Earlier this week, we asked you about what kind of new tools you would ask for Dewalt to develop, and we received a lot of great answers. Some of them are similar to the tools we’re hoping for, others were surprises.
I had not anticipated that a few of you would want to see new corded power tools, and quite a few of you are yearning for Tstak and ToughSystem storage case inserts for your power tools.
Then there’s Tanner’s request, for a “20v turd cutter.” What is a turd cutter? My wife and I spent a few minutes on our phones to see if maybe this resulted from an autocorrect mishap. Did Tanner mean “tile cutter” and hit some very wrong keys?
Anyway, many of the responses to that post were very revealing, and I’m sure that a Product Manager or two took down some notes.
That got me thinking – maybe there’s a chance our requests for certain new tool designs or accessories could potentially be influential to their development or production. Wouldn’t that be neat?
Instead of posting the same “what tools would you wish for” question about every brand, I thought to change things up a bit.
If you could ask Milwaukee Tool one thing, what would it be?
This could be a question, tool request, or anything you want. Maybe they’ll even answer! Last month we asked about the potential for Milwaukee cordless nailers, and received a response straight from the top brass!
Here’s what I would ask:
Which hand and power tool categories will Milwaukee break into next? Which will you stay away from? Why?
This is a complex question masked as a simple one. Milwaukee’s President and Product Managers have said the following at different times:
- Milwaukee does not want to be a “me too” brand
- Milwaukee seeks to provide innovative solutions for their users, often focusing on specific trades
- Milwaukee seeks to provide complete solutions for certain applications – they want to “own” every aspect of a job
We have seen plenty of innovations from Milwaukee, such as their new line of pipe wrenches. While the new 3-in-1 pipe wrench is extremely innovative, the other new pipe wrenches are less so, although they still incorporate enhancements compared to other brands’ designs, but they’re not as innovative.
Milwaukee cannot deliver game-changing technology in every single tool category. But this leaves gaps in their product lines.
That “we don’t want to be a ‘me too’ brand” part means that Milwaukee might not bother with certain tool categories unless they can come out with standout designs or features.
But I still want to have the option of buying a Milwaukee ball pein hammer. A nail puller. Rubber and non-marring mallets and dead blow hammers. Precision pliers. T- or P-handle ball hex screwdrivers. A benchtop drill press – even better if it’s somehow portable or cordless.
Some of these categories would be smarter and cheaper for Milwaukee Tool to buy into, such as with corporate acquisitions as they did with Empire Level, rather than having to start from scratch, but that’s brainstorming for another time.
If you could ask Milwaukee Tool one thing, what would it be?
Could you guys please make a table saw with a safety stop feature of your own? A Milwaukee version would be really welcome!
How about a m18 bicycle, that runs of 2 batteries, and ones they are out the peddling would charge them. I commute about 30m to and back from work. So with 2 9.0 batteries I think I could make it with free off no gas at all 🙂
That would be pretty cool! And fun. Someone invented a skateboard that ran off the M18 fuel drill all u did was hold the trigger and it went!
how about an inflator
How about supplying cases with your tools.
I would ask why are their products become cheaper made and yet the prices are going up? They have priced themselves out of this holiday season and the quality just isn’t there. I had 7 good batteries that I finally instead of replacing another Milwaukee tool with another Milwaukee, sold them and went back to dewalt whose bandsaw, sawzall and impacts are far superior. Milwakee took the title from dewalt years ago and now give it back. My opinion. 300+ for a quality drill from any of these manufacturers is just outrageously overboard anyway, how much do you need to set the working man back to competitively do his job? Thats gotta be 70% profit after all is done. So you make a cheaper “combo kit” line of tools that your lucky to get a whole year out of and the regular chuck drill is barely strong enough for the average joe homeowner hanging pictures. You should be embarrased instead you laugh all the way to the bank. SMH
M18 electrician knock out punch
But they already have that…
An 18 V 360° laser level plumb bob would be great
An 18 V 360° laser level plumb bob would be great. Preferably with a green laser for better visibility.
Wetsaw tile saw
Yes cordless inflator
Yes for sure
Oh god, if Milwaukee came out with a cordless inflator I might have to just sell all my bosch stuff off and go red. Ryobi’s already has me tempted to pick up a second set of power batteries.
FWIW, the ryobi inflator (bit one) is a nice nice option…
Once you get in on their stuff the accessory tools though will hook you. their 20w LED worklight is probably my favorite tool of all cordless stuff
Josh, have you made the switch?
I am a Milwaukee rep and that M12 cordless inflator is very impressive!
Agree… would be great!
YES! Or to elaborate on how to make one pro-grade:
– M18 FUEL (for runtime and CFM) Inflator/Deflator
– 1/4″ male brass inlet/outlet fittings
– Backlit digital pressure gauge with selectable auto-off
– LED light above trigger like with drills
– Short hose with locking brass chuck for schrader valves
– On-board brass needle and tapered nozzle adapters
These aren’t just used for tires! Plumbers and gas fitters use them for pressure testing water and gas lines, too. By putting 1/4″ male brass fittings on both the inlet and outlet, it can also be used with standard HVAC charging/vacuum hoses. The nozzle adapters also work great instead of a “can of air” to blow out small openings and crevices in parts.
What you described was the ryobi inflator/deflator lol all except the brass 1/4 part. It does have onboard storage for tapered tools and accesories. The only thing they could add would simply be a flashlight. I love my ryobi inflator but i hate carrying 1 stupid battery for the inflator.
The Ryobi may be functional, but it’s kind of low quality. The chuck and adapters don’t look like they would hold up well to heavy use or routine exposure to moisture. Having inlet and outlet connectors would also open up a whole slew of professional uses.
