The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. was formed in 1924 when A.F. Siebert began the company with the intention of fully developing the Hole-Shooter, a portable power drill built to stand up to heavy workloads. The Hole-Shooter, first developed by A.H. Peterson in 1918 for Henry Ford, was the tool industry’s first heavy-duty drill light enough for one-handed use.
In the beginning, Milwaukee was in the business of repairing tools already on the market. But the company soon began to expand and improve their own product line. The next few decades saw many tools introductions for Milwaukee including: a lightweight electric hammer drill (1935), powerful enough to set anchors in concrete, a line of sanders and grinders (1949) with a spring clutch design to prevent backlash, the Sawzall reciprocating saw (1951), the first portable hacksaw to incorporate a reciprocating mechanism, and the Hole Hawg in the 1970’s, the first drill designed specifically for drilling large holes between studs and joints.
Milwaukee continues to develop new technologies to improve their tools; with accomplishments such as being one of the first to use Lithium-Ion batteries with their cordless line and developing an Ice-Hardened technology for strengthening tool bits and blades. Today Milwaukee pride themselves on providing a lineup of tools fit for the professional and offers a selection of more than 500 tools and 3,500 plus accessories.