We previously discussed some of the new Milwaukee tools that will be coming out for 2014. Some of those tools will be released in the USA, some might be EU and UK exclusives.
Milwaukee’s annual new product showcase is this week, and while we weren’t able to travel out to the event, plenty news has been coming through Milwaukee’s Twitter feed. More details will follow, but here’s a quick look at the new upcoming tools that have been revealed thus far.
M18 Cordless Hole Hawg – That’s right, a cordless Hole Hawg. This is going to be jaw-dropping news for those that regularly drill large holes in tough materials.
Are there any bounds as to what Milwaukee can do with their Fuel brushless motor technology?!
Check out CopTool’s pic of the new cordless Hole Hawg!
M12 Fuel Brushless Circular Saw – Finally! This is the M12 tool that countless users have been asking for! We had to take a double-take and then a triple-take. Yep, that looks like an M12 circular saw!
M12 and M18 Rapid Charger – Milwaukee’s Six Pack charger is a very convenient way to charge multiple M18 battery packs without having to babysit your chargers, but users wanted more. Users wanted quicker charging times and M12 charging ports. The new Rapid Charger has 3 M12 ports and 3 M18 ports, and word has it that it can charge 6 batteries in as little as 74 minutes. It has a similar form factor as the Six Pack charger we previously reviewed.
It looks like the new charger offers simultaneous charging of 2 or even 3 batteries at a time, and accelerated charging, hence the Rapid Charger designation.
M18 Cordless Metal Shears – There will be new nibblers and shears that look to be designed primarily for HVAC applications.
M18 Fuel Full-Size (7-1/4″) Cordless Circular Saw – We already mentioned this in our previous 2014 new tool sneak preview, but it’s nice to see this confirmed for USA release.
M18 5.0Ah Li-ion Battery Pack – This is no surprise, seeing as how several competitors are already building their battery packs with the latest high capacity Li-ion cells, but it’s still welcome news.
M12 and M18 LED Lanterns – The new lanterns offer broad lighting and 4000K “TrueView” color temperature.
More Hand Tools! – So far we spotted new aviation snips, an HVAC sheet metal seamer, precision screwdrivers, a hammer tacker, a stapler, and new tape measures that are wider and more stable.
Here are what some of the new tools look like, from our buddies at HomeFixated: precision screwdrivers, tape measures, speed seamer, long aviation snips,
New Inkzall Markers – Milwaukee is adding to the original Inkzall markers with new red, green, and blue color options.
M18 Right Angle Impact Driver – The new RA impact has a very teeny tiny low-profile head that’s sure to please contractors, cabinetry installers, and others that work in tight areas.
M18 Right Angle 3/8″ Impact Wrench – It looks like there will also be a 3/8″ right angle impact wrench that techs are sure to love. Features include two speeds and an adjustable head for easier access.
Image via Vehicle Service Pros
Adjustable Hole Cutter with Debris Shield – The new accessory is aimed at tradesmen who often have to change accessories or saw sizes when drilling holes overhead for lighting and other types of fixtures.
Tool Pouches and Backpack – We LOVE the new Milwaukee tool box and tool tote, and are pretty excited to see Milwaukee venture deeper into the tool storage and organizer market!
Electrician pouch pic via Electrical Business
Milwaukee Mechanic’s-Style Ball Bearing Tool Storage System – Dewalt’s not the only power tool brand venturing into the ball bearing tool storage combo market! Dewalt’s ball bearing tool boxes aren’t that impressive (I finally demoed one at the local Home Depot), but hopefully Milwaukee’s will deliver a better user experience.
Sneak peek pic via Vehicle Service Pros
Small Parts Organizer – The ball bearing tool storage combo isn’t the only new entry into the tool storage market! The teaser pic also shows a 12-compartment portable parts organizer.
8-in-1 Stubby Multi-Bit Driver – If priced right, this stubby driver could become a tool box must-have. There will also be a slightly longer ratcheting version.
Teaser via Vehicle Service Pros
M18 LED Stick Light – Milwaukee’s M12 LED stick light is bright, versatile, and very well designed. The M18 version looks similar, but likely offers much greater runtime.
Check out Milwaukee’s Twitter page and NPS14 (new product showcase 2014) Twitter search filter for more teasers and first looks until more information is made available.
