Greenlee has been the industry leader in electrician’s knockout tools and accessories for many years and until a few years ago remained moderately unchallenged. In the last few years however hole making has opened up to several new players and techniques that are testing their supremacy in this category. Several competitors, most notably Maxis, GB & Current Tool 162PM ($899) all very similar in operation, have hit the market with some slightly less expensive mechanical solutions that adapt to your 18V drill.
In addition Milwaukee Tool has announced their dedicated M18 Knockout Tool ($1549 for 1/2″-2” kit) which should be launching in the next month or two. One positive outcome of all this competition is if you are looking for a great deal on a Greenlee Gator 18V Cordless Knockout Kit LS50L11A ($1299) there’s never been a better time to get in!
The 18V Gator knockout uses the dependably and readily available Makita 18V batteries and charging system. While it is cordlessly powered it is actually a self-contained hydraulic system which is more compact, easier and quicker to use than the mechanical adaptors. The price on these units has never been lower and with the current promotion, running until the end of June, it makes this an even better time to buy. See the full Mail-In Rebate form for details but it breaks down with the purchase of the basic kit (LS50L11A) you get your choice of a FREE standard knockout set 1/2”-2” 7216 ($347) or the FREE Speed Punch set 1/2”-2” 7907SBSP ($599).
Of course with a mail-in rebate you will need to allow probably a few weeks until you see the FREE punch kit so might need to work something out in the meantime. With a free kit that’s almost half the cost of the tool itself and being right on the eve of Milwaukee launching their knockout tool it seems like whichever tool you personally pick, competition is going to help you get a better deal. If you have any questions on knockout kits or any GreenLee or Milwaukee tools certainly give the pros at Ohio Power Tool a call 800-242-4424 and they will be more than happy to help you find the right tool for the job.