Milwaukee Double-Ended Power Bits
Milwaukee Introduces Double-Ended Power Bits
A couple months ago we attended the Milwaukee Tool New Product Symposium 2016. Towards the end of our rotation we came to the accessories room. Usually, the accessories are not that glamorous at media events. This year was a little different, Milwaukee was really showing off its carbide Sawzall blades and the HoleDozers with the new coating that doesn’t turn soft when it heats up. Off on a side table though, they were showing off some new double-ended power bits that had different tips on each end.
A lot of companies make double ended power bits but many put the same tip on each end. For the life of me I can’t figure out why one would need one that had PH2 on both ends. The tips that caught my eye at the table were ones with PH2 and T25 combos. As a self-performing general I use both of these types of fasteners a lot. Previously I was carrying around a small case with the bits I used most often so that I could switch out the tips when necessary. Sometimes I’d carry another bit on the little holder on the side of the impact but we all know that’s a good way to lose bits.
Just seeing the new double-ended power bits I knew I had to have one. Being the last rotation of the day and having a few dozen of the bits on hand, the product manager let me take one home with me. The next day we had it out on the jobsite putting it to work.
Besides the convenience factor of having two bits in the impact at once, what makes Milwaukee’s version of the double-ended power bit a worthy investment is that it is also a quality bit. After two months of constant use and abuse there isn’t much for wear short of the black coating wearing off where the bit interfaces with fasteners. All of the nitty gritty details of the metallurgy of what makes the bits great are explained in the press release below but what I can tell you is that they can take a beating and are crazy convenient.
The only thing I’d like to suggest to Milwaukee is to add a SQ1/SQ2 combo and a SQ2/T25 combo. Oh and add some colored stripes like they have for their nut drivers (or like the GRK Torx bits) so that a bit end can be easily identified. The T20/T25 bit would probably benefit the most from having colored stripes on the end.
Milwaukee® Introduces Double-Ended Power Bits
MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool, the industry leader in impact accessories, continues to deliver game-changing solutions for the professional with the next expansion to their SHOCKWAVE™ line of accessories. Engineered and tested to be the most durable, best fitting impact bits on the market, the new Double-Ended Power Bits enable the use of two unique tips from one bit for increased productivity, and an optimized Shockzone™ geometry which provides up to 30X longer life versus other power bits.
Made of Custom Alloy76™ Steel and heat treated for maximized wear and shock resistance, the new Double-Ended Power Bits feature a unique Shockzone™ geometry to absorb peak torque and prevent breakage. In addition, each Precise-Fit Custom Machined Tip™ prevents stripping and reduces wobble for the best fit in the industry. The new 2-3/8” Double-Ended Power Bits include a variety of bit tip configurations, including: PH2/SQ2, PH2/T25, PH2/SL-1/4, and T20/T25. Both ends of the bit lock securely in impact drivers and quick-change chucks.
The new SHOCKWAVE™ expansion also includes enhanced Socket Adapters and Magnetic Bit Holders. Redesigned from the ground up, the new Socket Adapters and Magnetic Bit Holders now feature an optimized Shockzone™ for up to 30X longer life and both are made from proprietary steel and heat treated to control hardness. The SHOCKWAVE™ Magnetic Bit Holders feature a powerful magnet allowing for a secure hold of fasteners and a c-ring to hold the insert bit. The 2-piece construction of the holders is the optimal assembly for the toughest jobsite applications. These accessories are the first in an array of durable and high-performing upgrades Milwaukee will launch this year to expand its SHOCKWAVE™ lineup.
With its user-driven focus and investment in the SHOCKWAVE™ line, Milwaukee Tool demonstrates its continued commitment to delivering innovative accessory solutions to save time and increase productivity on the jobsite. Visit www.milwaukeetool.com for full listing of new SHOCKWAVE™ accessories.
2-3/8” Double-Ended Power Bit Types
- 48-32-4311 PH2/SQ2
- 48-32-4312 PH2/T25
- 48-32-4310 PH2/SL1-4
- 48-32-4313 T20/T25
2” Power Groove Socket Adapter Types
- 48-32-5030 1/4”
- 48-32-5031 3/8”
- 48-32-5032 1/2”
Insert Socket Adapter Types
- 48-32-5020 1/4”
- 48-32-5021 3/8”
- 48-32-5022 1/2”
Magnetic Bit Holder Types
- 48-32-4502 Compact
- 48-32-4503 3”
- 48-32-4511 6”
- 48-32-4512 12”
About Milwaukee Tool
Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in both durability and performance by providing the best in professional, heavy-duty tools and accessories. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions. Whether it is through their leadership in LITHIUM-ION technology, as seen in the M12™, M18™ & M28™ Systems, time-saving accessories or innovative hand tool products, Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced solutions for the trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit www.milwaukeetool.com.
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I’d like it if the “double end power bits” were magnetic. If that was possible.
Other sites are reporting that they are magnetized, the one I have is currently but it is pretty weak. I’m not sure if it was always that way or if it was because I store it next to the magnetic bit holders in the bit case. I’ll update the post when we receive some production bits.