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 2733-21($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).
Last year at the Milwaukee New Product Symposium, we caught a glimpse of the new STEELHEAD Diamond Cutting Wheels for Metal and Stainless Steel. So far we have received some really good feedback from those making the switch from using bonded abrasives to cut metal. These diamond blades offer huge advantages in durability and cost as well as safety. Just recently we have seen a dramatic price drop for the STEELHEAD wheels which looks to be here to stay, the 4.5″ wheel 49-93-7805 which could replace a whole box of abrasives wheels now under $15! Continue reading →
The Bosch Speed Clean Bits have been around for a few years now, originally called the “Hollow Core” but that name probably causes confusion with actual core bits. The Speed Clean bits work differently than you traditional rotary hammer bits in that it connects to a vacuum and sucks the dust out as it drills. This makes these bits much more efficient and last longer especially when drilling at depths however it also makes the bits much more expensive to manufacturer. We have not seem mass adoption on the jobsites yet but that could all change next month (September 23rd) when the OSHA Silica Standards become enforceable. Continue reading →
We recently have been using the RIDGID 12V Palm Impact Driver Kit R8224K($99, Home Depot) around the shop to get a feel of this new type of tool. While 12V compact impact drivers have been around for sometime this unit takes away the trigger so the effective area when in the hand is far more compact and usable in a tight space than anything we have seen before.
We needed some additional storage for the shop and our friends at Husky stepped up with this 60″ workbench which features 10 drawers (1 full length), as well as a very handy slide up pegboard backer with shelf HOTC6010BB2M($699, Home Depot). We really like the versatility with how easy the pegboard backer can slide out of the way for full 360 access as a work table. While $700 isn’t chump change, other tool chests and storage options can cost significantly more, it really seems like a pretty good value for the money.
Any more, having your oil changed seems like a commodity with prices advertised as low as $14.99. At that price, why would anyone want to change their own oil or use a premium oil? Conventional oil has been around for years, but like everything else in an ever-changing world, new products and technologies are introduced to improve inefficiencies. So we wanted to learn more about this synthetic oil, how it differs than convention oil and to use it while changing our own oil. Using the Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic (5W-30), not sure we’ll ever use conventional oil again! Continue reading →
When it comes to providing innovative, cooling solutions for professional contractors, Ergodyne continues to prove their market leadership position. Products ranging from, cooling vests, to cooling bands, to cooling hats. Their wide range of cooling solutions make it easy for contractors to stay cool during the brutal summer months. One of their newest cooling solutions, is the Shax Misting System. We found this system to be innovative and a great way to cool off workers in the shade. Continue reading →
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