How about a 20V cordless heat gun! Doesn’t have to be 700F+ like an 120VAC because the amp draw would probably be too high for a cordless – but something hot enough (200-300F?) to melt padlocks, pipes, etc. I am always using my Bernzomatic in the Winter months…!
high quality tool storage that matches veto pro packs.
ready rod cutter 3/8s
more Jobsite Organizers that interlock, bigger ones that may hold power tools and that attach to a wheel base!
more plumbing specific hand tools!
That would be my dream.
I love milwaukee
Agree with plumbing specific tools.
When I do service calls alone I find turning the water on after a repair daunting usually because I am on the 2nd floor working while the water shutoff is located in the basement. Once I charge the system I must run up two flights of stairs to make sure nothing went wrong. If something did go wrong I must run all the way to the basement and shut the water off – then run all the way back up and clean up quickly. Brick Layers Lament anyone?
Milwaukee: Please make a remote shutoff tool that can fit over ball valves and gate valves.
Dirck Van Lieu
A cordless drywall gun, and seriously, an M18 Coffee Maker!
Heated Gear with a second battery pocket for heated work gloves.
Coffee just takes too many watt-hours to make. That’s why the Makita one makes one cup per battery.
That’s not an issue, I have a heap of batteries.
A cordless drywall gun would be very easy to make. I would even see a mini 12v model, as well as a regular 18v model.
Makita’s has them – latest one is brushless XSF03Z – but what’s also needed is a M18 version of the Makita XRF01Z collated drywall gun
Definitely a cordless drywall gun and rotary tool as well
They already do offer an M12 rotary tool. Or do you mean a larger Rotozip-style rotary tool for cutting into drywall?
I think he means the Rotozip-style, so he can do drywall cut-outs and fastening with the same platform as the rest of his tools. I’d also love an M18 rotary tool that could compete with a Rotozip; I don’t do drywall, but it would be great for cutting out openings in finished siding and plywood during retrofits.
I would love to see a track saw kit that would adapt to the cordless M18 6-1/2 saw. Maybe supply a new base plate, and the track options. Would love function of a track saw, but on;y a home shop and can;t justify the cost. Have, however, sold off all old Makita and moved to M18 brushless. Makes remodel projects and drilling pocket holes much easier!
Also DUST COLLECTION on M18 circular saws. I use my 6-1/2 in the basement and garage, and would love to see a shrouded cover, along with a vacuum dust port on the back. As only Festool offers decent collection, I don’t think this one would be just a “me to” – I think it would be a great feature add.
I think a lot of finish contractors would love the feature. Does not need to capture everything, but any less of a dust cloud would be a welcome addition.
Second the motion, m18 track saw adapter would be awesome
Track saw for the 7 1/4″ Cordless would also be great.
Another vote for the Track Saw.
that’s so weird, i was going to say the exact same thing. lol
M18 nibbler, M18 track saw, jobsite organization storage boxes, m18 slide miter saw, M18 string trimmer and leaf blower,
M18 metal detector to find lost metal tools, screws, wire, rebar,metal stakes, metal pipes, car keys that have gotten hidden under the dirt on a jobsite do to construction.
Yes! Nothing worse than jacking up planer knives from a hidden screw.
In my shop I use a Lumber Wizard :
Its not perfect but its saved me a bunch of heartaches – and the planer blades on my old DJ-20
I think there is a knock-off at HF too.
Probably one of the best suggestions in this list. This would even be great for us sparkies who are constantly dropping fasteners. Sometimes they simply disappear into the floor covering. A detector with adjutable sensitivity would be great. Set it on low sensitivity to find the odd screw your dropped. Turn up the sensitivity to find copper water lines behind dry wall or even other wiring or raceway. Great suggestion.
Wouldn’t the M12 Sub-scanner meet your needs for metal detection?
I’m with Markus.
“more Jobsite Organizers that interlock, bigger ones that may hold power tools and that attach to a wheel base!”
If Milwaukee was intelligent about this, they could design their hard blow-mold tool cases to interface with their Jobsite organizers. This would be the ultimate solution, with standardized dimensions , handles and latch locations on the tool cases… no need to buy a larger Jobsite organizer, if Milwaukee made the hard tool case part of the system to begin with.
damn, this is a great solution. almost like festool systainers. why take your tool out of a case to go in another case. i love it, someone should definitely take note of this!!
And have an optional dolly – like Festool – but with a Milwaukee price tag.
Trimmer/edger on m18 platform would be good to have. Many of us have 5,6 and more batteries and lots of tools already, so it would be a great idea to make some lawn/garden tools.
Never gonna happen… It’s not Milwaukee’s core business… Anyone who attended their media event heard that several times.
thats what you think, lol. look at the latest event
They lied to audience.
Blower , hedge trimmer and weed whacker announced less than a year later.
A new 12″ sliding dual bevel miter saw with standard 2.5″ hose hookup and an innovative slide mechanism that can rival the Bosch axial glide.
On that note I want see more woodworking tools. Corded, cordless, and hand. Full set of chisels, low vibration cordless sanders, new routers which could accept m18 batteries or ac power (definitely not a me too product). Possibilities are numerous.
Because of these product line gaps I end up with Dewalt and other brands mixed in when what I really want is to have ALL Milwaukee tools.
Yes, M18 Router!!
Yep! It is a huge annoyance to have to buy other brands just because Milwaukee is too proud to make a “me too” tool. Get over yourselves and make a full line of tools Milwaukee! You don’t even have a cordless orbital sander. That’s just sad. My shop looks like the United Nations with all the freaking colors of tools I have to buy!!
Don’t they??thought I saw one on the clearance isle at my Home Depot once…just a standard palm sander maybe?
Would like to see a cordless hedger, trimmer, etc. Seems to be a category Milwaukee is missing entirely.
Mike, Milwaukee makes a really good cordless hedger and trimmer. As part of their M18 line. Both the string trimmer and the hedge trimmer are very strong, professional quality. I use both and love them both.
A few more PEX tools:
Like a M18 Stapler to compete with the pneumatic Mangone RB6 – and maybe an adapter (or separate version) to make it a stand-up version
An M18 version of the Taylor Pneumatic T-7781 pneumatic mallet
Some M18 screwdrivers that use strips of screws like Senco – one for drywall and one with long reach for decking.
