Milwaukee just announced that they will be launching a new line of electrical hand tools in April. The new line includes an 11 in 1 multi-tip screwdriver, a Fastback utility knife, a side sliding utility knife, and a rasping jab saw. Milwaukee promises that “additional innovative tools” will follow later in the year.
Milwaukee 11 in 1 Multi-Bit Screwdriver
The new screwdriver comes with 9 of Milwaukee’s patented ECX bits that prevent tool wear from hardened screws. These ECX bits are designed to be more durable than conventional bits when fastening specialty screws found in electrical boxes, outlets, and other typical jobsite fixtures.
The new 11 in 1 driver also features an integrated wire stripper and wire bending hole, which Milwaukee says will reduce the time tradesmen spend digging in their tool bag looking for the right tool.
Milwaukee Fastback Utility Knife & Sliding Utility Knife
Milwaukee’s new Fastback lockback knife has definitely attracted our attention. The Fastback features one-handed blade opening, tool-free blade change, an integrated gut hook and wire stripper, and a thin body design to make the knife more comfortable to carry.
The new sliding utility knife, while not as impressive sounding as the Fastback, features a side sliding mechanism instead of a “cumbersome” top button. Other features include a tool-free blade change, an integrated wire stripper, on-board blade storage, and a rubber over mold for increased comfort and grip.
Milwaukee Rasping Jab Saw
This new jab saw utilizes grating holes along the back of the blade to rapidly expand holes or smooth rough cut edges in sheetrock after a cut has been made. To enable the saw to be used in this manner, Milwaukee developed a new 6″ blade that they are calling the most durable plaster/drywall blade on the market.
The new Rasping Jab Saw does not include an integrated wire stripper, wire bender, or on-board bit or blade storage. This also isn’t Milwaukee’s only jab saw – their Quik Lok saw has been available for a while, and has received quite a few positive reviews.
Did you see what we did with the title? Get it? Cordless? Well, they are! Anyways, I wonder what other types of tools are awaiting release. Hammers? Shears? Cutters and Pliers? I think that pliers would fit in well with the electrical tool theme of the initial launch. Please free to leave a comment with your own best guess.