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What Does Milwaukee M12 Gen 2 Bring To The Table?
So what changes did Milwaukee bring to the table with their Gen 2 M12 FUEL drills and driver? These Gen 2 tools have brushless motors, and reduced size. In fact, the M12 tool size was reduced by 1-inch in length.
The M12 FUEL Drills changed in length only, same power. They also still have the 1/2″ all metal chuck, and is the only 12-volt tool on the market to have this feature. The 1/2″ check gives you the ability to run 7/16″ shank augers and hole saws. That’s huge! This tool delivers up to 1700 RPM’s and 350 in-lbs of peak torque. Weighing in at only 2.8lbs with battery and 6.6” in length, both tools are so nice to use.
The M12 FUEL 1/4 in. Hex Impact Driver has an output of more than 1,300 in-lbs of torque. The Brushless Motor delivers 0-3,300 RPMs. The impact driver’s speed and torque were increased 25-30%, and Milwaukee added a 4-mode Driver Control to give the user more control of the tool.
A Self-Tapping Screw Mode was added, and is designed to reduce walking when starting self-tapping screws as well as reduce overdriving, breaking, and stripping out screws. This Self-tapping mode allows contractors working with sheet metal to work easier with self-tapping zip or Tek style fasteners.
The best part is that this tool weighs less than 2 lbs. and measuring only 5.1” in length.
Lastly, you’ll notice that the tools belt hook was slightly redesigned allowing it to clip more easily and hang with a better balance.
Milwaukee M12 FUEL Generation 2
Self Taping Screw Mode
The secret sauce behind the M12 Impact drivers “Self-Tapping Screw Mode,” is in the electronics. The tools starts the screw slower to avoid fastener walking. It then senses when it penetrates the metal [by sensing a spike in current]and slows down the tools to avoid stripping the screw.
Not the Biggest or Baddest
We can all agree that the M12 tools are not as powerful as their M18 bigger brother, but for MOST applications, it’s plenty powerful and comes in a lighter and more compact footprint. My point is that you don’t always need the Biggest, Baddest tool to do every job.