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Milwaukee 2494-22 M12 Cordless Combo Drill Kit, 2 Battery

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  • Bag/Case Type: Contractor Bag, Shipping Weight: 90 lbs
  • Includes: 2410-20 M12 3/8-Inch Drill Driver, 2450-20 M12 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver, (2) 48-11-2401 M12 RED LITHIUM Battery, 48-59-2401 M12 30-Minute Charger, Contractor Bag
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Technical Details
Part Number2494-22
Product Dimensions45 x 27.7 x 12.2 cm
Item model number2494-22
Power Sourcecordless-electric
Voltage12 volts
Item Package Quantity1
Number of Pieces1
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?Yes
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Best Sellers Rank #10,065 in Tools & Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.1 Kg
Date First AvailableAug. 3 2011
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The 2494-22 M12 Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit includes the 3/8-Inch Drill Driver and the 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver (2450-20). The innovative M12 cordless system is designed to deliver the power and torque required for professional applications, in a size that reaches the tightest and toughest places. Powered by RED LITHIUM, the M12 cordless system offers unmatched power, speed and tool belt portability.

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The 2494-22 M12 Cordless 2-Tool Combo Kit includes the 3/8-Inch Drill Driver and the 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver (2450-20). The innovative M12 cordless system is designed to deliver the power and torque required for professional applications, in a size that reaches the tightest and toughest places. Powered by RED LITHIUM, the M12 cordless system offers unmatched power, speed and tool belt portability.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WC on Sept. 23 2012
I bought to replace the 14.4v B&D drill (batteries were $80@HD). I tend to reach for these moreso than the M18s that I bought recently.

It held it's own vs my brother in law's 18v Dewalt building a 20'x20' deck last year, driving ~two 3" screws to his three and two recharges comparing impact guns.

The drill is nice and compact.

Overall a great kit to have as it's small size and light weight is perfect if you work in small/tight places and for home use. My next project in the house will be gutting the basement and I'm sure that they will be up to the task putting it back together.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Moran on Dec 24 2011
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Purchased this kit with the idea that it might be as powerful as my old Ryobi 14.4V drill. Found the power lacking. Was also disappointed in the
battery life, which for a much touted Lithium Ion battery, was not up to par. Watched a couple of demo videos about this drill before purchasing, but my
experience was nothing like the videos... I needed this for more than just light workshop use.....
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By frequent buyer on July 30 2014
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These are fantastic.... Great for little indoor products.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Build quality unsurpassed- Battery life needs serious work Sept. 20 2011
By OrangeFireFish - Published on
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If you need 12V Max (10.8V really; 3 cell x 3.6V/cell = 10.8V) then you have a variety of choices from Dewalt, Porter-Cable, Hitachi, Bosch, Makita, etc.

The Milwaukee kit price is high, if not the highest price point for a kit with an impact driver and drill/driver out of the major players.

You'll have to keep in mind though, that this is an actual drill with a keyless chuck, and not just a chuck-less, 1/4 in shank quick change driver like in the Bosch and Makita kits.

First off, build quality on the drill is superb, in fact, the best out of any of the major brands. The 2410 drill has an all metal gear box, and is actually the only 12V/10.8V drill I have seen with a metal chuck sleeve. The aluminum chuck will still dent, but I am guessing it would still work just fine if that happened. Chuck closes confidently and grips bits securely- no issues there. There was some play in the chuck, it had some fore/aft play, but nothing that would pronounce itself during actual use. Very little run-out at the bit, as well.

The 2450 impact driver has a tough metal gear casing up front, very durable and excellent build quality as well.

Both tools have a polycarbonate shell with thick rubber overmold that makes for confident handling, as well as tough, heavy duty performance. The grips are well designed and should fit most hands well, with or without gloves.

