A couple of months ago, a couple of days before winter, we posted about Milwaukee heated jackets and other cold weather workwear being in short supply.
Here’s what happened – there are finite supplies of heated gear, and once it’s sold out, it’s sold out for the season. There might be some small replenishment orders, but once a size or style is in short supply, availability across all retailers become scarce.
Milwaukee’s heated gear shopping season starts in August and ends in March. Last year, online retailers were sold out of most styles, colors, and sizes by mid-December.
The folks at Ohio Power Tool recently posted this image to social media, showing that they received a large shipment of Milwaukee heated jackets for the 2019-2020 season. Their website shows that most SKUs are in-stock, and a couple of others are on the way and open for preordering.
You don’t need to order your heated gear today, that’d be silly. But if you were hoping to get your hands on a Milwaukee M12 heated vest, hoodie, or jacket, now’s a good time to plan it out.
If I were looking to buy new heated workwear, I’d probably want to have my purchase made by October. The earlier, the better, but there’s no need to rush in August. Still, I’d order before it gets cold out, or at least certainly before December.