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An Unsung Hero: Milwaukee M12 Tool Review

Posted on February 2nd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Tools. No Comments

It seems like I tend to focus on my flashier, or more expensive tool investments. What’s not to like about Lie-Nielsen hand tools, or Powermatic or SawStop’s woodworking equipment. They rule. It occurred to me that one power tool I own continues to perform across a wide range of tasks. My Milwaukee M12 Cordless Lithium Ion Cordless Screwdriver).

I had been without a rechargeable drill for at least 8 years, and I’m sure everyone can agree that the Lithium Ion battery technology has really upped the game. This tool is taking advantage of that rechargeable battery technology and combines it with great weight, ergonomics and power that is surprising. I really take advantage of the quick, interchangeable chuck with bit and driver attachments to drill, countersink and drive a variety of screws without losing power over time.

traveling anarchist tool chestMy Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest has required a good deal of drilling for attaching the bottom and internal tool organization elements – at least 60 screws that required pre-drilling. Then, while on the same charge (the tool comes with two batteries and charger), I used the drill to assemble and disassemble a pinewood derby track for Cub Scouts. That was another 80+ screws x2. Not bad.

This tool is one of several that were a part of a newer line of tools Milwaukee rolled out a few years back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they performed at a similar level.

Because of the performance, design and price tag of ~$99 at a local Big Box retailer, I give this 4 1/2 out of 5 dovetails.

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