Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. Every year, hundreds of new tools are released. Some are just updates, with a longer-lasting battery, more torque, or an expanded set of socket sizes or adapters. But some are true innovations—tools that will make your job or project easier. Those are the tools we selected. After two months of methodical testing, these are the best new tools you can buy this year. ▶ The Stihl MS 500i is the industry’s first electronically fuel-injected chainsaw. That might not sound like much, but when you adjust fuel flow and combustion with a microprocessor, you increase engine power, which improves the power-to-weight ratio. With a 20-inch bar, it weighs 18 pounds—at least two pounds lighter than typical saws in this class. The light weight improves handling, and it enabled Stihl’s engineers to optimize its pivot point. In our tests, it limbed as easily and capably as it felled. We were also impressed by its ease of starting, torque, and ease of shutoff. Available in fall 2019. ▶ If you are among the many people who prefer the steering wheel of a front-end-design tractor over a ze...