I traveled to Milwaukee, WI, a couple weeks ago to visit the headquarters of the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation and check out their latest product lineup, including some awesome new “top secret” introductions.
MILWAUKEE®, founded in 1924, definitely caters to the professional user-electricians, plumbers and contractors-but their cordless lineup of power tools continues to grow. They showed us some new tools that any homeowner-DIYer would covet, many of them “coming soon” to a Home Depot near you.
The M12 cordless platform is one of the fastest growing segments for the company and this year they will introduce a compact jigsaw (pictured above)-one of the first of its kind. Our on-site testing of the tool showed it to perform extremely well. We were able to cut puzzle pieces out of particleboard with ease.
The company also offers the world's first cordless palm nailer (above); a portable nailing solution without the hassle of an air compressor or hose. It can replace the traditional nail gun for around-the-house tasks and, like most of the M12 lineup, features onboard fuel gauge and LED work light.
MILWAUKEE® has expanded their M18 professional cordless line too by introducing a new rotary hammer (above)-a tool that despite its design and size is extremely lightweight-and a right angle drill/driver that is perfect for working in tight spaces, like areas between studs or around ductwork.
As the company that kick-started the transition from NiCad (nickel-cadmium rechargeable battery) to Lithium batteries, MILWAUKEE® is introducing a new REDLITHIUM (below) technology that, according to company officials, will provide up to 40% more run-time, 20% more power and 50% more recharges than other Lithium products. The new battery will still power older versions of the M12 and M18 cordless tools, and set the stage for more powerful tools in the future.
While touring the facility and becoming more familiar with the company's history and innovations in cordless tool technology, I couldn't help but be reminded of my dad's old Craftsman electric drill-the chuck key that it required for swapping out drill bits and the visible sparks and “electrical smell” that came from its motor.
I bet my dad's old drill will still fire up-which is testament to it's solid build-but I won't be giving up my MILWAUKEE®, M12 cordless anytime soon. To find out more about MILWAUKEE® click here.
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