Safety Notice: Milwaukee Expands Warnings on M18 Battery Pack

Milwaukee Tool is voluntarily expanding the warnings and instructions of its M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack (model no. 48-11-1890).  The expanded product warnings, made in consultation with the Consumer Product Safety commission, addresses situations that could lead to a battery pack failure or other safety hazards.  This safety notice does not require users to return their M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery packs.

Should highly conductive or corrosive fluids get inside the M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack in sufficient quantities, it can cause battery pack failure.

Milwaukee Electric issues safety notice.
Milwaukee Tool issues safety notice.

Failure can include, a short-circuit that, in an extreme situation, can result in smoking or fire, even when not in use. Examples of highly conductive or corrosive fluids include seawater, certain industrial chemicals and bleach or bleach-containing products.

Milwaukee Tool is urging its customers to download, read and understand the expanded warnings and instructions in their entirety at milwaukeetool.com/safetynotices, where they will also find frequently asked questions and answers.

Milwaukee Tool is urging its customers to download, read and understand the expanded warnings and instructions in their entirety at www.milwaukeetool.com/expandedinstructions

Any customers who believe highly conductive or corrosive fluids have entered their M18™ HIGH DEMAND™ 9.0 battery pack should immediately contact Milwaukee Tool at 844.577.5515 (7am to 10pm Eastern Time Sunday through Saturday).

Attend the Proactive Maintenance with Fluke Infrared Thermography and Power Quality / Energy Analyzers Workshop

Proactive Maintenance with Fluke Infrared Thermography and Power Quality Energy Analyzers Workshop

Attend this FREE workshop presented by Fluke to improve uptime and reliability of electro-mechanical equipment!

What you will learn:

  • Maintenance applications of thermal imaging & power quality analyzers
  • How thermal imaging & power/energy studies aid in diagnosing problems
  • Tips to set up a successful maintenance program employing these tools
  • How to select the right thermal imager & power quality tool for your work

What’s included:

  • Four hours of instruction with a Fluke product specialist
  • Demonstrations of thermal imagers and power quality loggers & analyzers
  • Completion certificate

Who should attend:

  • Plant electricians
  • Electrical contractors
  • Facilities maintenance managers
  • Operations & manufacturing managers
  • Reliability professionals
  • Maintenance professionals
  • Service professionals

Dates, Time and Locations:

Choose from one of the following dates and locations.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
  • Thursday, June 30, 2016
    • Steiner Electric – Rockford
    • 8:00am – 12:00pm

Registration

  • Free
  • Continental Breakfast served from 7:15am – 8:00am
Registration for this event is now closed.

Taking the Light With You

My wife laughs when she sees me wearing a headlamp. It’s usually when I’ve just gotten done working in the crawlspace, or changing oil in the driveway, or unclogging a pipe somewhere around the house. But when the power goes out at home or when I’ve got to throw the rain-fly on the tent because of a sudden storm in the middle of the night, she’s the first one asking for the spare headlamp so she doesn’t have to fumble around in the dark.

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It’s those times that she learns what field crews everywhere have always known: there’s nothing like a portable light when you’ve got to get a job done where it’s dark.

There are portable work lights for every need these days. From lights on motors for indoor gardeners to filtered lights to help photographers recreate the golden hour, there’s a portable lighting solution for virtually any purpose. Of course, having access to an outlet box opens up those options considerably, but power-packed battery technology coupled with energy-sipping bulbs have combined to give us work lights that can shine for days on a single charge. Take a look at this simple Cooper Lighting 60 LED Plug-in Work light.LED-Work-Light

Milwaukee Tools has a M18 LED Flood Light that shines 30% brighter than a corded 250w halogen and offers an 8 hour run-time. It also comes with a limited lifetime LED warranty. It’s impact resistant and will be there in the toughest conditions when you are relying on that light to get the work done.

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There’s also the Banner LED Work Light that is best for area lighting and offers several mounting options so you can place it and shine it where needed. It will illuminate a huge area without shadows and it consumes less than 2 watts.

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Remember us the next time you have any portable lighting needs. Because no matter how goofy someone looks wearing a headlamp in the light of day, no one wants to be left fumbling around in the dark.

Cutting Tools for Professionals

Precision-cutting-toolsYou might have a carbide-tipped cutting tool in your home workshop. They are a great choice for accuracy and durability in a planer or circular saw.

Did you know that same carbide technology is common in industrial applications? Continue reading “Cutting Tools for Professionals”

Dad Wants the Right Tools

It’s no surprise that Father’s Day is sneaking up on us. If you need to find something better than a necktie or a ball cap this year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, while it’s the thought that counts, choosing the wrong brand or model can leave your gift appreciated but unused. Don’t worry, however. We have a few tips to help you pick a gift that is both appreciated and enjoyed.

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Continue reading “Dad Wants the Right Tools”

Knockout Punch Systems Cutting Sheet Metal Like Butter

The knockout punch is an essential tool for electricians. Contractors and installers know hydraulic-systemthat the hallmark of quality workmanship is clean and accurate cuts. While a hole-saw is able to grind its way through sheet metal, it takes a knockout punch to meet the demanding expectations of a professional. Continue reading “Knockout Punch Systems Cutting Sheet Metal Like Butter”

Tool Trade-In Event Ending

Steiner Electric’s special power tool trade-in event is almost over. Even if you are content with your current tools, you probably have an old beater power tool taking up space in a bin or box somewhere. Dig it out and trade it in. That old thing gives you the perfect excuse to trade us for what’s going to be your new favorite tool: a solution from the M18 FUEL lineup by Milwaukee Tools.

Milwaukee-Tool-M18-Fuel-Series Continue reading “Tool Trade-In Event Ending”

Asset Accountability is Good for Business

inventory_managementThere are few things as crucial to any business, big or small, as inventory management. Properly tracking assets has a significant impact on profitability. There are many reasons for this. Consistent customer service, for example, is only possible if you can maintain the right amount of inventory to meet demand. For most industries, running out of stock is simply not competitive. On the other hand, stock that sits on shelves too long wastes capital that could be better invested elsewhere. Continue reading “Asset Accountability is Good for Business”

Replace “Ol’ Betsy”: Trade-in Used Tools!

If you are someone who works with your hands, be it at a construction site or a kitchen, you know that a dull blade is more dangerous than a sharp one. Not only is a dull blade less likely to provide you with the results a true professional requires, it is also more likely to malfunction and lead to injury. Even the extra effort a dull edge requires from your muscles or the motor in your power tools makes maintaining your edge a good idea.
Just as you should repair or replace a dull blade, it’s important to replace an old power tool that’s well past its prime.Tool Promo Continue reading “Replace “Ol’ Betsy”: Trade-in Used Tools!”

The Holiday for Tools!

Worship of Tools Day is March 11. St. Patrick’s Day and the First Day of Spring tend to get all the attention in March, but this is a holiday that deserves to be noticed. It’s the perfect excuse to tend to your tools. Use the day to get your snow blower ready for summer storage, put your lawn and garden tools back within easy reach, or spend time on that neglected corner of your workbench. Continue reading “The Holiday for Tools!”