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Wanted to love it but was sorely let down
on January 7, 2012
I bought this same tool from a big box store to "upgrade" a Harbor Freight cordless version that I had been using heavily for years without encountering a single problem. Loved the Milwaukee name and wanted the compatability with my other m12 tools (love the impace driver, love the "dremel" type tool, like the hacksall tool). I was disapointed.
The first one right out of the box sounded really rough, like something was out of allignment. I took it right back to the store and swapped it for another. The second one sounded nice and smooth, had a soft start, and had plenty of power. Compared to the Harbor Freight, it was quieter, more powerful, more ergonomic, and had less vibration. But it died on the first day of use!!! It worked for 10 minutes, then stopped... the overload protection was triggered I think. I let it sit for an hour and then put on the sanding pad to smooth some areas of window trim, soft pine. It worked for 1 minute, then shut off. After sitting it started again and worked for 45 seconds then quit, then 30 seconds, then 15 seconds, and now 2 seconds. I let it sit for an hour each time and it is now to the point that it won't start at all. I'm very dissapointed. I'm taking it back to swap it for another to see if the third time is the charm... poor quality control. I comment Milwaukee for trying to do a 12v version of this but with they had done a bit more testing in the lab before launching what I have to assume is a design prone to lemons.
The cheap, blocky, loud Harbor Freight version of this tool meanwhile runs constantly without problems and it was cheap enough that I abuse it like a mule and it won't die.