I just arrived home from Milwaukee’s 2015 New Tool Show. They call it a New Product Symposium, it’s technically considered a Media Event, and I’m calling it a New Tool Show.
And what a show it was. Milwaukee put a LOT of time and effort into the event, and it showed. This was my first Milwaukee event in 3 years (I couldn’t make it to the last couple of events), and I had a fantastic time.
The best part of the event was having access to product managers and team leaders who were a pleasure to chat with. They’re very friendly, but also open. The insight they readily share is just amazing, and often their passion for the products they developed shine through in their words.
It’s going to take me quite a bit of time to put detailed coverage up, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here are 15 purposefully selected photos for your enjoyment.
Wow, that’s a lot of M18 cordless power tools.
And, oh my, that’s a lot of M12 cordless power tools.
This is just one of very many sets that Milwaukee teams put up in the expo center. It’s amazing the amount of effort that went into setting everything up for us. And yes, there were a lot of red lights. Even the fluorescent lights in a main hallway had red tinting panels.
Coming soon: Milwaukee EDC folding pocket knives! I believe this one will be built with D2 tool steel, which is a very tough and wear-resistant alloy. These are prototypes that will be tweaked further before the final designs are ready, but I was impressed and can’t wait to get my hands on production models.
The new Milwaukee adjustable wrench, with 6 engagement threads, passed the “rattle test” with high marks.
How old do you think this Empire level is?
The torpedo level was invented by Empire in 1935, but surely these levels aren’t that old. Right?
This is the first-ever hole I drilled with a magnetic drill and annular cutter. The curly shavings were cleared away before I thought to take a picture.
Speaking of mag drills, here’s Associate Product Manager Brian Alves hanging from an I-Beam. The mag drill has 1600 lbs of holding power and didn’t budge at all.
You know what I was happy to see? That safety tether. No cut corners with the set designs, at all. They thought of everything!
Can you guess what this is? It’s the camera module tip of a new inspection scope that’s coming out. It has a handle-mounted control that lets you wiggle and flex the camera back and forth!!
This is a sneak peek of the new impact driver anvil design.
Olympic torch? Torture device? Nope, large diameter masonry drill bit.
You don’t even want to know how much a runtime testing setup like this costs. That small silver box contains a torque meter, and the black box probably has a high-powered magnetic brake to apply consistent loading.
The heatsink on an upcoming Milwaukee LED worklight is just insane.
Speaking of worklights, Milwaukee product managers mangled some steel-tripod-legged halogen worklights to make a point.
That’s it for now, hopefully this whetted your appetite for more. And if you feel teased, keep in mind that the choice was between a teaser or nothing at all.