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Milwaukee Sawzall Review: Including Super Cordless Drills And Parts

Milwakee is one of the biggest name in portable, professional-grade hand power tools.  The company has a reputation for creating the most reliable, longest lasting, most powerful power tools on the market today.

The Milwaukee sawzall is an outstanding example of this quality workmanship and an essential tool in any construction or destruction project.

The model 6519-31 Recip saw has the best-in-class cut speed, durability and power.  It cuts at a lightning fast 0-3,000 strokes per minute.  The stroke length is 1 1/8”, and is powered by a 12 amp motor.  The blade is easy and quick to change thanks to the QUIK-LOK® blade clamp, and requires no tools.  High Impact forces are absorbed by the gear protecting clutch which will extend gear and motor life.  The vibrations are reduced by a counter weighted mechanism that provides greater user comfort and smoother operation.  The redesigned front grip area provides the best-in-class ergonomics.

Milwaukee Sawzall Parts

The original purchaser is guaranteed that their new Milwaukee power tool is free from defects in material and workmanship for a full 5 years.  Replacement parts are the same quality and workmanship of the original equipment, and carry the same warranty.  The replacement blades are the most common part needing replacement.  Every Milwaukee Sawzall blade is heat treated and design for maximum cutting performance in their specific application.  They are all built with endurance and longevity as the goal.  They are the same ½” tang that fits all their Sawzall models, as well as all standard competitive saws.

Milwaukee Super Sawzall

The Milwaukee Super Sawsall is powered by a 15.0 Amp motor.  It is the fastested and most durable recip saw in the world.  The  Constant Power Technology™ was introduced by this saw.  It is the technology that provides constant speed and power regardless of load.  The industry’s highest overload protection is provided by the amazing 15.0 amp motor.  When the blade suddenly locks up, the gear and motor is protected by the patented Gear Protecting Clutch.  With this technology, the gears and motors last longer.  Vibrations during use are reduced by the Counter Balance mechanism, which is  also a Milwaukee patented technology.

One additional feature is added in the new Orbital Super Sawzall® Reciprocating Saw, and that is a handle that rotates a full 360°, locking every 45°.  This new feature makes cutting at any angle, in any direction easy and ergonomic.

Milwaukee Cordless Sawzall

One of the greatest portable tools on the market today has got to be the Milwaukee Cordless Sawzall.  At 18 volts, and with the XC High Capacity REDLITHIUM ™ battery, this saw will outperform all the competitors.  The long lasting battery offers up to 75 more cuts per charge.  The design is made to cut up to 30% faster with less vibration.  The Milwaukee Cordless Sawzall has the same gear protecting clutch, QUIK-LOK™ blade clamp, as its chorded relatives.  This saw weighs less than 8 lbs, and includes an on-board gauge that displays the remaining run-time.

Milwaukee has also created a 28 volt model that will run twice as long as the competitors 18 volt models.  This saw has the same patented technologies as all the other Milwaukee  Sawzall® models.

Milwaukee Drills

Milwaukee continues its tradition of producing superior products in its line of drills.  The most common selling 3/8” drill features a powerful 8 amp motor.  At 0-2800 rpm, this drill is designed to perform in the toughest applications.

Milwaukee drills do not end with that model, however, as they also have pistol drills, Hole Hawgs and super hawg drills, right angle drills, and a selection of specialty drills as well.

Amazon.com Products

The first Milwaukee Sawzall you will find on Amazon.com (when sorted by the most popular) is the model 6519-31.  It is a 12 amp saw selling at a surprising $99, and rated 4.9 out of 5 stars.   This saw delivers 0-3,000 strokes per minute at a stroke of 1 1/8” for maximum cutting speed.  As with all their sawzalls, this model features the Gear Protecting Clutch, Counter Weighted Mechanism and QUIK-LOCK blade clamp-all patented technologies from Milwaukee.

The customers who reviewed this product were amazed at how quickly and easily this saw cut through anything that they put in its path from wood to nails to sheet metal.  Many have owned other saws, including DeWalt, Porter-cable, and Craftsman, and say this this saw has more power, is more confortable to use, and outlasts all the competitors.  Everyone who reviewed this product recommends it to others.

