Just when you thought Li-ion powered tools were all out of surprises, Milwaukee chuckles and says “Hold my [metaphorical] beer”! The new Milwaukee MX FUEL system is bringing battery power to the world of light equipment. No more gas headaches, loud generators, massive air compressors or carbon monoxide concerns. The initial launch line-up includes a 14” cut-off saw, a concrete breaker, a handheld core drill, the 27,000 lumen ROCKET tower light/charger, the CARRY-ON 3600W/1800W power supply and a sewer drum machine with lift assist. Grab your hard hat and safety goggles, ’cause it just got real up in here!
Team Red MX FUEL – Taking The Gas Out Of Big Tools
If you’ve been following Home Fixated for more than a few minutes (or have any experience with modern cordless tools), you’re probably well aware that today’s lithium-ion battery powered tools are legitimately as powerful and capable as their corded ancestors. And now, thanks to Milwaukee, they’re poised to take over the light equipment market as well. That’s not hype; that’s reality.
Milwaukee says they’ve engineered their MX FUEL lineup to be lighter and quieter – and to give you less vibration fatigue – than their gaseous counterparts. And no gasoline means no emissions and much less noise, maintenance and hassle. All of this translates to a more pleasant, safer working environment.
14” Cut-Off Saw
Unlike your typical battery powered tools, these are beastly machines intended for serious heavy duty work. The first tool in the line-up is a 14” cut-off saw. This monster weighs in at 32 lbs., runs at 5,350 RPM and has a cut capacity of 5”.
Concrete slabs, cast iron pipe, ductile iron pipe, corrugated steel deck, cinder block, PVC pipe… Milwaukee’s MX FUEL 14” cut-off saw is ready to take it on! And with an impressive cut speed.
Milwaukee MX FUEL Breaker – Breaking Concrete, Not Your Back
Milwaukee’s MX FUEL concrete breaker is a whole new animal. Gone are the days of deafening noise, air hoses and back breaking weight. It measures just over 32” in length and delivers 50 ft/lb of impact energy at a rate of 1,300 blows per minute. Milwaukee boasts 2 tons per charge.
The MX FUEL breaker features push button soft start and greatly reduced handle vibration compared to traditional concrete breakers. So you won’t get tuckered out or feel like you’re full of springs nearly as quickly as you’re used to. That’s a big deal.
Milwaukee MX FUEL Handheld Core Drill
Weighing in at 21.58 lbs., the MX FUEL core drill can be safely operated as a handheld unit. It has a native spindle size of 1-¼”-7 and comes with a 5/8″-11 spindle adapter. There are two motor speeds (790 and 1550 RPM), a quick connect collar, an onboard water connection, and an integrated pressure gauge and LED level.
Judging by the demo video, the safety features seem to be very responsive, stopping the “kickback” within 45° of rotation. And that’s a wonderful thing; if this much mass were to spin unfettered and whack you in the jaw (or break your wrist), you wouldn’t consider it one of your happier days.
Milwaukee MX FUEL Sewer Drum Machine W/ POWERTREDZ Life Assist
A clogged sewage pipe is truly a crappy situation to deal with. But this tool makes a #2 job #1 priority! This machine has the power to cut through roots 200′ down the line, with a cable spin speed of 200 RPM. It can be used with 5/8″ or 3/4″ cable and is recommended for 3” – 6″ pipe (max. 8”).
At 125 lbs., this is the heaviest tool in the launch lineup. So that one person can safely load it in and out of a service van (and get it up and down stairs), Milwaukee equipped this behemoth with power assist tracks, affectionately named “POWERTREDZ”.
ROCKET Tower Light/Charger – Daylight, Any Time Of The Night
So far we’ve seen a lot of great tools. But you’re not going to get much work done if you can’t see what you’re doing. When it’s dark out or you’re working in a poorly lit building, it’s time for the MX FUEL ROCKET. This is an indoor/outdoor lighting tower with a motorized mast that extends from 44” to 10′ in seconds. It has 4 adjustable LED light heads, an integrated charger and a wheeled base.
The ROCKET is suitable for use in just about any weather. A sealed battery box keeps the battery pack dry if a storm rolls in. And the unit features a heavy, low center of gravity and deployable outriggers for stability on uneven ground and in windy conditions.
CARRY-ON 3600W/1800W Power Supply – Milwaukee MX FUEL As A Fuel Provider
Last, but not least, there’s the 3600W/1800W CARRY-ON inverter power supply. It’s like a portable generator that’s powered by either one or two MX FUEL batteries. It has two 120VAC power outlets that can run tools up to 15A; even a 1000W microwave oven! Hey, the crew’s got to break for lunch at some point.
When you’re near a power outlet, you can use the CARRY-ON to charge up to two MX FUEL battery packs at once by running an extension cord. CP203 battery packs charge in 45 minutes; XC406 in 90. No external chargers required.
FUEL For Your Tools That Replaced Your Tools That Use Fuel
All of the tools and battery packs mentioned above come with a 2-year warranty. The tools feature push button activation, brushless motors and communicate with the battery packs’ “Redlink Plus” circuitry to provide thermal and overload monitoring and in-app communication to optimize tool performance.
Battery power has made it to the big leagues! These are serious machines for serious work. The full launch lineup won’t be available for purchase until 2020. But rest assured, these six tools are only the beginning. Milwaukee has a lot more brewing in the background!
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