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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Set OverallOct. 18 2011
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This is probably the best 18v cordless set available. When I was shopping I narrowed it down to lithium-ion sets by either Makita or Milwaukee. I ultimately chose Milwaukee because the batteries got slightly better reviews.
HAMMER DRILL/DRIVER PROs -All metal chuck -LED light above the hand-grip illuminates the work surface and stays lit for 5 seconds after I let off the trigger. This comes in handy for dimly lit corners.
CONs (nothing noted)
IMPACT DRIVER PROs -Compact size is very helpful in tight spaces. -LED light above the hand-grip illuminates the work surface and stays lit for 5 seconds after I let off the trigger. This allows me to see what I'm doing as I position the next screw. -The pull-out collar allows for quick bit changes. -Its great to bore pilot holes with the Hammerdrill, and drive screws with the impact driver without having to change between bits on a single drill.
CONs -This Impact driver doesn't have a clutch to prevent driving fasteners too deep, but the veriable speed trigger allows for good control. I haven't yet had a need for a clutch, but I'll be cautious when screwing into soft finish-grade material(Think 'a sheet of cork, as a dart-board backer'). -I found it to be a little under powered when removing 4" trim screws from stair treads which were glued down. The driver removed 90% of the screws successfully, but there were a few that it couldn't budge. For all other jobs its had plenty of torque.
SAWZALL PROs -The quick release for changing blades is the easiest I've ever used.
CONs -It drains the battery rather quickly.
WORK LIGHT PROs -Surprisingly bright -Fold-out hook is bound to come in handy one day.
CONs -I would have liked an LED light instead of Xenon incandescent. That would have made for longer run time on a charge and the LEDs themselves would have lasted much longer than the traditional bulb.
BATTERIES and CHARGER PROs -The fuel gauge feature on the battery packs is a definite plus. Just push the button on the battery and it lights up with either 1.. 2.. 3.. or 4 LEDs to show the remaining charge. -Batteries fully charge in one hour.
Cons -Occasionally, the battery does not 'seat' properly on the charger and I need to gently push it down for the light on the charger to come on. Note: When I first received this set in the mail one battery charged properly, but the other caused a "faulty pack" signal when I put it on the charger. I returned the set to amazon and they promptly mailed me a replacement set. Just remember to pull out the charger and batteries try charging both of them before unpacking the rest of the set.
Conclusion Overall I am very pleased with this set. I highly recommend it for both Professionals and Home owners. You can plan on spending about $40 to $80 on drill bits, Sawzall blades, screw driver bits, nut drivers, spade bits etc. Note: Avoid driver bit sets labeled "Impact Ready". The 1 inch bits go into the extender easy enough, but removing them requires brute strength and a pair of pliers. Stick with buying small sets of 2 inch philips, square, torques, and nut diver bits and combine them in a generic case. The 2 inchers are designed to fit in the impact driver without an extender.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Good combo overall but the chuck of the drill is total junkJan. 15 2012
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This is an overall good set, the sawzall is brilliant, the impact driver is great (although less compact than a Dewalt 841 I own), the lithium XC batteries feel solid, have a convenient charge LED indicator but it is too early for me to comment on their reliability. The main problem is on the chuck of the drill: although it looks "cosmetically" good, all metal, it is in reality of an horrible quality and screams "China" real loud. Tightening it is a painful experience of poor internal design with rough friction instead of the silky smooth chuck mechanics you can experience with Rohm chucks or even the Jacobs chuck of my 10 years old Dewalt. Worse of all: it wobbles terribly which is purely unacceptable for what is supposed to be a "pro" drill. The guys at Milwaukee did apparently forget the fact that a drill is, by order of importance and priority 1) a chuck gripping well and turning true, 2) a good motor-gearbox assembly with torque and durability 3) an ergonomic handle, good batteries and all the rest. They need to react fast because if they continue to slap what was once a reputable name onto average chinese quality to sell it at a premium price, and users find then the usual same flaws they have in noname chinese products you can get at 1/4 of the price, the Milwaukee reputation will vanish fast.
***** EDIT JANUARY 19 *****
I actually did remove the chuck and the drill spindle looked of good quality and rotating true. So I purchased and excellent chuck for hammer drills from Röhm, made in Germany (40 Euro), and it now works extremely well, I now have a real pro drill. Looking in more detail at the initial chuck supplied, this is really chinese junk, the 1/2 thread connecting it to the drill is simply not aligned with the center axis of the 3 chuck jaws. The mechanical quality 101 is not there. I guess this chuck is not made under Milwaukee quality control in their plant but simply sourced from one of the various no-name tool suppliers in China. What a pity Milwaukee spoils the quality of what is otherwise a very fine drill with such a junk chuck, the worse of what we can expect from chinese manufacturing: all metal, looks good, but the quality basics which is a good alignment, isn't there. You can purchase this drill, but plan another 60 $ for a good chuck.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great bang for buckMarch 25 2012
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I got mine from the home depot for $440 (w/ tax)
Impact Drill: The impact feature is just so awesome. It can drive a 3-1/2" screw into a stud half way, stop, drive it 3" deep, stop, then drive it in the rest of the way, and then smash it half way through a 2x4 head and all, this baby has torque to spare. The impacting power makes it better than a 6amp coorded drill, and it's light weight and cord free. It's powerful enough to use spade drill bits to power through 2x4's. The impacting transfers the torque from the drill head to the screw, without torquing your hand.
I was trying to use masonry glue coated screws in wood, and once the masonry glue melted and froze the glue, this driver just impacted the head of the screw right off.
