Category Archives: Milwaukee

Milwaukee Tools 2017 Holidays for the PROs

Each year we work to cut through the holiday hype and find the tool deals for professional! There are plenty of promotions out there for $99 cordless drill kit, they have their place but there are also some great deals to be had for professional tools as well from the top brands, today we are just looking at Milwaukee Tools (other brands coming very soon)!

Milwaukee Holidays 2017

One of the Big Deals this season is for FREE Tools, 2 Tool FUEL Combo Kits (2897-22 or 2796-22) as well as the M18 FUEL Miter Saw 10” 2734-21HD and you get your choice of a Free FUEL Tool: M18 Grinder 2780-20, M18 Mid-Torque Impact 2861-20, M18 7-1/4” Circ Saw 2731-20, M18 9.0Ah Battery 48-11-1890,
M18 Rocket Light 2130-20 or a M18 Sawzall 2720-20 which is the most common choice at a $199 value. (more…)

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Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Iron 2488-21

2488-21 M12 Soldering Gun

There has not been much innovation in the soldering iron category recently however that is all about to change with the launch of the Milwaukee M12 Cordless Soldering Gun 2488-20 ($69, bare) and 2488-21 ($129, kit). With this tool you get 18 second heat up time and up to 40 minutes runtime with an M12 Compact Battery which is pretty increasable. We had a brief chance to use this tool at the New Product Symposium, see video below, but it will be hitting the market this month (November).

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL Hackzall 2719-21, Finally Here!

M18 FUEL Hackzall

For several years now people have been asking us, when are we going to get a FUEL brushless version of the M18 Hackzall one-handed reciprocating saw. Finally we can say it has arrived, well at least the kit version 2719-21 ($249), hopefully the bare tool version 2719-20 ($149) to follow by the time you read this post. The new saw has more power, more runtime, smaller footprint and less vibration making it pretty much everything we’ve been looking for in a compact recip saw!

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Milwaukee RedLithium USB Lights & Battery System

Milwaukee RedLithiumUSB

Just hitting the streets recently Milwaukee has 3 new LED personal light solutions using the new REDLITHIUM USB battery platform. We saw these light first at the New Product Symposium (#NPS17) and they have been in very high demand for pre-sales. The 3 options include a 475 lumen Hard Hat Light 2111-21 ($59), 445 Lumen Rover Flood Light 2112-21 ($59) and a waterproof 700 lumen flashlight 2110-21 ($69). These are just the first of what we are guessing will be many new tools for the REDLITHIUM USB platform.


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New Milwaukee Jobsite Cooler 48-22-8250

Milwaukee Cooler 48-22-8250

Introducing the new Best in Class Milwaukee Jobsite Cooler 48-22-8250 ($49.99). This 11 x 14 x 13” may appear as a toolbox, but inside is loaded with insulation, storage for food, water, ice, tablets, paperwork and even medical supplies. Equip with its own bottle opener and tape measure clip, this Jobsite Cooler is good on or off the jobsite! Previously we would have thought $50 for a cooler was high but Yeti Softside Coolers are $200+ and flying off the shelves so would not be surprised to see these do very well.

  • 2X the insulation
  • Weather resistant base
  • Dry storage pocket
  • Holds ice up to 24 hours
  • Food grade leak-proof liner – Eliminates leaking & sweating (no sweat exterior)
  • Padded shoulder strap
  • Ultimate storage – bottle opener, tape measure clip, tech pocket & sandwich pocket
  • Heavy duty zippers
  • Capacity: 21.65 Quarts

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2017 Vacuum Comparison Test, OSHA Silica Table 1

Vacuums Comparison Testing

*** Important to note we are not testing if these vacs meet the OSHA Standards, we are only testing usability & performance. We are relying on the manufacturer testing to be accurate in that all 6 competitors do meet the standards!

The new OSHA Silica Standard is officially now a finable offense, having been in effect for over a year already they were not issuing fines before September 23rd, 2017, that has now changed. We have previous covered several topics related to this new standard including What is OSHA Silica Standard, what are steps can you take for your Company Silica Assessments and what is the Difference between Table 1 vs Objective Data testing. This topic is huge and worker safety is extremely important which we could never cover it all but we did want to take a deeper dive into what is one of the most important components, the Dust Extraction Vacuums used as the center piece for many of engineered controls.

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M18 DrainSnake, M18 SwitchPack & M12 AirSnake

We saw these new Milwaukee Cordless Drain Cleaning solutions at this year’s New Product Symposium (#NPS17) we did leave there with a few questions and recently we had the opportunity to have Morgan in the shop and address some actual usability questions, pricing questions and try to get a glimpse into how deep Milwaukee plans to go into the Drain Cleaning. Below is our chat with Morgan and below that some additional info now available from Milwaukee, including their official product videos.

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New Milwaukee M12 3/8″ Crown Stapler 2447-21

Milwaukee’s new M12 3/8” Crown Stapler 2447-21 ($149) is almost guaranteed to satisfy remodelers, DIY’ers, residential HVAC and drywall contractors. The Crown Stapler delivers faster stapling. Up to 1500 staples per 1.5ah battery charge and requires 80% less force required than comparable hand tools! It eliminates repetitive motion and excessive force required of most hand tools. It’s 7.5” frame makes it easy to fit in everyday tool belts and ideal for use in confined spaces. This model is compatible with all Milwaukee 12 batteries and backed by Milwaukee’s 5 year limited power tool warranty.

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Table 1 vs Objective Data – OSHA Silica Rules

Concrete Dust Cloud

Now that we are less than a month away from the September 23rd deadline we are seeing a lot more interest about the new OSHA Silica Rules which is good that people are taking this seriously. One of the big debates that has recently popped up, some manufacturers are telling their own customers that they will not support “Objective Data” and everything must be “Table 1”. This is also a commitment to not look at all the options for the safest possible solutions or to develop new tools/solutions in many key areas. The good news is OSHA (the people who make the decisions) wrote a pretty clear 26 page document §1926.1153 which provides 3 ways to be compliant for companies who will continue to innovate in this space; Table 1, Objective Data and Self-Monitoring Program.    (more…)

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The times they are a-changin’ ONE-KEY

A quick history lesson in hand-held driving:

First hand-held electric drill: 1895
First cordless drill: 1961
Lithium-Ion battery tech: 2005
Brushless, 3-Speed impact driver: 2009

In the 2010’s we’ve seen: IP56 protection, self-tapping modes, a driver/wrench hybrid, lengths reduce to under 5″, improved bit-holders and raft of other minor improvements. It makes you wonder, what will an impact driver in 2025 look like? (more…)

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