Trend Of Power(Tools) To The People Grows (NAPSA)—While power tools have been around since the Industrial Revolution, the Do-It-Your- self Revolution may have had an even greater impact on powertool ownership. According to a recent survey, a majority of Americans (55 percent) own at least five power tools and 23 percent own 10 or more. In addition to power tool ownership, the survey revealed that nearly 46 percent of people have increased their power tool collections in the last decade. As well, 86 percent use a power tool to accomplish everyday household projects, with one in five (22 percent) of them reporting they use a powertool for every household project. The survey was commissioned by PORTER-CABLE, whichis celebrating its 100th anniversary. It seemsthe do-it-yourself revolution has not only empowered the “average Joe” but also the “average Johanna” to accomplish remodeling and renovating tasks. This may account for the popularity of power tools among women. Twenty-one percent of women reported owningat least five power tools, and 19 percent of women own more powertools today than they did 10 years ago. In fact, nearly 12 percent of women use power tools for every household project they do on their own. At the top of the favorite power tool list is the cordless drill. Seventy-one percent of Americans indicated the cordless drill is their favorite powertool. “We’re not surprised the cord- According to a recent survey, a majority of Americans (55 per- cent) ownatleast five power tools and 23 percent own 10 or more. less drill is the favorite power tool because it offers a great deal of flexibility to the user. PORTER-CABLEactually introduced the first portable drill in 1962, which provided a compact, rechargeable, 12-volt battery that was carried on a belt,” stated Chuck Hardin, director of mar- keting for the company. In its 100-year history, the tool maker has been instrumental in bringing innovative powertools to average Americans. Inventions such as thefirst helical drive circular saw, portable belt sander, portable band saw, palm-grip sander and small-orbit finishing sander have helped to transition “industrial” or “commercial” tools from the factory floor to the home. For more information, call 1- 888-848-5175 or visit the Web site at www.porter-cable.com.