Milwaukee 12V Brushless Tools Review: Milwaukee M12 Gen3 Review
The new generation of Milwaukee 12V brushless tools have been released. They are called the Mil-Spec M12 series. These tools are designed with durability, reliability and safety in mind. The first generation of these tools were made from aluminum and they had some issues with corrosion problems after only a few months of use.
The second generation of these tools was made from stainless steel and they are much better than their predecessors.
In addition to being built tough, the new generation of Milwaukee tools are also very quiet when running at full speed. You will not hear them even if you have a large room nearby! These tools run cool too which means less heat build up inside your tool box and it also makes them easier to keep clean since there is no fan noise to contend with.
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The Milwaukee 12V Brushless Tools are known for having one of the best warranties in the industry. If you ever need to send your tool back for repair or replacement, they will replace any part that breaks within 30 days of receiving it. This warranty extends to all products sold under the Milwaukee brand name including accessories such as batteries and chargers. The best part is that they will repair or replace your tool free of charge even if you are the one that broke it.
The new M12 Gen3 series features 4 tools, a drill, an impact driver, and impact wrench, and an LED flashlight. The flashlight is not your traditional model since it does not require any batteries. Instead, it receives power from the battery of any M12 tool to illuminate dark places. No more replacing batteries or carrying extra flashlights!
The impact driver and drill both come with a 3.0Ah battery while the wrench is paired with a 1.5Ah one. This is not a true reciprocating saw but it has a similar blade that can cut through wood, plastic, and thin sheet metal.
The M12 Gen3 tools require the use of the new M12 Battery Charger (sold separately). The previous M12 Battery Charger cannot be used for these new tools. The first generation of M12 tools can still use the old charger.
The best part about these tools is that they are very affordable, especially when compared to their corded and air-powered counterparts. For example, the average price for an 18V cordless drill is around $100 to $130, whereas the price for the equivalent M12 model is only $70 to $90. This is true for both drills and other types of tools.
The M12 Gen3 series is much quieter than the previous generation, especially when they are running at full speed. One reason for this is the new dimpler design on the drill’s chuck. The old drill would emit a loud screeching noise when drilling through wood because the bit would catch and slip repeatedly. The new drill’s dimples reduce this effect and they also help to cut through softer metals faster.
One disadvantage of these new tools is that they cannot be used with any other brand’s batteries or battery chargers. However, you could just purchase the bare tool, rather than a kit, to save money and only buy Milwaukee M12 batteries. These batteries can be found at most home improvement stores and even some big-box stores.
The M12 Fuel Series are designed to be the next generation in cordless technology so they have some new features that their predecessors did not. Not only do these tools perform better than the M12 Gen2 Series, they also run cooler and are lighter. The coolest feature is Priority+ Charging. This is a smart technology that determines the best way to keep your M12 battery fully charged.
It does this by sending power from the M12 Fuel Battery to the tool or by plugging it in if necessary. This means that you can charge a battery without worrying about overloading or overheating it.
Another advantage of the new Priority+ Charging is the ability to use the battery in another tool without having to wait for it to charge. For example, if you are using the battery in a M12 LED flashlight and you need to drill a hole, you can do so without first waiting for the battery to finish charging. The LED flashlight does not put as much drain on the battery as the drill does so the battery is able to run the drill without overloading or overheating.
The M12 Fuel Series is the most comfortable and ergonomic series Milwaukee has ever produced. The soft grip gives the user extra comfort and control while using these tools all day long. They also run much cooler than their predecessors so there is less risk of burning yourself. This all adds up to more productive work throughout the day.
These are the only models of Milwaukee’s M12 drill that have dust filters. This is a very helpful feature if you work in a job site that has a lot of dust since it will filter out most of the dust that would otherwise get in your tool and clog it.
The M12 Gen3 impact driver works with an 18V battery instead of the new 12V battery. This is because it is a heavy-duty tool that requires more power. It has a lot of torque so it can drive large screws into hard materials like wood and metal. It is also fast enough to work with fasteners like deck screws.
This new impact driver has a very soft grip for increased comfort and control. It is much quieter than previous versions so you can use it without bothering the people around you.
The M12 Gen3 jobsite flashlight has both white light and a spotlight. The white light is created with three LEDs while the spotlight is created with one LED. The runtime for the white light is 2.5 hours while the runtime for the spot beam is 1.5 hours.
The spotlight has a runtime of just 30 minutes so it should only be used in an emergency since replacement bulbs are not available.
The flashlight can be used as a hands-free device thanks to its magnet on the back. You can attach it to metal surfaces and this frees up both of your hands so you can work with both hands instead of having to hold the flashlight in one hand.
The M12 Gen3 jobsite radio is the perfect companion for use in loud workplaces since it blocks out noise and can be heard clearly at much higher volumes than the human ear can handle. It has FM, AM and Weather ( NOAA ) bands so you can listen to your favorite stations all day without having to change the channel.
The Milwaukee M12 Gen3 jobsite radio is also water-resistant so you don’t need to worry about getting it a bit wet on rainy days.
The M12 Gen3 flashlight has three LEDs for the white light and one LED for the spotlight. This flashlight has a runtime of 2.5 hours and can be used as a hands-free device with the help of magnets on the back. Each light is encased by a protective lens to filter out damaging UV rays and prevent glare.
The M12 Gen3 Recip saw has a metal frame to add rigidity and reduce vibrations. The quick-release blade changes let you switch between blades quickly so you don’t need to spend extra time removing and reinserting a blade. It is also compatible with most other blade types.
The M12 Gen3 reciprocating saw has a powerful motor so it can cut through hard and soft woods alike. It has a low blade profile so it can reach tight spaces better than other saws.
The M12 Gen3 rotary tool has a high-performance motor that cuts efficiently without wearing down as quickly. The three-year warranty is twice as long as the warranties for other rotary tools. It is easy to control and has a compact body so it can reach tight spaces better than other tools.
The M12 Gen3 shop vacuum has a metal foot plate so you can stand on it instead of the hose while you work. This improves balance and reduces fatigue since you don’t have to hold the hose in the air while you work. A metal foot plate also prevents crushing the hose. The metal foot plate is detachable for easy storage.
The M12 Gen3 impact driver has a powerful motor that can handle large nuts and bolts. It has an adjustable clutch so you can change the tightening force depending on the material you are working with. It is small and compact so it can reach into tight spaces.
The M12 Gen3 work light has a powerful beam that can light up both close and distant objects. The pivoting head lets you move the beam from a small area to a large area and the magnet on the back allows you to place it on metal surfaces. It has a sturdy handle that you can hold without burning your hand due to the cool running LED bulbs.
The M12 Gen3 radio has a water-resistant casing so you can use it in rainy weather. It runs on batteries so you don’t need to keep it plugged in to power it. The radio has an extended life lithium-ion battery so you can enjoy your favorite stations for a long time. It has a hand strap on the side so you can hold it comfortably for extended periods of time.
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