Whenever you’re doing a repair, large or small, you want to have the right set of tools on hand. There’s nothing more frustrating than needing to stop in the middle of a task to run to the store because you don’t have what you need. To be prepared, you might want to purchase a comprehensive set of reliable tools, and Milwaukee makes sets for just about every repair need.
Milwaukee has been manufacturing quality tools for nearly 100 years. Besides selling tools individually, the company also offers a wide variety of tool sets that are curated to match various home repair needs. However, with hundreds of tools available and numerous possible combinations of those tools, you might need a little help determining which set is best for you.
Manual: Milwaukee has an extensive selection of tool sets, including both manual and powered tools. While there are over 400 different types of manual tools available, the sets are limited. If you’re looking for a collection of Milwaukee manual tools, they’re only available according to type. You can find a ratchet and socket set, screwdriver set, wrench set, an assortment of pliers, or some other similarly themed set. When choosing a set of Milwaukee manual tools, you’ll likely be making that decision based on the type of tool you need at the moment.
Powered: A Milwaukee power tool set is a diverse collection of tools that can handle a wide variety of tasks. When you choose one of these sets, you’re more likely focused on finding something that can serve you well for many years to come, no matter what your needs.
When deciding which Milwaukee tool set to buy, your primary concern is choosing the battery system. This is important because there are two and they are not compatible.
M12: This is a 12-volt system. The battery is smaller and lighter, and the tools are smaller, lighter, and less powerful than those in the M18 system. The M12 tools are best for the homeowner who doesn’t have a need for heavy-duty power tools.
M18: This is an 18-volt system. The battery in these tools is larger and heavier. The M18 tools are larger and heavier too, making them slightly more difficult to wield. These tools are designed for situations where heavy-duty usage is required. Also, there is a wider selection of tools available in the M18 battery system.
Milwaukee sets differ based on which tools are included. To give you an idea of your options, here are the top tools available. You will find from two to eight different tools in a set, depending on the set you choose.
Drill/driver: A drill/driver is used for drilling holes and driving screws. It’s one of the most frequently used tools in your power tool arsenal.
Impact driver: An impact driver is a heavy-duty option compared to a standard driver. It’s best for driving larger quantities as well as longer screws.
Hammer drill/driver: This drill/driver has a hammering action that when turned on makes drilling through materials like concrete possible.
Circular saw: This tool spins a circular blade, making it one of the most useful carpentry tools available. Depending on the blade, this saw can cut through a wide variety of materials.
Reciprocating saw: This is a handheld saw that moves up and down. Depending on the blade, this tool can cut through a variety of materials and is often used in demolition work.
Grinder: Rather than cutting through material, a grinder uses abrasive blades to chip away at a surface. This handy device can be used for everything from grinding to cutting to polishing to sharpening.
Random orbital sander: This tool is used to sand a surface either to remove material or to prepare it for painting. The movement of this sander makes it less prone to leaving circular marks in your finished work.
LED work light: Even if you’ll never be working in a dark area, you always want the best light possible for safety reasons. An LED work light is portable and lets you easily see what you’re doing.
Compact blower: This little device, which resembles a leaf blower, is used to quickly clean up a jobsite.
Wet/dry vac: The wet/dry vac that comes with a Milwaukee tool set is a compact device that’s about the size of a toolbox. You can use this item to quickly clean up your work area.
Battery and charger: Every Milwaukee power tool set comes with a battery and a charger. If you do more than light-duty work, look for a tool set that includes a backup battery so you can keep working while one battery recharges.
Safety glasses: 3M Safety Glasses
These safety glasses are just what you need to protect your eyes while working. They offer protection from dust, have an antifog lens coating, built-in earplugs, and a wrap-around design, and protect against harmful UV rays.
Respirator: 3M Half Facepiece Respirator
This lightweight model from a trusted manufacturer offers reusable protection from particulates and vapors that occur as a result of sanding, sawing, painting, grinding, cleaning, and other tasks.
Work gloves: Mechanix M-Pact Coyote Tactical Gloves
These extra-durable work gloves feature a thermoplastic rubber knuckle guard, dual-layer fingertip protection, and energy-absorbing palm padding.
Inexpensive: At the low end of the price spectrum, you can find manual tool sets, such as ratchet and sockets sets, or packages that contain two or three power tools. These power tools are usually limited to two drill/drivers, battery, and charger, but occasionally you may find a light or handheld reciprocal saw in the set as well. These sets range from around $100 to $300.
Mid-range: If you’d like a wider assortment of cordless tools, you’ll need to look in the $400 to $650 price range. This is where you can find cordless power tool sets that include four or five tools along with a battery (or two) and charger. These sets mostly feature standard tools, such as a drill/driver, light, reciprocal saw, and orbital sander.
Expensive: Once you move past $700, you can find sets that include a vacuum, blower, circular saw, and more. These higher-priced sets may include as many as eight different power tools.