Milwaukee M12 1/4″ Ratchet Kit 2456-21

Milwaukee 2456

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.


  1. I have a pneumatic ratchet and I thought it was the best thing ever. Then I saw this. I could assemble and disassemble things just as quick as a pneumatic without the hassle of the hose and the loud air compressor. If I had the Milwaukee 12v line this would be in my tool box.

  2. I think the Milwaukee 12v line is the best 12v line. I love their slim battery packs. I have the true view spotlight and the impact driver and they are two of my favorite tools. I’m excited to buy this ratchet

  3. I take my 3/8″ ratchet to robotics all the time,and everyone loves it. Now we are getting ones for the team so I don’t always have to bring it.

  4. I got the 3/8 version “free” when I bought an M12 kit and I must say I’ve never really liked air ratchets (I have 2 that I barely use probably because of the hose) but this being cordless I find it much more useful, it’s just a automatic ratchet, electric replacement air tools I’ve always never found up to par with my air tools but this one far exceeded my expectation of use. It’s great for those hard nut and bolt combos where you need to awkwardly hold the nut and turn the bolt at the same time, now I just focus holding the awkward side with a wrench and pull the lever and wait.


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