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Milwaukee 2696-24 M18 Cordless Combo Compact Hammer Drill/Sawzall/1/4 Hex Impact Driver/Work Light/Charger/2 Battery
- Voltage: 18V; Battery: (2) 18V XC High Capacity RED LITHIUM Battery; Charger: 1-Hour Charger; Number of Tools: 4; Carrier: Contractor Bag
- Includes: 2602-20 M18 1/2-Inch Hammer Drill Driver, 2620-20 SAWZALL M18 Reciprocating Saw, 2650-20 M18 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver, M18 Work Light, (2) M18 XC High Capacity RED LITHIUM Battery, 1-Hour Charger, Contractor Bag
- 5 Years
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The 2696-24 M18 cordless 4-tool combo kit includes the 1/2-Inch Hammer Drill / Driver (2602-20), Sawzall Reciprocating Saw (2620-20), 1/4-Inch Hex Impact Driver (2650-20) and Work Light (49-24-0171). The M18 Cordless System's patented technologies and electronics, innovative motor design and superior ergonomics provide the most efficient blend of power, weight and performance in the industry. Powered by RED LITHIUM the M18 cordless system delivers more torque, more power and longer run-time than the competition.
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The 2696-24 M18 cordless 4-tool combo kit includes the 2602-20 1/2-inch hammer drill/driver, the 2620-20 Sawzall reciprocating saw, the 2650-20 1/4-inch hex impact driver, and the 49-24-0171 work light. The M18 cordless system's patented technologies and electronics, innovative motor design, and superior ergonomics provide the most efficient blend of power, weight, and performance in the industry. Powered by Red Lithium batteries, the M18 cordless system delivers high torque, high power, and a long run-time.
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The tools work like a charm and seem to be vert durable i strongly recomend this kit.
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-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)
-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.
-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.
-The quick release for changing blades is the easiest I've ever used.
-It drains the battery rather quickly.
-Fold-out hook is bound to come in handy one day.
-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
-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.
-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!