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Every tradesman is always in the market for new batteries and new power tools to use with them. Makita knows this and is currently running a promotion where you don’t just get two batteries, but an additional TWO FREE batteries ($219 value) for a total of 4 with these three select OPE kits. So now is the perfect time to not only bolster your tool arsenal, but to keep those tools running with the 4 additional power sources. You can thank them later. (more…)
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In our recent project, the Cordless Circular Saw Shootout, we had the opportunity to put 3 great circular saws to the test: the Milwaukee 2731-22 ($429), the Makita XSH01X ($419), and the Dewalt DCS575T2 ($355). In this test we wanted to rank the three in power, run-time and several other parameters which naturally involves lots of wood cutting. We built a simple jig to rip 2X4’s in half, so we could run all 3 of these saws in nice long rip cuts to gauge power and see if any might bog down (no bogging down with any of these saws). And of course, after our test we had plenty of freshly cut 2X2’s which can be useful for building book shelves or framing basements or any number of other projects but we already knew what to do with them, we were going to build a Kentucky Stick Chair.
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A couple of years ago we went on a rant Future of Cordless Power Tools, 5.0Ah and Beyond where we predicted a bunch of cordless power tools we’d hope to see in the next couple years and whamo they almost all came true. Cordless SDS-Max hammer, cordless table saw, cordless trim router, cordless miter saws (full size), cordless HEPA vacs, battery to AC power inverters and more are all available at your local tool store today (or very very soon). Clearly we’re not psychic it’s pretty systematic as battery technology improves it’s logical all the next most popular, higher voltage tools will go cordless. So what might be coming next?
We just did a post about some of the new battery cell technology (18650 vs 20700) and how that plays into power tools with LiHD vs FlexVolt vs M18 and others, it got us think again. It seems like if we look 2, 3, 4 more years ahead, assuming the Tesla Giga-Factory continues to comes on line we should expect even bigger leaps forward and lower priced battery packs. We should expect cell improvements to continue on the 20700 standard, the typical 18v battery pack (10 cells) will hopefully be at least 8.0Ah capacity, larger packs 12.0Ah (15 cells), stack multiple packs and you’re talking serious juice, the possibilities are wide open. (more…)
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Makita has recently announced the release of 3 new tools to be added to their new 12V CXT Cordless lineup: a Jigsaw, a 3-3/8” Tile/Glass Saw, and a portable L.E.D. flashlight. All of these tools utilize Makita’s new slide type battery packs that seem to be phasing out their older stick style packs. These slide battery packs come in 2.0 Ah & 4.0 Ah for extended run time compared to 12V MAX packs. Both feature L.E.D. charge level indicators.
Over last holiday season we saw the release of the first tools to utilize this 12V CXT system, their 12V Max CXT Drill/Driver Combo Kits, and it seems that they will continue to expand this lineup. (more…)
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One thing has become pretty clear to us, Milwaukee Tool is betting big on their ONE-KEY Tool System which you can download the app now but really kicks off February, 1 2016 with a full launch of ONE-KEY M18 FUEL drills and impact tools (see list below). In a nut shell, One-Key builds in Bluetooth and RFID technology into their tools which today means you can control RPM, torque and other setting in the tools. You can also track tool performance and more easily communicate with the ONE-KEY Inventory Management System. The inventory component is really a standalone system (connect by computer & app) as it tracks any item tool or otherwise like ladder, jobox, threader, bender, camera system, whatever even if you don’t have any ONE-KEY tools.
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It is no surprise, given their track record in electronics outside the world of power tools, that the Robert Bosch company will bring serious advances from the world of consumer electronics to the world of power tools. You may remember seeing items like the PowerMat for sale a few years ago, which offered you the ability to charge your electronic devices simply by placing them on a mat rather than having to plug a charger into a specific port. Bosch Tools has brought similar technology into its 18 volt cordless lineup of tools. These Wireless Charging tools rely on the scientific principle of inductive coupling, which allows the charger to begin charging the battery simply from having the battery placed on it. There is a better explanation of the science behind this in the press release from Bosch below, but the major benefit of this system is the ability to charge the batteries for your tools without actually having to remove the battery from the tool.
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Last week Milwaukee Tool had their annual “New Product Symposium” media event where they showcased many of their latest and greatest tools that had either just launched or will be available in the next 3-6 months. This event starts at 6:45am and packed the day full with never before seen (by the public at least) tools and accessories. We wanted to hit the new product highlights and have left out most of the items we’ve already covered in previous posts such as M18 Band Saw, Pressing Tools, etc. not to discount these products in anyway.
Below are some of the YouTube Videos we managed to put together pretty quickly (pardon the shaky camera work and choppy edit job). We will follow up with more in-depth reviews, videos and comparison testing for many of these products. We really just wanted to let you know what new tools are coming as well as the promise Milwaukee is making for each of these new tools. What better way to do that than get a few clips from the Milwaukee Team pitching it themselves.
These products should all be available soon, if not already, on the Milwaukee Tool page of Ohio Power Tool. Feel free to contact the experts 800-242-4424 on any existing Milwaukee Tools and certainly they will do their best to get you info on any products not yet available. For more pictures also check out our Facebook Photo Album with an additional 120+ pictures from the event. You can also search the hashtag #NPS14 on other social media networks for coverage from a wide range of quality news outlets. (more…)
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Makita is getting ready for their LXT 4.0Ah battery launch coming in the next month or two along with some several new cordless tools. The delay in launching was mainly due to efforts of keeping charging times as low as possible which it looks like Makita has succeeded in having the shortest charge times. One other issue which they have worked through is that some of their older LXT tools will not be able to work with the new LXT 4.0 Ah batteries and moving forward to 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, etc which are pretty much inevitable.
You will be seeing many of the Makita 18V LXT cordless tools switching to new part number to indicate forward compatibility. These tool part number changes (see full 90 SKU chart below) are already under way, an example would be the LXT 4′ Concrete Vibrator Kit BVR450 is now XRV01 ($499). You may also start to see some smoking deals on the older Makita part numbers, just be aware of the possible future battery limitations if you go that route. (more…)
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