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HiltiWpg    511

There is a section dedicated to Milwaukee and several discussions on people's opinions and preferences.
I would suggest searching those before posting.


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jkeating3    63

They are good big box store tools, like Dewalt and Makita. On average, they are on par with those two. They do cordless lighting better than just about everyone but that's really the only category they clearly lead in the 18/20v arena; maybe in reciprocating saws as well. They are good about putting rafter hooks on stuff if that matters to you.

 

They do 10.8/12v better than just about every one else though.

 

I am in the m12 system and it's pretty good, but I do not like most m18 tools I have tried. That is totally preference though. Your mileage may vary.

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fm2176    124

I've never been there.  Maybe one day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously, though, a lot of American tool users and enthusiasts seem to go for either Milwaukee or DeWalt, with Makita and Bosch trailing those two in terms of popularity.  You have only to walk into Home Depot to see how the first two brands have taken over so much of the tool section, to include hand tools like hammers and tape measures.

 

I'm a DeWalt fan but do own a few Fuel tools (d-handle rotary hammer, high torque impact, circular saw).  Those tools are all very good, and had I bought those before spending thousands for yellow tools I might be a Milwaukee guy instead.  

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JimboS1ice    7,712

Great town, check out the zoo and Miller brewery and if the brewers are in town check out Miller park it's a nice place too

 

 

Or did you mean the tool company? Be specific and you'll get some good answers

 

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Dano123    521

I have a lot of Milwaukee tools and I love them. I gave my dad a few Milwaukee tools and got him started in their line, but he has had a few issues and is losing faith. I use my tools at work weekly and have only had 1 issue where I had to return my One Key hammer drill under warranty (they were outstanding during that process too). He uses his tools monthly at best for home repairs and currently has a bad 4.0 M18 battery, a bad trigger in a M12 fuel drill and now the M18 brushed hammer drill I gave him is making a nasty noise in the chuck.  I am going to send the tools in for him as they are both under warranty and check on the battery.

 

Long story short, no matter what brand you research you will find someone who loves them and someone ready to give up on them.  Figure out which tools you need, how often you will use them, any that you may want to pickup down the road, a budget and see which brand makes sense. Milwaukee, Dewalt, Bosch and Makita are all comparable brands for regular use tools. If you are only going to use your tools occasionally check out Ryobi, Ridgid or Porter Cable. 

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khariV    698
56 minutes ago, Dano123 said:

Long story short, no matter what brand you research you will find someone who loves them and someone ready to give up on them.  Figure out which tools you need, how often you will use them, any that you may want to pickup down the road, a budget and see which brand makes sense. Milwaukee, Dewalt, Bosch and Makita are all comparable brands for regular use tools. If you are only going to use your tools occasionally check out Ryobi, Ridgid or Porter Cable. 

 

This.

 

When I was starting out, what made the difference for me was the 5 year warranty that Milwaukee offers and their eRepair program where they pay for shipping both ways.  I got burned in the past buying a bosch drill and having it crap out after a year and a half of sitting on the shelf in the garage only to find out it only had a 1 year warranty.

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Dano123    521

I agree, Milwaukee has one of the best warranty programs for sure. They will also warranty tools without a receipt based on the build date. Ridgid has a lifetime warranty, but you have to follow every step to qualify.

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KnarlyCarl    5,003
51 minutes ago, Dano123 said:

I agree, Milwaukee has one of the best warranty programs for sure. They will also warranty tools without a receipt based on the build date. Ridgid has a lifetime warranty, but you have to follow every step to qualify.

Not from personal experience, but doesn't Hilti really have the best warranty? Food for thought.

 

My experience with Milwaukee is because they have my trade requirements fulfilled more than i ever could have asked for, with specific tools that no one else has, so it's a no brainer to use their platform and grow with their tools, which I really do like. I have, however, wandered into Ryobi and Makita for the same reason i'm with milwaukee, in that they make specific tools no one else does. 

Honestly, I've had great success with dozens and dozens of milwaukee tools, and there's no way i would switch brands just because of one different feature or 5% more power than my milwaukee drills or something. 

Great brand, great warranty, no complaints.

 

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BMack37    3,798
On 8/5/2017 at 2:08 PM, KnarlyCarl said:

Not from personal experience, but doesn't Hilti really have the best warranty? Food for thought.

 

My experience with Milwaukee is because they have my trade requirements fulfilled more than i ever could have asked for, with specific tools that no one else has, so it's a no brainer to use their platform and grow with their tools, which I really do like. I have, however, wandered into Ryobi and Makita for the same reason i'm with milwaukee, in that they make specific tools no one else does. 

Honestly, I've had great success with dozens and dozens of milwaukee tools, and there's no way i would switch brands just because of one different feature or 5% more power than my milwaukee drills or something. 

Great brand, great warranty, no complaints.

 

 

Kind of a different animal there though.

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Dano123    521
On 8/5/2017 at 2:08 PM, KnarlyCarl said:

Not from personal experience, but doesn't Hilti really have the best warranty? Food for thought.

 

My experience with Milwaukee is because they have my trade requirements fulfilled more than i ever could have asked for, with specific tools that no one else has, so it's a no brainer to use their platform and grow with their tools, which I really do like. I have, however, wandered into Ryobi and Makita for the same reason i'm with milwaukee, in that they make specific tools no one else does. 

Honestly, I've had great success with dozens and dozens of milwaukee tools, and there's no way i would switch brands just because of one different feature or 5% more power than my milwaukee drills or something. 

Great brand, great warranty, no complaints.

 

I have heard Hilti has a great warranty too.

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calidecks    4
Great town, check out the zoo and Miller brewery and if the brewers are in town check out Miller park it's a nice place too
 
 
Or did you mean the tool company? Be specific and you'll get some good answers
 
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Pretty sure the post title says tools. And we are on a tool forum so it could be assumed he was talking about tools and not a town. Just say'n.:rolleyes:


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D W    132

Is it just me, or does the Milwaukee section seem to have more "I have a problem with this tool...broken tool" posts than the other sections?

 

There's about 30% less posts in the Milwaukee section than the Dewalt section but it seems there's more reported tool problems. It's just a really loose observation and I wondered if anyone else is noticing this. I certainly wouldn't suggest others take this into consideration when choosing a platform (it's not quantitative at all, so probably unfair), but I actually did a little when I was choosing. Some posts could also be fake/paid trolls from the competition, as a lot of "problem" posts are first posts from new accounts.

 

Also, what's with most Milwaukee tools being heavier than the competition? Did the marketing department find that people usually think a tool is a higher quality when it's heavier, so they ran with this? I've heard people say a tool feels solid/tough because it's heavy (even an online tool reviewer). I would think heavier does not always mean tougher, but it might in Milwaukee's case.

 

Marketing tactic? Inability to make lighter tools than the competition? Heavier materials? More copper in their motors?

 

I would love to see a power-to-weight ratio  comparison between a few drills.

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JimboS1ice    7,712


Pretty sure the post title says tools. And we are on a tool forum so it could be assumed he was talking about tools and not a town. Just say'n.:rolleyes:


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KnarlyCarl    5,003
On 8/7/2017 at 11:03 AM, BMack37 said:

 

Kind of a different animal there though.

I like different! 

 

But speaking of Milwaukee tools, my hole hawg is acting up..... Uh oh.... Trigger has a dead spot.... But it's a painless warranty process like I've said before

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Logan    465

one place that I worked at had mostly all Milwaukee tools and I've had a good experience with them they are a great tool brand the only problem we had was with a recip saw that we only had for a few days and it just quit on us but Milwaukee customer service took care of it. 

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