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Milwaukee 2301-21 M-Spector vs. Ridgid 25643 Seesnake Micro

Milwaukee recently announced the introduction of their 2 new inspection cameras the 2301-21 and 2300-20. We had a chance recently to get our hands on the M-Spector 2301-21 and compare it with the Ridgid Seesnake Micro. Here are some of my comparisons.

The basic feel of the M-Spector is that’s actually a little larger than I previously though. The handle is thicker than the Seesnake Micro and the vertical design makes it much taller than the Micro. The thumb locations do make it much easier to change light settings and the new digital zoom feature is an advantage over the Micro. The screen sizes are the same but the Milwaukee has better resolution at 320×240 vs. 234×160 with the Micro. The case for the Milwaukee 2301-21 is the typical red hard plastic case Milwaukee makes for each product. The case is also very large because it houses the charger and battery as well. The Ridgid case is a much smaller cloth case with foam lining.

In terms of performance I felt both did a very similar job actually viewing items. I couldn’t see any difference in light strength. One problem I still have with both cameras is there is no way to change orientation of the camera so the image is constantly sideways or upside down. I did see on the Milwaukee M-Spector that it says it only allows a 9’ reach with extensions (which is only 2 extensions). The Ridgid allows up to 9 extensions for a total of 30’. The Milwaukee is digital so in theory it should be able to handle many more than 2 extensions without image loss but there is no way to test it until it comes out. I was also told the 3’ extensions are not interchangeable between Ridgid and Milwaukee. The Ridgid Seesnake, unlike the Milwaukee, does come with 3 attachments (mirror, magnet and hook) which are good for pulling wires, picking up items, etc. The final big advantage for the Milwaukee is that it works with existing 12 volt lithium ion system that includes the 2401-22 Micro Driver and many more tools to come.

Overall I think it’s a pretty even match. The Milwaukee 2301-21 is $20 more than the Seesnake but you can use the battery with your other Milwaukee tools. I think the deciding factor for me would be if I were also going to put a 2401-22 Micro Driver in the tool box than I am going with the Milwaukee. The 2300-20 (M-Spector that comes out in Aug-Sept) works off regular batteries like the Ridgid Micro and in that case I would stick with the Seesnake Micro.  

You can *PRE-ORDER* the Milwaukee 2301-21 M-Spector at Ohio Power Tool for $239.99. The pre-order means you will receive the product when we receive it. There is no promised date (because these are often delayed) but the credit card or paypal will not be fully processed until the product is ready to ship, so the pre-order is similar to a reservation.                     

 

At 12:03 PM | Posted in Comparison Tests, Construction Tools, Cordless Tools, HVAC Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Ridgid | Leave a comment

Top Deals: Dad & Grad Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year again, where everyone lump Dads and Grads together so they can make snappy sounding sales promotions. Power tools, hand tools & accessory kits are no exception and they do make very popular gift ideas for Father’s Day or a Graduation. Power tools are probably more appropriate for college graduation or trade school graduation but a compact tool kit could provide useful for a high schooler headed to the dorms as well. Here are some inexpensive gift ideas you may want to checkout for your dad or graduating child, brother, sister, cousin, neighbor, friend, etc.

Father’s Day & Graduation Gift Ideas

 
Milwaukee 20 Piece Thunderbolt Black & Bronze Bit Set
list price: $45.00 Sale Price: $19.95

 
Milwaukee 38 Piece Quik-loc Drill & Driver Bit Set
List Price: $47.00  Sale Price: $19.95


Wright 21 Piece 3/8" Socket Set
List Price: $99.84  Sale Price: $59.90


Dremel Cordless Tool Kit 10.8V
List Price: $183.59  Sale Price: $110.15


Bosch 10.8V Cordless Tool Kit (plus 2nd free Mail-in tool)
List Price: $235.00  Sale Price: $119.00


Milwaukee 14.4V Drill & Flashlight Tool Kit
List Price: $326.00  Sale Price: $137.60


Bosch 36 volt Cordless 4 Piece Combo Kit (+ Free 3rd Battery)
List Price: $1,156.00  Sales Price: $497.00

There are hundreds of other great gift ideas at Ohio Power Tool. If you have any questions or would like specific gift idea suggestions within a certain budget price range call 800-242-4424 and ask the pros.    

