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During the 2019 Product Symposium (NPS19), Milwaukee treated tool enthusiasts, carpenters, HVAC technicians, plumbers, service electricians, DIYers, and other handymen to a bunch of great new innovative tools. Among them are the Milwaukee M12 surge Hydraulic Driver and the new Milwaukee Installation Drill Driver. Both of these battery powered tools are designed for increased versatility and more effective performance that will let you get more work done in a short period of time. They are lightweight and ergonomically designed to ensure that you get do not get fatigued before completing your tasks. The following sections are dedicated to discussing the tools in detail so that you get an idea of why they should be a big deal!
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge Hydraulic Driver
Designed for the same purpose as the standard 1/4 inch M12 Fuel Impact, the M12 surge also delivers 450 inches-pounds of torque and has the same length of 5.2 inches. The difference, however, is that the surge driver produces a noise that is twice as quiet as the predecessor even on metal, making it ideal for use in occupied zones and cramped spaces. You can even use it without hearing protection because its noise level, for example when driving a 3-inch screws does not exceed 75 decibels, which is lower than OSHA’s 85dBA PEL. In addition, the tool offers a more consistent driving torque because of the surge technology incorporated in the design of its head. The surge technology, in a nutshell, is a hydraulic mechanism made of fluid that is built into the tool in place of the hammer anvil design. Instead of the metal-to-metal hammering of the anvil to deliver torque, this hydraulic mechanism uses a fluid that rapidly expands and contracts to deliver a quieter operation, smooth performance, and torque that is constant, and consistent. This consistent torque ensures that the tool does not keep on spitting out the fasteners during operation. As a result, you can spend more time working since you do not have to keep fishing screws from your pocket because you have lost some.
The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Surge is definitely a great upgrade from the standard M12 Fuel quarter impact especially because of its efficient torque delivery and its super quiet performance that won’t require you to have any hearing protection. It is also compactly designed and packs an amazing amount of torque that will let you get a lot of work done without straining or fatiguing your arms.
New Milwaukee M12 Fuel 4-in-1 Cordless Installation Drill Driver
The Milwaukee Installation drill driver is a new tool in the line-up. It is similar in functionality and purpose to the Bosch 12V Flexiclick 5-In-1 Multi-Head Drill Set. You can check out this detailed comparison of the two modular tools. The Milwaukee drill driver is designed to give the user more access to tight spaces and more versatility to get a lot of different jobs done without damaging existing solutions and without changing tools.
The tool has a nice multi-functional front handle that gives it a slim profile besides housing electronics and providing balance. During operation, the handle is meant to provide lateral balance so that you can have extra control, especially when working overhead. The handle also has a magnetic bit holder to keep bits on board so that you work more without digging through your pocket. The weight of this tool versus its power is unrivaled. Weighing right under 2 pounds with battery, the tool is capable of delivering up to 300 inch-pounds of maximum torque.
As far as versatility goes, the Milwaukee installation drill driver packs 4 dedicated heads that are capable of delivering 4 main dedicated solutions. They include an offset adapter, a right angle adjustment, a quarter-inch (1/4″ hex) collar adapter, and a 3/8 inch chuck. Each of these heads attache quickly onto the tool in 16 different positions. The offset head allows you to access tight corners when installing cabinet screws while the right angle adjustment allows you to access between very tight spaces. On the other hand, the 3/8 inch chuck lets you convert the tool into a drill, thus allowing you to reserve the hole hog or the big drill for big projects. This adapter makes the tool ideal for service electricians. Lastly, the 1/4 inch hex bit holder lets you use the tool a regular screw driver. However, because the tool lacks the hammering mechanism, you cannot use it in place of an impact driver.
To sum it all, these two cordless tools provide all the reasons for HVAC technicians, plumbers, install team, service electricians, and remodelers to not settle until they get one or both. They are designed to deliver the efficiency everyone has always wanted to have when installing stuff and fixtures on new and existing structures without causing damage.