Milwaukee Hand Tools

 

Milwaukee Hand Tools have always been one of my favorite home improvement hand tools of all time. Good solid durability and reliability you can count on for handling the toughest of jobs. When it comes to having a top quality brand name tool, this is one of the tools you’ll want to have in your tool arsenal.

 

Milwaukee Hand Tools

 

Milwaulkee Tools

 

For most people, just about everybody has heard of Milwaukee or own one or more of their tools. For those of us, that do own their tools know just how great they are. Regardless of the type of tool that you use, you need it to perform a job to accomplish a particular task at hand. No tool is worth having if it is not able to perform the job you set out to do. Now I’m not talking about taking a tool to do something it’s not designed for, where talking about for example a drill for screwing a 3/8 inch plywood sub-floor onto the main floor.

Let’s take a closer look at this simple task in a few examples.

I will use three examples for the proper tool for the job.

Example 1: Done with a corded drill
Example 2: Use of a battery operated drill
Example 3: Having the utilization of a specialty tool

Example 1: Done with a corded drill

milwaukee corded drill

 

Whenever your about to do some form of renovation, having a corded power tool such as a drill, in this case, will always allow you to get the job done. There are times when the size of your drill may not have enough power to do the job you’re working on like drilling into concrete so that could be an issue of where you could burn out the drill your using. Before you start any renovations, you need to consider what tools will do the job best. If you’re screwing plywood onto concrete, then you need to make sure the drill you’re using has that kind of power with a larger amperage and torque behind it. For this example, we’ll say that you’re screwing into 5/8 inch tongue & groove plywood.

Most corded drills will handle a job like this without too much of a problem; the smaller drills will get warm compared to the larger drills but, the bigger the job, the more you’ll wish you chose example number 3. It’s not too bad doing smaller jobs this way, but it gets old pretty fast when you have thousands of screws to get into fastening the floor.

Drills are designed to do this job of screwing down underlayment as well as drilling out holes. Anywhere you need to place a screw or drill a hole your good to go until you expect a light weight drill to do the job of a heavy weight drill then you’ll probably find out how long it takes to burn one out. Once you’ve cooked the internal windings of the drill you might as well toss it in the garbage. You would be surprised at how many people push as hard as they can on their drill to make it bore a hole just to end up smoking the windings.

 

Example 2: Use of a battery operated drill

 

milwaukee cordless drill

 

Battery operated drills have come a long way. In the past, they always had the problem of running out of power to quickly to make them practical for larger jobs. Now obviously, you can have more than one charged battery ready to go after the current one is drained from use. The problem was you would be chasing after batteries all the time and waiting for them to charge leaving you to do larger jobs by examples 1 and 3. Another big problem was the battery powered drills never use to have very much power to handle a lot of the larger jobs as well.

All that has changed, battery operated drills are now competing equally for a much greater part of the renovation market than ever before. There are tradespeople like electricians that I have seen not even using corded drills anymore for most of their jobs, and they prefer the simplicity of battery powered drills. They will still pull out the big boys for drilling larger holes through concrete walls etc. So when it comes to drilling screws into the sub-flooring, there is a wide selection of drills capable of handling the job.

Once again even though you can rely on having a battery operated drill capable of screwing down the subfloor, you may want to think twice about dealing with a much larger project that requires thousands of screws versus a hand full or small box.

 

Example 3: Having the utilization of a specialty tool

 

milwaukee pam gun

 

Now even though you can use a battery or corded drill to do this form of work that these tools are designed for, if you end up doing a job as one of the flooring projects I had done, you would be required to screw in 19,000 fasteners. How does hunched over or crawling around on your hands and knees to screw in 19,000 screws with your drill sound.

Now is when you give your home improvement hand tools the upgrade to utilizing one of the many specialty tools that will not only save on back pain or knee problems down the road but help you get the job done three to four times faster. Whenever you start to tell me you can speed the workload by less than double the time it takes to do it or more by using a specialty tool, I want it!

This Milwaukee hand tool is one that for me, I will not leave home without it. That 19,000 screw was no match for the pam gun. When having the ultimate tool for the job, you’re whole life gets so much easier that you wonder why you may have waited so long. For myself, this was one of the first tools I bought for doing flooring, and if you ever need to pump a few thousand screws into a subfloor, you’ll know why.

 

Milwaukee Hand Tools

 

From the examples above you can certainly start to see how different tools can make your home renovations easier or harder depending on what it is your trying to accomplish with the tools you’re using. Milwaukee hand tools come in many forms and shapes to allow you to do just about any job you may need to do for any remodels or demolition. Throughout this site, you will be able to read and learn about the uses of different tools explained in the posts that will be created. Each brand of tools will also have information you may want to know about so by all means check out the pros and cons of the other brands.

 

6 Comments:

  1. I don’t know much about hand tools, and cordless drills are a lot easier I think. I understand what your saying when it comes to getting the job done with a corded drill because those batteries are a pain to always have to charge. My husband is definitely more of the carpenter type. But I you have a lot of good information on this website and good look too!

    • The biggest thing with using any tools is knowing what you need them for.

      The nice thing about technology is they usually can improve upon things which is what they have done with battery operated tools that nowadays you can use either and be happy with there performance, unlike years ago.

  2. William "Nuggie" Nugent

    Thank you for telling me about the different uses and necessities of different types of tools. I do not have an entire tools box of tools, nor do I have a wide array of power tools, so this post is just what I need. I will look into the variety of specialty tools on the market for the jobs that I know that I will be doing again and again. I will probably get cordless drills, since they will handle most of my jobs. I will consider cords, but probably will pass on them. Do you have a write up on hand tools and the differences, pros, and cons? I will certainly benefit from hat article. ;0).

    -Nuggie

    • At present this site is just two days old as it is a spin-off from my TD Remodeling site. There will be lots of posts coming all designed around tools and their use.

  3. I’ve heard outstanding things about Milwaukee tools in the past and even used a few here and there, but for the most part, I own Dewalt hand tools.

    I’m currently looking to build a fairly large/fancy bookshelf and in search of a router as well as a table saw. Trying to keep the costs fairly reasonable – looking for a good value. Do you have any recommendations on the best available options for those?

    • What usually happens is some people will tend to collect all one particular brand name. Most contractors will by the best deal on one or more brand name tools. For instance, Milwaukee makes great tools but so do Dewalt, Bosch, Makita, and Hitachi so if anyone of them have the same tool on special, they would purchase one of these brands.

      The only time I would say for sure to stick to the same brand name tool is when you started a cordless collection. The batteries will always need to be replaced at a later date and it’s easier to be using the same battery for all the tools and less batteries to charge and replace not to mention carrying around.

      Depending on how often you believe you are going to use the tools, some of the larger and specialty tools you could see about borrowing form a friend or renting to keep costs down.

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