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One-Handed Overhead Transmission Cutting Experience

One-Handed Overhead Transmission Cutting Experience

The wire automatically closes the jaw, providing hands-free jaw closure and the easiest mid-span cuts.

Milwaukee Tool has introduced the M18 FORCE LOGIC 9T Utility Cutter. A self-latching jaw design enables opening with just one hand, enhancing alignment while delivering easiest operation with Class 3 Gloves. The wire automatically closes the jaw, providing hands-free jaw closure and the easiest mid-span cuts.

“Hand ratchet tools put strain on the body and are difficult to use. Cordless transmission cutters are large, challenging to align, and have a latch-style cutting head that is extremely awkward to close around the wire during mid-span cuts. This ultimately makes set-up a three-handed operation,” said Paige Bovard, Group Manager of Product Management for Milwaukee Tool. “Our self-latching design enables users to open the jaw with just one hand for easier alignment straight to the wire. During those mid-span cuts, the wire automatically closes the jaw so the user doesn’t need to juggle with pins or awkward reaching.  Fully balanced and under 12lbs, this new solution delivers the best control for Linemen.”

The fastest transmission cutter on the market, the new 9T Utility Cutter makes up to 60% faster cuts in 1590 Falcon ACSR. Equipped with an M18 RED LITHIUM XC 5.0 battery, it can deliver more than 200 cuts per charge.

As a complete problem-solving solution, the 9T Utility Cutter is compatible with the digital platform, One Key, which allows the user to sync the tool wirelessly with their mobile device or desktop. Users will be able to monitor tool inventory, including tracking the location of missing tools and receiving alerts when lost tools are found. Furthermore, ONE-KEY will assist in tracking the utilization and service interval of the tools to maximize uptime and keep inventory lean.

From the power plant, through transmission and distribution, it is Milwaukee’s goal to improve reliability and productivity for Linemen by offering cordless solutions on one battery platform that will replace the heavy traditional corded, gas and truck hydraulic solutions used today. With a base of tools on the M18 system already used by Linemen, the launch of game-changing 6T Utility Cutters in 2015, the introduction of a 12T Utility Crimper, and three uniquely innovative Utility Cable Cutting solutions this year, Milwaukee is committed to making this goal a reality.   

Specifications

M18 FORCE LOGIC 9T Utility Cutter (2777-21)

  • Hydraulic Output Force: 9 Tons
  • Cut Capacity: up to 1590 Falcon ACSR
  • Length: 16.75”
  • Weight: 11.75 lbs
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