During operation, the sound and feel of both tools was of professional, heavy duty quality, smooth, suppple, and confident. This was unlike the Makita and Hitachi models I also used, which, although they worked, sounded and felt more like toys- rougher action and squeaky sounding motors. Kudos to Milwaukee for designing a well-built drill that will live up to the abuses of professional usage. Warranty is for five years- best in class, so you're covered.

The drill speeds toggle easily, and the clutch adjustment is easy and big numbers make it easy to read. Speed modulation is excellent- the trigger is sensitive enough that any user can easily control the drill speed correctly. This is a big plus, as some of the other brands have over-sensitive triggers, or triggers that have too much play in them.

The drill has plenty of power, in an extreme test, I used it to drill pocket screw holes in 4/4 Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry), which is a very hard, tough wood to bore through. The drill went through it, and although without some hesitation (noticeably towards the lower end of the battery cycle), it did great for a small drill.
You wouldn't have any issues with typical usage, household repairs, drilling in stud lumber, and even hardwood. I've taken the drill through other hardwoods like red oak, and those don't pose any issue for the power of the drill.
In short, torque is more than enough as long as you're not doing any masonry work (that's what the hammer drill version is for).

Same story with the impact driver- very powerful, very capable of driving high torque screws or lag bolts. If you've never used one of these, you're missing out. Forget about the drill being torqued out of your hand during high torque driving- you can easily drive with an impact with one hand and once the hammer function kicks in you will see the fastener go into the material very easily. I used it to drive 3 inch wood screws in stud grade lumber, as well as lag bolts- no issues whatsoever.

In short, the capability of both tools is there, and torque is not an issue.

Now, for the bad.
The battery life on these is dismal compared to their competitors. Even though the battery supplied is 1.4Ah, I routinely got very low run times from both tools. For example, after driving about 20-25 2.5" wood screws intermittently (with pilot holes drilled nonetheless), the impact got very hot, and the battery was drained very quickly. Same deal with the drill- after drilling only about 30-35 pocket holes in oak and AC plywood for cabinets, the power ran low and the drill would begin to stall as the LED indicated one dot. This was compared to the Bosch PS-21, PS-31, and PS-41 units, which consistently gave higher run-time for the same tasks.
Now, if you're using these for small jobs around the house, or low impact duty, you might be able to live with that. Unfortunately, if you are an HVAC technician, electrician, or doing cabinet installations, you might find this to be a deal breaker.
The battery does charge up quickly (15-20 minutes) but with the contents of this kit (one battery for each tool) you will find yourself with too much stopping time.
The rememedy is, of course to purchase spare batts, or the Xc battery that Milwaukee battery, and then you get double the run time as well as some power boost. However, keep in mind that this set is priced at $180. A spare battery will set you back $40, and the Xc around $60. A tool set of this quality and price point should not have poor battery performance, and since most tool brands' 12V tools share similar battery cells (these are made by Samsung), it's probably not the battery itself, but rather the operating efficiency of the tools. This is evidenced by the immense heat generated by the tools under continued usage, which I found to be a downside as well. I'm sure with the Xc batteries this set becomes much more usable, but you're at $300 at that point.

Minor drawback- the LED is useless unless you are drilling or driving far away from the workpiece- it is located under the chuck and beneath the bit, so your screw or workpiece will not be well illuminated.

Keep in mind this is no longer the same Milwaukee of yesteryear. The company is now under the TTI umbrella (which also owns Ryobi). This is a Chinese company and a tool that is made in China(says very clearly on the tool, "PRC"). This may or may not be a factor for you- but just remember that.

In summary, this is a quality built tool, better than any of its contemporaries. The torque and power is not an issue for the drill or impact driver. However, the battery life is unacceptable for a tool of this price and quality. Properly configured you are looking at at least $260 ($80 for two regular spares) to get uninterrupted usage with these (charging the spares while the other set runs in the tools).