The first Milwaukee Cordless Sawzall on the list is the 0719-22 28 volt.  This models sells for $398 on Amazon.com, and is rated at 4.7 out of 5 stars.  It comes with two batteries, rated at 3.0 amp hours each.  The motor has two speed settings (0-2000, 0-3000 spm) and boasts a superior 1 1/8-Inch blade stroke.  As with all the Milwaukee Cordless Sawzalls, it features the Quik-Lok blade clamp, Gear-protecting clutch for extreme durability and impact protection, and 5-year limited warranty.  The battery weighs less than the average 18 volt battery, yet lasts twice as long.  The entire saw weighs less than 9 ½ lbs with the battery installed.

One reviewer says that he owns two corded and five cordless models in his construction crew, yet, unless they need more saws running at once, the corded models never get unloaded from the truck.  He states that these saws last so long, and work so well that there is no need for the inconvenience of cords.  For those in construction and familiar with using cordless vs. corded tools, that is saying a lot.  The reviewers also make a point of stating how they love the gauge on the saws that tell them the life remaining in the battery.  They feel this is a valuable added feature.  They have also talked about how the saws have lasted and still work as new, even after years of use, and abuse.

The most popular Milwaukee Drill on Amazon.com is actually in a combination kit with an impact driver.  It is an 18 volt model that shares batteries with the impact driver.  This high quality double hitter sells for only $199, including the hard case that fits both drills as well as all accessories.  The drill is a 1/2” compact drill/driver delivering 400 in/lbs of torque.  It weighs a surprising 4 lbs!   The compact drill is a ¼” hex compact impact that turns an amazing 1400 in/lbs of torque.  These lightweight, durable drills contain built-in LED lights, battery fuel gauges, and carry the long 5-year warranty.  Along with the charger, these drills come with two batteries for continuous use of either drill, or simultaneous use of both.

The reviews on these drills are amazing.  Everyone finds these drill easy to use and handle.  Some users are using them daily in construction work, and find them to be long-lasting and durable.  Even after several years of use, customers find that they are still as long lasting and powerful as they were when they purchased them.  One customer described the torque in these cordless units “eye popping”.

Summary

Milwaukee creates superior products that are more power, longer battery life, more durable, and consistently more reliable than any competitor.  The customer reviews prove it.   Whether it is the Milwaukee Sawzall, Milwaukee Cordless Sawzall, Milwaukee Super Sawzall, any Milwaukee Parts, or any one of the Milwaukee Drills, as long as it begins with “Milwaukee”, you will not be disappointed.

Scissor Jack Reviews: Electric, Motorcycle, RV And Small

A scissor jack is a mechanical lifting jack that is basically a parallelogram whose diagonals are connected by a screw.  By turning the screw, it draws the two diagonals closer, or pushes them apart.  This inversely forces the opposite diagonals together or apart.  Mechanical jacks like this are usually rated for a maximum lifting capacity, typically rated in tons.

This type of jack is typically placed in automobiles for changing tires because they are lightweight and compact.  This type of jack is used in other areas, as well, such a motorcycle jacks and RV leveling.  There are even electrical versions.

Motorcycle Scissor Jack

A motorcycle scissor jack is the same type of jack as an automotive one, except that a motorcycle jack typically has a flat platform at the top with some sort of griping surface.  The jack is typically used for removing tires.  The large flat platform is used because it is difficult to find a small balancing point  on a motorcycle.  The large surface helps keep the bike from tipping over while lifted, and the gripping surface helps keep it from sliding off of the jack.

Electric Scissor Jack

The electric scissor jack is the same as a mechanical one, except for one major difference-a motor that turns the screw instead of relying on your power.   In many cases, the motor is a 12V motor with a connector designed to be plugged into a cigarette lighter.  Several of them also have clamps to be connected directly to the battery terminals.

RV Scissor Jacks

RV Scissor jacks are typically on each corner of the RV, mounted to the bottom of the RV, and pressing down towards the ground.  These jacks are used to both stabilize and level the RV while it is parked.  These jacks can be your typical mechanical jacks, where you would have to get out a wrench of some sort to extend them.   In the nicer RVs, these jacks will be electric, with a separate switch for each one, so you can extend or contract the jacks with a simple press of a button or flip of a switch.

Amazon.com Products

The most popular mechanical scissor jack found on Amazon.com is a Torin model T10152.  It is rated at 1.5 tons, which is a typical and sufficient rating for automotive use.   This inexpensive mechanical jack sells for just $16.99.   The manufacturer tests each jack for reliability and safety.  This jack has a low profile when fully collapsed at only 3.75”.  Fully extended, this jack reaches 15.4”.  This jack would be a practical tool for most cars, but does not have a tall enough reach to be used for SUVs or trucks.

