Earlier this week we posted about the new Milwaukee M12 Fuel extended reach ratchets, and yesterday we posted about how it’s not recommended that the tool be used for final tightening by hand.
Chad commented this morning:
Seems to me there is a potential perfect product here. An electric ratchet that is strong enough to be used manually for final tightening and with built in strain gauges that will announce at preset torques.
Actually… Milwaukee is coming out with an M12 Fuel cordless torque wrench with One-Key.
The new Milwaukee M12 digital torque wrench is advertised as delivering up to 50% faster installation speeds. Basically, it uses a motor for fast-turning of loose fasteners, and then you turn the ratchet manually (unpowered) to drive fasteners to their desired torque.
So, the motorized torque wrench gets you in the ballpark of your set torque value, and then a little elbow grease gets you the rest of the way. The tool indicates that you’ve reached the set torque value both visually and audibly, with a large green LED and a tone. It will also notify users if the applied torque exceeds the set value.
As of NPS19, accuracy was said to be ±2%.
One-Key connectivity allows for reporting.
Milwaukee will offer two sizes of M12 Fuel digital torque wrenches – 3/8″ and 1/2″.
- 3/8″ drive: 10-100 ft-lbs
- 1/2″ drive: 10-150 ft-lbs
Milwaukee displayed a cut-away of the motorized torque wrench at NPS19.
What you should notice in images of the cross-section is that the new Milwaukee motorized torque wrench has a metal body. There’s overmolding and some plastic parts, but the tool largely features a metal housing. Metal = strength, which is why you can use it to set final torques of up to 100 ft-lbs and 150 ft-lbs for the 3/8″ and 1/2″ drive torque wrenches, respectively.
Thanks to the computerized controls and digital display, Milwaukee says that you can use 4 different types of torque units with the torque wrench:
- Foot-pounds (ft-lbs)
- Inch-pounds (in-lbs)
- Newton-meter (N⋅m)
- Kilogram-centimeters (kg⋅cm)
It’s also interesting to note that Milwaukee has said they are setting up for in-house calibration service for fast turnaround. Calibration should be done once a year, as is true for other torque wrenches.
Pricing: $599 for the bare tool, $749 for the kit
ETA: November 2019
Buy Now(via Tool Nut)
- 3/8″ torque wrench bare tool: 2465-20
- 1/2″ torque wrench bare tool: 2465-22
- 3/8″ torque wrench kit: 2466-20
- 1/2″ torque wrench kit: 2466-22
Full specs and details won’t be available until the official press releases go out, but I thought you’d still appreciate a brief teaser post.
In the meantime, here’s a video of Milwaukee’s NPS19 tool show presentation, courtesy of our friends at Coptool: