As mentioned in our new Milwaukee tools for 2014-2015 roundup, Milwaukee is coming out with new precision screwdrivers.
Milwaukee’s precision screwdrivers feature spinning back caps, thin-diameter shafts, precision tips, and overmolded handle grips.
The precision screwdrivers will also feature all-metal cores, and anti-roll geometry, and color-coded cap identification markings.
Compared to competitive offerings, the all-metal cores are said to be up to 4X more durable. They are also heat treated for additional strength.
These precision screwdrivers look a little chunkier than those designed for finer electronics work, such as those featured in our best precision screwdrivers roundup, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There will be a couple of different kit options available:
- 4pc set (48-22-2604): PH#1, slotted 1/8″, 3/32″, and 1/16″
- 6pc set (48-22-2606): PH #0, #00, Slotted 5/32″, 1/8″, 3/32″, 1/16″, and a carrying case.
- 6pc Torx set (48-22-2610): T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, and T15, and a carrying case.
The 4pc set will be available starting in November 2014, the two 6pc sets will be available starting in February 2015.
Pricing: The 4pc set is $15, the other prices are TBA.
Buy Now(4pc set via Home Depot)
What I find most intriguing about these new drivers are their all-metal cores. Precision screwdrivers are a little dainty, which is a good thing, but that makes them a little delicate. As mentioned, these drivers look a little chunky, and that’s probably deliberate. That they have all-metal cores really should make them more durable for rougher field work, where Wiha and other precision brands of drivers aren’t really at home.
While I haven’t done this to any of my own precision drivers, I have seen screwdrivers with short blade tangs that have been bent away from or loosened within their handles. That’s something that looks to be impossible with Milwaukee’s new offerings.
These drivers might not be as well suited for fine precision work – or maybe they are – but they definitely look robust enough for more demanding miniature fastening tasks.