Milwaukee Tool has launched new ball-end hex key sets.
The designs are fairly straightforward, with a ball hex tip on the long end for improved off-axis access, and a straight hex tip on the short end for higher torque delivery.
Milwaukee bundles the sets with a pivoting holder that they say provides quick and easy access.
Hanging holes provide another storage option.
There are two sets – a 9pc metric set (48-22-2186) and a 13pc SAE set (48-22-2185). The two sets are available separately and together as part of a 22pc set (48-22-2187).
SAE sizes: 050″, 1/16″, 5/64″, 3/32″, 7/64″, 1/8″, 9/64″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32″, 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″
Metric sizes: 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 mm
Price: $30 for SAE, $27 for metric, $50 for both
Let’s be blunt – there’s not much any tool brand can do with hex keys that hasn’t already been done. And that’s okay.
The tools and holders have high contrast markings for easy size identification, and the tips are chamfered for easier insertion. I wouldn’t accept otherwise.
The pivoting holders look interesting, but also a bit too bulky for pocket-carry. I’m not the only one that does that on occasion, right? Sometimes if I need a hex key but aren’t sure about the size, so I grab the set and go. If I need my hands free, in a pocket they go.
Milwaukee’s filling in holes in their hand tool lineup. Are there many holes left?