September 18, 2007

Milwaukee 12-volt Sub-Compact Driver

milwaukee_sub_compact.jpgThis October, Milwaukee is getting into the mini Li-Ion market with their 12-volt Sub-Compact Driver. It looks like a nice tool with some good features. It's got a variable speed trigger, a little LED light, a easy-to-use chuck, and a little fuel gauge so you'll always know how much juice you've got left.

According to Milwaukee, the Sub-Compact Driver can drive 130 3" screws on a single charge. Not bad for something that weighs two pounds. The tool comes with a soft case, a 30 minute charger, and two Li-Ion batteries.

Up until this point, Bosch has really been the only player with this type of tool so we're looking forward to seeing what Milwaukee has to offer.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 18, 2007 7:49 PM
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prismastuf - I'm not sure that is correct. Each LI cell has 3.6 volts and this model, I assume, has 3 cells, which would yield 10.8 volts.

Regular NiCAD cells are 1.3 volts, so an 18V has 15 cells.

Milwaukee's 28V LI is also as misleading because the math doesn't add up.

Posted by: Tooldork at September 20, 2007 9:43 AM

Unfortunately the 12 Volt rating for this driver is misleading.

This tool only produces 12 volts when the battery "surges" during the first moment of operation. After that it's only producing 9 or 10 volts.

Every battery powered tool is capable of producing this initial "surge", but only Milwaukee has picked up on it as a marketing tool to mislead consumers.

Posted by: prismastuf at September 19, 2007 4:33 PM

I've also been told that Milwaukee is working on a subcompact sawzall-like tool based on the same battery. Now THAT would be innovative!

Posted by: Ben at September 19, 2007 11:16 AM
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