The Milwaukee M12 Fuel impact driver has undergone significant improvements from its first to second generation, gaining power while becoming more compact. Now, we have the opportunity to explore the third generation and see what exciting advancements it brings.
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Impact Driver Performance
Let’s start by discussing speed. The latest Milwaukee 3453 is nearly 10% faster than its predecessor, with a speed increase from 3300 RPM on the 2553 to 3600 RPM on the new model. The shock rate remains the same at 4000 IPM, ensuring consistent performance.
In terms of torque, the Milwaukee M12 Fuel impact driver has received a significant boost. Mode 3 now offers 1500 in-lbs of torque, an increase of 200 in-lbs from the previous generation. This combination of speed and power allows the impact driver to compete with some compact 18V/20V Max impact drivers.
The control performance remains unchanged, featuring a 4-mode drive control. By pressing the center button, you can effortlessly cycle through modes 1, 2, 3, and self-tapping screws.
Size and Weight
When it comes to size and weight, the latest Milwaukee M12 Fuel impact driver hasn’t undergone significant changes. It is only 0.1 inches smaller in length, measuring 5.0 inches compared to the previous version’s 5.1 inches. Additionally, the weight has been slightly reduced, making it only 1.6 pounds. The 2.0Ah battery adds an additional 2.0 lbs.
One notable upgrade found in the Milwaukee 3453 is its LED lighting system. Unlike other lighting arrangements, the impact driver now boasts three LEDs around the chuck instead of a single light above the trigger. This improvement effectively eliminates shadows, providing better visibility in various work conditions.
One-Handed Drill Insertion
The Milwaukee M12 Fuel Impact Driver offers a convenient feature for one-handed bit insertion. You no longer need to extend the collet to install the drill; simply slide it in and go!
- Available Cases
- Full Metal Belt Clip
- Compatible with all Milwaukee M12 batteries
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Impact Driver Price
Beginning August 2022, you can find this model available at Milwaukee retailers as a bare tool or in various kits. The bare tool price is $139, while the kit costs $169 and includes a pair of 2.0Ah batteries, a charger, and a soft case.
Keep an eye out for a combo kit that includes both the Gen 3 Impact Driver and the Gen 3 Impact Drill (Model 3497-22).
Milwaukee provides a 5-year warranty on tools and a 2-year warranty on batteries.
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Impact Driver: Gen 2 vs. Gen 3
Below is a comparison between the second and third generations of the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Impact Driver:
|Second Generation (2553)||Third Generation (3453)|
|Maximum Speed||1300/2400/3300 RPM||1700/2900/3600 RPM|
|Mode||3 + self-tapping||3 + self-tapping|
|Impact Rate||0 – 4000 IPM||0 – 4000 IPM|
|Maximum Torque||1300 in-lbs||1500 in-lbs|
|Length||5.1 inches||5.0 inches|
|Bare Weight||1.8 lbs||1.6 lbs|
|Bare Metal Price||$129||$139|
- Model: Milwaukee 3453
- Power Source: Milwaukee M12 battery
- No-load Speed: 0 – 1700/2900/3600 RPM
- Impact Rate: 0 – 4000 IPM
- Maximum Torque: 1500 in-lbs
- Length: 5.0 inches
- Weight: 2.0 lbs (bare)
To learn more about the Milwaukee M12 Fuel Impact Driver, visit Milwaukee’s website.