New Milwaukee Tools from NPS2017 – M12 M18 Power Tools

Every year in June Milwaukee tool hosts a special event called the New Product Symposium in which they showcase new Milwaukee products. I wasn’t able to make it this year but fortunately Milwaukee shared some of the news of their new products with me – and this year is a great one!

Just keep in mind I don’t have pics of each item yet, but I do have a short description. I will update with new pics as they come in.

M12 Fuel Ratchets – Launch September 2017

The new M12 FUEL™ ¼”, 3/8”, and ½” Ratchets are the first cordless solutions that offer the power and size needed to replace pneumatic ratchets. The M12 FUEL™ Ratchets deliver up to 60ft-lbs of torque while also providing the most compact head design, allowing for more access in tight spaces vs. competitive ratchets. This performance is driven by the industry’s first brushless Ratchet with the POWERSTATE™ brushless motor, as well as premium steel components for greater durability.

My Take: We have a new set of M12 ratchets in addition to the current ones. The new M12 Fuel ratchets bring more power, come in the added 1/2″ socket size and offer a more compact head design.

New 2nd Gen M12 Fuel Impact Driver – Launch December 2017

Milwaukee Tool’s next generation M12 FUEL™ ¼” Hex Impact Driver raises the bar of performance for 12V Impact Drivers. The completely redesigned Impact Driver delivers 20% faster application speeds, outputs an industry-leading 1,300in-lbs of torque, and is over 1” shorter than competitive 12V Impact Drivers. With Milwaukee’s leading 4-mode drive control that includes TEK screw mode, this tool is the most advanced and highest performing product in its class.

My Take: The original M12 Fuel impact driver was the Beez neez when it came out, the first brushless 12V impact driver and good torque. Since then they’ve had severe competition from other brands such as Bosch and Makita which bested the M12 Fuel in size. Milwaukee fights back with the 2nd Gen M12 Fuel by making theirs even more compact than the competition, adding an additional middle speed for a total of 3 speeds plus a fourth self tapping screw mode, and somehow managed to give it more power – now up to 1,300 in-lbs.

New 2nd Gen M12 Fuel Drill & Hammer Drill – Launch December 2017

The 2nd Generation of M12 FUEL™ Drills continues to push the limits of the performance users can expect from a sub-compact platform.  Over 1” shorter than the previous generation it is the optimal solution for MEP, HVAC, MRO, and Remodelers looking to carry a more compact, portable solution.  Equipped with an all-metal ½” chuck and designed to perform the most common applications of our users, the M12 FUEL™ Drill is the right combination of size and performance.

My take: The original M12 Fuel drills were awesome back then and still are today with their impressive torque (350-in-lbs) and metal 1/2″ chucks but their biggest downside compared​ to the competition is their size which made them considerably larger drills than the competitions 12V offerings. Milwaukee’s second attempt at the M12 Fuel Drills shrinks the new models considerably while maintaining the same power and 1/2″ chuck as before. The biggest compromise for the smaller size is the removal of the separate mode select collar.

New 2 Gen M18 FUEL™ High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench – Launch September 2017

Completely redesigned, the M18 FUEL™ High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench is a full pneumatic tool replacement and will outperform all cordless competitors. With up to 1,400ft-lbs of Nut-Busting torque and the ability to remove high torque fasteners up to 2X faster than the competition, it provides unmatched productivity for users. The new tool is also over 1/2″ more compact and features Milwaukee’s industry-leading 4-Mode drive control with bolt removal mode.

My take: Milwaukee’s original M18 Fuel High Torque impact wrenches were game changers offering pneumatic power in a cordless tool never thought possible before. Since then the competition has fought back with models that match or slightly best Milwaukee’s offering. Milwaukee fights back with an impact wrench that surpasses the competition once again with 1,400 ft-lbs nut busting torque.

M18 FUEL High Torque Impact Wrench w/One-Key – Launch December 2017

The M18 FUEL™ High Torque Impact Wrench w/One-Key will take the performance of the new M18 FUEL™ 1/2″ High Torque Impact Wrench to the next level with the addition of One-Key™ compatibility. Developed with the core trades in mind, this tool will provide repetitive torque output for continuous fastening applications. Application-specific modes will allow users to perform the job faster with less damage and rework needed. Among the One-Key™ features available for this tool will be Tool Control, Tool Tracking, and Tool Security – making it the most advanced impact wrench in the industry.

My take: How do you take an already great tool and make it better? Make it a One Key tool for greater flexibility.

M18 Fuel Hackzall – Launch October 2017

Milwaukee tool’s M18 FUEL™ Hackzall builds on an industry-leading line of reciprocating saws. Combining power with a compact, ergonomic design the M18 FUEL™ hackzall is optimized for one-handed cuts in a wide variety of challenging applications that plumbers, electricians, and remodelers experience on the jobsite every day. The tool’s Powerstate Brushless motor and 7/8” stroke length combine to provide the fastest cuts in its class. The dual bevel gear mechanism and pivoting shoe provide smooth cut starts and increased control when cutting one handed.

My Take: When they made the M12 Fuel version of the original M12 Hackzall, it was a much better performing tool thanks to what we can expect from the Fuel upgrade. I suspect we can expect the same between the original M18 brushed Hackzall and the New M18 Fuel Hackzall model. Expect a considerable bump in performance.

M18 FUEL™ Mud Mixer with 270° Handle

M18 FUEL Mud Mixer with 270° Handle – Launch September 2017

The M18 FUEL™ Mud Mixer with 180° handle is the industry’s first dedicated cordless solution that delivers the performance to fully replace corded mixers. It has power to mix heavy compounds, such as concrete and can mix up to 15 buckets per 5.0Ah battery. The 180° adjustable handle and 3 modes of speed control deliver unmatched comfort and control. This solution increases productivity and portability for any professional that uses a mixer on a daily basis.