As for me, this was a deal breaker and too high a price to pay for build quality- and I am very happy with my Bosch set of 12V max pocket driver, drill, and impact- if battery life is a forseeable issue for you I would highly recommend looking into the Bosch 12V line.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Can't go wrong with Milwaukee! Nov. 30 2010
By Tools4Life - Published on
I found this set for a silly price on Black Friday and picked it up even though I had no firm prior plan to get this sort of tool. Was using them an hour later and totally happy. I told a friend about my deal, and he pointed me to what seemed like a much better price on competitive product. I went to the local retail outlet to check out the other brand, and am pretty happy with my purchase of Red. The Milwaukees have metal gear cases, and the drill chuck is steel. The other brand was all plastic. The Milwaukees are better balanced and more compact with lower inertia thanks to the batteries in the handle, and the thick grips better fit my man-size hands. Feels better, should be more durable over the long haul. I was surprised that the Milwaukee tools are both in perfectly as-new, returnable condition in spite of being set on a concrete floor repeatedly during the hours I used them. The soft rubber parts are placed exactly right to prevent scratches, etc. But that doesn't matter, because I'm keeping them!

One nice feature of the drill is that it locks when the power is off, so you can use it as a wrench to tighten or loosen a fastener by hand, with a little more control of the torque applied.

I like to use the impact for removal and the drill for tightening stuff, because the clutch limits torque to prevent over-torquing small fasteners. You can go back by hand or with a torque wrench to torque things properly.

If you think you're going to be doing marathon work, like setting boards on a massive deck or something, you might consider buying the tools separately. You'll spend more, but you'll get more batteries and an extra charger, for probably a lot less than buying the set and then buying the batteries and charger separately.

Also, make sure you're buying the right tool for your needs. I bought these to speed up light-duty automotive and motorcycle work. If I need more torque, I'll be breaking things loose by hand. One day, I'll also get a 1/2-in drive cordless impact.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Milwaukee Impact set FTW!! Feb. 1 2011
By kel - Published on
I bought this set at Ace for $[...] with a $30 rebate. But even without the rebate this set would be a good deal. I have used the impact driver to install drywall and fence boards. The impact driver works well and will drive drywall-sized screws into wood with only moderate pressure. Previously, using a powerful DeWalt corded drill I would have to use my weight to keep the bit engaged on the screw, even with a 1.75" long screw. But this impact driver will easily drive a 3" long screw into a 4x4, for example. The charger charges the batteries fast enough that you can work continuously. Run down the battery pop in a fresh one and continue working. By the time that battery is drained the next is charged.

The size of the tools is also very handy, they are on the small side but that is a plus when working in small spaces. At the store I had them open the box to make sure the size was acceptable. You may want to check this out in person also if you are concerned.

Even though these are only 12V these tools have worked well. Would definitely buy again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Solid, easy to handle July 17 2012
By CMYoshida - Published on
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After watching my contractor using the M-12, I decided to ditch my cheapie Black and Decker and treat myself to a "real" drill driver set. I'm really happy with this product. "Light" easy to handle and the battery lasts!. I really appreciate the responsiveness which adjusts the speed and torque to the trigger pressure almost intuitively. My contractor is a strapping big guy and the M12 looks like a toy in his hand so I figured it would be just right for me. I bought the drill bit sets so I wouldn't have to go searching locally and found that I got a really great deal. I can see other Milwaukee tools in my future!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
... drills for year and decided to finally get something good. These drills are outrageously good compared to anything ... July 22 2014
By Beaumont Vance - Published on
I have owned middle of road cordless drills for year and decided to finally get something good. These drills are outrageously good compared to anything I have used before. Small, Solid, and powerful. The driver is ridiculously easy to use. The LED light is a really nice touch, but even without the nice touches, these are incredible tools. I don't know how I could ever have used anything else. 20 wasted years of using 2nd rate tools and being frustrated.

I had debated getting the Makita, but contractors tend to use Milwaukee. I can see why. It is so much better to buy the right thing once than to have several that work just OK. For a few extra bucks, these are worth it.