Category Archives: Outdoor Power Equipment
Makita has really jumped into the Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) arena with both feet and currently uniquely positioned to be one of the strongest players moving forward. There has been a big push away from 2 Stroke small engines for several reasons including hassle of mixing & storing gas, emissions standards and noise just to name a few. Makita (with Dolmar) is the only manufacturer out there that is really strong in both 4 stroke gas technology and battery technology which gives them a huge advantage as the consumer demand changes.
Makita is leading the way in 4-Stroke gas technology (MM4) which if you are going to stay with gas is where things are going. Offering the only MM4 Cut-Off Saw and MM4 blowers but they are also leading the charge with OPE that works with the 18V batteries everyone already owns. The XCU03 cordless chainsaws are a prime example of that next step forward although still not surpassing gas in power but we are getting pretty darn close. (more…)
We saw these units briefly at the FLEXVOLT launch event last June, and think it is a smart move for all the power tool brands to expand their offerings to take advantage of their advanced battery platforms. This give the tool brands a big advantage over strictly OPE brands going cordless like Stihl, Oregon, EGO, etc because the batteries are already in the market place. This does cannibalize on their Dewalt 40V OPE line up (just launched last year), while their target is a bit different on paper we would not want to invest thousands into a 40v system when you know the big development moving forward is going to be on the FLEXVOLT platform. Why not keep it all together and just build a 120V FLEXVOLT backpack blower? (more…)
We discovered last year at the 2016 Milwaukee New Product Symposium that Milwaukee was planning on taking a jab at the landscaping industry with 3 key tools that will operate off their M18 platform. Demand for noise and emission reduction in landscaping companies has really pressed the need for a gas alternative. Many residential users also find it beneficial to be able to fire up a cordless trimmer or blower that they may use for 10 minutes once a month rather than mixing fuel and starting a gas one. While similar brands such as DeWalt and Makita have entered this market already, the introduction of Milwaukee’s 9.0 Ah High Demand Battery has really opened the door for them to compete very well as far as power and run time.
The Dolmar Outdoor Equipment brand has been owned by Makita for many years now (since 1991), which is why Makita does so well with gas blowers, gas concrete cutters and gas chain saws. Leading the way with the MM4 4-stroke technology but also continuing to innovative on the 2-stroke side with MM2.
Moving forward the Makita and Dolmar brands will become one under Makita Power Equipment, by integrating the two there will actually be a rather large expansion of the professional chain saw options for forestry and farm as well as occasional use. The deeper line-up of power equipment makes sense on both sides and will tie in nicely with all the 18V and 18Vx2 (36V) Lithium-Ion cordless chain saws, blowers, trimmers, etc. Below is a brushless 36v chain saw model currently selling in Japan, looks like it will hit US market soon as XCU03Z. Longer run-time, longer bar, better balance and more power!
Milwaukee is preparing to introduce a cordless hedge trimmer, string trimmer, and blower to their M18 line.
Milwaukee‘s 9.0 Ah battery is on the horizon, and with it will come tools that would not have been possible (or maybe just not very good) with their lower capacity batteries. In early 2017 you can expect to see a hedge trimmer, string trimmer, and outdoor blower all running on Milwaukee M18 batteries.
We were teased with a premium line of knives at Milwaukee’s 2015 event but the 2016 New Product Symposium made it official. Milwaukee has had great success with their FastBack Knives with utility blades and fixed blades and the recently launched FastBack Compact 48-22-1906 is the best knife we’ve ever owned for under $9. It is this exceptional value which gives us great hope for this new higher end line of pocket knives, Milwaukee’s Hardline Knives are intended to be the next step-up with high end D2 steel and premium features but a price point of $59-$79 which is about half the price of the competition they will be going against. (more…)
We wanted to hit some of the high points of today’s 2016 Milwaukee Product Launch Event! We will of course follow up with some additional in-depth coverage over the next week or two on many of these new products. Please feel free to email in questions or ask them on our Facebook (where we have a ton more event pictures and videos) and we will do our best to address them right away! For more event info search #NPS16 on your favorite platform!
New ONE-KEY Tools and Features
A few big announcements today on the ONE-KEY platform in new tools and features for the platform. First you will be able to shut off tools remotely if lost or stolen, good for all One-Key tools (once update goes live). Basically this makes them worthless to try to sell, pawn or use and should be a pretty good theft deterrent along with the tool tracking to actually help find the tools. Once recovered you can of course activate them again and use the tool. If nothing else you’ll at least have some satisfaction knowing the jerk that stole your tools isn’t going to get to use them.
M18 FUEL SAWZALL with ONE-KEYJake tried the new (Coming in October) Sawzall ONE-KEY. By changing profiles, it slows the took to match the material. #NPS16 #NBHD
Posted by Coptool on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
M18 FUEL Sawzall with ONE-KEY is coming soon, which is the next logical tool, there are clear benefits to dialing the tool speed but the biggest benefit (we think) is the tool tracking. We were hoping to see other high dollar M18 items get the ONE-KEY tech like SDS-Plus, SDS-MAX, Press Tools, Pex, BandSaws, HoleHawgs, etc just to be able to track the tools. Added Safety feature can stop blade once through material. (see Full Post M18 Sawzall ONE-KEY M18 Sawzall ONE-KEY) (more…)
We’ve been following the PTIA (Pro Tool Innovation Awards) for several years now and they have certainly been growing the depth and breadth of their coverage each year. Lots of innovations launch each year in tools, accessories and their various other categories. We at Coptool try to keep our arms around the whole all the new products and it’s a challenge, trying to rate and compare them all across the board even tougher. We do not envy these guy’s job but after spending some time reviewing the various lists we’ve got to say we’d agree with many of their findings. Certainly we’d encourage every shopper to do their own research but the PTIA are a good resource and just fun to see all the new products in the industry. See the various Categories Below: (more…)
As cordless landscaping equipment become more powerful there have been many professionals who are very interested in ditching the gas engines and going cordless. Businesses and affluent customers want less noise and less emissions when the lawn care service is being performed. Operators also want less hassle and maintenance, just slapping the battery in and go. Of course the tools need to perform at professional level and until recently the battery landscaper tools were consumer grade at best.
Makita feels they have really gotten to the next level with their 18V X2 LST (36V) platform combined with their brushless motor technology. The Makita platform is a terrific option as they are so widely available and compatible with other power tools they may need. The 36V brushless trimmer ZRU07Z ($279) is truly a professional grade tool and the first of its kind with a 13-3/4” capacity and 60 minute runtime (with 5.0Ah batteries). The 36V brushless blower XBU02Z ($279) puts out 473 CFM of force to really move some debris but thanks to the brushless motor can outlast other blowers in its class.