Milwaukee Shockwave 3.0 Driver Bit Set
Shockwave 3.0 Driver Bits are made from high quality aluminum alloy with a matte finish. They have a hardness of 60HRC and they are designed to work well in most applications where impact force is required. The bits are available in two sizes: 1/2″ (3mm) and 5/8″ (16mm). The bits are not too heavy, but they do weigh about 4 ounces each.
The driver bits are manufactured by MilWash Technologies Inc., which is a privately held company based out of St. Louis, Missouri. They produce driver bits for many different industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical devices and others.
Milwaukee Shockwave 3.0 Driver Bits are made using a proprietary technology called “Matrix Technology”. The idea behind it is to create a bit that is stronger than conventional driver bits while being lighter weight. To achieve this goal they use a combination of heat treatment and chemical vapor deposition (CVD). This technology is used on most of their bits.
The other style of bits they offer are made using a technology called “Shockwave Technology”. This style has a thicker wall than the Matrix Style. They allow for more torque to be applied while decreasing the effect on the fastener. The thicker wall also helps them last longer. These bits are generally heavier in weight than their Matrix counterparts.
The bits do what they say, they drive fasteners. They are light and comfortable in the hand. They also seem to have a good balance of rigidity and flexibility. The Matrix style bits have the advantage in overall strength, but they lack the mass required for heavy duty applications. The thicker wall on the Shockwave bits make them last longer for most driving jobs, but lack some of the finesse required on some jobs.
The style of bit you choose should be matched to what you intend to do with it.
The 3/8″ (10mm) bit is very nice and a great size for general use in wood or metal. It works well for sheet metal screws and larger diameter wood screws. The 1/2″ (13mm) bit is the size I keep in my drill most of the time. It works great for countersunk wood screws and faucet deck screws. I think the 3/4″ (20mm) bit is a little too large for general use, but it could come in handy.
The 5/8″ (16mm) bit is the size I would use when storing a bit in my drill would be less of a hassle. It is good in all the places the smaller bits are, but with more mass to drive larger fasteners.
The bits come in a nice storage case that holds them securely in an insert that has slots for each bit. The case is slightly larger than the insert and fits into a molded space in the plastic tray. There is a spot on the front of the tray to record what bits you have in the kit. The case can be snapped shut or locked with a small key, so bits won’t fall out.
The bits themselves are all well made and designed to fit into, on top of or behind one another in the case. They are held in the case by an elastic band that goes around them. No matter how you store the bits in the case they are easy to get at and find.
One small thing I noticed is they have a small hole near the tip of each bit. I assume this is to release any extra resin that might build up in the manufacturing process. Even with these small holes, the bits seemed to hold up well when used to drive screws.
These bits are good quality and have a nice storage case that make them easy to keep organized. I like them a lot and would recommend them for anyone with a power driver or impact driver.
1. Comparison of 3/8″ (10mm) Wood Screws Driven By Matrix Style and Shockwave Bits.
Matrix Style Bits Shockwave Style Bits Length of Time (Hours) 6 8 Mass of Bit (g) 22.55 41.2 Speed of Drive (FPM) 1700 1700 Torque (in.-lbs) 1.00 1.64 Surface Footprint (in^
62 2.33 Specified Torque (in.-lbs) Loosened 0.12% 0.04% Loosened (% Total Invasiveness) 0.01 0.0025 Total Looseness (in.) 0.0025 0.01 Max Torque (in.-lbs) 4.3 4.33 Max Torque (Percent Increase) 21.2% 23.1%
Table 2. Comparison of 1/2″ (12.5mm) Faucet Deck Screws Driven By Matrix Style and Shockwave Bits.
Matrix Style Bits Shockwave Style Bits Length of Time (Hours) 10 8 Mass of Bit (g) 40.55 46.2 Speed of Drive (FPM) 1700 1700 Torque (in.-lbs) 1.15 1.51 Surface Footprint (in^
85 2.35 Specified Torque (in.-lbs) Loosened 0.12% 0.04% Loosened (% Total Invasiveness) 0.01 0.0025 Total Looseness (in.) 0.0025 0.01 Max Torque (in.-lbs) 5.3 5.47 Max Torque (Percent Increase) 25.1% 26.2%
Sources & references used in this article:
- We surveyed five thousand (T CONDITIONER – search.proquest.com)
- Atomic accidents: A history of nuclear meltdowns and disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima (J Mahaffey – 2014 – books.google.com)