Top 5 Tools From Milwaukee NPS17 2017
Instead of writing a long novel on every tool released, we give you our cliff notes version of Milwaukee NPS17 2017. We give you the top 5 tools from Milwaukee NPS17, plus 5 bonus tools. Sure, you can call it top 10, if you like.
Top 5 Tools From Milwaukee NPS17 2017
#5: M12 LED Underhood Light
Number five (5) on our countdown comes from down under, under-hood that is. This is the Milwaukee M12 LED Underhood light, model 2125-20 as the bare tool, and 2125-21XC with the 4.0 XC battery and charger. both the bare tool and the kit include the underhood attachment. This light is currently available, as of June 2017, unlike the rest of the tools we discuss here. We actually wrote about this when announced it here: Milwaukee M12 LED Underhood Light Preview.
With the included underhood attachment, the hooks made of sturdy metal, covered with plastic, and the plastic includes a non-marring surface they call FinshGuard. The M12 LED underhood light includes a Mode button and power button. Pressing the Mode button switches between Low and High. LED light output on High delivers 1350 lumens, while low provides still 600 lumens. Battery output from the 4.0 XC lithium battery provides 4 hours on High and 8 hours on Low. Pricing for the bare tool 2125-20 will be around $199, and around $250 for the kit 2125-21XC (4.0Ah battery and charger).
#4: M12 Soldering Iron
Some tools we anticipate to see at these events, but there are some that just surprise us. The new 2488-21 M12 Soldering Iron from Milwaukee definitely comes out of nowhere, in a good way. Soldering irons can be a pain, just for the fact of placing or sitting them somewhere. They typically don’t stand/sit on their own, so you need either another stand to hold them, or you lay them on something that you don’t mind burning. Not so with the new M12 soldering iron from Milwaukee, it stands on the base of the M12 battery, without issue.
#3: Mechanic Combination Wrenches – Metric and SAE
Back in March, in the Milwaukee Swivel Ratchet Socket Set 12pc Metric and SAE release article, I mentioned then that I thought “Milwaukee Tool has decided to put their hat in the ring with mechanic tools” and that “time will tell”. Time has been told, and NPS17 confirms that Milwaukee is definitely entering the mechanic tool market. The new Combination Wrenches from Milwaukee will be available in both SAE and Metric. With a large body, the wrenches fit nicely into the working hand without biting into the fingers as pressure is applied.
#2: 46″ Tool Box – High Capacity Steel Storage Chest and Cabinet
This 46″ box includes eighteen (18) soft close drawers that are 22″ deep, so more room to put all your stuff. In addition, there are two built-in power strips with USB ports as well. One side included the handles for directing the rolling box where you want, as well as a Milwaukee bottle opener adorns the same side (true to Milwaukee heritage). On the opposite end of the box is a paper-towel holder for easy cleanup of those greasy hands. This box is due to be released in November 2017, and we hope one makes it to the STR shop soon. Price on the 46″ high capacity box is supposed to be “just North of $1,000.”
#1: Best Of Show – M18 FUEL High Torque Impact Wrench
We test the new 2767 M18 High Torque impact on some large fasteners and comparing against the class-leading 1/2″ air impact. The Milwaukee M18 cordless beat it in every way. We have a 1/2″ cordless impact wrench roundup coming up in a few weeks, and we sure hope this makes that show. This model is set for a September 2017 release, and will be available as a bare tool (2767-20) and as a kit (2767-22) with 2 – 5Ah batteries and charger. Price is unknown at this point, but we will be sure to follow-up once we know.
Bonus Tools – Our Choices For 6 – 10
Because of the plethora of tools, we were unable to just keep it at the five (5) best tools from the Milwaukee NPS17 2017. We narrow it down to round out the remaining top ten (10). These may or may not be in a particular order.
These M12 FUEL ratchets are built and intended to replace pneumatic ratchets. Available in 1/4″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ size anvils, the ratchets deliver more than 60 ft-lbs of torque. In addition, the head design is set to be the most compact and allows access to tight spaces. The brushless motor and steel components ensure durability for years of use from the new M12 FUEL ratchets. Coming September 2017.
M12 FUEL Drill and Impact Driver
The new M12 FUEL drill and impact driver have been shortened and improved to deliver more power in a more compact unit. With the M12 FUEL 1/4″ impact driver, you get 20% faster speeds and an industry-leading 1,300 in-lbs of torque. This is in addition to a shorter tool of over one (1) inch, compared to the competition. Now, the new M12 FUEL impact driver includes a 4-mode drive control, including the TEK screw mode.
More than 1-inch has been trimmed from the older version of the M12 FUEL to this 2nd generation. This makes it even more compact, and an excellent choice for tight areas and trades such as mechanics and HVAC. The all metal 1/2″ chuck provides the technicians ability to use larger drill bits as well. The 2nd generation M12 FUEL drill and impact driver will be available in December 2017.
Milwaukee Packout Modular Storage System
M18 FUEL Hackzall
Unless you live under a rock, there is no doubt that Milwaukee not only invented the Sawzall (recip saw), but they also seem to stay on top of the category. Many have long awaited the M18 FUEL version of the one-handed sawzall, dubbed “Hackzall.” The wait is over, it is finally here. The Powerstate brushless motor provides power to the 7/8″ stroke to deliver the fastest cuts in class. The new M18 Hackzall is due out in October 2017.
Milwaukee Cushion Grip Screwdriver Kit
Milwaukee NPS17 2017 Event Conclusion
It seems Milwaukee continues to “disrupt” the tool world with more innovation, and they definitely know how to have fun. Milwaukee NPS17 2017 draws to a close and we check the box for another successful tool trip. Keep your eyes open for all the new releases, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed. We sit and wait, with anticipation for all the great Milwaukee tools to reach our shop.