Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide Bits Offer Lifetime Tip Guarantee News & Opinion

Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide Bits Offer Lifetime Tip Guarantee


Drill and driver bits are consumable items and we know that some perform better than others. Every head in the office turned when I read out loud that new Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide bits come with a lifetime tip guarantee. It’s part of an accessories expansion that also includes the next generation of Shockwave bits.

10-Second Summary

  • Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide bits have a carbide blend combined with Shockzone torsion zone
  • Bits will be available in Phillips, square, and Torx sizes
  • Phillips bits and magnetic bit holder available April 2019
  • Square and Torx bits available October 2019
  • Pricing $1.99 to $9.97 plus a 25-piece kit for $49.97
  • Gen 3 standard Shockwave bits now feature Custom Allo76 Steel with a Wear Guard Tip

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Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide Driver Bits

Impact drivers and impact driver bits are one of those combinations that don’t seem to make sense. Why have all that torque then buy a bit that absorbs it?

It’s more absorbing the violence of each hammer blow in the impact driver, but it leads to some interesting product development. With Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide driver bits, you’re looking at what Milwaukee calls Matrix Carbide Steel.

Carbide is the same material we use on rotary hammer bits and saw blades – it’s incredibly hard and tough enough to stand up to metal cutting. The most common form we see in the tool industry is tungsten carbide, but there’s also titanium carbide and many others.

Milwaukee is so confident in the strength of the tip, that they’re backing it with a lifetime guarantee. They’re betting that you’ll snap the torsion zone before you shear off the tip.

Even when you’re not putting so much torque into driving that you risk damage to the bit or fastener, the extra strong tip will also resist rounding off.

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One Bit to Rule Them All?

Impact bits are designed for metal fastening. In the past, we’ve proven that standard bits will actually outperform impact bits in wood.

But Milwaukee isn’t backing down, talking about applications like drywall, decking, and pre-fab. The hardness of this bit, particularly in the tip, might just be the ultimate all-rounder bit for nearly every application.

We’ll have to see what happens once we get our hands on them.

Pricing

Prices will range around $2 to $50 (25-piece kit) with most packs falling in the $2 to $10 range.

Milwaukee Shockwave Matrix Carbide Driver Bits

  • Phillips: PH1, PH2, PH3 (available April 2019)
  • 3″ Magnetic Bit Holder (Available April 2019)
  • Square: SQ1, SQ2, SQ3 (Available October 2019)
  • Torx: T20, T25 (Available October 2019)

Gen 3 Milwaukee Shockwave Impact Bits

Standard Milwaukee Shockwave impact bits are getting an upgrade as well. They’re using a new metal – Custom Alloy76. It pairs with Milwaukee’s Wear Guard Tip to improve on the current generation.

 

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My wife wanted a lifetime tip guarantee.
She didn’t get it but married me anyways.

David Jackson
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Bill Hargreaves

Steve M Stanton
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I will put them to the test.