Milwaukee is owned by TTI along with Ryobi and AEG so, despite their American name, there is very little American heritage in the brand. They have come from nowhere to being a major player in the market and have their sites firmly set on becoming the No1 brand in the UK.

In the early days they had difficulty setting up a decent service network and many dealers became frustrated with this aspect of their business. It undoubtedly hampered their growth. However, they have upped their game over the last couple of years and sorted out some (if not all) the weaknesses in their after-sales service.

We have tested many Milwaukee tools up against other brands and they are consistently up there, winning the 18 volt cordless test twice in a row. In many respects they are the brand to watch.

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Building an extension Part 6 – Installing joists and steels

Installing joists

In Part 6 of The Extension series, which follows the build of a side and rear extension, we see the joists and steels slotted into position in preparation for the removal of a load bearing wall at the back of the house. The wall is being knocked out to extend the existing kitchen and create a kitchen/diner on the ground …

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Impact Driver Showdown! UPDATED 8 top drivers reviewed

best impact driver

We had an amazing response to our impact driver test released last week but there was also a consistent question mark over whether the solid oak we used was a fair torque test for the drivers so we decided to update the test and add a comparison of the drivers on concrete. So here it is – our updated showdown …

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Why did we make an impact driver test?

impact driver test

On Friday 9th February we released our showdown of eight of the big players in the impact driver arena to help you identify the best impact driver for your needs. Roger Bisby put drivers from Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee and Panasonic through their paces. Explaining the thinking behind the latest test, Roger comments: “We set this test …

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Milwaukee Impact Driver review: Milwaukee M18 FQID Fuel Surge

Milwaukee Impact Driver review

In Part 7 of our mega Impact Driver roundup, we put the Milwaukee M18 FQID Fuel Surge Impact Driver to the test. Features include: The M18 FUEL SURGE ¼” Hex hydraulic driver is said to be the quietest cordless fastening solution on the market. ¼” Hex chuck for quick and easy bit change. Onboard fuel gauge and LED light. Flexible …

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Oh so quiet: Milwaukee Surge review

Milwaukee Surge review

Roger Bisby takes a closer look at Milwaukee’s Surge Power Impact driver which has been designed to reduce the noise at source rather than relying on PPE. The impact driver has become most tradesman’s go to tool for fixings. Not only is it small and light it punches well above its weight. Unlike a drill driver there is also no …

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The rise of the well connected builder

construction industry predictions

Roger Bisby charts the emergence of Bluetooth Connectivity in power tools and wonders how we find the line between work and play. There are now whole generations of tradespeople coming along behind me who have grown up with the mobile phone and will find the ability to control their power tools via Bluetooth as instinctive as breathing. For me it …

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Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 3

Milwaukee M18

Continuing our series from Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest held in Berlin, Roger chats with Milwaukee’s Kom Shepherd and looks at the latest technology that deals with the problem of vibration. The video features the Milwaukee M18 CHPX SDS PLUS Hammer Drill. It is said to be the hardest hitting cordless SDS hammer in its class. Powerful hammer mechanism delivers 4.0 …

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Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 2

quiet impact driver

In the second part of our series of videos from Milwaukee’s Heavy Duty Fest 2107 in Berlin, Sendi Spoljaric shows us the M18 FUEL SURGE ¼˝ Hex hydraulic driver, said to be the quietest cordless fastening solution on the market. Features include: – On board fuel gauge and LED light – Flexible battery system: works with all Milwaukee® M18™ batteries …

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Milwaukee Heavy Duty Fest report: Part 1

Milwaukee Dual Bevel Mitre Saw

In this video the Skill Builder team travel to Berlin for Milwaukee’s Heavy Duty Fest 2017. In this first episode from the event, Rich Powell gives us a demo of the M18 FUEL Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Mitre Saw, the M18 FUEL Drywall Screw Gun and the M18 FUEL SAWZALL Reciprocating Saw with ONE-KEY tracking and management technology. More detail …

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Milwaukee redsticks review

Milwaukee redsticks review

Roger Bisby tries out a few Milwaukee redsticks for size and accuracy. Milwaukee is continuing its journey into the wonderful world of hand tools with the introduction of a range of Redstick spirit levels. On paper they seem to tick all the boxes but it is early days so we will have to see how they stand up to life …

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