My take: Here’s a tool you don’t normally see as a cordless tool. Actually I haven’t seen any on the market except for the announcement of the Metable cordless drywall/cement mixer. Milwaukee joins the cordless mixer group with their own. I like that they went straight to Fuel with the new model.

M18 FUEL 7-1/4″ Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw – Launch September 2017

Milwaukee Tool’s new M18 FUEL™ 7-1/4” Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw delivers maximum portability, productivity and performance to the carpenter and remodeler. The product features a dual bevel design as well as a POWERSTATE brushless motor to deliver best in class run-time and performance. At only 28 lbs with battery, the saw allows for easy transportation on, off, and around the jobsite.

My take: Before Milwaukee came out with the USA release of the M18 Fuel 10″ miter saw, I had a feeling they would come out with a cordless miter saw but my hopes were pretty low as to what the blade size would be. The 10 inch Fuel Model surely did blow anything else away within the same voltage group in terms of blade size and capacity. The 10 incher from Milwaukee is quite capable and it’s also a full size saw but is nowhere as compact or convenient for portability as the 20V Dewalt 7-1/4″ miter saw I once had. Now Milwaukee offers something as compact as Dewalt’s 20V miter saw with the same blade size (7-1/4″) and a very lightweight 28 lbs with the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 7-1/4″ miter saw. And since it’s a Fuel, it gets a brushless motor.

M12 Stapler 2447-21 – Launch October 2017

Designed to be the most ergonomic and compact cordless 3/8” crown (T50® Style) stapler, the M12™ Stapler requires 80% less muscle effort than hand tools and is up to 35% lighter than competitors’ cordless staplers. With the ability to fire 1500 staples on one battery, the new stapler provides the superior performance of a power tool, with the all of the benefits of hand tool portability.

My take: Battery powered T50 stapler from Milwaukee – N’uff said! To add to that, I’ve been hoping for 12V nailers & staplers and this is a step in the right direction. Cordless T50 style staplers already exist so Milwaukee is not new to market here but theirs stands out because it’s powered by a 12V battery!

M18 Compact Heat Gun 2688-21 – Launch September 2017

The M18™ Compact Heat Gun is the first 18V solution of its kind. Reaching operational temperature in half the time and delivering the same max temperature as corded solutions, as well as the portability advantages of the M18™ system with a compact profile, the M18™ Compact Heat Gun offers superior productivity to the user. Altogether, the power of cordless, the high performance heating coil, and the compact size allow users to heat connections quickly anywhere, anytime.

My take: Here’s another useful tool for certain applications that is widely known as a corded tool. Milwaukee adapted it for battery use and runs on their 18 volt M18 batteries.

M12 Soldering Iron – Launch October 2017

The M12™ Soldering Iron heats quickly and maintains an optimized temperature to deliver fast application speeds. The optimized temperature also helps to prevent against over heating or damaging wires. The heat indicator notifies user then the tool is ready-to-use and safe-to-store. The M12™ Soldering Iron delivers unmatched access with the 3-stop pivoting head allowing users to adapt the tool for their application and the ability to solder in confined spaces.

My take: Milwaukee just announced a new corldess heat gun, why stop there and go further with a cordless soldering gun as well? Milwaukee did just that and made it 12V.

M18 FUEL™ Drain Snake with CABLE-DRIVE™ Locking Feed System

Building off Milwaukee’s current M12™ Drain Snake, the M18 FUEL™ Drain Snake represents the next level in performance for hand-held units by offering more power, cable drive locking feed system, and zero drum contact. With 2X more power than corded, it boasts a max power of 50′ down the line and is the first brushless drain cleaner. The CABLE-DRIVE Locking Feed System is the only automatic cable feed system that allows users to select and maintain a desired feed speed.

M18 FUEL™ Sectional Drum Machine

Almost 75% of the time spent on secondary drain line jobs is in the preparation for the job, and then packing all equipment back up. The M18 FUEL™ Sectional Drum Machine aims to change all that through the use of an interchangeable drum that allows users to select the right cable for the job, the ability to backpack transport the entire unit (including the ability to separate the drum from the machine to lighten the weight), and an electronic drum break so users can react faster when the cable starts to bind up in a pipe.

Milwaukee® Rust Resistant Drain Cables

Milwaukee Tool’s new line of drain cables will focus on a fundamental user frustration that hasn’t been directly addressed for years: cable corrosion. Protected by a new-to-world rust resistant plating, these drain cables will change the way users look at cable life. When it comes to performance, these cables will have the flexibility to maneuver bends and maintain strength to clear tough clogs.

102×77 Spot Infrared Imager 2257-20 – Launch August 2017

With instant start-up for scanning large areas quickly, a high resolution image on screen, and precise single spot measurement, the new 102×77 Spot Infrared Imager is ideal for fast and accurate troubleshooting. Exclusive DUAL SENSE™ Pixel Technology allows the imager to individually optimize pixels to eliminate the blurring of hot and cold details in crowded areas. Equipped with 56:1 single-spot performance, a 15-second image hold, and an infrared range of 14° to 646°F, users are able to scan, target, and receive one simple on-screen temperature reading from a long distance or up close for greater detail.

But wait there’s More – More Tools announced

This list is not it folks, these are only the cordless power tools that were announced at the new product symposium. This doesn’t even include their upcoming lighting, storage, hand tools, and accessories products. I will write about those soon so stay tuned.

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