November 19, 2010

Win a Milwaukee M12 Radio from Tool Snob

m12_radio_1.jpgWe're giving away a brand new Milwaukee M12 radio. It's a great little item and because of its size and the fact it has a protected compartment for our iPod, it's become our radio of choice. You can read our original review here.

To enter to win, leave a comment at this post telling us what tools, hardware, or gear you're wanting to get for Christmas. In a week or so, we'll compile all of the entries into a gift guide of sorts to help out all the clueless tool shoppers out there. Be sure to also tell us why you want it. Just a sentence or two is fine. We'll choose an entry at random and send you the radio.

And just so you know, the Milwaukee radio does not come with a battery or charger, but it does have an A/C adapter so it is ready to use out of the box, just not in a cordless fashion. If you have other M12 tools, great. If you don't, well, then this is as good a reason as any to start getting involved with them.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 19, 2010 5:25 AM
Recent Comments

My kids break everything, so this radio would serve me well. I am looking for a Dremel rotozip,a pnuematic nail gun set and an aircompressor to show up in my stocking...

Posted by: Kathy at December 4, 2010 7:10 PM

My dream tool this year would have to be a Bendpak hydraulic auto lift to finish off my garage. I'm not an auto mechanic by profession, but how cool would a lift be as the centerpiece of my "man-tool cave"? The Milwaukee radio would also provide some needed tunes while working or just talking tools with the guys. Great iPhone app by the way Tool Snob! Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Ramon at November 27, 2010 9:09 AM

Jet Parallel Clamps. It would be fun to do a glue-up just once that I wasn't frantically trying to get everything square while my mind ticks down through the glue's open time.

Posted by: Pete at November 25, 2010 4:43 PM

I've been hinting to my wife that she's much more likely to get the crown moulding she wants if there is a miter box under the tree.

Posted by: Jeff at November 25, 2010 1:45 PM

I would really like a new miter saw. I have a Delta that was given to me 5-10 years ago. It has been around since I think the 80's. My Dad dropped it and broke off one of the legs, so naturally he welded it back up and it has been great ever since. Buy, the miter saw I would like to upgrade to 12 "Bosch Dual bevel glide." miter saw. It's only priced at 800-1200 and with our first baby on the way, I will say I am probably going to be stuck with the ol' miter saw for a while.

Posted by: Sean at November 24, 2010 7:37 PM

Tis the season to replace some of the classic standards

craftsman screwdrivers
B&D workmate
gloves, glasses, earplugs, utility knives,pencils, stanley powerlock tape measures can never have enough of them.

My big ticket item was going to be something from the m-12 line, but my circular saw crapped the bed so I'm looking at a Dewalt or old stock skil HD77, will probably hold off on my cordless consolidation project for now.

Posted by: Kevin at November 23, 2010 7:08 PM

I'm getting into M12 this year, starting with the new oscillating tool and an impact driver, then maybe their version of a Seesnake so I can see what's going on in my 80+ year old ceilings. I'm anticipating dozens of teeny tiny mouse skeletons.

Posted by: Buckethead at November 23, 2010 9:33 AM

I'll have to 2nd the Milwaukee self heating jacket. I buy lots of tools for myself but when it comes to gifts I prefer to get (and give) things that I think are cool but have a hard time justifying. Most of my 12v tools are bosch but the hacksall and right angle drill have added a few of Milwaukee batteries and charges to my collection. The jacket would take advantage of that small collection.

Posted by: Michael at November 22, 2010 10:29 PM

What I'd really like (but will never get) is one of those big rolling tool storage chests. I have like 6 toolboxes, a bucket, couple of bags, everything is all spread out and I spend time looking for the right tool. I'd like to consolidate and get rid of most of the boxes and bags. Since we don't have the $$ for that, I'd be happy with one of those rolling storage cases that Stanley or B&D makes.

Posted by: John at November 22, 2010 1:43 PM

I would like a festool tracksaw and a dewalt 12 volt lion impact driver for Christmas. Also I would love that radio!

Posted by: steve davis at November 22, 2010 12:14 AM

I've got a set of wera screwdrivers, some drawer liner, a Streamlight MicroStream Flashlight and a pair of digital calipers on my list.

