This week Milwaukee announced the first product in their new 12V sub-compact line: a tiny, high-torque driver aimed directly at electricians and other pros looking to put their mid-size drivers on a diet. Of course, with this launch Milwaukee clearly draws a bead on Bosch’s successful PS20 — offering the first competition in the still-brand-new sub-compact category.
And at first glance, the red-and-black sub-compact offers some interesting features not found on the Bosch: a battery “fuel gauge” and a chuck capable of one-handed bit changes. Size-wise it’s similar, measuring in at 7″ long and weight two pounds complete with a 12V 1.4 Ah li-ion battery based on the same lithium-manganese cells used throughout Milwaukee’s V-lines.
Milwaukee claims a charge time of 30 minutes and a torque of 100 in-lbs, though we noticed that’s measured at a 500 rpm max as opposed to the PS20’s 600 rpm — which might account for the difference. We’ll see when we get our hands on a test model later this month.
In the meantime, we’re told these should be on shelves in mid-October at an MSRP of $140, which means you’ll likely pay around $129 for them — exactly the same price as the PS20. Which is better? We’ll all know soon. But as for now, we know one thing for sure: it’s no longer a one-horse race.
Update: Looks like our friend Harry Sawyers over at The Hardware Isle has a bit to say about this, too.