Milwaukee 2401-22 Heavy-Duty 12v Compact Driver Review

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The Milwaukee 2401-22 Heavy-Duty 12v Compact Driver is a small, lightweight driver designed for one purpose: to drive and remove screws. It includes locking Phillips and flathead bits, although other 1/4" bits may be used in the quick-release hex chuck.

While this unit is a small package, it is no lightweight tool. There is a lot of torque in this small, but heavy-duty driver. It includes such thoughtful features as a LED work-surface light, battery fuel gauge and one-handed bit changes. Don't let the small size fool you; this is a solid, well-built woodworking tool.

Description

  • Includes two Lithium-Ion batteries and charger
  • Quick bit-loading chuck makes changing bits with one hand a breeze
  • Includes features like variable speed trigger, LED light to illuminate work surface and battery fuel gauge
  • Metal gear housing for durability
  • When tool is off, bit automatically locks in place to allow manual screwdriver action

Pros

  • 12v Cordless Driver kit includes 2 batteries, charger, case and two 1/4" locking driver bits
  • Driver clutch has 14 + 1 settings to protect screws when driving into stock
  • Weighs in at a very lightweight 2.0 lbs
  • Up to 100 in.-lbs of torque

Cons

Guide Review - Milwaukee 2401-22 Heavy-Duty 12v Compact Driver


I'm going to be honest - when I first opened the case of the Milwaukee 2401-22 Cordless Driver, my wife took one look and exclaimed, "Hey, a tool for me!" I have to say that at first blush, I thought pretty much the same thing; that this was a lightweight tool.

Boy was I wrong. While the Milwaukee 2401-22 looks and feels like a small, lightweight tool, after driving one screw my first impression was turned completely upside-down. This cordless driver has a lot of torque for such a small package.

Additionally, with thoughtful features like the LED work surface light that is actually bright enough that it could serve as an emergency flashlight in extremely dark conditions, a battery fuel gauge on the tool that tells the current charge of the battery and a motor that delivers up to 100 in.-lbs of torque, there is no doubt that this is a commercial-grade driver.

Even with all of that, my favorite feature actually functions when the tool is turned off. With most cordless drills, when the battery runs out and you still have half of a screw to drive, you need to switch to an old-fashioned screwdriver because the cordless driver's chuck turns freely when the power is gone. However, with the 2401-22, when the power is off, the chuck locks in place, allowing for manual-screw driving, a very useful feature.

My only real qualm about the driver is that I'd like to see some sort of on-board bit storage so when one needs to switch from Phillips to flathead, the other bit is handy. However, this is really a minor issue, as flathead screws are becoming less prevalent as time goes on.

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