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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
What an Animal !!March 21 2010
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I have many of the M18 cordless tools. I can't sing the praises of these tools enough - especially this impact driver.
-It is truly compact - goes places the drill/driver can't. -It is quite light - including with the full size battery attached. -It has tons of torque, and has never failed me. It has so much muscle, my full size Milwaukee 120v. impact drill is rarely used anymore. The M18 drill/driver/impact plays second fiddle to this little impact driver. -In the last ten months it has smoked through thousands of 2-1/2" torx screws, 500 5" torx lags, 250 7" torx lags, 5,000 1-1/2" washer-head screws, and lots more. -It has been dropped, kicked around, and generally mistreated by willing, but occasionally clumsy, helpers. It keeps chattering away to this day. -When it comes to fasteners, it is the clearly preferred by everyone that has put some time on it, and is now the first tool that disappears for tasks. -The batteries (have three of them 'tween all the tools used) have been excellent and without fault. Fantastic number of screws driven per charge. See my other review on the M18 XC batteries. -The trigger gives me all the control I would expect of a non-clutched driver. -You get used to the forward/reverse switch location. Like it much better than the old 120v hole hawg location.
An absolute animal, and to think it was a "free" add-on in the Milwaukee kit I purchased. I would never have thought it would turn into THE most used and loved tool of all.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Drills Don't Compare for DrivingNov. 27 2010
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I received this tool in the combo kit with the compact drill/driver, which I bought from Amazon largely for the drill.
I had originally bought the cheap Porter Cable 4 part Combo Kit from Lowes (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Circular Saw, Light), only to have the forward/reverse control on that drill break within a year. I could still use it theoretically, but only for removing screws. Since I already had the batteries with my kit, I went to Lowes and purchased the bare tool Porter Cable Impact Driver ($40 at the time), and ended up using that for months for most of my work (hanging sheetrock, HVAC systems, etc). Eventually, it became more of a pain to pre-drill holes, or do anything with a bit that needed a chuck to fit onto it.
I made a couple trips to Home Depot and some other Hardware stores, and tried out the tools. I knew Milwaukee had one of the best reputations, and wanted something that was ergonomic, and used the Lithium-Ion batteries, and luckily the Milwaukee Compact Drill/Driver seemed like the most comfortable tool there, and it fit what I wanted. I went onto Amazon and bought the combo kit that came with the compact drill/driver and this impact driver, two compact batteries, one pocket clip, and the charger, which was only $200, compared to the same price for just the drill/driver at Home Depot.
The first job I had when I got these tools was replacing some metal roofing, and either tool worked fine, but I can't emphasize enough how important the pocket clip is if you're going to be doing roofing, framing, or sheetrock. It's also useful when you're putting up cabinets and need somewhere to place your drill. Unfortunately my kit only came with the one, so I chose to put it on the drill/driver, expecting I'd be using it more. Now that I've had the kit for almost 5 months, I have to say that was a premature decision. I'll be purchasing another clip whenever I can find one (I didn't see them at Home Depot) for my Impact Driver, because that's become my favorite tool to use for most applications.
I've used it for driving deck screws through TREX, and it worked phenomenally. I've used it with a socket attachment with 7-9 in. lags when I was attaching 4"x4" posts to beams on a large commercial deck, and it worked splendidly. I was going to be stuck with my socket where I was, and started off using it before trying the impact driver, and was pleasantly surprised. It did start to slow down when the lag got deeper, but it was still able to keep driving the lag while sinking the washer fairly deep into the treated 4"x4".
The compact size of the impact driver also makes it useful for crawlspace work. I use it often when working on HVAC systems and need to drive sheet metal screws into pipe. Perhaps due to the short length of the tool, it is a lot easier to control, and slipping has become a much less common occurrence. It's much easier to apply force in the direction that you are trying to with this tool versus a normal drill.
The only time when I don't use this impact driver is when I actually need to drill something, or I need more reach, in which case I use the drill with a finder driver, or a larger bit extension (tightening screws on the ceiling that didn't sink well enough for mudding, etc.).
