Word has it that Milwaukee will be releasing about a dozen and a half new hand tools next month. The expanded hand tool lineup will include pliers (lineman’s, tongue & groove, combination), cutters (diagonal, ProPEX, tubing), and snips (straight, stubby straight, right, left, right-angle right, right-angle left). Multi-purpose combination wire strippers and long-nose pliers are in the mix as well.
It is evident that Milwaukee seeks to apply their unspoken you need it we got it M12 cordless tool philosophy to their budding hand tool lineup. But will they succeed? There are already quite a few USA, European, and Asian hand tool manufacturers that dominate this highly competitive market, and electricians tend to be very particular about the brands of pliers they rely on.
Thus far some of Milwaukee’s new hand tools have already gained a bit of popularity, but there are many major established brands that they’re going up against, such as Irwin, Channellock, Greenlee, Klein, Knipex, and Stanley FatMax.
Update: We just heard back from Milwaukee that these tools will be available as of October 1st. They were designed here in the USA, and made by the highest quality suppliers in Taiwan.