Hitachi is expanding its lithium-ion offerings with a 14.4-volt hammerdrill and a 14.4-volt drill/driver. The HXP lithium-ion batteries offer three times the life of nicad batteries, are lighter, and are backwards compatible with the company's 14.4-volt DMR and DVF3 cordless tools. Hitachi also showcased "User Vibration Protection," which reduces vibration and vibration transfer. The technology was developed by Hitachi to meet ergonomic standards in Europe, but will be available in the U.S., which could see similar regulations in the future, on the company's CR13VBY recip saw, G18SCY 7-inch grinder, and DH40MRY and H45MRY SDS Max rotary hammers. Katy Tomasulo

DeWalt also is extending its lithium-ion lines. The company will introduce a 28-volt LI line by fall that boasts the same Nano battery technology and features as its 36-volt lithium-ion tools. A backwards-compatible 18-volt lithium-ion line is planned for launch after that. It wasn't hard to spot another of DeWalt's introductions: jobsite storage boxes sporting the company's signature bright yellow color. These seven chests and cabinets, manufactured by Greenlee but licensed by DeWalt, feature a shackle-less padlock, 3-inch-thick lid, and large, sturdy hinges. - Katy Tomasulo

Simpson Strong-Tie has unveiled the Quik Drive Composi-Lok composite decking screw. The company says the screws' shaft "wings" counterbore the hole to channel excess material and reduce upward pressure on the screw head, preventing the screw from spinning out in harder boards; in addition, the cap-style head captures mushrooming material for a cleaner finished appearance. - Katy Tomasulo

Senco in unveiling an array of new products, including cordless finish nailers, a new micro pinner, a full round-head framer, and two electric, oil-splash compressors. A new button cap stapler, model BC58, features super-easy loading of the staples and the caps, and it weighs only 4.1 pounds. During the show, Senco was market-testing three battery-powered tools-a siding nailer, a soffit nailer, and a hardwood flooring nailer. The company says feedback from the exhibit floor was positive, especially for the flooring nailer, which means these tools could show up in production soon. - Katy Tomasulo

Armstrong - Two new laminate flooring collections-Armstrong Illusions and Bruce Park Avenue-offer surprisingly realistic wood looks, including exotic visuals. Unlike many laminate floors, which can look plasticky, Illusions and Park Avenue flooring have high-gloss, smooth-as-glass surfaces that accurately mimic the surface appearance and texture of a glossy natural wood floor. And because the floors are thicker than most other laminates, they sound solid when walked on-not hollow. Booth W1359. - Stephani Miller

Schlage - Replacing entry door handlesets can be difficult when the new hardware's handle is longer or shorter than the previous handle's; the existing bolt hole's placement may be too low or too high to fit the new handle. To avoid this problem, Schlage's existing and new entry hardware handlesets now feature an Adjustable Through-Bolt on bottom rosettes and backplates, allowing installers to adapt the new bolt position to the existing bolt hole's placement. The through-bolt adjusts by 1 ½ inches up or down, so no additional holes must be drilled through the door. Booth W2127. - Stephani Miller