Despite the fact this jack is rated the most popular on Amazon.com, not one person has left a review.  This could be good news, since most of the time people will typically leave reviews when they are upset or disappointed in a product more than when they are happy with it.

The most popular motorcycle scissor jack found on Amazon.com is the ManSpace 1,100lb Motorcycle Jack.  This jack is a modest $63.79, which is a great deal for this 1,100 lb capacity low-profile jack.  This simple jack rests at only 3 ½” fully compressed.  One key to having a useful motorcycle jack is having one that is low enough to easily slide under the fame of the bike.  This jack rises to almost 16”, giving you plenty of lift to allow you to remove tires, drain oil, change the chain, or anything you may need to do, while raising the bike to a comfortable working height.  This jack will also work nicely when slid under a lawnmower to raise it up for service.

Unfortunately, this product has no customer review on Amazon.com, either, despite rating as the most popular motorcycle scissor jack.

The first electric scissor jack you will find on Amazon.com is the 2200lb 12 volt Generic brand.  This high-capacity jack sells for only $79.99.  This all-steel model is sturdy, and protected from corrosion with a powder-coat finish.  This model is equipped with a 12’ cord and a cigarette lighter adapter so that it can reach all four corners of the vehicle.  It is controlled with a remote that has a built-in LED flashlight so you can raise and lower the vehicle from a safe distance and see what you are doing at night time.  This jack comes with a hard carrying case to keep it compact and neat when stowed.

To keep from overloading your car’s circuit, this jack has a built-in circuit breaker.  It also has extra fuses, in case you do overload it, so that you are not stuck if you blow the fuse.  The rotating pawl has protective pads to defend against scratching your vehicle, and is designed to fit well on your frame or axle.  This easy to operate jack is great for anyone who is not physically able to raise or lower their vehicle using manual power.  It will extend from fully compacted to fully extended in 45 seconds, which is quicker than most people could raise a vehicle with a manual jack (not to mention, it is a WHOLE lot easier to push a button than to actually turn a wrench).  The maximum lift height is 13 ¼”, which is not high enough to lift a truck or SUV, but is sufficient for most cars.

The reviews of this jack found it to be fast, stable and strong.  It has been reviewed as being well constructed and easy to use.

Summary

The scissor jack is a simple, compact, easy to use method of lifting and stabilizing.  The design is simple, has few moving parts, and multiplies the force applied to lift very heavy objects (such as cars) using little applied force.  The compact size and light weight makes it ideal for use in automobiles because it will fit in small places, and is easy to take in and out of the vehicle.  They are also very versatile, as you have seen with the adaptive application as a motorcycle jack and RV leveler and stabilizer.  Hydraulic jacks are large, require maintenance, are heavy, and expensive.  The scissor jack is an inexpensive and perfect alternative.

Sheet Metal Brake Reviews: Portable, Hand, Press And Small Brakes

The break is made from a flat surface that you set the metal on, and a clamping bar, with will hold the material firm during the bend.  The clamping action may be manual (hand operated) or automatic (using electric or hydraulic system, as in a press brake.  The front plate of the machine is hinged, and may be lifted, bending the material over a straight edge.  You can make bend at any angle up to 120 degrees.

Brakes vary in width from 18” to over 8’ for industrial use.  The breaks also can be manual (hand brake) or automated (press brake).  They also vary in size depending on the gauge and type of metal you are bending.  Obviously, it would be hard to bed ¼” steel by hand, but 1/16’ steel, or almost any aluminum sheeting can be bent by hand.

Small Sheet Metal Brake

A small sheet metal brake would be defined as a 18”-48” brake designed for thin or soft metals.  It would be hand operated, and work well for home or small business applications.   Small sheet metal brakes are often portable and can be used on a table top, or have attached legs.  (See “portable sheet metal brake” for more information.)

Portable Sheet Metal Brake

When working in roofing or siding, a sheet metal brake is a must-have business tool.  People who have hobbies that require metal work (such as car racing) will also find a metal brake is essential to have.  Since roofers and siders will need to have the sheet metal brake at the site, it is important that they have a portable sheet metal brake.  A large, hydraulic, brake is unreasonable to move from site to site.  The portable models can be moved easily because they are manual, can only bend thin, lightweight metals, and are generally 2-4’ in width.  They are lightweight, and may or may not have detachable legs.

