Milwaukee unveiled their newest frontline products in the sub-compact cordless wars last week, and the M12 3/8” drill/driver was one of the first out of the gate. This offers a couple of insights: first, this new drill is proof positive that Milwaukee has no plans to drop their M12 line; and second, if you’ve been lamenting the limited choice of tools in this line, you’re in for a good year.
From everything we’ve heard, the big red “M” plans to roll out just shy of a dozen new tools in the M12 line alone this year. Their 3/8” drill is a great start. It features a 0 – 1,500 RPM high gear and 0 – 400 RPM low gear as well as a ripping 250 in-lbs of torque that’ll keep it in stride with the other competitors in its class.
With the rising popularity of the sub-compact lines in the market today, it seems Milwaukee’s going to bet heavy on little tools that boast large performance. From a consumer standpoint we have to agree with that choice — we’ve reached for the high-end Li-Ion subs for the last two years, and they haven’t disappointed us yet. We can’t imagine the M12 3/8” will be any different. We got our hands on one for a short time at the recent Milwaukee event and it seemed very solid.
Pricing looks to be in the $130 – $150 range for the drill, charger, and two-battery set. No word on what drill-only or combo kit pricing will be just yet, but we’ll keep you updated as rollouts occur.
Milwaukee M12 Line [Milwaukee Tools]