All of the tools listed above were shown at the USA new product showcase, which removes any doubt as to their USA availability.
Also check out our previous 2014 new Milwaukee Tools Preview!
As a reminder, not all of the previously teased-about tools have been announced or revealed in the USA yet. Since those tools were seen in Milwaukee’s UK catalog, there’s no guarantee that they will all debut in the USA at the same time or later date.
I’m gonna be broke…..
Milwaukee, shut up and take my money!
Makita still has a bigger 18V lineup, and Dewalt has the only real cordless brad nailer, but I am not regretting the switch to M12 and M18 one bit. I just picked up the M12 right angle drill, and it is more powerful than I though it would be. The Fuel M18 impacts I own are unstoppable.
True, but bigger doesn’t always mean better. A lot of their cordless offerings have also become long in the tooth. Some new models have come out, but Makita has been very slow to respond to competitors’ developments.
For instance, Bosch, Dewalt, and Milwaukee 18V 5.0Ah batteries have already hit the market or will be available shortly. Makita’s 4.0Ah batteries were announced for the USA market, but you still cannot buy them!
Makita had a lead with their brushless innovations, but they lost a lot of their edge to Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Bosch.
It’s a shame that Makita has fallen behind on brushless and an even bigger shame that Dewalt’s selection (both 12V and 20V) is still relatively small, especially in light of the fact that they:
1. Could easily create 20V versions of many of their 18V line tools.
2. Have the tremendous capital of Stanley/Black and Decker (perhaps the biggest tool maker in the world) available for development.
Going back to Makita though, I am a big fan of their 18VX2 line (36V power in a more affordable package), and I hope that other manufacturers catch on to this great idea. Brushless motors provide a lot of extra oomph, but nothing can touch the potential of 36-40V.
Milwaukee is already claiming superior (to corded) power from 18V brushless tools.
While I am not too sure about that, at the level of 36V brushless power, there is a clear potential advantage over corded.
The triumph of battery power over 120V AC, when you think about it, is a simple inevitability. The max amperage and voltage that one can get out of an outlet is a fixed standard, but with cordless tools, that design constraint is gone.
AC power might pose aome constraints, but battery-powered tools have other limitations. Today’s innovations are driven by market needs and demands, and not AC power ceilings, and keep in mind that the Li-ion cells used in power tool battery packs do have current draw limits.
I have a double set of Makita that is slowly being pushed to the side because of TTI tools taking their place. For all driving I use impact drivers rather than drills. We had 2 single speed makitas and 2 single speed milwaukees driving cortex fasteners through Azek. No matter the operator the Milwaukee beat the makita by over 20%. Now I have the newer fuel Milwaukees with transmissions. The performance across the board is better with milwaukee except one essential tool. I have an older 3 speed Makita Hammer drill. It is heavier but it is also sturdier and a go to tool for concrete.
Is there a pic of the M18 Right Angle Impact Driver?
That’s the one I’m most interested in.
Here’s a pick of the 3/8″ impact wrench by Vehicle Service Pros – https://twitter.com/VehicleSrvcPros/status/499663008998912000/photo/1 .
Ridiculously low-profile. It’s possible torque was sacrificed to accomplish this, but that’s typically true for all right angle tools.
Pretty soon they’ll release Milwaukee TP! Toilet paper that won’t let you down on the job, no matter the location!
Where the He77 is Dewalt with their revamp to brushless! These other companies are making them look like chumps.
My needs and wants as an old retired guy are getting more modest every day – but wow – these guys seem to want to capture more market share with both mainstream and niche tools. The M18 cordless super hole hawg will undoubtedly be something my old compatriots will need to try out. As their fleet of Makita LXT tools are aging – this tool alone may be a reason to start a transition.
The tool chest looks a lot like the DeWalt one. After pulling up pictures of both of them, I can spot enough little differences that they’re probably not made by the same supplier, but they’re still strikingly similar. At any rate, it’s an odd category for Milwaukee to enter; DeWalt at least sells mechanic’s hand tools.
Likewise, I wonder if the stubby bit driver has any relation to Picquic and their Teeny Turner.
Erh. Mah. Gerd.
So much awesome.
