The Milwaukee Tick

Why GPS Tracking on Home Equipment is Important.

You have a project and you need the right tool to get it done, quickly and efficiently, so you spend a few days researching, going to your local big box store to put your hands on one.  Then comes the investment.  When you get home you call your buddies over for a beer, leaving it just in sight so they ask, then you get to brag.  Three weeks later its gone.  Stolen.  W.T.F.

A long-winded way to get to a tool review but I’m painting a picture.  It’s happened to most of us.  For me it was a brand-new worm drive circular saw, 6ft level and a new tape measure – same day.  The feeling sucks.  You do the whole police report thing and spend a few nights scouring local for sale lists, hopeful, but you never see it again. 

Enter the Milwaukee TICK.  It’s powered by the robust ONE-KEY™ App and connects via Bluetooth with a 100ft signal range (I tested it, at 100ft still connected).  The ONE-KEY™ App receives battery status and location tracking from the TICK.  

Pictured is the TICK in hand, its slightly bigger than a poker chip.  I was torn between attaching to a 16ft aluminum boat with outboard motor or a lawn mower.  In the end I went with the lawn mower.  Setup with epoxy took minutes and the app interface is quick and easy.  The TICK is something we’ve all thought about after something is stolen “Man, I wish it had GPS.”  Well, this is as close to real time GPS you’ll get at a fraction of the cost.  Plus, the more people that download and activate the ONE-KEY™ App, the larger the network grows.

The math is simple; ten pack = $219, $21.90 each.  Lawn mower is ~$3,000; if recovered it’s a 136x return on investment.  Outboard motor alone, ~$4,000, if recovered it’s a 182x return on investment.  Not to mention the added bonus of getting to bring some justice to a thief. 

Sold in a 1, 4, 10 and 50 pack, the 4 pack is a great gift at just under $100. 

For more details check out the Milwaukee Tool website.





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