachment that can rapidly hollow small concave surfaces in woodworking projects. It is specifically designed to provide exceptional control, balance and performance in freehand wood shaping and carving.

Ridgid Hybrid GEN5X Cordless Folding Light
Ridgid R8694221B

The GEN5X delivers up to 2,500 lumens with variable power dial-powerful lumen output. The panels fold outward for 360 degree light distribution, and fold inward for protection when not in use. Powered by any RIDGID 18-Volt battery or extension cord.