MAKITA 18V LXT Cordless 14″ Chain Saw XCU03Z

XCU03 Makita

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. Continue reading

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Makita 18V LXT Rear Handle Circular Saw XSR01Z Hands On

Makita XSR01Z

The new Makita LXT Brushless Rear Handle Circular Saw XSR01Z ($199, bare) launched at the World of Concrete this year and looks to be coming in very very soon, perhaps by the time you read this post! We had the opportunity recently to get one in our shop for the afternoon and do some testing. Unfortunately it was just after our 2017 Cordless Circ Saw Testing (see video below) which we are now confident this new saw would have been our favorite. What is interesting with this new Makita however is they seem less interested in taking on the Milwaukee M18 FUEL or Dewalt FLEXVOLT cordless saws and much more interested in going after Corded Skil WormDrive market which until now has had no option for a cordless saw.

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Milwaukee WorkSkin – Summer Clothing

Milwaukee WorkSkin

What does a tool manufacturer know about clothing? Other than an occasional free red hat should we really be buying clothing from the same people we get our Sawzall blades from? Milwaukee sort of tiptoed into the clothing business about 7 years ago with the Heated Jackets and were able to overcome some obstacles in the power and heating elements other big names in the apparel world couldn’t figure out. Since then the actual jackets themselves have undergone several significant overhauls and the line has expanded greatly into a layering system adding the WorkSkin Mid-Weight Base Layer 401G ($49) last season. Building on that success Milwaukee is making their first leap into apparel for the warmer weather with WorkSkin Light Weight to address heat stress issues. Continue reading

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL Metal Circular Saw 2782-22

M18 FUEL Metal Circular Saw

The Milwaukee 8” metal saw 6370-21 ($299) changed the game many years ago and made the circular saw tailored for metal cutting the preferred choice for make cutting pipe, conduit, etc. When Milwaukee M18 launched it was not long after the cordless M18 brushed model 2682-22 ($349) was launched in a more compact 5-3/8” design. Fast forward a few years now and the demand for more power, runtime and option for large capacity lead to the new M18 FUEL 2782-22 ($399) & 2782-20 ($199, bare) which we expect to see in April. Continue reading

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Cordless Power Tools – Amp x Volts = Watts

Volts Amps Watts Meter

In recent years there have been a lot of advancements that allow tools to work effectively at various voltages as well as batteries with dramatically higher Amp Hours (Ah). Unfortunately that’s all the tool brands want to talk about in terms of specs on these awesome tool achievements, Volts and Ah but clearly that does not tell the full story. The formula Amps * Volts = Watts is what we use to figure out power and works great with corded tools on our meter above. With battery tools if you are only provided Volts and Ah ratings (or Watt Hour Wh) unfortunately you’re never going to be able to determine the real power of your tools.      Continue reading

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Milwaukee Tool 3/8” Socket Sets SAE & Metric

Milwauke 3/8 Socket Set

As Milwaukee Tool continues to expand upon their Hand Tool arsenal Chrome Socket Sets does seem like the next logical step. While these sockets sets are traditionally considered “mechanics tools” every electrician, plumber, HVAC, service tech and the list goes on, has a socket set in their bag or truck. Milwaukee’s new Contractor ratchet and socket sets, both SAE 48-22-9000 & Metric 48-22-9001 are designed for this market. The sets use a 3/8” ratchet with a pivoting head ideal for tight spaces and eight common deep sockets with some additional extensions/adapters. Priced at $69 each and should be here in April!   Continue reading

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Milwaukee Tool Framing Hammers Spring 2017

Milwaukee Framing Hammers

We have been waiting for many years for the Milwaukee Framing Hammers, ever since they acquired the premium Stiletto Hammer line it seemed like a logical way to expand their offering. Launching in April there will be 5 new hammers: two 17oz hammers 48-22-9016 milled face $39, 48-22-9017 smooth face $39, as well as two 22oz hammers 48-22-9022 milled face $35, 48-22-9023 smooth face $35 and final a poly/fiberglass 19oz hammer smooth face $29. There is a lot of technology that went into these hammers for great balance, vibration reduction, durable construction, nail setting magnet and of course trying to reduce the weight as much as possible. Continue reading

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Tool Lanyards Save Lives

Falling Object Deaths 2015

We got some interesting stats from our friends at Ergodyne (by way of the Bureau of Labor Statistics) that says in 2015 there were 247 deaths from falling objects on the job. Which makes up 48% of all struck fatalities and 5% of all workplace fatalities. There have been a lot of advancements in PPE, which is very important however a pipe wrench falling from even a few stories can have thousands of pounds of force and kill a person regardless of if they are wearing a hard hat.

Tethering tools and safety transporting all supplies to heights can dramatically reduce those death numbers as well as prevent thousands of injuries each year. The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) will be releasing a Dropped Object Standard, hopefully later this year, which should provide the guidelines for Attaching Tools, Tool Lanyards and Containers to transport tools and accessories. Continue reading

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Dewalt Tool Connect Expands, TAG & CONNECTOR

Dewalt 20V Connect

Yesterday we got some teasers on Dewalt’s Plans to Expand Tool Connect, currently very limited to just the Tool Connect Dewalt Batteries (see below) which turn off when they get out of range from the phone running the App and last location. At this point we can only talk to the images provided but Dewalt Tool Connect will expand to Cordless Tools, the TAG which will be very similar to the Milwaukee TICK (finally available) and the CONNECTOR which will allow any existing Dewalt 20V tool (no mention of FlexVolt yet however) to join the Tool Connect Bluetooth platform.

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Bosch 18V LED Floodlight 1900 Lumens GLI18V

Bosch 18V LED Lighting

It looks like 2017 will be the year Bosch 18V Cordless jumps back aggressively into the game. We recently saw the launch of new brushless compact and brute tough drills, coming soon new CORE high capacity batteries, new brushless recip saw and now a pair of LED flood lights are coming as GLI18V-1900N ($99) and GLI18V-1900C ($119, few months later) will offer Bluetooth connectivity to control multiple lights at once. Continue reading

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