MILWAUKEE M18 2760-20 Hex Hydraulic Driver Fifteen years ago the first cordless impact drivers hit the Canadian building scene, and though designs have gotten better in many ways since then, loud tool noise has been a problem for a long time. Classic impacts use a mechanical drive that’s annoying enough that I use hearing protection for long work sessions. The new Milwaukee M18 Surge is different. It’s noticeably quieter because it uses a hydraulic oil drive that also delivers less vibration. Refinement, less noise and greater controllability are the two reasons I find this tool to be the nicest impact driver I’ve ever used. The tool is different enough that Milwaukee calls it a hex hydraulic driver to differentiate it from old style impact drivers. There are three torque settings on the 2760-20 for driving deck screws and a fourth setting for driving self tapping screws in metal. It’s fast at first during the drilling phase, then torque drops off automatically so the threads don’t strip out. Overall length of the tool head is 1/2” shorter than the current Milwaukee impacts, so the 2760-20 is also easier to use and pop into your pouch. Cheapest Canadian street price is $220 for the bare tool. That’s $30 more than Milwaukee’s conventional impact but the benefits are worth it in my book. ECO WOOD TREATMENT Outdoor Wood Finish Using outdoor wood on your projects can be risky because too few clients understand the ongoing maintenance demands of most wood finishes. When outdoor wood begins to peel or flake faster than clients expect, you get the call back. Low maintenance of outdoor wood is what attracted me to a made in Canada product called Eco Wood Treatment more than 10 years ago. I’ve been using it on my own projects since then. It’s a powder you mix with water and apply to new lumber as an odourless, non-toxic liquid. I usually use a pump-up sprayer for application. A few hours after it goes on, Eco Wood begins to create an even, weathered appearance by chemical reaction. Full results take months to appear, but you only ever have to apply it once. Not every client is okay with a weathered look, but for those who do like it, the “weathering” is even and much nicer looking than the natural stuff. The company has just come out with additional colours, but I haven’t had enough time to see how they last long term. You’ll find Eco Wood Treatment at Home Depot and online at ecowoodtreatment.com. Cost for a pouch of powder to make one gallon of solution is $25.
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