When shopping for a good portable sheet metal brake it to know what you are getting before you actually make the purchase.  Some new models will weigh only 50 lbs, while others can weigh as much as 200 lbs, which makes them not so portable.  Be sure to ask questions before you make a purchase.

Sheet Metal Hand Brake

The sheet metal hand brake is simply a brake that is operated by hand rather than having an electric or hydraulic motor to hold or bend the metal.  Most are portable and lightweight.  These types of breaks are inexpensive and will suit most home, siding, roofing, and hobbyist needs.

Sheet Metal Press Brake

This type of brake is used for heavy duty applications.  This includes either extremely wide metals, or heavy metals such as iron or steel, which will require much more ft/lbs of pressure than can be applied by hand.  They are not portable, and are typically used in industrial manufacturing applications.  The bends are usually created by a hydraulic system.  Unlike the sheet meal hand brake, these types of brakes have many moving parts, motors, and hoses that require much more maintenance, often by trained mechanics or engineers.  These type of brakes are not practical for home or small business use, and are expensive.

Amazon.com Products

The most popular metal brake listed on Amazon.com is a Malco 48” portable metal brake.  List price on this brake is $380, but you can purchase it for under $290 on Amazon.com.  This brake will make bends to an amazing 135 degrees on galvanized sheet metal up to 22 gauge!  It is compact ad lightweight at only 58 lbs.  It has no fixed throat depth, so it can bend metal of any length.  You will get tight, well-formed bends across the entire 48” of this brake thanks to the strengthening ribs on the brakes anvil and apron.  The clamping mechanism is a cam-over style, which is the same type used on larger breaks.  This ensures your project is held securely in place, and does not move during the bending.  There are optional legs sold for this model, which attach and detach quickly and easily for quick transporting of this brake.  The wide base on this brake, however, will hold it steady, even if you want to set it on a truck tailgate to use it.

The reviews on this brake rate it as an average break, but a better-than-average value at this low price.  The reviewers agree that it works well, and gives consistent, even folds over the full width, and is easily portable.  People using it for ductworks find it an irreplaceable tool, and recommend it to others in the HVAC field.

The next most popular brake on Amazon.com is the Shop Fox M1011.  It is a 24” Box and Pan Brake.   This is a small sheet metal brake used to create multiple bends in one piece of metal, including the ability to create boxes or pans with 4 bent sides.  This model sells for just under $300, and can bend up to 20 gauge mild steel.  This model, too, can make bends up to 135 degrees, and is considered portable, although weighs in at 91 lbs.

This tool is designed to fabricate more complicated brackets, gussets, boxes or fixtures.  The “fingers” are removable and adjustable, allowing for accommodating varying widths of metal.

The customer reviews are very positive, and include one person has made hundreds of single bends with no problems.  He has been bending 20 gauge sheet steel and 14 gauge brass bar and finds that the machine is sturdy, quality, and accurate.  The users find it easy to use, and well built.  Everyone seems to think that it is “incredible” and a “solid piece of equipment” regardless of what they are bending.

The final break I will tell you about from Amazon.com. is the Industrial 36 In. Heavy Duty Metal Bending Brake Bender by Generic.  This item sells for a modest $276.99.  It is a heavy duty model made completely from steel.  It is considered a small sheet metal brake, but is not easily portable, as it is quite heavy.  It has a stand included, but can also be used on a work-bench, as the stand is removable.  It will easily bend up to 12 gauge sheet metal, and quickly adjusts for different sheet metal thickness.  The maximum bend angle on this model is 120 degrees.  There are no customer review on this model.

Summary

Sheet metal brakes vary in size, weight, and purpose.  You can find portable sheet metal brakes for when you need to be able to take the brake to the work, or you can find sheet metal press brakes for when the work is heavy duty.   You can find small sheet metal brakes for home use, and they are typically hand operated.  The sheet metal hand brakes are great for lightweight metals, where your power is all the power you need to bend the metal.  Whatever your intentions, make sure you do your research before you purchase.  Make sure the “portable” model you are looking at is light enough to make it truly portable.  Make sure the rating on the brake is for the gauge metal you need to bend.  Hopefully, this article helped you learn a little about the various brakes, and maybe now you know what questions  you need to ask before your next purchase.