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Milwaukee is uping their outdoor equipment game. Milwaukee runs all of their battery equipment off their M18 battery platform with the largest battery offered at 12ah....Although the 9ah is more common and comes in the bundled offers. The M18 platforms makes sense as it allows the construction cordless tool owners to understand the quality and batteries required to run their new equipment. The 9 ah and 12ah batteries are choice to run some of the higher power use tools such as the chop saw and tablesaw. Win, win and win for Milwaukee.

They have a pretty well received line trimmer, blower, (really low power and run time), hedge trimmer and recently a multi tool .

These tools ARE a contender with the big dog Ego.

These tools surpass offerings from the big three, Stihl, Husqvarna and Echo with more sensible designs and quality.

I have watched teardowns of Ego and Milwaukee batteries and am convinced Ego has a superior battery a long ways.

18 volts is a limiter ultimately on top end power/battery space.

I may bite at some time just because I can see myself buying both their M18 chop saw and tablesaw. Very useful to have cordless at times.

I think it's great that Milwaukee is getting serious about cordless outdoor will keep Ego on their toes plus hopefully causing others to up their game.

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Great! Competition among manufacturers is almost always good for consumers. It drives innovation higher and pricing lower - so we should welcome vigorous competition. I have no idea what these tools cost, but my own experience with Milwaukee is that they make excellent, but expensive, tools. 

Here's a link to the outdoor tool web page for those that are curious:

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Hey look - they are red
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I think their 18V tool platform can work very well for lower powered tools like string and hedge trimmers.

Milwaukee themselves have shown the limit of the 9Ah battery with their Fuel blowers, which are not very powerful compared to Ego's.  Perhaps a dedicated blower that takes advantage of the 12Ah battery and its larger cells can change things?  Their current Fuel blower would be fine for jobsite cleanup (generally dry/dusty work on smoother surfaces), but blowing debris out of a lawn is another thing all together.

I doubt we'll see a Milwaukee lawnmower, unless they go with a multiple battery system.  As of right now it looks like they are sticking with a single battery approach.

Anyone who hasn't seen it should watch the WA video comparing the Ego 530 and 575 models to the 40V DeWalt and 18V Milwaukee Fuel blowers.  Sorry, the word "compare" doesn't really apply...
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Milwaukee does better than the big three with only 18 volts! Props to them.

No way on the lawnmower thing....unless they introduce a new battery platform. I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

Ego takes everybody in the battery world to the wood shed on power, battery and total line up.

Glad to see other contenders .
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Makita’s 36V blower seems to to pretty well, though I haven’t seen it compared directly to other cordless competitors.

Oh, I almost forgot about price! Both Makita and Milwaukee charge a small fortune for their OPE! Even if they did compare to Ego power-wise they would still offer less value. Since they cost more and perform less, the value proposition is horrible!!!
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Maybe check out Makita 18V X2 platform?
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Sorry, by 36V I meant 18V X2. I think they’ve pretty much given up on their old 36V lineup.

I have a bunch of Makita 18V tools and love them, but their X2 OPE is way too rich for my blood... far and away more expensive than Ego.