Category Archives: Cordless Tools
The Milwaukee M18 Chainsaw was one of the most anticipated new tools for 2018, certainly not the first cordless chainsaw to hit the market but the first to do it with just 18 volts, as competiton is at 36V, 54V, or even as high as 80V. Could Milwaukee deliver a professional 16” chainsaw and still make it compatible with the hundreds of other tools? We originally posted on the 2727-21HD in May (Coptool post) but now that we’ve got it out in the field with professionals at Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation we wanted to take a closer look and see if it’s lived up to the hype as well as how they might hold up under wear.
Just announced is Dewalt’s new vacuum that checks all the boxes for those working with Silica. It’s cordless running off the Flexvolt 60V platform, its wireless using a remote control (included) to turn on/off with any tool (not fully automatic but better than walking to the tool each time), filter cleaning mechanism is automatic so compliant with Table 1 (29 CFR 1926.1153), it has a full 125 CFM so works with 5” grinders, tuck pointers and concrete cutters, HEPA rated filter and fits into the T-Stak Storage System. Capacity is 2 gallons and includes an 8” hose plus a fleece bag for properly collecting all the silica dust. For more info check out the full Dewalt press release below.
Several years ago now Makita built a revolutionary 36V circ saw XSH01 that ran off 18V batteries. The traditional 28V and 36V platforms are all but extinct at this point because they required such massive batteries which made them annoyingly heavy for the more common tools such as drills and impacts. It was a great run but we are finally seeing a brushless upgrade for the 18Vx2 with the same 7-1/4” capacity, the XSH06PT kit and XSH06Z bare tool. So we put the saw in the hands of some professionals on the jobsite and actually took them apart to see what sort of improvements have been made.
If you can’t beat’m join’m they say. Southwire Tools has been growing both with aggressive product development but also with some very smart strategic acquisitions such as very recent purchase of Garvin Industries, to join Colman Cable for their Extension Cords, Maxis for Knockouts & Wire Pullers, Sumner for material lifts, material carts, pipe stands and the list goes on. Southwire is already a leader in LED jobsite lighting but with the addition of ProBuilt they will now one of the market leaders for construction temporary lighting. We have been very impressed with the investment they have made in the brands that join the Southwire family with lots of investment in R&D we thing they’ve made a lot of improvements along the way. Does this mean the Matte Black Wobble Light will be here soon, we hope so!! We will know more very soon in the meantime check out the Southwire Press Release below: (more…)
Well the Red team is at it again updating their FUEL brushless Hammer Drills for the 3rd time, they say 3rd time is the charm! The 2704-22 generation 2 was a huge leap forward on the power side GEN 1 was 750 in-lbs to 1,200 in-lbs for GEN 2. When we look at the power change GEN 2 to GEN 3 2804-22 specs are pretty flat, with the same 1,200 in-lbs stated. That being said we weren’t really looking for more power here, already one of the most powerful in the market the 2804-22 really focuses on some other areas for improvement, going more compact and some other improvements.
The biggest thing to happen to Air Impact Wrenches over the past few years has been the stubby! We’ve seen the top air tool lines from IR, CP and other launch these compact tools with big success but nothing in a cordless versions, Until Now! Welcome the M12 FUEL Stubby Impact Wrenches in 1/4”, 3/8” and 1/2″ versions. Super compact size at 5.1” with impressive torque at 250 ft-lbs, these are going to lead to even less air hoses on the shop floor.
Clearly Ingersoll Rand has a focus on mechanics, being the name brand in air tools for many years we were not surprised when their first cordless impact W7150 hit the market years ago it was truly innovative. Even years later when we compared high torque impacts (see post here) it held its own pro cordless brands with Milwaukee, Makita, Dewalt and others. With a narrow focus on mechanics IR wants to be the leaders in Impact wrenches, Air Tools or Cordless so we were not surprised they would come out with the new W7152 which promises best in class 1500 ft-lbs Nut Busting torque.