Since I've gotten this kit, my boss rarely ever uses his Ridgid NiCad Hammer Drill/Driver, opting instead to borrow one of my tools for most applications. They're a great buy, but for most things, the Impact Driver is the most useful to have. It's more compact than the drill, and it's far more powerful. If you're using a good brand (DeWalt, Makita, etc), there's probably no financially good reason to switch over to this impact driver, but for those making the decision, I have had no regrets about owning this tool, and the exclusive battery meter on the Milwaukee M18 batteries just sweetens the deal.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Impacts are the way to goMay 8 2009
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The only people that will tell you an impact driver is basically a drill are the ones that have never used one! I will never use a drill to screw again. I'm not a carpenter but my friend has a building company and he swears by impacts for screwing as well.
As for this specific tool, I switched from a Makita which did the job, but when the M18 line came out I had to have it. This impact feels much more durable in your hand than the Makita. I have both the compact batteries and the XC models and would recommend anyone to make sure they have both in their arsenal. The compact complements the size of this impact but for long drawn-out jobs it's nice to have the more powerful battery
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Simply Amazing!July 1 2013
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I'm new to the tool world... A couple of months ago I had no clue about drills and the different types. Until my "deck" project necessitated to dive into it. But not before I walked in to Home Depot and purchased the DEWALT 18-Volt Ni-Cad 1/2 on. Compact Drill/Driver Kit, Model # DC970k-2. The sales person was nice and said the this was a good all around drill, including decking work. It was definitely a good value as it came with two batteries and a charger, but it wasn't quite up to speed with my work. I'm not sure wether it was me or not. But it did take some time getting used to the; 1/2 in. single-sleeve ratcheting chuck- which took a while to insert and/or change the bits, Dual speed range - which didn't do much for me , or the 17 clutch settings - which I thought was just "too many un-nessasery steps". It is definitely a good and powerful drill of great value but I needed a simpler but no nonsense drill.
Enter the Milwaukee 2650-20 M18 18-Volt Impact Driver! WOW!!! All the good reviews I've read about it are true! It is powerful! I'm rebuilding my deck, working with 2x6 and 4x4 pieces/panels of wood and driving 3/8 x 5" LAG SCREW BOLTs. I drive them through the 4x4s with great ease, and removing 30 year old screws of the same size from the deck was also a breeze! I couldn't believe it! The 1/4-inch hex quick-change chuck which allows for easy bit changes - is like a breath of fresh air, compared to the Dewalt. So much easier and quicker! The variable-speed trigger which provides increased user control is truly a great feature that works wonderfully for me! I can totally regulate the speed and go from very slow to maximum speed. The response from the trigger and its sensitivity is very accurate. Some reviewers had a different experience though (unfortunately).
It is truly light weight, compact, and fits in my hand perfectly. I never get tired holding it or working with it. And I'm just an average guy. The belt clip is just right and I use it all the time, hanging it off my pockets for quick pauses. The power is fully deployed until suddenly the battery is out. You don't feel a gradual decrease in power as you work while the battery is depleting. The built-in LED light that illuminates the work surface is bright and at times helpful, as you try to lay the bit on the screw head.
I find that the pace of my work has significantly picked up since I switched from the Dewalt to the Milwaukee. I gave the Dewalt to my girlfriend. The Milwaukee also looks great and professional. I had a $30 Amazon gift card that I put towards purchasing this tool, and so I ended up getting it for really cheap, and I couldn't be happier. But the purchase price is just for the tool, and then you need to get the charger and then a battery, which add to the cost, and I'm sure that plays into the people's decision. But I'll say that it is a great investment, and I'm sure you'll be happy with your purchase. I use the Milwaukee 48-11-1828 M18 XC RED LITHIUM 18-Volt Lithium-ion Cordless Tool Battery, and the Milwaukee 48-59-1812 M12 and M18 Multi Voltage Charger, Red.
I appreciated other people's reviews and hope that this review was of some help. I'm a very particular person and I'm truly and fully satisfied with this product. I was so impressed that I went ahead and purchased another Milwaukee product; Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 6-1/2 in. Cordless Circular Saw, Model # 2630-20. And was not disappointed!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
AmazingNov. 12 2013
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Drives 3 !/2 in screws into wood so much better than a drill and a lot faster as well Awesome tool !