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That didn’t take long. Only a few short months after Milwaukee rolled out its Red Lithium, the M12 line now has a hammer drill. In my last Milwaukee post I had no prior knowledge that this was coming through the pipeline, but I am thankful they didn’t adopt the campaign I suggested earlier. The 2411-20 hammer drill in the M12 line sports 275 in-lbs. of torque and is capable of pushing out 22,500 BPM.

Basically, this drill is a regular Red Lithium sub-compact with a small hammer function added. It’s not a bad idea — considering the target markets Milwaukee’s shooting for are in the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing fields, with the variable speed motor with two gears and a trim 2.8 lbs. of a figure, Milwaukee has managed to build a drill that floats like a hummingbird and stings like a brick.

The sub-compact space has been making a huge dent in the consumer and pro markets for the last few years; we expect this first to market sub-hammer to be copied very shortly by the rest of the pack. The more you get to think about it, with the rate of improvements in the last 5 years I would expect to see a cold-fusion powered laser cutter in the next 10 to 15 years.

For right now, we can make do with the Milwaukee sub-compact and its humdrum Lithium quite nicely.

Pricing comes in at about $160 for the combo kit with about $60 less for just the drill.

2411-20 Hammer Drill [Milwaukee]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]


3 Responses to Preview: Milwaukee Sub-Hammer

  1. rob says:

    well I am loving my bosh sub compact impact ps41-2a
    I just about never reach for my 18v makita impact anymore I still love that little thing but I figure as this will get the most daily use my makita that has sged well
    will last a bit longer now as I only go for it if it is a big good or a long job
    or I need a second tool

    these subcompact tools are starting to pop up all over the place
    and they seem to have the power to get the job done

  2. fred says:

    We just ordered a couple of these for $99 each from Amazon to try out. We find a surprising number of times that a compact tool can get the job done faster and easier than its big brother – lick drilling holes for anchors in tight spaces under sinks etc.

    Meanwhile we also are using our Makita BHR240 – now being replaced by BHR241 SDS cordless hammers in surprisingly more applications.

  3. JG says:

    I know my post is really late coming to this thread, but I have one of these. I use it for everything.

    I have used it to drill and set several 2 inch x 1/4 inch concrete anchors. It runs small masonry bits into a cinder block like butter. It also did fine with a 5/8 masonry bit.

    I also tested it (in wood 🙂 with a 1 1/2 paddle bit. If you try and force it too fast it will current limit out, but if you keep the pressure under control it will drill fine even with bits that large.

    In low gear it will drive a 4 inch torx screws in and out of a pair of stacked 2×4’s until the screw gets so hot that you can’t even pick it up to move it to a new spot. Also while I am on the subject, I made 20 holes in my test board with the same torx screw. Try doing that with anything but torx/star-drive.

    My only concern buying this drill was that I mostly used quick connect bits and drivers. The locking chuck on these is as fast as a quick connect. They way it locks, you just click it loose with maybe 1/8th of a turn, pull out the attachment, slide in a new one, and click it back into place.

    I have a big corded drill, but I haven’t used it for anything since I got this drill. I do maintenance on 9 rent houses, so I wouldn’t consider myself a heavy duty user, but I am using it a lot more than a home owner.

    You probably guessed this by now, but I sleep with this drill under my pillow at night.

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