Milwaukee Reaches New Lengths With M12 Fuel Extended Reach Ratchets
Whether you’re a professional mechanic or a recreational gearhead, you know how important it is to have the right tool for the job. When it comes to access, some tools are just too bulky to fit into the tight nooks and crannies of an engine compartment. The second-generation Milwaukee M12 Fuel Extended-Reach Ratchets dramatically reduce the head size while exchanging some torque for speed. Find out if the design of these ratchets can help you better access those hard-to-reach areas.
Milwaukee M12 Fuel High-Speed Extended Reach Ratchets: The Big Deal
These ratchets come in both 3/8-inch and 1/4-inch models. Both versions feature 35 ft-lbs of max torque. This matches the torque output of the M12 Fuel High-Speed ratchets but drops 20 ft-lbs off the capabilities of the standard extended ratchets. Additionally, they achieve speeds of up to 450 RPM. That’s ~200 RPM faster than the DeWalt Xtreme 12V extended ratchet and the Ryobi 18V extended ratchet. The Makita XRW01 ratchet still holds the top spot in speed with a crazy 800 RPM.
The advantage of these newer models really seems to be their slim, compact profiles coupled with high speed. Their extended neck design provides 20% more reach than competitive ratchets, according to Milwaukee. Additionally, that compact head profile and recessed forward-reverse shift knob allow for an access area of just 0.76 inches!
To ensure comfort and usability in any position, Milwaukee designed these ratchets with a variable-speed long-reach paddle trigger.
It’s hard to leave tools behind that we know to perform well—even when they provide some disadvantages like being tethered by a pneumatic hose. However, with the new slimmer heads on these Milwaukee M12 Fuel Extended-Reach ratchets, it doesn’t feel like you’re sacrificing performance. More and more, hoses, cords, and regular maintenance are becoming a thing of the past.
- Precision anvil control stops anvil immediately after trigger release
- All-metal housing for long-lasting performance
- Rubber overmold
- Resistance to many common shop chemicals
- Tool locking mechanism
- LED work light
- Available protective rubber boots (optional)
Milwaukee M12 Fuel Extended-Reach Ratchets: Price
Upon their November 2022 release, these ratchets will be available as bare tools for $249. The 3/8-inch model will also be available as part of a kit, including an M12 CP 2.0Ah battery, charger, and contractor bag. Milwaukee backs your purchase with a 5-year warranty.
- Model: Milwaukee 2569-20 / 2568-20
- Max torque: 35 ft-lbs
- Voltage: 12V
- Max speed: 450 RPM