After putting a few thoughts about potential late-2014 new tool releases on paper, I did what I normally do this time of year – I scoured the web for new or updated sales and promo flyers and catalogs. These documents typically feature tools that are about to be released.
Earlier this month, Milwaukee UK published the July – December 2014 edition of their HDN Heavy Duty News newsletter. There are a LOT of surprises in there. Since that’s a UK publication, there’s no indication that any of these new tools will be released in the USA.
After reading through the list, be sure to let us know which new Milwaukee tools you are most excited about! For me, it’s definitely the M18 cordless miter saw, and the M12 4-in-1 drill and driver kit would be second.
Milwaukee DynaCase Tool Boxes
It’s really vague as to what Milwaukee’s DynaCase tool boxes are all about. At first glance it seems this could be the start of a line of Milwaukee-branded modular tool storage products, but that doesn’t look to be the case.
There are several different DynaCase configurations that can be rebranded under Milwaukee and other brands’ labels. Right now it looks as though only very few select kits are available with a DynaCase bundle option.
You can buy these boxes separately, but not with Milwaukee branding or custom tool cutouts.
M12 Fuel Brushless 1/2″ Impact Wrench
The new compact 1/2″ impact wrench delivers up to 118 ft-lbs (1416 in-lbs) of torque. This is on-par and even greater than what some compact impact drivers and wrenches can muster!
As with the other M12 Fuel tools, such as the M12 brushless impact driver we reviewed, the new impact wrench has two electronic torque and speed settings – full power for larger fasteners, and low power for smaller ones.
UK/EU model M12 CIW12-202C.
M12 Sub-Compact 1/2″ Impact Wrench
In addition to the aforementioned M12 Fuel impact wrench, there will be a new brushed motor 1/2″ sub-compact impact as well. It measures just 6-3/4″ long and delivers up to ~102 ft-lbs (~1221 in-lbs)of torque.
UK/EU model M12 BIW12-202C.
M18 Fuel Brushless Full-Size Circular Saw
That’s right, Milwaukee is coming out with a new full-sized brushless circular saw that can work with 7-1/4″ blades. It’s described as working with 190mm blades, but is shown with a 7-1/4″ blade. There might be two versions – one for the EU market, and another for North America.
In contrast to the 6-1/2″ M18 Fuel brushless circular saw, which is a left-facing saw, the new full-size saw is right-facing, which is similar to what you see with most corded 7-1/4″ saws.
The blade spins at 5,000 RPM, and the saw is said to be able to make cuts up to 66mm, or about 2.6″ deep. The 6-1/2″ saw can make cuts up to ~2.1″ deep.
The saw also features a dust collection port which directs debris away from the user.
UK/EU model M18 CCS66-402C
M18 Cordless Miter Saw
Oh, that’s right – Milwaukee’s coming out with a new M18 cordless miter saw. Right now it’s only been announced in the UK, but this is something we definitely want to see here in the US.
The new M18 cordless miter saw does not look to have Fuel branding, meaning it’s not brushless. It’s designed to work with 8.5″ (216 mm) blades, and has a maximum cutting capacity of ~2.36″ deep x ~10.63″ wide (60 mm x 270 mm) at 90° and no bevel.
The miter saw features dual vertical steel rails with linear bearings for accuracy and durability. This sliding configuration is shown in the action image, and explains why the trigger handle is so long. Milwaukee says that their cordless miter saw is the first 18V integral bar 216mm [8.5″] miter saw.
I’m more familiar with sliding miter saws that have horizontal rails or compound pivots, but can see the appeal of the vertical rail system. The rail configuration looks to help make the saw more compact, which is probably also why Milwaukee went with a 8.5″ blade size instead of 10″.
Although a little pricey at £399 excluding VAT, the new saw will definitely be appreciated by the increasingly cordless-friendly users.
UK/EU model M18 SMS216-0
M18 Fuel SDS+ Rotary Hammer and Dust Extractor
There will be two new SDS+ rotary hammers, and two dust extractors that seem to be specific to those two models.
Fuel SDS+ Rotary Hammer: M18 CHX-402C; Compatible Extractor: M18 CDEX-0
Fuel SDS+ High Performance Rotary Hammer: M18 CHPX-402C; Compatible Extractor: M18 CPDEX-0
The M18 Fuel SDS+ rotary hammer delivers 2.7 J of impact energy and has a max drilling capacity of 26 mm. The high performance model delivers 4.3 J of impact energy, which Milwaukee describes as corded tool performance, and has a max drilling capacity of 28 mm.
The dust extractors work similarly and can operate automatically from attached tools’ on/off trigger switches. They come complete with replaceable HEPA filters that trap 99.75% of dust particles.
Corded SDS+ Rotary Hammer
There will also be a new corded SDS+ rotary hammer that features 28 mm drilling capacity, FIXTEC adapter, a 12mm (1/2″) all-metal Rohm chuck, and 4.8 J impact energy.
UK/EU model PLH 28XE
Dust Extractor Vacuum
The new wet/dry dust extractor vac features a 1250 W motor, automatic power switch that turns on when an attached corded tools is powered on, 25L tank, blower function, and self-cleaning filter cleaning mechanism. It has large rear wheels for easier mobility and comes with a nice array of attachments (2 extension wands, an angled wand, a floor nozzle, crevice nozzle, and power tool connection adapters.
The hose is 3.5 m (11.5 ft) long, and the rubber power cord is 7.5 m (24.6 ft) long. It comes with a PET filter and replaceable collection bag.
UK/EU model AS 2-250 ELCP
Modular M12 4-in-1 Drill Driver Kit
There’s a new 4-in-1 M12 drill and driver kit that’s currently listed as a promotion with while stocks last disclaimer, so we’re not sure if this is a permanent addition to the Milwaukee M12 lineup. It could be that the two “extra heads” are what make this a promo kit.
The 4-in-1 M12 drill features a basic drill/driver handle, but comes with modular attachment heads. Without any additional heads it works as a cordless screwdriver and is compatible with standard 1/4″ hex bits. Attach the 10mm (~3/8″) drill chuck, and it can be used as a regular drill.
The special kit also comes with offset and right angle attachment heads.
I have seen modular drills and drivers before (such as the Festool CXS compact drill system), and am a little surprised that Milwaukee gave this type of design a try. I suppose that could be why this is a limited stock promotion item (for now?).
UK/EU model M12 BDDXKIT-202C
1/4″ Sheet Sander
The new sheet sander features a 1/4″ sheet sanding pad, 260W motor, 1.6mm oscillating movement, dust collection bag and built-in vacuum extractor connection port, and a 4 m (~13 ft) power cord. Its 1/4″ sheet pad can secure sandpaper via hook and loop or the built-in clamping system.
I can’t say I have ever used one of Milwaukee’s sanders, but they seem to be well regarded by users. It’s always nice to see a refresh of corded tools. After taking a quick look at their current 1/4″ sander, it looks like this one could be a completely new design.
UK/EU model SPS140
Source(PDF via Milwaukee UK)