Author Archives: Jay Amstutz

Bosch X-Lock System Will Change Grinders Forever

Bosch X-Lock Wheels

Typically when we see a new “system” for tool accessories we immediately disregard as this will never catch on. These are often driven to give the brand that creates the system an advantage so nobody adopts it and as expected ends up in the good ideas, that never happened bin. Bosch Tools has done an excellent job over the years however of working with other manufacturers and sharing their technology to actually change all tools for the better and for this we are very grateful! SDS-MAX, STARLOCK, JIGSAWS (the actual tool and standard shanks) and the list goes on.

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Milwaukee M18 FUEL 2” Pipe Threader 2874-22HD

M18 Pipe Threader

For as long as we can remember the Ridgid Power Pony 700 ($1400) has been the standard in mobile pipe threading for ½” – 2” pipe. Others have made similar versions but none have come anywhere near the Power Pony for popularity and performance. The one and only drawback that continuously comes up however, in 2019 a tool designed for portability needs to be you know, portable which means cordless. The team at Milwaukee hopes to capitalize on this short coming and fill the need with the M18 FUEL Pipe Threader w/ONE-KEY 2874-22HD. This unit will use the very common 12R die heads so will be compatible with all your current Ridgid 12R Threading Die Heads you likely already own in various sizes.

Milwaukee 12R Die Heads

Announced at the AHR Expo today but not going to be hitting the Market until summer 2019, Pre-Sale will be up early on Ohio Power Tool under Milwaukee M18 Tools, no pricing info yet but stay tuned for #NPS19 where there will likely be much more info, in the meantime check out the full Milwaukee press release below. (more…)

At 12:36 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Industry News, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools | 3 Comments

Milwaukee M18 Threaded Rod Cutter 2872-21

When it comes to commercial electricians and mechanical contractors working with threaded rod is a part of life, one thing is clear there is a lot of cutting that needs to be made. For an occasional user, no big deal bandsaw or even a grinder will get the job done, although might leave a burr and/or create unwanted sparks. For heavy users when dealing with large high rises or acres of data-centers a specialty tool is really a must have. The Milwaukee M18 Brushless Threaded Rod cutter 2872-21, launching in March 2019 for around $399 Kit, $329 Bare Tool 2872-20 could potentially pay for itself in a matter of days.

M18 Threaded Rod Cutter

Saving a lot of time with quick, burr-free, nut ready, cuts this unit really is ideal for overhead use or lying down on any flat surface. Check out our video above as well as full Milwaukee Press Release below, more info to follow and Pre-Orders will be available on Ohio Power Tool under Milwaukee M18 Tools very soon. (more…)

At 10:34 AM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Electrician Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee, Tool Reviews | 1 Comment

Portable Bandsaw Blades – Milwaukee Extreme Metal

You saw the title, Portable Bandsaw Blades, and decided that’s an article worth reading, you’re my kind of people. It’s admitably not a topic that’ll keep most people on the edge of their seat but for those who’ve spent 10+ hours straight hanging strut and threaded rod, a faster cutting blade with 1/3 the blade changes may hit close to home. Milwaukee has been the most popular tool brand for portable band saws for decades, offering a full line up; corded Deep Cut 6232-20, M18 FUEL Deep Cut 2729-21, M18 Compact 2629-20 or even the newer M12 Sub-Compact 2429-21XC which is great for threaded rod or rebar.

Extreme Metal Milwaukee Bandsaw

While Milwaukee has been the leaders on the tool side, MK Morse and Lenox have been more popular on the actual replacement blades with standard bi-metal and high performance options like the Lenox Wolf-Band or MK Morse Cobalt 811 band saw blades. Milwaukee hopes to change all that with their new Milwaukee Extreme Metal Blades which fit all sizes of their saws with Thick Metal 8/10 TPI and Thin Metal 12/14 TPI options that will be added to their current standard bi-metal options. (more…)

At 3:59 PM | Posted in Industry News, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

