We have been very impressed with the new SKILSAW professional brand and their departure from the cheaper Skil Tools we were seeing in the market. They have really been creative in utilizing the tried and true Wormdrive motor to expand to high quality metal saws, table saws, larger circular saws and a handful of other nice circular saws all paired with high quality Diablo Blades. This new reciprocating aka “BUZZKILL” saw SPT44A($99) is their first branch away from a circular saw platform but we are guessing this is the first of many under their new leadership.
Milwaukee has continued to drive their innovation efforts, by launching a new ONE-KEY M18 Rocket Tower Light 2120-20 ($599) & 2120-22HD ($899) check them out for pre-sale, shipping in October. This new product features their ONE-KEY technology, three-stage adjustable leg design, IP67 and can be adjusted to a height of 65″. The IP67 rating means it’s waterproof up to 3′ and completely sealed, clearly that level of durability adds to the price tag which maybe over built for many people’s budgets but that’s why Milwaukee has so many M18 Lighting solutions for every price point. Compare to the Streamlight Scene Light or Pelican 9480 or Pelican 9430 and the price is inline for the application. We are very interested to learn more about this prodcut ourselves and get to see a demo, in the meantime the full Milwaukee M18 Rocket Tower Light press release is below. Continue reading →
For many years Milwaukee has offered the ability to use their batteries to charge your phone via USB. The current M12 Power Source 49-24-2310($27) and M18 Power Source 49-24-2371($30) are quickly becoming a staple for pros that have Milwaukee batteries as a great way to charge their devices on the go. This new M12 Power Source Micro-USB 48-59-1202 ($49) goes 1 step further and allows you to charge any M12 Battery on the go. Continue reading →
Coptool and oztooltalk bumped into each other recently whilst visting Metabo headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany. The two day tour included the production line, showroom and tool testing facility.
After a presentation from the CEO, who’s technical knowledge of their battery technology surprised me, we headed straight for the production line. The first surprise for me was that Metabo produce almost every part in the facility. Smelting and moulding of steel and aluminium, plastic moulding, precision milling and bending, and assembly are all done on the same grounds.
Makita has always been a strong name in miter saws, and this year they are releasing two new competitors in the ring that will be sure to impress. We got our hands on the two new saws at the 2017 Makita New Products event and were able to get some live demos before they hit the shelves.
Milwaukee Heated Work Gear & Now Milwaukee Non-Heated Work Gear have been a huge success from what we have seen in the past couple years. We’ve seen them make some pretty big innovations in work wear, and they seem to step up the quality and functionality almost ever year. This year, Milwaukee has taken some tips from workers in the field, heard their frustrations with cold weather work clothes, and delivered an impressive new lineup of hard-hitting cold weather gear for Milwaukee fans everywhere.
When it comes to mixing small batches of drywall mud, mortar or even concrete there has always been a struggle to find the right tool for the right price. Yes you can get a dedicated corded mud mixer price range from $230 to $975 but many people simply use a hammer drill with chuck and burn the motor up pretty quickly. Until now there has not been a cordless solution but Milwaukee will very shortly have a cordless solution with the M18 FUEL mud mixer 2810-20 ($199, bare) & 2810-22 ($349, kit)!
This unit is specific for the application with a massive gearbox and low RPM range needed for proper mixing. The handles adjust to various positions to maximum user comfort. We expect to see these units out in September but could hit back orders pretty quickly if they are as popular as we think they could be. Check out all the Milwaukee M18 Cordless Tools at Ohio Power Tool and give the guys there a call 800-242-4424 if you have any questions on any Milwaukee Tools. For more on the 2810-22 Mud Mixer units check out the full Milwaukee press release below.
At the recent Milwaukee Tool #NPS17 Event we got a first look at this new M18 Compact 7-1/4″ Miter Saw 2733-22 ($499, September). It shares a lot of the look and feel with the larger M18 FUEL 10″ Miter Saw 2734-21HD ($599) however focuses on a more compact lightweight design getting down to 28 lbs for maximum portability. In our mind the benefit of a cordless miter saw is portability, cordless doesn’t make any sense for a shop saw but perfect for going on and off the jobsite. Both of these saws work very well with the new Milwaukee Folding Miter Stand 48-08-0551 ($199) which actually weights a little more than the compact saw!
While at the 2017 Makita New Products Event this year, we got a pretty good look at the impressive new 18v Cordless Steel Rod Flush-Cutter XCS02T1($1295, Kit), which is a solid alternative to hydraulic rebar cutting options like the Makita cordless XCS01($1999, bare). It has a brushless motor (looks to be the same as the brushless grinders) and can cut #8 60 grade threaded rod and rebar from 3-8”-1”. This is a slight step up in capacity from the Hydraulic Rebar Cutter, less expensive and leaves a cleaner cut.
Metal-cutting circular saws are becoming more and more well-known by trades-people, and it’s easy to see why. Their ‘cold-cut’ produces little burring, fast cutting speeds, few sparks and of course, no heat.
It should be of no surprise then that Bosch have produced a cordless, light-weight metal saw for the job site. The CSM180 has a 5-3/8″ blade, with a cut depth of up to 2″. It weighs only 5.8 lbs with a high capacity 18V battery, and is extremely ergonomic in the hand. It is available as a bare tool CSM180B($199) or in a kit with two 4Ah batteries CSM180-01($349).
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