A M12 and/or M18 inline jigsaw – like the old Bosch 3294EVS
YES! New Jigsaw to replace the dated M18. More compact, still with heft, more maneuverable with handle like the M12.
I would Love them to expand their tool line tons more but for now the top 5 would be.
1. m18 Fuel Framing Nailer!
2. m18 Fuel drywall Screwgun.
3. m18 fuel router
4. Milwaukee Framing hammer, and drywall hammer.
5. Milwaukee Work Box with wheels, that could also be a chest for a truck bed.
That would be sweet. Hopefully they truly will make this stuff!
Love this post stuart.
Hart Brand hammers are part of the family, they are pretty awesome and red and black
Well, technically Milwaukee Tool owns Stiletto, with Hart being a TTi brand. TTi owns Milwaukee Tool, but my understanding is that Milwaukee Tool can has direct influence over Stiletto and Empire Level brands,
Can any one tell me if they are developing a cordless router
I’ve slowly accumulated 7 or 8 of the jobsite organizers, they work great. However it would be awesome to have a shallower (1/2 depth) version for smaller screws etc.
Other than that, it sounds like Milwaukee might already be answering my prayers for 18ga and 23ga m12 cordless nailers. They would be the perfect complement to my Dewalt 20v framing and 16ga nailers.
I’d buy a pile of half height jobsite organizers. The deep ones are the best bang for the buck organizers I’ve found so far.
Ditto! Great suggestion! I would also buy several.
Looks like I was beaten to it, but I vote for:
1) When are you going to have modular tool storage (with pre-cut inserts for your m12 and m18 tools)?
2) When will you make a track saw?
Bring their headquarters back from China.
Milwaukee global headquarters is in Brookfield Wisconsin. What they do in there I don’t know.
Milwaukee is still owned by the Chinese so if you buy Milwaukee tools your helping the Chinese not United States and by the way the Chinese hate us and if their is another great war guess who its going to be that’s why I wont buy anything from Milwaukee I don’t care how good their tools are
It’s a publicly traded Chinese company. Plenty of Americans own shares.
GE just announced the sale of its vaunted appliance division to Qingdao Haier – so that another American major brand name (this one dating back to Thomas Edison’s days) that will be Chineese.
Headquarters is in Brookfield, Wisconsin. All research, design, engineering, marketing, etc. happen out of that office.
I’m currently sitting in those walls.
Absolutely. All innovation originates in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The company is also expanding its operations in Wisconsin, and announced that a few months ago.
That’s great to hear. The US will never be a heavy manufacturing country again, and that’s OK. We have the best creative minds in the world, and need to leverage our skills sets
It’s still a Chinese owned company I don’t care where their headquarters are your supplying the enemy with money plus anything made in China sucks don’t it hypocrites
Screw where their damn headquarters is…they sold out to China if you wanna have the chi -coms bring something back from Milwaukee to us soil bring our goddamn manufacturing jobs back so at least American workers can benefit….the quality would also increase exponentially because on our turn the chi-coms would have much more rigorous quality control not to mention osha wouldn’t allow them to literally work employees to death or work 12 year olds without safety equipment….what al I saying a twelve year old boy working in a manufacture at WITH safety gear is still A TWELVE YEAR OLD BOY…pisses me off like you wouldn’t believe to know people who were supposed to be looking out for us …the people….have crippled American manufacturing this way and fires up even worse to know that in doing this on the scale they have …makes it a thing of the past to go and buy tools for our trades and have that money go back into the industry by supporting American families and American innovation…nope ….your track saw ,.if it comes ….will have come to you washed in the blood of the poor bastards in China that literally slaved to manufacture it….and will line the pockets of some commie Chinese government official/slash business man….who are using it every day to finance more innovation ways to undermine the United States and we are literally stuck nothing we can commonly or practically purchase …NOTHING useful or impactful is American made anymore …that’s what I wanna ask…who signed the papers that made MILWAUKEE USA amp longer an American owned company and then I wanna spit in his/her face and shove a super sawzall straight up their….well you knwo
It’s Chinese sponsored innovation sweetheart …get it????it doesn’t make rats ass of a difference If it’s American innovation if the company is owned and controlled by the Chinese…it is the Chinese who reap the bulk of the economic benefit …benefit they use every single day to forward their main and primary agenda ….to insert themselves into every single industry significant to global economics to ultimately undermine and choke out the United States and force is into submission by way of controlling the flow of all essential goods and tightening their grip around America when they refuse to sell but for bank breaking prices or without the United States in the most submissive position imaginable….we will have to do something or they will succeed and I wager it won’t matter what tools you do or do t have because there won’t be an American construction industry anymore all developments will be manned by Chinese workers…don’t doubt those….they are attempting to wipe America as we know it off the map without ever having to fire a shot ….we will ultimately meet China on the battle field
1. More carpentry/woodworking oriented tools (cordless nailers are a great start!)
2. More modular storage. I love my Ridgid stuff but it would be great to have the storage match the tools.
A more powerful right angle impact wrench. Ingersoll’s model is like 3 times more powerful.
20V Dual Action Polisher
“Where is the love for M4?” They built the base for a fantastic platform, and have a single tool using it. a flashlight, an impact driver, M4 coffee mug? Opportunities abound.
AND, AND! a hammer.
Without hearing excuses about cost, this is simple…….
Why are your power and hand tools NOT made/assembled in the USA?
A 12v electric pencil sharpener for square carpenter pencils!!!
+1 for m18 track saw and a m18 brad nailer
Partner with Enerpac so that I can finally get an enerpac pump that is m18 not m28, or kill the m28 line so it forces enerpac to change over to m18.
Also a cordless narrow crown stapler what can shoot up to 1-1/2″ staples.
