Can Milwaukee M12/M18 Radio Take On BOSE

2891-20 M18 Radio

As Bluetooth speakers from BOSE, BEATS and many other have become much more powerful while actually shrinking in size we have wondered why so many of the jobsite radios have remained the size of 80’s Boomboxes. The new Milwaukee radio speaker, Pre-order Now 2891-20 ($149). looks to change the game with style, size and clarity that will make it competitive not only among jobsite radios but for anyone looking for high quality Bluetooth speakers.

Milwaukee m12 m18 bluetooth

 

Powered by either the Milwaukee M12 or M18 systems batteries, IP54 can handle jobsite or beach, 40W of power to 6 speakers for 119 decibels (Bose at 116 & Beats at 99), Total Harmonic Distortion of .28% (Bose at .31% & Beats at .50%), AC power option, 2.1 Amp USB output and compact design of only 14” which is still tough enough to get knocked around. Retail price will be around $150. Unfortunately this new radio is not going to be under any Christmas Trees this holiday as it doesn’t launch until January. For more info check out the official Milwaukee Press Release info below.

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Metabo 18V Tapping Drill Driver, 1300 in. lbs.

Metabo Tapping Drill

Recently we had an opportunity to try out a wide variety of Metabo tools at their media event. Of course the big focus was on their expansive line up of cordless tools designed specifically for metal trades. The 18V Brushless Tapping Drill GB18LXTBLIQ ($299, bare) is a perfect example of that in action. Not only are we looking at a great drill/driver with 1,300 in. lbs., currently the most powerful on the market, this drill makes tapping a crazy simple idiot-proof process. Snap the chuck off and it also becomes a ¼” driver for fastening and other applications.

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Miter Saw Dust Collector Plans – Build Something

Miter Saw Dust Collector Plans

Miter Saws are messy, nothing is going to catch everything but we have been fairly disappointed in pretty much all the vacuum attachments on miter saws. For a shop purposes simply building a Miter saw Dust Collector seems like the obvious, most economical solution. Certainly it’s not a 1 size fits all solution as there are many sizes and styles of miter saws out there. BuildSomething has this Miter Saw Dust Collector Free Plans which is a terrific starting point you can tailor to your needs. Continue reading

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Don’t Take TAX Advice from a Tool Blog

2016 Tax Deductions for Tools

Certainly anything tax related consult a professional but we got an interesting piece of promotional material from our friends at Jet & Powermatic about buying equipment. We thought we’d pass on as many tool users are also small business owners. We were not aware you can deduct up to $500,000 (for 2016) for tools, equipment and even “business-use” vehicles under section 179. Average business tax rates are 35% so if your business is having a good year it might be time to consider purchases. The end of the year is also when all the Holiday Deals hit so a nice time to consider purchases.

There is an entire .ORG website dedicated to Understanding Section 179 which if you are interested you can learn more there. Also they have a calculator to figure out what deductions can be taken for savings. Talk to your tax professional to see how this applies to you.

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Holidays for the Pros 2017 Coptool Gift Guide

Holiday for the pros 2017

Every holiday season it seems like the big boxes put serious pressure on all the name brand Power Tool guys to make the cheapest possible cordless tool kits and accessory bundles to hit their price points. They’ll pack them with older SKUs or lower amp batteries or throw in stuff that doesn’t always make sense all in an effort to show a “better deal” often targeting consumers that might not know the difference. We thought we’d take a different approach to find deals that make sense for PROFESSIONALS who know their stuff, to find the best deals on the latest and greatest stuff at all price levels. Use Coupon Code = GIFTGUIDE at Ohio Power Tool to receive Free Shipping on any of these specific items!! Continue reading

At 2:38 PM | Posted in Bosch, Cordless Tools, DeWalt Tools, Diamond Products, Hand Tools, Jet Tools, Laser Levels, Makita Tools, Metabo Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee, Ohio Power Tool, Powermatic, Safety Equipment, SawStop, Skil Tools, Top Deals | Leave a comment

FREUD DIABLO Red Fire Media STAFDA 2016

Diablo Red Fire

Each year Freud Diablo launches and/or updates several of their main products for a media event just before the STAFDA tradeshow. This year the event was named the Red Fire Media Event although it was a bit confusing because we were expecting to see some new product named Red Fire. Not the case. We did get to see some cool stuff including updates to their carbide recip blades, new carbide hole saws (coming soon), a carbide pruning blade, new Cerment II metal circular blades and finally the Track Point technology added to the Demo Demon Blades with some additional improvements. Continue reading

At 12:17 PM | Posted in Comparison Tests, Demolition Tools, Freud / Diablo, Outdoor Power Equipment, STAFDA | Leave a comment

The 2017 RIDGID Calendars are In… No Pinups

Ridgid Calendar 2017

For the RIDGID 2017 Calendars they have made the change to feature 12 artist’s renderings of Pipe Wrenches instead of the iconic Pinup Girls. I like the graphics, if the calendar were a new promo idea from a company I would think it was pretty cool idea. Of course going from a 50 year tradition for beautiful ladies on the wall of the shop to drawings of pipe wrenches is not going to sit well with everyone. This has been a change several years coming and with the move towards a more PC work place should not come as much of a surprise.

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Milwaukee 9.0Ah MADNESS

M18 High Demand 9.0Ah

For November & December there are some very aggressive Milwaukee Deals designed specifically to put M18 9.0Ah batteries into your hands. The 48-11-1890 sells for $200, it’ll probably stay that price all next year and we think it’s well worth it but you’d be crazy to buy one. Only a few years ago Milwaukee was a small fry in the cordless game, they got aggressive to become top potato these days but competition is now heating up with many others. Milwaukee solution, 9.0Ah batteries for EVERYONE!!!

M18 FUEL Miter Saw

One great way into a couple larger batteries is the M18 FUEL miter saw 2734-21HD ($599), which will come with 1 battery normally but for the next couple months or until they all sell out you’ll get 2x of the 9.0Ah monsters. Weight obviously plays no part in how this tool functions so it’s a great partner for the bigger batteries but honestly this saw will work for hours on even a 5.0Ah. Continue reading

At 5:07 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Demolition Tools, Electrician Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Wood Working Tools, World of Concrete | 2 Comments

Jet Compact Impacts 3/8” & 1/2”, 500 ft lbs Torque

Compact Impact Drivers

Jet just launched 2 new compact impact wrenches which has been a very popular trend with Ingersoll Rand, Chicago Pneumatic, Proto, AirCat and others all with great options. The JET R8 JAT-106 ($159) 3/8” impacts and the JAT-107 ($165) ½” impact have some tough competition but took a little different approach to give them more power which should make them popular with some users. Continue reading

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OSHA Silica Dust Rules 9/23/17 – Step 1 Company Assessments

**** OSHA UPDATE 4/7/2017 – New OSHA Deadline is September 23, 2017 for Silica Dust Compliance as there was a 90 day extension added. 

Concrete Dust Cloud

As the deadline for implementation of OSHA’s new Silica Dust Rule changes grows ever closer (June 23rd, 2017) the question “how do you know if you are ready” is a growing concern. We have teamed up with the safety consultants from Safex to get some more information on the new Silica Dust Rules and other common safety questions for the jobsite. We will be doing a video series “On the Job Safety Tips with Safex” and if you’ve got any topics you’d like us to address in the future please suggest a topic here or like someone else’s idea if it’s already there. Below are just a few of the questions we’ve been hearing on the silica dust topic.

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