Category Archives: Cordless Tools
Milwaukee Tool has really had a strong focus on developing new innovative tools for electrical trades, with some real focus dedicated towards utility and power distribution. Today Milwaukee announced several new expansions with a RedLithium USB Hot Stick LED Light, M18 Hydraulic Pump Power and M18 15 Ton Crimper. All 3 of these launches are aimed at a small group of users but are extremely important for the rest of us; well at least those of us that use electricity.
RedLithium USB Hot Stick LED Light 2119-22 ($199)
“Linemen face some of the most demanding and hazardous conditions, and often a hot stick is all that separates them from energized power lines. Unfortunately, the most popular options for lighting the work area around hot sticks – ground base lights and headlamps – are limited at best because they’re not specifically designed for hot sticks and their light spreads are often obstructed by trees and poles. These users needed the ability to apply high output lighting directly to the application to eliminate shadows and allow them to efficiently finish their work,” said Jason Isaacs, Senior Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool. (more…)
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At Milwaukee’s Big Hoopla Event #NPS18 we got the first look at the M18 1” Impact Wrench shown in video below, we waited on the edge of our chairs until 4th quarter 2018 for the big launch and that time came and went. Finally, the news has hit today, this is not just a magical unicorn but it actually is a real tool that will be launching in JUNE 2019!!! The kit version 2867-22 ($999) will feature 2x of the new 8.0Ah HD batteries with rapid charger also the bare tool 2867-20 ($699) which is certain to be a very popular way to go as well. This 1″ Impact will offer an impressive 1,800 ft lbs Nut Busting Torque, this is truly a first to world 1” cordless impact wrench!
Check out all the Milwaukee M18 Impact Wrenches on Ohio Power Tool. For more info on the new 2867-22 heck out our video and the Milwaukee Press Release below for more info!
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We’ve seen big demand in recent years for higher performance tools that are much smaller. We’ve seen the 12V tools get more powerful and the 18v tools get much smaller. Dewalt is jumping into the 18V compact brushless tools with a new Drill Driver and impact driver with a hammer drill, circular saw, oscillating tool and recip saw to follow in several months.
So how does power compare to their larger professional drills; 340 UWO with atomic vs 460 UWO (DCD792) or 820 UWO (DCD996). The tool weight of only 2.4 lbs puts it in range of Makita’s Sub-Compact 18V black tools or Milwaukee M12 Fuel tools, while the UWO conversion to ft lbs is not very clear this is certainly the intended competition for the new Atomic lineup. (more…)
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The Dewalt FLEXVOLT 60V Cordless 9” Cut-Off Saw has a 3.25” depth of cut and features a brushless motor with a 6,500 RPM no-load speed. This allows for instant on, no messing around with gas, quickly cut and score in concrete or masonry materials. Goes right through steel and rebar with performance similar to what you’d get with gas saws.The guard is out of the way for a clear line of sightwith good visibility in tight spaces. The Dewalt DCS690 also features a beltless all-metal drivetrain so no belts to change, tension and maintenance. The latched and sealed battery box also keeps the battery and terminals protected from water, dust and other materials.͍ A duel-feed water system offers OSHA Table 1 Complaint solution for dust management required when cutting concrete and masonry materials. The DCS690X2 kit includes: Flexvolt 9” cut-off saw, 2x DCB609 Flexvolt Batteries (9.0Ah), Dewalt Fast Charger, 9” Diamond Concrete Blade and a 9” Abrasive Blade.
Dewalt 60V Flexvolt 9″ Cut-Off Saw DCS690X2 Showcase Links:
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You just got home with your brand new Milwaukee M18 High Output Battery 12.0Ah and like an excited kid on Christmas tear open the box and through it on your standard red charger… then wait. Yes 241 minutes later your M18 battery with all 12.0Ah of juice will be fully charged. Even with the M18 RapidCharger 48-59-1808 you are still over 2 hours with this monster. Enter the new Milwaukee M18 SuperCharger and presto down to 60 minutes from zero to full, the new M18 6.0Ah High Output in just 35 minutes. All the speed does not come cheap however the new 48-59-1811 which does charge both the M12 & M18 is a hefty $159 and launching in July. It looks as thought the Rapid charger will remain the charger included with the high performance tools, this SuperCharger will be an add-on for now.
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Only a few weeks ago we announced the launch of the Milwaukee M18 Threaded Rod Cutter 2872-21 with this post and video. We had only a little time with it before posting this intro and while we love tools and use lots of them, we are not qualified to give real user feedback on a Threaded Rod Cutter like this. We took this tool over to our friends at Mid-City Electric in their Pre-Fab Shop where they cut literally thousands of feet of threaded rod and that we knew were running the Dewalt 20V Threaded Rod Cutter DCS350 already.
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At World of Concrete 2019 last week Bosch 18V Tools went from a distant horse in the cordless tool race to one of the potential contender again with a large expansion of exciting 18V tools. They’re getting a little cute and naming all the tools which we have mixed emotions on, we’ve all loved calling the SDS-Plus hammer the Bulldog for years, it’s a great trade name, have they gone too far some of the other names, The Goon, The Surgeon, a little bit of a stretch but we’re talking about new amazingly powerful 18V tools so we’re on board. The new Bosch 8.0Ah batteries with 21700 cells and 1600 watts output are really the hidden hero here that allow these 18V tools to compete with other 36V and 54V (60V max) tools. Here is a rundown of what’s coming!
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Ever since launching their 7”-9” M18 FUEL 7”/9” grinder 2785-21HD last year we’ve been asking where is the 6” grinder? For professional trades a more compact 6” grinder really is the perfect solution and 6” slicer wheels and grinder wheels are much more popular than the monster 7” or 9”. It looks like Milwaukee has done a lot of things right here and almost guaranteed this unit will become very popular here is why.
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Today at the World of Concrete our friends from Bosch Tools have announced that the world’s most popular SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer will be going cordless. The first ever Cordless Bosch Bulldog GBH18V-26DK24 $449 will be very similar to the corded 11255VSR with a 1” capacity at 1.9 Ft. Lbs. but reports that it’ll outperform its corded counterpart. Additionally a new 18V HEPA dust collection unit GDE18V-26DN that’ll work with this Bulldog or really any SDS-Plus rotary hammer with similar handle setup. Will this cordless D-Handle unit find similar success to the 20+ years the Bosch Bulldog corded models have, that really depends on 2 big questions which still remain unanswered?
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Another huge launch from Milwaukee Tool this week, stepping into a new category with a ton of applications for concrete and landscape professionals. Shocking to us this and other huge launches are all coming out before the big #NPS19 event which leads us to ask, what is bigger than these are they saving to launch at the event? This M18 Switch Tank System really is going to be a game changer and has a ton of very smart features. Of course being on one of the most popular battery platforms is a huge advantage over anything out now but they did some very smart things here including building the tanks & hoses to be completely self-contained so there is no chance of mixing chemicals anywhere in the tank, pump, hose or wand.
Basically there is one M18 Switch Tank Base and 3 tank options (pesticide, concrete chemical, water supply) depending on which tank you want first you’re looking at $399-$439 for the kit which includes 1x 3.0Ah battery (enough charge for 12 tanks). From there additional tanks are $149-$164 so it’s very easy to keep everything totally separate. Many of the Kits will be launching early March, Pre-Sale up on Ohio Power Tool M18 Tools page starting February 1st if not sooner. (more…)
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