I always liked the idea of the power 8 workshop. If Milwaukee could bring the all in one design up to their standards then I would totally splurge.
I also like the idea of Ryobi’s “phone works” line. While I like idea, the app is too cumbersome and annoying.
I will like a m12 roto split for mc cable and that will adjust to size and perfect cut depht with out Nicking the wire… That will be so cool im a commercial electrician
where are all the questions?, I only saw 6 so far. These sound like product requests, though I guess mine is too if you re-word it.
Will you innovate your heated jackets to include a light? I will sometimes put the medium setting on to get a little light where I’m at. It would be really cool if this was usable for small tasks, but turned on the same way the heating elements are.
Will you be coming out with a M12 Trueview flood light, similar to the M18 2360?
Will you venture into outdoor lawn & garden equipment, specifically pump sprayers?
When will the M12 Fuel Hammer Drill/Driver and Impact Driver be updated? The M18 one was recently updated and I am deliberately waiting for the M12 version to get updated.
Same question for the M18 Fuel cordless saw and cordless vacuum.
It seems Milwaukee doesn’t have the time to renovate m12 tool line probably because their more focused on new tools such nailers, hand tolls, updated m18 tool line etc…
The M12 Fuel drills and impacts will probably be updated this year as they released the M12 tools one year after the M18.
That’s very true!
( I had to change my name just noticed someone else had my name… lol)
Smaller M12 drill (i.e., smaller than the Bosch). Current M12 drill is almost as long as my black and white Makita 18-volt.
They do make a Milwaukee m12 right angle drill
(m18 version) https://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-tools/cordless/2615-21
(m12 version) https://www.milwaukeetool.com/power-tools/cordless/2415-21
Yes, but the M12 version only spins up to 800 RPM and the form factor is awkward.
yeah true, but the M18 right angle drill will hit 1,500 RPM.
but more heavy in your toolbox or belt….
M12 Fuel Brad nailer, that can get 200-300 nails (estimate based on 18v getting 700+). M12 Fuel rotary tool. More M12 Fuel tools!
Make a cordless tc wrench
Just yesterday I sent an email asking them to make smaller Jobsite Organizers. The current one s are great, but I’d be happier if I could supplement with some that are about 1/2 or 2/3 the height of the current ones.
Also, for all the commenters, let me point out that if you really want something you should contact the company to let them know. Some employees likely monitor sites like toolguyd but telling them directly is typically most likely to get word to the right people.
How about 12v batteries that last longer than 2 yrs?
I’ll actually ask a question……..
What tools are being made in the US?
Are there any plans for more US made tools, consumables, or accessories?
Why waste r&d money on a dud idea that 95% of customers wont use like “OneKey”?
Are the internals of the different TTI tool brands actually the same?
Are their plans for a stackable storage system?
I won’t answer all these questions but one I will, Milwaukee One Key is made for commercial businesses for how their employees are using their tools, and maybe even some home improvement users due to the Anti Theft Mode. anyways their are a lot of things Milwaukee One Key has done in tools to much to explain lol. One Key is a game changer in the world of tools.
Here is a question related to automatic torque regulation. It appears that there are some manufacturers (Panasonic’s assembly tool line, in particular, and to a lesser extent, Hitachi) that are beginning to market mechanical pulse drivers/wrenches, whose output torque and/or noise level is effectively limited or guided by a set of sophisticated motor control algorithms. Something very valuable to both the professional and amateur mechanic (and I imagine a few other trades and hobbies) would be a fastening tool that combines both the speed/power of an impact wrench with the precision of a torque wrench. Another great feature would be to have some sort of programmable, optional cross-threading protection modes (also offered by Panasonic).
I would imagine that One-key would allow a similar level of torque control, either in its current state or a later design with additional sensors. What are the steps being taken by Milwaukee to develop tools with this kind of technology?
In Japan, Hitachi sold an impact driver with usb connectivity (and software) for fine adjustments in torque, not very powerful, but the concept is there…
Please change your color scheme to ….”Yellow”
I just threw up in my mouth…
Figure out how to make connections with refrigerant pipes using a press like the Ropress instead of using oxy acetylene and silver solder
How about an M18 vacuum pump/refrigerant collection station?
Dang. Would take some umph. Maybe doing dual batteries like makita or 40 volt like dewalt
A low profile 5″ random orbital sander
Update 12″ sliding compound miter saw (taller fences for larger crown moldings)
More made in USA tools!
Do you need anyone to test new and prototype tools? I’m available.
Seriously though, what about some sort of loyalty program? Make it easier for current Milwaukee owners to upgrade to the new tools.
That would save me a lot of money! Not sure why I need 7 drills but I keep buying the newest one… I’m an addict
You gonna do a Makita one next?
Die grinders. Angled and straight.
I have a milwaukee impact gun 12 volt I love it and only 60 bucks, a pad sander super powerful. A multifunction tool great to own and a hand vac which works very well. I’d like a plug in radiant heater please Mr Milwaukee. ok. thank you
where is the USA made line?
When are you buying yourselves out from under TTI
Otherwise they already make most of the things I’m interested in.
Exactly. Put the “Milwaukee” back in Milwaukee tools. We have many old USA made Milwaukee tools and wouldn’t trade them for the new products that are offered. The plastic casing on the new tools seems lighter and the logos even seem cartoonish. Something about an American made tool that has some weight to it that says heavy duty.
I would love if they re-introduced their metal storage cases. But we know it won’t happen as anything that lasts too long isn’t good for business.
I too am a fan of my old metal cases. My pet peeve with blow-molded cases is that they may cradle the tool well – but leave little or no room for accessories. Don’t the designers think that a Sawzall needs to be stored and carried with an assortment of blades? Same for other tools as well. Festool/Tanos Systainer and Bosch L-Boxx systems start out with extra room – but then they may go an ruin it with a “custom fitted insert” that once again leaves no room for accessories.
I would love to see a corded bench-top drill press.
m12 ACSR (aluminum conductor steel reinforced) cutter. Hopefully at least 4/0 capacity.
