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.