The Milwaukee M12 ¼” Hex Impact Driver

The Milwaukee M12 ¼” Hex Impact Driver 2450 Review

** This is an older model tool **

Today’s cordless tool market continues to evolve at a blistering pace and the The Milwaukee M12 ¼” Hex Impact Driver is an outstanding product of that evolution. My earliest memory of using a cordless drill is a Makita 9.6 volt drill driver that a family member used in their signage shop. I distinctly remember the battery pack of the Makita being the size of a VCR  tape and can’t help but be amazed by the performance available now by the sub-compact M12 impact driver.

The Milwaukee M12 ¼” Hex Impact Driver Features

The The Milwaukee M12 ¼” Hex Impact Driver 2450 features a compact ergonomic grip with rubber over molding that provides exceptional traction. The housing of the tool body itself is a high grade plastic that stands up to wear and has a built in LED fuel gauge that informs the user of the remaining battery life upon taking up the variable speed trigger.

A white LED light is also included above the trigger to illuminate your workspace and does a serviceable job of that. The spring loaded collar of the quick change shank has pronounced checkering that allows for rapid changing of bits even in cold weather or with gloves on.


The rugged exterior housing comes together around a motor that produces 850 inch pounds of torque while weighing only 2.3 pounds! The tool transfers that torque to the bit seamlessly and can power through even the largest of construction fasteners.

Not Trade Specific

This tool could become the mainstay of any homeowner’s tool box, but more importantly it delivers enough power and performance. This tool lives up to the standards of the most demanding tradesman or professional contractor.

At only 6.5” long this tool excels in the hands of plumbing, electrical, and HVAC contractors who work in the confines of a mechanical room. My favorite job for the M12 impact is any task overhead or on a ladder due to its light weight and mobility. It has saved me several times when removing the top screen assembly of my wood stove pipe for cleaning!

12-Volt Innovation

Milwaukee first introduced their line of M12 compact tools in 2008 and has continued to innovate and improve upon that line with the M12 Impact Driver remaining a cornerstone of that lineup.

The compact size of the M12 driver, combined with its powerful output and light weight can make you as a user more productive with less fatigue. With improvements like brushless motors now available from Milwaukee, the M12 impact driver is the lightweight sub-compact tool ready for any toolbox.

About the author

Wes Bartosik

Wes Bartosik is a Connecticut native with strong family ties to the construction world. Wes’ father and grandfather both were builders and developers and taught Wes the values of doing things right from an early age and getting hands on experience with every facet of the construction industry. Wes apprenticed with a carpenter throughout high school and would later attend Central Connecticut State University earning a bachelor’s degree in construction management all while working for a large excavation contractor throughout. Wes would go on to work for a local heavy-highway construction company and gain further experience with all the skilled trades associated with large civil engineering and utility projects. Though working as a manager now, Wes’ true passion is working in the field alongside the tradesman and laborers on site. Wes has been involved in community based service projects throughout his life as well as emergency services. In his spare time he takes on serious DIY projects for himself, friends and family. He is a firm believer that with a quality tool in your hands and some grit, you can accomplish anything.

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  1. Great review ? Even being a professional tradesman who regularly invests in top end super tools, it’s refreshing to see coverage of more practical tools that Joe/Jane Homeowner should probably have before fuel/flexvolt/lxt investments lol my only head scratcher here though is that this is a fairly old model (still a great option) that is listed as no longer available on Milwaukee’s site lol Again, awesome review, and great to see coverage geared towards everyone’s tool needs and walks of life?

    1. Weston Bartosik

      You are right, the 2450 driver has been discontinued and replaced by the newer model standard motor 2462 and brushless 2453 model. These newer models offer more power and enhanced features. The original 2450 was an excellent tool and a great base for Milwaukee to improve upon. The newer tools would also be a great platform for Milwaukee’s hydraulic driver technology for most common fasteners.

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