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Build Your Own Milwaukee M12 Combo Kits

Milwaukee M12 Kits

Looking for a Milwaukee M12 Combo Kit this is really the best promo of the year to do it with. If you just want to add an extra tool to what you’ve got great you’ll get a free M12 battery, either 2.0Ah 48-11-2420 ($49) or 4.0Ah 48-11-2440 ($69) depending on which tool you select. Ships free instantly with purchase from limited online Milwaukee Tool partners like Ohio Power Tool.

Where the deal gets really rich and also allows you to customize to your personal needs is to select 1 tool from group A and 1 tool from group B and you get both batteries as well as a M12 charger and Milwaukee bag, all instantly with purchase ($180 total value FREE)!! (more…)

At 5:13 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Milwaukee | 6 Comments

IN360LIGHT Jobsite Tough Work Light, 20,000 Lumens of Daylight

360 degree worklight

When it comes to jobsite work lights it seems there has always been a frustration to get a decent quality light source that can handle the abuse of the job. Halogen work lights have been the staple because they are cheap and put out a lot of light. Unfortunately the bulbs also break super easily and the whole units get so hot they cause hundreds if not thousands of fires and injuries each year. These are also mostly for task lighting when it comes to portable lighting for an entire shop or jobsite there are even fewer options. The IN360LIGHT ($249-269) was developed by a team with over 25 years of construction background with the simple goal to make a light that is bright, easily portable and can hold up to tough jobsite conditions.

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At 5:23 PM | Posted in IN360LIGHT, Safety Equipment | 4 Comments

Cordless Jobsite Fans – Milwaukee M18 0886-20 vs Makita 18V LXT DCF300Z

Milwaukee-vs-Makita

Just this week Milwaukee announced they will be launching an M18 Cordless Jobsite Fan 0886-20 ($79) which should be on shelves by June. This new Milwaukee model is very similar to Makita’s 18V LXT Jobsite Fan DCF300Z ($129) that was launched last year with a fair amount of success. We wanted to dig in and see how the two units stack up and see what additional options the Makita might have to justify the higher price. (more…)

At 8:34 AM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Makita Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

Ridgid New Professional Wet/Dry Vacuums Motor-On-Bottom 1650RV

Ridgid Wet/Dry Vacs

Ridgid has actually totally overhauled the Ridgid wet/dry vacuum line so there is a total of 12 new wet/dry vacuums in all (these are in addition to the Ridgid “Orange” vacs at home centers). The new Pro series offers several compact options in 4-6 gallon range as well as some nice specialty options for HEPA, stainless steel tank and a couple 2 stage options. One of the really interesting options that caught our eye was the 16 gallon Motor-On-Bottom 1650RV ($189) which has a couple of very nice features that make it a smart option for professionals.

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At 5:22 PM | Posted in Demolition Tools, Ridgid, Safety Equipment | 2 Comments

Klein Tools Electrical Trades, State of the Industry

Klein Tools recently did an online survey of professional electricians, 201 responded 40% union, 60% non-union. All with varying years of experience and were asked questions about skill levels they perceive in the work force and levels of training. It would appear for the majority the feeling is there is a need for more training and higher skill levels on the job-site.

One comment that caught our eye and we would agree with “Electricians are at a renaissance as new technology constantly replaces old standards and practices,” said Mark Klein co-president of Klein Tools. With rapid changes to tools, processes and building technology it’ll be more important than ever before to get proper training before these changes are made. The responsibility should fall in part on the manufacturers of the new tools and/or building products to ensure training on use and installation is readily available as well as effective.

