New Products at the National Hardware Show

In between demos at our Product Test Shop at the 2014 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas last week, we got a chance to sneak inside and check out the rest of the show. Here are some of our favorite products from the show:

Wagner Sidekick Powered Roller
This painting accessory keeps your roller loaded with paint, which means you don't have to stop and go back to your paint tray while you're working. The electric pump attaches directly to the can, which means you can keep painting until the paint can runs dry. Clean up is a simple 10-minute process using soap and water.

Black and Decker Drill and Mouse
The new 20V Max Lithium Cordless Drill with Autosense from Black & Decker has two modes: driving and drilling, selectable through the touch pad on top (which also displays remaining battery life). The automatic clutch senses changes in torque as a screw is driven and automatically adjusts its power to fit. Once you reach final depth, the drill goes into a quarter-turn mode, allowing you to set your screw just below the surface of your board.

Black & Decker also unveiled a redesign of their popular mouse sander. The new body shape is much easier to use, especially on vertical surfaces, thanks to a new handle.

Earth Talon Shovel
This innovate spade makes quick work of digging holes in even the hardest dirt. The talon-shaped point looks a little odd, but in practice, it definitely makes a difference. The small tip also lends itself to pinpoint weeding and creating furrows.

Graco TrueCoat 360DS
This paint sprayer replaces the traditional cup and suction tube with a bag system. Just fill one of the paint bags, squeeze out the air at the top and you're ready to go. Because there's no air in the system, you never lose your prime and you can paint at any angle, transitioning between vertical and overhead surfaces. When you're done, just toss the liner and flush the system with water.

Smart-Tape Solutions
This adhesive tape has measurements printed directly on it. Use it for laying out cabinets in a kitchen or rearranging furniture in your house or even mocking up big projects out in the garage. The possibilities are nearly endless.

If you've ever struggled with pushing a wheelbarrow around your yard, this product is for you. Three wheels, a well-placed push handle and a brake take the load off your body. The company sells retrofit kits, too, if you want to upgrade your current wheelbarrow.

Hart C-Clamp with QuickTight technology
These C-clamps look much like the old standards, but two features set them apart. First, a quick-release clutch on the screw foot means you can quickly get your clamps into (and out of) position, without having to unscrew and re-screw the whole length of the clamp. Second, the screw grip can be flipped 90 degrees, which makes it easier to tighten at higher clamping pressures or awkward positions.

Crescent X2 Pliers
These pliers look a little funny, but the second jaw pivot point means they can be used in narrow spaces while still allowing the jaw to open fully.

Hyde Dust-free Sponge Sander
The least favorite part of any sanding project is the dust. These replaceable sponge sanders attach to a hose that you pair with a shop vacuum, sucking up dust as you sand. I think it's especially useful for sanding drywall or refinishing wooden furniture, where you need the malleability of a sponge for fitting in tight corners.