Milwaukee M18 Quik-Lok Trimmer, Edger, Pole Saw

M18 FUEL Quick-Lok Trimmer
Over the past year we’ve seen a big move away from single use Outdoor Power Equipment trimmers, edgers and pole saws and a shift towards a single motor system with replicable heads. This is true for both residential use and professionals. It makes total sense, we’ve seen this work very well with other brands so for Milwaukee it’s no surprise they would take this next step. Launching closer to spring time, Pre-Sale up soon M18 FUEL OPE with Ohio Power Tool. This will not replace the existing string trimmer 2725-21HD ($299) or the Hedge Trimmer 2726-21HD ($329) but will be interested to see how these are all promoted as we get closer to April & May. For more info in the meantime here is the full Milwaukee Video & Press Release:

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool continues to expand its growing line of outdoor power equipment solutions with the versatile QUIK-LOK™ Attachment System. The new system is made up of multiple attachments including a string trimmer, edger, pole saw, and hedge trimmer. For the versatility to complete a wide range of applications, users can swap between attachments for use on the M18 FUEL™ Power Head. Powered by M18 FUEL™, the QUIK-LOK™ Attachment System utilizes the most advanced cordless technology to deliver best-in-class power and run-time for landscaping and trade professionals. The System also achieves instantaneous throttle response while being up to 2 pounds lighter than the other options on the market.    (more…)

At 10:27 AM | Posted in Industry News, Milwaukee, Outdoor Power Equipment | Leave a comment

On A Quest for the Perfect Flap Disc

Ceramic Hemp Flap Disc

When it comes to flap discs we have really seen a lot of improvements in recent years, on a never ending quest to find the perfect flap disc we might be pretty close. The new CS Unitec Plantex Sunfire Ceramic Flap Disc brings a lot of things together in a single package that can do a lot for a pretty reasonable price. For a Traditional Flap Wheel with 7/8” opening, commonly 40, 60 or 80 grit and fiberglass backing you’ll pay around $3 wheel. Still a terrific option but you’re not able to use the full wheel, messing around to change the wheel each time, potentially breathing in fiberglass dust, having to pick between a better finish or more aggressive material removal. (more…)

At 9:48 AM | Posted in CS Unitec, Safety Equipment | Leave a comment

Week In Review Ep. 137 | First Craftsmen Reviews & Hilti Goes Down Under!

The first Craftsmen tools finally arrive, and a great big tool cabinet gets reviewed by a tiny little man. We find out what Australians think of Hilti, and then we’re gonna give away a bucket of tools from OPT worth $400! It’s Friday December 7th, 2018! This is our CopTool Week In Review!

Join us every weekend for everything you should be paying attention to in the world of Power Tools! Sponsored by Ohio Power Tool, https://www.ohiopowertool.com

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Southwire Maxis 18V Circuit Puller XD1

Just announced at STAFDA last month we got a first look at the new Southwire Maxis XD1 Circuit Puller with 600 lbs pull / 1000 lbs peak pull force with ultra-portability. Shown with the Milwaukee M18 Hammer Drill 2804-22 ($299) NOT INCLUDED but works with about any professional 18V drill from Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Bosch or any other pro brand. Price on this is around $1500 and will be available very soon, really the first of its kind and we think for some may be a very nice solution. (more…)

At 2:17 PM | Posted in Electrician Tools, Industry News, Southwire | 1 Comment

Ohio Power Tool 12 Buckets of Christmas

Every year the jolly crew from Ohio Power Tool gather up 12 buckets full of tools and accessories and spread merriment and cheer all around, well at least to a dozen folks. This year is no exception and the fun is already underway. Enter to win here https://www.ohiopowertool.com/t-bucketsofchristmas.aspx also each day a new video will be posted with all the new prizes for that day’s Bucket. Entry will get you registered for that day and all the following days, with lots of bonus entries available. While all the buckets are full of great prizes we’ve been told there are some bigger prizes towards the end so stay tuned and check back each day! Don’t forget to share all the joy #12BucketsofChristmas

At 3:48 PM | Posted in Ohio Power Tool | Leave a comment

Stabila Tech 700DA Digital Miter / Angle Finders

Stabila Tech 700DA

We’ve seen digital angle finders before but we have really been impressed by the new Stabila Tech 700DA digital angle / miter finder levels. The 18” level 39018 and 32” level 039032 really hit a wide range of applications and both feature IP54 durability for jobsite toughness. Rich from Stabila shows us how this is a digital speed square, digital miter finder, digital bevel gauge and duel bubble level all in one package.

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