There are quite a few exciting and appealing new Milwaukee tools for coming out in late 2014, including a new M18 full-size circular saw and an M12 circular saw. There are plenty of jaw-dropping developments, but two new right angle impact tools – a 3/8″ impact wrench and a 1/4″ hex impact driver – caught me especially by surprise. These new tools look like they will be VERY popular with their target audiences.
The new right angle impacts are designed with low profile heads that help them fit into the tightest and narrowest of workspaces. In addition to being able to fit into spaces other tools could only dream about, both tools have 2 speed and torque modes thanks to their Drive Control feature.
The new 3/8″ impact wrench, shown above, has a 3/8″ anvil with friction ring, a long paddle switch that allows for multiple grip options, and weighs just under 4 with an XC battery pack.
And… you can rotate the drive head completely around. This enables the right angle impact wrench to fit into spaces no other power tool could possibly access, at least none that we’ve ever seen.
- Mode 1: 30 ft-lbs max torque, 0-1500 RPM, 0-2400 IPM
- Mode 2: 60 ft-lbs max torque, 0-2250 RPM, 0-2400 IPM
There will also be new right angle impact driver, model 2667-20, that appears identical to the right angle impact wrench, except it has a 1/4″ quick-change chuck instead of a square drive.
More information about the impact driver is to come, but we couldn’t wait to share the news and some thoughts about the impact wrench.
The new right angle impact wrench will be available as a bare-tool (2668-20), as part of a single compact battery kit (2668-21CT), and as part of a double high capacity batter kit (2668-22).
More Info(via Milwaukee)
Right now we’re seeing conflicting information about how short the impact wrench head really is, as Milwaukee’s data sheets say 1.4″ and 1.7″. Assuming that the higher number is accurate, that’s still ridiculously compact.
Max torque is 30 ft-lbs in mode 1, and 60 ft-lbs in mode 2. That’s 360 and 720 in-lbs respectively, which seems reasonable. It’s typically unavoidable for right angle drills and impact tools to trade power for accessibility. The maximum torque rating is a little lower than I would have expected, but I suppose that’s the price to pay for the super-short drive head.
There’s a lot to like about the new right angle impact wrench, and we have no reason to think the also pending right angle impact driver will be any less appealing.
We like that Milwaukee built the new wrench with a large paddle switch, 2 speed and torque settings, and low-profile drive head, but the ability to rotate the drive head in order to fit the tool into the tightest of spaces raises the right angle impact into wow, that is totally awesome territory.
We also like that there is a compact battery option in addition to the bare tool and 2x XC battery kit. This should give non-M18 users an easy and more affordable way to get started with the M18 lineup and this seemingly excellent right angle impact wrench.
Milwaukee isn’t the only company working on right angle impact wrenches. The new Ingersoll Rand W5330 right angle 3/8″ impact wrench ($350-380 via Amazon) is a mighty fine tool itself, and looks to be the Milwaukee’s 2668’s strongest competitor.