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At 9:26 AM | Posted in Electrician Tools, Klein Tools | 2 Comments

Powermatic ICFF Future of Furniture Makers Contest

Powermatic Contest

Woodworking is a craft we’ve heard folks over the years show concern as to what the future might hold. With so many skilled craftsmen retiring from the trade, will there still be a anyone left in professional woodworking? Contests like this one from the Powermatic, ICFF and The Furniture Society generate interest and with a prize like a Powermantic PM1500 ($2899) will certainly help at least 1 woodworker tremendously. This is a People’s Choice contest so make sure to vote for your favorite, See Contest Entries Here! (more…)

At 9:46 AM | Posted in Power Tool Contests, Powermatic, Wood Working Tools | 4 Comments

Milwaukee Tackle Box Tool Organizers to Take On Dewalt and Stanley

Milwaukee Storage

Milwaukee has made a commitment to expand their Storage Solutions and these tackle box style tool organizers are the next logical step. These are not going to be options for tool storage like the Bosch L-Boxx system but are very handy for storing a variety of nuts, bolts, fasteners, connectors, other odds and ends. You have probably seen similar Stanley or Dewalt boxes which are popular at the home centers for $20-$30. Looking to be more than just a “me too” product the Milwaukee Tool Organizer 48-22-8030 ($29) has made some compelling improvements they hope will make you go with the red ones over the yellow.

Milwaukee Tool Storage

Starting with the outside the Milwaukee boxes have reinforced ribbing for extra durability. A weather strip seal keeps moisture out of the box protecting the contents from rust and corrosion. One of the biggest problem with these style of organizers is getting to the goodies in the bottom boxes which can be a hassle. With the Milwaukee’s you can open the bottom boxes even when stacked multiple units. The boxes themselves are also 20% larger which makes the bins much more functional which was one of the largest complaints with other options on the market.

Storage Bins

Inside, the individual bins are pretty cleverly designed, they can be taken out and can hang on an edge or by screw slots. Each organizer includes 8 smaller 4”x4” bins and 2 larger 8”x4” bins which can be arranged in various ways. The lid forms a seal around each bin so there in no bin spillage when transporting even if flipped upside-down. Entire Rows of bins can also be removed to free up larger space for small hand tools or longer items but still keeps all the remaining bins from moving around. Very versatile design.

48-22-8030e

These new Milwaukee Tool storage solutions should be in-stores by the end of June and we fully expect to see more Milwaukee storage options to keep coming.

At 5:29 PM | Posted in Electrician Tools, Milwaukee | 3 Comments

Mechanical Knockout Sets for Cordless Drill/Drivers

Mechanical Knockout

For years electricians made large diameter holes in electrical boxes with knockout sets that were either manually cranked by a ratchet or hydraulically powered with a hand pump, hose and a lot of fussing. In recent years battery powered Knockouts have become much more popular because they are way more productive but a good GreenLee or Milwaukee tool set (even without any punch or dies) will put you back around $1300.

No questions these are the fastest, best option for high volume production but are a bit pricy for some to justify. We’ve seen the Mechanical Knockout tools growing in popularity in the last few years because they offer good performance, close to the cordless/hydraulic tools at a much lower cost. The Current Mechanical Knockout 163 ($549) is at a pretty attractive price point and with the full 1/2″-2” set Mechanical Knockout 162PM is only $779.

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At 5:12 PM | Posted in Current Tools, Electrician Tools | 2 Comments

Milwaukee M18 FUEL Cordless Mag Drill 2787-22

M18 mag drill

The news of the Milwaukee M18 FUEL cordless Mag Drills is official, targeting a July launch date there will be 2 models of these cordless drills the M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Mag Drill 2787-22 ($2299) and the M18 FUEL 1-1/2” Lineman’s Mag Drill 2788-22 ($2399) which the drills are identical, the “Lineman” version just swaps our the charger for an AC/DC vehicle charger. With the wide availability of the Milwaukee M18 batteries and impressive runtime the expectation is this will become the dominate cordless mag drill in the market.

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At 5:07 PM | Posted in Cordless Tools, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee | 10 Comments

New Professional Quality Powermatic Bandsaws 18”, 20”, 24”

Band Saws 18, 20, 24"

When it comes to professional quality woodworking equipment Powermatic has truly set themselves apart and these 6 new Bandsaws really tell the story. Check out the Powermatic video and full press release below.

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At 8:55 AM | Posted in Powermatic, Wood Working Tools | 2 Comments