Milwaukee, Arthrisis And Technology

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  1. Sep 11, 2017
    Alan28

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    Because I have some pain in my hands, I look for tools to help me.
    Recently I discovered the Bosch pro tools on battery, brushless electric system, I bought some.
    Amazing : less than 1kilogram and full of energy.
    And because I have lot to do in my 'farm', I went to my supplier, working mainly with pro, and I discovered the Milwaukee tools range.
    I had already noticed that my carpenter was using a saw on battery, so I was interested.

    They make 'connected' tools now, you can program them, know where they are... this is an amazing range.
    Milwaukee tools is a cy included in a group with Ryobi, I believe that the tools are a little bit heavier than the new Bosch, there is competition, but I showed to my neighbour the diffference.
    I have in fact an old Skill pro drill on battery : maybe 3 kg, and the new one Bosch : less than 1 kg and probably more powerful.

    I read the Milwaukee catalog as a science-fiction book!

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    timgr

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    Milwaukee tools are excellent tools. It's a company that has been in business many years. Bosch too, though they have not been popular in the USA as long as Milwaukee. I would say Ryobi is of significantly lower quality and price.

    Also look at Makita, and Dewalt. Festool is a premium brand. All except Ryobi are suitable for professional use.
     
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    The tool weight directly corresponds to the inch pounds of torque available............less weight , less torque and so on.
     
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    My power tool collection is decidedly red and can say I've never been disappointed with any of their products. And with most cordless tools these days, the largest weight difference is due solely to the amp-hour capacity of the battery being used.

    And yes, a light weight power tool can be a handful.
     
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    After years using the old 18V Milwaukee tool system, hammer drill/driver, saw-all, circular saw, impact driver, etc, in my contracting work. I just moved up to there new 18V Milwaukee tool line. I must admit there is a difference and so far I'm liking it... :D

    Mine too... (y)
     
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    Most of my portable power tools are aqua-blue, but my sawzall is red. It's awesome.
     
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    PeteL

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    Like others, such as Porter-Cable, Milwaukee used to be commercial/industrial quality. Couldn't be beat.

    Nowadays, many more "consumer" items in their line-up, at lower cost.

    You pays your money and takes your pick. But I notice their older "obsolete" tools command high prices on ebay.
     
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    Alan28

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    Milwaukee tools are quite new in France, so I believed that it was a name printed on some standard products, marketing.
    But this was sold in a pro-shop, the kind on shop selling sand, cement, heavy materials and when I saw my carpenter using a Milwaukee tool on my roof, I looked further.
    This new range of 'connected'tools, you can desactivate a tool if it is robbed! is strange.
    Quite difficult, but a good idea for expensive tools.
    I remember that a friend of mine, working at a customer, had a big powerful drill (to make wide holes for pipes) robbed just as he turned his back.
     
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    Ive got the 12v Lithium ion Milwaukee drill. Its small and light and will still rip your wrist around if not carefull.
    I like it alot more than my old 14.4 nicad Dewalt.
    Kid at work has their 12v borescope. Has a good screen on it
     
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    timgr

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    The "connected" thing is a cool feature. Like the biometric gun locks - only the owner can unlock them.

    Pretty sure the iPhone/iPad/macBook has a similar feature - if stolen, it can be disabled. I have a cheap Android phone, which is a different way to approach the same problem.
     
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    PeteL

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    "Unlock my drill, HAL."

    "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that."

    [​IMG]
     
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    I've been using Milwaukee tools for many years, some of them the same ones! They are generally amazingly tough and stand up to daily professional use (and abuse). The new generation of cordless tools are a vast improvement over earlier models. The battery life of today's tools actually makes them useful instead of frustrating.
     
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    timgr

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    Not so keen on red tools currently. Just dropped my red palm sander (my only other red tool beside my sawzall) 3' to a concrete floor and killed it. Ordered an aqua-blue tool to replace it.
     
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    I have all Milwaukee as well. I have one of the newer fuel brushless drills and that thing with the 4ahr battery did 36 1in spade bit holes through 4x4 posts and still had 3/4 battery power. I was surprised the weight difference between the brushless version of the drill and the normal version (with hammer drill setting). The newer brushless was probably a good 8oz heavier...
     
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    Last week I dropped my red palm sander from saw-horse height onto the concrete floor and it quit. Looks like it broke the brush holder cast into the case. Replaced it with an aqua-blue one already.
     
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    Damn Tim, you need to be more careful- that's two in one week!


    H. :D
     
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    The same day too. :D :cry:
     
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    timgr

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    Ah - I completely disremembered I had posted that! :coffee:(y)
     
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    Tim say it is so... :susp:
     
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    Even though they may not be highly respected, I have invested in Ryobi 18v lithium ion "ONE +" line of battery tools. I have 8 or 9 different tools, and they have done all I have ever asked. I finally killed my reciprocating saw, but picked up a replacement off ebay used for less than $20 delivered. I expanded to a couple yard type tools including a leaf blower for last year's hurricane cleanup up on the OBX. It did a great job. Just before Irma hit a few weeks back, I picked up a pole chain saw. That was the best $89 I spent in a while. That thing got used sometimes 6 hours a day for more than two weeks, and it hasn't given up yet. I do have 6-7 batteries, so keep a few on the charger at most times, but the 48wh batteries last pretty long on everything except the right-angle grinder.
    No regrets here on buying the "cheap" Ryobi homeowner tools. My earlier Milwaulkee 12v tools are horrible compared to the 18v Ryobi.
    -Donny
     
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