I love the m12 copper and aluminum cutter, but it won’t work on power line conductor (steel core).
You currently make an m18 steel wire cutter but it’s too heavy, and very bulky and not very ergonomic or user friendly.
The m12 tools have much nicer ergonomics and lighter weight with comfort in mind.
Many times you need one hand to cut an energized wire while the other and hands controls the tail from flopping and flailing about. This proves difficult to do with bolt cutters to cut through the steel core while maintaining control of the other end of wire
Also make all m18 tools workable around high voltage. Currently most m12 tools work on energized power line but m18 tools usually don’t. It will trip the onboard computer and battery has to be placed on charger shortly to reset it and go again.
A high lumen hard hat light
A hard hat fan/cooling system
With high capacity batteries – a tabletop icemaker, microwave
M12 anglegrinder/cutoff tool
A small confined space 90 degree drill similar to the Ingersoll Rand Mini 90 Degree Threaded Drill.
A hand-held belt sander similar to the Dotco pnuematic belt sander.
A battery operated winch similar to the Warn PullzAll winch (which is corded).
A hand-held shop vac similar in design to the Black & Decker 20-volt pivot vac, but with much better performance and durability.
A blender that would rival a Vitamix in performance but not price — either corded or not.
Three speed M18 Fuel hammer drill, with a very slow first gear for large bits and hole saws. Also, a more robust and more adjustable side handle.
You might want to consider the One Key drill – https://toolguyd.com/milwaukee-one-key/
The side handle will be the same, but you can “set and forget” multiple speed settings to your liking.
I think he want a slower speed with even more torque, the one-key will slow the drill down but it still has the same gear ratio
Are there any plans to introduce tools that run off 2 batteries? This is probably more applicable for the M18 line, but could see a few M12s benefiting.
Can you make a M12 soldering gun?
Milwaukee, why would you not want to be a ‘me too brand’?
Do you not want to supply tools that people actually want?
As far as tool requests go, these are at the top of my wish list.
12v dc only charger. We nearly all own vehicles, a perfect power source..
M12/M18 inflator so I can get rid of my second lastt Ryobi tool.
M12 brad nailer/stapler so I can get rid of my last Ryobi tool.
M12 angle grinder.
Other tools that I would like to see.
A cordless bench drill, seriously, my M12 rotary hammer with a chuck adaptor is more powerful than my recently sold 300w Ryobi bench drill.
Cordless garden tools.
And finally, I am one of many that are not interested at all in gimmick tools, ala one key.
I am curious as to why the current 12v AC/DC car charger doesn’t work for you? What are the pro’s to a DC only version? I could imagine cost, but that’s all I can come up with.
I live in Australia, its not available here and we run on 230v AC anyway so it would only be half useful as well as expensive to import..
A 12v DC only version would universal worldwide.
I think that they should make an M12 or M18 sander. And an M18 Fuel Sawzall with an orbiting head, like the corded one.
I completely agree with this. I would prefer an M12 sander to any other tool possibility.
I would also like an updated M12 jigsaw. One where a bit of air from the motor’s fan blows the sawdust away.
Yes, its a great little jigsaw but the lack of a blower is a major oversight, I use a Ryobi inflator to blow the dust away.
And I would definitely buy an M12 sander. I do have the M12 OMT but a dedicated sander would be more useful for my purposes.
M18 brushless Nailers All Day!A stapler,brad,finish and the dream of course would be a framing. Put the framing in a kit with one or two 5.0 batteries and make it compatible with the M28 line, and if that’s not innovative enough! Enable it to plug into A/C.
I’m a fan of whatever Milwaukee’s putting out. Awaiting the Crescents and new line of knives !
I do a lot of little jobs that this would be great for.
Ill buy it on the first day it comes out.
A cordless trim router would be rad.
Agreed, I had the old blue Ryobi 18v router and it was very handy, I regret selling it.
M12 Crossline Laser like the PLS 180.
M18 right angle drill with a keyed chuck.
M12 cross line laser is a great idea. Have always wondered why Milwaukee only had the idea to make the plumb dot laser only.
I agree. We need a m18 cross line laser
A factory on North American soil?
They do make certain things here, such as Sawzall blades. https://toolguyd.com/milwaukee-tool-jobs-062015/
It was between this and the nailers for me. I’m with you ! Atleast hand tools!
Cordless power chisel!
Would like to see Milwaukee expand into mobile, Internet base technology including networked mobile project management applications (such as time management, inventory control).
1. Mobile, hardened – M18 battery operated WiFi router, cellular hotspot (in essence a mobile job-site network). Include AC line and capability to charge M18 and M12 batteries. Allows smart phones, laptops, tablets, to connect to hotspot via WiFi. Eliminates individual cellular and related costs.
2. Internet of Things (IoT). Mobile security system to help monitor and protect on-site equipment and supplies. Includes: video, movement, sound, alarms, temperature, lighting, cloud storage, apps – iOS, Android, other. Could use modular components, expandable. Site elements connected via WiFi, Internet by cellular.
I have one question can I ask multiple questions? Now that the wish for more wishes is done.
When are the 9.0 batteries going to be available? Day/month
Are you going to make a monster orbital sawzall to attach that 9.0 battery to?
Are you going to make a fuel Jigsaw?
Are you doing to make a cordless beltsander?
I hope you forward this to the R&D department Stuart or they follow your blog there are a bunch of good ideas for red tools.
Dear Milwaukee, TTI,
Would you please make the SMS216 available in the US. And when that does happen, a 7.25″ blade would be ok, 10″ even better. This time FUEL, and if the SMS254-21 was offered with the 9amp battery, all my dreams would come true.
I’d love to get the SMS216, but $850, and an obscure 8.504″ blade keeps it just out of reach.
Thank you Milwaukee.
Please let me know if you need my address for beta testing.
M12 or M18 fuel inline jigsaw that uses t-shank blades for precision cutting.
