Milwaukee Hand Tools to Take on Channel Lock & Klein Tools

 

The veil of secrecy has been lifted; Milwaukee Tools has officially announced their second round of hand tools and are very clear in their target of Electricians, HVAC, Plumbers, Mechanical and Maintenance/Repair professionals. In all we counted 18 new tools including various sizes of snips, strippers, pliers and cutters. There is no doubt in our heads, Milwaukee is going right after Klein Tools and Channel Lock to be the tool of choice for professionals. It will certainly be an uphill battle as there are long track records of pros using both these brands but the new Milwaukee tools certainly do make a good argument.

We had the chance to see all of these new tools about a month ago and have actually been using the lineman’s pliers for several weeks now. They are very heavy duty tools but also add some nice features. Most of the pliers get added pipe reamers on the head and some pliers also get them on the handle tips, a common modification we’ve seen to Channel Lock Pliers. These new tools should be available in October, check back under Milwaukee Hand Tools. In the meantime see pictures and specs on each tool below along with the full Milwaukee Press Release.

 
9” 6 in 1 Diagonal Lineman’s Pliers (48-22-3309)
Jaw Length:  1 5/8”
Jaw Capacity:  1”
Knife Length:  13/16”
Bolt Cutter:  #6-32 and #8-32
Pipe Reaming:  Up to 1 ½”


ProPEX®/Tubing Cutter (48-22-4200)

All metal handles for increased durability
1” cut capacity in ProPEX® and rubber tubing
Replaceable blade to extend the life of the tool
Double ground V-shaped blade for sharpness and accuracy
Rework groove for stripping ProPex® couplings


6” 6 in 1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers (48-22-4106)

Jaw Length:  7/8”
Jaw Capacity: 1 ¼”
Pipe Reaming:  Up to 1 ½”

7” 6 in 1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers (48-22-4107)
Jaw Length:  1”
Jaw Capacity: 1 3/8”
Pipe Reaming:  Up to 1 ½”

8” 6 in 1 Diagonal Cutting Pliers (48-22-4108)
Jaw Length:  1 1/8”
Jaw Capacity: 1 5/8”
Pipe Reaming:  Up to 1 ½”

8” Reaming Pliers (48-22-3108)
Jaw Capacity: 1 ½”
Jaw Length:  1 ¼”
Adjustment Positions:  16
Pipe Reaming up to 1 ½”

10” Reaming Pliers (48-22-3110)
Jaw Capacity: 2”
Jaw Length:  1 ½”
Adjustment Positions:  22
Pipe Reaming up to 2”


12” Reaming Pliers (48-22-3112)

Jaw Capacity: 2 ¾”
Jaw Length:  1 ¾”
Adjustment Positions:  26
Pipe Reaming up to 2 ¾”

10” Tongue & Groove Pliers (48-22-3210)
Jaw Capacity: 2”
Jaw Length:  1 3/8”
Adjustment Positions:  7
Pipe Reaming up to 2”


12” Tongue & Groove Pliers (48-22-3212)

Jaw Capacity: 2 ¼”
Jaw Length:  1 ½”
Adjustment Positions:  7
Pipe Reaming up to 2 ¼”


6 in 1 Combination Pliers (48-22-3069)

Solid Wire Stripping 10-18 awg
Stranded Wire Stripping 12-20 awg
Bolt Cutting for #6-32 and #8-32
Pipe reaming up to 1 ½”
Jaw Capacity 1 ½”
Knife Length ½”


6 in 1 Long Nose Pliers (48-22-3068)

Solid Wire Stripping 10-14 awg
Stranded Wire Stripping 12-16 awg
Pipe reaming up to 1 ½”
Jaw Capacity 1 ¾”
Knife Length 11/16”


10” Aviation Snips, Straight Cutting (48-22-4030)

Forged Cutter Head
Integrated Thumb Lock
Cuts up to 18ga Cold Rolled Steel
Cuts up to 22ga Stainless Steel


10” Aviation Snips, Right Cutting (48-22-4020)

Forged Cutter Head
Integrated Thumb Lock
Cuts up to 18ga Cold Rolled Steel
Cuts up to 22ga Stainless Steel


10” Aviation Snips, Left Cutting (48-22-4010)

Forged Cutter Head
Integrated Thumb Lock
Cuts up to 18ga Cold Rolled Steel
Cuts up to 22ga Stainless Steel


10” Bulldog Snips, Straight Cutting (48-22-4000)

Forged Cutter Head
Integrated Thumb Lock
Cuts up to 16ga Cold Rolled Steel
Cuts up to 18ga Stainless Steel


10” Right Angle Snips, Right Cutting (48-22-4021)

Forged Cutter Head
Integrated Thumb Lock
Cuts up to 24ga Cold Rolled Steel
Cuts up to 28ga Stainless Steel


10” Right Angle Snips, Left Cutting (48-22-4011)

Forged Cutter Head
Integrated Thumb Lock
Cuts up to 24ga Cold Rolled Steel
Cuts up to 28ga Stainless Steel

MILWAUKEE, WI – Following the successful launch of their new Hand Tool business in 2010, Milwaukee Tool continues to rapidly expand the tool line with the launch of several new products in October 2011. With a focus on delivering innovative solutions that increase productivity, the new products will fall into three new categories which include Pliers, Snips, and PEX Cutting. Committed to their core user, Milwaukee will incorporate features into each Hand Tool that provide application specific solutions for the Electrical, Mechanical, HVAC, MRO, and Remodeling trades. 

 “We are committed to rapidly grow our new Hand Tool business,” says Tim Albrecht, Director of Marketing – Hand Tools for Milwaukee Tool. “We continue to add more resources to this business unit and further invest in its development. Milwaukee Tool’s approach of understanding our core user’s needs, and then creating new-to-world designs that solve key user problems, has set us apart.

The new hand tools specifically include Quick Adjust Reaming Pliers, Tongue and Groove Pliers, Aviation Snips, and a PEX/Tubing Cutter.  Additionally, Milwaukee will introduce a family of 6 in 1 tools that will reduce the number of Hand Tools needed to complete common applications such as reaming pipe, cutting nails, pulling wire, cutting bolts, and more.  The 6 in 1 tools will be offered as Lineman’s Pliers, Diagonal Cutting Pliers, Combination Wire Pliers, and Long Nose Pliers.

“One example of the advances in Hand Tool design that will set Milwaukee Tool apart is our 6 in 1 Combination Wire Pliers.  These pliers feature a new-to-world design that incorporates all functions of long nose pliers, wire strippers, and reaming/deburring tools,” says Albrecht. “We have replaced three tools in the user’s pouch with one Milwaukee Hand Tool;  creating less weight to haul around, at a better value…a prime example of what we call Disruptive Innovation,” says Albrecht

Backed by Milwaukee’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, each of the new products is drop forged, machined for maximum precision, and treated to resist rust. Durable over-molded grips add comfort and last longer than traditional rubber dipped handles.

Dedicated to delivering advanced solutions to increase productivity, Milwaukee’s Hand Tool category will continue to grow and offer innovative products.
       

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