Posted by: jordan at November 21, 2010 10:26 AM

On the top of my Christmas wish list for tools is a Fesstool T15+3 drill. As a DIY guy, I have helped family members build houses; built 500+ linear feet of 6 ft. board-on-board fence; And with the help of my father, finished a basement. In the process, I have "smoked" three cordless drills. My fourth, an 18v (brand omitted) is now starting to emit electrical smells when driving even small stuff. I suspect failure is near. In addition, at 18v, I am sure it will not be pretty.

So, although the T15 is several Franklins higher than I would like to pay, the idea of a drill that will outlive me is kind of cool.

Electronically controlled speed, brushless, three-phase AC motor, Lithium Ion battery, and electronic safety cut-offs... T15 is a sweet tool.

My father has a T12, and he loves it.

Best wishes for all readers in the holiday season. Please be safe, and I hope you all receive your Christmas wishes.


Posted by: Ed Skinner at November 20, 2010 10:23 PM

my wife let me buy a new milwaukee m18 driver and impact set for my b-day. now lets see if she lets me get the matching circular saw...

Posted by: nate at November 20, 2010 6:51 PM

Milwaukee's M12 2426-20 Multi-Tool (bare tool for me - since I've already bought into the line) is on my list - along with a Makita BPB180Z (bare tool) cordless bandsaw

Posted by: fred at November 20, 2010 4:52 PM

Need to finish my v18 milwaukee set...
need a good mechanic's tool set...
need a nice versatile ladder...
and the rockwell jaw horse those things look sweet!

Posted by: Adrien at November 20, 2010 5:57 AM

Sawstop 1.75hp Professional Saw - I'm a woodworker limited to a 120v shop, and I'd really like to upgrade from my 10 year old Delta Contractors saw, and this is by far the best upgrade. I like my digits.

Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane - been on the list for quite some time....

Milwuakee Compact 12v Drill/Driver and Impact Driver combo... for when my herd of Bosch 12v critters just don't have the ooompah.

Quality 20-30 gallon Oil-lubed Compressor. My lit'l Makita Hot Dog is just too noisy, and cycles too often for my taste. (See 120v limitation above for why I don't go for a 60gal unit instead).

A Jawhorse would be cool, and I'd love a top notch 10"-12" S/GCMS.

Stanley makes a panel carrier that's inexpensive and looks quite handy, just hard to find.

Posted by: Bikerdad at November 20, 2010 2:55 AM

Just getting started equipping the new garage/shop. This radio would make a nice addition. High on my priorities is a dust collection system. Figure it would be easier to install now before I stuff too much junk in there.

Posted by: JD at November 19, 2010 6:17 PM

The radio looks awesome. I recently dove into the M12 lineup so it would fit in nicely.

Tool stuff I am asking for includes:
Bucket Boss type thing
Self centering drill bits
Oscillating spindle sander
Wool Socks to keep my feet warm
A Stormy Kromer to keep my head warm

Posted by: Tom at November 19, 2010 12:54 PM

This is great stuff. I like that you guys seem fired up over the Bosch Axial Glide. I left it off my original gift guide because I was keeping those items only to tools that I had real hands on experience with. But since putting up the guide, a AGMS arrived at the shop and even though I've only made a few cuts with it, it's obvious that it's a quality tool. And the amount of space that it saves, especially in a cramped shop like ours, is incredible. So look for a review of that one in the coming days and also a review of the P-C Quik Jig which I've been playing around with for over a month now.

Posted by: Tool Snob at November 19, 2010 12:39 PM

I don't celebrate Christmas. But I am angling for my wife to get me a few items:
1. M12 Palm Nailer
2. M12 hackzall
3. And a new 18v hammer drill/drill. My Bosch Brute is about done

Thanks for the chance.

Posted by: Josh S at November 19, 2010 11:48 AM

Two tools are definitely at the top of my list.

Rockwell Jawhorse--just seems to be the most useful item not currently in my shop.

Senco Fusion Nailer--we are planning to redo several rooms in the next year, including new trim, baseboard and crown. This nailer would be so handy for that and other projects.

Posted by: Jay T at November 19, 2010 11:27 AM

I'm just getting started in woodworking so my full list is quite big. I would love to have the Bosch Colt router as a small router to go alongside my 1617EVSPK I just got. A nice collection of clamps would always be appreciated. The Rockwell Jawhorse is also on the list.

Posted by: Wesley W at November 19, 2010 11:09 AM

Would love to have that radio! I have a few M12 tools (drill, recip saw, and flashlight), and it would fit nicely! Plus, I have the radio going almost all-day everyday.

