Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee’

Milwaukee’s New Reaming Pliers

September 8th, 2011

Milwaukee has just announced an interesting new set of pliers, designed mostly for electricians.   At first glance they appear to be fairly standard push-to-adjust pliers.  They have nice V-groove jaws which are sized to perfectly fit on electrical connectors.  The jaws are also meant to be thin enough to easily work in electrical boxes.   All pretty standard stuff.   The party trick of the new pliers however is the tip of the handles and the back of the head.  Electricians will frequently just strip the plastic off the handles of their pliers and use that to ream conduit.  Milwaukee has taken this to heart and designed the pliers to be used like that from the start.  The tip of the handles are bare metal and shaped to ream out up to 1″ conduit.   For larger pipes this can be awkward though, so the back of the head is also specifically designed to deburr 1-1/2″ to 2-3/4″ conduit.  Look for them to show up in stores in October.

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Milwaukee’s Tattoo Contest

September 30th, 2010

Are you a hardcore Milwaukee fan?  I mean really hardcore, like willing to have your body turned into a permanent Milwaukee advertisement hardcore?  Well if so, go get a good tattoo artist to whip up something special (or just do a giant logo like this guy) and you could win $500 worth of a tools a year for 20 years.

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Milwaukee redesigns Sawzall Blades

September 23rd, 2010

Milwaukee has changed the design of their Sawzall blades.  In an attempt to increase blade life they’ve changed the profile of the teeth, as well as decreased the number of teeth from the standard six per inch to five per inch.  The decrease in teeth also has the added benefit of increasing the speed of the cut.   Milwaukee claims the new profile handles nails better with out dulling the blade, and they’ve got the YouTube video to prove it.  Milwaukee also added another little mini-tooth on the the tip, which they call the FangTip, which helps with plunge cuts.  They’ve got another super slo-mo video of that as well.  No word on availability or pricing, however as of yesterday they were not in stock at the local Milwaukee shop, or the Home Depot.

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Milwaukee’s new Sawzall scraper ‘Blades’

September 7th, 2010

Milwaukee has introduced a few new accessories for their Sawzall and Hackzall lines.  The new tools, which should work with any standard reciprocating saw, take their queue from the Multimaster type tools, these new scrapers should make tasks like tile removal alot easier.  Milwaukee also shows it being used for paint removal, although I suspect it might be a bit to harsh for a task like that.  In addition to these new scrapers, Milwaukee is also introducing a grout removal tool, which features a coarse carbide grit on the cutting edge that will make short work of both epoxy and cementitious grouts.

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Milwaukee Transitioning from V28 to M28 Batteries

August 4th, 2010

Milwaukee has announced the new M28 Lithium-Ion batteries will soon be standard across their product line.  The M28 batteries will replace the 5 year old V28 battery line, and will be backwards compatible with the old batteries, which means you’ll still be able to use the old ones in your new tools.  Both batteries have the same capacity at 3.0 Amp-hours so you won’t get any inherent run-time, however the new batteries feature more sophisticated charging electronics, so that should allow the batteries to keep their peak capacity for longer.  In addition Milwaukee claims that the new batteries are more durable than the old V28’s, although the rated drop height is still 10 ft.  Prices should stay the same, and the new batteries will be available this summer.

Milwaukee’s New Twist-Release Arbor

July 12th, 2010

Milwaukee’s got a new quick release arbor for hole saws.  The Twist-Release (that’s a trademark btw) arbor is a great new design, allowing for tool free changing of hole saws.  You just hold the bottom and twist the top, and the hole saw pops free.  Its supposed to be a universal design so it should work with your favorite brand of hole saw.  It comes in two sizes for saws bigger or smaller than 1-3/16″ diameter.  It also has a Thunderbolt (that’s copyrighted) drill bit in the arbor, so you can pretend you’re Zeus as you drill your holes.  The small arbor is part number 49-56-7210, and is available for about $20, the large should be available in the fall.   As a bonus, Milwaukee has a special offer if you buy 10 Ice-Hardened (you better believe that’s trademarked) hole saws, you can get a free Twist-Release arbor by mail.

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Popular Mechanics 18V Impact Driver Round-up

June 22nd, 2010

Popular Mechanics has posted a round-up of 18V Impact Drivers.  These extremely versatile tools can be used for anything from installing a garage door opener to building a deck.  Although many folks don’t see the point and will continue to use a regular cordless drill, once you use one of these guys you’ll never go back.  The prices in the Popular Mechanics round-up ranged from the $395 Bosch 26618-01, to the $170 Ridgid Fuego R86030.  The Makita BTD144 proved to be the winner, earning 4.5 stars, but at $350 its not cheap.  The best buy is the Ridgid  earning 4 stars and only costing $170.  The Porter Cable PC18ID also deserves a mention, only costing $20 more than the Ridgid, but having a battery that lasts almost twice as long.  Sadly the article lacks significant detail beyond the specific likes and dislikes, but its worth checking out if you’re in the market.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Milwaukee PVC/ABS Saw

June 10th, 2010

Milwaukee has a new saw just for plumbers.  The PVC/ABS Hand saw is a great tool for cutting through large diameter piping.  It makes quick clean cuts, with minimal effort, and its tall blade helps keep the cuts straight for leak free joints.  It’s also got tool free blade changes, so no more going back to the tool box because you forgot the screwdriver to put in a new blade.  Milwaukee also claims that they’ve toughened it up to better withstand job site abuse.

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