Milwaukee Tool unveiled a new line of Shockwave high performance bits, nut drivers, sockets, bit holders, and adapters. With impact drivers quickly becoming the primary tool of choice, the new line is rated to stand up to extreme torque. Team FIN used the new M18 Fuel impact driver to test the Shockwave compact magnetic bit holders with insert bits, 6- and 12-in. bit holders, 30 degree knuckle pivoting bit holder, and the 5 piece insert nut driver set.
Thin wall hole saw
Team FIN was impressed by the overall performance of the line. The thin wall hole saws work well on thin gauge metal up to 1/8 in. thick. A stop shoulder design prevents over-drilling material and possible damage to inner components. It also has an ejection spring which Team FIN said is a really useful feature – it cuts down on time spent removing wedged, stubborn material. The sharp blades ate through material fast, making clean, even cuts without dulling. According to Milwaukee, the hole saws provide up to 40% faster burr-free cuts than standard bi-metal hole saws, and deliver up to 2 times longer life than the competition.
Magnetic insert bits
The line also features a series of magnetic insert bits that are designed to cover more applications with fewer products. Each compact bit holder has a strong magnet that holds onto the inserts without any trouble. The Phillips head bits really held up under high torque and seemed to grab well, minimizing slippage. The nut driver set fit standard hex-head screws and are ideal for putting in sheet metal and wood lag screws. Team FIN was most impressed by the 30 degree knuckle pivoting bit holder. It is a useful tool, allowing the user to get square with a screw in tight spaces that can otherwise be a nuisance to work in. It also straightens out and can be used as a standard insert bit, which cuts down on the hassle of swapping out bit holders.
Team FIN highly recommends Milwaukee’s new Shockwave line. The thin wall hole saws are sharp and long-lasting while the bit holders, with powerful magnets and versatility, cut down on the number of accessories needed on a jobsite. The line has time-saving and innovative features that make the accessories a good buy.
Rated: 5 out of 5
The M18 Fuel impact driver (2653-22) costs $299, compact magnetic bit holder with 25 PH2 1in. insert bits (48-32-5009) costs $15.97; 6 in. bit holder (48-32-4511) costs $7.97; 12 in. bit holder (48-32-4512) costs $9.97; 30° knuckle pivoting bit holder (48-32-2301) costs $29.97; and the 5 piece insert nut driver set (49-66-4563) costs $14.97. For more information about Milwaukee Tool, visit www.milwaukeetool.com.