12v circular saw with 2″ capability… I would say goodbye to 18v, but a 7 1/4″ circular, hole hog, miter saw, and shears… and a backpack!!!! Im gonna sell the rest, its all red for me!!!!!!!
The only tool that looks unique is the m18 hole hawg, and I’d be surprised to see a tool like that work like the corded version, but hey crazier things have been done. And to say Makita is long in the tooth, well Stuart, since many of these tools have been out, in the line I’m invested in, for years, I guess it is old news to many of us. Metal Shears Check, Right angle impact 1/4″ and 3/8″ Check, 7-1/4″ Circ Saw Check (and much stronger), Rapid Charger Check. You say its about 5.0ah batteries, but many companies have only announced and yet to release.
Has there been a head-to-toe ad comparison of the full size circular saws yet? How many of the Makita 4.0 amp hr. batteries do you own? I haven’t been able to get any through my dealer yet.
Makita has been coming out with some neat innovations lately, but they’re slipping way behind other brands when it comes to core offerings. By the time they respond to new Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Bosch developments, it will probably be too late for them to grab a sizable chunk of market share.
Core offerings like Bosch, Dewlat, and Milwaukee…What core offerings do you want? I read your blog and others. Drill, impact, and circ-saw is what makes up core tools right? Makita has the strongest drill coming, strongest circ-saw, and a brushless impact thats up there. Then add in all the other tools, whats missing?
I was impressed with DeWalt’s ball-bearing tool storage. What didn’t you like about it? Had I not just bought a US General Pro model from Harbor Freight over the holidays, I’d own one…I wish I had waited 6 months.
The bottom draw has double drawers slides, but only opens halfway. I don’t think I could ever use ball bearing storage products that aren’t completely built with full-extension slides from top to bottom. The other drawers opened and closed alright, but the combo wasn’t anything special.
The Dewalt bottom roller cabinet big 200lb drawer opens halfway to maintain 200lb capacity and stability but can be fully extended but releasing two small clips on each side then its FULL-EXTENSION. The two small clips can be eliminated to open full-extension anytime all-the-time.
Looks like a awesome year for Milwaukee. Now they just need to make a m18 framing nailer and m12 right angle impact wrench.
A 12v angle grinder/cutoff would be amazing!!!
I agree! Now that they are releasing a 12v circular saw I’ll need something new to wish for.
Yes, I agree, that’s the one I want as well.
And I already handed Milwaukee about 700 bucks in the last couple days.
These are great, especially the larger m12 fuel circ that was a surprise as well as the hole hawg. Rotary hammers I was just waiting for kinda surprised they did m12 first but figured big 18 would come.
My list of “wants” that weren’t announced:
-framer, roofer, finish, brad to replace dying units
-12 gallon shopvac with plug in/charger option like the radio. attachments to hook onto grinder/circ/hammerdrill
-m12 right angle impact
utility lights (i.e. roll cages, tripods or stands and all that)
pretty much all fuel of course.
Wow! Milwaukee is coming out with a lot of tools…BUT, I’m still left with a sour taste in my mouth with the m18 fuel drill after taking mine apart….they seem to be cutting corners all over the place in my opinion….
Take for example, the m18 fuel drill does not even have a full metal transmission even thought from the outside it looks like it does…
…. deception does not sit well with me….my dewalt drills are all full metal transmissions….
Though I may feel excited about their tools a little bit (dewalt fan) their “cutting corners” does not sit well with me. The fact is in the image…plastic case transmission that is old school…plastic VS metal?…lol
Here is the transmission taken fully apart.
One thing I would like to see is DC only charger that does both the M12 and M18 batteries. Considering the tools are aimed at tradie’s etc, I feel this is a bit of an omission on Milwaukee’s part.
On some job sites mains power is not always readily or easily available but nearly all of us use a vehicle to get there. A very convenient power source.
Even their sister company Ryobi sells one.
P.S. I am aware that in the USA that they do sell ac/dc combo chargers separately for the two battery voltages but that is of little use to those of us in other Countries.
Glenn- You could always just use an inverter. Milwaukee’s charger literature says it’s ok. I plug my charger in to my inverter in my truck all the time.
Thanks, yes that’s what we are going to do. Buy a pure sine wave inverter and use extra mains chargers.
Just another thing to buy though. Plus I don’t really like having 240v in the car.