We’re here at Milwaukee Pipeline 2022, where Team Red will be showing off their latest and greatest new tools.
This is going to be a long day of tool demos, interviews, and hands-on testing!
Update: Wow, what a day. There is a LOT of info to unpack, and many questions to answer. Please tell us what you’re most interested in hearing more about, so that we can prioritize our follow-up coverage accordingly.
We want to do something new this year, and will try to provide you with updates throughout the day. The goal is to give you the earliest-possible look at Milwaukee’s new tools, and an opportunity to ask questions in the comments.
Update: Please also let us know if/how you liked our Day 1 coverage, and what we could improve upon in the future!
We will be posting quick snippets to social media as time and circumstances permit.
We hope to have a live stream from the Pipeline event. In case that doesn’t work out, or even if it does, also check out VCG Construction and Tool Review Zone for live and interactive coverage.
(Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.)
Milwaukee Pipeline 2022 Coverage Updates
Here’s what’s new:
- M12 Fuel Hammer Drill, Impact Driver (Gen 3)
- M18 Fuel Hammer and Impact Driver (Gen 4)
- M18 Carry-on 4-battery 1800W/3600W peak power supply
- M18 Track Saw
- M12 Orbital Detail Sander & Abrasives Line
- M18 Belt Sander
- Redlithium USB Worklight with Docking Station
- M12 High Output 2.5Ah and 5.0Ah Batteries
- 90T Flex-Head Ratchets
- Large Wrench Sizes
- Spark Plug Sockets
- Nitrus Carbide Wrecker Sawzall Blade
- 1/4” Lockbolt Tool & Riveter Attachment
- Dead Blow Mallets
- Ball Pein Hammers
Some of our and your Milwaukee Pipeline 2022 Predictions came true!
Andrew Wagner will be providing ongoing reporting of the event, and will be monitoring the comments section for questions to ask the available product managers and engineers.
Good morning and welcome to Milwaukee — the city and the company!
Milwaukee Tool’s PIPELINE event is underway, and we’ve already seen one new product — an M18 power supply — and heard of another: a long-awaited M18 track saw, which was announced at the very end of CEO Steve Richman’s opening remarks.
Updated M12 Fuel & M18 Fuel Drills & Drivers
But our first demonstration of the day was updates to Milwaukee’s M12 and M18 drilling and driving lines, both of which boast all kinds of impressive specs (which we’ll get into more detail about later) but also, and perhaps most noteworthy, new technology.
The new Gen 3 (M12) and Gen 4(M18) Fuel drills and impact drivers feature improved trigger control and a proprietary AI feature Milwaukee calls AUTOSTOP, which allows the drill or driver to adjust its automatic shut-off based on the type of accessory being used, speed of the application, battery charge level, and temperature, as well as the tool’s orientation and how the user is gripping the tool.
The object of this tech is two-fold: maximize productivity and enhance safety. The AUTOSTOP is an anti-rotation safety feature – and more.
As for other features, there are improvements to the heat sink, to allow for better airflow and cooling, and longer endurance to handle more heavy-duty tasks.
Notably, Milwaukee managed to increase the power and capability without adding anything in terms of size/weight; the M18 hammer drill is almost identical in size compared to the previous generation while the M12 impact is actually a half-inch smaller than its predecessor.
Stuart: The new M12 Fuel hammer drill feels substantially more compact than the previous versions!
Both the M12 and M18 drills and impacts will be available in August.
Finally: The M18 Fuel Track Saw
Perhaps the folks at Milwaukee have been reading the comments here following every Milwaukee-related posted over the last few years because at long last, the M18 Fuel Track Saw has arrived.
Wait a second…
CEO Steve Richman confirmed it during his introductory remarks and we just got our first look at the tool as well as a full range of accessories including three different tracks (31-inch, 55-inch and 106-inch), clamps and connectors, additional strips, storage bag and blades — which will be the standard 6 1/2-inch size with 20mm arbor.
Dirck (@ack_workbench) showed off its cutting action.
Sanders and Sanders and Sheets, Oh my…
For all the cord-cutting that’s taken place in shops and on job sites over the last few years, one tool in Milwaukee’s product line has remained steadfastly tethered to its always-out-of-the-way electrical outlet: the belt sander.
That is finally about to change as Milwaukee just introduced an M18 Fuel belt sander which has the equivalent of 8 amps of corded power and 80% dust collection efficiency with the included dustbag or vacuum attachment. Featuring a 3×18″ belt, users can adjust the speed from 700-1350 sanding feet per minute.
Milwaukee also announced an M18 Fuel 1/4 sheet sander and a brand-new M12 detail sander, a “dedicated finishing tool that can handle a wide range of applications in the shop or on the job site” especially small detail work and pieces of trim that ordinarily require use of a sanding sponge, ripped-off sandpaper sheets or traditional tools which are often too aggressive for the job.
New M12 High Output Batteries
Fifteen years after the M12 line of subcompact tools first hit the market, the batteries powering those tools have gotten a pretty substantial upgrade.
Milwaukee introduced new RedLithium High Output CP and XP batteries maintain the same shape, style and weight as pervious versions of the M12 RedLithium batteries but offer 25% more power while running 25% cooler.