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Nemo Power Tools is Taking DIY to a Whole New Depth

When the Israeli Army approached engineer Nemo Rotem to design a submersible drill for them, he wasn’t even a certified diver.  In order to understand just what would be required of such a tool he became a PADI Open Water diver, which is a metaphor for the entire design process of the Nemo Diver V2.

Previous incarnations of underwater power tools were driven by either hydraulics or pneumatics, but the Diver drill is a whole different animal.  More closely resembling a cordless electric drill, its design wasn’t a simple matter of adapting extant designs for new applications.

Rotem developed this powerful tool from the ground up with a die-cast aluminum body, two 18 volt Li-ion batteries, a keyless metal chuck and rotating seal similar to those used in the drive-shafts of boats. It’ll go to 165 feet, making it a portable powerhouse for commercial divers as well as hull cleaners and scientific researchers–anyone who needs a bit of extra muscle in the deep. Plus, there’s a even a lighter, fresh/chlorinated water version specially aimed at pool and spa technicians.

In 2016 they’ll expand their line to offer a high-torque Hammer Drill, a Special Ops version in low-profile all-black with no logos that will go to 328′, and an angle grinder that uses a Li-polymer battery to provide enough energy for high-intensity applications.

Perhaps the most stunning product in their 2016 catalog is their 60,000 lumen handheld dive light. Perfect for search and recovery, low-visibility, or other situations where a ridiculous amount of illumination is called for, this light is also usable topside, with an onboard cooling system to disperse the 1,000 watts produced by this underwater rock star.

Check out their line at and let your imagination run wild. These monster power tools mean that when it comes to underwater construction, from now on the deep’s the limit.

Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin Durbin-Sherer
Erin began diving in 2012 as preparation for a trip to Hawaii and before the year was out she'd left her old life behind to work in the dive industry full-time. When she's not out exploring the deep and collecting c-cards, you might find her making art or working on her master's thesis in cultural anthropology at San Diego State University. Erin is an Associate Editor with


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