After eating my share of crow over Milwaukee tools I didn’t think I’d like (see the fastback knife), I’ll try not to stick my foot in my mouth over this one. Milwaukee doesn’t spend cash and time building tools they think will fail. If they say their M4 cordless screw driver is aimed at manufacturing gigs and tradesmen, where the same small job like turning screws is a requirement, we won’t argue. I would suggest that I’ve never seen Milwaukee go to battle without a plan in the last six years, and that this tool is just the opening salvo for the M4 line.
The screwdriver itself doesn’t really exude the charm or innovative spirit that the M12 drill did. It’s, well, a screwdriver. It looks the same as the drivers you’ve seen hanging on shelves since the 90’s. Of course the folks in red and white have upgraded it to sport 44 in-lbs of (peak) torque, 21-position clutch, 2 speeds (200 and 600 RPM), Milwaukee’s own gen-2 Red Lithium battery system, and a 1/4” quick-change chuck. They proclaim it can “drill more than 200 holes per charge” — though into what and with what sized hole aren’t in the specs.
We’re sure it’s a good cordless screwdriver, but we really don’t need one when we’ve got an awesome 12v Li-ion drill/driver in the drawer already. Some people will dig it, but the platform is what sounds like the real winner. What they’ve done is create a base for a micro tool line that focuses on precise jobs that require super lightweight and long battery life. More than anything else, that is exciting to us.
M4 Li-Ion Screwdriver [Milwaukee Tools]