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gsvar2004
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Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
My 10 year old ryobi impact driver crapped out on me and I need to replace it. I’d like something a little smaller than the one I had and I’m intrigued by these m12 drills. Anyone have them?


jmon
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
We use Milwaukee and Mikita tools in our shop. Both are very reliable and M12 is good for fatigue, as are the Mikita. Good thing about the Makita is free repair work on any damaged tools, only need to pay for shipping.


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turkish
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
I got one from the clearance rack at HD a couple years ago, in a hard case set with a hammer drill for like $100. It was a previous year’s Fuel model. I also have Ryobi tools. I really like the M12 stuff. I’ve since bought the stubby 1/2” impact wrench on a whim. It’s very nice, but I probably didn’t need it $180 bad. I prefer the M12 for most indoor work around the house. For work with heavier lumber, fencing work, the 18V still seems more appropriate.


gsvar2004
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
Pulled the trigger on the hammer drill impact fuel combo. I didn’t need the drill but the kit cane with a 4.0 battery and the drill so basically the drill was free after factoring the price of the extra battery. I’d like to pick up the recip saw as well but I’ll have to wait on that


sledgehammer
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I work in an industry where we use power tools every single day. We use Milwaukee tools for just about everything except our impact which is a Mikita. I’m very pleased and have never had a problem with the Mikita impact. The batteries charge way faster than the M12 for the Milwaukee.


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The Mick
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
Dont think you can go wrong with Milwaukee anything....


carrguitar
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Dont think you can go wrong with Milwaukee anything....


Agreed - my dad recently bought the whole Milwaukee kit, complete with stackable tool boxes up to the armpits. Lotta dough up front, but they'll probably outlive him (in his 50's) and get passed along in the family with the way he takes care of stuff.


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ChEgrad
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I have been happy with my M12 impact driver and drill. I mostly do furniture and house maintenance stuff and it has been great for that. I wanted the smaller size and didn’t see a need for more power. Haven’t needed anything more powerful.


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BeepNode
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
You can't go wrong with any of the Makita or Milwaukee options. I love both of those brands.

Makita is a smidge more thoughtfully designed imo for most tools, but they're really freakin close so just get whichever ecosystem and model has the best deals.






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runningdog
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
I’ve been very pleased with my m12s. The batteries hold a charge very well. I have a ton of ryobi equipment, but am gradually replacing it all with Milwaukee.


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Uncle JackD
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
Can y’all school me on impact driver vs wrench? I want one to keep in my truck for changing tires... do I need a he 1/2” wrench? Or would the driver work?


deanwelles
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
I have the Ryobi set of 18v tools that I bought in 2012. I have added tool and impact driver has been my favorite tool out of that set. Having said that I bought a Milwaukee 12v drill/ driver combo set a couple years ago. The pros are that it's much shorter allowing me to to use it more places. Obviously much lighter as well. The cons are battery life (compared to 4ah 18v) and lack of driving power. The 18v simply produces more torque. I am spoiled by having both in my toolbox currently and will need one of each for different reasons.


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turkish
Member since Aug 2016
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re: Milwaukee m12 impact driver opinions?
For changing tires, you need an impact wrench.

Impact drivers have a 1/4” chuck, for driving screws mostly.
This post was edited on 11/28 at 3:53 pm


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Clames
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Anyone have them?


I have a DeWalt 12V drill and 1/4" impact kit I use for smaller tasks and electrical work. Lightweight, handy, perfectly capable for most tasks not requiring I drive 3" screws into solid wood too much. I have the 20V 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" drive impacts for everything else. You'll need to get the 18V Milwaukee if you want a more general purpose tool.


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awestruck
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Pulled the trigger
You'll be pleased.

And when adding more tools they'll have something worth owning with the same battery. I bought into the Makita line but could have easily gone with mostly red tools.


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