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A couple years ago we did the 2015 Recip Saw Shootout which was sort of a no contest because at the time Milwaukee was the only tool company that had a brushless recip saw. Naturally the only brushless saw won going against 4 brushed saws and we got accused of being on the Milwaukee Tool payroll. A few years later now that most of the other brands have brushless options its well proven brushless options outperform their brushed counterparts, Milwaukee was just well ahead of the curve in 2015. It’s now 2017 however so we’ve got new batteries and 5 new saws!
It’s no secret among mechanics there is a large migrations away from air tools towards cordless options. New impacts can generate a ton of power in some case too much however they can also be bulky and don’t always offer enough control of the power. These new “Mid-Torque” M18 FUEL Impacts provide a solution with plenty of torque needed for most applications but much closer in size to their compact impacts with more options for control of the power. These new 2860-22 ($399, ½” pin) and 2861-22 ($399, ½” ring) both offer 450 ft lbs torque and should fill the need for many tradesmen.
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!!!
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. (more…)
That is not a typo, it is a cordless SDS-MAX hammer with a 1-9/16” carbide bit capacity runs off a single M18 battery including the all the batteries you already have. While this was first reported to be coming many months back it looks like September it will finally be here: 2717-22HD ($799, 2x 9.0Ah), 2717-21HP ($649, 1x 9.0Ah) and bare tool 2717-20 ($499). Pre-Order this month (through October) and there is a Free M18 FUEL Hammer Drill deal these kits are all included on. These are the first tools we have seen that will include the 9.0Ah batteries and are very excited to get our hands on those as well.
The Milwaukee 9.0 batteries have been a hot topic of discussion among fans of their M18 lineup this summer, and it’s safe to say that they have an official release date.
The Milwaukee 9.0 Ah batteries (48-11-1890) with 162 Wh are scheduled to ship on September 1st and will be available for $199 alone or $$249 as a starter pack (48-59-1890) that includes the new Rapid Charger. These are probably the most highly sought after batteries in this release. The $199 price point is a little steep, but I expect them to be available as kits with some of their newer, higher powered tools (like the miter saw) which would make it much easier to add the high demand batteries to your arsenal. With double the gas tank the charge time is of course also greater which is why you’ll want to get that rapid charger for a 95 minute charge time, 180 minutes on a standard M18 charger. (more…)
****UPDATE 3/17/2016 – Latest Update to ONE-KEY adds the Tool Tracking Feature to real time locate the tools in your fleet as well as help find lost or stolen tools.
Milwaukee teased us with ONE-KEY months ago and asked what our readers thought it ONE-KEY was going to be. We’ve gotten some very interesting responses (and it’s got nothing to do with a Milwaukee Porta-John) but today the cat is officially out of the bag. As many of you have already guest One-Key is a new tool technology that can connect your cordless Milwaukee Tools to you phone/tables (then to the cloud) via Bluetooth. The 3 core benefits you will see right away are: tool control, inventory management and tool reporting. Which before you brush it off as not for you, take a further look because it really seems to have something for everyone.
The Tools: Most of these tool unfortunately won’t be out until 2016, with the exception of the new crimping tools coming later this year. The ONE-KEY tools will be M18 FUEL brushless with the Drills & Impacts that have pretty much the same torque specs as the M18 FUEL 2nd Generation Tool launching mid-August. This includes drill/driver, hammer drill, impact hex 1/4″, impact square 3/8”, impact square 1/2″ pin and impact square 1/2″ ring type, all M18 FUEL ONE-KEY Cordless Brushless Tools (a bit of a mouthful).
In mid-August the most popular Milwaukee M18 FUEL tools are going to experience a significant overhaul. The Gen 2 tools will be smaller, lighter, more power, more control settings, kits will include 5.0Ah batteries but the prices will remain the same. The FUEL hammer drill 2604-22 ($299) makes the leap from 725 in-lbs to the new FUEL 2704-22 ($299) with a mind blowing 1,200 in-lbs. With all that power (the new most powerful on market) this model could have really used some sort of bind-up kill switch similar to the Bosch Active Response. The M18 FUEL impact 2653-22 ($299) jumps from 1,600 in-lbs to 2753-22 ($299) with 1,800 in-lbs with 4 Mode Drive Control. Both tools will be packaged together in the most popular M18 FUEL combo kit which goes from model 2797-22 ($399) to 2897-22 ($399) with new tools.
Check out our videos on both the new FUEL drills and the new FUEL impacts as well as full stats and Milwaukee press release below. Check out Ohio Power Tool for a full range on Milwaukee M18 FUEL brushless tools and give them a call 800-242-4424 with any Milwaukee Tool questions. (more…)
When the same tool is the preferred choice for users and the safety director there is harmony across the jobsite. Unfortunately this is not always the case but Milwaukee is working hard to make it a more common occurrence. There is no mistaking angle grinders can be very dangerous tool but several key features make them much less dangerous. OHSA and safety directors are continuing to work to push safety forward. Grinder guards are a huge one, while many individuals still remove them in their own garages, on any large jobsite you’ll see almost every grinder has the guard on. Side handles, Lock-on switch vs paddle, dual actuated start, kick-back clutch, brakes, vibration control, cordless are all features being looked at for safety requirements. Coming late July, the Milwaukee M18 FUEL Kit 2783-22 ($449 with 5.0Ah batteries), or bare tool 2783-20 ($219) look to cover all these concerns, not only very powerful cordless grinders but it also features their RAPID STOP brake making them one of the safest grinders available.
Each year Milwaukee Tool brings in a large group of media folks from various magazines and tool focused blog sites. They really gear their following 9 months of product launches around this annual event so they invest the time and energy into making the event a big deal. This year was again bigger than ever before and the Red team really showed us some impressive leaps forward in cordless tools as well as expanding their trade focus for hand tools and accessories.
For our “predictions” post we missed the mark completely still no M18 FUEL Hackzall or M18 10’ Mitersaw or Remote Controlled Cooler… at least not for the rest of 2015. Great news is our hope for events several years from now cometh early with the launch of the 9.0Ah High Demand battery. We thought that might be 2017 or 2018 before we would see cordless tools with demands of higher outputs and run-times. The 9.0Ah battery makes possible the first ever cordless 1-9/16” SDS-Max Rotary Hammer Drill which can chip non-stop for 20 minutes on a single battery. This thing uses the same front end as their corded model and hits just as hard, incredibly impressive!
On M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ circluar saw or M18 FUEL Sawzall this battery will go all day long. Charge time with the new M12/M18 RAPIDCHARGE charger can fill these huge fuel tanks in about 90-100 minutes which is certainly reasonable. (more…)