 

 

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Milwaukee Seesnake Micro Killer

It’s no secret Milwaukee has been planning to come out with a similar product to the Ridgid Seesnake Micro. We mentioned this back when we did the Subcompact face off between Milwaukee 12v vs Bosch 10.8v. The target market should be a little different for these and I believe the new generation of Ridgid Seesnake Micro may focus a little more on plumbers where they have the strongest following. The new 9.5mm Ridgid camera heads available later this month are specifically designed with plumbers in mind. The Milwaukee model will find more broad appeal and working with the same batteries as the 12 volt subcompact tools is a huge advantage, as they will be adding more tools to this line. I like the added features of zoom and high resolution but it’s hard to believe there is not a model capable of taking some still shot images. Read the full Milwaukee press release below.

Milwaukee Introduces New Digital Inspection Camera

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduces a breakthrough in professional inspection technology, the new Digital Inspection Camera. Designed for the professional trades, including plumbers, electricians, HVAC, and MRO professionals, Milwaukee’s Digital Inspection camera significantly enhances productivity by helping professionals quickly and accurately locate and evaluate common jobsite problems.

With advanced digital imaging technology and a 2.5” high-resolution color LCD display, the Digital Inspection Camera provides a crystal clear picture of tough to reach places such as inside pipes, drains and equipment and behind walls. Optimal image quality and control is achieved via an exclusive Image Zoom (2x) feature and LED brightness control. Equipped with a durable, detachable, 3’ water-tight flexible cable and a small camera head, the Digital Inspection Camera fits through holes as small a 3/4” and gets into, under and around tight spaces. An ergonomic handle, comfortable in any orientation, features up-front power and image controls for true one-handed operation. A power saving, auto shut-off feature preserves battery life.

The Digital Inspection Camera is available in 6-volt (Alkaline, model 2300-20) or 12-volt lithium-ion (model 2310-22) configurations. Both models are protected in a durable, impact resistant carrying case. Model 2310-22 includes one, 12-volt lithium ion battery and charger.

Features
•    Digital technology delivers superior image quality
•    Large, 2-1/2”, high-resolution (320 x 240) color LCD display
•    Exclusive adjustable image zoom (2x) and LED brightness control
•    Up-front camera controls for true one-hand operation
•    Rugged, detachable 3’ water-tight flexible shaft (3’ extension cables also available)
•    Small camera head and shaft diameter fit into holes as small as 3/4”
•    Handle designed for comfort in any orientation
•    Available: June 2008 (12-volt, 2310-22); July 2008 (6-volt 2300-20)

Specs
•    2.5” High-Resolution Color LCD display
•    0.7” (17mm) camera head diameter
•    Convenient adjustable Image Zoom (2x)
•    LED Brightness (3x) Control
•    320 x 240 display resolution
•    3’ expandable flexible cable
•    Waterproof camera and cable design
•    Power saving Auto Shut-Off feature
•    Run time: 8 hours (6-volt), 21 hours (12-volt) of operation
•    Available in 6-volt AA (Alkaline) (2300-20) or 12-volt lithium-ion (2310-22) configurations

 

Milwaukee Seesnake

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Top Deals Free Milwaukee Tools & Accessories

There are two new Milwaukee Tool offers worth highlighting, good until the inventory is gone.


The first offer is for Milwaukee Accessories. Purchase one of these three kits: Big Hawg Hole Saw 7 Piece Kit, Bi-Metal Hole Saw 15 Piece Kit & Sawzall Blades 14 Piece Kit. And you receive a second of the same kit FREE instantly. This is not a Mail-in rebate and these are in stock so the free kit can be shipped or picked up at the same time. All 3 kits feature the new ice hardened blades, which is the new technique of manufacturing that significantly improves the strength and life of the blades. This is a great deal and if you don’t think you will need both kits these would make great gifts and Father’s Day is not to far away.


