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Milwaukee New Product Symposium 2013
Ethan | June 18, 2013
Milwaukee New Product Symposium 2013

Last week I had the privilege to attend the Milwaukee Tools 2013 New Product Symposium. If you’re not familiar, just about every year, Milwaukee gathers online and print media from all over the world to check out their most recent innovations. This year was a top-notch event with a lot of cool tools and accessories. To get real-time updates from media events like this one (and the JET / Powermatic event coming up), be sure to follow OPC on Twitter. I’m constantly tweeting pictures and info about what users can expect to see... 

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Testing the New Milwaukee 4.0Ahr Battery Pack
Ethan | February 13, 2013
Testing the New Milwaukee 4.0Ahr Battery Pack

Every year tool manufacturers fight for even the tiniest advantage, and that often translates into millimeters off the tool size or ounces off the total weight. These upgrades, while beneficial, are not earth-shattering. However, advancements in battery technology are moving at a rapid pace, and I’m very excited about the new, higher amp-hour (Ahr) batteries that are starting to come out. If you keep up with OPC on Facebook, you know Milwaukee recently sent us their new 4.0 Ahr extended capacity and 2.0 Ahr compact batteries, and... 

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Cutting the Cord
Ethan | October 19, 2012
Cutting the Cord

From my own DIY exploits and hanging with pro contractors it has become very apparent how important it is to have the best possible battery for your cordless tools. Batteries impact tool performance, runtime, productivity and even future purchases. Just about everyone owns a cordless drill/driver, and more and more manufacturers are offering cordless versions of traditionally corded tools. Before you jump head-first into the world of cordless tools, here are some questions you need to ask yourself. Are You Ready for a Committed Relationship? Unfortunately,... 

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Milwaukee Tools Product Symposium 2012
Ethan | June 13, 2012
Milwaukee Tools Product Symposium 2012

Still in Milwaukee and fresh out of the showroom, I wanted to share some pictures and information from my time at the 2012 Milwaukee Tools Symposium. Milwaukee has been busy developing and introducing a lot of new tools, and some of them really hit the mark. I’m headed to Chicago for the Bosch media event, and I’m curious how it’ll compare. Follow me on Twitter for instant news and pictures. M12 Band Saw The M12 Band Saw (#2429-21XC) is a sub-compact band saw that weighs 6.75 lbs. It only takes one hand to operate, and... 

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Milwaukee Cordless Grinder Review
Ethan | November 1, 2011
Milwaukee Cordless Grinder Review

At the 2011 Milwaukee Tools Symposium in July, I saw a ton of cool tools like their new hand tools and fluorescent bulb tester. Another offering that caught my attention was a 4-1/2″ cordless cutoff / grinder. The specifications on this grinder are nothing new: paddle-switch; 9,000 RPM; tool-less accessory changes; etc. Even so, none of the competition has a grinder with the same combination of features. Milwaukee sent me their cordless grinder (catalog #2680-20) a couple months ago. Read on for the full review.Paddle-Switch If... 

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Completely New Tool: Milwaukee Fluorescent Bulb Tester
Ethan | October 25, 2011
Completely New Tool: Milwaukee Fluorescent Bulb Tester

In July of this year, I attended the 2011 Milwaukee Tools Symposium. There were a couple topics like some sweet new hand tools that we couldn’t discuss until Milwaukee gave us the go-ahead. A new Fluorescent Light Tester was one such product. It may not sound very interesting, but I think it was one of the coolest “new to world” offerings they showed us. Imagine you’re the facilities manager for a medium-sized commercial or industrial building. Do you have any idea how many fluorescent light bulbs fall under your... 

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2011 New Milwaukee Hand Tools, Power Tools
Ethan | July 22, 2011
2011 New Milwaukee Hand Tools, Power Tools

I just got back from the great state of Wisconsin where Milwaukee Tools had me out to see their latest tool developments. It was a lot of fun to learn what Milwaukee has been working on, get a tour of their amazing facility and try everything out for myself. I was impressed with a lot of tools and accessories. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal everything as Milwaukee had me sign a waiver, and I think they were serious. Most media events you hear something like “We want to be the number one tool provider in North America,”... 

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