We got a kick out of talking to the Milwaukee accessory guys a few weeks ago while attending their product symposium. It was almost a counterculture inside the rank-and-file of the power tool reps, and we’ve seen it at almost every manufacturer. “Those tools are nothing without a good bit at the business end.” They say it without fail wherever we go and they said it over and over at the product launch for Milwaukee’s Shockwave bits.
The funny part is, they’re sort of correct. The bit is majorly important and often blows right by many manufactures as a throw-in or “also ran.” The Shockwave system was engineered to deliver more power and resist breaking. That’s a tall order for little bits, but Milwaukee claims they added life and more strength in their new tapered bits.
A smart consumer’s first question is likely the same as ours was: “What’s with the taper?” Milwaukee says that little taper allows the bit to twist and flex just the tiniest amount. That smidge of give lets the shaft accept some of the back force instead of shearing under the enormous load that modern drills put out. Also, the tip of the bits are compression forged, which, according to the Milwaukee guys, makes the head much less prone to failure under high-stress applications.
We’ve been through more than our share of busted bits, so we’re anxious to see if these bad boys stand up to what we’re dishing out. Only time will tell.
Shockwave Bit System [Milwaukee]