M12 fuel angle grinder/cut-off tool
SEWER CAMERA SYSTEMS!!! (like Ridgid SeeSnake)
M18 threaded rod cutter
M12/M18 fuel angled die grinder
M18 drain machine (like Ryobi), and a larger version that can run off two batteries
PLEASE add LASER LINES (green rather than red) to all your jigsaws and circular saws!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love that the Fuel tools come with real cases. They hold up better than the bags but they don’t allow for any additional storage. Europe gets a modular case that seems similar to what Dewalt is now doing with their ToughCase stuff.
Take the Ridgid Pro Tool Boxes and use an insert in them for the drill(s) with storage boxes for additional kit. Also would be great if you had a foam insert box Ala Pelican so that I could customize it for my meter and other miscellaneous kit that I want protected from the elements but still easily accessible. I’d even be okay with a semi-hard foam that I could chisel out and customize.
I really like the new organizer. The seal on it. So tired of having dust on and in everything.
As mentioned a line of Nailers would be amazing.
I’m also wondering if the combo of the big bad 9Ah would be a good partner for a 10″ Fuel miter saw? Maybe even dual Fuel 9Ah & AC? Dual Fuel…. That’s a good name too… We can talk 😉
Would you please make the SMS216 available in the US. And when that does happen, a 7.25″ blade would be ok, 10″ even better. This time FUEL, and if the SMS254-21 was offered with the 9amp battery, all my dreams would come true.
I’d love to get the SMS216, but $850, and an obscure 8.504″ blade keeps it just out of reach.
Thank you Milwaukee.
Please let me know if you need my address for beta testing.
I’ll simply ask for the same things I ask of Dwalt, power tools, corded, more power, more efficient, more affordable, higher quality. One more thing, a 3/8″ close quarter angle drill.
Four basic tool categories; drills, saws, woodworking, and metalwork.
Niche markets can be risky, gimmicks are useless.
I have a rolling tool cabinet full of accessories most of which I don’t need but came with the tool. I guess the tool company tossed in a trinket accessory to make me think I got a good deal.
One tool fits all will never do one thing great.
Specific trades will tell you what they want what they need! Don’t ask a plumber what an electrician needs.
It’s o.k. to be a me to, as long as you do it better than everyone else.
A great tool company will give me what I want, what I need, a GREAT TOOL!
An accessory that attaches to your palm nailer that gives it a magazine for product nails.
Cheers, New Zealand
M12 MURS based 2way jobsite radios.
I don’t really understand why Milwaukee needs to make hand tools just so users tools can all be red. I understand wanting to have all of your cordless tools compatible with one set of batteries, but beyond that it just seems silly. There are plenty of companies that already make great hand tools.
If you have kept up on all the Milwaukee articles, Stuart has mentioned Milwaukee doesn’t want to be a “me too” company. So from that perspective, I don’t think Milwaukee is just making tools. Some tools appear that way, but obviously their is some demand.
and it may be something they need to do, just to prevent Dewalt from cornering the tool market (hand & power that is), not that I can see Dewalt’s R&D turning anything out at a Milwaukee pace.
Yeah, I guess I came across as snarky, but I was mainly commenting on all of the requests for hand tools, which kinda surprised me. I can understand if you want them because it would seem that Milwaukee would only produce quality versions of anything it does, but it comes across as more of a desire for a matching set of tools. I also would worry that should Milwaukee try to appease them, what they end up bringing to market would likely be met with criticism and disappointment when compared to other tool makers who have already been in that space. From that stand point I get Milwaukee’s desire to not be a ‘me too’ company.
I am a cherry picker of tools though, I don’t expect any single company to make what I find to be the best fit for me in every category.
What happened to m28? Why would an m28 fuel tool (7-1/4 circular saw for example) with a 9ah battery not be awesome?
Theres so many tools that would be awesome on the m28 platform with brushless motors and huge batteries. A table saw maybe? Miter saw definitely. Recip saws that really outpower corded models?
Milwaukee has said that M12 and M18 cordless lines remain their top priorities right now.
Reading between the lines, M28 will survive as long as there’s a market for the tools, but its days are limited.
I believe they said the tools are still popular in some regions (Australia?).
The did add M28 Fuel sds drill to the M28, but they did zero marketing for them. Milwaukee did nothing wise no Facebook posts, or any samples sent out to the tool review sites. I think for North America they are going to push the 9.0ah high capacity battery pack and tools that utilize that platform. I also heard the Dewalt 36v platform is getting end of life’ed soon.
Yes, I saw them on Home Depot’s website after a few readers sent in tips.
My feeling is that they developed the tools for another region, and released them here as well, for industrial users and M28 users who might be interested.
The M18 9.0 batteries will have one more cell than the M28 batteries, so potentially slightly more power, all on the same system.
The M28 is not big here in Australia either, in fact I don’t think I have ever seen an M28 tool on a jobsite, I see a lot of M12, M18 and Makita 18v and a little Dewalt 20vmax in what I do.
12V Wire Crimper. Milwaukee already makes the battery for another brand.http://www.rennsteig.us/products/crimping/1042-battery-powered-crimping-tool.html
I’m going to repost this list from the DeWalt thread (with a few additional ideas), since there’s a better chance of Milwaukee/Ryobi (TTI) actually making some of these tools, rather than dragging their feet forever like DeWalt:
12V under hood light bar
20V to 40V adapter (like Makita)
20V cordless air hammer (something with SDS hammer only mechanism and an air hammer bit capable chuck)
20V inflator/jumper (car battery jumpstart)
20V plunge router
20V dual action polisher/sander
20V rotary laser
20V glue gun
20V or 12V soldering iron
20V right angle impact (brushless)
20V tracked drone (for search and rescue or HVAC/crawlspace diagnostics)
40V attachment capable brushless trimmer
40V concrete cut off saw
40V Water pump
40V area light
40V Hepa Air Purifier (for ambient dust/smoke reduction at job sites)
I think I commented before on the Dewalt post – and I like the ambitious list you’ve given them. Maybe 40V is enough for some concrete sawing and water pumping – but we always found a need for engine-driven cutoff saws and trash pumps
You also piqued my curiosity about the viability of cordless concrete cutting options given the new FUEL technology and 9 amp batteries. If they take the double-battery approach they could do 36 volts without launching another tool line. Milwaukee already has a good selection of corded core drills (wet), would love to see them be the first to go cordless in that area! Maybe something more compact that could anchor to the center of the core itself.
a 120V concrete saw is pretty weak.
