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https://youtu.be/SZDbplYYZA4 Here’s a look at some of my most useful and most used accessories that I keep on my plumbing & heating service van. 2-9/16″ Switchblade self-feed bit 48-25-5150 12pc Hole Dozer w/ Carbide teeth hole saw kit 49-22-3090 7pc BIG HAWG w/ Carbide teeth hole saw kit 49-56-9280 5pc Carbide Multi-material dril bit set Read more

Here’s a look at some of my most useful and most used accessories that I keep on my plumbing & heating service van.

2-9/16″ Switchblade self-feed bit 48-25-5150

12pc Hole Dozer w/ Carbide teeth hole saw kit 49-22-3090

7pc BIG HAWG w/ Carbide teeth hole saw kit 49-56-9280

5pc Carbide Multi-material dril bit set 48-20-8898

7pc Carbide Hammer drill bit set 48-20-9057

Of course there are so many tools and accessories every plumber must have but these are a start for hole drilling and cutting.

This is not your Father’s grinder! Cordless grinders have changed so much over the last handful of years, if you haven’t worked with the latest offerings from Milwaukee Tool you might want to take a look. The Platform Milwaukee’s M18 battery is possibly the most recognized, most used on the North American job site. With Read more

This is not your Father’s grinder! Cordless grinders have changed so much over the last handful of years, if you haven’t worked with the latest offerings from Milwaukee Tool you might want to take a look.

The Platform

Milwaukee’s M18 battery is possibly the most recognized, most used on the North American job site. With over 200 tools built for professional performance its no wonder the M18 FUEL #2888-20 variable speed braking grinder is job ready right out of the box.

Details

Milwaukee 2888-20 grinder review by Eric Aune

The 2888-20 variable speed braking grinder is just one of three M18 FUEL models new to the lineup. The model tested and preferred by this reviewer had a paddle switch; a no-lock. slide switch and lock-on model of the same feature set are available.

Milwaukee’s 3-part power system is the base for what makes their pro tools perform better than most corded alternatives. The three parts are the (1) “POWERSTATE” brushless motor, (2) REDLITHIUM battery pack & (3) REDLINK PLUS circuitry connecting and optimizing the motor’s draw off the battery.

Those three features combined with a variable speed dial control, strong rapid stop breaking and vibration dampening handle make for one of the first cordless grinders I’ve used that hasn’t almost immediately caused arm and hand fatigue. Most cordless grinders have a ton of power upfront with poor runtime and quickly tire the user with high levels of vibration, the over-sized brushless motor in the 2888-20 powers right past the typical feel expected from the competition and past models. This grinder performs, the power is unlike all previous M18 models in the 4-5″ size range.

You can expect to pay a premium at checkout, the bare tool (model number w/ -20) will set you back an MSRP of $219 at major retailers. Kitted models with (2) M18 High Output 6.0ah batteries, charger and canvas bag will ring up for a respectable $469US

Summary

Reviewing tools is a cool gig admittedly. I’ve had the opportunity to try, abuse and put to rest generations of tool models over the years. I can honestly say the power, runtime and smooth performance of Milwaukee’s latest M18 FUEL 4-1/2″/5″ variable speed braking grinder is impressive and well worth taking a look at. The job site is nearly completely cordless, few tools remain tethered today, grinders have been on the come up for a while now but it’s my opinion a worthy model has arrived in the 2888-20.

If I rated on a star scale (I don’t) I’d give this one a 5/5.

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https://youtu.be/N_C_eIWyKgc The new M12 fan is made for smaller spaces. It’s got some cool features to upgrade it over the original M18. In this video: M18 fan catalog #0886-20 M12 fan catalog #0820-20  https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Innovations/M12/0820-20 Read more

The new M12 fan is made for smaller spaces. It’s got some cool features to upgrade it over the original M18.

In this video:

M18 fan catalog #0886-20

M12 fan catalog #0820-20 

https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Innovations/M12/0820-20

It’s time again to review the Milwaukee Packout Modular Storage System. Since the introduction of the Packout system in 2017 with 8 different pieces, the storage and tool box team over at Milwaukee Tool has been working seemingly non-stop to add an additional 38 products to the storage and organization system. The Foundation Milwaukee constructs Read more

Packout Organizer with Copper Fittings Aune PlumbingIt’s time again to review the Milwaukee Packout Modular Storage System. Since the introduction of the Packout system in 2017 with 8 different pieces, the storage and tool box team over at Milwaukee Tool has been working seemingly non-stop to add an additional 38 products to the storage and organization system.

