Tools of the Trade: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp For The KB Electric Men
This week, I’ve decided to ask the technicians at KB Electric LLC what brand of tools they use on the job and why. And hey, if the company we use reaches out to us and gives us some free products for giving them a shout-out, we are all for it!
But the main reason I’m blogging about them is to keep our customers and potential customers informed about the brand we trust most to get our jobs done right the first time. To my surprise, all of our guys use the Milwaukee brand. So I also decided to do a little bit of research about the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation to get to know the company behind the brand we use in the field. Let’s get right to it!
About Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
First and foremost, the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. is an American-based company since 1924. It all started at the close of World War I when Henry Ford needed a fabricator to create a light-weight power drill. He went to a man by the name of A.H. Petersen who invented the Hole-Shooter. It was the first drill that was light enough to use with one hand, weighing in at only 5 pounds. After a tragic fire destroyed Petersen’s facility, his business partner Albert F. Siebert re-opened it as Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. after buying the remaining assets at auction. During Milwaukee’s beginning years, they applied Navy standards to all of their portable tools and began manufacturing tools for military and Navy personnel. Milwaukee began producing tools for World War II as well when demand was high.
By 1951, Milwaukee introduced their infamous Sawzall® Reciprocating Saw. This was the first portable hacksaw to have a reciprocating mechanism. Since the unveiling of the Sawzall®, they’ve been revolutionizing the tool industry. In 2008, Milwaukee created Ice Hardened™ technology, a cryogenic hardening process enabling their accessories to last up to 50% longer than the competitors.
Milwaukee has many facilities throughout Wisconsin and Mississippi that manufacture their corded SawZall and blades, LED lights, drills, and a slew of other things
The tool industry as a whole likes to lean more towards cheaper labor out of America, as with many other industries. That said, most of Milwaukee’s other tools like their cordless power drills and saws are not made here in the US.
That being said, what I’ve read so far is that Milwaukee is also planning to expand into Cookeville, TN, as well as opening a new facility in West Bend, WI. The West Bend location will be for tools for electricians, plumbing and mechanical trades, and utility linemen. In 2020 alone, they’ve invested over $100 million and created 350 new jobs right here in the US! Hopefully we will see more of this in the years to come.
M12 and M18 Power Tools
Milwaukee is known for their M12 and M18 cordless power tools. In our field of work, the techs at KB use both. Our big drills and saw/cutting tools are the M18s. The M12s work well for our hand drills.
The main difference between the M12 and M18 tools: power. M12 power tools use 12v, and the M18 use 18v. The M12 power tools are lighter and more portable. M18s are well known for their higher operating power, long run time, and durability. There are over 100 tools in the M12 system, and over 200 tools in the M18 system.
KB Electric LLC’s Favorite Milwaukee Tool
All of our technicians say the best Milwaukee tool on the job is the M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Oscillating Multi-Tool pictured below. Our newest man on our team, Mason Kent says it’s because it’s a beast. Our technician Darren says you can cut literally everything with it: cut outs for boxes, making cuts to install recessed lights, etc.
The “Ozzy” as the guys call it, uses an M18 REDLITHIUM battery with a 40% more run time. Milwaukee claims this tool is 50% faster and does twice as many cuts per charge than the competitors. It’s got a built-in LED light, and it’s motor delivers 11,000 OPM to 18,000 OPM. This tool can cut through different types of material from metal to large cuts of hardwoods. It also comes equipped with a 12-setting dial for varying speeds dependent on your specific job.
Why The Men At KB Electric LLC Prefer Milwaukee Over The Other Guys
KB Electric LLC has been in business since 2004. The technicians in the field didn’t always use the Milwaukee brand though. In fact, our technician/installer, Brian Hughes informed me that all of our guys have been using Milwaukee since probably around 2017. Before then, the guys used a variety of brands, mainly Craftsman, Dewalt, and Bosch. When I asked Brian why he preferred Milwaukee, he said:
“Oh man, we started with Craftsman & Dewalt. Batteries died too quick and would literally fall out over time. Bosch impact drill wasn’t too bad. Batteries last longer, drills are more powerful (Milwaukee). And they replace products no questions asked. They are a Godsend!”