Milwaukee 0490-22 Review

Milwaukee 0490-22

Milwaukee 0490-22 Milwaukee
0490-22

4V Screwdriver
Screwdriver
1/4" Chuck
Price Level: $$
Torque

30

Max In-Lbs
Speed

600

Max RPM
Weight

1.2

Lbs w Batt
Battery

3

Ah Capacity
Warranty

5

Year

Ratings Guide   Best Better Good FairPoor



KEY STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
POWER The 0490-22 generates about average power and torque when compared to other Screwdriver-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 38 in-lbs of maximum torque.  
SPEED This Milwaukee cordless drill is 10% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 50 RPM more than the average 550 RPM drill in its class.
WEIGHT It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of Screwdriver-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.2 lbs less than the average 1.4 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
BATTERY This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 131% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills. It has 1.7 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
WARRANTY Milwaukee's 5-year limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most cordless drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of cordless drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


Milwaukee 0490-22 Cordless Drill


PERFORMANCE RATINGS
Power 30 in-lbs - The 0490-22 generates about average power and torque when compared to other Screwdriver-class cordless drills. The average cordless drill in this class can generate up to 38 in-lbs of maximum torque.  
Speed
Settings
2 Settings 0-200 / 0-600 RPM - Fitted with both Low and High speed settings that come standard on most cordless drills. Speed selection is an important feature to match drilling or driving RPM to each unique job.
Max
Speed
600 RPM - This Milwaukee cordless drill is 10% faster than average and ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills for maximum RPM. It can run at speeds that achieve 50 RPM more than the average 550 RPM drill in its class.
Clutch 21 Settings - The Milwaukee 0490-22 has an above average number of clutch settings that provide a wide range of protection for almost any job. The clutch acts like a brake and helps prevent stripping screws.
Power
Ratio
25 P/W - The Milwaukee 0490-22 is designed with an average power-to-weight ratio that is standard for mid-range Screwdriver-class cordless drills. The average P/W ratio is about 33 for cordless drills in this voltage class.  
Hammer This cordless drill is not equipped with a hammer function that can deliver several thousand impacts per minute. Hammer drill drivers are usually a little heavier and costlier, but they are effective on tougher jobs such as drilling into concrete.  
Electric
Brake
Electric Brake Capability - The drill stops immediately if the rotational forces surpass the clutch setting. Electric brakes help prevent the stripping or over-tightening of screws in precision work.


DURABILITY RATINGS
Gear
Case
Non-Metal Parts - Some of the Milwaukee 0490-22 transmission components are made of non-metal materials that are more susceptible to failure. Gears spin at high RPMs and experience large rotational forces.  
Chuck Plastic Sleeve - Chuck sleeves made of tough plastic materials save on weight, but they are more prone to cracking than metal sleeves. It generally won't withstand repeated drops onto hard surfaces.  
Motor No Brush Access - The entire drill usually has to be taken apart in order to access the motor brushes. Motor brushes wear-out and must be replaced periodically, but repair costs can sometimes be prohibitive.  
Warranty 5-Year - Milwaukee's 5-year limited tool warranty is significantly longer than most cordless drill manufacturers and ranks in the top 30% of cordless drills. Longer warranties can often indicate improved durability with fewer repairs.


BATTERY RATINGS
Type Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) 48-11-0490 - Newer technology rechargeable battery that provides higher capacity and longer run-time with less weight, but are more expensive than the older NiCd and NiMH batteries.
Capacity 3 Ah - This Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery has a 131% higher than average run-time with an amp hour (Ah) rating that ranks in the top 20% of Screwdriver-class drills. It has 1.7 Ah more capacity than the average 1.3 Ah battery in this class.
Charge
Time
30 min Not Included Charger - Battery charge-time is quicker than average. Nice feature for those times when you don't have a charged replacement battery ready to go and you're in the middle of a job.
Fuel
Gauge
Battery Fuel Gauge - Equipped with an on-board battery charge indicator that keeps you aware of the remaining battery life. Great feature that prevents frustration - no more dead battery surprises.
Backup 2 Batteries Included - It's important to have a second back-up battery for the Milwaukee 0490-22 that's charged and ready to go. Makes it easy to swap-out batteries during the job with minimal down-time.


CONVENIENCE RATINGS
Weight 1.2 lbs Tool Plus Battery - It is 15% lighter than average and ranks in the top 40% of Screwdriver-class drills for lower weight. It weighs 0.2 lbs less than the average 1.4 lb cordless drill in this class and should decrease operator fatigue.
Length 11-5/8 in - Cordless drill length is a personal preference, but shorter is generally better to help you in close quarters such as under a sink, or drilling in-between studs. Torque is harder to handle if the drill is too short though.  
Spindle
Lock
Hex Chuck - This power screwdriver is fitted with a standard 1/4" hex chuck. The spindle is locked in position and the drill bits can easily be inserted and removed with one hand.
LED
Light
No LED Light - The Milwaukee 0490-22 does not have an integrated LED light that Illuminates your work area. This feature is extremely useful, but is obviously not essential if you have secondary lighting available.  
Belt
Hook
No Belt Hook - There is no provision to hang the drill on your belt and free-up both hands to perform other tasks. You may be able to purchase a separate belt clip that can be attached to the drill.  
Side
Handle
No Side Handle - Side handles are a great safety feature and should be considered if you plan to drive at higher torque levels. They can help prevent injury by providing increased stability and control.  
Bubble
Level
No Bubble Level - This feature is only available on a few drills and can be helpful in situations where precision holes are critical for alignment. Most projects can be performed with just visual sighting.  
Keyless Keyless Chuck - Nearly all cordless drills are now equipped with keyless chucks that can be tightened with both hands (double-sleeve) or just one hand (single-sleeve) without the use of a key.
VSR VSR - Most cordless drills are equipped with variable speed capability that can be controlled with simple trigger pressure. Reverse is usually performed with the push of a side-to-side button.


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