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Cordless miter saw This 23-lb., 7 1/2-in. miter saw from Makita has all the features of other electric miter saws, plus portability. The cordless saw is powered by an 18v nickel-metal hydride battery. A single charge can make about 100 cuts of a 2-x4-in. board. Retail price: $580. Contact Makita U.S.A., Dept. FIN, 14930 Northam St., La Mirada, CA 90638-5753, 800/462-5482,

superscript e buying E-tool-buying Northern Tool & Equipment Company features its complete catalog online, along with e-mail specials and weekly Red Hot Deals. When we checked the site, we found a 16-ton hydraulic pipe bender reduced $100 and a 20-gal. parts washer reduced $30. Help from the company's experts is just a click

Tool tote One pull of the zipper of this sturdy nylon tool bag and you have access to all your necessary tools. ToolPak's new ProTote is made of puncture-resistant, 3,000-lb.-test Dupont Cordura. It features 28 pockets: 12 outside pockets range from 2 to 4 in. wide and are 5 in. deep; 16 inside pockets range from 1 in. wide to a 4-x5-in. pleated pocket (just the right size for a cell phone). The tool bag features a 45-in.-dia. opening and a tough, rigid bottom. Bag sides are made of a waterproof, double-layer nylon. Price: $40.

An optional shoulder strap hooks to two D rings on adjacent corners of the bag so the tote points into your body and won't swing out. Price: $8. Contact Paktek, Dept. FIN, 7307 82nd St. Ct. S.W., Tacoma, WA 98498, 800/258-8458,

A new engine-driven generator from Miller Electric offers weld power of 225 amps AC/DC at 3,000 rpm and will help provide electricity during power outages. According to the company, the Legend operates at low speed to use less gas than other models on the market, saving you dollars in fuel bills. The model has low noise levels, producing 75 dB at 23 ft. Price: $4,000. Contact Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 100, Lithonia, GA 30058, 800/426-4553,

Lincoln Electric combines the power of a generator with the convenience of a welder for portable, take-to-the-site performance.

Power Arc 4000 combines a 4,000W AC generator and a 125-amp welder for a portable power unit that weighs 160 lbs. It has 120 and 240v 60Hz receptacles for reliable connections and circuit breakers for overload protection. List price: $1,234.

Power Arc 5000 offers some of the same features as the 4000 but with a 5,000W AC generator and a 150-amp AC welder. It weighs 215 lbs. For special, high-power situations, a 120v twist-lock receptacle delivers 3,600W. For AC welding, it delivers 150 amps for welding up to a 5/32-in.-dia. rod. The unit has a 5 1/2-gal. fuel tank. List price $1,980.

Ranger 8 delivers 8,000W of 115v/230v AC power. It also is a 225-amp AC/210-amp DC arc welder for a variety of stick and TIG tasks. It weighs 485 lbs. with a Kohler gas or LP gas engine, or 503 lbs. with an Onan gas engine. Both are top-of-the-line engines, according to the company. List price: $3,108. Contact Lincoln Electric Co., Dept. FIN, 22801 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44117, 888/355-3213, .

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