PeterP, our winner in last month’s Milwaukee V18 Giveaway, received his combo kit last week and took a little time to drop us a line with some pictures and his take on Milwaukee’s new line:
“These things are solid. The shipping weight was almost 40 pounds. The tools themselves come in a sturdy plastic box, with plenty of storage for extra blades, so it should be nice if you have to travel to a job site.
“The battery charger is pretty beefy, so you don’t need to be gentle with it. I think nothing short of a large truck hitting it would cause it to fall off your workbench/shelves/wherever you put it. The batteries are pretty slick as well. They have an integrated charge meter so you don’t have to constantly guess when you are about to run out of power. It comes with two (although since the manual says to charge them overnight before use, so there is the brief anguish of new tools you can’t use sitting in your garage).”
Read past the jump for more from Peter and some great pictures of the full kit as shipped.
“The drill comes with a side handle, which is required because it has more torque than a Hemi. I put some test screws into a pressure treated 4×4 and it never even slowed down. There are numerous settings (drill/screw/hammer). There’s some peg board that I need to hang up on a brick wall, so I’m looking forward to giving the hammer part a workout.
“The circular saw is, in short, a beast. I have owned corded saws that were not this nice. It also comes with a blade, which never hurts.
“The flashlight…casts light? It does come with integrated belt clips, which is nice if you have thier belt clip accesory already.
“The reciprocating saw is also very nice, pretty well balanced, and comes with several blades out of the box. Again, there are some projects coming up where I will need to cut some steel, so I’m looking forward to giving it a workout.
“All in all, i’m really impressed with these tools. Thanks, Toolmonger, for pimping my garage.”
You’re welcome, Peter, and thanks for sharing! Our thanks also goes out to Milwaukee for providing this great prize for our readers.
Don’t forget — your comments this month enter you to win an XLi Lithium-Ion Combo Kit from RIDGID. We’ll draw a winner October 1st.