A long, long time ago we took a look at the Milwaukee 3/8″ Ratcheting Kit model 2457. Today we are looking at pretty much the same tool, but this is a 1/4″ ratcheting tool. We have received a bunch of emails about this tool, so here we are. For the last couple of years Dan has been using the 2457 and it has held up extremely well, so for the 2456, we expect the same.
This ratchet has a low profile design which makes it much easier to get into tight spots. The forward and reverse switch is recessed, so you don't have to worry about accidentally changing directions when you are in tight spots. So what about power? For the size of this little ratchet, it produces 3o ft-lbs of torque at 250 rpms. Not too bad considering it's small, lightweight and is only a 1/4″. The all metal paddle switch is a nice feature. Getting in tight spots can be hard, so the paddle switch will come in handy. Speaking of the paddle switch, this is pretty easy to control the variable speed and when done with the tool, you can put the tool in lock position. That way you don't accidentally hit the paddle switch and drain the battery.
The LED light does a pretty good job lighting up the work area. One thing I would like to see is Milwaukee start selling this kit with the new M12 batteries, the 2 Ah battery. I am sure it's only a matter of time, but I would like to see this upgrade. Overall this is a great little 1/4″ ratchet. As I said before, we have the 3/8″ and it has held up over the years, so we would expect this to also stand the test of time.