The Foundation

Milwaukee constructs the Packout system boxes from impact resistant polymer. Our introduction was the foundation of the system appropriately named the  Rolling Tool Box

Packout rolling tool box 48-22-8426

With an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance this wheeled box stores medium size tools like a recipe saw, circular saw or rotary hammer drills. This was the box that set the foundation for expansion into items like lights, vacuums, additional parts organizers and more.

Integration

Packout is way more than a couple tool boxes and organizers. The whole system is designed around it’s unique, intuitive quick attachment mechanism. This system allows the stacking and interlocking of one tool box, light, lunchbox cooler, radio, vacuum (and more) to to one another.

Its this plumber’s opinion that the latching/stacking/locking system is what first attracted trades workers, hobbyist and business owners alike to the system initially.

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Expansion

The continued popularity of the system can be attributed to new product expansion in the Packout line. With no clear end in sight, we have seen the addition of the Rolling Tool Chest, XL Tool Box, 2 & 3 drawer boxes most recently.

You may have seen the tour of my plumbing van outfitted in Packout on our Youtube channel, if not check it out here: Plumbing Van Tour

Possibilities are Endless

Packout enthusiasts have taken to the CNC and 3D printers to produce countless modifications for the system BUT lets not forget that the possible configurations built in to this system from the design and engineering dept at Milwaukee Tool are a huge part of its continued success.

My most used, most relied on boxes are the parts organizers boxes. In each size offering I am using them to store and transport copper & steel pipe fittings, electrical supplies, valves, screws & fasteners and more. For me the Deep Organizer and original Organizer are the heroes in which I depend on daily.

Drawer Units Video

Bottom Line

As you take a look at some of my videos and pics posted over the last few years you’ll see I’m all-in on the Milwaukee Packout System. I’ve bee asked countless times to compare to the Dewalt or RIDGID offerings of similar boxes and that’s a tough one but its obviously important so I’ll just come out and say it, no BS, the Packout system is the best for durability, diverse offering and overall usability across multiple trade professions.

RIDGID’s offering is very limited and is only available thru the Home Depot. Dewalt has switched product lines completely, more than once without continuity across product lines. This is frustrating for those already invested in one system and not able to integrate new products into their arsenal.

While the Packout system may cost more than others I truly believe its worth the additional monies. This opinion was formed over time, after breaking competitor boxes in the extreme cold weather I encounter each winter and after working with these boxes literally every day on the job.

What I like most about the system is the extreme durability and modular adaptability from my van to the shop to the job. Not a single box, bin, latch or lid has let me down for functionality. That to me is saying a lot, I’ve spent many hundreds of dollars (okay, thousands actually) investing in this system, its made me more organized and that improves my daily life.

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https://youtu.be/hsdKCXF3KHI Mechanical Hub friend and voice of Beyond the Service video series, John Thompson from Thompson Family Plumbing & Rooter reviews a Milwaukee Tool 200’ Pipeline Inspection Reel, which is part of the Milwaukee Tool Modular Pipeline Inspection System. Featuring a 34 mm 1080p HD self-leveling camera head, and the ability to digitally zoom up Read more

Mechanical Hub friend and voice of Beyond the Service video series, John Thompson from Thompson Family Plumbing & Rooter reviews a Milwaukee Tool 200’ Pipeline Inspection Reel, which is part of the Milwaukee Tool Modular Pipeline Inspection System. Featuring a 34 mm 1080p HD self-leveling camera head, and the ability to digitally zoom up to 4X and optimize light output inside of pipes, technicians can now see more in drain lines than ever before. The sewer line camera has a telescoping handle and wide wheelbase making transportation on and off the job easier than ever. The 200’ Pipeline Inspection Reel comes equipped with small and medium camera skids as well as a camera head sleeve to center and protect the camera while inside pipes.

For more information visit: https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Sewer-and-Drain-Maintenance/Pipeline-Inspection-Tools

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