Milwaukee M12 Ratchet Review

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    Milwaukee M12 Ratchet Review
  • Ratchet Head
    Milwaukee M12 Ratchet Review
  • Anvil
    Milwaukee M12 Ratchet Review
  • Paddle Switch and Lock
    Milwaukee M12 Ratchet Review

Compared to wrenches, ratchets and sockets make moving fasteners easier.  The Milwaukee M12 ratchet takes it to the next level.

The 3/8 model tested has a 12 volt motor delivering 30ft-lbs of torque.  It has a variable speed paddle style trigger that allows for adjustments in speed to prevent overtightening on smaller fasteners.  It also features a lock to prevent accidental trigger engagement.

The portability is one of the nicest parts of this ratchet.  With its battery power, it is easy to bring with you or reach places that a pneumatic ratchet couldn’t or would make it a hassle to setup for a quick job.

You can also use it like you would a regular ratchet.  This comes in handy if you’re trying to be delicate or if you need just an extra bit of power to break a fastener loose.  If you do reach the limits of its 30 ft-lb of torque it will stop and flash to notify you as a precaution.

Working under a car or in an engine bay is a breeze with this Milwaukee ratchet.  The under tray of my friend’s Subaru too about a minute to take out with this, compared to 5 or so minutes with a conventional ratchet.  Removing valve cover bots is also a breeze as is any sort of assembly that requires tightening a bunch of bolts.

The most remarkable thing about this ratchet might be the battery life.  In a week of working on a friend’s Subaru, building outdoor furniture and other random tasks I’ve only gone down one bar on the battery indicator over the 100 or so bolts I’ve tightened and loosened with this over that span.

Milwaukee offers this ratchet in 1/4″, 3/8” and 1/2”.  I find the 3/8” to be the sweet spot.  If you’re on the fence about picking one of these up, just do it.  You won’t regret it.


9 Total Score

The Milwaukee M12 ratchet is one of those tools that can save a ton of time

  • Good balance and feel
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Excellent switch
  • Can be used like a normal ratchet
  • A little more power would be nice
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