Well 2017 marked the 10th year of Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposiums and the anticipation was very high. With tool competitors launching technologies with higher voltages, new cells and multiple batteries the expectation was that the red team might have something big to announce but alas no big news on the battery tech. When pressed why they have not gone to 20700 cells for their batteries the general consensus was the cells don’t offer enough performance gain over the 18650. Perhaps holding out for the new 2170 cells but that means at least another year before we might see something.
Tools we didn’t see: M18 track saws, M18 chainsaws, M18 table saws, M18 battery bank power stations or M18 (6”, 7”) grinders. Perhaps these are waiting on the new battery tech to catch up or maybe duel batteriers but certainly something has got to be in the works on these fronts. That being said we did see a ton of very exciting tools and accessories targeting many different trades and users.
Building on a plumbing background, we were probably most impressed by the handful of new M12 & M18 plumbing tools we saw, these were more than me too add-ons they really rethought how some of the existing plumbing tools worked and had some creative ideas on how to solve user issues with cordless solutions. The M12 AirSnake, M18 FUEL DrainSnake and the M18 FUEL Backpack Drum Machines all certainly could become daily used tools for the plumbing