Amen – and sometimes you need to rent a diesel-engine machine – as the small walk-behinds that they rent at Home Depot will not cut it (pun intended)
It turns out that Stihl already has a 40v brushless cut off saw out, called the TSA 230, so such a tool is a viable proposition.
Nice find – should have guessed that Stihl might have innovated in this area.
BTW – we only did relatively small concrete cutting jobs – but were sometimes working as subs on some big jobs where the real pros in concrete cutting were at it. I saw some guys using a wire saw – that seemed to me both awesome and a bit scary at the same time. I’m not sure who made the technology – but I think that the company that was doing the work was out of Queens NY
Will we be seeing more selection in your hard storage category soon? As others have mentioned: shallower/deeper Jobsite Organizers, customizable tool cases that interlock with the organizers, more configurable Jobsite Workboxes, etc. What you have built so far is excellent, but our storage needs are more varied than just the currently available options!
Also: are there currently any updates planned for your rotary or oscillating tools? Any updates to your line of cordless vacuums?
I have a question. I have four Milwaukee tools, a old HoleShooter, a folding stock Sawzall, a heat gun, and a 4.5″ angle grinder. Nothing cordless, even though I’m on my 6th cordless drill (1st is beyond obsolete, 2nd was stolen, third has “died the death of age”, 4-6 are currently in service) and 2nd cordless impact driver.
“Why are your battery packs so damned expensive??”
A M12 compact stapler would be a nice addition, there is nothing like that on the market!
Bring manufacturing, at the very least assembly back to USA for select models. Understanding it would not be cost effective to base production at your Corporate USA offices in Brookfield WI due to union labor.
Stanley B&D’s DeWalt brand has began the “Made in USA with Global Components” in Maryland, and even Japan owned Makita assembles some product in Georgia.
It’s bad enough that a beloved former USA brand is now Chinese owned, at least bring something back.
Would a 9ah battery be enough to power a very small compressor for a reasonable amount of time? It would be for a 23 and 18 gauge nailer. That would be sweet. Tiny battery compressor.
1. Fuel m18 mitresaw. 10 inch preferably
2. Sanders m18 : belt sander random orbital etc
3. Nailers m18
4. Fuel table saw. (Hybrid would be icing on the cake)
6. A battery of similar perfornce as the metabo lihd
Few years of work but seems possible looking back at their exponential growth.
I second the hybrid M18 table saw!!
Why the cut in quality of your mid-range tools?
I have more than one brand of battery driven tool. All are different!
How about a battery adapter, to allow battery brand A to work on Brand B tool (assuming same operating voltage).
I can’t afford to buy your brand, because I am LOCKED into other brands!
With a battery adapter, it would be economical to start using your brand!
Stuart might have a better insight about why 12V or 18V LiIon batteries and chargers may be incompatible across different manufacturer’s platforms. It is possibly/probably more than just form factor, contact configuration etc. Aside from the cells one has to ask what electronics are in the battery, what are in the tool and what are in the charger – and how do all these handshake or interface. Maybe everyone does this all differently just to build brand loyalty. Also, if I were a manufacturer providing a warranty on my tool – would I be happy to extend that warranty to user who bought someone else’s batteries? What it came down to for me, when I was buying a single cordless tools replicated 12 or 16 at a time and batteries in bulk – it sure made sense to me to stick with a only 1 or 2 platforms. For us it was Makita 18V and Milwaukee M12 – but that may have had more to do with who offered what at the time we started buying.
I would ask “Do you expect and plan for a general shift toward more use of 12V max tools (at the expense of 18V max use) due to increasing battery power and energy density ratings and (brushless) motor technology (ie efficiency)?”
My hypothesis is that if power, energy density and efficiency are constantly trending upwards, at some point the battery pack can be downsized, and if that reduces cost and weight, there will be motive to it becoming a trend.
My follow up question would be why they released only such a sad little inadequate M12 vacuum when most other niches in M12 have viable options for pro/moderate duty use.
BRUSHLESS M18 HACKZALL
My M18 hackzall goes through batteries pretty quickly, way faster then the sawzall and its just not as powerful. I think utilizing a BRUSHLESS motor the power and run time would make it the perfect saw!!!
Amen preach it!!!!!
My friend’s wife had a suggestion for an M12 line which would serve as quite a comprise for our growing tool collections … but I don’t think it’s suitable for public request…..
That said, my only question: How long until all those new job openings are posted??
OMT tool with some type of adapter maybe
They have an M18 version: https://toolguyd.com/milwaukee-m18-cordless-multi-tool/ . Maybe eventually we will see an M12 OMT too.
An M12 OMT would be great, then they just need a neck massager attachment for it and they’ll have opened up a whole new market! Especially for Andrew’s friend’s wife. :p
They currently have 57 openings posted to Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/vsearch/j?page_num=1&f_C=164989
Question would definitely be when is the M18 SDS-MAX drill with the 9aH battery coming out?
Will Milwaukee Tool ever take a look at the stagehand/roadie/theatrical technician industry? As it stands now, we take tools from different industries and apply it to what we do, instead of finding tools designed just for us. There are a couple of companies now, but they make crap, mainly in material choices and also because there’s no competition.
Even looking at something small, like the new Inkzall paint markers. Stage technicians use those by the box. But I bet Milwaukee didn’t even think of this industry when they made them.