The second Milwaukee offer is for Free Tools. Buy 2 tools and receive 1 tool free. This is a mail-in rebate form so you will be waiting a few weeks on the free tool. Ohio Power Tool is stocked up on the following tools and the prices are really great already. Tools included in the offer Milwaukee Drill 0299-20 ($119.94), Drill 0302-20 ($149.04), Hole Hawg Drill 1675-6 ($321.00), Super Hawg Drill 1680-21 ($359.40), Right Angle Drill 3107-6 ($255.00) & New 15 amp Super Sawzall 6538-21 ($187.50). The free tool options include 0299-20 Drill, 6148-6 Grinder & 0621-21 Sander. There is also no limit on the number of free tools and you can order any combination of tools to receive the free tools. View the PDF for full details on this offer.

Obviously these two deals work together very well so if you are in the market for hole saws / drills or a few of the new Super Sawzalls this deal should make your day. If you have any questions on either of these Milwaukee Tool offers call the pros at Ohio Power Tool (800-242-4424) and they should be able to answer you might have.       

   

At 10:11 AM | Posted in Construction Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Tool Deals | 1 Comment

Top Deals: Milwaukee Titan Work Cart $175

*** Update the Milwaukee Titan Cart is no longer available however Milwaukee is working on new Storage Solutions for 2015 and it’s possible we could see mobile storage solutions again. We will share more information as we hear it!  

The Titan Milwaukee Work Carts came out well over a year ago and has served many of us very well. Around the internet you will see these selling for $300-600+ depending on the model. The main difference in the two models is the 48-60-5015 has a lockable cabinet on the bottom shelf while the 48-60-5010 is open on the bottom. Both carts have a lockable drawer and work with the same add-on accessories. Milwaukee Tool made an entire site to showcase how these carts can be configured and videos to show how well these carts are built.

Ohio Power Tool is selling the 48-60-5010 cart for $175.00, which we can’t find anything for even double that on any site across the internet. These are brand new in the box from the factory and Made in the USA. Checkout the Google Shopping search on this product  for our everyone’s prices. These will move fast at this price. If you have any questions call Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424.

 

At 9:04 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Construction Tools, HVAC Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools, Tool Deals | 12 Comments

Selecting the Right Magnetic Drill Press

There are a small number of people that use a mag drill on a daily basis and you are well aware if you are one of them. These tools are becoming more popular for much more than just working on I-beams. If you are considering a mag drill or an upgrade there are several important things to consider.

Hougen and Milwaukee are probably the two best known and most reliable makers of mag drills. Magnetic drills vary greatly in their size, weight, height, depth of cut (d.o.c.), amp power, RPMs and several other features. Hougen makes the smallest mag drills available, HMD115 & HMD150, which have an extremely low profile. The small sizes makes these incredibly useful for working in tight spaces such as with automotive and trucking applications.

One of the most popular mag drills and a real work horse is the Hougen HMD 904. This model is light weight at 27.5 lbs, powerful with 450 RPM and d.o.c. of 2”. It has a height of 16” and easy to work with if not in a tight spot. This model is also available as the HMD904S which features a swivel base. The swivel base allows you to get the drill close to the hole and then do a more precise line up with the tool in position. This is an especially huge advantage when using a mag drill in the horizontal or overhead position.

For more heavy duty applications consider the Hougen HMD925 with Powerfeed or the HMD505 that has a d.o.c. of 3” and 2 RPM speed options. The Milwaukee mag drills on OhioPowerTool.com are larger machines ranging from 57-72 lbs. heavier than any of the Hougen drills available although they do have some good features. These Milwaukee units feature adjustable bases for lining up your hole exactly. Also the Milwaukee drills feature keyed chucks which can use regular drill bits, hole saws or the Milwaukee Steel Hawg Cutters up to 6”. Milwaukee does have a smaller Hougen style mag drill 4270-20 but there are many reasons why the Hougen outperforms it. Please comment if you disagree, this will probably be a future article.

When considering drilling into solid metal the drill bit itself is a large considerations. Hougen features several varieties of Rotabroach Annular Cutters engineered to be one of the best metal cutters on the market. The Rotabroach cutters will work with other mag drills but will not work with chuck type mag drills. The smaller Hougen drills use different cutters all together which are more compact the Rotaloc (HMD115) and Rotaloc Plus (HMD150). If you are looking for cutters that work with a 3/8" chuck, the Milwaukee Steel Hawg Cutters work with traditional chucks and range in size from 7/8” to 6”. For cutting thin metal, such as sheet metal, Hougen makes several kits (RotaCut & Holcutter) which work in a traditional chuck style hand drills.    

