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M18 power adapter?

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I know it doesn't exist, but should it? I'm talking about an adapter/power supply that you would plug into the battery terminals that has a 120 volt power cord, so you could use your tools in plug-in mode if you ever wanted to.

If Milwaukee came out with this, would you buy it?
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SDS max drill (for driving ground rods), vacuum, hedge clippers, circular saw, a power adapter would be nice. I'd see it just as a clip in that fits in the battery slot with heavy leads to a DC power supply.
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"problem with this is that a drill battery can deliver a lot of amps (over 50 peak) so it would take a very big dc power supply to handle this. i already make one for my shop with a 25 amp 18v switching one ( that was about 12 x 4 x 3 inch big!) and was tripping it everytime drill was working hard"
 

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SDS max drill (for driving ground rods), vacuum, hedge clippers, circular saw, a power adapter would be nice. I'd see it just as a clip in that fits in the battery slot with heavy leads to a DC power supply.
Years ago there was a set up with the battery in a 5 gallon bucket I think it was Skil and Craftsman that had that set up.
 
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Yup, and that thing nuisance trips square d AFCI and DF breakers like a boss. We did a new house, and the carpenters were using one of those. All the led bulbs would dim and flicker when it was run, and if you watched the panel you could see the afci and df breakers trip one after the other, regardless of what circuit the saw was plugged in to. That was a real head scratcher when we got that troubleshooting call.
 

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It would be awesome for the table saw and other large tools. It a batteries die, you plug it in until they can charge. Gives a lot more versatility. METABO HPT (Hitachi) did it with a 10" table saw. It's doable. And IMHO, worth having as a backup.
 

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SDS max drill (for driving ground rods), vacuum, hedge clippers, circular saw, a power adapter would be nice. I'd see it just as a clip in that fits in the battery slot with heavy leads to a DC power supply.
My weed wacker does both, Pull the battery and there is a socket in there for 120VAC Works so much better on 120VAC

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It would be awesome for the table saw and other large tools. It a batteries die, you plug it in until they can charge. Gives a lot more versatility. METABO HPT (Hitachi) did it with a 10" table saw. It's doable. And IMHO, worth having as a backup.

Agreed, I think it's something that Milwaukee should pursue. I would buy it.
 

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I have a hard time seeing the need. If I need constant high power that would constitute a plug in adapter, then I just grab a corded tool from the shop and use that. We still have a couple super sawzalls, big portaband, hole hawgs, big rotary hammer, etc. I also still use plug-in lights if I need lots of light for an extended period of time. If there isn't site power available, then we just grab the bucket truck with a 4500w Onan generator on it, or one of the 5 portable generators we own. 90% of the time I just grab the Honda 2000w since it sips fuel and is easy to toss into the truck. My truck has a built in 150w inverter, so I have also used that for panel swaps so I can toss a cord inside, plug it into the truck, and plug in a tower LED light. It takes a lot of gasoline to pay off the difference between a 120v plug in light and one of the big Milwaukee cordless lights.
 

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This is kind of hilarious to me. Slowly I have been moved from corded tools to battery only ones. You all were way ahead of me, but then again I had foresight to buy lots of Milwaukee power tools back in the day and they refuse to die out.

I wanna see pictures of MTW and Hackworks running around the jobs with a corded cordless drill attachment on their drills while the batteries are recharging......... that would make my day. :biggrin:
 
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