I think and know that MILWAUKEE can reinvent the way stagehands work. Even just a few redesigned products can bring in a huge client base and change the way we work.
Cordless Heat Gun and Cordless Soldering Iron.
A/V installers would love it!
Dyson vacuum … first company to use brushless motor in now working on solid state technology. You can be sure dewalt is working on it too. Bosch brought out limited induction charging and dewalt b and d are working on a induction holster. What is milwaukee working on that is cutting edge technology.
M12 filet knife and food grade quality blades
a portable job site microwave?
How bout a milwaukee fitted hat . like a new era 59fifty .
Dewalt now makes a cordless trimmer. Is Milwaukee devolping one. I have alot of Milwaukee cordless tools and would like to be able to buy a Milwaukee trimmer, and not have to buy a different brand when I already have batteries and a charger that would work with a Milwaukee brand trimmer.
I don’t think Milwaukee has expressed any interest in entering the outdoor power tool market.
You have heard it repeatedly..
Sure blow mold case is nice and snug.. but i have thrown away about 6 of them ..
The dont stack.. if you do stack them they just slide off each other
No storage for all the accessories.. come on now.. you dont own a tool without bits blades guides ect..
Bring back the metal box or a generic plastic box that (even after market box) that stack and can hold the stuff we need to use the tool
.. and a 5 way laser level for m18 batteries would be nice
My question would be why aren’t any of the tools you make made in Milwaukee or anywhere in the USA? You name your company Milwaukee, but all your tools are from China. The second part of my question is why you chose selling out your own to another country for greed instead of providing the jobs for the loyal Americans who founded & built your company into what it is & keeping production in America?
At least according to https://milwaukeetool.jobs/careers, they do make some of their tools in the US.
That said, I’m very sure that whatever they’re making in the US, they’re making a lot more of than they used to with many fewer people. If you want things manufactured in the US, then that manufacturing has to be competitive with things manufactured overseas, and that means a huge amount of automation. Even if tariffs do get imposed, unless Congress decides to outlaw robots/automation, most manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back. Even in China, companies are investing very heavily in automation, because the Chinese working-age population is falling, and their labor costs are going up as well.
How about a cordless palm sander of any type:
Sweet, even though I didn’t post about this, they apparently read my mind.
A urinal auger (they also have a toilet version):
A m18 fuel hackzall would be awesome
are Milwaukee bringing out a plunge saw please
Jordan C Stott
I have thought about buying another brands orbital sander and splicing on a mount for Milwaukee 18v battery. I have everything chordless but the orbital. I find myself needing to use it daily but hold off on finishing projects so I can set up the whole sanding setup. Please develop a orbital with a brushless motor for better performance than the rest. Ill pay more if it can only be developed using other companies patients.
Jordan C Stott
Improve the tape measure. I’ve gone through 2 in a week. The problem is when it retracts it cones back with such speed it tears itself in half within 5″ of the end. I’d say make it wider, no magnets, and maybe less coiled tape so it doesn’t retract with such shearing speed.
My top want list would be lasers & a M18 inflator.
Lasers arent just for the ceiling grid guys anymore…. nearly every trade uses them and the lack of being able to use all my existing batteries has kept me from buying any.
Id like see milwaukee come out with more carpentry oriented cordless power tools. Like a router, belt sander, track saw, etc.
M18 cordless orbital sander/palm sander. I know there is a polishing/sanding tool, but its basically a drill with sanding attatchments. And costs much more than a palm type would. Thanks
Why don’t Milwaukee make a vertical & horizontal line laser to suit the M12 battery? I have ALL Milwaukee gear and LOVE Milwaukee and have their M12 plumb dot laser but can’t find a M12 line laser anywhere. Please make one. Thanks!
A 12v planer… blade need only be 50 mm max.. perfect for interior doors … lightweight and balanced
i wish milwaukee would make a 3 plane line laser using a green laser..
have been waiting for them to do so
how about a M18 dieless crimper for electrical..either a 6ton or a 12 ton
m12 angle grinder
A M12 laser level and a M18 non sliding miter saw.
I would love to know if Milwaukee has or plans to have anything similar to the Stihl TSA 230 Cut-Off Saw. For those of us that use portable handheld cut off saws, Stihl has changed the game with their TSA 230. It is lightweight and very powerful for it’s size. My only wish is that Milwaukee would come out with something similar. As I would rather continue building my Milwaukee tool line up instead of having a bunch of different tools from other companies, different batteries, chargers, etc.
jigsaw brushless m18 fuel
multi tool brushless m18 fuel
A cordless m18 Track saw system, they would sell like hotcakes!
A microwave! Lets getter goin!
M12 sheet metal shears, just enough to take up on a ladder to trim a duct,or opening
If my company bought my Milwaukee tools for me me and I had the money taken out of my check so I own them, then they got stolen, could you give me my serial numbers of the tools I baught?
No? Why would you think that’s something a tool news and review site could do?
Can’t you record the serial numbers when you first receive the tools, and then keep the records digitally in separate places?
There are 2 tools i would love to own from Milwaukee and that would be a cordles drywall power sander, something that runs very similar to the porter cable one. And a cordless forced air propane heater. For the winters in North Dakota!
Milwaukee should make a onsite cordless microwave that takes standard M18 2.0 batteries and or at least the M18 5.0 battery. Not everyone has a microwave in their vehicles. Not everyone likes to bring cold food to work, camping and any other place they plan on traveling too.
Please make a cordless cross beam level lazer that kicks the crap out of dewalts.
Milwaukee m12 green laser
I’m a licensed electrician and we do a lot of work outside and no matter how much we put trash bags over the inpack drills they stop working until they get dry again we had 21 drills fail today and we had to go home because of no working drills can you make a weather proof cover or something on those lines thank you
There are some tools that are IP-rated, but it would indeed be great if Milwaukee came out with something similar that could handle damp or raining conditions!
And 18 V blender would be awesome