Deciding which type of mag drill and cutters you will need is not an easy decision and not something you can determine easily by reading a quick blog post. I would recommend calling the professionals at Ohio Power Tool (800-242-4424) if you have any questions.

   

At 10:39 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Comparison Tests, Construction Tools, Hougen, Metalworking Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

Great Deals on NiCd Tools and Only Getting Better

As everyone moves over to lithium ion tools we are seeing some really great deals on the NiCd tools. The manufacturers are producing more and more lithium ion which is great because it drives the prices down. On the other hand the manufactures still have warehouses full of NiCd tools they want to get out the door. What does that mean for us consumers? Great prices! At Ohio Power Tool you can buy a Milwaukee 14.4V NiCd combo kit with Drill/Driver, flashlight, 2 batteries, charger and case for $137.60. These kits retailed a very short time ago for $326.00 and they flew off the shelves. These are great tools from Milwaukee, one of the best manufacturers of Power Tools. Like everything we sell these tools are brand new (no refurbished tools ever) and they have the full 5 year warrants. We have hundreds of customers out there with NiCd tools, rest assured we will be servicing and provide parts for all the NiCd we sell for at least another 5-10 years.

V28 and V18 tools are clearly the future and nobody is fighting that. If you want a V18 Drill/Driver the prices are coming down on those as well (just not as fast) V18 Drill/Driver & Impact Kit for $299.00. If you currently have an 18 volt NiCd Milwaukee system you can easily upgrade to lithium ion with this kit: V18 2 batteries & charger 48-11-1833  

Of course everyone wants the latest and greatest tools; you wouldn’t be reading a blog about power tools if you didn’t take some pride in your arsenal. For $137.60 there is no shame in adding a few brand new Milwaukee tools to your line up. These things will more than pay for themselves over the many years you will be using them. Call Ohio Power Tool at 800-242-4424 if you have any questions about selecting the right Milwaukee tools. 

 

At 9:36 AM | Posted in Milwaukee | Leave a comment

Milwaukee 4201-22 vs. Bosch PS20-2 – Part 2

 

In a recent post we briefly compared the Bosch 10.8V Pocket Driver PS20-2 and the Milwaukee 12V Micro Driver 2401-22. At the time we had not receive the Milwaukee 12V tools so it was more of an on paper comparison. Now that a few months have past and we have some customers using them it is time to take another look.

I would like to start off by saying both these tool lines have been incredibly successful and I really feel these are professional tools that just happen to be very small. The Sub Compact Tool category has a very legitimate place in many professional tool boxes. An estimated 80-90% of our customers are professionals who come to us for their tools and repairs and we wouldn’t sell any products we don’t stand behind.

The Bosch PS20-2 claims to be able to drive 100 3” screws on a single charge and I though a good comparison would be to see if that was true and then see if the Milwaukee 2401-22 could match it… then though about screwing in 200 3” screws and decided against that particular comparison.  

On paper it looks like the Milwaukee Micro Driver has a serious advantage over the Bosch Pocket Driver.

Milwaukee 2401-22 Micro Driver   –   12 Volt   –   120 ft lb

Bosch PS20-2 Pocket Driver   –   10.8 Volt   –   80 ft lb

Some interesting information on the PS20-2, the rating is actually on their “average power” not the “initial power”. The claim from Bosch is that their starting power rating is actually above 12 Volts and the initial ft lb torque is also higher, presumably around 120 ft lb like the Milwaukee 2401-22. The entire line of 10.8V Bosch tools will actually get a name change to “Bosch 12 Volt Max” at some point in the near future. This explanation leads me to believe their will be no real changes to the components only the name will change to reflect their “Max” power rating. This information is from Bosch so you should consider the source; Milwaukee probably has a completely different view on comparing the two products.

If this is the case essentially these two tools are even more similar than they appear. When you look at the batteries they look almost identical in shape and size. It is not hard to believe the power output would be very similar as well. The chargers and cases are also very similar as you can see in the picture below. I did test these both out on a few screws and from that basic test I couldn’t feel any real difference in power although I wasn’t exactly testing the limits.

