The new M12 FUEL generation 2 Drill/Drivers, Impacts & Combo Kits are now coming in! Back in 2013, Milwaukee first introduced their M12 drilling and driving solutions, which set the benchmark for the sub-compact industry in a couple ways:
They utilized the most advanced POWERSTATE™ Brushless technology available at the time, reshaping perceptions of performance and capabilities of 12V tools.
They were the most compact in their class.
Milwaukee continues to demonstrate their market leadership position by driving the 12V technology and as they always say, leaders never rest of their laurels. As technology evolves, they’ve constantly drive for new ways to push forward the M12™ drilling and driving experience. Their technology and capabilities reached new heights since 2013 and come January 2018, they’re setting the benchmark once again with the next generation of M12™ drill and driving.
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The theme at this year’s STAFDA convention in Austin, Texas was ‘Raising Leadership,’ and I was lucky enough to have my own future leader in tow with me at the show. It was an exciting moment when Georgia Foley, the Executive Director at STAFDA, gave my son Henry a shout-out during her opening address, welcoming him to Texas and to his first STAFDA show. Henry has wanted to come to STAFDA since he was little. The keynote speakers, usually retired NFL players and coaches, or the Shark Tank stars were always a draw, but also my stories about the tool displays and the big parties hosted by the major construction manufacturers also fueled his interest. Continue reading →
In 2017 we say a lot of excitement around the new OSHA Silica Dust regulations which we think is a great move forward for everyone’s safety. Silicosis is serious business but it does not necessarily need to be a complex or costly solution. The new Milwaukee DUST TRAP employs the K.I.S.S. method, keep it simple stupid. For $19 the 48-03-3035 Drill Shroud is a universal fit to most rotary drills and does not require a vacuum. Because concrete drilling does not generate significant silica dust like cutting or grinding application might simply by containing the debris in the “DUST TRAP” this attachment can meet the objective data requirements (***Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) to 50 µg/m3 over an 8-hour period).
It was actually pretty hard to narrow it down to just 10 as we saw a lot of innovations this year from many many manufacturers. We are sticking with tools that actually hit the shelves and were used by professionals in 2017, not launched at a trade show but won’t be here until 2018 or later. We are just going to do a quick rundown of each as well as talk a little at the end for hopes for this year’s (2018) tool innovations.
10. Milwaukee PACKOUT Storage System – While storage solutions are nothing new for professional tool brands we do think the PACKOUT system has really changed the game and set the bar much higher for these systems. Much more tough and rugged than other popular systems from Dewalt, Ridgid and even Festool Systainer. The demand has been crazy with back orders possibly out until February. How is this a “Power Tool” innovation? We have seen some M12 FUEL Tools packed into the small PACKOUT already, M18 FUEL will be coming in Larger PACKOUTS very soon at aggressive pricing. Will it change the way we buy and store Power Tools? We have just 1 request for Milwaukee, please make an addition to the lineup with a Roller Cooler. Coptool Post on PACKOUTContinue reading →
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Most Coptool readers would know that Bosch and FEIN worked together to create Starlock, an innovative system for attaching oscillating multi-tool (OMT) blades and bits. Currently only Bosch and FEIN tools employ the the Starlock system, though it will undoubtedly start appearing on other brands in the near future.
Tool-less bit changes have already been increasing the flexibility of OMTs for a few years, making tradespeople more likely to use them for multiple tasks (like sanding). But apart from making the blade change even faster, Starlock makes a huge difference because users don’t have to handle the blades. Why is this this useful? Because OMT blades get hot! It’s quite common for users to want to rotate a blade several times, but the hot blades are painful to handle.
Coptool discussed the Starlock system was a while back – (previous coptool post). The OMTs come in two variations, StarlockPlus and StarlockMax. A summary of the blade compatibility is listed below:
The Milwaukee team has really been hard at work recently launching a number of products that are truly the first time on a battery platform. The Milwaukee M18 2688-21($239, kit) and 2688-20($119, bare tool) are perfect examples of this. Heat guns have always been corded solutions and very popular amount mechanics, electricians, plumbers and many other trades, all places where cords simply don’t make any sense. The first question we hear of course is can this stand up to the corded heat guns?
Two big changes have been hitting the jobsite this year, we are seeing more heavy duty cordless tools taking the places of corded tools and clouds of silica dust are being eliminated. Unfortunately these 2 things don’t seem to work together as typical dust extractors turn on/off based off the tool plugged into them. Makita wireless AWS technology looks to change that, Auto-Start Wireless System (AWS), which uses Bluetooth™ technology for wireless communication between tool and vacuum/dust extractor to turn on/off makes a cordless vac system feasible from a power usage stand point. New AWS solutions announced was teased at their event last summer but fully launched last month at STAFDA including their first Cordless SDS-MAX hammer.
RIDGID® thermal imagers feature the latest technology, including the best image
resolution in their class and an easy-to-use interface, to help you efficiently predict
problems before they happen and prevent costly system downtime and keep buildings running at the highest performance with RIDGID Thermal Imagers(Pre-Sale Coming Soon). The new line features the latest technology, best images in their class and easy-to-use interfaces to predict problems before they happen. Continue reading →
Proudly made in the USA! That’s the theme of Southwire’s recently launched electrician hand tools. Many electricians proudly invest in American made products, so what does Southwire do? They blast the market with American made steel and “MADE IN USA” stamped on every hand tool. Not to mention that the new USA line-up incorporates red, white and blue on every tool! The company plans to grow their American made hand tools, so stay tuned!
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