When I saw the press release for these, I thought, “I’ll be damned — a new set of screwdrivers.” I don’t believe I’ve seen a tool company release a completely new set of stand-alone drivers other than Stanley’s Demo screwdrivers in four years. This 8-piece set from Milwaukee is aimed right at pros.
The new set sports a driver with an ECX bit that mates to the hybrid specialty screws that contractors or electricians find in electrical boxes, conduit couplers, and outlets. They also added a steel top to the common headed drivers in the set because they know exactly what you’re going to be doing with them — everything you’re not supposed to.
Milwaukee also runs down the rest of the features in the press release.
In addition, each screwdriver shaft is made of shock resistant steel for added durability and the bit type is clearly marked on the top of each handle for quick identification while in a tool belt. For further utility, an integrated wire stripper and wire bending hole allow the user to strip and/or bend up to 12 gauge wire before fastening to electrical boxes.
It’s true — they are just screwdrivers — but this type of thing is fairly common for Milwaukee. They often look in places others glance right over to find a new approach that makes life significantly better for everyone.
Take the M12 Worklight, for instance. It’s a 12v Li-Ion, LED flashlight. Big whoop, right? That’s what we thought as well, until we discovered it’s the world’s finest shop light. The rather humbling lesson we learned with it is not to scoff at Milwaukee’s ordinary-looking tools: You’ll look stupid later. We can’t wait to get a look at the new screwdriver set.
No word on pricing yet, but we expect it to be about what a normal 8pc Milwaukee set will run.
Press Release Page [Milwaukee Tools]