A right angle adapter attaches to any ¼” hex driver or ⅜” – ½” drill to help reach fasteners in low clearance situations. We’ve found that both Milwaukee and DeWALT provide great tools for the job.
Disclaimer: All products were purchased by DIY House Help to assess product dimensions, features, function, and basic use.
Speaking with a long time tool store owner, he said, “the Milwaukee Offset Drive Adapter (48-32-2100) is the original right angle hex adapter”.
Milwaukee says, “Use the power and speed of your Cordless Screwdriver to fasten or remove screws in light applications up to 400 RPM.”
- The thumb flange goes around the adapter 360-degrees and allows 12 positions for best thumb placement.
- A strong magnet securely holds bits.
- The notched head allows low width clearance: 1.15″ without bit and 1.4″ with 1″ insert bit. The notch also works as a handy thumb rest when applicable.
- Low rpm and torque rating.
- Short body allows hand contact with the hex shaft as it’s turning.
The Milwaukee Right Angle Attachment (49-22-8510) feels like an industrial grade tool. It’s much larger than the Milwaukee 48-32-2100 offset adapter, can handle over twice as much torque, and the heavy-duty construction has the adapter weighing twice as much as all the other adapters in this list.
- Durable all metal housing and steel gears.
- The bit holder is magnetic and and uses a quick release lock .
- The 2.75″ long grab bar allows ample leverage; adjusts up and down as well as 360-degrees.
- Online reviews rave about it’s impact durability, although Milwaukee makes no mention of impact readiness.
- Cost is substantially more than all other right angle attachments.
- With the widest head and protrusion of the quick lock bit mechanism (another .5″), this is the least compact adapter.
The DWARA50 is DeWALT’s base model right angle attachment.
- The plastic body and head combination provide a large area for comfortable hand grip and placement.
- Weakest magnetic hold of all models listed.
DeWALT classifies their DWARA100 right angle attachment as impact ready.
What’s the main difference between the DWARA50 and DWARA100 models? A response from DeWALT says, “The DWARA100 is just a heavier duty version of the right angle attachment plus the addition of the ring magnet”.
- Impact ready.
- The ring magnet securely holds bits, and even fasteners when using 1″ insert bits (ref. gallery).
- Some reviews question the long term durability for impact use.
In our short term analysis we didn’t experience any stand out flaws in any of the products. Based on the specifications of each product, application use would be the best determinator for which right angle adapter to purchase.
However, the differences in the Milwaukee right angle attachments is very noticeable; the 48-32-2100 is a light-duty and compact right angle attachment, whereas the 49-22-8510 is much larger, heavier, has over 2X the torque rating, and over 4X the rpm capability to handle more heavy-duty fastening, drilling, and cutting.
The differences between the DeWALT models makes less sense; the DWARA50 and DWARA100 have very similar appearances, ratings, dimensions, and weigh nearly the exact same, which questions the major difference in internal parts.