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Milwaukee Hand Tools – New & Old

My Milwaukee Hand Tool Addiction

Milwaukee released quite a few new pliers, metal snips and other more trade specific hand tools in 2015. Some of the new hand tools are slightly redesigned to be more comfortable and a little lighter.  Also included with many of the tools are some very trade specific design advantages that allow tradesmen to work more efficiently.  A good example of this are the new pliers that have a sharp head design and exposed handles to allow for punching and reaming of electrical knockouts and conduit.  While they may not take the place of the tool specifically designed for reaming, the tradesman will not have to chase down a lost reamer if it is not at their side.  In many ways, this type of multipurpose yet trade specific toughness gives the tools some attraction.

New and Replacment Models

  • 12″ V-jaw pliers (48-22-6212)- replacing 48-22-3112
  • 10″ V-jaw pliers (48-22-6210) – replacing 48-22-3110
  • 8″ V-jaw pliers (48-22-6208) – replacing 48-22-3108
  • 20″ straight-jaw pliers (48-22-6320)
  • 16″ straight-jaw pliers (48-22-6316)
  • 12″ straight-jaw pliers (48-22-6312) – replacing 48-22-3212
  • 10″ straight-jaw pliers (48-22-6310) – replacing 48-22-3210
  • 6″ straight-jaw pliers (48-22-6306)
  • Straight-jaw pliers 2pc set 6″/10″ (48-22-6330)
  • Linemans with Crimper (48-22-6100)- replacing 48-22-3309
  • 8″ diagonal pliers (48-22-6108)- replacing 48-22-4108
  • 7″ diagonal pliers (48-22-6107)- replacing 48-22-4107
  • 6″diagonal pliers (48-22-6106)- replacing 48-22-4106
  • 8″ long nose pliers (48-22-6101)

Growing Up With Tools

Milwaukee_Hand_Tool_2As a younger child I could not keep my hands out of my father’s tool boxes.  It was a well-known fact that all the good tools were higher up in the drawers which I was unable to reach.  In fact, when I could reach them, the tool box was locked and eventually he gave me my own tool box.  At that time my father’s tool set included a lot of Craftsman, Channellock and a few snap on tools.  Mine did not.

When I moved into my first home I started to upgrade my hand tools one at a time and I have a mismatch of different tools, some I bought for specific tasks and others I bought to use every day.  After 15 years, some of the tools have been well used, broken or wore out.  I have recently started buying new tools and my main goal was to find quality tools that could be beat up and not have the grips fall off.  Grips and broken tools are an issue of mine because sometimes I use these hand tools for banging on items when the right tool is not close.

Since 2012-ish, I have been watching some of the Milwaukee tools, but I did not take the plunge until recently when my last electrical pliers lost their grips.  The grips literally one day decided just to slide off.  If you want a blast from the past, check out Tools in Action’s Milwaukee Plier review from 2011.

My Addiction

Milwaukee_Hand_Tool_3While I always had the tools to get the job done, they were never really nice and were always a bit beat up as most were hand me downs.  Sockets and impact sockets and some other tools were higher on my list, but my old channel locks that my father gave me years ago were getting wore out from my use in agricultural equipment.  I recently decided after I purchased the electrical pliers from Home Depot that I was going to give the Milwaukee hand tools a try.  If they can be used for punching and reaming, why not pounding out a few bolts or u-joints (if needed).

Having larger hands, I like the grip size and the fact that they are made to be used as a hammer in some instances.  Plus the fact that most have exposed handles give me a better feeling when I use it to pry on an automotive part.  As I get older, I am starting to take pride in having nice looking tools and the Milwaukee hand tools allow me to use them without tearing up the grips.

Since many of these tools are trade specific, it allows me to pick and choose the items I would use for my tasks.  Some of the V jaw pliers have worked very well on old rusty bolts and nuts that others have stripped.  The Lineman pliers have a crimper built in for small electrical work.  The Milwaukee locking pliers have a nice hole for a screw driver to tighten them up.  For me, I believe I can get these pliers tighter than the other locking pliers I have and release them without the pliers jumping open.  The adjustment on most of the pliers is easy to use and they adjust in smaller increments than what I was used to.  That is a big plus for me.

Pick Them Up

Milwaukee_Hand_Tool_4My goal for replacing my worn out hand tools is to pick a brand that works for me, is convenient for me to buy and replace if needed.  With Home Depot carrying these tools, this process is easy for me.  On the down side, it costs me extra each time I walk through the tool isle at Home Depot, but this is an addiction and admitting it is the first step.

There are quite a few good hand tools on the market and many more coming out each year.  I personally like the Milwaukee hand tools due to their robust design, ease of adjustment and small additional features.  Drop by the tool isle, take a look at what Milwaukee has to offer and leave me your comment on what you think of the design.

 

You can also find many of the Milwaukee Hand Tools on Amazon: Milwaukee 48-22-3094 4 Piece Hand Tool Set 

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