At the recent 2012 New Product Symposium hosted by Milwaukee Tool, many new tool technologies were on display for attendees, from new heated jackets to dust extractors. Here is a sampling of the products featured at the show.
At the recent 2012 New Product Symposium, Milwaukee Tool President Steven Richman said that the company has become the number-one power tool business in the Americas. “Three things make us different [from the competition],” Richman said. “Outthinking, outperforming, and outpacing.” This month, the company announced the launch of a new line – M12 Fuel – and revolutionary battery sources: Redlithium 2.0 and XC4.0.
2. New batteries
Milwaukee Tool boasts that the new 2.0 and XC4.0 batteries “provide up to 2 times more run-time, 20% more power and over 2 times more recharges than standard lithium-ion batteries.” They also operate in climates below 0°F with fade-free power and are compatible with all M12 and M18 products already on the market.
3. Hands-on testing
At the New Product Symposium, those attending were able to learn about the company’s new lineup of tools and to do some hands-on product testing. There were power tools of all shapes and sizes — some for cutting, others for bolting, and many innovative 12v products that will be released later this year.
The Milwaukee Tool team demonstrated many comparative tests. For example, they compared the new Redlithium 2.0 and XC4.0 battery life in the M18 drill/driver to another brand by having it power up and down, running continually, until the battery died. To keep anonymity, they spray-painted the competitor’s tools gray. When put to the test, the M18 tool ran longer and cooler than the competition. From the side-by-side tests, it was easy to see how Milwaukee Tool finds great pride in developing ways to help the users be more productive and have less downtime.
5. Brushless motor
When testing the new 12v compact tools that will be unveiled in the coming months, it was apparent that Milwaukee Tool is trying to close the gap between 12v and 18Vv The new tools integrate Powerstate brushless motors, Redlink Plus electronic intelligence and Redlithium 2.0 into compact tools that provide durability, run time and performance equal to larger tools. Pictured here is Milwaukee Tool’s brushless motor (red) components compared to a competitor’s motor.