It's very small, about half the width of a normal drill. Most of the weight is in the battery. The batteries have great life, I can go half a day on a charge, and one of my spare batteries has held its charge for a year so far and only lost 1 bar of power(without charging it). A lithium battery runs a tool at full power then dies the second it runs out of juice. So you can go full speed right until the end of battery life. You can click the battery to get a color indicator of life remaining, a series of bars, like your cel phone battery shows. That can be a good thing to check before you go upstairs or up a ladder so your battery doesn't die when you're on a roof.
Changing bits is a breeze, you just pull the chuck collar out.
You can't use normal spiral drills with the chuck, but you can use hex shank drill bits. And if you want to do anything beyond light duty, stick with the M18 model over the M12's, the M18's are plenty light.
This is great for driving screws into drywall. Not as fast as a coorded VSR screwgun with a pressure engaging chuck, but as far as coordless tools go it's the best there is for driving screws.
The rafter hook I haven't needed, but I hang it from my belt once in awhile when I'm dual wielding drills.
The hammer and anvil mechanism is on the front of the tool and is steel. It looks like it will outlast the rest of the tool. I have seen a repair kit on ebay for $20, and it looks easy to service. The brushes on the other hand are imbedded in the back of the tool, and there are 4 of them since it is a 4 pole motor. Milwaukee 22-22-1630 Carbon Brush Card for Impact Driver for 2650-20 You can get a kit to replace the brushes for $10, which is a bit high but they look like good long brushes that shouldn't need much servicing.
I chose milwaukee over dewalt because milwaukee's clutch breaks in their coordless tools are metal. The clutch break is what stops the chuck from spinning when you take your finger off the trigger. No coorded drill I have ever used has had one, except Hitachi D13VF 9 Amp 1/2-Inch Drill and that's an electric brake, but it is standard on coordless drills, probably because they have less rotational force so are easier to make a break for. The break is great because you can take pressure off the drill the second you take your finger off the trigger without your bit jittering inside the screwhead like a coorded drill would do.
Hammer drill: This is best for drilling holes in wood or concrete but you can also fasten with it. You can torque it up or down if you are drilling into pressure-sensitive material. It also has speed settings so you can drill or fasten slow-fast. And the trigger itself is variable speed so you can use a feather touch. In the hammer drill setting, small holes in concrete are a breeze. 1/2" holes in concrete are pushing the limits of the drill. It has no trouble with 1/2" holes through metal.
Sawzall: All metal guts. Metal head. Plastic bit sleeve (rotates to release saw blade). This has great power and cuts through 2x4's easily. It can also cut through thin metals easily. I tried cast iron pipe and that chews up batteries too quick for my liking.. unless you only have a couple small pipes to go through. Sometimes I'll use it to prune small branches in the yard. Typically I use it to cut recycled 2x4s or 1x3s that have lots of nails in them. If I hit a nail with a reciprocating blade it's not a big deal.. most of them are designed with that in mind. It's also great for plumbing, cutting large pvc pipes for grey water and black water. They make an 18v one hand sawzall that I have that is pretty good too. Better for plastic plumbing pipes. It's safer to use around water than a coorded sawzall.
The light: Projects about 50 feet and has good battery life. You can buy an LED conversion piece for $25. It's basically a freebie. No one buys these kits for the lights.
I find myself wanting the M18 circular saw, jigsaw, and angle grinder often, but they are about $30 more expensive than other brands, usually over $100 when I see them on amazon, even used. Probably since they are so well made they don't really break or get refurbished, you're stuck buying them new. I guess that's a good thing if you buy into this battery set.
The M18 set also has a couple sizes of impact wrenches, electric caulk gun, a hand held bandsaw, jobsite radio, and some other less traditional battery tools. Their M12 line has the trade specific tools like voltage meters, rotary tool, oscillating multi-tool, and pvc clippers.
Hope this review helps!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Buyer Beware of customer Service after the Sale!Jan. 3 2013
Beware of Milwaukie Warranty!
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I have been a finish Carpenter for 30 years and have used pretty much every brand of cordless out there. Purchased this Milwaukie combo kit about 6 months ago. Within 2 weeks the Drill Driver was stripped out and the Hammer / Drill was not holding the bits in the chuck correctly. Intermittenly releasing bits especially on Hammer function. Contacted the local rep who was very helpful but advised me that the warranty side of things are handled by a completely different department. I took the tools into the service center for replacement as I had only used it a few times. They did replace the Drill/ Driver but wouldnt do anything about the Hammer / Drill since the problem was intermittent. So... I am stuck with an intermittent working brand new tool. I then contacted the National Service Center 800 number and explained the situation to them. Their fix.? They would be willing to sell me another Hammer /Drill at their reduced price cost. Stuck with the whole kit now, I went for the Deal and paid for a second Hammer /Drill. Outcome??/ That Hammer Drill has also stripped out on the screw setting. Nightmare.. I have now mailed that second tool into the National Customer Service Center requesting that I do not want any more of their Hammer / Drills. Waiting to see if they will at least just send me the less expensive plain old Drill Driver and maybe a new high capacity battery for the price difference in the tools.
Dealt with Makita and DeWalt with after the sale issues over the years, and found them to be much more helpful in getting you the working tools that you need right away without any hassles. Some of their tools might be great but if "no hassle warranty" is what you are looking for. Absolutely stay away from the Milwaukie Products!
really?June 26 2014
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I am aware that almost everything is made in China these days, but the look and feel of these tools made me think of cheap, low quality noname China tools. If this truly is original Milwaukee tools, I have to say Im disappointed. I expected heavy duty stuff, but the flashlight is almost weightless. Normally, low weight is a good thing, but I was left wih the feeling that it was low quality. Flashlight works, but for how long? I guess time will tell if these tools hold up to the quality brand they are supposed to represent...