Aside from that, however, I'm really interested in both the M12 Specter Camera and the M12 SubScanner this Christmas. I live in a ~100 year old home and frequently work in a few nearby. These things would come in very, very handy for all the noooks-n-crannies and settings where homes have been remodeled 10+ times with no documentation or easy access to where stuff is at.

Posted by: Ryan at November 19, 2010 10:52 AM
Alligator saw from across the pond can't belive they have tools we don't

The strait Flush Saw and since I had to put in a new kitchen floor this past week I realize the need for a toekick saw and wail I'm listing all the saws I want throw in a jam saw.
I allready have a jig cucular sawsall rotozip mutimaster dremmel but non of them can do the job these saws I mentioned before can do.
You don't realize their purpose and how they are worth every penny till you stuck on a job wasting your time

Posted by: Mr P at November 19, 2010 10:50 AM

1. I'd like to get a nice 8ft aluminum track straight edge I can use for a saw guide.
2.Some more Plano 3700 organization boxes for storage.
3.World peace.
4.A subscription to "Shop Notes".
5.A router with 1/2" chuck.

*If I'm limited to four items, I'll give up the magazine subscription.

Posted by: Dave Atwater at November 19, 2010 10:43 AM

Porter Cable QuickJig 560
Nice new take on pocket hole jigs. I'm going to be finishing a kitchen with butcher block countertops that I need to join on end and I think this would work really well for that.

Hitachi NV45AB2 7/8-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch Roofing Nailer
Going to be roofing a barn next summer. A roofing gun would be great!

Makita AN611 1-1/4-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch Coil Siding Nailer
Also going to be siding said barn.

Makita LXT407 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 4-Piece Combo KiT
Sometimes my old 14.4v Makita Drill/driver and Impact Driver just don't cut it... er... drill it or drive it.

Fluke 1AC-A1-II Volt-Alert AC Non-Contact Voltage Tester
A known and trusted name in testing and this one has a distinct advantage, regular AAA batteries!

Klein JSDS02 7-Piece Journeyman Screwdriver Set
The tips on my old craftsman set have finally died. Screwdrivers are an oft over-looked item and a well made set can make the difference between cramped hands, stripped screws and ergonomic comfort and easy driving.

Milwaukee fastback knife. Looks like it might be a lot friendlier to use than my current knife.

I'd like the Bosch Axial Glide saw but I can't justify even asking for it since I already have Milwaukee 12" slider.

Posted by: Ethan at November 19, 2010 9:04 AM

I am really jonesing for the Milwaukee jacket. My garage isn't heated and it would be awesome to have when working out there in the winter. I also want to try it for quick buzzes around the lake on the snowmobile.

Posted by: jeff_williams at November 19, 2010 9:00 AM

There are two tools that top my list - the bosch axial glide and an oneida dust collection system. most of my work is done in my workshop, not out on a job site. Since my shop is fairly small, the space saving arm and the extra cutting depth of a gliding 12" could almost replace a radial arm saw for my needs. The dust collection system would just generally make my workshop a more comfortable place to work - not to mention healthier and cleaner.

Posted by: Paul at November 19, 2010 8:46 AM

On the top of my list is definetely a new 18ga finish nailer. I'm thinking either the bostitch or ridgid, as they seem like good tools and are available at most local HDs. I also wouldn't mind that Milwaukee heated jacket; I hate being cold when I work outside.

Posted by: Doug C. at November 19, 2010 8:31 AM

Well first off, I just want to say that I would love to have that radio. I live in the midwest and tend to get stuck listening to country music a lot. I would love to have this radio to drowned out my fellow coworkers with some good hard rock-n-roll. I would love to hear "Hells Bells" ring out on the job site. So if you are compiling a list of all of the things I would like, then you should for sure add the Senco finish nailer. I have been looking to get a cordless finish gun for awhile and I am excited about this new technology. Another big favorite would be the new Bosch miter box. The sliding technology looks great and it would really be nice to not need the extra room that the rails take up. One last thing would have to be the heated Milwaukee coat. I was just thinking yesterday how nice that would be as I was putting on steel siding in a 25mph wind and temps in the 20's. I could go on and on, but that would be my list of top favorite tools. If you wanted a stocking stuffer, throw in one of those spring tools combination tool. Looks pretty interesting.

Posted by: Lucas Voorhees at November 19, 2010 6:33 AM
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