Currently Bosch has 4 tools in their line-up while Milwaukee only has the 1 but both companies are planning to have 20-30 tools out for each line in the next year or two. It will be very interesting to see what new tools we will see in the sub compact tool market. Milwaukee for instance has plans to create a product that will compete with the Ridgid Seesnake Micro 25643 so we are going to see all sorts of new tools outside traditional saws, drivers and drills. This makes the comparison much more difficult because you always want to choose the line that will have the most versatility using the same battery system.

Bosch does currently have a special for a free ESPN fleece with all 10.8v purchases until April 11th if that might effect your buying decision.

So who wins the ultra compact driver comparison between the Bosch vs. Milwaukee? I personally would have to give a slight advantage to the Milwaukee 2401-22 and this is under the assumption the power output and torque are more similar than the numbers say, which I can believe. The Milwaukee had a few features over the Bosch that makes it stand out. First, the quick bit-loading 1/4” hex chuck is really nice and easier to use than the Bosch. Second the Milwaukee has a battery gauge, where the Bosch doesn’t. Finally the Milwaukee 12V Driver just looks cooler. Now the Milwaukee did come out 6 months later so they had time to really make more improvements. Both tools have build in light, weight about the same and feel very similar in hand. What would really make the decision much easier is if I knew what 20+ products were going to be added to each company’s line up. These are just the drivers; I can’t wait to see how competitive this gets in the next year.

If you have any opinions about either of these tools or any other sub compact tools feel free to post a comment.  

 

At 7:37 AM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Bosch, Cordless Tools, HVAC Tools, Milwaukee, Plumbing Tools | 6 Comments

New Tool – Milwaukee V28 Right Angle Grinder 0725-21

We love to see Milwaukee adding more tools to the V28 Line. Earlier this week we had mentioned the Cordless V28 toolbox Vacuum which just came out as well. The great part about the V28 system is that it actually has the power to run tools like an angle grinder. It seems like there are a lot of other tool brands that will make tools that are for all intensive purposes useless but the idea is cool. If you start loosing power within the first minutes of use, should they really even be making the tool. The V28 on the other hand has the power to get the job done when an outlet isn’t around. Will a single charge run all day…no of course not but with a extra battery alternating on the charger (and a 5000 charge V28 guarantee) you should be able to get some serious grinding done.

V28 Grinder / Cut-off Kit 0725-21 (includes battery & charger) – $348.21
V28 Grinder / Cut-off Tool Only 0725-20$199.20

  • V28 Motor delivers 8,000 RPM for fast cutting and grinding
  • V28 Li-Ion Battery 75 Cuts of 1/2" Threaded Rod.
  • Fuel Gauge indicates remaining run time.
  • Overload Protection prevents overheating and extends tool life.
  • Soft start reduces start-up torque and improves gear life.
  • Slide on switch reduces user fatigue
  • Spindle: 5/8" – 11
  • Kit includes:  One battery, charger, side handle, grinding guard, cut-off guard, flanges, wrench, grinding wheel, cut-off wheel.

Visit our Milwaukee Tools home page for all the latest tools and accessories.    

  

At 4:22 PM | Posted in Automotive Tools, Cordless Tools, Milwaukee | 1 Comment

Milwaukee Portable Wet/Dry Vacuums

Milwaukee tool has developed two portable tool box style wet/dry vacuums, 0880-20 (V18) & 0780-20 (V28). These vacuums are battery operated using the V28 and V18 series lithium ion batteries. Suction is 20% higher than the competition with 40% higher air flow. Battery life is 11 minutes with V18 and 16 minutes with V28 for continuous operation. The 1-1/4” hose and accessories are housed on board the vacuum. Total capacity is 2 gallons in this compact, stackable design. Both models are priced at $97.20 at Ohio Power Tool.

This is a great design for all sorts of technicians and service professionals. It works with existing cordless tools and along with the Milwaukee name it’s backed by a 5 year warranty. If you don’t already have batteries and a charger you can pick up a 48-11-1833 kit for $179 which includes 2 V18 batteries and a universal charger (charges 18v, V18 & V28). Let us know what you think.       

Ohio Power Tool has a wide range of Milwaukee Tools in stock every day. Visit our Milwaukee Page or give us a call at 800-242-4424.

   

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